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Monday, April 01, 2013

7 pm

The Sacrifice

France, Sweden | 1986 | Andrei Tarkovsky

Andrei Tarkovsky’s last film (he died from cancer in 1986 at age 54) is a solemn, magnificent fable about the loss of spirituality in the modern world. Shot is Sweden with Ingmar Bergman’s longtime cinematographer Sven Nykvist and his frequent star Erland Josephson, the movie tells of a man celebrating his birthday with friends when nuclear war breaks out. To avert disaster, the man makes a pact with the Almighty – forswearing everything he has...

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Friday, April 05, 2013

7:30 pm

Cleveland Cult Film Festival 4

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Australia | 1975 | Peter Weir

The movie that made Peter Weir’s reputation in the U.S. is a lush period piece that tells an eerie, confounding story—about how three Aussie schoolgirls and a teacher from privileged Appleyard College vanished one sunny day in 1900 while visiting an Aboriginal holy place. “A hypnotic, tantalizingly mysterious film.” –The Rough Guide to Film

9:40 pm

Cleveland Cult Film Festival 4

Samsara

United States | 2011 | Ron Fricke

Ron Fricke, the cinematographer of Koyaanisqatsi and director of Baraka, returns with another visually stunning, non-verbal movie filmed in remote, exotic locations around the world. Shot on large-format 70mm film over a period of five years in 25 countries on five continents, Samsara (the title is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever-turning wheel of life”) captures sacred rituals, natural wonders, huge industrial complexes, and epic disaster areas in a series of eye-popping, mind-blowing images...

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Saturday, April 06, 2013

7 pm

Cleveland Cult Film Festival 4

Samsara

United States | 2011 | Ron Fricke

Ron Fricke, the cinematographer of Koyaanisqatsi and director of Baraka, returns with another visually stunning, non-verbal movie filmed in remote, exotic locations around the world. Shot on large-format 70mm film over a period of five years in 25 countries on five continents, Samsara (the title is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever-turning wheel of life”) captures sacred rituals, natural wonders, huge industrial complexes, and epic disaster areas in a series of eye-popping, mind-blowing images...

9:05 pm

Cleveland Cult Film Festival 4

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Australia | 1975 | Peter Weir

The movie that made Peter Weir’s reputation in the U.S. is a lush period piece that tells an eerie, confounding story—about how three Aussie schoolgirls and a teacher from privileged Appleyard College vanished one sunny day in 1900 while visiting an Aboriginal holy place. “A hypnotic, tantalizingly mysterious film.” –The Rough Guide to Film

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Sunday, April 07, 2013

2:10 pm

The Cinematheque at Tower City Cinemas as part of the Cleveland International Film Festival

Paradise: Love

Austria, France, Germany | 2012 | Ulrich Seidl

The films of Austria’s Ulrich Seidl are not for everybody, but he has been a regular presence on the Cinematheque screen ever since we debuted his 2001 feature Dog Days over ten years ago. Seidl’s newest, and perhaps most ambitious, undertaking is the three-part “Paradise” trilogy, which receives its American premiere at this year’s 37th Cleveland Int’l Film Festival (April 3-14 at Tower City Cinemas downtown). Given our long history with the director, the Cinematheque...

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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

6:10 pm

The Cinematheque at Tower City Cinemas as part of the Cleveland International Film Festival

Paradise: Love

Austria, France, Germany | 2012 | Ulrich Seidl

The films of Austria’s Ulrich Seidl are not for everybody, but he has been a regular presence on the Cinematheque screen ever since we debuted his 2001 feature Dog Days over ten years ago. Seidl’s newest, and perhaps most ambitious, undertaking is the three-part “Paradise” trilogy, which receives its American premiere at this year’s 37th Cleveland Int’l Film Festival (April 3-14 at Tower City Cinemas downtown). Given our long history with the director, the Cinematheque...

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Friday, April 12, 2013

7:30 pm

Cleveland Cult Film Festival 4

Walker

Mexico, Spain, United States | 1987 | Alex Cox

This critical and box office disaster from the director of Repo Man and Sid and Nancy now has many fans. It tells the incredible but little-known true story of William Walker (Ed Harris), an American adventurer who invaded Nicaragua with a mercenary army in the 1850s and set himself up as the country’s president—all to secure an overland shipping route between the Atlantic and the Pacific for his rich sponsor, Cornelius Vanderbilt (Peter Boyle). With...

9:25 pm

Cleveland Cult Film Festival 4

High and Low

Japan | 1963 | Akira Kurosawa

Toshiro Mifune stars in Akira Kurosawa’s riveting modern-day thriller, based on an Ed McBain novel. It tells of a wealthy shoe manufacturer (Mifune) who faces a moral dilemma when his chauffeur’s son is mistaken for his own child and is abducted and held for a ruinous ransom. Should he pay it and save his employee’s kid? This thrilling crime melodrama plumbs Dostoyevskian depths and charts the gulf between the haves and the have nots. With...

13

Saturday, April 13, 2013

7 pm

Cleveland Cult Film Festival 4

High and Low

Japan | 1963 | Akira Kurosawa

Toshiro Mifune stars in Akira Kurosawa’s riveting modern-day thriller, based on an Ed McBain novel. It tells of a wealthy shoe manufacturer (Mifune) who faces a moral dilemma when his chauffeur’s son is mistaken for his own child and is abducted and held for a ruinous ransom. Should he pay it and save his employee’s kid? This thrilling crime melodrama plumbs Dostoyevskian depths and charts the gulf between the haves and the have nots. With...

9:45 pm

Cleveland Cult Film Festival 4

Walker

Mexico, Spain, United States | 1987 | Alex Cox

This critical and box office disaster from the director of Repo Man and Sid and Nancy now has many fans. It tells the incredible but little-known true story of William Walker (Ed Harris), an American adventurer who invaded Nicaragua with a mercenary army in the 1850s and set himself up as the country’s president—all to secure an overland shipping route between the Atlantic and the Pacific for his rich sponsor, Cornelius Vanderbilt (Peter Boyle). With...

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

6:45 pm

Tuvalu

Germany | 1999 | Veit Helmer

One of the few Cinematheque presentations that was so well liked that it appeared on three successive bimonthly film calendars (in 2002), this whimsical, virtually wordless comedy-fantasy stars Denis Lavant as a hardworking attendant at a decaying European bathhouse. He uses his wits to keep the baths running, the blind owner and nutty patrons happy, and the wrecking ball at bay. With a striking use of color and scope, the movie creates a surreal, Rube...

9 pm

Miracle Mile

United States | 1988 | Steve De Jarnatt

Regarded by many as one of the best “end of the world” films, this scary, sobering drama stars Anthony Edwards as a young Angelino who learns, by sheer chance, that nuclear Armageddon will commence in about an hour. He frantically searches for his new girlfriend (Mare Winningham) so they can flee L.A. together.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

7:30 pm

Miracle Mile

United States | 1988 | Steve De Jarnatt

Regarded by many as one of the best “end of the world” films, this scary, sobering drama stars Anthony Edwards as a young Angelino who learns, by sheer chance, that nuclear Armageddon will commence in about an hour. He frantically searches for his new girlfriend (Mare Winningham) so they can flee L.A. together.

9:20 pm

Mister Lonely

France, Great Britain, Ireland, United States | 2007 | Harmony Korine

Harmony Korine’s strange, one-of-a-kind feature is a funny, offbeat, “neverland” fable about a lonely Michael Jackson impersonator (Diego Luna) who is invited by a Marilyn Monroe look-alike (Samantha Morton) to live at a Scottish commune populated by other pop culture impersonators. (Denis Lavant mimics Charlie Chaplin.) A bizarre parallel story involves a Latin American pilot and priest (played by Werner Herzog) and a group of flying nuns who jump out of airplanes. With Leos Carax.

20

Saturday, April 20, 2013

5:30 pm

Salesman

United States | 1968 | Albert & David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin

This direct-cinema classic, one of the key documentary features of the 1960s, follows four different door-to-door Bible salesmen (nicknamed “The Rabbit,” “The Badger,” “The Bull,” and “The Gipper”) as they call on potential buyers in Boston and Miami. The movie was selected for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 1992. J.M. Tyree, who penned the 2012 BFI Film Classics volume on Salesman will introduce and discuss the movie and sell and sign his...

8:30 pm

The Big Lebowski

United States | 1998 | Joel Coen

Jeff Bridges stars in this hilarious Coen brothers classic. He plays “the Dude,” a dopehead, slacker, and bowler who accidentally becomes embroiled in a high-stakes kidnapping scheme. This clever Raymond Chandler knock-off also stars John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, and John Turturro. J.M. Tyree, who co-wrote (with Ben Walters) the 2007 BFI Film Classics volume on The Big Lebowski will introduce and discuss the movie and sell and sign his book for...

21

Sunday, April 21, 2013

4 pm

Trances

France, Morocco | 1981 | Ahmed El Maanouni

Founded in 2007 by Martin Scorsese and other filmmakers, the World Cinema Foundation (WCF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and restoring neglected films from around the world—specifically films from countries lacking the financial and technical ability to do so. So far the WCF has restored 17 masterpieces from around the world; Trances was the first. (It’s also the first WCF restoration to show in Cleveland.) Trances is a documentary on Nass El Ghiwane...

6:30 pm

Mister Lonely

France, Great Britain, Ireland, United States | 2007 | Harmony Korine

Harmony Korine’s strange, one-of-a-kind feature is a funny, offbeat, “neverland” fable about a lonely Michael Jackson impersonator (Diego Luna) who is invited by a Marilyn Monroe look-alike (Samantha Morton) to live at a Scottish commune populated by other pop culture impersonators. (Denis Lavant mimics Charlie Chaplin.) A bizarre parallel story involves a Latin American pilot and priest (played by Werner Herzog) and a group of flying nuns who jump out of airplanes. With Leos Carax.

8:45 pm

The Big Lebowski

United States | 1998 | Joel Coen

Jeff Bridges stars in this hilarious Coen brothers classic. He plays “the Dude,” a dopehead, slacker, and bowler who accidentally becomes embroiled in a high-stakes kidnapping scheme. This clever Raymond Chandler knock-off also stars John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, and John Turturro. J.M. Tyree, who co-wrote (with Ben Walters) the 2007 BFI Film Classics volume on The Big Lebowski will introduce and discuss the movie and sell and sign his book for...

25

Thursday, April 25, 2013

6:45 pm

Tuvalu

Germany | 1999 | Veit Helmer

One of the few Cinematheque presentations that was so well liked that it appeared on three successive bimonthly film calendars (in 2002), this whimsical, virtually wordless comedy-fantasy stars Denis Lavant as a hardworking attendant at a decaying European bathhouse. He uses his wits to keep the baths running, the blind owner and nutty patrons happy, and the wrecking ball at bay. With a striking use of color and scope, the movie creates a surreal, Rube...

8:30 pm

Children of Men

United Kingdom, United States | 2006 | Alfonso Cuarón

Alfonso (Y Tu Mamá También, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) Cuarón’s last completed film (his long-delayed, multimillion-dollar Gravity is due later this year) is one of the best movies of the 2000s. It’s a dystopian sci-fi fantasy set in 2027, when the UK is a police state overrun with refugees, and humans teeter on the verge of extinction after two decades of infertility. Clive Owen plays a government bureaucrat who is kidnapped by...

26

Friday, April 26, 2013

7:30 pm

Children of Men

United Kingdom, United States | 2006 | Alfonso Cuarón

Alfonso (Y Tu Mamá También, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) Cuarón’s last completed film (his long-delayed, multimillion-dollar Gravity is due later this year) is one of the best movies of the 2000s. It’s a dystopian sci-fi fantasy set in 2027, when the UK is a police state overrun with refugees, and humans teeter on the verge of extinction after two decades of infertility. Clive Owen plays a government bureaucrat who is kidnapped by...

9:40 pm

Beau Travail

France | 1999 | Claire Denis

Inspired by Melville’s Billy Budd, Claire Denis’ lavishly praised masterpiece is set among French Foreign Legionnaires in Djibouti, East Africa. It focuses on a drill sergeant (Denis Lavant) who vows to destroy a sterling young recruit (Grégoire Colin) of whom he is jealous. The elaborately choreographed military training sequences, shot under the scorching sun, are beautiful and unforgettable. In fact, the whole movie is balletic and bursting with sensuality. New 35mm color print from France!

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

5:15 pm

Beau Travail

France | 1999 | Claire Denis

Inspired by Melville’s Billy Budd, Claire Denis’ lavishly praised masterpiece is set among French Foreign Legionnaires in Djibouti, East Africa. It focuses on a drill sergeant (Denis Lavant) who vows to destroy a sterling young recruit (Grégoire Colin) of whom he is jealous. The elaborately choreographed military training sequences, shot under the scorching sun, are beautiful and unforgettable. In fact, the whole movie is balletic and bursting with sensuality. New 35mm color print from France!

7:05 pm

Lovers on the Bridge

France | 1991 | Leos Carax

Juliette Binoche and Denis Lavant star in Leos (Holy Motors) Carax’s most extravagant film, which cost 200 million francs 23 years ago! It’s a delirious valentine to l’amour fou in which an eye-patched art student (Binoche) who’s going blind hooks up with a fire-eating street acrobat and vagrant (Lavant) who lives on the Pont Neuf, Paris’ oldest bridge. These two wounded misfits begin a reckless, anarchic relationship that’s healing for them. Filmed against the backdrop...

9:30 pm

Curling

Canada | 2010 | Denis Côté

A foreign-language art-film variation on Psycho, this stunningly shot French-Canadian drama from the director of Bestiaire is set in a wintry small town in rural Quebec. A single father who works at the local bowling alley and motel homeschools his 12-year-old daughter. He also keeps her sequestered from the other residents of the village (for reasons that remain mysterious), but can’t keep her shielded from some strange sightings: a caged tiger, a bloody motel room,...

28

Sunday, April 28, 2013

3:45 pm

Lovers on the Bridge

France | 1991 | Leos Carax

Juliette Binoche and Denis Lavant star in Leos (Holy Motors) Carax’s most extravagant film, which cost 200 million francs 23 years ago! It’s a delirious valentine to l’amour fou in which an eye-patched art student (Binoche) who’s going blind hooks up with a fire-eating street acrobat and vagrant (Lavant) who lives on the Pont Neuf, Paris’ oldest bridge. These two wounded misfits begin a reckless, anarchic relationship that’s healing for them. Filmed against the backdrop...

6:30 pm

Curling

Canada | 2010 | Denis Côté

A foreign-language art-film variation on Psycho, this stunningly shot French-Canadian drama from the director of Bestiaire is set in a wintry small town in rural Quebec. A single father who works at the local bowling alley and motel homeschools his 12-year-old daughter. He also keeps her sequestered from the other residents of the village (for reasons that remain mysterious), but can’t keep her shielded from some strange sightings: a caged tiger, a bloody motel room,...

8:30 pm

Tuvalu

Germany | 1999 | Veit Helmer

One of the few Cinematheque presentations that was so well liked that it appeared on three successive bimonthly film calendars (in 2002), this whimsical, virtually wordless comedy-fantasy stars Denis Lavant as a hardworking attendant at a decaying European bathhouse. He uses his wits to keep the baths running, the blind owner and nutty patrons happy, and the wrecking ball at bay. With a striking use of color and scope, the movie creates a surreal, Rube...

30

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

6:45 pm

The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre

Shockwaves

France, United States | 2013 | Kasumi

The first feature by pioneering experimental filmmaker, multimedia artist, and CIA faculty member Kasumi (2011 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship) is a darkly comic psychological tale in which reality is revealed as a constantly shifting paradox. The film focuses on a man whose traumatic childhood memories of abuse suffered at the hand of his father send him on a maddening spiral of self-destruction. Through a surrealistic Möbius strip of alternate realities, shifting times, and multiple...

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