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  • Volver

    Directed by Pedro Almodóvar • 2006 • Spain
    Starring Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Yohana Cobo

    Pedro Almodóvar’s VOLVER is set in Madrid’s lively working-class neighborhoods, where three generations of women survive wind, fire, and even death, thanks to goodness, audacity, and a limitless vital...

  • Persepolis

    Directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud • 2007 • France, United States
    Starring Chiara Mastroianni, Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve

    Growing up in 1970s Iran, Marjane, the daughter of Tehran intellectuals, is rebellious, outspoken, and enamored with Bruce Lee, Iron Maiden, and punk...

  • House of Flying Daggers

    Directed by Zhang Yimou • 2004 • China, Hong Kong
    Starring Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, Zhang Ziyi

    Zhang Yimou combines breathless wuxia action and rapturous romance into a dazzling visual spectacle. The year is 859 AD, and China’s once-flourishing Tang Dynasty is in decline. Unrest is raging th...

  • Thumbsucker

    Directed by Mike Mills • 2005 • United States
    Starring Lou Taylor Pucci, Tilda Swinton, Vincent D’Onofrio

    Meet Justin Cobb (Lou Taylor Pucci, winner of the Best Actor prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival), a teenager who still sucks his thumb. Realizing this is totally disrupting his home, l...

  • The Lives of Others

    Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck • 2006 • Germany
    Starring Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch

    Set in East Berlin in the early 1980s, this acclaimed debut feature from Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck focuses on GDR’s pervasive and chilling surveillance state. The successful ...

  • Junebug

    Directed by Phil Morrison • 2005 • United States
    Starring Amy Adams, Embeth Davidtz, Ben McKenzie

    Amy Adams (in her Academy Award–nominated breakthrough performance) shines in this bittersweet comedy about love, family, ambition, and the choices that come with each. When Madeleine (Embeth Davidt...

  • Paprika

    Directed by Satoshi Kon • 2006 • Japan
    Starring Megumi Hayashibara, Toru Furuya, Koichi Yamadera

    The final feature directed by anime legend Satoshi Kon is a dizzying, dazzling tour through the unconscious that takes the genre to new heights of giddy imagination. Atsuko is a psychiatrist who has ...

  • Waltz with Bashir

    Directed by Ari Folman • 2008 • Israel

    Through innovative, hallucinatory animation, filmmaker Ari Folman delves into the darkest corners of his past in this powerfully cathartic exploration of war, trauma, and memory. One night at a bar, an old friend tells Ari about a recurring nightmare in whi...

  • Winged Migration

    Directed by Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud, and Michel Debats • 2001 • France

    Each spring, millions of birds take to the skies to embark on incredible odysseys over land and sea, and each fall they fly back on the same route. Four years in the making, Jacques Perrin’s stunning documentary—made ...

  • An Education

    Directed by Lone Scherfig • 2009 • United Kingdom
    Starring Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Dominic Cooper

    From acclaimed director Lone Scherfig and writer Nick Hornby comes this captivating coming-of-age tale sparkling with the charm and style of 1960s Britain. When Jenny (Carey Mulligan in her...

  • Another Year

    Directed by Mike Leigh • 2010 • United Kingdom
    Starring Lesley Manville, Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen

    Mike Leigh traces four seasons in the lives of a contented, happily married couple (Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen) and the troubled, significantly less stable friends and family who surround them. E...

  • Pollock

    Directed by Ed Harris • 2000 • United States
    Starring Ed Harris, Marcia Gay Harden, Tom Bower

    An Academy Award–nominated Ed Harris directs and stars in this stunning immersion into the life of legendary American painter Jackson Pollock, whose bold and radical style changed the course of modern a...

  • American Movie

    Directed by Chris Smith • 1999 • United States

    It takes a village to make a movie, but when that village is Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, the results are bizarre, comical, and quintessentially American. With the help of his mother, his eighty-two-year-old uncle, and a local cast of oddballs, DIY f...

  • A Separation

    Directed by Asghar Farhadi • 2011 • Iran
    Starring Payman Maadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat

    Winner of the Academy Award for best foreign-language film, Asghar Farhadi’s masterful family drama explores social and class divisions within contemporary Iranian society via a gripping, morally complex po...

  • A Prophet

    Directed by Jacques Audiard • 2009 • France, Italy
    Starring Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif

    It’s every man for himself in Jacques Audiard’s riveting crime drama, in which a young Algerian man (Tahar Rahim) must navigate the tensions and conflicting loyalties between Muslim and Corsic...

  • Run Lola Run

    Directed by Tom Tykwer • 1998 • Germany
    Starring Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup

    Two star-crossed lovers have only minutes to change the course of their lives in this electrifying art-house smash hit. Time is running out for Lola (Franka Potente). She’s just received a frantic ph...

  • Incendies

    Directed by Denis Villeneuve • 2010 • Canada, France
    Starring Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette

    A mother’s dying wish creates a painful puzzle her children are forced to solve in this shattering thriller from acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve. At the reading of the will t...

  • Grateful Dawg

    Directed by Gillian Grisman • 2000 • United States
    Starring Jerry Garcia, David Grisman

    Jerry Garcia was the leader of one of the most popular rock bands of all time, the Grateful Dead. Of the busy musician's numerous side projects, none lasted longer or was more creatively fruitful than his duo...

  • Last Orders

    Directed by Fred Schepisi • 2001 • United Kingdom, Germany
    Starring Michael Caine, Tom Courtenay, David Hemmings

    Covering nearly half a century in the lives of a group of South London buddies, LAST ORDERS follows four men—played by the dynamic ensemble of Tom Courtenay, David Hemmings, Bob Hoski...

  • The City of Lost Children

    Directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet • 1995 • France, Spain, Germany
    Starring Ron Perlman, Dominique Pinon, Judith Vittet

    One of the most unique and visually imaginative films of the 1990s, this stunning steampunk fantasy from visionary directors Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet (DELICAT...

  • Orlando

    Directed by Sally Potter • 1992 • United Kingdom
    Starring Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Quentin Crisp

    Based on Virginia Woolf’s 1928 classic “Orlando: A Biography,” Sally Potter’s sumptuous fantasy stars a sublime Tilda Swinton as the eponymous seventeenth-century nobleman who, commanded by Queen E...

  • L’enfant

    Directed by Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne • 2005 • Belgium, France
    Starring Jérémie Renier, Déborah François, Jérémie Segard

    Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, L’ENFANT stars Jérémie Renier as twenty-year-old Bruno, who lives with his girlfriend Sonia (Déborah Fra...

  • Animal Kingdom

    Directed by David Michôd • 2010 • Australia
    Starring James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton

    Evil is relative in this chilling tale of betrayal and blood set in the Melbourne underworld, where tensions are building between dangerous criminals and equally dangerous police. After his moth...

  • Nine Queens

    Directed by Fabián Bielinsky • 2000 • Argentina
    Starring Ricardo Darín, Gastón Pauls, Leticia Brédice

    Two small-time con artists become partners in a high-stakes scheme in this twisty, stylishly entertaining caper. Petty swindlers Marcos (Ricardo Darín) and Juan (Gastón Pauls) meet while trying ...