Blog . May 24-28: Rubber, Visiting Filmmaker & More!
Tired of routine horror flicks? Then RUBBER is for you! In Quentin Dupieux's RUBBER , a killer tire (yes, you read that right) rolls across the American desert, wreaking havoc with animals and humans. (Someone call Triple-A!) This clever, one-of-a-kind horror film is an "assured mix of cinephile artiness and grindhouse spoof," according to The L.A. Times. RUBBER is a 2010 English-language French film that was a hit at this year's Cleveland International Film Festival. In fact, we know of two hardcore film buffs who think it was the best movie in the festival! Adults can see it Friday or Saturday night. Non-fiction film THE SKY TURNS looks at vanishing rural Spanish village; followed by post-film discussion on Saturday night Mercedes Álvarez's 2004 Spanish film THE SKY TURNS (which opened in New York just this year) is a poetic and possibly profound elegy that evokes the work of Spain's great filmmaker Victor Erice. The movie finds Álvarez returning to the rocky, remote, northern Spanish village of her birth, Aldealseñor. As the last person born there, she has a special affinity for the 14 surviving locals and their vanishing world. THE SKY TURNS has a 100% "fresh" rating on RottenTomatoes.com (unanimous favorable reviews). One critic wrote this about it: "Part elegy on the dying of a rural village, part exposition on mortality and obsolescence, and part exaltation of quotidian grace, Mercedes Álvarez's THE SKY TURNS is a serene, contemplative, and indelible rumination on the permanence of landscape, the transitory nature of existence, the imprint of history, and the eternal cycle of natural transformation." See it Saturday or Sunday. On Saturday night CWRU film scholar Linda Ehrlich, who has met and interviewed the director, will lead a post-film discussion in the student lounge. Print this post and present it at the box office and see THE SKY TURNS for only $6 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) Chaplin's A KING IN NEW YORK, made when he was barred from the U.S., is the great comic's rarest feature film Charlie Chaplin's 1957 satire A KING IN NEW YORK is the rarest of the comedian's features; he made it while he was barred from the U.S. (a result of the 1950s Communist witch hunts) and it wasn't released in America until 1973. It was also the last film in which Chaplin had the starring role. He plays a foreign potentate who takes refuge in Manhattan after a revolution drives him from his own country. This premise gave Chaplin the opportunity to spoof American life and culture, and also skewer the House Un-American Activities Committee, whom the king appears before. There are plenty of laughs among the barbs, but perhaps the funniest thing is that this NYC-set comedy was filmed in England! See it in a new 35mm print on Friday or Saturday. Kids 12 & under will be admitted for only $6. Cleveland-born San Francisco filmmaker Chuck Hudina presents a program of his short films tonight (Tuesday, 5/24) Chuck Hudina is an acclaimed San Francisco filmmaker, photographer, and visual artist who was born in Cleveland and graduated from Collinwood High School. On Tuesday night May 24 at 6:45 pm he appears in person to present a program of his short 16mm documentaries and experimental movies. Hudina's award-winning films have been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, the Pacific Film Archive, and at the Ann Arbor, Black Maria, and Athens International Film Festivals, among many other venues. But this will be the first time a program of his work will show in his hometown. The centerpiece of AN EVENING WITH CHUCK HUDINA is "Grease" (1974, pictured above), a 47-min. fiction/documentary hybrid about 1950s-style "greasers." The movie has been likened to John Cassavetes' SHADOWS. Also screening in the program are: "Ikarus" (1973), a slow-motion dive shot at 3,000 pictures per second; "Parents' Visit" (1974), an autobiographical documentary; "Bicycle" (1975), a spoke's-eye view of a bike ride; and "On the Corner" (1980), an urban ballet performed by street children. "Nigeria" (1989), previously announced in press releases and on a flyer promoting the event, will not be shown. This program is for adults only. Producer Ted Hope and directors David O. Russell and Lisa Cholodenko coming to Cleveland on Thursday Don't forget that acclaimed film directors David O. Russell (THE FIGHTER) and Lisa Cholodenko (THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT) will join producer Ted Hope (AMERICAN SPLENDOR, 21 GRAMS) for a conversation on the independent film industry on Thursday, May 26, at 6:30 pm in the Cleveland Public Library's Stokes Auditorium. This program is free and open to the public. This conversation will focus on the process of creating, producing, and distributing films in a changing marketplace defined by new technologies, and on the differences between the personal narratives of independent films and major studio productions. The program is part of the Lockwood Thompson Dialogues, which are presented by the Cleveland Public Library in partnership with Cleveland Public Art. The Lockwood Thompson Dialogues are generously supported through an endowment of the late Lockwood Thompson, who was a trustee of the Cleveland Public Library and an avid supporter of the arts. To learn more about this event, visit www.cpl.org or www.clevelandpublicart.org/events. Films This Week Tue., May 24, at 6:45 pm Filmmaker in Person! THE FILMS OF CHUCK HUDINA Fri., May 27, at 5:30 pm Sat., May 28, at 7:10 pm Spanish elegy THE SKY TURNS Post-film discussion on Saturday night! Fri., May 27, at 7:40 pm Sat., May 28, at 9:20 pm Tire goes on murder rampage! RUBBER Fri., May 27, at 9:25 pm Sat., May 28, at 5:00 pm Charlie Chaplin is A KING IN NEW YORK Films Next Week Fri., June 3, at 5:30 pm Sat., June 4, at 7:40 pm TINY FURNITURE Fri., June 3, at 7:30 pm Sat., June 4, at 9:40 pm HEARTBEATS Fri., June 3, at 9:25 pm Sat., June 4, at 5:00 pm LIMELIGHT The Cinematheque The Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106 Phone: (216) 421-7450 http://cia.edu/cinematheque 2011 The Cleveland Institute of Art. All rights reserved.