Blog . 3/4-7: Uncut Red Cliff, The Messenger, Antichrist, Z & More!
John Woo's original, uncut historical epic RED CLIFF makes Cleveland debut! John Woo returned to his native China after 10+ years in Hollywood to make RED CLIFF , a grand historical epic that is both the most expensive and highest-grossing Chinese film ever made. It chronicles a 208 A.D. military campaign in which the powerful Han Dynasty takes on two insurgent warlords and their rebel armies in the south. The movie reunites action master Woo ("The Killer," "Face/Off") with his "Hard Boiled" co-star Tony Leung. "Red Cliff" was released in Cleveland (and throughout America) as a single film lasting two and a half hours. But the original "Red Cliff" was a two-part movie totalling almost five hours. This is the version that the Cinematheque will show over the next two weekends -- Part 1 this Thursday and Friday, Part 2 next Thursday and Friday. If you like larger-than-life big-screen action, don't miss it! THE END OF POVERTY? ponders whether this will ever happen With so much wealth in the world, why is there still poverty? That's the question posed-and answered-by Philippe Diaz's provocative new documentary THE END OF POVERTY?, which explores the relationship between wealthy nations and poor ones. Among the causes (according to the experts in the film): military conquest, slavery and colonization, unfair debt, trade and tax policies. Catch this unsettling and thought-provoking movie on Saturday or Sunday. WHERE IS WHERE? is innovative split-screen experiment by Finnish artist WHERE IS WHERE? is an innovative new hourlong feature from celebrated Finnish video artist and photographer Eija-Liisa Ahtila. She splits the screen into four quadrants in order to investigate and ponder a troubling incident from the 1950s, when two Algerian boys stabbed their young French playmate to death. The movie bends time, expands space, and tries to bridge the gulf between Western and Arab culture. Time Out New York says that it "truly pushes forward the possibilities of split-screen cinema." See it Thursday or Sunday. THE MESSENGER, one of 2009's best, returns for one screening THE MESSENGER is one of the very best films of 2009. Ben Foster and Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson play U.S. Army officers assigned the unenviable task of notifying next of kin that their loved ones have died serving their country. Their attempts to maintain their composure and emotional distance when delivering the bad news don't always succeed, and complications ensue. Catch it Friday only (at the slightly earlier start time of 7:15). Costa-Gavras' "Z" is last word -- er, letter -- in political-thriller suspense! Z is set in an unnamed Mediterranean country that looks a lot like Greece under the repressive regime of "the Colonels." This electrifying political thriller, which won the 1970 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, begins when a leftwing pacifist leader dies in a hit-and-run accident. But was it an accident, or a politically motivated murder? Yves Montand, Irene Papas, and Jean-Louis Trintignant star in this exciting, ground-breaking conspiracy thriller, which features a famous score by Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis ("Zorba the Greek), himself imprisoned by the Colonels until an influential group of international artists (Dmitri Shostakovich, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Miller, et al.) lobbied successfully for his release. Don't miss "Z" in a new 35mm color print this Saturday or Sunday. ANTICHRIST: a polarizing feminist fairy tale from the always provocative Lars von Trier ANTICHRIST is the latest vision by Danish provocateur Lars von Trier ("Breaking the Waves," "Dancer in the Dark," "Dogville"), one of the major filmmakers of our time. But this new work is one of the most polarizing, punishing movies ever made. Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg (Best Actress at Cannes 2009; snubbed by the Oscars) play a grieving married couple who retreat to a cabin in an enchanted forest to mend their broken hearts, repair their troubled marriage, and overcome fear. But once there they find themselves dealing not only with a natural world where chaos reigns but also with the toxic historical legacy of male violence toward women. No one under 18 will be admitted to this film when we show it on Saturday. (It is not for squeamish adults either). But if you think you can stomach it, print this email and present it at the box office and see "Antichrist" for only $6 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) March-April printed schedule is out! Our March-April film calendars are out and available. If you're a Cinematheque member or a donor, you should have already received your copy in the mail. If you'd like to start getting the schedule at home or at work, become a Cinematheque member or give us at least $5 for a year's subscription. You can also download the new schedule at the Cinematheque's website. Films This Week Thu., March 3, at 6:45 pm Sun., March 6, at 12:45 pm WHERE IS WHERE? Thu., March 4, at 8:00 pm Fri., March 5, at 9:30 pm RED CLIFF (Part 1) Part 2 shows 3/11 & 12 Fri., March 5, at 7:15 pm THE MESSENGER Sat., March 6, at 5:00 pm Sun., March 7, at 4:00 pm Z Sat., March 6, at 7:25 pm Sun., March 7, at 2:00 pm THE END OF POVERTY? Sat., March 6, at 9:30 pm ANTICHRIST No one under 18 admitted! No films Sun. night March 7 Films Next Week Thu., March 11, at 6:45 pm PARADJANOV: A REQUIEM Thu., March 11, at 8:00 pm Fri., March 12, at 9:30 pm RED CLIFF (Part 2) Fri., March 12, at 7:30 pm Sat., March 13, at 9:15 pm Sun., March 14, 8:40 pm MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE? Sat., March 13, at 5:15 pm Sun., March 14, at 4:00 pm THE THIRD MAN Sat., March 13, at 7:20 pm Sun., March 14, at 6:45 pm 2010 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature! THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE PENTAGON PAPERS The Cinematheque The Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106 Phone: (216) 421-7450 http://cia.edu/cinematheque