Blog . 4/1-3: Rashomon, Police Adjective, D13 Ultimatum & More!
DISTRICT 13: ULTIMATUM: a French running, jumping, not-standing-still film French action specialist Luc Besson produced and wrote DISTRICT 13: ULTIMATUM, a slam-bang sequel to 2004's popular ghetto blast "District 13," which he also produced and co-wrote. "District 13" found a cop and a slumdog teaming up to save a poor, walled-off, multicultural Parisian suburb from drug lords and gang violence. The film introduced American moviegoers to the French practice of "parkour" (moving quickly over urban obstacles via running, jumping, climbing, etc.). "D13: Ultimatum" boasts more thrilling parkour stunts (accomplished without wires, special effects, or CGI) as the lawman and his street-smart cohort reunite to save the endangered sector once again. Catch this action-packed, English-subtitled French film Friday or Saturday. POLICE, ADJECTIVE (noun) is (verb) definitely (adverb) unmissable (adjective) POLICE, ADJECTIVE, one of the most intriguing titles of the year, belongs to one of the year's most extraordinary movies. Corneliu Porumboiu's Romanian film has been acclaimed at most of the world's major film festivals: Cannes, Telluride, Toronto, and New York. It's a police procedural in which a young undercover cop spies on a teenager suspected of selling hash. But feeling that the kid's behavior is more misguided than it is criminal, he hesitates to arrest him and ruin his life-something his by-the-book superiors won't abide. Glance at the rave reviews this movie has received and then catch one of its exclusive Cleveland premiere showings this Friday or Saturday. LA CIENAGA is first of 4 "'Oughts' from the Aughts" -- must-see films from last decade Voted "Best Latin American Film of the Decade" by 35 experts on south-of-the-border cinema polled by Cinema Tropical (a non-profit dedicated to the promotion of Latin American movies), LA CIENAGA (THE SWAMP) (2001) introduced the world to an Argentinean woman director who became one of the decade's most celebrated new voices. Her two subsequent features-"The Holy Girl" and "The Headless Woman" (both shown exclusively in Cleveland at the Cinematheque, as was "La Cienaga")-also finished in the poll's top ten, and she was the only filmmaker represented more than once. "La Cienaga" is set on a rotting country estate in a provincial, north Argentina backwater during the dog days of summer. There two large middle-class families come together, and tensions rise amid the heat, humidity, and alcohol-induced torpor. Of the four movies we will show in April that topped some of last year's largest best-of-the-decade surveys, "La Cienaga" is probably the least known. That's why we are going to let you see it for a discount. Print this email and present it at the box office on Thursday night and see "La Cienaga" for only $6 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) Celebrate Kurosawa centenary with new restoration of his 1950 RASHOMON Akira Kurosawa's 1950 Japanese masterpiece RASHOMON is set in 12th-century Kyoto, where four witnesses to a rape/murder give contradictory testimony about the incident. Truth is a slippery thing in this celebrated classic that always turns up on lists of the 100 best films of all time, and also introduced postwar Japanese cinema to the West. Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori, and Takashi Shimura star in the movie, which is being shown on Thursday and Saturday in a newly restored 35mm print in honor of Kurosawa's centennial year (he was born on 3/23/1910). Also in honor of Kurosawa's centenary, the Criterion Collection has created a gorgeous collector's set "AK 100: 25 Films by Akira Kurosawa." For a limited time, you can purchase this DVD box set for a substantial discount and support the Cinematheque in the process. Just buy "AK 100" at www.criterion.com http://www.criterion.com/, enter the code CINE at the prompt, and you'll not only save 25% off the retail price of $399.95, you'll be making a $25 contribution to the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque! This deluxe, linen-bound set includes timeless masterpieces from one of cinema's greatest directors -- not only "Rashomon" but also "Ikiru," "Seven Samurai," "Yojimbo," and "High and Low." Featuring 25 of the films Kurosawa made over the course of his 50 years in movies-from samurai epics to postwar noirs to Shakespeare adaptations-"AK 100" is the most complete set of his works ever released in this country, and includes four rare films that have never been available on DVD. Once again, to take advantage of this special offer, shop at criterion.com, enter the code CINE at checkout, and pay only $299.95 for the "AK" box set. Criterion will send $25 to the Cinematheque. Thanks! Cleveland Int'l Film Festival movies coming to the Cinematheque Congratulations to our friends at the Cleveland International Film Festival for their just-completed, record-breaking 34th edition. We ran into a lot of Cinematheque-goers at Tower City Cinemas during the event, and the question we were asked most was, "Which festival films are you bringing to the Cinematheque?" Right now there are only three movies booked. "Lourdes," our favorite among the movies we caught, will show in June."The Girl on the Train" and "A Town Called Panic" are currently scheduled for late May. But there may be others, so keep reading this newsletter and our printed calendar for updates. This Weeks Films Thu., April 1, at 6:45 pm LA CIENAGA (THE SWAMP) Thu., April 1, at 8:45 pm Sat., April 3, at 5:15 pm RASHOMON Fri., April 2, at 7:30 pm Sat., April 3, at 9:20 pm DISTRICT 13: ULTIMATUM Fri., April 2, at 9:30 pm Sat., April 3, at 7:05 pm POLICE, ADJECTIVE NO FILMS SUNDAY, APRIL 4. Next Weeks Films Thu., April 8, at 6:45 pm Fri., April 9, at 10:15 pm NIGHT OF LUST Thu., April 8, at 8:05 pm Fri., April 9, at 7:30 pm MULHOLLAND DR. Sat., April 10, at 5:15 pm Sun., April 11, at 4:00 pm SMALL CHANGE Sat., April 10, at 7:20 pm Sun., April 11, at 8:20 pm THE LOSS OF A TEARDROP DIAMOND Sat., April 10, at 9:25 pm Sun., April 11, at 6:30 pm MARY AND MAX The Cinematheque The Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106 Phone: (216) 421-7450 http://cia.edu/cinematheque