Film Comment Selects 2014: Ecclectic Mix of Critics' Darlings and Rediscoveries

Dustin Chang, Contributing Writer
Each year, Film Comment Magazine holds a film series at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, its selection of films assembled from festivals around the world by its esteemed editors. In its 14th year, Film Comment Selects 2014 consists of 22 films (17 of them local premieres) from all corners of the cinema spectrum, including genre tropes, new films by seasoned and upcoming filmmakers, well-deserved revivals and Jane Campion's much praised TV show Top of the Lake in its entirety.

Specifically, the selection includes new films from Lukas Moodyson, Hong Sang-soo, Denis Villeneuve, Lasse Hallström, Bernardo Bertolucci, Ti West and much more.

It will also feature two earlier works (Wolfsberg and Ghosts) of the lead figure in Berliner Schule, Christian Petzold, The City of Pirates -- a seldom seen masterpiece by the master surrealist Raul Ruiz -- as well as the adaptation of Betrayal, arguably the greatest play that famed playwright Harold Pinter ever wrote, starring Jeremy Irons and Ben Kingsley.

Unsurprisingly, many of their choices have been covered here at Twitch - The Station (read Todd's TIFF review here), Felony (Kurt's TIFF review here), Intruders (Todd's TIFF review here) and Our Sunhi (Teresa's VFF review here).

The series will open with Hong's lastest film Our Sunhi and close with Bertolucci's Me and You. Please visit Film Society of Lincoln Center website for the full list and tickets. The series runs from February 17-27.Meanwhile, here are previews of five films I was able to watch in advance: