Cinematheque . Oct. 14-16: Shakespeare Film Fest, Cuban Actress In Person & More!
Cuban actress Annia Bu to speak after new Cuban feature film FALLEN GODS. Ernesto Daranas' 2008 Cuban film FALLEN GODS was Cuba's official entry for the 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. It tells of a female college professor researching a legendary Cuban pimp who, in the early 1900s, became something of a national hero when he seized control of the country's prostitution trade from the French. The scholar's investigation and interviews uncover a similar power struggle in the red light district of present-day Havana. One of the stars of the movie, Annia Bu (pictured above), will answer audience questions after Friday night's screening, which is co-sponsored by the New England Festival of Ibero American Cinema, with financial support from the Cleveland Foundation. The night before FALLEN GODS (Thursday at 5:30 pm) there will be a symposium on Cuban art in CIA's Aitken Auditorium. Admission is free. Further details will be found at www.cia.edu/cubaproject . THE IMPERIALISTS ARE STILL ALIVE!: a comedy about international artists and hipsters in post-9/11 New York City Evoking the 1990s movies of Whit Stillman (who makes a cameo appearance) and his young, naval-gazing, upper-middle-class Manhattanites, Zeina Durra's wry debut film THE IMPERIALISTS ARE STILL ALIVE! focuses on a group of privileged bohemian artists of mostly Middle Eastern descent living in present-day NYC. These urban hipsters are certainly bothered by the perceptions of Arab-Americans in post-9/11 America, and by the political traumas rocking their home countries, but not enough to curtail their own glam, narcissistic pursuits. With Élodie Bouchez (THE DREAMLIFE OF ANGELS). Catch this movie's exclusive Cleveland theatrical premiere on Saturday or Sunday. Here's the trailer. Stunning YEELEN (BRIGHTNESS) is one of the all-time great African films Souleymane Cissé's 1987 Malian movie YEELEN (BRIGHTNESS) is one of the greatest African films ever made-a strange, gorgeous tale fraught with myth and ritual, about a spiritual journey undertaken by a young Bambara boy in Northwest Central Africa. Fleeing his jealous father who is intent on killing him, the young man matures in the wilderness. After finding wisdom and reaching full potency, he returns to confront his paternal nemesis. (It's a little like STAR WARS in the Sahara.) Critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, who ranks it among his 100 favorite films of all time, has called it "an extraordinarily beautiful and mesmerizing fantasy." It shows in 35mm on Saturday and Sunday. You can see it for only $7 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member) by printing this post and presenting it at the box office. It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) Samurai version of "Macbeth," THRONE OF BLOOD, opens Shakespeare film series Shakespeare's Macbeth is transposed to civil-war-torn medieval Japan in THRONE OF BLOOD (1957), one of Akira Kurosawa's greatest films. Toshiro Mifune stars in this moody, Noh-inspired account of prophecy, ambition, and murder which is populated by witches, ghosts, and samurai. It shows Friday night only -- the first of three Shakespeare films this weekend co-sponsored by CWRU's Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. Robert Spadoni, Associate Professor of English at CWRU, will introduce the screening. Any student with a CWRU I.D. will be admitted free! Orson Welles plays Falstaff in his 1966 masterpiece CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT Orson Welles' 1966 masterpiece CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (aka FALSTAFF) consolidates scenes from five different Shakespeare plays to construct a rousing account of the friendship between the rotund, boisterous, garrulous scoundrel Sir John Falstaff (Welles) and young Prince Hal, the man who will be king. John Gielgud, Jeanne Moreau, and Margaret Rutherford co-star. This is the second of three Shakespeare films this weekend co-sponsored by CWRU's Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. James Kuzner, Assistant Professor of English at CWRU, will introduce Saturday's screening. Any student with a CWRU I.D. will be admitted free! Oscar-winning SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE returns to the big screen Winner of the Oscar for Best Picture of 1998, John Madden's delightful romantic comedy SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE speculates that a love affair between young William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) and an aspiring actress (Gwyneth Paltrow, Oscar winner for Best Actress) may have inspired the writing of Romeo and Juliet. Geoffrey Rush, Judi Dench (Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress), Colin Firth, and Ben Affleck co-star in this movie co-written by the great Tom Stoppard. This is the third, and final, Shakespeare film this weekend co-sponsored by CWRU's Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. John Orlock, Samuel B. and Virginia C. Knight Professor of Humanities at CWRU, will introduce Sunday's screening. Any student with a CWRU I.D. will be admitted free! Here's the movie's original trailer. Films This Week No films Thu., Oct. 13 Fri., Oct. 14, at 7:00 pm Akira Kurosawa's THRONE OF BLOOD Introduced by Rob Spadoni Fri., Oct. 14, at 9:20 pm Cuban drama FALLEN GODS Actress Annia Bu in person! Sat., Oct. 15, at 5:00 pm Orson Welles' CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT Introduced by James Kuzner Sat., Oct. 15, at 7:30 pm Sun., Oct. 16, at 8:35 pm THE IMPERIALISTS ARE STILL ALIVE! Sat., Oct. 15, at 9:20 pm Sun., Oct. 16, at 6:30 pm Great African film YEELEN (BRIGHTNESS) Sun., Oct. 16, at 3:30 pm Gwyneth Paltrow in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Introduced by John Orlock Films Next Week Thu., Oct. 20, at 6:45 pm Sat., Oct. 22, at 6:45 pm PUZZLE Thu., Oct. 20, at 8:35 pm Sun., Oct. 23, at 4:30 pm JANE'S JOURNEY Fri., Oct. 21, at 7:30 pm Sat., Oct. 22, at 8:35 pm LA DOLCE VITA Sat., Oct. 22,at 5:15 pm Sun., Oct. 23, at 3:00 pm CHRISTMAS IN JULY Sun., Oct. 23, at 7:00 pm STALKER The Cinematheque The Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106 Phone: (216) 421-7450 http://cia.edu/cinematheque