New York is one of the greatest cities in the world with its diverse population, rich history, and also the breaking ground for many great filmmakers. The city has played host to countless movies that have become the most memorable and artistic achievements of many directors’ careers . These movies have gone on to be not only redefining but has also become synonymous for New York. With that being said, here are 5 exceptional art house films made in New York.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Director Michel Gondry teams up with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman for one of the most imaginative and original films ever made. This movie stars Jim Carrey, in a career defining role, as a man who has discovered that his ex-girlfriend has had her memory erased in order to forget him. He also decides to have his memory erased, however, everything becomes topsy turvy as he finds himself falling in love with her again.
Requiem for a Dream
Darren Aronofsky’s controversial and brilliant film stars Jared Leto, Marlon Wayans, and Jennifer Connelly as three drug addictsthat constantly scheme and plot in order to get their next fix. The movie traces the inevitable tragic spiral of their lives as they chase their desperate need to get high.
Jonathan Glazer’s films are always uneasy and thought provoking, as they attempt to have the viewer completely emerged in the cinematic world he creates. “Birth” stars Nicole Kidman as a widow who is engaged to be married and encounters a young boy who claims to be the reincarnation of her dead husband.
This 2014 film directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu helped to revitalize Michael Keaton’s career, while also pushing the boundaries of the arthouse genre. “Birdman” is about a washed up actor who was famous for playing a superhero named Birdman. In order to achieve critical success, the actor attempts to stage a play that begins to hilariously unravel as he and his cast run amok in the theatre house.
Darren Aronofsky makes the list again with this disturbing film. “Black Swan” stars Natalie Portman as a ballet dancer who has obtained the lead role in “Swan Lake,” but slowly begins to lose her mind. She begins to question what exactly is real or fabricated from her deteriorating mind.