France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom. Héloïse's portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love.
Cannes prize winner and one of the best reviewed films of the year, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE solidifies Céline Sciamma as one of the most exciting filmmakers working in the world today. Noémie and Adèle Haenel turn the subtle act of looking into a dangerous, engrossing thrill, crafting the most breathtaking and elegant performances of the year. To watch Marianne and Héloïse fall in love is to see love itself invented onscreen. With contemporary themes in period dress, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE is one of the greatest love stories ever told.
A few years from now... Bacurau, a small village in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to be 94. Days later, its inhabitants (among them Sônia Braga) notice that their village has literally vanished from online maps and a UFO-shaped drone is seen flying overhead. There are forces that want to expel them from their homes, and soon, in a genre-bending twist, a band of armed mercenaries led by Udo Kier arrive in town picking off the inhabitants one by one. A fierce confrontation takes place when the townspeople turn the tables on the villainous outsiders, banding together by any means necessary to protect and maintain their remote community. The mercenaries just may have met their match in the fed-up, resourceful denizens of little Bacurau.
Winner of the Cannes Jury prize. A perfect blend of blistering social commentary and illicit genre-flick thrills, executed with ruthless clarity and force. BACURAU is modern-day Western with the raw, hallucinatory power of a Sergio Leone epic. A boldly inventive political allegory that offers a thrillingly imaginative playbook for resistance that tips its hat to masters like John Carpenter. A scream of satirical defiance. This is not just fantasy, not just symbolism -- it is the shape of things to come.
Faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support, Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) and her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder) embark across state lines to New York City on a fraught journey of friendship, bravery and compassion.
An insightful observant and patient portrayal of contemporary American youth, NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS is never anything less than a crucial and timely story of hardship and love, of choice-made real by a series of beautiful observations. Powerfully acted and directed, NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS reaffirms writer-director Eliza Hittman as a filmmaker of uncommon sensitivity and grace. An urgent, extraordinary film for this very moment.