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High-profile premieres and the world's leading filmmakers.

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99 Homes

Ramin Bahrani | USA

Desperate to save his family home, an unemployed construction worker (Andrew Garfield) joins an unscrupulous realtor (Michael Shannon) in the dirty business of foreclosing on the disenfranchised, in this enthralling and timely drama from acclaimed director Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart, Chop Shop).

American Heist

American Heist

Sarik Andreasyan | USA

Two brothers (Adrien Brody and Hayden Christensen) with troubled pasts become embroiled in a high-stakes bank robbery, in this indie action thriller also starring Jordana Brewster and Akon.

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Before We Go

Chris Evans | USA

Chris Evans makes his directorial debut with this winning romance about two strangers (Evans and Alice Eve, Star Trek: Into Darkness) who spend a long, magical night in NYC after missing the last train at Grand Central Terminal.

Breakup Buddies

Breakup Buddies

Ning Hao | China

Recently cuckolded and reeling from a messy divorce, a hapless former singer hits the road — and the bar — with his all-too-helpful best bud, in this raunchy romantic comedy from director Ning Hao (No Man's Land).

Cake

Cake

Daniel Barnz | USA

While struggling with her own trauma, a woman in a chronic-pain support group (Jennifer Aniston) begins to investigate the suicide of a fellow group member (Anna Kendrick) and develops an unexpected relationship with the woman’s husband (Sam Worthington), in this highly anticipated drama also starring William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman.

Coming Home

Coming Home

Zhang Yimou | China

In the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution, an amnesiac woman (superstar Gong Li) struggles to regain her memory and reconnect with her long-imprisoned husband, in this enthralling and emotional drama from Chinese master Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Hero).

The Dead Lands

The Dead Lands

Toa Fraser | New Zealand/United Kingdom

In this dazzling action epic set in pre-colonial New Zealand, the young son of a murdered tribal chieftain seeks vengeance on his family’s killers by learning the ancient Maori martial arts from a legendary warrior.

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Dearest

Peter Ho-sun Chan | China/Hong Kong

The Drop

The Drop

Michael R. Roskam | USA

A Brooklyn bartender finds himself caught between the cops and a crew of Chechen mobsters, in this gritty crime drama starring Tom Hardy, Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust & Bone), Noomi Rapace and the late, great James Gandolfini.

Eden

Eden

Mia Hansen-Løve | France

Greta Gerwig and Brady Corbet star in the exhilarating new film from French auteur Mia Hansen-Løve (Goodbye First Love), which traces the rise of the French electronic-music boom in the 1990s.

Far From Men

Far From Men

David Oelhoffen | France

In this gritty tale of survival adapted from a short story by Albert Camus, a reclusive teacher (Viggo Mortensen) helps a villager accused of murder (Reda Kateb, Un prophète) escape into the mountains during the Algerian War.

Force Majeure

Force Majeure

Ruben Östlund | Sweden/Norway/Denmark/France

An impulsive decision in a moment of crisis drives a wedge between a husband and wife, in this gripping moral drama from provocative director Ruben Östlund (Play) that became a word-of-mouth sensation at this year’s Cannes.

The Gate

The Gate

Regis Wargnier | France

Two decades after forging an unlikely alliance in Pol Pot’s Cambodia, a French ethnologist and a former Khmer Rouge official meet again after the latter is arrested for crimes against humanity, in this searing drama from top French director Régis Wargnier (Indochine, East/West).

Good Kill

Good Kill

Andrew Niccol | USA

A troubled Air Force officer (Ethan Hawke) charged with directing drone strikes enters a moral minefield as the rationale for targeting purported terrorists becomes ever more murky, in this bold, challenging and timely drama from writer-director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War).

The Good Lie

The Good Lie

Philippe Falardeau | USA

An American woman (Reese Witherspoon) takes four refugees from the Sudanese civil war under her wing, in this hotly anticipated, based-on-fact drama from Monsieur Lazhar director Philippe Falardeau.

Hector and the Search for Happiness

Hector and the Search for Happiness

Peter Chelsom | Germany/Canada

A dissatisfied London psychiatrist (Simon Pegg) embarks on a continent-crossing trip to discover the secret of happiness, in this globe-trotting comedy that also features Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer.

The Humbling

The Humbling

Barry Levinson |

An aged and addled actor (Al Pacino) has his world turned upside down after he embarks upon an affair with a much younger woman (Greta Gerwig), in this acidulous adaptation of the Philip Roth novel from director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Bugsy, Wag the Dog).

Hungry Hearts

Hungry Hearts

Saverio Costanzo | Italy

A young married couple in New York City engages in a fateful struggle over the life of their newborn child, in this eerie, claustrophobic suspense drama from Italian director Saverio Costanzo (Private, In Memory of Myself).

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

Morten Tyldum | USA

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as brilliant Cambridge mathematician, cryptanalyst and pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing, who spearheaded the Enigma code-breaking operation during World War II and was later persecuted by the British government for his homosexuality.

The Keeping Room

The Keeping Room

Daniel Barber | USA

In this stunning suspense drama, three women (Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and Muna Otaru) left alone on an isolated farm during the last days of the American Civil War are besieged by a pair of murderous Yankee scouts.

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

Joann Sfar, Tomm Moore, Bill Plympton, Roger Allers, Gaëtan Brizzi, Paul Brizzi, Joan Gratz, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Nina Paley, Michal Socha | Canada/France/Lebanon/Qatar/United States of America

Director Roger Allers (The Lion King) assembled an array of internationally acclaimed animators to realize episodes from the classic text by the renowned Lebanese poet, which are woven into the tale of a mischievous young girl (voiced by Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Quvenzhané Wallis) who attempts to free an imprisoned poet (Liam Neeson).

The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years

Richard LaGravenese | USA

A struggling actress (Anna Kendrick) and her novelist lover (Jeremy Jordan) look back on the last half-decade of their relationship from very different viewpoints, in this adaptation of the hit Broadway musical from writer-director Richard LaGravenese.

Learning to Drive

Learning to Drive

Isabel Coixet | USA

After her lover leaves her, a Manhattan writer (Patricia Clarkson) finds strange solace in her biweekly lessons with a Sikh driving instructor (Ben Kingsley), in this adaptation of Katha Pollitt’s 2002 essay for The New Yorker.

Love & Mercy

Love & Mercy

Bill Pohlad | USA

Paul Dano and John Cusack play younger and older iterations of Brian Wilson in this chronicle of the Beach Boys founder’s decades-long struggles with mental health and substance abuse.

Manglehorn

Manglehorn

David Gordon Green | USA

Haunted by the memory of the woman he loved and lost forty years ago, an ex-con (Al Pacino) tries to hide his past and start his life over as a small-town locksmith, in the new film from David Gordon Green (George Washington, All the Real Girls).

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Men, Women & Children

Jason Reitman | USA

Featuring a sterling ensemble cast — including Emma Thompson, Judy Greer, Adam Sandler, and Rosemarie DeWitt — the new film from Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Labor Day) offers a poignant look at the many ways that the internet has changed the relationships between teenagers and their parents.

Miss Julie

Miss Julie

Liv Ullman | Norway/United Kingdom/Ireland

Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton star in this stunning adaptation of the classic August Strindberg play directed by legendary actress and filmmaker Liv Ullmann.

Mr. Turner

Mr. Turner

Mike Leigh | United Kingdom

Timothy Spall won the Best Actor prize at Cannes for his magnificent performance as J.M.W. Turner, in Mike Leigh’s gorgeously rendered biopic of the famed British landscape painter.

My Old Lady

My Old Lady

Israel Horovitz | USA

A harried New Yorker (Kevin Kline) trying to sell the Parisian apartment he’s inherited from his late father runs up against its current occupants — a spirited elderly woman (Maggie Smith) and her acid-tongued daughter (Kristin Scott Thomas) — in this warm and witty comedy-drama from the great American playwright Israel Horovitz.

Ned Rifle

Ned Rifle

Hal Hartley | USA

American indie icon Hal Hartley completes the trilogy he began with Henry Fool and Fay Grim with this delightfully offbeat tale about Henry and Fay’s teenage son Ned, who emerges from a witness protection program with a single, fixed purpose: to kill his father for ruining his mother’s life.

Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler

Dan Gilroy | USA

A drifter and petty thief (Jake Gyllenhaal) joins the nocturnal legions of scuzzy freelance photographers who scour the city for gruesome crime-scene footage, in this gripping portrait of the dark side of L.A. from veteran screenwriter and first-time director Dan Gilroy.

Pasolini

Pasolini

Abel Ferrara | France/Italy/Belgium

Willem Dafoe uncannily embodies the legendary Italian filmmaker, poet and novelist Pier Paolo Pasolini in this biopic from controversial director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, Go Go Tales).

Phoenix

Phoenix

Christian Petzold | Germany

A concentration-camp survivor (Nina Hoss) searches ravaged postwar Berlin for the husband who might have betrayed her to the Nazis, in this gripping drama from leading German filmmaker Christian Petzold (Jerichow, Barbara).

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The Reach

Jean-Baptiste Leonetti | USA

A high-rolling corporate shark (Michael Douglas) and his impoverished young guide (Jeremy Irvine, War Horse) play the most dangerous game during a hunting trip in the Mojave desert, in this lean, mean cat-and-mouse thriller.

Red Amnesia

Red Amnesia

Wang Xiaoshuai | China

A retired widow has her daily routine derailed when she starts receiving mysterious, anonymous phone calls, in this scintillating thriller from Chinese "Sixth Generation" master Wang Xiaoshuai (Beijing Bicycle).

Return to Ithaca

Return to Ithaca

Laurent Cantet | France

Five old friends in Havana reflect on their lives, experiences and unrealized dreams, in this thoughtful, delicate and affecting character study from lauded director Laurent Cantet (The Class).

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Rosewater

Jon Stewart | USA

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart makes his directorial debut with the true story of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari (played by Gael García Bernal), whose appearance on Stewart’s show in 2009 precipitated his five-month imprisonment by the Iranian government.

A Second Chance

A Second Chance

Susanne Bier | Denmark

A veteran police officer (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones) with a wife and new baby makes a fateful decision when he is brought back into contact with a pair of junkie parents, in this powerful, morally complex drama from Academy Award-winning director Susanne Bier (Brothers, In a Better World).

Still Alice

Still Alice

Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland |

A successful Harvard professor (Julianne Moore) struggles to maintain her mind and self after being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, in this adaptation of the Lisa Genova novel co-starring Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin and Kate Bosworth.

The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything

James Marsh | United Kingdom/United States of America

Renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne, Les Misérables) and his wife Jane (Felicity Jones, The Invisible Woman, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) struggle with Stephen’s debilitating illness as he embarks on his groundbreaking study of the nature of time, in this moving adaptation of Jane Hawking’s memoir from Academy Award-winning director James Marsh (Man on Wire).

Time Out of Mind

Time Out of Mind

Oren Moverman | USA

A New York man forced into a homeless shelter (Richard Gere) tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter (Jena Malone), in this emotional drama from director Oren Moverman (The Messenger).

Top Five

Top Five

Chris Rock | USA

Chris Rock writes, directs and stars alongside Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union and Kevin Hart in this dramedy about a comedian-turned-film star who is determined to prove himself as a "serious" actor.

Whiplash

Whiplash

Damien Chazelle | USA

An ambitious young drummer (Miles Teller) at a prestigious music academy clashes with a hard-driving instructor (J.K. Simmons) in this sizzling drama that is already one of the year’s most talked-about films.

Wild Tales

Wild Tales

Damian Szifron | Argentina/Spain

More than living up to its title, director Damián Szifron’s compendium of outrageous, hilarious and truly bizarre anecdotes offers a subversive, blackly comic portrait of contemporary Argentina.

While We're Young

While We're Young

Noah Baumbach | USA

A frustrated middle-aged filmmaker and his wife (Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) become enamoured of a young hipster artist couple (Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver) in writer-director Noah Baumbach’s eagerly anticipated follow-up to the Festival hit Frances Ha.