Blog . 7/22-25: The Secret Of Kells, Kurosawa's Stray Dog & More!
NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS: an insider's look at Iran's indie rock scene Contemporary Tehran's underground indie rock scene is the focus of NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS , the new film by Iranian-Kurdish director Bahman Ghobadi, celebrated for his road movies and music films A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES, TURTLES CAN FLY, and HALF MOON. Shot clandestinely without government consent, this defiant, eye-opening movie follows a young female singer and her musician boyfriend as they try to recruit potential band mates and then find a way to leave Iran and tour Europe. Co-written by once-imprisoned Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi. "An exhilarating examination of a leading Iranian criminal enterprise-music. More than 2,000 bands are said to operate clandestinely in the capital of Tehran, risking prison to play together." ?The Wall Street Journal. A New York Times Critics' Pick , the film shows Saturday and Sunday. Print this post and present it at the box office and see NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS for only $6 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) Oscar-nominated THE SECRET OF KELLS is dazzling Irish animated feature THE SECRET OF KELLS , this year's surprise Oscar nominee for best animated feature, ceases to be a surprise once you've seen it. Set in the ninth century, the movie tells of a young boy leading a sheltered life in a fortified Irish abbey. He finds enlightenment and liberation when a refugee monk carrying an unfinished illustrated manuscript (The Book of Kells?) asks the boy to help him finish it. The film's gorgeous, intricate animation overflows with Celtic knots, crosses, and curlicues. Shows Thursday only; kids 12 & under $6. Move over, Coens! Here come the Edgerton brothers with crime thriller THE SQUARE James M. Cain meets Joel and Ethan Coen in THE SQUARE a taut, gripping Aussie film noir that marks the feature film debut of stuntmen brothers Nash and Joel Edgerton (Nash directed, Joel co-wrote). It has received near-unanimous acclaim, as you can see here . Set in the suburbs of Sydney, THE SQUARE follows an adulterous couple who try to abscond with a bag of cash belonging to the woman's abusive husband. But everything that could go wrong does... Showing before THE SQUARE will be Nash Edgerton's 9-min. 2007 film SPIDER. Catch both movies in 35mm color & 'scope prints on the big screeen this Friday or Sunday. 1949 police drama STRAY DOG demonstrates Kurosawa's genius early on Akira Kurosawa's STRAY DOG (1949) is "perhaps the best detective picture ever made in Japan," according to Kurosawa expert Donald Richie. Set in post-WWII Tokyo, it follows a rookie cop (Toshiro Mifune) who is so ashamed and dishonored when his gun is stolen that he obsessively tracks down the criminal who took it. With Takashi Shimura (IKIRU, SEVEN SAMURAI). Catch it in a new 35mm print this Friday or Saturday. STRAY DOG is being shown in honor of Kurosawa's centennial year. Also for his 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 -- RASHOMON, IKIRU, SEVEN SAMURAI, YOJIMBO, HIGH AND LOW, et al. 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! Marx Brothers = MONKEY BUSINESS In MONKEY BUSINESS , the first Marx Brothers movie written directly for the screen (by S. J. Perelman), Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo stow away on a luxury ocean liner-and attempt to get off by impersonating Maurice Chevalier! Thelma Todd co-stars in this 1931 comedy that shows in a 35mm print on Thursday and Saturday. Kids 12 & under will be admitted for only $6. Anybody wearing Groucho glasses (on sale at the box office for only $2) will save a buck on admission! This Week's Films Thu., July 22, at 6:30 pm Oscar-nominated animated feature THE SECRET OF KELLS Thu., July 22, at 8:05 pm Sat., July 24, at 5:30 pm The Marx Brothers in MONKEY BUSINESS Fri., July 23, at 7:00 pm Sat., July 24, at 9:15 pm Akira Kurosawa's STRAY DOG Fri., July 23, at 9:25 pm Sun., July 25, at 5:45 pm Aussie thriller THE SQUARE Sat., July 24, at 7:10 pm Sun., July 25, at 8:00 pm Bahman Ghobadi's NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS Next Week's Films Thu., July 29, at 5:30 pm Sat., July 31, at 5:30 pm HORSE FEATHERS Thu., July 29, at 7:00 pm The Rediscovered Foreign Version! ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT Fri., July 30, at 7:00 pm Sat., July 31, at 9:35 pm SPRING FEVER Fri., July 30, at 9:15 pm Sat., July 31, at 7:00 pm THE RED SHOES The Cinematheque The Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106 Phone: (216) 421-7450 http://cia.edu/cinematheque