At some point at the last Cannes Film Festival, it became apparent that IFC Films was targeting many of the least obviously commercial (but most cinephile-friendly) films. The distributor's latest release, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, has already established itself as a critical smash and an audience hit; its next, Jacques Rivette's The Duchess of Langeais, opens this Friday. Next week, BAM's "Tribute to IFC Films" previews several other impressive pick-ups: Gus Van Sant's exceedingly excellent teen-skater drama Paranoid Park; veteran Claude Chabrol's latest comedy of nastiness, A Girl Cut in Two; and Hou Hsiao-hsien's fantastically idiosyncratic riff on a classic French kids' film, Flight of the Red Balloon. There are also two movies by Christophe Honoré: his 2006 Dans Paris and last year's Love Songs. Anchoring the week-long series is Ken Loach's latest tract, It's a Free World—the title is ironic—which is scheduled to show at least once a day during the series. February 29 through March 6, BAM.
Get the Film Club Newsletter
Stay up to date on the best new movies with our critics' latest reviews, interviews and trailers for the films coming to a theater near you each week.