Blog . 9/16-19: Exit Thru Gift Shop, Micmacs, Brent Green And More!
Phantom graffiti artist Banksy makes fast EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP In the funny and constantly surprising EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP , a man shooting a documentary on guerrilla street art has the tables turned on him when one of his subversive subjects (Britain's mysterious social satirist and graffiti master Banksy) grabs the director's reins and takes the film in a different direction. The result is a freewheeling ride, a fascinating hall of mirrors, and maybe a hoax. Catch this critical and audience hit on Thursday or Friday. "Emerging Orson Welles" Brent Green to appear in person with his first feature film GRAVITY WAS EVERYWHERE BACK THEN GRAVITY WAS EVERYWHERE BACK THEN is the first feature by sculptor, folk artist, and self-taught animator Brent Green. It was inspired by the true story of Leonard Wood, a Kentucky hardware clerk who turned his house into a ramshackle "healing machine" after his wife got cancer. Meticulously re-creating Wood's dwelling on his Pennsylvania farm, Green employs live actors, stop-motion, music, and voiceover to tell his touching, poetic tale. Green, who exhibited (and appeared) at The Sculpture Center a couple of years back, and whom The Village Voice has called "an emerging Orson Welles of handmade experimental cinema," will answer audience questions after the screening. The film's co-writer and star, Donna K., will also appear. Click here to watch Brent Green talk about his unique film, then meet him in person next Tuesday, September 21. Special admission $10, members and CIA students & staff $7; no passes, radio winners, or twofers. MICMACS is latest fantasy from director of "Amelie" and "City of Lost Children" MICMACS is the latest whimsical contraption from France's Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the director of AMELIE, CITY OF LOST CHILDREN, and DELICATESSEN. In this wild, cartoonish movie, a group of colorful misfits who live in a junkyard decide to take imaginative revenge on two munitions manufacturers. (Their weapons caused mass destruction for one of the group's members.) The result is spectacular, over-the-top cinema in the Terry Gilliam vein. See it Thursday or Friday. Beautiful, touching French film THE FATHER OF MY CHILDREN makes Cleveland debut Winner of the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, Mia Hansen-Løve's French/German drama THE FATHER OF MY CHILDREN follows a successful but troubled French film producer as he struggles to juggle assorted on-set crises with the demands of his beautiful wife and three young daughters. Inspired by the life of film producer Humbert Balsan (1954-2005), the movie also features a character based on SATANTANGO director (and one-time Cinematheque guest) Béla Tarr. Don't miss one of the best-reviewed foreign films of the year when it premieres this Saturday and Sunday. Syberberg's biographical epic KARL MAY looks at Germany's Zane Grey The 1974 German film KARL MAY is the ultra-rare second part of Hans-Jürgen Syberberg's monumental "German Trilogy" (which began with LUDWIG: REQUIEM FOR A VIRGIN KING and concluded with OUR HITLER). The 187-min. movie focuses on Germany's most popular author, Karl May (1842-1912), whose rousing adventure tales (many set in America's Old West, which he never visited), thrilled thousands of German youths (including Adolf Hitler) and may have partly inspired the Nazi Party. Over 20 of May's Westerns have been adapted for the screen. Syberberg's meditation on the writer blends cinema, theatre, and music (in his usual fashion). German film director Helmut Käutner (who started working during the Nazi era) stars as May. Don't miss the 35mm color print from Germany that we will show next Monday! Special admission $12; members and CIA students & staff $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. Elijah Wood stars in OXFORD MURDERS Elijah Wood and John Hurt star in THE OXFORD MURDERS, a new film from Álex de la Iglesia, the Spanish cult director of THE DAY OF THE BEAST. In it, an Oxford professor of logic and an American graduate student team up to decipher a series of strange and seemingly symbolic murders. Watch the trailer and then see the whole film, in a 35mm color & scope print, on Saturday or Sunday. Print this post and present it at the box office and see "The Oxford Murders" for only $6 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) NIGHTFALL is little-known noir masterpiece from director of "Out of the Past" NIGHTFALL is a little-known 1956 "noir masterpiece" (Time Out London) from Jacques Tourneur, director of the famous noir masterpiece OUT OF THE PAST. NIGHTFALL tells of an innocent man (Aldo Ray) accused of killing his best friend and pursued by both the police and the real killers. Anne Bancroft co-stars. The source material is a novel by David Goodis, author of Shoot the Piano Player. Watch this tantalizing clip and then catch the movie in a new 35mm print on Saturday or Sunday. Last few days to buy advance tickets to METROPOLIS at cheaper rate! Don't hesitate! You have just a few more days to buy advance tickets to the Cinematheque's September 23 Alloy Orchestra/COMPLETE METROPOLIS special event at the Capitol Theatre for the cheaper price of $19 ($15 members). On the day of the show, each price goes up by $3! Cinematheque members can buy advance tickets only at the Cinematheque box office or by calling (216) 421-7450. Non-members can buy tickets at the box office, by phone, or online at www.clevelandcinemas.com . Get 'em now while the gettin' is good! This Week's Films Thu., Sept. 16, at 6:45 pm Fri., Sept. 17, at 9:20 pm Jean-Pierre Jeunet's MICMACS Thu., Sept. 16, at 8:50 pm Fri., Sept. 17, at 7:30 pm Banksy's EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP Sat., Sept. 18, at 5:15 pm Sun., Sept. 19, at 8:40 pm Jacques Tourneur's noir classic NIGHTFALL Sat., Sept., 18, at 7:00 pm Sun., Sept. 19, at 4:00 pm Acclaimed French film THE FATHER OF MY CHILDREN Sat., Sept. 18, at 9:10 pm Sun., Sept. 19, at 6:30 pm Alex de la Iglesias' THE OXFORD MURDERS Mon., Sept. 20, at 7:00 pm Syberberg's KARL MAY $12; members/CIA $8 Tue., Sept. 21, at 7:00 pm Filmmaker In Person! GRAVITY WAS EVERYWHERE BACK THEN $10/members/CIA $7 Next Week's Films Special Off-site Event! The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre The Alloy Orchestra Live! Thu., Sept. 23, at 7:00 pm THE COMPLETE METROPOLIS Fri., Sept. 24, at 7:30 pm Sat., Sept. 25, at 9:40 pm SOUTH OF THE BORDER Fri., Sept. 24, at 9:10 pm Sat., Sept. 25, at 7:40 pm Sun., Sept. 26, at 4:15 pm MADEMOISELLE CHAMBON Sat., Sept. 25, at 5:00 pm Sun., Sept. 26, at 8:05 pm DODES'KA-DEN Sun., Sept. 26, at 6:30 pm SNOW WHITE (2000) The Cinematheque The Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106 Phone: (216) 421-7450 http://cia.edu/cinematheque