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Cinematheque . 11/1-4: Killer Joe, Ai Weiwei, Alps & more!

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11/1-4: Killer Joe, Ai Weiwei, Alps & more!

10/30/12  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

360 is latest from "City of God" director.
Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, and Ben Foster star in 360, the new film from Fernando Meirelles, the Brazilian director of CITY OF GOD and THE CONSTANT GARDENER. It's a daring contemporary romance inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde that links characters and stories in seven cities on three continents into one swooning, circular, interconnected narrative. Peter Morgan (THE QUEEN, FROST/NIXON) wrote it. Get around to seeing it on Saturday or Sunday.

Matthew McConaughey plays a really bad cop in no-holds-barred KILLER JOE
Matthew McConaughey plays a Texas cop who moonlights as a hit man in William (THE EXORCIST, THE FRENCH CONNECTION) Friedkin’s KILLER JOE, a florid, filthy, foul-mouthed redneck freakshow, based on a play by Tracy Letts (August: Osage County ). Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon, and (in an Oscar-worthy turn) Thomas Haden Church co-star in this NC-17 rated noir. Those 18 & over can see it on Friday or Saturday. Print this and present it at the box office and pay only $7 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) Here's the film's trailer.

Klaus Kinski stars in great 1968 spaghetti western THE GREAT SILENCE
Sergio Corbucci (1927-1990) was an Italian director of violent and stylish spaghetti westerns, including the original DJANGO (1966), which spawned one official sequel and over 30 unofficial ones. (Quentin Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED opens in December.) On Saturday at 5:15 pm you can see a different Corbucci classic—one that filmmaker Alex Cox (REPO MAN) has called “the greatest spaghetti western ever made.” THE GREAT SILENCE (1968) stars Klaus Kinski (AGUIRRE, FITZCARRALDO, NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE) as Loco, a vicious bounty hunter, and Jean-Louis Trintignant (MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S, THE CONFORMIST) as Silence, a mute gunslinger who hates bounty hunters. The two lock horns in the snowy mountains of Utah in the late 1800s, with a group of persecuted Mormons in the middle. Ennio Morricone did the music, of course. THE GREAT SILENCE is undistributed on film in the U.S., so we will show an archival 35mm color print from Europe (English-dubbed version) that is in North America for just a few months and is playing in only a handful of cities. Special admission is $12, members & CIA I.D. holders $10, age 25 & under $8 (with proof of age); no passes, twofers, or radio winners. Advance tickets can be purchased until Friday at

AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY profiles famous Chinese dissident artist and rebel
AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is a portrait of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. (Entertainment Weekly calls him "the Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn of the Twitter age.”) Alison Klayman's acclaimed film captures the activist and provocateur as he prepares for a major museum exhibition, interacts with friends and family members, and clashes publicly with Chinese government officials. Say "aye" to Ai on Thursday or Friday.

ALPS is latest from "Dogtooth" director
ALPS, the new Greek film from the director of DOGTOOTH, is as strange as that Oscar-nominated movie but perhaps even more chilling and haunting. ALPS tells of four people who make their living by impersonating individuals who have recently died, role-playing in order to help grieving survivors gradually come to terms with the loss of their loved ones. Blending absurdist comedy with existential drama, Yorgos Lanthimos' tale of surrogates is unique and unforgettable. Time Out New York called it "puzzling and provocative" with "a lingering power and an effect that is thrillingly difficult to define.” See in Thursday or Sunday in a rare, imported 35mm print. Special admission is $10; members $8; age 25 & under $6 (also second-film price on 11/4); no passes, twofers, or radio winners. Here's a trailer for the film.

Chantal Akerman adapts Joseph Conrad in acclaimed ALMAYER'S FOLLY
ALMAYER’S FOLLY, the new French/Belgian film by master filmmaker Chantal Akerman (JEANNE DIELMAN) has the highest overall rating of 2012: 92 out of 100! Based on Joseph Conrad’s first novel (but updated in the film), this hypnotic, dreamy, anti-colonialist movie tells of a brooding European treasure hunter living in the lush jungles of Southeast Asia. When his estranged, embittered mixed-race daughter, now grown, returns home after being educated in Europe, Almayer tries to reconnect with her. But she feels more affinity for a local insurgent. Undistributed in the U.S., ALMAYER'S FOLLY will be shown on Sunday afternoon in a 35mm print from Europe that is temporarily in North America. Special admission is $12, members & CIA I.D. holders $10, age 25 & under $8 (with proof of age); no passes, twofers, or radio winners.

Mary Badham, "Scout" in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, comes next week
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 CIA I.D.’s $15. Advance tickets can be purchased at 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).

Robert Mulligan’s film stars Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, a widowed Alabama lawyer in Depression-era Alabama. Finch’s two young children, Jem (Phillip Alford) and Scout (Badham), witness prejudice and racial hatred firsthand when their father defends an innocent black man in an inflammatory rape case. Peck won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his iconic portrayal. Ten-year-old Badham became the youngest Best Supporting Actress nominee up to that time. Ironically, she lost the statuette to another child performer, 16-year-old Patty Duke in THE MIRACLE WORKER.

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