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1965, Janus Films, 160 min, Japan, Dir: Masaki Kobayashi

After more than a decade of sober political dramas and socially minded period pieces, the great Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi shifted gears dramatically for this rapturously stylized quartet of ghost stories. Featuring colorfully surreal sets and luminous cinematography, these haunting tales of demonic comeuppance and spiritual trials, adapted from writer Lafcadio Hearn’s collections of Japanese folklore, are existentially frightening and meticulously crafted.

2019, Netflix, 81 min, France, Dir: Jérémy Clapin

Romance, mystery and adventure intertwine as a young man falls in love and a severed hand scours Paris for its owner in Jérémy Clapin’s mesmerizing feature debut. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and Winner of the Nespresso Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. “It’s one of the most original and creative animated features I’ve ever seen: macabre, of course - how could it be otherwise, given the premise? - but remarkably captivating and unexpectedly poetic in the process.” – Peter Debruge, Variety.

1977, Rainbow Releasing, 105 min, UK, Dir: Terry Gilliam

Michael Palin stars in this fractured fairy tale as Dennis Cooper, a woodworker, who, following the death of his father, must face a series of challenges, which include nothing less than slaying the dreaded eponymous dragon. Gilliam’s outrageous first solo feature incorporates his unique brand of medieval madness, adapted from Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poem.

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