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All These Sleepless Nights, by Polish filmmaker Michał Marczak, takes us through long evenings of reverie and partying in Marczak’s native Warsaw. Some of this hybrid documentary’s undeniable attraction lies in the quirkiness of the young people it portrays. The film opens on New Year’s Eve, as twenty-something Krzysztof does some personal accounting while gazing at the fireworks beyond his window: How many hours of being in love does one really have in one’s...
A Woman's Life Directed by Stéphane Brizé February 17, 6:30pm at the Film Society of Lincoln Center as the Opening Night film of Film Comment Selects Those familiar with Stéphane Brizé’s contemporary morality tale The Measure of a Man may be surprised by his latest film, A Woman’s Life. To be fair, both films show people who are forced to adjust to brutal, unforeseen circumstances. The Measure of a Man, about a worker who is suddenly laid...
The Neighboring Scenes showcase returns to the Film Society of Lincoln Center January 26-31, with a program highlighting the range of contemporary Latin American cinema. Particularly encouraging is the strong presence of women—among them Lina Rodriguez, with an exquisitely written drama, This Time Tomorrow, which premiered in 2016, in Locarno; Laura Huertas Millán, with a hybrid film, Black Sun; and Marília Rocha, whose earlier documentaries won acclaim in her native Brazil, including a top...
The news of Andrzej Żuławski’s death comes just as a sidebar retrospective of his work commences at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Film Comment Selects. Żuławski, who prior to his latest film, Cosmos (2015), had kept away from filmmaking for fifteen years, had been undergoing an intensive cancer treatment. He passed away on the night of February 16th. Born in Lviv, Ukraine, Żuławski, like many of his generation, was impacted by the trauma of...

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