Film Comment Selects

Film Comment Selects is an annual program hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and curated by the editors and writers of Film Comment magazine. It aims to provide a cutting-edge lineup of eclectic and international films, many of which have appeared on the international film festival circuit and been championed in the magazine but have yet to gain distribution. The program first appeared as a one-off event in March 2000, organized by editor Richard T. Jameson and showcasing the most significant films and filmmakers of the past decade. Gavin Smith and Kent Jones added three New York premieres to the roster (Lars von Trier’s The Idiots, Manoel de Oliveira’s Inquiétude, Abbas Kiarostami’s The Wind Will Carry Us), and based on its success, it was revived in 2002, remaining an annual event at the Film Society of Lincoln Center ever since. In recent years, the program has extended its focus on little-seen international discoveries to also include avant-garde selections, retrospectives of overlooked or underrated artists, previews of films that are soon to be released, and conversations with directors and actors.

Past programsEdit


Focus on Christian PetzoldEdit

Healthcare Mayhem Double FeatureEdit




  • Opening Night: Bas-fonds (Isild Le Besco, 2010), I Wish I Knew" (Jia Zhangke, 2010)
  • Closing Night: Burke and Hare (John Landis, 2010), "Insidious" (James Wan, 2010)
  • "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" (Werner Herzog, 2010)
  • City of Life and Death (Lu Chuan, 2010)
  • Domaine (Patric Chiha, 2009)
  • El Sicario, Room 164 (Gianfranco Rosi, 2010)
  • I Only Want You To Love Me (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1991)
  • Klaus Kinski: Jesus Christ Savior (Peter Geyer, 2008)
  • Robbery (1967 film) (Peter Yates, 1967)
  • "The Silence" (Barab Bo Odar, 2010)
  • Sodankyla Forever (Peter Von Bagh, 2010)
  • Submarino (Thomas Vinterburg, 2010)
  • Charly (Isild Le Besco, 2007)
  • Demi-Tariff (Isild Le Besco, 2003)
  • The Karski Report (Claude Lanzmann, 2010), with "A Visitor from the Living"
  • "Sobibor" (Claude Lanzmann, 2010)
  • Wundkanal (Thomas Harlan, 1984)
  • The Velvet Underground in Boston (Andy Warhol, 1967)
  • "The Velvet Underground and Nico" (Andy Warhol, 1966)
  • "Straight to Hell Returns" (Alex Cox, 1987–2011)
  • "Cold Fish" (Sion Sono, 2010)
  • "I Saw the Devil" (Kim Ji-Woon, 2010)
  • "Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen" (Andrew Lau, 2010)



Special RetrospectivesEdit

Double Trouble: Joel DeMott and Jeff KreinesEdit

  • Demon Lover Diary (Joel DeMott, 1980)
  • Seventeen (Joel DeMott and Jeff Kreines, 1983)

Guy DebordEdit

  • In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni (1978)
  • The Society of the Spectacle (1973) screened with Réfutation de tous les judgements, tant élogieux qu’hostiles, qui ont été jusq’ici portés sur le film ‘La société du spectacle’ (1975)
  • Hurlements en faveur de Sade (1952) screened with On the Passage of a Few Persons Through a Rather Brief Unity of Time (1959) and Critique de la separation (1961)


Spotlight on Richard FleischerEdit

Mondo PackardEdit

  • Reflections of Evil (Damon Packard, 2002)
  • Damon Packard’s Greatest Hits: trailers for Apple (1992–1995), Untitled Star Wars Mockumentary (2004), Reflections of Evil (2003), The Early 70’s Horror Trailer (2002); Rollerboogie III (1999); Chad’s Wedding Video; Chemtrails (2005); Al’s Techno Bar (2005); Lost in the Thinking (2005); Dawn of an Evil Millennium (1988)

Other special programsEdit



Focus on Elaine MayEdit


Bulle Ogier TributeEdit




Focus on New Japanese CinemaEdit

March 2000Edit

Top of the World: Film Comment Magazine Selects the Most Important Films and Filmmakers of the NinetiesEdit

Special eventsEdit

  • Pink Floyd The Wall (Alan Parker, 1982), followed by prog-rock afterparty with music by the DJs of Viva Radio—October 13, 2009
  • The Last Days of Disco (Whit Stillman, 1998), followed by a late disco dance party with DJs Jeremy Campbell (Tropical Computer System) and Dan Selzer (Acute Records)—August 27, 2009
  • Thirst (Park Chan-wook, 2009), with Park Chan-wook in person—July 20, 2009
  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle (Peter Yates, 1973)—May 26, 2009
  • 1991: The Year Punk Broke (Dave Markey, 1992), followed by an after-party with music provided by Viva Radio—May 4, 2009
  • A Tribute to Pierre Clémenti; the USA premiere of Les Idoles (Marc’o, 1968)—November 25, 2008
  • The Changeling (Peter Medak, 1980)—October 31, 2008
  • Che! (Richard Fleischer, 1969)—October 28, 2008
  • The Last Winter (Larry Fessenden, 2006)—September 17, 2007
  • The Executioner's Song (Lawrence Schiller, 1982), followed by a Q&A with Lawrence Schiller and Rosanna Arquette—August 5, 2007
  • Them (David Moreau and Xavier Palud, 2006)—August 2, 2007
  • Norman Mailer on Film: Tough Guys Don't Dance (Mailer, 1987) and Maidstone (Mailer, 1971), with Mailer in conversation—July 22, 2007
  • Preview screening of Joshua (George Ratliff, 2007), followed by a Q&A with George Ratliff, producer Johnathan Dorfman, and cast members—July 2, 2007
  • Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, 2007) screened with Electra Glide in Blue (James William Guercio, 1973), with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost in person—April 10, 2007
  • An Evening with Charles Grodin, with a screening of Midnight Run (Martin Brest, 1988), followed by an onstage conversation with Charles Grodin—December 13, 2006
  • Sneak Preview of The Descent (Neil Marshall, 2005), with Neil Marshall in attendance—July 24, 2006
  • Pine Flat (Sharon Lockhart, 2005), with Sharon Lockhart in person—May 25, 2006
  • An Evening with Anton Corbijn, Jonathan Glazer, Mark Romanek, and Stéphane Sednaoui (a 90-minute program featuring rare director’s cuts and previously unseen content), featuring all four directors in a roundtable Q&A and Michel Gondry as MC—September 13, 2005
  • 2046 (Wong Kar-wai, 2004), with Wong Kar-wai in person—June 15, 2005
  • We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen (Tim Irwin, 2005), followed by a Q&A with Tim Irwin and producer Keith Schieron—May 24, 2005