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Cinematheque . 10/16-19: Lena Dunham, Nick Cave, book signing & more!

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10/16-19: Lena Dunham, Nick Cave, book signing & more!

10/14/14  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

MARIUS begins Daniel Auteuil's remake of Marcel Pagnol's beloved "Marseille Trilogy"
French actor/director Daniel Auteuil (Jean de Florette) follows up his crowd-pleasing 2011 film The Well-Digger’s Daughter with another remake of a play (and film) by the great French writer Marcel Pagnol (1895-1974). This time Auteuil turns to Pagnol’s celebrated "Marseille Trilogy" (Marius, Fanny, César), one of the great achievements of 1930s French cinema. MARIUS, the first part (part two shows next week), introduces us to the trilogy's four main characters. César (Auteuil) is the colorful, comic owner of a waterfront saloon. Marius, his grown son, works at his dad’s bar but dreams of becoming a sailor. Fanny is a local seafood seller whom Marius has long loved silently. And Panisse is a wealthy factory owner, more than twice Marius’ age, who also loves Fanny but is more open and pro-active about it. What happens to these four is both entertaining and enthralling. Film Journal International calls Marius “utterly delightful...a reminder once more of why we love French films.” Catch its exclusive Cleveland premiere on Saturday or Sunday. Here's the trailer. This film is supported by a generous grant from Maison Française de Cleveland. Part two of the trilogy, Fanny, shows next weekend.

Lena Dunham and Anna Kendrick star in Joe Swanberg's HAPPY CHRISTMAS
Anna Kendrick and Lena Dunham star in HAPPY CHRISTMAS, the new film by indie stalwart Joe Swanberg. It's a clash-of-lifestyles dramedy in which a selfish, single young woman foments discord when she moves in with her married filmmaker brother, his novelist wife, and their two-year-old son. The New York Times designated it a “Critics’ Pick," calling the movie "a quiet, serious comedy about marriage, parenthood and the everyday strains of bringing up a rambunctious toddler while struggling to sustain a creative life.” It receives its Cleveland theatrical premiere on Friday and Sunday. Watch the trailer here. Print this email and present it at the box office and see Happy Christmas for only $7 ($6 if you're a Cinematheque member). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out)

Nick Cave celebrates 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH with a new documentary about him
In the new music film 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH, Australian-born singer, songwriter, and composer Nick Cave spends his 20,000th day on earth doing various staged and authentic activities, all captured by a camera crew, all shedding light on Cave’s art and personality. The San Francisco Chronicle says this film is "right up there with the best rock documentaries. That is, if you can call it a documentary.” See it Thursday at 8:55 pm. It's a late addition to our October schedule. Here's the trailer.

Ten animated classics comprise Saturday's NORMAN McLAREN CENTENNIAL SALUTE
Though born in Scotland 100 years ago, Norman McLaren (1914-1987) was one of Canada's—and the world’s—most important and innovative animators. In a 40+ year career at the National Film Board of Canada, he won countless international awards, including an Oscar. McLaren was a pioneer in various types of animation—from painting on film and hand-drawn soundtracks to abstract film, visual music, and pixilation. All of these will be represented in our program NORMAN McLAREN CENTENNIAL SALUTE, which shows Saturday at 7:00 pm and consists of ten classic McLaren short films.. Program includes: Dots (1940); Hen Hop (1942); Boogie-Doodle (1948);Begone Dull Care (1949, co-directed by Evelyn Lambart); the Oscar-winning Neighbours (1952); Blinkity Blank (1955); Opening Speech(1960); Lines: Vertical (1960, co-directed by Evelyn Lambart); Lines: Horizontal (1962, co-directed by Evelyn Lambart); and Pas de deux(1968).

Mizoguchi's first color film, 1955's PRINCESS YANG KWEI-FEI, is a beaut
PRINCESS YANG KWEI-FEI, Kenji Mizoguchi’s first color film, has been called “the most beautiful film ever made” by longtime Brazilian/American film programmer Fabiano Canosa. In 8th-century China, the Emperor’s love for a servant girl leads to tragedy. Machiko Kyō and Masayuki Mori star in this 1955 classic, which will show Saturday at 5:00 pm in an 35mm print imported from Japan. Special admission is $10; members, CIA I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. Above photo © 1955 Kadokawa Pictures.

CWRU film professor Rob Spadoni introduces French New Wave classic CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 before signing his new book
Robert (Rob) Spadoni is a film scholar and associate professor at Case Western Reserve University, where he teaches various film courses. He has also just written a new book, A Pocket Guide to Analyzing Films (University of California Press, 2014). Thursday night at 7:00 pm Rob will introduce Agnès Varda's classic 1961 French film CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 (shown from 35mm) and sell and sign copies of his new book after the screening. Cleo, a masterpiece by the only woman director associated with the French New Wave, is also one of the great “real-time” movies. In it, a French nightclub singer finds the pleasures and realities of Parisian life heightened during the two hours she waits for a cancer diagnosis. Michel Legrand did the music, and Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina appear in the silent comedy that Cleo watches at one point.

Developmentally disabled teen seeks normal sexual relationship in GABRIELLE
GABRIELLE, Canada's official entry for last year's Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, is a brave, groundbreaking movie about a young French-Canadian woman with Williams syndrome who sings in a choir of mentally challenged adults. Gabrielle seeks a sexual relationship with her developmentally disabled boyfriend, a fellow choir member, but their families and social workers are not supportive. See this new movie from the producers of Incendies and Monsieur Lazhar on Friday or Sunday. The Los Angeles Times calls it "charming...hard to resist.” Watch the trailer here.

This Week:

Thu., Oct. 16, at 7:00pm
Special Screening & Book Signing
Rob Spadoni introduces
Agnes Varda's

Thu., Oct. 16, at 8:55pm
Added Screening!
One Show Only!
Nick Cave in

Fri., Oct. 17, at 7:30pm
Sun., Oct. 19, at 8:15pm
Canadian charmer

Fri., Oct. 17, at 9:35pm
Sun., Oct. 19, at 6:30pm
Lena Dunham in
Joe Swanberg's

Sat., Oct. 18, at 5:00pm
Kenji Mizoguchi's

Sat., Oct. 18, at 7:00pm
Ten animated masterpieces

Sat., Oct. 18, at 8:30pm
Sun., Oct. 19, at 4:15pm
Daniel Auteuil's remake
of Marcel Pagnol's

Next Week:

Thu., Oct. 23, at 7:00pm

Fri., Oct. 24, at 9:15pm
The Films of Vernon Zimmerman
Note: Vernon Zimmerman will not be in attendance, as previously announced

Sat., Oct. 25, at 5:00pm
Sun., Oct. 26, at 4:00pm

Sat., Oct. 25, at 7:00pm
The Films of Vernon Zimmerman
Note: Vernon Zimmerman will not be in attendance, as previously announced

Sat., Oct. 25, at 9:45pm
The Films of Vernon Zimmerman
Note: Vernon Zimmerman will not be in attendance, as previously announced

Sun., Oct. 26, at 6:30pm
Mon., Oct. 27, at 6:45pm

Sun., Oct. 26, at 8:20pm
Mon., Oct. 27, at 8:35pm

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