Cinematheque . 2/6-9: The Great Beauty, GMO OMG, These Birds Walk & more!
Oscar nominated Italian film THE GREAT BEAUTY shows exclusively this weekend!
THE GREAT BEAUTY, the acclaimed new movie from the director of last year's Cinematheque hit This Must Be the Place (with Sean Penn as a retired rock star), is one of the five nominees for this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. It previously won the Golden Globe Award in that category, as well as 2013 European Film Awards for Best Film, Director, and Actor! THE GREAT BEAUTY finds filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino back in his native Italy, and working again with his chameleonic Il Divo star, Toni Servillo. Here Servillo loses himself in the role of Jep Gambardella, a one-time literary lion turned jaded journalist in Rome, who squanders his life partying with the super rich and being seen with celebrities. But now this world-weary cynic and sensualist senses the emptiness of his existence, so scours his life for something authentic. This flamboyant La Dolce Vita update is intoxicatingly rendered with an ever-roaming (Rome-ing?) camera and wall-to-wall music. It’s a vibrantly colored x-ray that reveals Berlusconi's Italy to be stylish and seductive, but also superficial and soulless. NPR hails it as "a fantastic journey around contemporary Rome and a riot of lush imagery juggling past and present, sacred and profane, gorgeous and grotesque." See it in a rare 35mm color & scope print on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Special admission is $10; Cinematheque members $8; age 25 & under $7; no passes, twofers, or radio winners will be accepted. Here's the trailer.
GMO OMG looks at genetically modified organisms in our food supply
In the new documentary GMO OMG, filmmaker Jeremy Seifert, who’s also a young father, investigates the potential health risks of GMO's (genetically modified organisms) that now infiltrate much of the world's non-organic food supply. Seifert's film also looks at how corporations manufacture, manipulate, and control seeds. Dennis Kucinich appears in the film, which shows on Thursday and Friday. Here's the trailer.
THE DECAMERON is the first film in Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Trilogy of Life"
Giovanni Boccaccio's ribald medieval tales of love, lust, sex, deceit, malefaction, and murder are rollickingly, bawdily brought to the screen in THE DECAMERON, the first part of Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Trilogy of Life" (three adults-only films based on three celebrated story cycles). Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, and Pasolini himself star in this 1971 classic that has music by Ennio Morricone. The trilogy continues with The Canterbury Tales and Arabian Nights on the next two Sundays. No one under 18 will be admitted to this film that shows on Sunday at 4:00 pm in a new 35mm color print from Italy. Special admission is $12; Cinematheque members $9; age 25-18 $7; no passes, twofers, or radio winners will be accepted, and there will be no second-film discount for those seeing The Great Beauty at 1:15 on Sunday. Watch the rowdy trailer here.
Children shattered by war are helped in moving, beautiful THESE BIRDS WALK
The humanitarian work of Pakistan’s foremost philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi and his Karachi social-welfare organization the Edhi Foundation is best seen in the lives of the orphaned and runaway children that have been helped by them. Kids have been rescued from war, brutality, and poverty, given temporary shelter, and sometimes returned to their families. THESE BIRDS WALK, an acclaimed and deeply moving new documentary that shows on Saturday and Sunday, introduces us to some of the spirited “lost boys” who have been saved by Edhi. A writer for Filmmaker Magazine calls the film "the most beautiful documentary I can remember.” Print this email and present it at the box office and see These Birds Walk for only $7 ($6 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) Watch a touching trailer for the film here.
NOTES FOR AN AFRICAN ORESTES chronicles Pasolini film never made
Pasolini's 1970 documentary NOTES FOR AN AFRICAN ORESTES captures his preparations for an Africa-set film version of the Ancient Greek play Orestes (about a man who kills his mother). Though the film was never made, the documentary survives as a fascinating time capsule of late 1960s Africa and as a portrait of Pasolini himself. Jazz great Gato Barbieri appears in it. Film critic J. Hoberman writes that the film is "key to an understanding of the particular Freudian-Marxist-Christian worldview that was Pasolini's." See it in a 35mm print from Italy on Saturday at 5:15 pm. Special admission is $12; Cinematheque members $9; age 25 & under $7; no passes, twofers, or radio winners will be accepted.
CENTRO HISTORICO showcases four new short films by four cinema masters
Four of Europe's greatest filmmakers contribute segments to CENTRO HISTORICO, a new portmanteau film about the northern Portuguese city of Guimarães, a 2012 European Cultural Capital. Aki Kaurismäki tells a typically droll tale of a sad sack cafe owner. Pedro Costa revisits Portugal's colonial past. Victor Erice looks at the city's old but fast-vanishing textile industry. And Manoel de Oliveira (now 105 and still directing movies!) focuses on a group of picture-taking tourists. Catch the exclusive Cleveland premiere of Centro Historico on Thursday or Sunday.
Thu., Feb. 6, at 6:45pm
Sun., Feb. 9, at 8:00pm
New short films by Pedro Costa, Victor Erice, Aki Kaurismäki, Manoel de Oliveira
Thu., Feb. 6, at 8:25pm
Fri., Feb. 7, at 7:15pm
Unsettling new food doc
Fri., Feb. 7, at 9:05pm
Sat., Feb. 8, at 6:45pm
Sun., Feb. 9, at 1:15pm
Italian Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film
THE GREAT BEAUTY
Sat., Feb. 8, at 5:15pm
Pier Paolo Pasolini's
NOTES FOR AN AFRICAN ORESTES (1970)
Sat., Feb. 8, at 9:30pm
Sun., Feb. 9, at 6:30pm
Beautiful and moving
THESE BIRDS WALK
Sun., Feb. 9, at 4:00pm
Pier Paolo Pasolini's
THE DECAMERON (1971)
No one under 18 admitted!
Thu., Feb. 13, at 6:45pm
Fri., Feb. 14, at 9:15pm
THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG
Thu., Feb. 13, at 8:35pm
Sun., Feb. 16, at 8:35pm
THE END OF TIME
Sat., Feb. 15, at 5:15pm
Sat., Feb. 15, at 6:45pm
THE RAPE OF EURPOA
Sat., Feb. 15, at 9:05pm
Sun., Feb. 16, at 6:30pm
Sun., Feb. 16, at 3:45pm
THE CANTERBURY TALES