Of all the annual film festivals in New York, there is no other quite like this one. Film Comment’s cinematic showcase returns in its 17th edition with a selection of titles curated by the magazine’s editors, an offering of strikingly bold visions and fresh voices, mixing exclusive New York premieres of vital new films and long-unseen older titles that deserve the big-screen treatment. As evidenced by such past selections as Claire Denis’s Trouble Every Day, Olivier Assayas’s demonlover, Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy, Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker, Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Christian Petzold’s Phoenix, and Terence Davies’s Sunset Song, these are films that play by their own rules, works of considered artistry that reflect the philosophy of a magazine that has been an essential critical guide for film lovers for more than 50 years. In addition to a fresh crop of films (including Stéphane Brizé’s A Woman’s Life, pictured above), this year’s edition will feature special retrospective sidebars, including one on the late, great French New Wave cinematographer Raoul Coutard.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 2. A pre-sale to Film Society members and Film Comment subscribers begins Tuesday, January 31. A 3+ film discount package and an All Access Pass will be available.

The full lineup for this festival will be announced at a later date. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.