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5 Film Series to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend

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Our guide to film series and special screenings happening this weekend and in the week ahead. All our movie reviews are at nytimes.com/reviews/movies.

CANADA NOW 2020 at IFC Center (Feb. 13-16). This traveling showcase brings several of the past year’s notable films from Canada to the United States for the first time. Sophie Deraspe’s “Antigone” (on Saturday) puts a very loose spin on Sophocles with a narrative that concerns an Algerian teenager (Nahéma Ricci) in Montreal; it won the prize for best Canadian feature at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. “One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk,” from the indigenous filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk (“The Fast Runner”), centers on an Inuit man (Apayata Kotierk) who is pressed to relocate from Baffin Island by the Canadian government.
212-924-7771, ifccenter.com

‘L’INNOCENTE’ at Film Forum (Feb. 14-20). This final feature by Luchino Visconti is not necessarily one of the most celebrated films from the director of “The Leopard” and “Rocco and His Brothers,” but it is one of his most lush and delirious. Giancarlo Giannini plays a heartless aristocrat whose own dalliances (Jennifer O’Neill plays his mistress) are complicated when his wife (Laura Antonelli) becomes pregnant with another man’s child — a situation that rekindles his love for her, or at least his sense of possessiveness.
212-727-8110, filmforum.org

LONG WEEKEND OF LOVE at BAM Rose Cinemas (Feb. 14-17). Is it possible to pack 18 years of romance into one weekend — or a single day? BAM will find out when it shows the films of Richard Linklater’s “Before” trilogy (made from 1995 to 2013) sequentially on Sunday. You might argue that it helps to have some distance between viewings of each installment, because the lovers Céline (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) themselves are dealing with the passage of time and the slippage of memory. Still, each one is a superb movie. On Valentine’s Day proper, the series features “The Philadelphia Story” and the lesbian-cinema landmark “Desert Hearts,” and on Saturday, it hosts a 20th-anniversary screening of “Love & Basketball.”
718-636-4100, bam.org

[Read about the events that our other critics have chosen for the week ahead.]

NEIGHBORING SCENES: NEW LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA at Film at Lincoln Center (Feb. 14-18). Eleven Latin American countries are represented in this survey of recent exports. The director Pablo Larraín (“Jackie”) returns to his native Chile with “Ema” (on Sunday), a tonally seesawing portrait of a dancer (Mariana Di Girolamo) and her choreographer husband (Gael García Bernal), who have returned the boy they adopted. “Let It Burn” (on Saturday), a Brazilian documentary, observes the downtrodden residents of a hostel in São Paulo.
212-875-5601, filmlinc.org

TELEVISION MOVIES: BIG PICTURES ON THE SMALL SCREEN at the Museum of Modern Art (Feb. 19-28). Streaming platforms may have muddied the waters when it comes to differentiating between movies and television, but those have waters have been muddied before. MoMA has assembled a collection of films that were actually made to air on television, although some enjoyed runs at cinemas in other countries. The series opens with Lillian Gish in “The Trip to Bountiful” (showing on Wednesday and Feb. 23), which was a television play before it was a theatrical play, and continues with work by noted auteurs, including Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “Fear of Fear” (on Feb. 21 and 26), with Margit Carstensen as an unraveling housewife; Roberto Rossellini’s René Descartes biography “Cartesius” (on Feb. 22 and 27); and Mike Leigh’s “Meantime” (on Feb. 22 and 28), a response to the Thatcher era, with Tim Roth.
212-708-9400, moma.org

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