NEW YORK, NY (September 2, 2020) — IFC Films has announced it will celebrate its 20th anniversary by offering a unique curated experience and special extended 1 month free trial of IFC Films Unlimited on the Apple TV app, so even more customers can enjoy the expansive library available through the service. The 20th anniversary curated collection on the Apple TV app will feature select programming such as 20 Years of Independence, Innovative Filmmakers, Guest Curator of the Month, Hollywood Stars Go Indie, Festival Darlings, and IFC Midnight, and is available at https://apple.co/ifc.
Lisa Schwartz, Co-President of IFC Films, commented, “We are excited to offer movie lovers an extended free trial of IFC Films Unlimited through Apple TV channels, so they can revisit some of the most distinct voices working across documentary, international and American independent film today as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of IFC Films.”
IFC Films Unlimited’s first guest curator will be Kenneth Turan, former lead critic at the Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio’s Morning Edition as well as the director of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. His selections include:
“After The Wedding.” This Danish film about family secrets is an unapologetic melodrama, where emotions are large and the coincidences larger still. But as directed by Susanne Bier, its that paradoxical melodrama that refuses to acknowledge being melodramatic. Instead, it uses psychological acuity, intense feelings and forceful acting (Mads Mikkelson stars) to ignore labels and flat out overpower audiences.
“A Christmas Tale.” Director Arnaud Desplechin makes the best of top French acting talent Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Devos to expand the envelope of what’s possible within traditional narrative boundaries. A gathering for a Christmas holiday results in a captivating portrait of the most gorgeously fractious family imaginable. Energizing, captivating and pure pleasure to experience.
“45 Years.” Accomplished veterans Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtney conduct a master class in understated acting in writer-director Andrew Haigh’s superlative British drama. The ever-shifting power dynamics of a long-term relationship are explored when an unexpected piece of news jolts a devoted couple, opening a fissure that threatens to swallow their marriage without a trace. Dramatic restraint has never been more devastating.
“Frances Ha.” A joint creation of star Greta Gerwig and director Noah Baumbach, who co-wrote the screenplay, this small miracle of a movie is honest and funny with an aim that’s true. The title character is a young woman who’s making a hash out of her life because she doesn’t know any better. Presented with the energy and verve of the French New Wave, this story not only makes you feel hopeful about movies, it allows you to feel that way about life.
“Like Father, Like Son.” A deceptively simple title for a film of considerable emotional complexity. Its children switched at birth story sounds schematic but what we see is both moving and meaningful. The reason is the innate restraint, unforced empathy and effortless skill of Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda, recent winner of Cannes Palme D’Or for “Shoplifters.”
IFC Films Unlimited is available now in the U.S. and Canada through Apple TV channels on the Apple TV app. Customers can sign up for the extended 1 month free trial now on the Apple TV app through September 30.
ABOUT IFC FILMS UNLIMITED
IFC Films Unlimited is a subscription video on demand streaming channel comprised of theatrically-released and award-winning titles from its distribution labels: IFC Films and genre label IFC Midnight. IFC Films is a leading distributor of quality talent-driven independent film. IFC Midnight features horror, sci-fi, thrillers, action and more. Sundance Selects focuses on American independent, documentaries and world cinema. Bringing together a broad collection of films that span across the labels and genres, IFC Films Unlimited is a general entertainment destination for specialty film fans.
ABOUT IFC FILMS
Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of independent film. Its unique distribution model makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them in theaters as well as on cable’s Video On Demand (VOD) and digital platforms.
Upcoming releases include Jude Law and Carrie Coon starrer THE NEST directed by Sean Durkin (MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE), and documentary OTTOLENGHI AND THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES directed by Laura Gabbert (CITY OF GOLD). Some of the company’s successes over the years have included BOYHOOD, THE DEATH OF STALIN, FRANCES HA, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN, THE BABADOOK, TOUCHING THE VOID, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, CHE, SUMMER HOURS, ANTICHRIST, IN THE LOOP, JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK, TINY FURNITURE, and CARLOS. IFC Films has worked with established and breakout filmmakers, including Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Miranda July, Lars Von Trier, Gaspar Noé, Todd Solondz, Cristian Mungiu, Susanne Bier, Olivier Assayas, Jim McKay, Larry Fessenden, Paul Dano, Gregg Araki, Jacques Rivette, Claude Chabrol, Abdellatif Kechiche, Kore-eda Hirokazu, Abbas Kiarostami, Alfonso Cuaron, Noah Baumbach, Lena Dunham, Ethan Hawke and many more. IFC Films is a sister label to Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.