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Thursday, November 03, 2022

6:45pm

Cleveland theatrical premiere!

B’TWIXT NOW AND SUNRISE

United States | 2011/22 | Francis Ford Coppola

Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning, and Bruce Dern star in Francis Ford Coppola’s newly reworked version of his 2011 supernatural horror comedy Twixt, which was never released to U.S. theaters. (But in France, film magazine Cahiers du Cinéma named it the third best movie of 2012.) Kilmer play a low-rent Stephen King whose book tour takes him to a cursed small town. There a murdered girl appears to him in a dream and lures him to...

8:35pm

Cleveland premiere!

HOLD ME TIGHT

France | 2021 | Mathieu Amalric

Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread, Bergman Island) stars in this film directed by prominent French actor Mathieu Amalric. Krieps plays a distraught woman who, for unknown reasons, is fleeing her husband and children. The movie keeps viewers guessing about the reality of what they’re seeing until the final moments. “A gorgeously shot memory piece [with] Vicky Krieps in a tour-de-force performance.” –Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 97 min.

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Friday, November 04, 2022

12am

Online Exclusive! Available starting 11/4!

ALAIN RESNAIS: FIVE SHORT FILMS (virtual)

France | 1948-57 | Alain Resnais

Here are new restorations of five celebrated short films by the legendary French director (born a century ago this year) who went on to make such ground-breaking features as Hiroshima Mon Amour and Last Year at Marienbad. Program includes: Paul Gauguin (1949); the Oscar-winning Van Gogh (1948); Guernica (1951), featuring art by Picasso; All the World’s Memory (1956), about the National Library of France; and The Song of Styrene (1958), a lyrical, satirical hymn to...

7pm

Cleveland premiere!

HOLD ME TIGHT

France | 2021 | Mathieu Amalric

Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread, Bergman Island) stars in this film directed by prominent French actor Mathieu Amalric. Krieps plays a distraught woman who, for unknown reasons, is fleeing her husband and children. The movie keeps viewers guessing about the reality of what they’re seeing until the final moments. “A gorgeously shot memory piece [with] Vicky Krieps in a tour-de-force performance.” –Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 97 min.

9pm

Cleveland theatrical premiere!

B’TWIXT NOW AND SUNRISE

United States | 2011/22 | Francis Ford Coppola

Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning, and Bruce Dern star in Francis Ford Coppola’s newly reworked version of his 2011 supernatural horror comedy Twixt, which was never released to U.S. theaters. (But in France, film magazine Cahiers du Cinéma named it the third best movie of 2012.) Kilmer play a low-rent Stephen King whose book tour takes him to a cursed small town. There a murdered girl appears to him in a dream and lures him to...

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Saturday, November 05, 2022

5pm

Jean-Luc Godard, 1930-2022

PIERROT LE FOU

France, Italy | 1965 | Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina star in this essential masterpiece by the late Jean-Luc Godard. An unhappy married man flees to the south of France with his daughter’s babysitter, an old girlfriend of his now wanted by mobsters. Stunningly shot in color and scope by Raoul Coutard, this freewheeling classic teems with leftwing politics, stylized violence, and doomed romance. With Samuel Fuller. Subtitles. DCP. 110 min.

7:10pm

Olivier’s Shakespeare Films

HENRY V (1944)

United Kingdom | 1944 | Laurence Olivier

Partly made to boost British morale during WWII, Laurence Olivier’s first Shakespeare movie is one of the most rousing and innovative treatments of the Bard on film. Olivier stars in the movie (in addition to directing), playing the 15th-century British monarch who battles the armies of France at Agincourt to claim the French throne. William Walton composed the stirring music. “A triumph of color, music, spectacle, and soaring heroic poetry.” –Pauline Kael. “One of [the...

9:50pm

New 4K Restoration!

TALES FROM THE GIMLI HOSPITAL [REDUX]

Canada | 1988/2022 | Guy Maddin

Guy Maddin’s unclassifiable first feature is set in a hospital in the Icelandic fishing community of Gimli, Manitoba, during a smallpox epidemic at the turn of the previous century. Two quarantined patients engage in a bizarre contest of macabre one-upmanship. This hilarious, hallucinatory cult classic pays loving tribute to battered, campy old movies while inventing its own brand of Nordic folklore. Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. 63 min.

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Sunday, November 06, 2022

2pm

Wolfgang Petersen, 1941-2022

DAS BOOT (THE BOAT): THE DIRECTOR’S CUT

West Germany | 1981/97 | Wolfgang Petersen

Here’s the definitive theatrical version of Wolfgang Petersen’s riveting underwater thriller, which chronicles the nerve-wracking voyage of a German submarine and its crew during WWII. Jürgen Prochnow stars in this anti-war classic that became an arthouse juggernaut. “The most convincing war movie ever made.” –L.A. Times. Subtitles. DCP. 210 min.

6:30pm

New 4K Restoration!

TALES FROM THE GIMLI HOSPITAL [REDUX]

Canada | 1988/2022 | Guy Maddin

Guy Maddin’s unclassifiable first feature is set in a hospital in the Icelandic fishing community of Gimli, Manitoba, during a smallpox epidemic at the turn of the previous century. Two quarantined patients engage in a bizarre contest of macabre one-upmanship. This hilarious, hallucinatory cult classic pays loving tribute to battered, campy old movies while inventing its own brand of Nordic folklore. Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. 63 min.

7:55pm

Jean-Luc Godard, 1930-2022

PIERROT LE FOU

France, Italy | 1965 | Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina star in this essential masterpiece by the late Jean-Luc Godard. An unhappy married man flees to the south of France with his daughter’s babysitter, an old girlfriend of his now wanted by mobsters. Stunningly shot in color and scope by Raoul Coutard, this freewheeling classic teems with leftwing politics, stylized violence, and doomed romance. With Samuel Fuller. Subtitles. DCP. 110 min.

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Thursday, November 10, 2022

6:45pm

Cleveland premiere!

PETROV’S FLU

France, Germany, Russian Federation, Switzerland | 2021 | Kirill Serebrennikov

Leading Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov (The Student, Leto, the upcoming Tchaikovsky’s Wife) has run afoul of Putin’s regime by criticizing both the annexation of Crimea and the invasion of Ukraine. But he’s still making movies. This acclaimed new work is a wildly imaginative, visually voluptuous, phantasmagoric journey through post-Soviet Russia—the fever dream of a married mechanic and comic book artist saddled with influenza. Unfortunately, there’s no vaccine for spiritual emptiness and societal malaise. “Critic’s Pick…Paints...

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Friday, November 11, 2022

9:30pm

Cleveland premiere!

22ND ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS

Various Countries | 1987-2021 | various directors

During its first two-plus decades, the Animation Show of Shows showcased 41 short films that went on to garner Academy Award nominations and 11 that won the Oscar! Its all-new 22nd annual edition includes 10 animated gems from nine different countries—nine new works made between 2019 and 2021 and one newly restored classic, Frédéric Back’s Oscar-winning The Man Who Planted Trees (Canada, 1987). For the complete program, visit www.animationshowofshows.com. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 88 min.

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Saturday, November 12, 2022

5pm

New 4K Restoration!

MONSIEUR HIRE

France | 1989 | Patrice Leconte

A mousy, reclusive, middle-aged man (Michel Blanc) who spies on his beautiful neighbor (Sandrine Bonnaire) across the courtyard becomes a prime suspect in the murder of a young girl. This subtle, riveting tale of l’amour fou is based on a Georges Simenon novel that was previously filmed as Julien Duvivier’s Panique (1946). Music by Michael Nyman. “A surprisingly moving erotic thriller.” –Newsweek. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 80 min.

6:40pm

Cleveland premiere!

22ND ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS

Various Countries | 1987-2021 | various directors

During its first two-plus decades, the Animation Show of Shows showcased 41 short films that went on to garner Academy Award nominations and 11 that won the Oscar! Its all-new 22nd annual edition includes 10 animated gems from nine different countries—nine new works made between 2019 and 2021 and one newly restored classic, Frédéric Back’s Oscar-winning The Man Who Planted Trees (Canada, 1987). For the complete program, visit www.animationshowofshows.com. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 88 min.

8:30pm

Miyazaki’s Latest Feature!

THE WIND RISES

France, Japan, United States | 2013 | Hayao Miyazaki

The only Hayao Miyazaki feature never shown at the Cinematheque, the self-proclaimed “swan song” for the Oscar-winning Japanese animator of Spirited Away (he has since postponed his retirement) is a fictionalized biography of aircraft genius Jiro Horikoshi (1903-1982). Young Jiro dreams of flying. But when nearsightedness prevents him from becoming a pilot, he pivots to designing and engineering planes, becoming one of the best. “[An] elegiac, hauntingly beautiful historical drama…Miyazaki is at the peak of...

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Sunday, November 13, 2022

1:30pm

New 4K Restoration!

MONSIEUR HIRE

France | 1989 | Patrice Leconte

A mousy, reclusive, middle-aged man (Michel Blanc) who spies on his beautiful neighbor (Sandrine Bonnaire) across the courtyard becomes a prime suspect in the murder of a young girl. This subtle, riveting tale of l’amour fou is based on a Georges Simenon novel that was previously filmed as Julien Duvivier’s Panique (1946). Music by Michael Nyman. “A surprisingly moving erotic thriller.” –Newsweek. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 80 min.

3:10pm

Olivier’s Shakespeare Films

HAMLET (1948)

United Kingdom | 1948 | Laurence Olivier

Shakespeare meets German Expressionism and film noir in Laurence Olivier’s celebrated adaptation, the first British film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. A blonde Olivier (Oscar winner for Best Actor) plays the medieval Danish prince who wants to avenge his father’s murder but is stymied by indecision. Jean Simmons and Christopher Lee co-star; William Walton composed the music. “Very likely the most exciting and most alive production of Hamlet you will ever see...

6:30pm

Film Classics in 35mm! Kurosawa & Mifune!

THE BAD SLEEP WELL

Japan | 1960 | Akira Kurosawa

Toshiro Mifune stars in Akira Kurosawa’s potent revenge drama that has overtones of Hamlet (though Francis Ford Coppola once called it “better than Shakespeare”). Mifune plays a man who investigates his father’s sudden death (allegedly a suicide, but possibly murder) by concealing his identity and infiltrating the large, corrupt, government housing corporation where his dad worked. To get to the bottom of the mystery, he becomes executive secretary to the firm’s president, and even marries...

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

7pm

Special Advance Screening!

TAURUS

United States | 2022 | Tim Sutton

Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly) stars in this semi-autobiographical psychological drama about a troubled musician who’s negotiating the demands of fame and battling addiction while also under pressure to record a new hit record. Megan Fox co-stars. “A tale that Baker lived to tell, and refused to let anyone else tell for him.” --IndieWire. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 98 min.

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

6:45pm

Cleveland premiere!

BRAINWASHED: SEX-CAMERA-POWER

United States | 2022 | Nina Menkes

This eye-opening documentary by celebrated independent filmmaker Nina Menkes explores the sexual politics of cinematic shot design. Using scores of film clips—from Metropolis to Vertigo to Phantom Thread—Menkes makes the case that shot design is gendered. She illuminates patriarchal narrative codes within classic set-ups and camera angles that display women as objects for the use, support, and pleasure of men. She also argues that these embedded messages affect society’s twin epidemics of sexual abuse and...

8:55pm

Cleveland premiere!

MY IMAGINARY COUNTRY

Chile | 2022 | Patricio Guzmán

The optimistic new film from the master moviemaker who made The Battle of Chile, Nostalgia for the Light, and other nonfiction classics looks at the mass protests that erupted in Chile in 2019. A million and a half people—including many women—took to the streets of Santiago, demanding justice, education, health care, and a new constitution revising the strict rules imposed on the country during the Pinochet military dictatorship. Guzmán powerfully connects Chile's complex, bloody history...

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Saturday, November 19, 2022

5pm

Cleveland premiere!

MY IMAGINARY COUNTRY

Chile | 2022 | Patricio Guzmán

The optimistic new film from the master moviemaker who made The Battle of Chile, Nostalgia for the Light, and other nonfiction classics looks at the mass protests that erupted in Chile in 2019. A million and a half people—including many women—took to the streets of Santiago, demanding justice, education, health care, and a new constitution revising the strict rules imposed on the country during the Pinochet military dictatorship. Guzmán powerfully connects Chile's complex, bloody history...

6:45pm

New 4K Restoration!

ROUGE

Hong Kong | 1987 | Stanley Kwan

Here’s a new restoration of one of the greatest and most romantic Hong Kong movies of the past 35 years! Anita Mui plays the ghost of a beautiful Hong Kong courtesan who killed herself in the 1930s. She re-emerges in 1980s Hong Kong to search for her long-lost lover (Leslie Cheung) who somehow survived their suicide pact. It’s a tale of two love stories—and of two cities. “With its lush mise-en-scène and transcendently melancholy mood,...

8:45pm

Film Classics in 35mm! Nicolas Uncaged!

WILD AT HEART

United States | 1990 | David Lynch

David Lynch’s follow-up to Blue Velvet stars Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern as young lovers on the run from her distraught mother (Diane Ladd), who hires both a private eye and a thug to find and stop them. Winner of the top prize at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival, this outré, sexy, violent road movie contains references to both Elvis and The Wizard of Oz. But it takes place in a grotesque, Lynchian realm way,...

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Sunday, November 20, 2022

1pm

Cleveland premiere!

BRAINWASHED: SEX-CAMERA-POWER

United States | 2022 | Nina Menkes

This eye-opening documentary by celebrated independent filmmaker Nina Menkes explores the sexual politics of cinematic shot design. Using scores of film clips—from Metropolis to Vertigo to Phantom Thread—Menkes makes the case that shot design is gendered. She illuminates patriarchal narrative codes within classic set-ups and camera angles that display women as objects for the use, support, and pleasure of men. She also argues that these embedded messages affect society’s twin epidemics of sexual abuse and...

3:10pm

Olivier’s Shakespeare Films

RICHARD III (1955)

United Kingdom | 1955 | Laurence Olivier

In his third and final Shakespeare film as star and director, Laurence Olivier plays the ruthless, physically-deformed, 15th-century Duke of Gloucester who stops at nothing to steal the crown from his brother, King Edward IV. Shot in color and VistaVision, this superbly-acted drama has a distinguished supporting cast that includes John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Cedric Hardwicke, and Claire Bloom, among others. “Olivier makes Shakespeare’s ‘son of hell’ such a magnetic, chilling, amusing monster that the...

6:30pm

Cleveland premiere!

ONODA: 10,000 NIGHTS IN THE JUNGLE

Belgium, Cambodia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan | 2022 | Arthur Harari

This new adventure film is inspired by the incredible but true story of Japanese WWII soldier Hiroo Onoda, a duty-bound fanatic who, in 1945, refused to believe that Japan had surrendered. So he continued to live and fight on a remote Philippine island until 1974! (To him, all reports of Japan’s defeat were enemy propaganda—fake news.) “A really well-made, old-fashioned anti-war epic in a forthright and robustly enjoyable style.” –The Guardian (UK). Cleveland premiere. Subtitles....

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Saturday, November 26, 2022

5pm

Back by Popular Demand! From the director of Fantastic Fungi!

GRATITUDE REVEALED

United States | 2022 | Louie Schwartzberg

An epic journey 40 years in the making, the new documentary from Louie Schwartzberg, director of our all-time biggest hit Fantastic Fungi, takes the viewer on a transformational, cinematic journey exploring how to live a more meaningful life. Schwartzberg’s intimate conversations with everyday people, thought leaders, and personalities have revealed that gratitude is a proven pathway back from any disconnection we feel in our lives, our planet, and each other. With Norman Lear, Jack Kornfield,...

6:45pm

Cleveland revival premiere!

QUEENS OF DESTRUCTION: CINEMA’S FIRST NASTY WOMEN

France, United Kingdom, United States | 1903-19 | various directors

“Nasty women” appeared on the world’s movie screens a century before Donald Trump hurled that epithet at Hillary Clinton—and decades before film noir’s femmes fatales (also nasty).This program of 11 recently restored and newly scored, anarchic silent comedy shorts from early 20th-century America and Europe teems with feminist protests, slapstick rebellions, suggestive gender play, and other liberating but “non-ladylike” behavior that would soon be suppressed by Hollywood’s sexist stereotypes. These rediscovered movies help to restore...

8:30pm

Film Classics in 35mm! 100th Anniversary!

FOOLISH WIVES

United States | 1922 | Erich von Stroheim

The feature that Erich von Stroheim made right before Greed was a typically extravagant spectacle that Universal touted as the first picture to cost over a million dollars. Set in Monte Carlo, this shocking, cynical movie tells of a ruthless con man (von Stroheim, “the man you love to hate”) who poses as a Russian count in order to seduce and extort money from naïve, wealthy American wives. Restored version courtesy of the San Francisco...

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Sunday, November 27, 2022

2pm

Cleveland theatrical premiere!

EXPOSING MUYBRIDGE

United States | 2021 | Marc Shaffer

19th-century photographer Eadweard Muybridge (of Nope fame), whose serial pictures of humans and animals in motion foreshadowed cinema, is the subject of this new documentary. Prior to his world-changing motion studies, the British-born but largely U.S.-based camera man captured landscapes (including Yosemite), Alaskan natives, Indian wars, Central American life, and Northern California winemaking. But hidden in his work are clues that provoke an enduring question: can we believe what we see in a photograph? Features...

3:45pm

POLISH AVANT-GARDE SHORTS BY FRANCISZKA AND STEFAN THEMERSON

Poland, United States | 1931-2006 | Franciszka and Stefan Themerson, Bruce Checefsky

The recent rediscovery and restoration of Franciszka and Stefan Themerson’s 1931 Polish anti-fascist film Europa (“a holy grail of Polish experimental cinema,” according to the Museum of Modern Art), seized by the Nazis and believed lost forever, affords the opportunity for a program of the legendary surrealists’ other experimental shorts. So accompanying Europa, which employs rapid cutting, collage, and photograms, will be the Themerson-directed works Adventures of a Good Citizen (1937), Calling Mr. Smith (1943),...

6:30pm

World Cinema Project on the Big Screen!

MYSTERIOUS OBJECT AT NOON

Thailand | 2000 | Apichatpong Weerasethakul

The debut feature by Memoria’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul introduced the Thai filmmaker’s career-long fascination with the porous boundaries between the real and the imagined. Mysterious Object at Noon is a daisy-chain “nonfiction” work in which townspeople and villagers across Thailand become on-camera storytellers, each elaborating on a simple tale about a teacher, a boy, and his father begun by a girl early in the film. This is the cinema equivalent of the parlor game “exquisite corpse,”...

8:15pm

Added Film! Cleveland premiere

ALL THAT BREATHES

India, United Kingdom, United States | 2022 | Shaunak Sen

The first movie to win the Best Documentary prize at both Sundance and Cannes, this much-praised new film is set amid civil unrest and environmental degradation in populous, polluted New Delhi. There two brothers devote their lives to protecting the endangered black kite, a majestic bird of prey essential to the city’s ecosystem. “A subtle, haunting reflection on the meaning of humanity.” –NY Times. “Maybe the most beautifully realized documentary in recent memory.” –L.A. Times....

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

7pm

Added Film! Cleveland premiere

DECISION TO LEAVE

South Korea | 2022 | Park Chan-wook

The new film from the director of Oldboy and The Handmaiden is one of the major movies of 2022, as well as South Korea’s entry for next year’s Oscar for Best Int’l Feature Film. Filmmaker Park Chan-wook even nabbed the Best Director prize at Cannes 2022 for his romantic neo-noir thriller, in which a detective investigating a man’s mysterious death becomes involved with the dead man’s strangely blasé widow. “After the world-conquering success of Bong...

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