Blog . 10/19-22: Kiki's Delivery Service, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Playtime & more!
THE WELL-DIGGER'S DAUGHTER is moving French family drama set in scenic Provence
French actor Daniel Autueil, who first made a splash in America in the 1986 Marcel Pagnol adaptation JEAN DE FLORETTE, stars and directs a Pagnol adaptation of his own: THE WELL-DIGGER'S DAUGHTER. Set in sun-dappled rural Provence around the time of WWI, this color remake of a 1940 Pagnol classic stars Autueil as a working-man and widower with five girls. When his beloved oldest daughter becomes pregnant by a wealthy boy she loves, he kicks her out of the house. It breaks his heart to do this, but family honor must be maintained. The L.A. Times says that THE WELL-DIGGER'S DAUGHTER "marks a return to old-school French moviemaking…This is the kind of film they don’t make anymore, only here it is.” Catch its exclusive Cleveland premiere on Saturday or Sunday. On Sunday please allow extra time to park.
David Lynch's TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME is a prequel to the cult TV series
TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME, David Lynch’s 1992 prequel to his cult TV series, was made after the show was canceled. It's one of his darkest, creepiest, and most surreal works. Set in the fictional town of Twin Peaks, Washington, the film depicts the events (including another murder) leading up to the mysterious death of teen Laura Palmer, where the TV series began. Kyle MacLachlan reprises his role as Special Agent Dale Cooper, and the movie boasts mesmerizing sequences, some truly scary moments, a brilliant soundtrack, and a powerful, trance-like pull. David Bowie, Kiefer Sutherland, Heather Graham, Harry Dean Stanton, and Lynch himself also appear in it. Adults can see it Friday or Sunday. Here's the original trailer.
Filmmmaker Leighton Pierce to appear in person with two of his best 16mm movies
On Monday, October 22, at 7:00 pm we will screen two 16MM FILMS BY LEIGHTON PIERCE. The filmmaker will be on hand to talk about his work. Leighton Pierce is the chair of the Film & Video Department at NYC’s Pratt Institute and one of America’s major avant-garde filmmakers. For over 30 years, he has explored memory and perception in a series of stunningly shot, impressionistic short films and videos that exploit cinematic space and time and expand the interplay between sound and image. His work has been exhibited at major museums and festivals (MoMA, the Whitney Biennial, Sundance, Ann Arbor, San Francisco, London, Rotterdam, et al.), and he has received fellowships from both the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations. The two films Pierce will present are two of his most acclaimed works. "Glass" (1998) is a “not-so-still life in the backyard with children, water, fire, and a few other basic elements” (according to the director). "50 Feet of String" (1995) is a 12-part movie about “the slow and subtle repeated rhythms of daily life.” There's more information about Pierce and his movies at his website. Special thanks to Linda Bourassa, Hiram College. Leighton Pierce will present a second program (of recent digital video work) at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Wed., Oct. 24, at 7:00 pm.
Jacques Tati's epic architectural comedy PLAYTIME welcomes MOCA to the Circle
On Saturday at 5:00 pm the Cinematheque welcomes the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA) to University Circle—and congratulates them on the opening of their snazzy new building at the corner of Euclid and Mayfield—with a special showing of Jacques Tati’s epic comedy PLAYTIME, a masterpiece of spatial cinema. In the film, Tati’s quaint and klutzy alter ego Monsieur Hulot finds himself trapped in a maze of modernist glass-and-steel buildings on the outskirts of Paris. Though it skewers the soullessness of 1960s architecture and technology, the movie is also joyous and celebratory, climaxing in a long, hilarious set piece centered on the grand opening of a swanky new nightspot where conviviality and humanity triumph over pretentiousness and imposed order. Originally shot in 70mm, and costing (and losing) millions, PLAYTIME is one of the grandest visions ever committed to celluloid. Don't miss it on the big screen in a 35mm color & scope print! MOCA members pay only $7, and all attendees will receive a coupon for half-price admission to the new MOCA.
Apprentice witch does good deeds in Miyazaki's KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE
Hayao Miyazaki's lyrical coming-of-age comedy KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE (1989) focuses on a broomstick-riding, 13-year-old witch-in-training—a good witch—who leaves home with her loquacious black cat to spend a year doing good deeds in a far-off seaside city. She sets up a delivery service with a local baker, but discovers that self-doubt and insecurity threaten her aerial abilities. See this delightful animated feature in a new 35mm color print (with English subtitles) on Saturday or Sunday.
Komedy KLOWN shows tonight at Kapitol
Tonight the Cinematheque returns to the Capitol Theatre to present “hands down the funniest film of the year (The Village Voice). It's the Danish movie KLOWN, a twisted comedy from Lars von Trier’s always edgy Zentropa Productions. KLOWN tells of a man who “kidnaps” his pregnant girlfriend’s 12-year-old nephew and then, to prove what a good parent he would be, takes him on a canoe trip—with his sex-crazed buddy. The pastoral outing soon turns into a weekend of debauchery and disaster! The Voice says KLOWN "plays like a superior, and way grosser, version of THE HANGOVER.” The New York Times found it "rather sweet, in its raunchy way…Manages the difficult trick of going into taboo territory without ever feeling dirty.” KLOWN (for adults only) will show on the big screen at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. Regular Cinematheque prices apply, but no Cinematheque passes, twofers, or radio winners or Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts will be accepted. Free parking is available next to the theatre and at other lots in the Gordon Square Arts District. Also, the film lasts only 89 minutes, so you can see KLOWN at 7:00 pm and still get home to watch the Presidential debate.
Mary Badham, "Scout" in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, coming on Fri., Nov. 9
Mary Badham, who played “Scout” Finch in the beloved 1962 film version of Harper Lee’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, will appear in person on Friday, November 9 at 7:00 pm. Badham, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance, will answer audience questions after a 50th anniversary screening of the landmark movie, which will be shown in a 35mm print from the Universal Pictures studio archive. Tickets cost $20; Cinematheque members and those with Cleveland Institute of Art I.D.’s $15. Advance tickets can be purchased here. If any seats remain on Nov.9, $10 tickets for those age 25 & under will go on sale at the Cinematheque box office starting at 6:00 pm (cash/check only).
Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre
Tue., Oct. 16, at 7:00 pm
Hilarious Danish comedy
Fri., Oct. 19, at 9:00 pm
Sun., Oct. 21, at 8:35 pm
FIRE WALK WITH ME
Sat., Oct. 20, at 5:00 pm
Co-presented by MOCA Cleveland!
Sat., Oct. 20, at 7:25 pm
Sun., Oct. 21, at 4:00 pm
THE WELL-DIGGER'S DAUGHTER
Sat., Oct. 20, at 9:35 pm
Sun., Oct. 21, at 6:30 pm
KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE
A Special Event!
Leighton Pierce in Person!
Mon., Oct. 22, at 7:00 pm
16mm FILMS BY LEIGHTON PIERCE
Thu., Oct. 25, at 6:45 pm
Fri., Oct. 26, at 7:30 pm
WE WERE HERE
Thu., Oct. 25, at 8:35 pm
Fri., Oct. 26, at 9:20 pm
Sat., Oct. 27, at 5:15 pm
Sun., Oct. 28, at 9:05 pm
Sat., Oct. 27, at 6:55 pm
Sun., Oct. 28, at 3:30 pm
Post-film discussion on Saturday led by Linda Ehrlich of CWRU
Sat., Oct. 27, at 9:30 pm
Sun., Oct. 28, at 6:30 pm