Cinematheque . 11/11-15: The Magnetic Fields, Restrepo, Orlando And More!
Cinematheque presents STRANGE POWERS: STEPHIN MERRITT AND THE MAGNETIC FIELDS at the Capitol Theatre The new music doc STRANGE POWERS: STEPHIN MERRITT AND THE MAGNETIC FIELDS is the ninth Cinematheque movie to be shown at the newly restored Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th Street at Detroit Avenue. It shows Thursday night at 7 pm. The cult band The Magnetic Fields is the focus of the film, along with its celebrated, saturnine singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt, who has been likened to Cole Porter for his catchy tunes and witty wordplay. Ten years in the making, STRANGE POWERS captures The Magnetic Fields on stage and backstage, eavesdropping as the enigmatic Merritt interacts with his longtime friend and collaborator Claudia Gonson. Regular Cinematheque admission prices ($9; members and CIA students & staff $6) apply; advance tickets can be purchased at www.clevelandcinemas.com. No Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts will be honored for this show. Free parking is available next to the theatre and at other lots in the Gordon Square Arts District. If interested, here's the film's trailer. BONUS OFFER: Those attending this screening will receive a coupon worth 15% off purchases at Music Saves, 15801 Waterloo Road, when presented along with your ticket stub. The coupon is valid November 12 through December 11 (excluding December 4) and can be used only once. Not valid on select items. Tilda Swinton stars in groundbreaking 1992 costume pic ORLANDO Here's a new 35mm print of the movie that made Tilda Swinton a star! In Sally Potter's ORLANDO, she plays an English nobleman (and later a woman) who lives through 400 years of British history after being given an estate by Queen Elizabeth I (Quentin Crisp!). This witty, opulent costume drama forsakes the literal-mindedness of Merchant-Ivory productions for a more playful meditation on class and gender. Billy Zane co-stars in this adaptation of Virginia Woolf's novel. Watch the trailer and then see the whole movie on Saturday or Sunday. OUR BELOVED MONTH OF AUGUST introduces Ohio to rising Portuguese auteur OUR BELOVED MONTH OF AUGUST is the most acclaimed film yet by rising Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes. It may sound like a navel-gazing indulgence, but it's not. There's real magic in it. (Here's the original, unsubtitled Portuguese trailer.) At the start of the movie, the financing for the actors in Gomes' new production falls through. So he scraps the script but still takes his camera crew to the film's location-rural Portuguese hill towns during August, a month filled with local music festivals. Shooting villages, landscapes, performers, and other locals in documentary fashion, Gomes eventually finds his "cast" among real people. And when a fictional story about a father, daughter, and nephew in a traveling pop band emerges, Gomes' non-professionals fill the roles. This singular blend of fact and fiction is a meta-movie that deftly blends travelogue, ethnographic film, family melodrama, and concert documentary. See it Saturday or Monday. Special admission is $12, Cinematheque members and CIA students & staff $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL showcases new 16mm shorts from around the world Even in today's digital age, there are still independent filmmakers who choose to shoot and release their movies on 16mm film. The program 16MM SHORTS FROM THE 48TH ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL , showing Friday night only, includes new works by nine such filmmakers, all of them featured in this year's edition of one of the oldest and most venerable showcases for independent and experimental cinema in the world. The show encompasses animation, narrative, documentary, and avant-garde work. It includes: Denise Oleksijczuk's "Role" (Canada), a riff on Bresson's MOUCHETTE; Steve Cossman's "TUSSLEMUSCLE" (USA), which incorporates over 7000 View-Master slides; Alexandra Cuesta's Jury Award winner "Piensa en Mi" (USA/Ecuador); Naoyuki Tsuj's "Zephyr" (Japan); Peter Herwitz' hand-painted "Gesturings" (USA); Jim Trainor's animated "The Presentation Theme" (USA); Gregory Godhard's "Collide-a-Scope" (Australia); Robert Todd's "Golden Hour" (USA); and Laida Lertxundi's "My Tears Are Dry" (Spain/USA), winner of the award for Most Promising Filmmaker. Special admission is $10, Cinematheque members and CIA students & staff $7; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. Afghan-war doc RESTREPO is surefire 2011 Oscar nominee Writer Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm) and filmmaker Tim Hetherington spent much of a year embedded with a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's treacherous Korengal Valley. With cameras rolling, they observed these young Americans fighting the Taliban, negotiating with Afghani civilians, and learning hard lessons about war and military service while stationed at one of the most dangerous outposts in the world. The end result of Junger and Hetherington's filming is RESTREPO , a gripping you-are-there saga that is one of the most acclaimed movies of 2010. (As we write this, it has an overall metacritic.com rating of 85 out of 100 and a 97% "fresh" rating on RottenTomatoes.com /.). It's a surefire Oscar nominee for Best Documentary. See it Saturday or Sunday. Jacques Tati series continues with frantic, funny, colorful JOUR DE FETE The 1949 French comedy JOUR DE FÊTE (1949) was Jacques Tati's first feature as a director. Known for 45 years as a black-and-white movie, the film was actually shot in an experimental color process, but it was never printed and projected in color until a 1994 restoration. (That's the version we will show this Friday and Sunday.) A pre-Hulot Tati plays a bicycle-riding rural postman who aspires to greater efficiency after watching a newsreel about the U.S. Postal Service. (Those were the days!) As he pedals frantically in pursuit of excellent public service, sight gags whiz by. Kids 12 & under can see this delightful movie (the title translates as FESTIVAL DAY) for only $6. So can non-members by printing this email and presenting it at the box office (members doing the same will pay only $5). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) Films This Week Thu., Nov. 11, at 7:00 pm The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre STRANGE POWERS: STEPHIN MERRITT AND THE MAGNETIC FIELDS Fri., Nov. 12, at 7:30 pm Sun., Nov. 14, at 4:30 pm Jacques Tati's JOUR DE FETE Fri., Nov. 12, at 9:15 pm 16MM SHORTS FROM THE 48TH ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL $10; members/CIA $7 Sat., Nov. 13, at 5:15 pm Sun., Nov. 14, at 6:30 pm Tilda Swinton in ORLANDO Sat., Nov. 13, at 7:10 pm Sun., Nov. 14, at 8:25 pm Acclaimed documentary RESTREPO Sat., Nov. 13, at 9:05 pm Mon., Nov. 15, at 7:30 pm Acclaimed Portuguese film OUR BELOVED MONTH OF AUGUST $12; members/CIA $8 Films Next Week Thu., Nov. 18, at 6:45 pm DEMENTIA (1955) Thu., Nov. 18, at 8:00 pm Fri., Nov. 19, at 9:35 pm THE PORTUGUESE NUN Fri., Nov. 19, at 7:30 pm Sat., Nov. 20, at 9:10 pm PEEPLI LIVE Sat., Nov. 20, at 5:15 pm Sun., Nov. 21, at 2:00 pm MY UNCLE Sat., Nov. 20, at 7:30 pm Sun., Nov. 21, at 4:15 pm FAMILY AFFAIR Sun., Nov. 21, at 7:00 pm THE FILMS OF ROBERT BANKS & BRUCE CHECEFSKY The Cinematheque The Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106 Phone: (216) 421-7450 http://cia.edu/cinematheque