IFC and their IFC Midnight and Sundance Selects labels are hosting a series featuring some their most anticipated new titles the weekend of October 21-23. The mini-festival will include the NY premiere of Julia Leigh’s controversial “Sleeping Beauty,” Bertrand Bonello’s “House of Tolerance,” Justin Kurzel’s “Snowtown” and Berlin-winner “Forgiveness of Blood” by Joshua Marston (“Maria Full of Grace”), which was just ruled ineligible for the Foreign Language Oscar.
A description of the films in the BAM series, with descriptions provided by BAM is below.
“Forgiveness of Blood” (2011)
109 min. NY Premiere
Directed by Joshua Marston. With Refet Abazi, Tristan Halilaj.
In Marston’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed film “Maria Full of Grace,” an Albanian teen and his brother become the targets of a blood feud (a six-centuries-old law in Albania) when their father kills their neighbor and goes into hiding. This tense, superbly acted drama is a plangent exploration of the clash of traditional values with those of the modern world. Fri, Oct 21 at 6:50pm
“Goodbye First Love” (2011)
108 min. NYFF 2011 Official Selection
Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve. With Lola Créton, Sebastian Urzendowsky.
Hansen-Løve’s (“Father of My Children”) latest details the passionate first love of two young teenagers, following the progression of their relationship—from initial rapture to heartbreak—as he decides to travel the world before settling down. Devastated, she learns to grapple with his absence and move on. Sat, Oct 22 at 3pm
“House of Tolerance” (2011)
125 min. NY Premiere
Directed by Bertrand Bonello. With Hafsia Herzi, Céline Sallette.
It’s the dawn of the 20th century and L’Apollonide, a house of tolerance, is living its last days. In this closed world where some men fall in love and others become viciously harmful, the girls of the house share their secrets, fears, joys, and pain. Sun, Oct 23 at 3pm
“The Kid with a Bike” (2011)
87 min. NYFF 2011 Official Selection
Directed by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne. With Thomas Doret, Cécile De France, Jérémie Renier.
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, the Dardenne brothers’ (“Rosetta,” “The Child”) latest social realist portrait is a poetic, unsentimental tale of 11-year-old Cyril (incredible find Doret), a sharp and intense boy whose dad dumps him at an orphanage and sells his beloved bicycle. Kind hairdresser Samantha becomes a temporary guardian and helps to retrieve his bike as the boy struggles to accept that his dad no longer wants him. Sat, Oct 22 at 6pm
“Kill List” (2011)
95 min. NY Premiere
Directed by Ben Wheatley. With Neil Maskell, Michael Smiley.
Eight months after a disastrous job in Kyiv leaves him physically and mentally scarred, ex-soldier turned contract killer Jay is pressured by his partner into taking a new assignment. As they descend into the dark, disturbing world of the contract, Jay begins to unravel once again—his fear and paranoia sending him deep into the heart of darkness. Fri, Oct 21 at 9:15pm
104 min. 3-D
Directed by Wim Wenders.
In this astonishing film, Wenders pays tribute to his friend Pina Bausch, one of the most influential and groundbreaking figures in modern dance. Boasting kinetic performances by Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal, which has been a mainstay at BAM for decades, Pina brings the artist’s choreography to life in stunning 3-D, showcasing seminal works throughout her storied career in settings as diverse as swimming pools, urban intersections, high school gyms, and forests. Sun, Oct 23 at 6pm
Theatrical premiere run starts Dec 23 at BAM Rose Cinemas
“Sleeping Beauty” (2011)
102 min. NY Premiere
Directed by Julia Leigh. With Emily Browning, Rachael Blake.
Australian novelist Leigh’s erotic debut is a visually stunning work about Lucy, a young university student who takes a job as a Sleeping Beauty. In the “Sleeping Beauty” Chamber, old men seek an erotic experience that requires Lucy’s absolute submission. This unsettling task starts to bleed into Lucy’s daily life and she soon develops an increasing need to know what happens to her while she’s asleep. Sat, Oct 22 at 9pm
120 min. NY Premiere
Directed by Justin Kurzel. With Daniel Henshall, Lucas Pittaway.
When 16-year-old Jamie begins a friendship with a charismatic man, his world is threatened by his loyalty to and fear of his newfound father figure, John Bunting—Australia’s most notorious serial killer. Sun, Oct 23 at 9pm