Blog . 8/25-28: Vincent Wants To Sea, Yol, City Of Life And Death & More!
VINCENT WANTS TO SEA, voted "Best Film" at this year's Cleveland Int'l Film Festival, returns to Cleveland! Voted "Best Film" at this year's Cleveland Int'l Film Festival, and seemingly loved by everyone who saw it there, Ralf Huettner's German road movie VINCENT WANTS TO SEA follows three young people -- a young man suffering from Tourette's Syndrome, his obsessive-compulsive roommate, and an anorexic female friend -- who bust out of a rehabilitation center, steal a car, and head through gorgeous landscapes to the Italian coast. It also won the 2011 German Film Award for best picture of the year. Sea it Friday, Saturday, or Sunday in a 35mm color and scope print! Chinese drama CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH looks at 1937's "Rape of Nanking" The Chinese drama CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH is an epic dramatization of the 1937 battle of Nanking (now Nanjing) during the Second Sino-Japanese War, and the subsequent massacre of 300,000 Chinese citizens during "the Rape of Nanking." It is one of the most gripping and graphic war movies you will ever see. Shot in b&w, Chuan Lu's movie was held up for months of scrutiny by Chinese censors. When it was finally released, it prompted online death threats against the director because of his sympathetic depiction of one Japanese soldier. Nevertheless, the movie became a huge hit in China and is now one of the most acclaimed movies released in the U.S. this year. The New York Times labeled it a "Critics' Pick," adding that it "isn't cathartic: it offers no uplifting moments, just the immodest balm of art." See it Friday or Saturday. THE POOR ONES and Cannes Palme d'Or winner YOL conclude Yilmaz Guney series Our short, two-week Yilmaz Guney series concludes with two more riveting dramas by this late Turkish master. Both show on Sunday in new 35mm color prints imported from Turkey. In THE POOR ONES (1974), three impoverished convicts are released from prison to a bleak future, while flashbacks reveal their past transgressions. Güney also stars in the movie. But he was arrested and imprisoned in mid-production, so his mentor Atif Yilmaz completed this powerful portrait of societal outcasts for him. Print this post and present it at the box office and see THE POOR ONES for only $7 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) Then stay and see YOL for an additional $5. This 1982 work is Güney's best-known movie; it won the top prize at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival. Though Güney wrote it (in prison) and edited it (in Switzerland), YOL was actually directed by Guney's longtime assistant ?erif Gören. The film follows five paroled Turkish prisoners who return to their homes only to discover that the backward, brutal society in which they live is another kind of prison for them. The title translates as "the road" or "the way." Michale Snow's landmark experimental feature LA REGION CENTRALE makes long-overdue Cleveland premeire We conclude our 14-month "Silver Anniversary Screen" series with Michael Snow's LA RÉGION CENTRALE , a 1971 Canadian avant-garde masterpiece that, to our knowledge, has never been shown theatrically in Cleveland. Frequently turning up on lists of the best films ever made, LA RÉGION CENTRALE takes place on a remote mountain top in wintry northern Quebec and contains no human beings. It is a compendium of spectacular camera movements (no two alike) captured by a 16mm camera attached to a mechanical arm that is able to move robotically in any direction. For three dazzling, dizzying hours, it does just that. Snow has commented that the footage looks like it was shot by an alien probe on an unknown planet. "Arguably the most spectacular experimental film made anywhere in the world." ?Peter Rist. LA RÉGION CENTRALE shows on Thursday night only. Special admission is $10, members and CIA I.D. holders $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. But those ages 25 & under still pay only $5. Sept-Oct schedules available this weekend! The Cinematheque begins its 26th year at the Cleveland Institute of Art with a typically wide-ranging selection of classic and contemporary movies-all shown in 35mm or 16mm film prints. Highlights during the next two months include: (1) The first Cleveland showing of 18 new films or film programs from around the world, including a special advance screening of the acclaimed shot-in-Ohio movie TAKE SHELTER (starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain) on October 27 with producer Tyler Davidson in attendance. (2) Return engagements for BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK, NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT, !WOMEN ART REVOLUTION, and other superb recent movies shown briefly at the Cinematheque, the Cleveland International Film Festival, the Cedar Lee, or the Capitol. (3) Classics of world cinema-many in new or restored 35mm film prints-including Robert Bresson's DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST, Rainer Werner Fassbinder's WORLD ON A WIRE, and Federico Fellini's LA DOLCE VITA. (4) A personal appearance by internationally acclaimed "projector performer" Bruce McClure, who will present two unique light and sound shows on September 27. (5) A personal appearance by longtime film critic, author, and blogger Jonathan Rosenbaum on Monday, October 3. During the four weekends before Rosenbaum's visit, and the four weekends after, the Cinematheque will present ten features from Rosenbaum's list of "top 100" movies published in 2004. Titles include Jim Jarmusch's DEAD MAN, Erich von Stroheim's FOOLISH WIVES, and Andrei Tarkovsky's STALKER. (6) A rare theatrical showing of THE WEDNESDAY CHILDREN, a mostly-forgotten made-in-northeast-Ohio horror feature that was shot in Wadsworth in 1973 by Robert D. West, longtime film professor at Kent State University and onetime radio executive. West will attend the October 29 screening. Details for all these films and events will be found in the Cinematheque's September-October calendar, which will be available for pickup this weekend. Films This Week Thu., Aug. 25, at 7:00 pm Michael Snow's landmark experimental feature LE REGION CENTRALE $10/members $8 Fri., Aug. 26, at 7:30 pm Sat., Aug. 27, at 9:35 pm Sun., Aug. 28, at 4:00 pm Voted "Best Film" at 2011 Cleveland Int'l Film Festival! VINCENT WANTS TO SEA Fri., Aug. 26, at 9:30 pm Sat., Aug. 27, at 7:00 pm Monumental Chinese drama CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH Sun., Aug. 28, at 6:30 pm Yilmaz Guney's THE POOR ONES Sun., Aug. 28, at 8:05 pm Yilmaz Guney's Palme d'or winner YOL Films Next Week Thu., Sept. 1, at 7:00 pm Fri., Sept. 2, at 9:25 pm LE QUATTRO VOLTE (THE FOUR TIMES) Thu., Sept. 1, at 8:45 pm Sun., Spet. 4, at 6:30 pm sleep furiously Fri., Sept. 2, at 7:15 pm Sat., Sept. 3, at 5:15 pm MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S Sat., Sept. 3, at 7:35 pm Sun., Sept. 4, at 8:25 pm BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK Sat., Sept. 3, at 9:10 pm Sun., Sept. 4, at 3:45 pm BRIDE FLIGHT The Cinematheque The Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106 Phone: (216) 421-7450 http://cia.edu/cinematheque