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Sunday, December 01, 2019

4pm

Julia Reichert: 50 Years in Film. Double Feature! New Digital Restorations!

GROWING UP FEMALE & METHADONE: AN AMERICAN WAY OF DEALING

United States | 1971/1974 | Julia Reichert, Jim Klein

Two early documentaries by Julia Reichert and Jim Klein. Growing Up Female is the very first feature-length film of the modern women's movement. Controversial in its day, the movie examines female socialization through the lives of six women, ages four to 35, and the people and forces that shape them—from teachers and counselors to advertising, music, and marriage. Widely used by consciousness-raising groups to empower women and explain feminism to a skeptical society, the film...

6:30pm

35mm Print!

GIVE ME LIBERTY

United States | 2019 | Mikhanovsky (Kirill Mikhanovsky)

A medical transport driver shuttles a bunch of rowdy Russian émigré seniors to a funeral amid a rash of temporary road closures. This funny, freewheeling, Wisconsin-made indie comedy—a portrait of American dreams and disenchantments—was “Sundance 2019's great discovery,” according to the film magazine Cinemascope. It subsequently garnered rave reviews around the world. "My absolute favorite [at Sundance]…[A] glorious comedy of chaos, solidarity and unsung heroism." –Jon Frosh, Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 111 min.

8:45pm

Cleveland premiere!

ÁGA

Bulgaria, France, Germany | 2018 | Milko Lazarov

The Closing Night film at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival and Bulgaria’s official entry for the 2020 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this new drama (stunningly shot on spectacular landscapes) focuses on a yurt-dwelling older couple, Nanook and Sedna, who lead a traditional life in the often frozen, northern Siberian wilderness. Aware of modern civilization but uninterested in embracing it (it spells doom for their ancient way of life), Nanook and Sedna do...

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Thursday, December 05, 2019

6:45pm

Julia Reichert: 50 Years in Film

AMERICAN FACTORY

United States | 2019 | Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar

Rust Belt, Ohio. In the husk of a huge, abandoned General Motors plant, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory, hiring 2000 blue-collar Americans and hundreds of native Chinese. Early days of hope and optimism are tested by the scale of the project and by the cultural differences between high-tech China and America’s post-industrial Midwest. Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar take us deep inside this story—and the plant itself—examining this clash of cultures and the...

9pm

Julia Reichert: 50 Years in Film. Free Admission!

THE LAST TRUCK: CLOSING OF A GM PLANT

United States | 2009 | Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar

Nominated for the 2010 Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject, Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar’s heartbreaking film chronicles the shuttering of a General Motors assembly plant in Moraine, Ohio, two days before Christmas 2008. Two thousand workers and 200 management staff were let go, and related businesses also closed, resulting in thousands more displaced workers. Beyond their jobs, the GM staff also lost the pride shared in their work and the camaraderie built over years....

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Friday, December 06, 2019

7pm

Cleveland premiere!

AMERICAN DHARMA

United Kingdom, United States | 2018 | Errol Morris

Steve Bannon, the former naval officer and Harvard-educated investment banker turned right-wing journalist and Trump White House strategist, is interviewed and scrutinized in this new film by Oscar-winning documentarian Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War). Includes many film clips; Bannon, a former movie director and producer, loves John Ford, John Wayne, and numerous classic films. “Leave[s] its audience shaken, whatever side they’re on.” –Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 100 min.

9pm

Cleveland premiere!

VARDA BY AGNÈS

France | 2019 | Agnès Varda, Didier Rouget

The final work by the late, great filmmaker who was the only distaff director associated with the French New Wave is a characteristically playful, profound, and personal summation of her own brilliant career. At once impish and wise, Varda acts as our spirit guide on a free-associative tour through her six-decade artistic journey as a photographer, moviemaker, and installation artist. She also offers her one-of-a-kind reflections on everything from filmmaking to feminism to aging. Filled...

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Saturday, December 07, 2019

5pm

Cleveland premiere!

ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE

Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Spain | 2018 | Raúl de la Fuente, Damian Nenow

Winner of the 2018 European Film Award for Best European Animated Feature Film, this unique blend of animation, archival footage, and new interviews recreates the harrowing early days of the Angolan Civil War, which began in 1975. The movie is based on a first-hand account of the conflict by esteemed Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński. “A visually striking piece of rare immediacy and power.” –Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. In English, Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish with subtitles....

6:45pm

Film Classics in 35mm! Pontecorvo Centenary. Original, Uncut Version!

QUEIMADA (BURN!)

France, Italy | 1969 | Gillo Pontecorvo

Here’s the original, uncut version of Gillo Pontecorvo’s explosive follow-up to his 1965 masterpiece Battle of Algiers—20 minutes longer than the American cut known as Burn! Marlon Brando plays Sir William Walker, a British agent provocateur sent to a Caribbean island in the mid-1800s to foment a slave revolt against the Portuguese overlords. A few years later he comes back to crush these same rebels. Pontecorvo’s visually stunning allegory of colonialism and capitalism had parallels...

9:20pm

New 4K Restoration! 50th Anniversary!

PUTNEY SWOPE

United States | 1969 | Robert Downey

An African-American “Black Power” advocate takes over a Madison Avenue ad agency—with outrageous results—in this irreverent and very funny counterculture classic by Robert Downey, Sr. (Jr.’s father), “one of our great American directors,” according to Paul Thomas Anderson. With Antonio Fargas. Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. 85 min.

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Sunday, December 08, 2019

4pm

Cleveland premiere!

VARDA BY AGNÈS

France | 2019 | Agnès Varda, Didier Rouget

The final work by the late, great filmmaker who was the only distaff director associated with the French New Wave is a characteristically playful, profound, and personal summation of her own brilliant career. At once impish and wise, Varda acts as our spirit guide on a free-associative tour through her six-decade artistic journey as a photographer, moviemaker, and installation artist. She also offers her one-of-a-kind reflections on everything from filmmaking to feminism to aging. Filled...

6:30pm

New 4K Restoration! 50th Anniversary!

PUTNEY SWOPE

United States | 1969 | Robert Downey

An African-American “Black Power” advocate takes over a Madison Avenue ad agency—with outrageous results—in this irreverent and very funny counterculture classic by Robert Downey, Sr. (Jr.’s father), “one of our great American directors,” according to Paul Thomas Anderson. With Antonio Fargas. Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. 85 min.

8:20pm

Cleveland premiere!

AMERICAN DHARMA

United Kingdom, United States | 2018 | Errol Morris

Steve Bannon, the former naval officer and Harvard-educated investment banker turned right-wing journalist and Trump White House strategist, is interviewed and scrutinized in this new film by Oscar-winning documentarian Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War). Includes many film clips; Bannon, a former movie director and producer, loves John Ford, John Wayne, and numerous classic films. “Leave[s] its audience shaken, whatever side they’re on.” –Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 100 min.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

6:30pm

New Digital Restoration! 50th Anniversary!

DUET FOR CANNIBALS

Sweden | 1969 | Susan Sontag

Essayist, novelist, critic, cinephile, and intellectual Susan Sontag made her film directorial debut with this dryly funny comedy-drama shot in Stockholm. The movie delineates a love quadrangle in which an esteemed philosopher, his eccentric wife, his male-student secretary, and the student’s fiancée engage in psychological gamesmanship and partner-swapping. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 105 min.

8:35pm

Cleveland premiere!

ATLANTICS

Belgium, France, Senegal | 2019 | Mati Diop

With this movie, her feature debut, French actress-turned-filmmaker Mati Diop (Claire Denis’ 35 Shots of Rum) became the first black female to have a movie in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival. (And it won the Grand Prix, the festival’s second most prestigious prize.) An atmospheric, supernatural romance set in contemporary Senegal, the film focuses on a young woman whose illicit lover, an exploited construction worker, forsakes her to set out for Spain...

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Friday, December 13, 2019

7pm

Cleveland premiere!

ATLANTICS

Belgium, France, Senegal | 2019 | Mati Diop

With this movie, her feature debut, French actress-turned-filmmaker Mati Diop (Claire Denis’ 35 Shots of Rum) became the first black female to have a movie in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival. (And it won the Grand Prix, the festival’s second most prestigious prize.) An atmospheric, supernatural romance set in contemporary Senegal, the film focuses on a young woman whose illicit lover, an exploited construction worker, forsakes her to set out for Spain...

9:05pm

Cleveland premiere!

GENÈSE (GENESIS)

Canada | 2018 | Philippe Lesage

The passion and pain of first love are the subjects of this acclaimed, stylish new film from Quebec—in which a boarding school student falls in love with his best friend (who may not even be gay) and his college-age half-sister faces the uneasy prospect of an open relationship with her boyfriend. “[A] vivid depiction of the all-consuming nature of nascent amour, as well as the pain, heartbreak and confusion that come with trying to channel...

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Saturday, December 14, 2019

5pm

Film Classics in 35mm for Kids & Families! Free Popcorn!

LITTLE WOMEN

United States | 1933 | George Cukor

We’re as excited as anyone to see Greta Gerwig’s take on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel about the travails of the four March sisters and their mother during the Civil War. But this 86-year-old version—starring Katharine Hepburn as Jo—is still probably the one to beat. With Joan Bennett and Paul Lukas. “Offers endless pleasure no matter how many times you’ve seen it.” –Leonard Maltin’s Movie & Video Guide. 115 min.

7:15pm

New Digital Restoration!

GREGORY’S GIRL

United Kingdom | 1980 | Bill Forsyth

In this quirky, funny, charming coming-of-age comedy that became a major audience and critical hit, the new girl at a Scottish high school joins the soccer team, igniting the imagination and passion of smitten teammate Gregory. She also embarrasses and humiliates all the boys on the squad. Voted the 30th best British film of all time in a 1999 poll conducted by the British Film Institute. Writer-director Bill Forsyth’s next feature was the equally delightful...

9:10pm

Don’t miss it!

THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO

United States | 2019 | Joe Talbot

A young African-American man dreams of reclaiming the Victorian mansion his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. This moving, poetic meditation on houses and homes, inclusion and belonging, poverty and gentrification, and friendship and family is one of the very best films of 2019. Don’t miss it. DCP. 121 min.

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

4pm

Julia Reichert: 50 Years in Film. New Digital Restoration!

SEEING RED: STORIES OF AMERICAN COMMUNISTS

United States | 1983 | Julia Reichert, Jim Klein

Julia Reichert and Jim Klein’s 1984 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature relates the forgotten history of ordinary Americans who joined the Communist Party—and of the high price many of them paid during the 1950s Red Scare. Compiling footage from more than 400 interviews with former and current Party members, the filmmakers deliver an engaging, funny portrait of a half century of Red activism and antagonism—from the Party’s salad days in the 1930s and 1940s,...

6:30pm

Don’t miss it!

THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO

United States | 2019 | Joe Talbot

A young African-American man dreams of reclaiming the Victorian mansion his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. This moving, poetic meditation on houses and homes, inclusion and belonging, poverty and gentrification, and friendship and family is one of the very best films of 2019. Don’t miss it. DCP. 121 min.

8:50pm

New Digital Restoration!

GREGORY’S GIRL

United Kingdom | 1980 | Bill Forsyth

In this quirky, funny, charming coming-of-age comedy that became a major audience and critical hit, the new girl at a Scottish high school joins the soccer team, igniting the imagination and passion of smitten teammate Gregory. She also embarrasses and humiliates all the boys on the squad. Voted the 30th best British film of all time in a 1999 poll conducted by the British Film Institute. Writer-director Bill Forsyth’s next feature was the equally delightful...

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