Movies That Turn 20 in 2023

January 12, 2023

Lost in Translation

The film that got millennials into shoegaze. Japanese program and chirashi.


Park Chan-Wook puts New Korean Cinema on the map. Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes. U.S. one sheet.

Memories of Murder

Memories of Murder

Bong Joon-Ho's second feature, police procedural masterclass, underseen in 2003. Korean poster.

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring

Kim Ki-duk's masterpiece with Squid Game star O Yeong-su. Korean poster.

School of Rock

Richard Linklater's Mike White Lotus White-penned hit. Rolling Stone magazine style one sheet.

Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Tarantino's fourth feature, six years after Jackie Brown. U.S. one sheet.


Gus Van Sant's meditation on Columbine which took place four years prior. Winner of the Palme d'Or. U.S. one sheet.

The Brown Bunny

Vincent Gallo's controversial second feature Roger Ebert called the worst film in the history of Cannes. U.S. one sheet.

The Dreamers

Bernardo Bertolucci's penultimate film. Eva Green's film debut. Japanese poster.


Scenes from a Marriage 2, Ingmar Bergman's final film. U.S. one sheet.


The first of Lars Von Trier's unfinished Land of Opportunities trilogy. Japanese chirashi handbill.

Coffee and Cigarettes

Jim Jarmusch anthology, released at the same time as The White Stripes' album Elephant. French poster.

My Architect

The architecture doc that broke Film Forum box office records. U.S. one sheet.

21 Grams

Alejandro González Iñárritu's second feature. NYFF Closing Night film. Japanese chirashi handbill.

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

Eli Roth's directorial debut, premiered at TIFF in 2002, released in theaters in 2003. U.S. one sheet.



Olivier Assayas' New French Extremity neo-noir. U.S. one sheet.

High Tension

High Tension

Alexandre Aja's New French Extremity hit. French poster.

The Room

The Room

Tommy Wiseau's first and only feature film, the raison d'etre for James Franco's The Disaster Artist.

The Matrix Reloaded / The Matrix Revolutions

The Matrix 2 and 3 were both released in 2003. U.S. teaser one sheets.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The last of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. The highest grossing film of 2003. U.S. one sheet.

Mystic River

Mystic River

NYFF Opening Night film. Best Actor Oscar for Sean Penn and Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Tim Robbins. U.S. one sheet.



Patty Jenkins' debut feature. Best Actress Oscar for Charlize Theron. U.S. one sheet.



Peak Bennifer, considered one of the worst films of all time. Director Martin Brest (Beverly Hills Cop, Midnight Run, Scent of a Woman) has not directed a movie since. U.S. one sheet.



A Christmas classic is born. U.S. teaser one sheet.

Finding Nemo

The second highest grossing film of 2003. U.S. one sheet.

The Triplets of Belleville

Sylvain Chomet's beloved first feature. French poster.

Tokyo Godfathers

Satoshi Kon anime. U.S. one sheet.

Party Monster

Macaulay Culkin as Michael Alig. U.S. one sheet.


Kim Maley

Jonathan Caouette's microbudget doc edited in iMovie, executive produced by John Cameron Mitchell and Gus Van Sant. U.S. one sheet by Kim Maley.

All the Real Girls

David Gordon Green's second feature w/ Zooey Deschanel and Danny McBride. U.S. one sheet.

Ripley's Game

Ripley's Game

Liliana Cavani's overlooked Patricia Highsmith adaptation, adapted from the same novel as Wim Wenders' The American Friend. Cavani hasn't made a feature film since Ripley's Game. U.S. one sheet.

The Cremaster Cycle

The endurance test of the year, 10 hours with Björk's ex at Film Forum. U.S. one sheet.

The Saddest Music in the World

Guy Maddin gives Isabella Rossellini prosthetic legs made of glass filled with beer. Co-stars Mark McKinney from Kids in the Hall. U.S. one sheet.

The Station Agent

Tom McCarthy's Sundance hit