Thu. Aug 13th, 2020

IFC Films launches curated retrospectives in support of theaters

IFC Films announced today “The Indie Theater Revival Project,” an initiative to support its theater partners as they reopen for audiences in the coming weeks and months. The company has put together 20 curated retrospective programs, which include approximately 200 films spanning IFC Films’ 20-year history and will make them available to cinemas across the US, starting May 29. No film rental will be due for these special engagements. A selection of the programs will also be presented at IFC Center, IFC Films’ cinema in New York City, when it reopens.

“The Indie Theater Revival Project” allows theaters to book any number of the retrospective programs, in part or in total, any time through the first month after a theater reopens. Theaters can sign up for the project and get more information at

“Independent theaters across the country have been essential partners for us at IFC Films, and we would not be where we are today without their support,” the company announced in a statement. “We wanted to take the first step and let theaters know that we are committed to helping them reopen their doors by providing a selection of films to program while the new release landscape gets back to normal.”

The 20 retrospective programs available in “The Indie Theater Revival Project” include “Yes We Cannes!” (award-winners from the Cannes Film Festival, including 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS and THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY); “Discover Together” (a slate of family-friendly documentaries including CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS and PICK OF THE LITTER); portraits of the famous and infamous (from Joan Rivers to Elaine Stritch to Che Guevara and beyond); outrageous genre favorites (including THE BABADOOK, ANTICHRIST, and THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE); and IFC Films’ greatest hits. A preliminary lineup is available at; a complete list of the programs will be announced in the coming weeks.

The first three retrospective programs to be announced are:

Greatest Hits: Indie Blockbusters from IFC Films

  • BOYHOOD (Richard Linklater, 2014)
  • Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN (Alfonso Cuaron, 2002)
  • THE DEATH OF STALIN (Armando Iannucci, 2018)
  • CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (Werner Herzog, 2011)
  • TOUCHING THE VOID (Kevin Macdonald, 2004)
  • 45 YEARS (Andrew Haigh, 2015)
  • FRANCES HA (Noah Baumbach, 2013)
  • BUCK (Cindy Meehl, 2011)
  • ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW (Miranda July, 2005)
  • THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY (Matt Brown, 2015)
  • PHOENIX (Christian Petzold, 2014)
  • BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013)

Yes We Cannes! – A selection of 15 IFC Films releases that have won major prizes at the Cannes Film Festival  

       Palme d’or (Best Film) winners:

  • I, DANIEL BLAKE (Ken Loach, 2016)
  • DHEEPAN (Jacques Audiard, 2015)
  • BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013)
  • 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS (Cristian Mungiu, 2007)

Camera d’or (Best First Film) winners:

  • ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW (Miranda July, 2005)
  • HUNGER (Steve McQueen, 2008)

Grand Prix (Second place award) winners:

  • GOMORRAH (Matteo Garrone, 2008)
  • THE KID WITH A BIKE (Dardennes Brothers, 2011)

Jury Prize:

  • FISH TANK (Andrea Arnold, 2009)
  • LIKE FATHER LIKE SON (Hirokazu Kore-Eda, 2013)

Best Director:

  • PERSONAL SHOPPER (Olivier Assayas, 2016)

Best Actress – Charlotte Gainsbourg:

  • ANTICHRIST (Lars von Trier, 2009)

Best Actress – Juliette Binoche:

  • CERTIFIED COPY (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010)

Best Actor – Benicio Del Toro:

  • CHE (Steven Soderbergh, 2008)

Cult Icons  – What makes a cult icon? Only the audience can decide. Explore 10 cult hits from IFC Films.

  • THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE (André Øvredal, 2016)
  • THE BABADOOK (Jennifer Kent, 2014)
  • COLD IN JULY (Jim Mickle, 2014)
  • DEPRAVED (Larry Fessenden, 2019)
  • FOLLOWING (Christopher Nolan, 1998)
  • THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT (Lars Von Trier, 2018)
  • THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (Tom Six, 2009)
  • KILL LIST (Ben Wheatley, 2011)
  • SIGHTSEERS (Ben Wheatley, 2012)
  • VALHALLA RISING (Nicholas Winding-Refn, 2009)
  • WITCHING AND BITCHING (Alex De La Iglesia, 2013)
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