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Friday, May 01, 2015

7:15 pm

About Elly

France, Iran | 2009 | Asghar Farhadi

The multiple prize winner that Iranian master Asghar Farhadi made just before his Oscar-winning A Separation (2011) was never released in the U.S. Golshifteh Farahani stars in this taut tale of a fateful seaside holiday that is spoiled when one of the vacationers, a young woman, mysteriously disappears. Best Narrative Feature, 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. “A milestone in Iranian cinema.” –Int’l Film Guild 2010.

9:35 pm

The Hunting Ground

United States | 2015 | Kirby Dick

The provocative new documentary from the director of This Film Is Not Yet Rated and The Invisible War is an exposé of the epidemic of sexual assaults and rape on U.S. college campuses. It also delves into the institutional cover-up of many of these crimes. “Heartbreaking, infuriating, and unmissable.” –Entertainment Weekly

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Saturday, May 02, 2015

5 pm

The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

A Summer at Grandpa's

Taiwan | 1984 | Hou Hsiao-hsien

In this lovely, lyrical idyll, two children from Taipei—a 12-year-old boy and his younger sister—spend the summer at their grandfather’s house in the country when their mother is hospitalized. “[Hou’s] sunniest picture…His most Ozu-like film.” –Alan Stanbrook. Subtitles. 35mm. 93 min. Preceded at showtime by Hou’s two most recent movies, both shorts: The Electric Princess Picture House (Dian Ji Guan, France, 2007), a tribute to Robert Bresson from the anthology film Chacun son cinema (shown...

7:05 pm

The Irish Pub

Ireland | 2013 | Alex Fegan

This new documentary celebrates what its makers call “the greatest institution in Irish society”—the pub. The movie profiles not only the venerable watering holes renowned for the warmth, wit, and wisdom of their habitués but also for the barkeeps and families who own and operate them, often for generations.

8:45 pm

Becoming Bulletproof

United States | 2014 | Michael Barnett

Winner of the Roxanne T. Mueller Award for best film at this year’s Cleveland Int’l Film Festival, this exhilarating and touching new documentary focuses on a group of people with disabilities who take major acting roles in an independently produced Western being filmed on vintage Hollywood locations.

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Sunday, May 03, 2015

4 pm

Filmmaker in Person!

Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes

United States | 2014 | John Wellington Ennis

Ohio’s 2005 “Coingate” scandal is one of the cases explored in this new film about the corrosive effects of money in politics. (Also covered: the Citizens United and Hobby Lobby cases, the Koch brothers, etc.) California filmmaker John Wellington Ennis, who will answer audience questions after the screening, shows us how to take back our democracy. With Lawrence Lessig, Noam Chomsky, Jack Abramoff, Robert Reich, et al.

6:30 pm

Becoming Bulletproof

United States | 2014 | Michael Barnett

Winner of the Roxanne T. Mueller Award for best film at this year’s Cleveland Int’l Film Festival, this exhilarating and touching new documentary focuses on a group of people with disabilities who take major acting roles in an independently produced Western being filmed on vintage Hollywood locations.

8:10 pm

Marfa Girl

United States | 2012 | Larry Clark

The lyrical new film from the director of Kids and Bully is a snapshot of life in the desolate West Texas town of Marfa, where a 16-year-old boy enamored of drugs, sex, and skateboarding interacts with a gallery of colorful locals—from his mom and girlfriend to a racist Border Patrol officer and the uninhibited artist of the film’s title. “Weirdly memorable.” –The L.A. Times.

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Thursday, May 07, 2015

6:45 pm

The Duke of Burgundy

United Kingdom | 2014 | Peter Strickland

Peter Strickland, who paid tribute to Italian horror films of the 1960s and 1970s in his 2012 thriller Berberian Sound Studio, now evokes the 60s-70s Eurotic costume dramas of Tinto Brass, Jean Rollin, and Jess Franco with his kinky and stylish new movie. The Duke of Burgundy chronicles the sadomasochistic relationship between two lesbian entomologists during what seems to be the Victorian era.

8:50 pm

The Voices

Germany, United States | 2014 | Marjane Satrapi

French-Iranian director Marjane Satrapi follows up her imaginative Chicken with Plums (2011) and animated hit Persepolis (2007)—both based on her graphic novels—with this outrageous, live-action horror comedy. Ryan Reynolds plays a lonely, sweetly goofy, small town factory worker who lives with his talking cat and dog and moonlights as a schizophrenic serial killer. With Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, and Jacki Weaver. “A perfect film.” –Village Voice.

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Friday, May 08, 2015

7:30 pm

The Voices

Germany, United States | 2014 | Marjane Satrapi

French-Iranian director Marjane Satrapi follows up her imaginative Chicken with Plums (2011) and animated hit Persepolis (2007)—both based on her graphic novels—with this outrageous, live-action horror comedy. Ryan Reynolds plays a lonely, sweetly goofy, small town factory worker who lives with his talking cat and dog and moonlights as a schizophrenic serial killer. With Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, and Jacki Weaver. “A perfect film.” –Village Voice.

9:35 pm

The Duke of Burgundy

United Kingdom | 2014 | Peter Strickland

Peter Strickland, who paid tribute to Italian horror films of the 1960s and 1970s in his 2012 thriller Berberian Sound Studio, now evokes the 60s-70s Eurotic costume dramas of Tinto Brass, Jean Rollin, and Jess Franco with his kinky and stylish new movie. The Duke of Burgundy chronicles the sadomasochistic relationship between two lesbian entomologists during what seems to be the Victorian era.

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Saturday, May 09, 2015

5 pm

The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

The Boys From Fengkuei

Taiwan | 1983 | Hou Hsiao-hsien

Hou Hsiao-hsien regards his fourth feature as his personal favorite and the true beginning of his directorial career. It follows a group of bored young Taiwanese men, fresh out of school, who leave their sleepy fishing village for a series of adventures in a southern port city.

7 pm

Of Horses and Men

Germany, Iceland, Norway | 2013 | Benedikt Erlingsson

One of the most pleasant surprises at last year’s Cleveland Int’l Film Festival was this handsomely shot, mordantly funny, and sometimes unflinching portrait of horses and humans living in a scenic, provincial Icelandic village. It consists of six quirky vignettes of love, death, and survival—some which you’ll never forget. “Spellbinding...Extraordinary scenes of equestrians and high-strung animals interacting in the stunningly beautiful Icelandic countryside.” –The NY Times.

8:40 pm

Cupcakes

France, Israel | 2013 | Eytan Fox

The latest film from the director of Yossi & Jagger and The Bubble is an effervescent musical comedy about a group of Tel Aviv friends who find themselves representing Israel in an international singing competition after they impulsively perform and record a song on a cell phone. “[A] candy-coated confection…Irresistible.” –The NY Times.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

4:15 pm

Cupcakes

France, Israel | 2013 | Eytan Fox

The latest film from the director of Yossi & Jagger and The Bubble is an effervescent musical comedy about a group of Tel Aviv friends who find themselves representing Israel in an international singing competition after they impulsively perform and record a song on a cell phone. “[A] candy-coated confection…Irresistible.” –The NY Times.

6:30 pm

Futuro Beach

Brazil, Germany | 2014 | Karim Ainouz

In this sensuous gay drama, a Brazilian lifeguard forsakes his ailing mother and dependent kid brother to follow a German tourist back to Berlin and move in with him there. “Stunning…Exhilarating…Part tactile gay romance, part inquisitive journey into self.” –Variety.

8:40 pm

Of Horses and Men

Germany, Iceland, Norway | 2013 | Benedikt Erlingsson

One of the most pleasant surprises at last year’s Cleveland Int’l Film Festival was this handsomely shot, mordantly funny, and sometimes unflinching portrait of horses and humans living in a scenic, provincial Icelandic village. It consists of six quirky vignettes of love, death, and survival—some which you’ll never forget. “Spellbinding...Extraordinary scenes of equestrians and high-strung animals interacting in the stunningly beautiful Icelandic countryside.” –The NY Times.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

6:45 pm

Red Carpet Film Premiere! Dalai Lama Double Feature! Filmmaker in Person!

Dalai Lama Awakening/Compassion in Action

United States | 2014 | Khashyar Darvich

Two films about the Dalai Lama directed by Baldwin Wallace alum Khashyar Darvich, who will answer audience questions at the screening. The first is a newly expanded version of Darvich’s 2007 documentary Dalai Lama Renaissance, in whichWestern innovators travel to India to meet with the Dalai Lama about solving the world’s problems and undergo an inner transformation. Harrison Ford narrates. In Compassion in Action these revolutionary thinkers and the Dalai Lama explore the sources of...

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

6:45 pm

Manoel de Oliveira, 1908-2015

Belle Toujours

France, Portugal | 2006 | Manoel de Oliveira

Tonight we pay tribute to the uncanny Portuguese master Manoel de Oliveira, who died in April at the age of 106, after a stellar directorial career that began in earnest when he was in his mid-sixties. We will show two of his best movies: one made when he was 97, the other when he was 101. The firstis a follow-up to Luis Buñuel’s 1967 classic Belle de Jour. 38 years after the events of the...

8:15 pm

Manoel de Oliveira, 1908-2015

The Strange Case of Angelica

Brazil, France, Portugal, Spain | 2010 | Manoel de Oliveira

Called the best film of 2010 by J. Hoberman in The Village Voice, this delightful movie by Portugal’s late centenarian master tells of a loner photographer who is summoned one rainy night to take a picture of the recently-deceased daughter of a wealthy couple. But when he looks at this beautiful young woman, laid out in her wedding dress, through his viewfinder, she comes alive and smiles for him. Immediately smitten, he retreats from the...

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Friday, May 15, 2015

7:30 pm

La Sapienza

France, Italy | 2014 | Eugène Green

A prominent French architect undergoing a personal and professional crisis travels with his equally disenchanted wife to Italy, where they find solace and spiritual renewal thanks to two siblings there and a rejuvenating dose of great Italian architecture. This stylish drama from the American-born French director of The Portuguese Nun is“easily the most astonishing and important movie to emerge from France in quite some time,” according to critic Godfrey Cheshire of RogerEbert.com. “While its style...

9:35 pm

Taxi Zum Klo

Germany | 1980 | Frank Ripploh

Hailed by The Village Voice as “the first masterpiece of modern gay life” when released 35 years ago, this landmark gay drama is now largely forgotten. Writer-director Frank Ripploh also stars in the semiautobiographical film, playing a Berlin man leading a double life. By day he’s an ordinary elementary school teacher; at night he cruises for anonymous sex in public toilets. (The title translates as “Taxi to the John.”)

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

5 pm

The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

A Time to Live and a Time to Die

Taiwan | 1985 | Hou Hsiao-hsien

Hou’s sixth feature was his U.S. breakthrough—an exquisite, semiautobiographical coming-of-age saga depicting the daily life of a Chinese family living in Taiwan during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Cut off from their cultural heritage after emigrating from the Chinese mainland in the late forties, this displaced family struggles to find new footing in a new land while also dealing with a widening generation gap within the household. “Hou’s first genuine masterpiece.” –Phillip Lopate.

7:40 pm

Deli Man

2014 | Erik Greenberg Anjou

This mouthwatering history of Jewish delicatessens in America is also a chronicle of Eastern European Jews who emigrated to North America and assimilated into U.S. society, bringing food traditions with them. With Ziggy Gruber, Larry King, and Jerry Stiller. “Good food and good cheer are the order of the day.” –San Francisco Chronicle.

9:30 pm

New Digital Restoration!

The Night Porter

Italy | 1974 | Liliana Cavani

Dirk Bogarde and Charlotte Rampling star in one of the most controversial films of the 1970s. Set 13 years after the end of WWII, the movie tells of an ex-Nazi SS officer and a beautiful former concentration camp prisoner who meet again by chance at the posh Vienna hotel where he now works. The two of them resume an ambiguous and disturbing sadomasochistic relationship that began in the camp. No one under 18 admitted!

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

4:30 pm

Deli Man

2014 | Erik Greenberg Anjou

This mouthwatering history of Jewish delicatessens in America is also a chronicle of Eastern European Jews who emigrated to North America and assimilated into U.S. society, bringing food traditions with them. With Ziggy Gruber, Larry King, and Jerry Stiller. “Good food and good cheer are the order of the day.” –San Francisco Chronicle.

6:30 pm

Maedchen in Uniform (Girls in Uniform)

Germany | 1931 | Leontine Sagan, Carl Froelich

Banned in Germany when first released (and censored in many countries since then), this all-female lesbian classic, an early talkie, tells of a sensitive orphan girl sent to a harsh Prussian boarding school where discipline and blind obedience, exemplified by the school’s authoritarian principal, are the norm. She finds relief in a relationship with a loving, tender teacher whose affections aren’t merely maternal.

8:20 pm

La Sapienza

France, Italy | 2014 | Eugène Green

A prominent French architect undergoing a personal and professional crisis travels with his equally disenchanted wife to Italy, where they find solace and spiritual renewal thanks to two siblings there and a rejuvenating dose of great Italian architecture. This stylish drama from the American-born French director of The Portuguese Nun is“easily the most astonishing and important movie to emerge from France in quite some time,” according to critic Godfrey Cheshire of RogerEbert.com. “While its style...

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Friday, May 22, 2015

7 pm

52 Tuesdays

Australia | 2013 | Sophie Hyde

Though a far cry from Boyhood’s 12 years, this debut feature was filmed every Tuesday for one year. A multiple award winner at festivals around the world, the film chronicles the challenging, strained relationship between a 16-year-old girl and her lesbian mother who is undergoing a sex change. The teen, who lives with her dad, is discovering her own sexuality at the same time that mom is altering hers, and the two of them see...

9:10 pm

Cymbeline

United States | 2014 | Michael Almereyda

Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, and Milla Jovovich star in this new film that reimagines Shakespeare’s drama of power and thwarted love as a contemporary urban crime thriller (and sometimes comedy) involving bikers and corrupt cops. Director Michael Almereyda previously updated Hamlet with Ethan Hawke. “Brash and inventive and more than a little wild.” –Village Voice.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

5 pm

The Skin

France, Italy | 1981 | Liliana Cavani

Marcello Mastroianni, Burt Lancaster, and Claudia Cardinale star in this lavish, sensationalist WWII drama from the director of The Night Porter (see 5/16). Never before released in America and based on a controversial memoir by oft-imprisoned Italian writer and war correspondent Curzio Malaparte, the film details the American “liberation” of Naples in 1943, emphasizing that freedom came with a heavy price, especially for women who continued to be sexually degraded and exploited by a new...

7:30 pm

The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien Special Free Screening! Richard Suchenski discusses

The Puppetmaster

Taiwan | 1993 | Hou Hsiao-hsien

Richard Suchenski, director of the Center for Moving Image Arts at Bard College and organizer of the international touring retrospective “Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien,” introduces and discusses one of Hou’s most celebrated works. Inspired by the life of Taiwanese puppeteer Li Tien-lu, an official “national treasure” who appeared in Hou’s previous films City of Sadness and Dust in the Wind and was 84 when this movie was made (he died in...

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Friday, May 29, 2015

7 pm

New Digital Restoration! 100th Anniversary! Dr. Rob Shelton introduces

The Birth of a Nation

United States | 1915 | D. W. Griffith

“History writ with lightning” is what President Woodrow Wilson allegedly called D.W. Griffith’s galvanizing Civil War epic, which follows the members of two families—one pro-Union, the other pro-Confederacy—during the war and Reconstruction. “Lightning” is an apt description because the film consolidated all the artistic advances of the young movie medium into one sweeping, electrifying showcase. But its claims as “history” are dubious at best. Based on Thomas Dixon’s novel The Clansman, the movie, hugely controversial...

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

5 pm

A Farewell to Arms

United States | 1932 | Frank Borzage

Neglected master Frank Borzage, whose 1933 romance Man’s Castle proved an audience favorite when we showed it in February, directed this Pre-Code version of Hemingway’s famous novel, about the love between an ambulance driver (Gary Cooper) and an English nurse (Helen Hayes) in Italy during WWI. This Oscar-winning classic saw its original ending changed for the U.S. release. Then in 1938 it was reissued shorn of 11 minutes. However, we will show an HD version...

6:50 pm

The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien New 35mm Color Print!

Flowers of Shanghai

Taiwan | 1998 | Hou Hsiao-hsien

Acclaimed by numerous critics as the best movie of 1998, Hou’s celebrated film focuses on the denizens of an upper-class brothel in turn-of-the-century Shanghai. Bathed in golden light and fluidly shot in the brothel’s interiors, this serene, haunting portrait perfectly captures the lonely, obsessive, enclosed lives of five elegant “flower girls” and their regular patrons. With Tony Leung. “(A) visually ravishing masterpiece…Flowers of Shanghai is perfect, and one of the most beautiful films ever made.”...

9:05 pm

That Guy Dick Miller

United States | 2014 | Elijah Drenner

You may not know the name, but Dick Miller’s face will be instantly recognizable to most movie buffs. Miller’s handsome-goofy presence enlivened numerous Roger Corman cheapies during the 1950s and 1960s (most notably The Little Shop of Horrors and A Bucket of Blood) and he has also been a fixture in most of the films by Corman alum Joe Dante. (He’s also worked with Scorsese, Spielberg, and James Cameron during his 50-year career.) Now this...

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