With the 52nd Annual New York Film Festival set to kick off today, what better time to look back at last year’s films? Luckily, quite a number of the best films from last year’s film festival are now available to stream on Netflix, including an impressive selection of international films.
Below, in alphabetical order, we list the films which are available to stream now (with descriptions partially provided by The Film Society of Lincoln Center).
Alan Partridge (Declan Lowney, 2013): In the big-screen debut of Steve Coogan’s singular comic creation, the vain and obliviously tactless Alan Partridge must serve as an intermediary when North Norfolk Digital is seized at gunpoint by a down-sized DJ.
All is Lost (J.C. Chandor, 2013): Robert Redford gives a near-wordless yet incredibly powerful performance as a lone sailor trying to keep his yacht afloat after a collision with a discarded shipping container in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
Bastards (Claire Denis, 2013): Claire Denis’s jagged, daringly fragmented and deeply unsettling film inspired by recent French sex ring scandals is a contemporary film noir, perfect in substance as well as style.
Blue is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013): The sensation of last year’s Cannes Film Festival is an intimate – and sexually explicit – epic of emotional transformation, featuring two astonishing award-winning performances from Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux.
The Immigrant (James Gray, 2013): In James Gray’s richly detailed period tragedy, set in a dusty, sepia-toned 1920s Manhattan (shot by Darius Khondji), a young Polish immigrant (Marion Cotillard) is caught in a dangerous battle of wills with a shady burlesque manager (Joaquin Phoenix) and his nemesis (Jeremy Renner).
Jimmy P. (Arnaud, Desplechin, 2013): In Arnaud Desplechin’s intelligent and moving depiction of a successful “Talking Cure,” the encounters between patient (Benicio del Toro) and therapist (Mathieu Amalric) are electric with discovery.
Like Father, Like Son (Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2013): Hirokazu Kore-eda’s sensitive drama takes a close look at two families’ radically different approaches to the horribly painful realization that the sons they have raised as their own were switched at birth
The Missing Picture (Rithy Panh, 2013): Filmmaker Rithy Panh’s brave documentary revisits his memories of four years spent under the Khmer Rouge and the destruction of his family and his culture; without a single memento left behind, he re-creates his “missing images” through narration and painstakingly executed dioramas.
Omar (Hany Abu-Assad, 2013): A tense thriller about betrayal — suspected and real — from a Palestinian filmmaker.
The Square (Jehane Noujaim, 2013): Jehane Noujaim’s tense, vivid verité portrait of events as they unfolded in Tahrir Square through Arab Spring and beyond, was acquired by Netflix.
Stranger by the Lake (Alain Guiraudie, 2013): Alain Guiraudie’s sexually explicit film, which unfolds entirely in the vicinity of a gay cruising ground, is both a no-holds-barred depiction of a hedonistic subculture and a perverse and unnerving tale of amour fou. NSFW.