7 Films Worth Seeing at the 2011 New York Film Festival

The FreeStyle Life’s 7 films to see at The 49th New York Film Festival

THE ARTIST – see trailer now
With the advent of sound, silent film veteran George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) fears his Hollywood stardom is in jeopardy, while Peppy Miller, a young extra, becomes a major movie star. Staying true to the period and the subject of the film, director Michel Hazanavicius filmed The Artist in black and white and entirely without sound. Starring Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, Malcolm McDowell, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller and Missi Pyle. Directed by Michel Hazanavicius.

MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE – see trailer now
After escaping from an abusive cult, a young woman struggles to come to grips with what happened to her inside the cult and re-adjust to life on the outside. Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, and Hugh Dancy. Written and directed by Sean Durkin.

A DANGEROUS METHOD – see trailer now
A Dangerous Method, the latest from director David Cronenberg, examines the complex relationship between the fathers of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. Based on the book “A Most Dangerous Method” by John Kerr and adapted from the play “The Talking Cure” by Christopher Hampton. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightly, Vincent Cassel and Sarah Gadon. Directed by David Cronenberg.

MELANCHOLIA – see trailer now
Part sci-fi apocalypse drama, part character study exploration of despair, depression and anxiety, Lars von Trier continues to push boundaries with his latest film, Melancholia . With a previously undiscovered planet hurtling towards Earth on a collision course, a new bride, her sister and their families are forced to cope with the imminent apocalypse in their own way. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgard and Kiefer Sutherland. Written and directed by Lars von Trier.

A SEPARATION – see trailer now
Nader and Simin are an Iranian couple struggling with the decision of whether or not to leave Iran and relocate abroad. When Nader chooses to stay in Iran to care for his father who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, Simin files for divorce. They are granted a trial separation, but divorce is never simple, and the two must handle the complexities related to the custody of their 11 year old daughter and the care for Nader’s ailing father. Starring Leila Hatami, Peyman Moaadi, Shahab Hosseini, Sareh Bayat and Sarina Farhadi. Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi . From Iran. Persian with English Subtitles.

LE HAVRE – see trailer now
In this deadpan comedy from Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismaki, an elderly man who is down on his luck takes in a young African illegal immigrant trying to make his way to England in a cargo shipping container. Starring Andre Wilms, Kati Outinen, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Blondin Miguel and Elina Salo. Written and directed by Aki Kaurismaki. From Finland. French with English subtitles.

THE SKIN I LIVE IN – see trailer now
In this twisted revenge thriller, a plastic surgeon hunts down the man who raped his daughter and exacts his own disturbing form of retribution. Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Based on the novel by Thierry Jonquet. Starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya and Jan Cornet. Written and directed by Pedro Almodovar. From Spain. Spanish with English subtitles.

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