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Cinematheque . 9/26-30: Visiting filmmaker, more Miyazaki, A Simple Life & more!

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9/26-30: Visiting filmmaker, more Miyazaki, A Simple Life & more!

09/25/12  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

Miyazaki's soaring aerial adventure PORCO ROSSO evokes 1930s movies!
The 1992 Japanese animated film PORCO ROSSO (THE RED PIG) is probably Hayao Miyazaki's rarest major feature. (We’ve wanted to bring it back ever since premiering it in Cleveland in 1999.) The film follows a decorated WWI flying ace-turned-pig (the result of a mysterious spell) who battles sky pirates over the Adriatic Sea in the years prior to WWII. This high-flying adventure was Japan’s highest grossing film of 1993. See it in a 35mm, English-subtitled print on Saturday or Sunday.

Caregiver roles reversed in moving, award-winning Chinese drama A SIMPLE LIFE
Winner of five 2012 Hong Kong Film Awards including Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Actress, and Actor (it was also Hong Kong’s official entry for this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film), Ann Hui's A SIMPLE LIFE is a deceptively simple but emotionally rich movie that charts the relationship between an elderly family servant (Deanie Ip) and the middle-aged man (Andy Lau) she helped raise from birth. But now the roles are reversed: the elderly housekeeper has suffered a stroke and her unmarried, career-minded employer must care for her. The film, which Sight & Sound magazine designated "Film of the Month" in August, features cameos by martial arts movie masters Tsui Hark and Sammo Hung. Don't miss it on Saturday or Sunday. Here's the trailer.

Cinematheque/CIA alum Alison O'Daniel to present new film during special screening at The Cleveland Museum of Art
Alison O’Daniel, a former Cinematheque ticket seller and CIA grad who won the school’s top traveling scholarship in 2003, is now a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. On Wednesday night at 7 pm Alison returns to Cleveland with her first feature film, NIGHT SKY , a dreamy, surreal tale of two women wandering through the desert after their car breaks down, and a hula hoop that becomes a portal to a parallel world. Alison will answer audience questions after the screening, which will take place in the Morley Lecture Hall of the Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd. Regular Cinematheque prices apply, but CMA members can also see this film for only $7. No passes, twofers, or radio winners.

"Up the Yangtze" director returns with new Chinese doc CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT
CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT is another acclaimed documentary about the new China by Yung Chang, the Chinese-Canadian director of 2007’s UP THE YANGTZE. His new film focuses on two prospective pugilists, young men plucked from their poor provincial towns by a master trainer and offered a chance at fame, prosperity, and Olympic gold. As in UP THE YANGTZE (which addressed economic inequities during the construction of the Three Gorges Dam), CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT has a lot to say about contemporary Chinese society—if you can read between the ropes. See it Thursday or Friday.

Lionel ("On the Bowery") Rogosin captures 1950s apartheid in COME BACK, AFRICA
Shot secretly in South Africa in 1959 by independent American filmmaker and activist Lionel Rogosin (ON THE BOWERY), COME BACK, AFRICA is an eye-opening classic that dramatizes the difficulties faced by a Zulu family living on the outskirts of Johannesburg under apartheid. Miriam Makeba, who sings in the film, became internationally famous because of it. Martin Scorsese calls this movie, which has been newly restored, "a heroic film of terrible beauty." Catch its Cleveland revival premiere on Saturday or Sunday. Watch the trailer here .

Ozu's final film AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON receives 50th anniversary screening
AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON (1962) was the final film by Yasujiro Ozu, the great Japanese director whose 1953 TOKYO STORY was recently voted the third best film of all time. (We show TOKYO STORY on 10/27 & 28.) AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON (one of only six Ozu movies in color) is another magnificent work, and a reworking of his sublime 1949 masterpiece LATE SPRING. The great Chishu Ryu plays a widower who marries off his daughter (despite her objections), leaving him alone except for his drinking buddies. This serene, autumnal work was in production when Ozu’s mother died; he had lived with her his whole life. Ozu himself died the following year. Now marking its 50th anniversary, AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON will be shown in a 35mm color print on Thursday and Friday.

The Alloy Orchestra performs next week!
The Alloy Orchestra, a Boston band that Roger Ebert has called “the best in the world at accompanying silent films” (and whose last performance in Cleveland, a 2010 Cinematheque showing of METROPOLIS at the Capitol Theatre, sold out the house), will return to the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque next Thursday, October 4. The ensemble’s three members will lend their distinctive mix of clarinet, accordion, electronics, and junk metal percussion to two movies that they have never before performed in Cleveland, both Soviet silents shown in rare 35mm prints.

Grigori Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg’s 1926 film version of Gogol’s THE OVERCOAT will show at 7:00 pm. And a movie recently voted the eighth best film of all time, Dziga Vertov’s MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA (1929), will follow at 8:45 pm for a separate admission fee. THE OVERCOAT, the Alloy’s newest score, will be performed at the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center two days before they bring it to Cleveland. MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA is frequently cited as their best score.

Both performances will take place in the Cinematheque's Aitken Auditorium. Admission to either show is $15; Cinematheque members $12; age 25 & under $9 (with proof of age). Or one can see both shows for an additional $5. Advance tickets can be purchased here .


Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at The Cleveland Museum of Art
Filmmaker in Person!
Wed., Sept. 26, at 7:00 pm
Alison O'Daniel's
Shown in Morley Lecture Hall
Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Boulevard

Thu., Sept. 27, at 6:45 pm
Fri., Sept. 28, at 9:30 pm
From the director of
"Up the Yangtze"

Thu., Sept. 27, at 8:40 pm
Fri., Sept. 28, at 7:15 pm
Yasujiro Ozu's

Sat., Sept. 29, at 5:15 pm
Sun., Sept. 30, at 8:25 pm
Lionel Rogosin's

Sat., Sept. 29, at 7:05 pm
Sun., Sept. 30, at 4:00 pm
Hong Kong prizewinner

Sat., Sept. 29, at 9:25 pm
Sun., Sept. 30, at 6:30 pm
Hayao Miyazaki's


Thu., Oct. 4, at 7:00 pm
The Alloy Orchestra accompanies
Buy advance tickets at

Thu., Oct. 4, at 8:45 pm
The Alloy Orchestra accompanies
Buy advance tickets at

Fri., Oct. 5, at 7:30 pm
Sun., Oct. 4, at 8:55 pm

Fri., Oct. 5, at 9:20 pm
Sat., Oct. 6, at 5:15 pm

Sat., Oct. 6, at 7:20 pm
Sun., Oct. 7, at 4:00 pm

Sat., Oct. 6, at 9:40 pm
Sun., Oct. 7, at 6:30 pm

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