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.
Note: Because of the coronavirus outbreak and the state’s ban on gatherings of more than 500 people, many events have been canceled. As of press time, these were still scheduled to take place. Before heading out, visit the website of the performance space or organization for the latest updates.
FAMILY PORTRAITS: THE FILMS OF HIROKAZU KORE-EDA at IFC Center (through March 19). Kore-eda, who won the top prize at Cannes in 2018 for “Shoplifters” (screening in this series on Friday), returns on March 20 with a film made outside of Japan, “The Truth,” starring Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche. (A sneak preview will be shown on Saturday.) IFC Center’s retrospective offers a near-comprehensive look at his past work, from acclaimed domestic dramas such as “Like Father, Like Son” (on Friday and March 19) and “Still Walking” (on Saturday and Tuesday) to the oddity “Air Doll” (on Sunday and Wednesday), in which Kore-eda, ever the humanist, lends unexpected sincerity to a story in which a sex doll comes to life (played by the South Korean actress Bae Doo-na).
FIRST LOOK 2020 at the Museum of the Moving Image (through March 15). This annual series always examines the cutting edge of international cinema, but the latest edition is also something of a throwback. In “Bird Talk” (on Friday), Xawery Zulawski directs a screenplay written by his father, the gonzo Polish auteur Andrzej Zulawski, who died in 2016; “On the Silver Globe,” a science fiction allegory that the elder Zulawski completed in the 1980s after the Ministry of Culture halted production a decade earlier, screens the next day. In “Maggie’s Farm” (on Sunday), the experimental filmmaker James Benning, known for structuring his films around landscapes and duration, turns his gaze on the CalArts building where he works.
ULRIKE OTTINGER at the Metrograph (March 14-21). Reviewing an exhibition of this German writer, photographer and filmmaker 20 years ago, Roberta Smith wrote that Ottinger’s sensibility “ranges effortlessly and extravagantly between ethnographic documentary and Surrealist feminist fantasy, sometimes within the same film.” Ottinger will appear at several screenings in this retrospective of her cinematic work, which includes “Freak Orlando” (on Saturday), very loosely inspired by Virginia Woolf, and “Joan of Arc of Mongolia” (on Sunday), an epic shot in Mongolia.