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Cinematheque . 4/23-26: Dan Savage in person, Viggo Mortensen, Matt Shepard & more!

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4/23-26: Dan Savage in person, Viggo Mortensen, Matt Shepard & more!

04/21/15  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

Dan Savage and his HUMP! film festival tour come to Cleveland on Saturday
In addition to writing his syndicated sex and relationship advice column “Savage Love,” author and activist Dan Savage curates HUMP!,a self-described “dirty film festival” consisting of explicit short films made by ordinary people to celebrate the varied flavors of human sexuality. Now ten years old, Hump! makes its Cleveland debut on Saturday night at 7:30 pm and 9:40 pm, and Savage will be present to introduce both screenings. Included in the program are 18 of the best movies from previous festivals, including Cyclust, Art Primo, Beethoven’s Stiff, and No Artificial Sweeteners. No one under 18 will be admitted! Special admission is $18 (in advance), $20 (day of show, if tickets remain). Members pay $18 on day of show but there is no member discount on advance tickets. There is also no 25 & under price for this show. Advance tickets and complete program details can be found at

MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE, Roxanne T. Mueller award winner at 38th Cleveland Int'l Film Festival, returns
Winner of the audience award for Best Film at last year’s Cleveland Int’l Film Festival, MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE is a tale of loss, love, and courage that reveals the Matthew Shepard behind the headlines. This young gay man was more than the victim of one of the most shocking hate crimes in U.S. history. Get to know him on Friday or Sunday. Here's the trailer.

Viggo Mortensen stars in acclaimed Argentine "Western" JAUJA
Viggo Mortensen plays a 19th-century Danish army officer in the remote wilds of Patagonia in Lisandro Alonso's JAUJA, a handsome, hallucinatory new “Western” from the acclaimed Argentinean director of Liverpool and Los Muertos. When his 15-year-old daughter runs off with a soldier, this military man must venture into the Patagonian wilderness to find her. Jauja, which was rapturously received at Cannes last year, is both an existential odyssey and a meditation on colonialism, cultural imperialism, and “civilization” and “barbarism.” The title refers to a mythic, El Dorado-like “land of plenty.” Catch its exclusive Cleveland premiere on Friday or Sunday. Watch the trailer here.

FROM MAYERLING TO SARAJEVO is a 1940 Max Ophuls feature that we've never shown
Never before shown at the Cinematheque (or any place else in Cleveland for at least the past 30 years), FROM MAYERLING TO SARAJEVO is a 1940 rarity by the great Max Ophüls (Madame de…, Lola Montes). This was the last film the exiled German director made in France before emigrating to the U.S. during WWII. It chronicles the love affair between Archduke Franz Ferdinand (John Lodge), reluctant heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and the Czech Countess Sophie Chotek (Edwige Feuillère), whom many regarded as unworthy of him. On screen the relationship between these star-crossed lovers begins with the two of them defying the Austro-Hungarian court and ends with their assassination and the start of the First World War. The Holt Foreign Film Guide notes that From Mayerling to Sarajevo “[finds Ophüls] relishing the sort of thing he did best—casting an ironic eye on the extravagances and absurdities of the aristocracy and portraying a bittersweet romance against a background of operas, balls, and rides through the woods.” Catch its Cleveland revival premiere, in a new 35mm print, on Saturday or Sunday.

Hou Hsiao-hsien series continues with director's second feature, CHEERFUL WIND
The stars of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s first film Cute Girl, Hong Kong singer Kenny Bee and Taiwanese pop diva Feng Fei-fei, re-team for the future master’s second movie, A CHEERFUL WIND—another music-filled romantic comedy. This time Feng plays a married photographer from the city who falls for Bee, a blind ex-medic, while on a shoot in a scenic seaside village. See this 1981 movie in an imported 35mm color and scope print on Thursday at 6:45 pm. Special admission is $10; members, CIA I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners will be accepted.

Three-part Taiwanese film THE SANDWICH MAN includes key work by Hou Hsiao-hsien
The 1983 Taiwanese movie THE SANDWICH MAN is a three-part omnibus film with segments directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien, Jen Wan, Zhuang, and Xiang Zeng. One of the heralds of the New Taiwanese Cinema, it was produced by Taiwan’s Central Motion Picture Corporation as a vehicle that allowed a trio of promising young filmmakers to direct a movie free of commercial pressures. Hou's opening segment, “Son’s Big Doll,” concerns a poor man who carries an advertising sandwich board to feed his family. It proved a transitional work in his career. But all three episodes concern Taiwan’s working poor during the 1960s; they are based on stories by native Taiwanese writer Huang Chunming, who criticizes capitalism and America’s continuing military presence on the island. See the whole three-part film, in an imported 35mm print, on Thursday at 8:35 pm. Special admission is $10; members, CIA I.D. holders, those age 25 & under, and those who pay to see Cheerful Wind at 6:45 $8. (No passes, twofers, or radio winners will be accepted.) Or print this email and present it at the box office and see this film for only $8 ($7 if you're a Cinematheque member, age 25 or under, or paid to see Cheerful Wind at 6:45 pm). It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out)

This Weekend

Thu., April 23, at 6:45pm
Hou Hsiao-hsien's

Thu., April 23, at 8:35pm
Taiwanese omnibus film
Segment by Hou Hsiao-hsien

Fri., April 24, at 7:30pm
Sun., April 26, at 8:40pm
Voted Best Film at 2014 CIFF!

Fri., April 24, at 9:20pm
Sun., April 26, at 6:30pm
Viggo Mortensen in
Lisandro Alonso's

Sat., April 25, at 5:00pm
Sun., April 26, at 4:15pm
Max Ophuls'
New 35mm print!

A Special Event!
Dan Savage introduces
Sat., April 25, at 7:30pm & 9:40pm
Amateur dirty film festival
No one under 18 admitted!

Next Week

Thu., April 30, at 6:45pm
Fri., May 1, at 9:35pm

Thu., April 30, at 8:35pm
Fri., May 1, at 7:15pm

Sat., May 2, at 5:00pm

Sat., May 2, at 7:05pm

Sat.. May 2, at 8:45pm
Sun., May 3, at 6:30pm

Sun., May 3, at 4:00pm

Sun., May 3, at 8:10pm

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