Cinematheque . 9/11-14: Ugetsu, We Are the Best!, Breastmilk & more!
Francois Truffaut, Nathalie Baye star in Truffaut's neglected THE GREEN ROOM
The little known Francois Truffaut movie THE GREEN ROOM, inspired by three Henry James stories, is one of the director’s most unusual, personal, and moving films. Set in France ten years after the end of WWI, this 1978 drama stars Truffaut as a grieving, reclusive, widowed journalist who maintains a private shrine to his late wife and fallen friends. But when he invites a similarly bereft, death-obsessed young woman (Nathalie Baye) to help him with his sanctuary, complications arise. On Saturday or Sunday you can see this haunting, unforgettable work (that was shot by the great Nestor Almendros) in a beautiful 35mm color print. Its presentation is supported by a generous grant from Maison Française de Cleveland.
UGETSU, once voted fifth best movie of all time in an international poll, returns
Mizoguchi’s most celebrated film UGETSU is an atmospheric samurai drama and ghost story in which two peasants living in war-torn 16th-century Japan leave their homes hoping to profit from the conflict. This haunting 1953 movie subtly conveys the illusory nature of ambition and desire. Machiko Kyō and Kinuyo Tanaka (The Life of Oharu) star; Kazuo Miyagawa did the stunning cinematography. Film historian David L. Cook calls the movie “simultaneously realistic, allegorical and supernatural," adding that "Ugestsu is the most stylistically perfect of all Mizoguchi’s work, and many critics consider it the greatest Japanese film ever made.” See it in 35mm on Saturday at 5:00 pm. Special admission is $10; members, CIA I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. CWRU professor Linda Ehrlich, a Japanese film scholar, will lead a post-film discussion in the CIA student lounge.
Lukas Moodysson's punk rock comedy WE ARE THE BEST! is one of the year's best
Lukas Moodysson’s first film in four years WE ARE THE BEST! marks a triumphant return to form for the director of Show Me Love, Together, and Lilya 4-Ever. Set in 1982 Stockholm, this delightful coming-of-age movie follows three misfit teens who form an all-girl punk band, thus breaching an all-male realm. Has a 97% “fresh” rating on RottenTomatoes! See it Saturday or Sunday. Here's the trailer.
THE AMAZING CATFISH is touching family drama from Mexico
In the affecting family drama THE AMAZING CATFISH (shown at this year’s Cleveland Int’l Film Festival), a twenty-something supermarket clerk moves into a household with four children to help their ailing single mother. This new Mexican film was shot by the great Agnès Godard, known for her work with Claire Denis. The Los Angeles Times calls it "an enormously affecting portrait of a family in crisis that dares to hope.” See it 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 film's trailer here.
German slacker comedy A COFFEE IN BERLIN evokes early Jarmusch
Winner of six Lolas (German Oscars) including Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor, and Score, the German slacker comedy A COFFEE IN BERLIN chronicles a day in the life of a twenty-something college dropout as he tries to reconnect with life. The movie’s droll, laid-back humor and charm, and its b&w camerawork, recall early Jarmusch, while the jazz score evokes Woody Allen. Watch the trailer and then catch the Cleveland premiere of this movie on Thursday or Friday.
BREASTMILK explores the perils and pitfalls of breastfeeding
The promise and pitfalls of breastfeeding, and the social and psychological challenges facing nursing mothers, are explored frankly in BREASTMILK. Variety calls this acclaimed new documentary "gently affecting and insightful...an inspiring labor of love.” See it Sunday at 4:15 pm when it receives its exclusive Cleveland premiere. Here's the trailer.
John Waters' 9/27 show is almost sold out!
John Waters' in-person appearance on September 27 is almost sold out! If you want to attend this show (entitled This Filthy World: Filthier and Dirtier) and don't yet have a ticket, wait no longer: buy one right now right here. Advance tickets to this event are not available at the Cinematheque box office -- only at the Brown Paper Tickets website.
Thu., Sept. 11, at 6:45pm
Fri., Sept. 12, at 9:20pm
German slacker comedy
A COFFEE IN BERLIN
Thu., Sept. 11, at 8:30pm
Fri., Sept. 12, at 7:30pm
THE AMAZING CATFISH
Sat., Sept. 13, at 5:00pm
Kenji Mizoguchi's sublime
Sat., Sept. 13, at 7:00pm
Sun., Sept. 14, at 8:35pm
THE GREEN ROOM
Sat., Sept. 13, at 8:55pm
Sun., Sept. 14, at 6:30pm
WE ARE THE BEST!
Sun., Sept. 14, at 4:15pm
Thu., Sept. 18, at 6:45pm
DOUBLE PLAY: JAMES BENNING AND RICHARD LINKLATER
Thu., Sept. 18, at 8:15pm
Fri., Sept. 19, at 9:20pm
Fri., Sept. 19, at 7:30pm
Sat., Sept. 20, at 5:00pm
Sat., Sept 20, at 6:45pm
Sat., Sept. 21, at 8:20pm
Sat., Sept. 20, at 8:50pm
Sun., Sept. 21, at 6:30pm
Sun., Sept 21, at 4:00pm
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