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Thursday, January 05, 2017

6:45pm

Cleveland theatrical premiere!

UNDER THE SHADOW

Jordan, Qatar, United Kingdom | 2016 | Babak Anvari

This Farsi-language thriller is Britain’s submission for the 2017 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as one of the most acclaimed movies of 2016. Both a chilling ghost story and a sly parable on the oppression of women in Iran, the movie is set during the terrifying final days of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war. It follows an aspiring doctor and her young daughter who live by themselves in Tehran. They are threatened by...

8:30pm

Cleveland premiere!

CHRISTINE

United Kingdom, United States | 2016 | Antonio Campos

Rebecca Hall has gotten the best reviews of her career for her performance as Christine Chubbuck, the Hudson native and Laurel School alum who became a TV news reporter in Florida and then killed herself on air in 1974. This new movie dramatizes Chubbuck’s final days. “A thrumming, heartsore, sometimes viciously funny character study, sensitive both to the singularities of Chubbuck's psychological collapse and the indignities weathered by any woman in a 1970s newsroom.” –Variety....

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Friday, January 06, 2017

7:15pm

Cleveland premiere!

CHRISTINE

United Kingdom, United States | 2016 | Antonio Campos

Rebecca Hall has gotten the best reviews of her career for her performance as Christine Chubbuck, the Hudson native and Laurel School alum who became a TV news reporter in Florida and then killed herself on air in 1974. This new movie dramatizes Chubbuck’s final days. “A thrumming, heartsore, sometimes viciously funny character study, sensitive both to the singularities of Chubbuck's psychological collapse and the indignities weathered by any woman in a 1970s newsroom.” –Variety....

9:30pm

Cleveland theatrical premiere!

UNDER THE SHADOW

Jordan, Qatar, United Kingdom | 2016 | Babak Anvari

This Farsi-language thriller is Britain’s submission for the 2017 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as one of the most acclaimed movies of 2016. Both a chilling ghost story and a sly parable on the oppression of women in Iran, the movie is set during the terrifying final days of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war. It follows an aspiring doctor and her young daughter who live by themselves in Tehran. They are threatened by...

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Saturday, January 07, 2017

5pm

Film Classics in 35mm! Wild & Strange: Two by Jack Garfein

THE STRANGE ONE

United States | 1957 | Jack Garfein

Jack Garfein (b. 1930) was a longtime writer, director, teacher, and producer of live theater, active in the Actors Studio. But he helmed two movies—both of them electrifying works that tested the limits of screen censorship. (We show both in January.) Garfein’s first film The Strange One stars Ben Gazzara (in his screen debut) as a sadistic, sociopathic student leader at a Southern military academy. There he engineers the expulsion of a prominent underclass cadet...

7pm

Short listed for this year's Oscar for Best Documentary Feature!

TOWER

United States | 2016 | Keith Maitland

Animation, personal testimony, and archival film clips are masterfully blended to recreate the dramatic events of August 1, 1966, when gunman Charles Whitman opened fire from the University of Texas clock tower, killing 16 and wounding 32. This is one of the most acclaimed, original, and moving films of 2016—a tale of heroism as much as of horror. Has a 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes. DCP. 82 min.

8:45pm

One of 2016's very best films!

AMERICAN HONEY

United Kingdom, United States | 2016 | Andrea Arnold

An Oklahoma teenage girl with nothing to lose leaves home to join a pack of equally rootless young people who drive around the Midwest in a van and sell magazine subscriptions door to door. The first made-in-USA film by acclaimed British filmmaker Andrea Arnold is a vivid, freewheeling, lyrically shot, impeccably acted slice of American pie, offering an indelible snapshot of early-21st century life in the troubled heartland. One of the must-see movies of 2016!...

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Sunday, January 08, 2017

4pm

Cleveland premiere!

MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE

United States | 2016 | Bob Hercules, Rita Coburn Whack

Poet, writer, and performer Maya Angelou (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings), who died in 2014 at age 86, was not just a witness to some of the 20th century’s great social and political movements, but an active participant in them. This is the first-ever documentary feature about this extraordinary Presidential Medal of Freedom winner. DCP. 114 min.

6:30pm

Cleveland theatrical premiere!

PETER AND THE FARM

United States | 2016 | Tony Stone

Peter Dunning, the white-bearded owner of a 187-acre organic farm in Vermont, is the star of this alternately beautiful, funny, and haunting new documentary. Thirty five years of hard work and solitude have taken their toll on the cranky, hard-drinking Dunning, who looks back on his life with philosophical musings and much regret. “Reveals the twin burdens of working the farm alone while beating back an encroaching inner darkness. Peter and the Farm isn’t afraid...

8:25pm

Short listed for this year's Oscar for Best Documentary Feature!

TOWER

United States | 2016 | Keith Maitland

Animation, personal testimony, and archival film clips are masterfully blended to recreate the dramatic events of August 1, 1966, when gunman Charles Whitman opened fire from the University of Texas clock tower, killing 16 and wounding 32. This is one of the most acclaimed, original, and moving films of 2016—a tale of heroism as much as of horror. Has a 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes. DCP. 82 min.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

6:45pm

Cleveland premiere!

HUNTER GATHERER

United States | 2016 | Joshua Locy

A middle-aged ex-con (Andre Royo of The Wire), just out of prison, is surprised to discover that his old girlfriend now wants nothing to do with him. So he sets about trying to win her back. Joshua Locy’s big-hearted but bittersweet new comedy, which has a 92% critics’ score and a 100% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, has been called “a sweet, shambling poem to the tenacity of hope and the sustaining power of friendship”...

8:35pm

Cleveland premiere!

FIRE AT SEA

Italy | 2016 | Gianfranco Rosi

Winner of the Golden Bear (top prize) at last year’s Berlin Film Festival and Italy’s official submission for this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Gianfranco Rosi’s observational documentary chronicles how the current European migrant crisis has affected life on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa. For two decades now, Italian fishermen and their families have had to coexist with boatloads of African and Middle Eastern refugees who risk (and often lose) their lives crossing...

13

Friday, January 13, 2017

7:15pm

Cleveland premiere!

FIRE AT SEA

Italy | 2016 | Gianfranco Rosi

Winner of the Golden Bear (top prize) at last year’s Berlin Film Festival and Italy’s official submission for this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Gianfranco Rosi’s observational documentary chronicles how the current European migrant crisis has affected life on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa. For two decades now, Italian fishermen and their families have had to coexist with boatloads of African and Middle Eastern refugees who risk (and often lose) their lives crossing...

9:30pm

Cleveland premiere!

HUNTER GATHERER

United States | 2016 | Joshua Locy

A middle-aged ex-con (Andre Royo of The Wire), just out of prison, is surprised to discover that his old girlfriend now wants nothing to do with him. So he sets about trying to win her back. Joshua Locy’s big-hearted but bittersweet new comedy, which has a 92% critics’ score and a 100% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, has been called “a sweet, shambling poem to the tenacity of hope and the sustaining power of friendship”...

14

Saturday, January 14, 2017

5pm

Film Classics in 35mm! Wild & Strange: Two by Jack Garfein

SOMETHING WILD

United States | 1961 | Jack Garfein

50+ years after it flopped at the box office, Jack Garfein’s second and final movie as a film director (see 1/7 at 5:00) has finally been recognized as a unique, powerful classic of American independent cinema. Carroll Baker (Garfein’s then wife) plays a college student who is brutally raped, attempts suicide, but is rescued by a mechanic. However, that’s not the end of her twisted ordeal. Atmospheric cinematography by German émigré Eugen Schüfftan (Metropolis, Napoleon...

7:15pm

Double Feature! Landmark Films by Women

THE DUMB GIRL OF PORTICI & SHOES

United States | 1916 | Lois Weber, Phillips Smalley

Two silent films by Lois Weber (1879-1939), the leading female director of early Hollywood, have been newly restored for their 100th anniversary. The Dumb Girl of Portici is not only the first screen epic directed by a woman, it’s also the only film starring the legendary Russian ballet dancer and choreographer Anna Pavlova, one of the superstars of her day. Pavlova plays a mute girl, living in Spanish-occupied 17th-century Naples, who is seduced and abandoned...

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

2pm

A Special Event!

HAPPY HOUR

Japan | 2015 | Ryűsuke Hamaguchi

This five-hour-and-17-minute Japanese movie is one of the most rapturously reviewed films of the past year. Critics have said that it not only justifies its length, but is worth all the time it takes to view it. (We will show the movie in three parts, with a 20-min. intermission between Parts 1 and 2 and a 45-min. dinner break between Parts 2 and 3.) The film follows four Japanese women in their 30s—longtime friends, three...

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

6:45pm

One of 2016's best!

MICHAEL MOORE IN TRUMPLAND

United States | 2016 | Michael Moore

Spend the last day of the Obama administration with a look back at what might have been. Michael Moore’s most recent film was shot last summer before two live audiences in economically-ravaged Wilmington, Ohio, the heart of “TrumpLand” (and, ironically, the Clinton County seat!). The lefty director of Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11 (who was an ardent Bernie supporter) delivers a funny, impassioned, stirring monologue in which he extends an olive branch to working-class...

8:20pm

Cleveland premiere!

ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE: TRUTH, DECEPTION, AND THE SPIRIT OF I.F. STONE

United States | 2016 |

This new nonfiction film profiles some of the independent investigative journalists (Amy Goodman, Glenn Greenwald, et al.) who are carrying on the muckraking legacy of renegade political writer I.F. Stone (1907-1989). Stone’s influential newsletter, I.F. Stone’s Weekly,exposed some harsh truths about the U.S. government—especially in the areas of defense, security, and intelligence. With Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, and Ralph Nader. “A damning indictment of mainstream media…Will cause audiences to question what they see and read.”...

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

5pm

Film Classics in 35mm! Landmark Films by Women

DANCE, GIRL, DANCE

United States | 1940 | Dorothy Arzner

Dorothy Arzner was the only female film director working in Hollywood during the 1930s; this 1940 comedy-drama is considered her masterpiece. It tells of two Broadway chorus girls—one (Maureen O’Hara) an aspiring ballerina, the other (Lucille Ball) a burlesque hottie—who fall for the same wealthy playboy. Selected for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 2007, the movie boasts prescient feminist attitudes about the objectification of women. 35mm. 90 min.

6:50pm

Cleveland premiere!

DON'T CALL ME SON

Brazil | 2016 | Ann Muylaert

A cross-dressing teenage boy unsure of his gender identity suddenly learns that he was kidnapped as an infant by the working-class woman who raised him. But when he is returned to his wealthy biological parents, he discovers that they are straight-laced and conservative. Anna Muylaert’s follow-up to her superb 2015 feature The Second Mother won a major award for LGBT feature at last year’s Berlin Int’l Film Festival. “A poignant and energetic Brazilian drama…Turns a...

8:35pm

Cleveland premiere!

ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE: TRUTH, DECEPTION, AND THE SPIRIT OF I.F. STONE

United States | 2016 |

This new nonfiction film profiles some of the independent investigative journalists (Amy Goodman, Glenn Greenwald, et al.) who are carrying on the muckraking legacy of renegade political writer I.F. Stone (1907-1989). Stone’s influential newsletter, I.F. Stone’s Weekly,exposed some harsh truths about the U.S. government—especially in the areas of defense, security, and intelligence. With Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, and Ralph Nader. “A damning indictment of mainstream media…Will cause audiences to question what they see and read.”...

22

Sunday, January 22, 2017

3pm

A Special Event! Pre-film Introductions! Post-film Discussion!

SWEET CHARITY

United States | 1969 | Bob Fosse

Bob Fosse made his debut as a film director with this Cy Coleman/Dorothy Fields/Neil Simon musical that he originally directed and choreographed on Broadway. Inspired by Federico Fellini’s Oscar-winning 1957 film Nights of Cabiria, the movie stars Shirley MacLaine as a taxi dancer at a seedy NYC club who yearns for true love after a series of failed romances. With Ricardo Montalban, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Chita Rivera. Co-presented by The Musical Theater Project, the...

6:30pm

Film Classics in 35mm! Landmark Films by Women

DANCE, GIRL, DANCE

United States | 1940 | Dorothy Arzner

Dorothy Arzner was the only female film director working in Hollywood during the 1930s; this 1940 comedy-drama is considered her masterpiece. It tells of two Broadway chorus girls—one (Maureen O’Hara) an aspiring ballerina, the other (Lucille Ball) a burlesque hottie—who fall for the same wealthy playboy. Selected for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 2007, the movie boasts prescient feminist attitudes about the objectification of women. 35mm. 90 min.

8:20pm

Cleveland premiere!

DON'T CALL ME SON

Brazil | 2016 | Ann Muylaert

A cross-dressing teenage boy unsure of his gender identity suddenly learns that he was kidnapped as an infant by the working-class woman who raised him. But when he is returned to his wealthy biological parents, he discovers that they are straight-laced and conservative. Anna Muylaert’s follow-up to her superb 2015 feature The Second Mother won a major award for LGBT feature at last year’s Berlin Int’l Film Festival. “A poignant and energetic Brazilian drama…Turns a...

26

Thursday, January 26, 2017

6:45pm

New Digital Restoration! Landmark Films by Women

LE BONHEUR (HAPPINESS)

France | 1965 | Agnes Varda

A happily married young husband, living in the country with his dressmaker wife and two small children, begins an affair with an attractive postal clerk. But he feels he can love both women at the same time. Agnès Varda’s sunny, beautifully photographed French New Wave classic is almost insipidly “pretty,” with a cheerful color palate and music by Mozart that seem to run counter to the self-centeredness and infidelity on display. Subtitles. DCP. 80 min.

8:25pm

Cleveland premiere!

CREEPY

Japan | 2016 | Kiyoshi Kurosawa

The new film by Japan’s art-horror maestro Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure, Pulse)is a slow-burn thriller about a retired police detective who is asked to investigate the long ago, unsolved disappearance of a family. He soon discerns that his reclusive neighbor may have some connection to this cold case. “Nail-biting…A character study of skin-crawling weirdness.” –Variety. Subtitles. DCP. 130 min.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

7:30pm

The "Qatsi" Trilogy, Part 1

KOYAANISQATSI: LIFE OUT OF BALANCE

United States | 1983 | Godfrey Reggio

Serene landscapes and bustling cityscapes are captured in both slow motion and frenetic time-lapse photography in this gorgeous, thrilling, wordless non-narrative feature—an inquiry into man’s place in the natural world. Music by Philip Glass. DCP. 90 min.

9:20pm

Cleveland premiere!

CREEPY

Japan | 2016 | Kiyoshi Kurosawa

The new film by Japan’s art-horror maestro Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure, Pulse)is a slow-burn thriller about a retired police detective who is asked to investigate the long ago, unsolved disappearance of a family. He soon discerns that his reclusive neighbor may have some connection to this cold case. “Nail-biting…A character study of skin-crawling weirdness.” –Variety. Subtitles. DCP. 130 min.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

11am

The "Qatsi" Trilogy, Part 1

KOYAANISQATSI: LIFE OUT OF BALANCE

United States | 1983 | Godfrey Reggio

Serene landscapes and bustling cityscapes are captured in both slow motion and frenetic time-lapse photography in this gorgeous, thrilling, wordless non-narrative feature—an inquiry into man’s place in the natural world. Music by Philip Glass. DCP. 90 min.

5pm

New Digital Restoration! Landmark Films by Women

LE BONHEUR (HAPPINESS)

France | 1965 | Agnes Varda

A happily married young husband, living in the country with his dressmaker wife and two small children, begins an affair with an attractive postal clerk. But he feels he can love both women at the same time. Agnès Varda’s sunny, beautifully photographed French New Wave classic is almost insipidly “pretty,” with a cheerful color palate and music by Mozart that seem to run counter to the self-centeredness and infidelity on display. Subtitles. DCP. 80 min.

6:40pm

New 4K Digital Restoration! Leonard Cohen 1934-2016

MC CABE & MRS. MILLER

United States | 1971 | Robert Altman

Robert Altman’s dreamy, melancholy Western—set in a booming Pacific Northwest mining town at the turn of the 20th century—follows a small-time braggart and gambler (Warren Beatty) who opens a brothel with an opium-addicted but business-savvy madam (Julie Christie). The ethereal cinematography is by the late, great Vilmos Zsigmond, and the haunting songs are by the late, great Leonard Cohen. Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. 121 min.

9pm

Cleveland premiere!

EVOLUTION

France | 2016 | Lucile Hadzihaliovic

The second film (and first in 10 years) from Gaspar Noe’s partner is a companion piece to her eerie 2004 debut Innocence. Whereas that earlier movie was set at a strange, ominous, all-girl boarding school, Hadzihalilovic’s new nightmare is set in a remote but picturesque seaside village where young boys live only with their mothers. But what’s with the weird rituals the women practice at night, and what happens at the community’s creepy clinic? “A...

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

3:30pm

Film Classics in 35mm!

BOUND FOR GLORY

United States | 1976 | Hal Ashby

David Carradine plays legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie (“This Land Is Your Land”) in this biographical film from the director of Harold and Maude, The Last Detail, Shampoo,and Coming Home. Set during the Great Depression, the movie follows the young protest singer as he and desperate Okies who are fleeing Dust Bowl droughts travel west via boxcar and thumb. In California, he fights for workers’ rights and social justice. Nominated for six Academy Awards (including...

6:30pm

Cleveland premiere!

EVOLUTION

France | 2016 | Lucile Hadzihaliovic

The second film (and first in 10 years) from Gaspar Noe’s partner is a companion piece to her eerie 2004 debut Innocence. Whereas that earlier movie was set at a strange, ominous, all-girl boarding school, Hadzihalilovic’s new nightmare is set in a remote but picturesque seaside village where young boys live only with their mothers. But what’s with the weird rituals the women practice at night, and what happens at the community’s creepy clinic? “A...

8:15pm

New 4K Digital Restoration! Leonard Cohen 1934-2016

MC CABE & MRS. MILLER

United States | 1971 | Robert Altman

Robert Altman’s dreamy, melancholy Western—set in a booming Pacific Northwest mining town at the turn of the 20th century—follows a small-time braggart and gambler (Warren Beatty) who opens a brothel with an opium-addicted but business-savvy madam (Julie Christie). The ethereal cinematography is by the late, great Vilmos Zsigmond, and the haunting songs are by the late, great Leonard Cohen. Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. 121 min.

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