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Friday, September 02, 2016

7:30pm

Cleveland theatrical premiere!

LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT

United States | 2015 | Rodrigo García

Ewan McGregor plays both Jesus and the Devil in this moving, thoughtful film that explores Jesus’ human side. Leaving the wilderness for Jerusalem after 40 days of praying and fasting, Jesus meets and befriends a family in crisis. He and the Devil debate the fate of this clan, while Jesus questions his own future. Cinematography by three-time Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki. With Ciarán Hinds and Tye Sheridan. “A smart and beautiful meditation of fathers and...

9:30pm

Cleveland premiere!

MICROBE & GASOLINE

France | 2015 | Michel Gondry

Audrey Tautou has a supporting role in the winsome new film from the French director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It follows two teen runaways—puny “Microbe” and inveterate tinkerer “Gasoline”—as they embark on a road trip in a rustic, handmade motor home. “Four stars…A wonderfully touching film…It remembers the urgency of wanting to get older without growing up.” –Time Out New York. Subtitles. DCP. 105 min.

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Saturday, September 03, 2016

5pm

New Digital Restoration!

DEKALOG: ONE & TWO

Poland | 1988 | Krzysztof Kieślowski

The first two of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s 10 films inspired by the Ten Commandments. #1 (“I am the Lord Thy God; Thou Shalt Have No Other God but Me”) is a powerful tale of scientific certainty and metaphysical doubt, about a professor who lets his son go ice skating after proving mathematically that the ice is safe. The second (“Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the Lord Thy God in Vain”) concerns a married woman...

7:15pm

Film Classics in 35mm! Michael Cimino, 1939-2016

THE DEER HUNTER

United Kingdom, United States | 1978 | Michael Cimino

Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage, and Meryl Streep star in Michael Cimino’s celebrated American epic that was partially shot in Tremont. It follows a trio of Pennsylvania factory co-workers who fight in Vietnam and come back changed. Winner of five Oscars including Best Picture, Director, and Supporting Actor (Walken). Breathtaking cinematography by the late, great Vilmos Zsigmond. Color & scope print from the Universal Pictures studio archive! Adults only! 183 min....

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Sunday, September 04, 2016

4pm

Cleveland premiere!

THE IDOL

Netherlands, Palestine | 2015 | Hany Abu-Assad

The new film from the two-time Oscar nominated Israeli/Palestinian director of Paradise Now and Omar tells of a Palestinian singer from a Gaza refugee camp who competes in the 2013 Arab Idol TV contest. Based on a true story. “Simply told but thoroughly captivating.” –Variety.Subtitles. Blu-ray. 100 min.

6:30pm

Cleveland premiere!

MICROBE & GASOLINE

France | 2015 | Michel Gondry

Audrey Tautou has a supporting role in the winsome new film from the French director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It follows two teen runaways—puny “Microbe” and inveterate tinkerer “Gasoline”—as they embark on a road trip in a rustic, handmade motor home. “Four stars…A wonderfully touching film…It remembers the urgency of wanting to get older without growing up.” –Time Out New York. Subtitles. DCP. 105 min.

8:35pm

New Digital Restoration!

DEKALOG: ONE & TWO

Poland | 1988 | Krzysztof Kieślowski

The first two of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s 10 films inspired by the Ten Commandments. #1 (“I am the Lord Thy God; Thou Shalt Have No Other God but Me”) is a powerful tale of scientific certainty and metaphysical doubt, about a professor who lets his son go ice skating after proving mathematically that the ice is safe. The second (“Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the Lord Thy God in Vain”) concerns a married woman...

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Friday, September 09, 2016

7:30pm

Cleveland premiere!

DON'T BLINK - ROBERT FRANK

Canada, France | 2015 | Laura Israel

91-year-old Robert Frank changed the face of photography with his 1958 book The Americans. His independent films Pull My Daisy and Cocksucker Blues are just as famous. Here the irascible artist opens up for a revealing full-length portrait of himself made by his longtime editor. Music by Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, et al. “An impressive achievement.” –NY Times. DCP. 82 min.

9:15pm

Cleveland premiere!

UNDER THE SUN

Czech Republic, Russia | 2015 | Vitaliy Manskiy

Ukrainian director Vitaliy Manskiy adeptly circumvents (and subverts) government handlers to paint an eye-opening portrait of a nuclear family in Pyongyang, North Korea, during the year that the 8-year-old daughter prepares to join the Korean Children’s Union on Kim Jong-Il’s birthday. It’s been called a real-life Truman Show. “A seemingly true—or at least truly revealing—record of faked reality.” –Village Voice. Subtitles. DCP. 106 min.

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

5pm

New Digital Restoration!

DEKALOG: THREE & FOUR

Poland | 1988 | Krzysztof Kieślowski

Two more of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s 10 films inspired by the Ten Commandments. In #3 (“Honor the Sabbath Day”), a married cab driver spends the wee hours of Christmas morning driving around deserted Warsaw with an old flame, searching for her missing husband. #4 (“Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother”) is an exploration of parent-child relationships and a dissection of incestuous impulses, in which a young actress discovers surprising truths about her widowed father. Cleveland revival...

7:15pm

Film Classics in 35mm! 50th Anniversary!

THE FORTUNE COOKIE

United States | 1966 | Billy Wilder

The 1965 Cleveland Browns can be seen briefly in this comedy classic, partially filmed at old Municipal Stadium. The film paired Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau for the first time. Lemmon plays a TV cameraman injured on the sidelines during a Browns game; Matthau (who won the Oscar) plays his wily brother-in-law, a corrupt lawyer who decides to bilk the insurance company for exaggerated damages. The great Billy Wilder (Some Like It Hot, Sunset Boulevard)...

9:40pm

Cleveland premiere!

DON'T BLINK - ROBERT FRANK

Canada, France | 2015 | Laura Israel

91-year-old Robert Frank changed the face of photography with his 1958 book The Americans. His independent films Pull My Daisy and Cocksucker Blues are just as famous. Here the irascible artist opens up for a revealing full-length portrait of himself made by his longtime editor. Music by Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, et al. “An impressive achievement.” –NY Times. DCP. 82 min.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

4:15pm

Associate producer Maria Valva in person!

THE WITNESS

United States | 2015 | James D. Solomon

In 1964, it was widely reported that a 28-year-old New Yorker named Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death outside her Queens apartment while 38 onlookers did nothing to help. Genovese’s name became synonymous with “bystander apathy.” Fifty years later, Kitty’s younger brother Bill looks anew at this incident that transformed his life, condemned a city, and defined an era. This acclaimed documentary reveals the truth he uncovered. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 89 min.

6:30pm

Cleveland premiere!

MEN GO TO BATTLE

United States | 2015 | Zachary Treitz

Two inseparable brothers struggling to make a go of their crumbling farm in 1861 Kentucky find their lives dramatically changed by the Civil War. Zachary Treitz’s indie feature is both a remarkable piece of historical re-creation (especially on a low budget) and an auspicious feature debut. “A knockout!” –Village Voice. “An instant-classic Western.” –The New Yorker. DCP. 98 min.

8:30pm

New Digital Restoration!

DEKALOG: THREE & FOUR

Poland | 1988 | Krzysztof Kieślowski

Two more of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s 10 films inspired by the Ten Commandments. In #3 (“Honor the Sabbath Day”), a married cab driver spends the wee hours of Christmas morning driving around deserted Warsaw with an old flame, searching for her missing husband. #4 (“Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother”) is an exploration of parent-child relationships and a dissection of incestuous impulses, in which a young actress discovers surprising truths about her widowed father. Cleveland revival...

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

6:45pm

Cleveland premiere!

HOMO SAPIENS

Austria, Germany, Switzerland | 2016 | Nikolas Geyrhalter

The latest documentary from the Austrian maker of Our Daily Bread is another album of dramatically framed, emotionally fraught tableaux, captured with a static camera. Despite its title, Geyrhalter’s new film has no people in it. Instead of human beings, the movie depicts crumbling buildings, disused landscapes, and other places that have been vacated by those who lived and worked there and abandoned to the elements. This film’s stunning, haunting images evoke Anselm Kiefer, Andrei...

8:40pm

World War I + 100

THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER

France, Hungary, United Kingdom | 2015 | Brady Corbet

Robert Pattinson and Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) star in the acclaimed directorial debut of cult actor Brady Corbet (Funny Games, Melancholia). It’s a period piece set in a French country chateau at the end of WWI, and it wears its cinematic influences (Welles, Dreyer, Haneke, von Trier, et al.) on its luxurious sleeve. Dark and dreamy (with a thunderous Scott Walker score), the film focuses on an angelic-looking seven-year-old child who proves a holy terror...

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Friday, September 16, 2016

7pm

New Digital Restoration!

DEKALOG: FIVE & SIX

Poland | 1988 | Krzysztof Kieślowski

Two more of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s 10 films inspired by the Ten Commandments. Both were expanded into acclaimed features (A Short Film About Killing and A Short Film About Love). #5 (“Thou Shalt Not Kill”) depicts two graphic killings: one by a young thug, the other by the state. #6 (“Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery”) focuses on a young voyeur’s love for an older woman who lives in an apartment across from his. Cleveland revival premiere....

9:20pm

A Special Event! Russ Tamblyn in Person!

HUMAN HIGHWAY (DIRECTOR'S CUT)

United States | 1982 | Bernard Shakey (Neil Young), Dean Stockwell

Oscar-nominated actor Russ Tamblyn (Riff in West Side Story, Dr. Lawrence Jacoby in Twin Peaks, Son of a Gunfighter in Django Unchained) will answer questions after a screening of a forgotten 1982 comedy that he acts in and co-wrote. Because it was hardly released, it never became the cult film it deserved to be. (However, it might have inspired The Simpsons.) Set at a gas station and diner next door to a nuclear power plant...

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

6pm

A Special Event! Russ Tamblyn in Person!

tom thumb

United Kingdom, United States | 1958 | George Pal

Oscar-nominated actor Russ Tamblyn (West Side Story, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Twin Peaks, Django Unchained) will answer audience questions after a screening of one of his most beloved films! tom thumb is a musical fantasy, based on a Grimm fairy tale, about a miniature boy (Tamblyn) who is adopted by a woodcutter and his wife and soon exploited by two thieves (Peter Sellers and Terry-Thomas). Legendary fantasist George Pal (Puppetoons, The Time Machine) directed...

9pm

Mandel JCC Cleveland Jewish FilmFest

THE KIND WORDS

2015 | Shemi Zarhin

Nominated for 12 Ophir Awards (Israeli Oscars) including Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor, and Actress, this new comedy-drama follows an Israeli Jewish woman and her two dissimilar brothers as they journey to France to find their biological father. “I have only kind words for The Kind Words, an emotionally rich, beautifully textured family dramedy that touches on a wealth of interpersonal issues with buoyancy, charm and grace. It's one of the best films so far...

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

4pm

New Digital Restoration!

DEKALOG: FIVE & SIX

Poland | 1988 | Krzysztof Kieślowski

Two more of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s 10 films inspired by the Ten Commandments. Both were expanded into acclaimed features (A Short Film About Killing and A Short Film About Love). #5 (“Thou Shalt Not Kill”) depicts two graphic killings: one by a young thug, the other by the state. #6 (“Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery”) focuses on a young voyeur’s love for an older woman who lives in an apartment across from his. Cleveland revival premiere....

6:30pm

Film Classics in 35mm! Abbas Kiarostami, 1940-2016

TASTE OF CHERRY

Iran | 1997 | Abbas Kiarostami

Contemporary art cinema took a major hit with the July death of Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami. His beautiful and sensitive films lit up the Cinematheque screen for three decades. We remember him tonight with the film that won the Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. It’s a moving, minimalist masterpiece about a solitary man contemplating suicide as he drives through the hills outside Tehran in search of someone who will bury, or...

8:30pm

World War I + 100

THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER

France, Hungary, United Kingdom | 2015 | Brady Corbet

Robert Pattinson and Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) star in the acclaimed directorial debut of cult actor Brady Corbet (Funny Games, Melancholia). It’s a period piece set in a French country chateau at the end of WWI, and it wears its cinematic influences (Welles, Dreyer, Haneke, von Trier, et al.) on its luxurious sleeve. Dark and dreamy (with a thunderous Scott Walker score), the film focuses on an angelic-looking seven-year-old child who proves a holy terror...

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

6:45pm

Cleveland premiere!

PHANTOM BOY

France | 2015 | Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol

The latest animated feature from the duo that made the delightful, Oscar-nominated A Cat in Paris is set in New York City. A hospitalized pre-teen boy with the ability to leave his physical body and float unseen through the city teams up with an injured policeman to stop a criminal mastermind. “Reminds viewers of the intimate pleasures of drawn animation in an era of CG blockbusters.” –L.A. Times. We will show the English language version...

8:30pm

New Digital Restoration!

DEKALOG: SEVEN & EIGHT

Poland | 1988 | Krzysztof Kieślowski

Two more of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s 10 films inspired by the Ten Commandments. In #7 (“Thou Shalt Not Steal”), a young woman abducts her illegitimate five-year-old daughter who has been raised as her sister by her mother. In #8 (“Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness”), an elderly university ethics professor is forced to re-examine her conduct during the Holocaust. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 113 min.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

7pm

Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival Closing Night

JERICO

United States | 2016 | Seckeita Lewis

How does one make a comedy about the Jim Crow South? The husband and wife indie filmmaking team of Brandon (screenwriter/lead actor) and Seckeita Lewis (director) have pulled it off. Set in a rural Mississippi town on the morning of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Jerico follows two African American best friends who apply for a promotion at the printing company where they work. But their gesture is rebuffed by those...

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

5pm

Art House Theater Day! Admission to this program only $2!

NEW FACES OF FRENCH ANIMATION

France | 2014 | various directors

Today is the first-ever Art House Theater Day, a nationwide celebration of the small, independently owned specialty film theaters that enrich many U.S. cities. Organized by the Art House Convergence (a consortium of independent, community-based, mission-driven movie theaters), this special day will be celebrated at the Cinematheque with three unique programs, the first of which is this collection of recent French animated short. Eight of the best French animated short films from the 2015 Annecy International...

6:40pm

Art House Theater Day! Film Classics in 35mm! (Edward L.) Cahn Film Festival! Pre-film Introduction!

LAUGHTER IN HELL

United States | 1933 | Edward L. Cahn

Today is the first-ever Art House Theater Day, a nationwide celebration of the small, independently owned specialty film theaters that enrich many U.S. cities. Organized by the Art House Convergence (a consortium of independent, community-based, mission-driven movie theaters), this special day will be celebrated at the Cinematheque with three unique programs: a collection of recent French animated shorts and a two-part, three-film “Cahn Film Festival” (Edward L. Cahn, that is). Cahn (1899-1963) is best known...

8:30pm

Art House Theater Day! Film Classics in 35mm! Pre-Code Double Feature! (Edward L.) Cahn Film Festival!

LAW AND ORDER & AFRAID TO TALK

United States | 1932 | Edward L. Cahn

Today is the first-ever Art House Theater Day, a nationwide celebration of the small, independently owned specialty film theaters that enrich many U.S. cities. Organized by the Art House Convergence (a consortium of independent, community-based, mission-driven movie theaters), this special day will be celebrated at the Cinematheque with three unique programs: a collection of recent French animated shorts at 5 pm and a two-part, three-film “Cahn Film Festival” (Edward L. Cahn, that is). Cahn (1899-1963)...

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

4pm

New Digital Restoration!

DEKALOG: SEVEN & EIGHT

Poland | 1988 | Krzysztof Kieślowski

Two more of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s 10 films inspired by the Ten Commandments. In #7 (“Thou Shalt Not Steal”), a young woman abducts her illegitimate five-year-old daughter who has been raised as her sister by her mother. In #8 (“Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness”), an elderly university ethics professor is forced to re-examine her conduct during the Holocaust. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 113 min.

6:30pm

Art House Theater Day! Film Classics in 35mm! (Edward L.) Cahn Film Festival! Pre-film Introduction!

LAUGHTER IN HELL

United States | 1933 | Edward L. Cahn

Today is the first-ever Art House Theater Day, a nationwide celebration of the small, independently owned specialty film theaters that enrich many U.S. cities. Organized by the Art House Convergence (a consortium of independent, community-based, mission-driven movie theaters), this special day will be celebrated at the Cinematheque with three unique programs: a collection of recent French animated shorts and a two-part, three-film “Cahn Film Festival” (Edward L. Cahn, that is). Cahn (1899-1963) is best known...

8:15pm

Cleveland premiere!

PHANTOM BOY

France | 2015 | Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol

The latest animated feature from the duo that made the delightful, Oscar-nominated A Cat in Paris is set in New York City. A hospitalized pre-teen boy with the ability to leave his physical body and float unseen through the city teams up with an injured policeman to stop a criminal mastermind. “Reminds viewers of the intimate pleasures of drawn animation in an era of CG blockbusters.” –L.A. Times. We will show the English language version...

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Friday, September 30, 2016

7:30pm

The Restored Laurel & Hardy

WAY OUT WEST

United States | 1937 | James W. Horne

We begin our series of restored Laurel & Hardy comedies with the duo’s most celebrated feature—and their personal favorite! Stan & Ollie journey to Brushwood Gulch to deliver the deed for a gold mine to the daughter of a dead prospector. But they are duped by a dastardly saloonkeeper (James Finlayson), who gets his girlfriend to pose as the heiress. This classic features Stan & Ollie’s charming dance number “At the Ball, That’s All.” Cleveland...

8:55pm

American Demagogue

NUTS!

United States | 2016 | Penny Lane

Can implanting goat testicles cure male impotence and infertility? 1920s Kansas quack doctor John R. Brinkley thought so, and he got famous and rich by performing the operation and establishing clinics and hospitals in many states. He also spread the gospel of “goat glands” via the airwaves (Brinkley was a pioneering broadcaster and radio station owner) and eventually entered politics. But he was long dogged by doubting medical experts and government regulators. Penny Lane tells...

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