Film Comment Selects 16: Charles Bronson, Andrzej Zulawski & More
Film Society of Lincoln Center's Film Comment Selects lineup announced.
Published on December 21, 2015 | Filed under News
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Film Society of Lincoln Center have announced the lineup for their always exciting Film Comment Selects series which runs February 17th – 24th, 2016. As with years past, this offers up a slate of new content, including premiers, as well as some spotlights on older titles. The most exciting of which are a three film spotlight on Andrzej Zulawski – The Devil, On the Silver Globe, and Third Part of the Night – which coincides with their premier of his new film, Cosmos; and a two film tribute to Charles Bronson with Breakout and Rider on the Rain, both screening in 35mm. Also on the repertory side are screenings of Chantal Akerman’s Golden Eighties and Ray Davies’ Return to Waterloo, also both screening on 35mm.

For new titles, the series will open with the most recent offering from Terrance Davies, Sunset Song. Also included are new/debut films from Marco Bellocchio, Benoît Jacquot, Damien Odoul, Phillippe Grandrieux, Vuk Rsumovic, Ross Lipman, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Kianoush Ayyari, and Aleksai German Jr. More details can be found at Film Society of Lincoln Center’s website. Press release follows.

New York, NY (December 21, 2015) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces the lineup for the 16th edition of Film Comment magazine’s annual festival, with its customarily unpredictable blend of sublime wonders and hard-hitting visions, February 17-24.

“Every year there’s always a battle to get the best films for the festival as the programming landscape becomes more and more competitive. This year was no exception, but once the one or two must-haves fall into place, everything else comes together as if by magic,” says Film Comment’s editor-in-chief Gavin Smith. “So if there’s a secret to the way Film Comment selects, it’s a combination of luck, nail-biting patience, and, when it comes to the revivals and retrospectives, just a little bit of offbeat inspiration.”

Opening the festival is the New York premiere of Sunset Song, the long-awaited must-see from Terence Davies, a glorious study in hardship and romantic loss starring Agyness Deyn and Peter Mullan. Closing night is a tribute to the late Chantal Akerman, with a revival of her rare, utterly delightful musical Golden Eighties.

Among the hard-hitters are a pair of wrenching discoveries from Serbia and Iran, No One’s Child by Vuk Rsumovic and The Paternal House by Kianoush Ayyari; Damien Odoul’s The Fear, a harrowing yet serene vision of World War I; plus the latest work from Benoît Jacquot, Alexei German Jr., and Hirokazu Kore-eda.

A sidebar of restored works by the Polish master Andrzej Zulawski features a selection of new digital restorations of his landmark Polish films, including his debut, The Third Part of the Night; his towering film maudit On the Silver Globe; and the U.S. premiere of his new film, Cosmos.

Revivals featured in the 16th edition also include a two-film spotlight on Charles Bronson, taking its cue from Film Comment’s November/December issue, and a rare glimpse of The Kinks singer-songwriter Ray Davies’s 1984 Return to Waterloo (also featured in the magazine’s November/December issue).

Programmed by Gavin Smith. Spotlight on Andrzej Zulawski organized by Florence Almozini.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 4, with early access for Film Society members and Film Comment subscribers beginning Tuesday, February 2. Tickets are $14; $11 for students and seniors (62+); and $9 for members and Film Comment subscribers. See more and save with the $99 All Access Pass or 3+ film discount package.

Justin LaLiberty holds degrees in film preservation from the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation and film studies from Keene State College. He is the Creative Manager at Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers and is an itinerant projectionist, ready to run reels if you've got 'em.
Justin LaLiberty