Holy Motors (dir. Leos Carax)
Holy Motors was also on our list of the most anticipated films at Cannes (as were other NYFF must-sees Amour and Like Someone in Love), but I’m more excited to revisit Leos Carax’s twisted meta-cinematic masterpiece than I am to see almost any other movie this year for the first time. Carax’s first feature since the '90s follows a man named Oscar (Denis Lavant) as he’s driven around Paris in the back of a limo, fulfilling nine mysterious “appointments,” the most explicable of which involves him wearing a mo-cap suit and making love to a CG water demon. An elegy for the cinema and extinct ways of seeing, Holy Motors is an irrepressibly insane modern classic.