Joe is a corporate engineer who invented a very lucrative process that is not yet patented. When his boss hesitates to pay him for it, Joe makes a new friend in wealthy Jimmy. However, an FBI agent warns Joe not to trust Jimmy. It’s hard to tell who’s conning who — and the game is just beginning.
This twisty, sleight-of-hand corporate thriller from David Mamet (famed for his blistering dialogue) was praised as some of the playwright-turned-filmmaker’s best work. The cast is all-around stellar, including an against-type Steve Martin as a mysterious wealthy stranger.
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003, Russia
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria
Gus Van Sant, 2007, United States
Harmony Korine, 2007, United States
Abel Ferrara, 2007, Italy