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4/25-30: Children of Men, Beau Travail, Shockwaves & more!

04/23/13  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

Denis Lavant stars in Claire Denis' sensuous, dance-like BEAU TRAVAIL
Inspired by Melville’s Billy Budd, Claire Denis’ lavishly praised 1999 French film BEAU TRAVAIL is set among French Foreign Legionnaires in Djibouti, East Africa. Denis Lavant plays a drill sergeant who vows to destroy a sterling young recruit he is jealous of (Grégoire Colin). The elaborately choreographed military training sequences, shot under the scorching sun, are beautiful and unforgettable. In fact, the whole movie is balletic and bursting with sensuality. Don't miss this modern masterpiece (that topped the Village Voice Film Critics' Poll in 2000) when it shows on Friday and Saturday in a new 35mm color print from France! Here's the original trailer.

2006's CHILDREN OF MEN is gripping, masterful end-of-the-world drama
The 2006 drama CHILDREN OF MEN is the most recent film by talented Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón (Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN, HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN). It's also one of the best movies of the 2000s -- a dystopian sci-fi fantasy set in 2027. The UK is a police state overrun with refugees, and humans teeter on the verge of extinction after two decades of infertility. Clive Owen plays a government bureaucrat who is kidnapped by a rebel group and charged with escorting a special young refugee through the war zone to safety. Julianne Moore and Michael Caine co-star. The incredible cinematography is by Emmanuel Lubezki, who also shot Malick's THE TREE OF LIFE and THE NEW WORLD. See it in 35mm on Thursday or Friday. Print this email and present it at the box office and pay only $7 ($6 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) Watch the trailer here.

Juliette Binoche and Denis Lavant are madly romantic LOVERS ON THE BRIDGE
Juliette Binoche and Denis Lavant star in Leos (HOLY MOTORS) Carax’s most extravagant film LOVERS ON THE BRIDGE, which cost 200 million francs when it was shot 23 years ago! Dismissed by some as a grand folly a la HEAVEN'S GATE, this 1991 movie is a delirious valentine to l’amour fou in which an eye-patched art student (Binoche) who’s going blind hooks up with a fire-eating street acrobat and vagrant (Lavant) who lives on the Pont Neuf, Paris’ oldest bridge. These two wounded misfits enter into a reckless, anarchic relationship that proves healing for them. Filmed against the backdrop of France’s 1989 bicentennial celebrations, this rhapsodic stunner boasts an air of swooning, magical romanticism somewhere between Marcel Carné and Gene Kelly. Though we screened it in 2000, there hasn’t been a showable copy of this movie in the U.S. for many years. So don’t miss this rare chance to see the film on Saturday or Sunday, in a gorgeous 35mm color print from France. Watch the French teaser here.

TUVALU is wonderful, mostly wordless comedy set in a run-down bathhouse
Veit Helmer's 1999 German comedy TUVALU was so popular when we first showed it in 2002 that it appeared on three successive bimonthly film calendars! This whimsical, virtually wordless comedy-fantasy stars Denis Lavant as a hardworking attendant at a decaying European bathhouse. He uses his wits to keep the baths running, the blind owner and nutty patrons happy, and the wrecking ball at bay. With a striking use of color and scope, the movie creates a surreal, Rube Goldbergesque world. Don't miss this delightful film, in a 35mm color & scope print, on Thursday or Sunday.

French-Canadian comedy thriller CURLING will make your lips and toes curl
Denis Côté's 2010 French-Canadian film CURLING is a foreign-language art-film variation on PSYCHO. Set in a wintry small town in rural Quebec, this stunningly shot drama follows a single father who works at the local bowling alley and motel. He also homeschools his 12-year-old daughter, keeping her sequestered from the other residents of the village (for reasons that remain mysterious). But he can’t keep her shielded from some strange sightings: a caged tiger, a bloody motel room, frozen corpses in the surrounding woods. This disquieting, deadpan drama with flashes of absurdist humor is a father-daughter story you’ll long remember. (The two stars are real-life father and child.) The International Film Guide 2011 called CURLING "the year’s best [Canadian] film.” Don't miss its exclusive Cleveland premiere on Saturday or Sunday. Here's the trailer.

Kasumi's SHOCKWAVES receives special sneak preview at the Capitol Theatre
SHOCKWAVES, the first feature by pioneering experimental filmmaker, multimedia artist, and CIA faculty member Kasumi (2011 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship), is a darkly comic psychological tale in which reality is revealed as a constantly shifting paradox. The film focuses on a man whose traumatic childhood memories of abuse suffered at the hand of his father send him on a maddening spiral of self-destruction. Through a surrealistic Möbius strip of alternate realities, shifting times, and multiple dimensions, SHOCKWAVES weaves 25,000-plus individual shots (both original and archival) into a kaleidoscopic tapestry of cinematic imagery, original dance choreography, innovative animation, and evocative sound design. It’s a heady recipe that encompasses the biting social satire of NATURAL BORN KILLERS, the hallucinogenic state of ENTER THE VOID, and a dash of Wile E. Coyote versus the Road Runner. SHOCKWAVES explores the lasting nature of abusive power and the emotional imprints it leaves behind. The movie will be shown on Tuesday, April 30 at 6:45 pm on the big screen of the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. Regular Cinematheque prices apply, though the first 100 people with CIA I.D.'s who show up at the Capitol will be admitted free. A Q & A with Kasumi will follow the screening.

This Week

Thu., April 25, at 6:45pm
Sun., April 28, at 8:30pm
Denis Lavant in
TUVALU

Thu., April 25, at 8:30pm
Fri., April 26, at 7:30pm
Clive Owen, Julianne
Moore & Michael Caine in
CHILDREN OF MEN

Fri., April 26, at 9:40pm
Sat., April 27, at 5:15pm
Denis Lavant in
Claire Denis'
BEAU TRAVAIL

Sat., April 27, at 7:05pm
Sun., April 28, at 3:45pm
Juliette Binoche & Denis
Lavant in Leos Carax'
LOVERS ON THE BRIDGE

Sat., April 27, at 9:30pm
Sun., April 28, at 6:30pm
French-Canadian "Psycho"
CURLING

Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre
Special Sneak Preview!
Filmmaker in Person!
Tue., April 30, at 6:45pm
Kasumi's
SHOCKWAVES

Next Week

Thu., May 2, at 6:45pm
Fri., May 3, at 7:30pm
ANDREI RUBLEV

Sat., May 4, at 5:15pm
Sun., May 5, at 6:30pm
A HEN IN THE WIND

Sat., May 4, at 7:00pm
Sun., May 5, at 3:30pm
THE MASTER

Sat., May 4, at 9:45pm
Sun., May 5, at 8:15pm
WRONG

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