by Sandy Mandelberger, North American Editor
Film Comment, the highly respected film magazine that is devoted to independent, international and esoteric cinema, is hosting an eclectic program of films best described as “neglected gems” at the flagship arthouse cinema of the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City starting this Friday.
The series of films that have premiered on the international film festival circuit but have yet to secure widespread distribution will offer 19 New York premieres, selected by the editorial staff of the magazine,. Running from February 20 to March 5, selections include new work by Michael Almereyda, Kathryn Bigelow, John Boorman, Jean-Claude Brisseau, Philippe Garrel, Fernando Eimbcke, and Paul Schrader, as well as Götz Spielmann’s Austrian drama REVANCHE, a nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2009 Academy Awards.
The series will also bring several cult favorites, including two iconic documentaries by Joel DeMott and Jeff Kreines, R.W. Fassbinder’s revolutionary satire THE THIRD GENERATION and the Sapphic cult classic THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE.
The series opened last week with the New York premiere of LABYRINTH, a diary-like film by Michael Almereyda that pieces together 33 slice-of-life scenes shot in more than 20 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Seoul, and Esfahan, Iran. Closing the series is the Iraq War military drama THE HURT LOCKER by Kathryn Bigelow. For more information, log on to: http://www.filmlinc.com/