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Funny Bunny Directed by Alison Bagnall November 13-19 at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP A tale of arrested development in a twilit suburb, Funny Bunny follows a trio of broken souls as they mope around—until they chance upon each other, at least, and then before they know it they’re not really moping around anymore. This uneven independent movie, funded partially via Kickstarter, is perhaps most remarkable for its exceedingly delicate tone, a sort of...
Out 1: Noli me Tangere (1971) Directed by Jacques Rivette November 4-19 at BAM It sometimes feels as if you watch Out 1: Noli me Tangere, Jacques Rivette’s thirteen-hour improvisational opus shot in 1970 and only now making its world-theatrical premiere at BAM in a new digital restoration, as much as it watches you. This long-unavailable landmark of the French New Wave, which takes place in the dashed-dreams aftermath of the radical movements of 1968, concerns the...
This week, almost certainly for the first time, semen will appear to spurt right off Manhattan arthouse screens, as Love, a 3-D film featuring a whole lot of unsimulated sex, attempts to seduce audiences at the Angelika and the Village East. French aggro auteur Gaspar Noé (Irréversible, Enter the Void) wrote, directed, produced, and co-edited the “drama,” which chronicles the drug-fueled rutting of aspiring filmmaker Murphy (Karl Glusman), an American studying abroad in Paris. Echoing...
The Pearl Button Directed by Patricio Guzmán Opens October 23 at IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas Early on in Patricio Guzmán’s The Pearl Button, a nonfiction feature that’s short in duration but grand in scale, the camera orbits around a museum-piece slab of quartz from Chile’s Atacama Desert. The mineral might have been discovered in the driest place on earth, one that astronomers prize for its crystal-clear skies, but a single water droplet can nonetheless be...

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