Weekend guide: it ain’t over ’til Mickey Rourke has ’em pinned to the mat

The film festival may close this Sunday with a body slammin’ “Ram Jam” in Darren Aronofsky’s paean to professional wrestling, hair metal, and Mickey Rouke. But before then, there’s plenty for festival-goers to take in:

Close to the bone: Sometimes horror doesn’t involve things that go bump in the night. Master of J-horror Kiyoshi Kurosawa delivers a chiller that hits close to home with Tokyo Sonata, the story of a recently-laid-off salaryman who hides his predicament from his family. (Thursday and Saturday)

A date with a master: The New York Film Festival offers unique opportunities to hear directors talk about their craft. This Saturday, watch Arnaud Desplechin’s Catherine Deneuve-starrer A Christmas Tale, then listen to the celebrated director talk about his craft in an HBO Director’s Dialogues.

Make benefit glorious nation of Kazakhstan: No, Borat isn’t back. Instead, two fine films showcase the flourishing of cinema in an emerging region, according to FilmCatcher’s Damon Smith. This Saturday, travel halfway across the globe, and see the world with new eyes, through Tulpan and Chouga.

Oshima Triple Threat: Soak in three of the director’s finest films on Sunday.

It’s Hard Being Loved By Jerks: This thought-provoking French doc unravels the controversy around the publication, in a satirical weekly, of a number of cartoons poking fun at Islam. A panel of experts help unpack the film’s findings after the screening, making this Sunday afternoon event a post-brunch no-brainer.

The blog continues: The festival may be winding down, but we’ll continue to use this blog to give you sneak peeks at our programming, exclusive video content, special giveaways and much more! Coming next week: Film Comment magazine brings your the chance to win one-of-a-kind Wong Kar-Wai goodies in a competition judged by the master himself!

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