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Tribeca 2023

Here’s a quick guide to filmmaker profiles and critics’ recommendations.

By David Hudson

Béla Tarr in LA and NYC

The Hungarian filmmaker will give introductions and take questions during retrospectives hosted by the American Cinematheque and Film at Lincoln Center.

By David Hudson

Jacques Rozier: Risk and Desire

The director of one of the major early works of the French New Wave lived to see interest in his work revived.

By David Hudson

Did You See This?

Decades of Radical Change

This week we’re spotlighting Ken Jacobs, queer cinema in the 1990s, and the return of the afro-horn.

By David Hudson

Kenneth Anger: “Magic Is What You Make It”

The late filmmaker had a profound impact on directors such as Scorsese and Lynch; he could also be a handful.

By David Hudson

Triet’s Triumph: 2023 Cannes Awards

It’s not every year that so many critics are pleased with the juries’ choices.

By David Hudson

Three Routes Through Thelma & Louise

How the West Was Won

Seamlessly blending an array of cinematic traditions, Thelma & Louise is more than anything a western—one that takes advantage of the genre’s elasticity and reflects its preoccupation with justice, liberty, and self-determination.

By Jessica Kiang

Three Routes Through Thelma & Louise

Bringing to Life

What makes Thelma & Louise truly a film for women, despite the fact that it was directed by a man, are its stars, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, who imbue their iconic performances with tender, unwavering specificity.

By Rachel Syme

Three Routes Through Thelma & Louise

At the Wheel

Arriving at a fulcrum moment in women’s history in the United States, Thelma & Louise stoked controversy by delivering a boldly feminist worldview in a funny, warm, and sexy package.

By Rebecca Traister

Directors’ Fortnight Standouts

This year saw the return of Michel Gondry, a strong showing from New York, and a bittersweet love story from Georgia.

By David Hudson

An Asian American Comedy Milestone Riffs on a Kung-Fu Icon

One of the first hit movies made by an Asian American team, They Call Me Bruce confronts everyday racism with irreverent humor emblematic of its era.

By Oliver Wang

2023 Critics’ Week Awards

Audrey Diwan’s jury spotlights emerging talents from Malaysia, Belgium, Serbia, and France.

By David Hudson

Fallen Leaves and Asteroid City

Two of Cannes’s favorite directors, Aki Kaurismäki and Wes Anderson, return to the competition.

By David Hudson

Petite maman: Au revoir l’enfance

In one of her most moving explorations of youth, Céline Sciamma offers the gently radical and reparative chance for a mother and child to share a perspective.

By So Mayer

Triet, Haynes, Ceylan

Anatomy of a Fall, May December, and About Dry Grasses are among the critical favorites in competition in Cannes.

By David Hudson

Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest

Drawing freely from the novel by the late Martin Amis, Glazer emphasizes the horror of what we do not see.

By David Hudson

Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon

Blending a tragic love story and a terrifying, slow-motion genocide, Killers has premiered out of competition in Cannes.

By David Hudson

Did You See This?

Desires Betrayed

Take a break from Cannes with Eric Rohmer, the Dardennes, Patrice Chéreau, Joanna Hogg, and Matthew Barney.

By David Hudson

Anything Is Possible Here: A Conversation with Miryam Charles

In her feature debut, Cette maison, the Haitian Canadian filmmaker develops an ornate and innovative approach to documentary form as she grapples with a painful part of her family history.

By Nataleah Hunter-Young

Almodóvar, McQueen, Wenders

A half-hour western, a challenging essay film, and a 3D portrait of a major artist premiere as Special Screenings in Cannes.

By David Hudson

Cannes: Maïwenn and Moving Right Along

Now that Jeanne du Barry has opened this year’s edition, critics look ahead to the movies they’re anticipating most.

By David Hudson

May Books

New this month: André Bazin in English, the Farrow family, and Tom Hanks’s first novel.

By David Hudson

Targets: American Sniper

Inspired by golden-age monster movies and the story of a real-life mass murderer, Peter Bogdanovich’s debut feature evokes the psychic dread of America in the 1960s, a decade defined by long-distance and increasingly high-profile gun violence.

By Adam Nayman

Did You See This?

Parallel Orders

This week: Swiss anarchists, Spanish analogue filmmakers, Warren Sonbert, and Jerzy Skolimowski.

By David Hudson