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Thursday, December 01, 2016

6:45pm

Cleveland premiere!

CAMERAPERSON

United States | 2016 | Kirsten Johnson

One of the most acclaimed films of 2016! Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson, who has shot some of the most provocative political documentaries of the past two decades (Citizenfour, The Oath, The Invisible War, This Film Is Not Yet Rated), steps out from behind the camera to present snippets of footage shot in Bosnia, Africa, the Middle East, and other international hotspots over the past 25 years. Johnson uses these clips to explore some of the key...

8:50pm

Pre-film Talk on Friday!

THE ACADEMY OF MUSES

Spain | 2015 | José Luis Guerín

The enchanting new film from the director of 2007’s exquisite, evanescent In the City of Sylvia is another meditation on art, beauty, women, and desire that erases the boundary between documentary and fiction. A real-life, sixty-something university instructor in Barcelona teaches a philology class on muses in art and literature. He seeks to inspire his mostly female students to become muses themselves. The professor’s notions—and his belief that “to teach is to seduce”—provoke a lot...

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Friday, December 02, 2016

7:15pm

Pre-film Talk on Friday!

THE ACADEMY OF MUSES

Spain | 2015 | José Luis Guerín

The enchanting new film from the director of 2007’s exquisite, evanescent In the City of Sylvia is another meditation on art, beauty, women, and desire that erases the boundary between documentary and fiction. A real-life, sixty-something university instructor in Barcelona teaches a philology class on muses in art and literature. He seeks to inspire his mostly female students to become muses themselves. The professor’s notions—and his belief that “to teach is to seduce”—provoke a lot...

9:25pm

50th Anniversary! New 4K Digital Restoration!

THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS

Italy | 1966 | Gillo Pontecorvo

Here’s a new 4K digital restoration of the film that legendary movie critic Pauline Kael called “probably the most stirringrevolutionary epic since Potemkin.” Often ranked among the 100 best movies of all time (and recently screened at the Pentagon), Gillo Pontecorvo’s stunning, urgent spectacle employs large crowds and non-professional actors—and no documentary or newsreel footage—to re-enact the tumultuous years of 1954-1957, when Algerian freedom fighters launched an urban guerrilla war against the French. Not surprisingly,...

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Saturday, December 03, 2016

5pm

World War I + 100. David Drazin accompanies

HOTEL IMPERIAL

United States | 1927 | Mauritz Stiller

Chicago’s foremost silent film accompanist, David Drazin, accompanies a rarely shown silent film by Mauritz Stiller, the great Swedish director who discovered Greta Garbo and brought her to the U.S. But the star of Hotel Imperial (one of the two movies Stiller made in Hollywood) is Pola Negri, the Polish-born femme fatale who was also a hugely popular actress of the silent screen. Negri plays a chambermaid working at a hotel in Galicia during WWI...

6:45pm

50th Anniversary! New 4K Digital Restoration!

THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS

Italy | 1966 | Gillo Pontecorvo

Here’s a new 4K digital restoration of the film that legendary movie critic Pauline Kael called “probably the most stirringrevolutionary epic since Potemkin.” Often ranked among the 100 best movies of all time (and recently screened at the Pentagon), Gillo Pontecorvo’s stunning, urgent spectacle employs large crowds and non-professional actors—and no documentary or newsreel footage—to re-enact the tumultuous years of 1954-1957, when Algerian freedom fighters launched an urban guerrilla war against the French. Not surprisingly,...

9:10pm

Cleveland premiere!

18TH ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS

Belgium, Canada, France, Israel, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Scotland, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States | 2016 | various directors

Sixteen new animated short films from Belgium, Canada, England, France, Israel, Korea, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Scotland, and the U.S. (the first 12 of them are family friendly) are contained in this terrific new animation compilation. This is the latest edition of an annual show that has been assembled by curator Ron Diamond for 18 years now (but has been shown in theaters only for the last two). The program includes Alan Barillaro’s delightful Pixar short...

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Sunday, December 04, 2016

4:15pm

Cleveland premiere!

18TH ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS

Belgium, Canada, France, Israel, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Scotland, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States | 2016 | various directors

Sixteen new animated short films from Belgium, Canada, England, France, Israel, Korea, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Scotland, and the U.S. (the first 12 of them are family friendly) are contained in this terrific new animation compilation. This is the latest edition of an annual show that has been assembled by curator Ron Diamond for 18 years now (but has been shown in theaters only for the last two). The program includes Alan Barillaro’s delightful Pixar short...

6:30pm

The Films of Straub-Huillet

FROM THE CLOUD TO THE RESISTANCE

France, Italy, West Germany | 1979 | Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub

Champions of Straub-Huillet regard this two-part film as one of the duo’s greatest works. Based on writings by Cesare Pavese, the movie begins with a series of dialogues between mythological gods and ancient heroes. Part two, set in the aftermath of WWII, finds a man returning to an Italian village where many anti-Fascist resistance fighters were murdered. Straub-Huillet thus illustrate that man’s fate has passed from the hands of the gods to the hands of...

8:45pm

Cleveland premiere!

CAMERAPERSON

United States | 2016 | Kirsten Johnson

One of the most acclaimed films of 2016! Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson, who has shot some of the most provocative political documentaries of the past two decades (Citizenfour, The Oath, The Invisible War, This Film Is Not Yet Rated), steps out from behind the camera to present snippets of footage shot in Bosnia, Africa, the Middle East, and other international hotspots over the past 25 years. Johnson uses these clips to explore some of the key...

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

6:45pm

Cleveland premiere!

THE APOSTATE

France, Italy, Spain | 2015 | Federico Veiroj

The Buñuelian new film from the director of A Useful Life (the wry 2010 comedy set at a struggling Cinemateca Uruguaya) follows a shambling Spanish graduate student as he tries to formally sever his ties with the Catholic Church. Asking that his name be removed from baptismal records, he soon comes face to face with a clerical bureaucracy that is almost Kafkaesque. But this man-boy malcontent has other problems, mostly with his family and love...

8:25pm

Cleveland premiere!

THE AGE OF SHADOWS

South Korea | 2016 | Kim Jee-woon

The new film from the director of A Tale of Two Sisters and The Good, the Bad, the Weird is a lavish, stylish, exciting cloak-and-dagger thriller in which Korean resistance fighters battle their country’s Japanese occupiers during the 1920s. It’s the official South Korean entry for next year’s foreign-film Oscar. “An unabashed delight...Unfolding in classic action style, this rousing gem has everything one wants for an evening’s entertainment.” –Variety. Subtitles. DCP. 140 min.

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Friday, December 09, 2016

7:15pm

Cleveland premiere!

THE APOSTATE

France, Italy, Spain | 2015 | Federico Veiroj

The Buñuelian new film from the director of A Useful Life (the wry 2010 comedy set at a struggling Cinemateca Uruguaya) follows a shambling Spanish graduate student as he tries to formally sever his ties with the Catholic Church. Asking that his name be removed from baptismal records, he soon comes face to face with a clerical bureaucracy that is almost Kafkaesque. But this man-boy malcontent has other problems, mostly with his family and love...

8:55pm

Cleveland premiere!

THE AGE OF SHADOWS

South Korea | 2016 | Kim Jee-woon

The new film from the director of A Tale of Two Sisters and The Good, the Bad, the Weird is a lavish, stylish, exciting cloak-and-dagger thriller in which Korean resistance fighters battle their country’s Japanese occupiers during the 1920s. It’s the official South Korean entry for next year’s foreign-film Oscar. “An unabashed delight...Unfolding in classic action style, this rousing gem has everything one wants for an evening’s entertainment.” –Variety. Subtitles. DCP. 140 min.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

5pm

Cleveland premiere!

THE VESSEL

Puerto Rico, United States | 2016 | Julio Quintana

Martin Sheen and Terrence Malick’s first collaboration since Badlands (Sheen stars; Malick produces) is a visually stunning, spiritual drama about a Latin American seaside village still devastated by a tsunami that, ten years before, destroyed an elementary school and killed 46 children. Even the local priest (Sheen) can’t provide solace to the community. But then one of the villagers begins to erect a mysterious structure from the ruins of the school… “Filmed in a gorgeous,...

6:50pm

Film Classics in 35mm! The Films of Straub-Huillet

CLASS RELATIONS

France, West Germany | 1984 | Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub

Straub-Huillet’s “most approachable film” (The Holt Foreign Film Guide) is a deadpan, minimalist adaptation of Franz Kafka’s unfinished final novel Amerika. The movie follows a young European immigrant newly arrived in the U.S. (perversely, the movie was shot in Germany), whose optimism about the “New World” is soon crushed by workaday realities and his awareness of class differences and power dynamics. Subtitles. 35mm. 130 min.

9:20pm

25th Anniversary! New Digital Restoration!

DELICATESSEN

France | 1991 | Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

The feature debut of the French fantasists who subsequently made City of Lost Children and Amélie is a surreal, beautifully designed, Terry Gilliamesque black comedy set in a post-apocalyptic future. An ex-clown (Dominique Pinon) goes to work as a handyman in a shabby apartment building inhabited by bizarre, idiosyncratic tenants. The residents get their meat from a butcher shop on the ground floor of the building, but where does the butcher get his meat? Is...

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

4:30pm

Cleveland premiere!

THE VESSEL

Puerto Rico, United States | 2016 | Julio Quintana

Martin Sheen and Terrence Malick’s first collaboration since Badlands (Sheen stars; Malick produces) is a visually stunning, spiritual drama about a Latin American seaside village still devastated by a tsunami that, ten years before, destroyed an elementary school and killed 46 children. Even the local priest (Sheen) can’t provide solace to the community. But then one of the villagers begins to erect a mysterious structure from the ruins of the school… “Filmed in a gorgeous,...

6:30pm

Pioneers of African-American Cinema. New Digital Restoration!

DIRTY GERTIE FROM HARLEM U.S.A.

United States | 1946 | Spencer Williams

This unauthorized adaptation of the W. Somerset Maugham story that became the classic movies Sadie Thompson and Rain tells of an amoral Harlem nightclub “entertainer” who flees to a Caribbean island. There an insistent Christian missionary tries to reform her. Director Williams plays a voodoo fortuneteller—in drag! Preceded at 6:30 by Williams’ Hot Biskits (1931), a 10-min. comedy about mini-golf. Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. Total 70 min.

8pm

25th Anniversary! New Digital Restoration!

DELICATESSEN

France | 1991 | Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

The feature debut of the French fantasists who subsequently made City of Lost Children and Amélie is a surreal, beautifully designed, Terry Gilliamesque black comedy set in a post-apocalyptic future. An ex-clown (Dominique Pinon) goes to work as a handyman in a shabby apartment building inhabited by bizarre, idiosyncratic tenants. The residents get their meat from a butcher shop on the ground floor of the building, but where does the butcher get his meat? Is...

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

6:45pm

Cleveland premiere!

AS I OPEN MY EYES

Belgium, France, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates | 2015 | Leyla Bouzid

This acclaimed new movie has been called “the best fictional film yet about the Arab Spring” (Indiewire). On the eve of Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution, a smart and well educated young woman bucks her repressive society, defies her family, and forsakes medical school to become the lead singer in a politically outspoken rock band. This film has a 100% “fresh” critics rating on RottenTomatoes.com. Subtitles. DCP. 102 min.

8:50pm

Terrence Malick's latest dramatic feature!

KNIGHT OF CUPS

United States | 2015 | Terrence Malick

Terence Malick’s recent feature stars Christian Bale as a successful Hollywood screenwriter undergoing a spiritual crisis. He finds some solace in the women and excesses of Hollywood, but real meaningfulness proves elusive. Dismissed by many critics as mannered, sexist, and something of a self-parody, Malick’s lyrical but corrosive take on the movie industry also has its defenders, like The New Yorker’s Richard Brody, who calls it "one of the great recent bursts of cinematic artistry.”...

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Friday, December 16, 2016

7:15pm

Terrence Malick's latest dramatic feature!

KNIGHT OF CUPS

United States | 2015 | Terrence Malick

Terence Malick’s recent feature stars Christian Bale as a successful Hollywood screenwriter undergoing a spiritual crisis. He finds some solace in the women and excesses of Hollywood, but real meaningfulness proves elusive. Dismissed by many critics as mannered, sexist, and something of a self-parody, Malick’s lyrical but corrosive take on the movie industry also has its defenders, like The New Yorker’s Richard Brody, who calls it "one of the great recent bursts of cinematic artistry.”...

9:35pm

Cleveland premiere!

AS I OPEN MY EYES

Belgium, France, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates | 2015 | Leyla Bouzid

This acclaimed new movie has been called “the best fictional film yet about the Arab Spring” (Indiewire). On the eve of Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution, a smart and well educated young woman bucks her repressive society, defies her family, and forsakes medical school to become the lead singer in a politically outspoken rock band. This film has a 100% “fresh” critics rating on RottenTomatoes.com. Subtitles. DCP. 102 min.

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

5pm

Film Classics in 35mm! A John Ford Christmas!

3 GODFATHERS

United States | 1948 | John Ford

This color John Ford classic is one of the darnedest, strangest Westerns you’ll ever see (and even has a holiday angle)! Three outlaws (John Wayne, Pedro Armendáriz, Harry Carey, Jr.), on the run from a posse, are waylaid when they encounter a lone pregnant woman in the desert. To say more would spoil the surprises. With Ford favorites Ward Bond, Mildred Natwick, Jane Darwell, Guy Kibbee, and Ben Johnson. 106 min.

7:10pm

The Films of Straub-Huillet. Double Feature!

SICILIA! & FROM TODAY UNTIL TOMORROW

France, Italy, West Germany | 1999/1996 | Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub

Two short features by Straub-Huillet. The first is a compact adaptation of Elio Vittorini’s 1939 anti-fascist novel Conversation in Sicily (banned by Mussolini) in which a man returns to his Sicilian hometown after 15 years away. It was shot in luminous b&w by the great cinematographer William Lubtchansky. “Something as simple as a herring roasting on a hearth, or a meal of bread, wine and winter melon, takes on the humble aura of a Caravaggio...

9:40pm

Cleveland premiere!

SAND STORM

Israel | 2016 | Elite Zexer

A story about modern Bedouins, made by a first-time Israeli female director, is Israel’s official submission for next year’s foreign-film Oscar. In a village in the Israeli desert, two Bedouin women—a mother and her teen daughter—each struggle for freedom in a society that is both repressive and tradition-bound, and changing. When her husband Suliman decides to take a young woman as his second wife, humiliated first wife Jalila is expected to help prepare (and later...

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

4:15pm

Cleveland premiere!

SAND STORM

Israel | 2016 | Elite Zexer

A story about modern Bedouins, made by a first-time Israeli female director, is Israel’s official submission for next year’s foreign-film Oscar. In a village in the Israeli desert, two Bedouin women—a mother and her teen daughter—each struggle for freedom in a society that is both repressive and tradition-bound, and changing. When her husband Suliman decides to take a young woman as his second wife, humiliated first wife Jalila is expected to help prepare (and later...

6:30pm

Pioneers of African-American Cinema. New Digital Restoration!

BIRTHRIGHT

United States | 1938 | Oscar Micheaux

In this sound drama by seminal African American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux (see 11/12 at 5 pm), a Harvard-educated black man returns to the segregated 1930s South to establish a school. There he encounters racist attitudes and family strife. Preceded at 6:30 by Michaeux’s 18-min. Darktown Revue (1931), a panoply of Harlem Renaissance nightclub and vaudeville acts, including comedians, a choir, and a bizarre African American monologist in blackface. Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. Total 91 min....

8:20pm

Film Classics in 35mm! A John Ford Christmas!

3 GODFATHERS

United States | 1948 | John Ford

This color John Ford classic is one of the darnedest, strangest Westerns you’ll ever see (and even has a holiday angle)! Three outlaws (John Wayne, Pedro Armendáriz, Harry Carey, Jr.), on the run from a posse, are waylaid when they encounter a lone pregnant woman in the desert. To say more would spoil the surprises. With Ford favorites Ward Bond, Mildred Natwick, Jane Darwell, Guy Kibbee, and Ben Johnson. 106 min.

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