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Sunday, August 01, 2021

4pm

In-Theater Engagement!

NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN

Germany, Netherlands, Poland | 2020 | Malgorzata Szumowska, Michal Englert

The official Polish entry for this year's Oscar for Best Int'l Feature Film is a comedy-drama about a Russian-speaking immigrant from the East who works as a masseur in a Polish gated community, where he exerts a strange, otherworldly sway over the wealthy residents. “Somewhere between Twin Peaks and Pasolini’s Teorema." –Screen Daily. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 113 min.

6:30pm

In-Theater Exclusive!

SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS

United Kingdom | 2020 | Lisa Rovner

Laurie Anderson narrates this new documentary that profiles some of the 20th century's female pioneers of electronic music, including Delia Derbyshire, Daphne Oram, theremin virtuoso Clara Rockmore, and Wendy Carlos. Includes new and vintage interviews, wild archival film clips, and (of course) amazing music. "A vital historical corrective, inscribing the names of these women into history as the innovators, independent thinkers and trailblazers they were." –L.A. Times. DCP. 84 min.

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Friday, August 06, 2021

12am

For our online offerings

12am

Online Exclusive! Available starting 8/6.

ALL THE STREETS ARE SILENT: THE CONVERGENCE OF HIP HOP AND SKATEBOARDING (1987-1997) (virtual)

United States | 2021 | Jeremy Elkin

This new documentary looks back at the late 1980s and early 1990s in New York City, when the hip hop and skateboarding scenes cross-pollinated to create an urban style and visual language that changed American culture. With Rosario Dawson, Fred Brathwaite (Fab 5 Freddy), Darryl McDaniels (Run-DMC), et al. “If Paris Is Burning and Kids had a baby, you’d have this documentary love letter to New York—examining race, society, fashion and street culture—and full of...

12am

Online Exclusive! Available starting 8/6!

SABAYA (virtual)

Sweden | 2021 | Hogir Hirori

A group of volunteers risk their lives to free Yazidi women and girls being held by ISIS as sex slaves (sabaya) in a dangerous Syrian refugee camp in this riveting new documentary. Armed only with cell phones and pistols, these fearless infiltrators make their raids mostly at night, often accompanied by burka-clad women. Has a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes (as of 7/27). “Gripping, harrowing, superb.” –Variety. Cleveland premiere. 90 min. Sabaya, a Cinematheque...

7pm

Rescheduled from 8/6! In-Theater Exclusive! All 35mm 35th Anniversary Weekend!

YOUNG AND INNOCENT

United Kingdom | 1937 | Alfred Hitchcock

This nifty but rarely revived British Hitchcock thriller echoes The 39 Steps. A writer wrongly accused of murdering his actress lover is assisted in his flight from the law—and his search for the real killer—by the teen daughter of a policeman. Humor, suspense, and bravura sequences add up to what critic Pauline Kael deemed “pretty fair Hitchcock.” 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 35mm. 82 min.

9pm

In-Theater Exclusive! All 35mm 35th Anniversary Weekend!

AFTER HOURS

United States | 1985 | Martin Scorsese

In Martin Scorsese’s hilarious urban nightmare, a meek NY computer programmer (Griffin Dunne) has a series of menacing misadventures when he ventures into SoHo for a first date. The supporting cast is a comic rogues’ gallery: Rosanna Arquette, Tommy Chong, Linda Fiorentino, Teri Garr, Cheech Marin, Dick Miller, Catherine O’Hara, et al. “A tight and witty script and perfectly tuned performances, perilously balanced between normality and insanity…Inventive filmmaking of the first order.” –Time Out Film...

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Saturday, August 07, 2021

5pm

In-Theater Exclusive! All 35mm 35th Anniversary Weekend!

GREEN FOR DANGER

United Kingdom | 1946 | Sidney Gilliat

A four-star movie (or similarly lauded) in almost any movie book that mentions it, this witty and suspenseful comic whodunit is almost never shown theatrically in the U.S. Alastair Sim plays a cagey Scotland Yard detective who must find a murderer among the doctors and nurses at a wartime British hospital. With Trevor Howard. “A must-see classic.” –Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide. 91 min.

7pm

In-Theater Exclusive! All 35mm 35th Anniversary Weekend!

HE WHO MUST DIE

France, Italy | 1957 | Jules Dassin

The second film made in France by blacklisted-in-the-USA American director Jules Dassin (the first was Rififi) is a parable starring his future wife Melina Mercouri. Based on Nikos Kazantzakis’ novel Christ Recrucified, the movie was an acclaimed art house hit during the 1950s but is now virtually forgotten. In Turkish-occupied 1920s Greece, a village is preparing its annual Passion play when a group of weary war refugees, led by a priest, descends upon the town....

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Sunday, August 08, 2021

4pm

In-Theater Exclusive! All 35mm 35th Anniversary Weekend!

TWO WEEKS IN ANOTHER TOWN

United States | 1962 | Vincente Minnelli

Kirk Douglas plays a washed-up American movie star attempting a comeback in Rome in this overheated movie-industry melodrama set during the “Hollywood on the Tiber” era of the 1950s and 1960s. A critical disappointment and box office flop when first released, this non-musical by the great Vincente Minnelli (Meet Me in St. Louis, An American in Paris) has since grown in stature. With Edward G. Robinson, Cyd Charisse, et al. “One of [Minnelli]'s last great...

6:30pm

In-Theater Exclusive! All 35mm 35th Anniversary Weekend!

THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT

United States | 1974 | Michael Cimino

Clint Eastwood is a veteran bank robber and Jeff Bridges his young apprentice in Michael Cimino’s offbeat heist comedy that is also a moving buddy picture. This highly praised but rarely revived 1970s gem was Cimino’s directorial debut; his next two films were The Deer Hunter and Heaven’s Gate. Scope print. 115 min.

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Friday, August 13, 2021

12am

For our online offerings

12am

Online Exclusive! Available starting 8/13!

WHAT WE LEFT UNFINISHED (virtual)

Afghanistan, Qatar, United States | 2019 | Mariam Ghani

This new documentary is not about America’s War in Afghanistan, but about state-funded Afghan filmmaking during the country’s Communist era. Dozens of writers, actors, and filmmakers discuss five unfinished, unedited fictional features produced between 1978 and 1991. Their commentary about how studio politics, regime change, and threats of violence affected production are amplified by beautifully restored film clips from these never-before-seen movies. An eye-opening case study of authoritarianism and censorship, Ghani’s film ponders freedom of...

12am

Online Exclusive! Available starting 8/13!

CURIOSA (virtual)

France | 2019 | Lou Jeunet

Noémie Merlant (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) stars in this romantic roundelay set in 1895 Paris, about two young poets whose love for the same woman sparks an erotic game of cat and mouse. “Exploring the audacious topic of eroticism and the emancipation of a woman in the 19th century, the first feature film by Lou Jeunet is distinctive…Noémie Merlant [is] excellent.” –Cineuropa. Adults only! Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 107 min. Curiosa, a Cinematheque streaming...

7pm

In-Theater Exclusive!

BEGINNING

France, Georgia | 2020 | Dea Kulumbegashvili

One of the most astonishing and acclaimed films of 2020 begins with the firebombing of a Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall in a rural village in the republic of Georgia. This act of terrorism prompts the minister's wife to question not only her faith but also her servile position within this patriarchal church. Breathtaking long takes and exquisite silences enhance the movie's soul searching. "Georgia's Oscar submission uses slow-cinema tropes to inspired, devastating ends, marking its...

9:30pm

In-Theater Exclusive! Film Classics in 35mm! Charles Grodin, 1935-2021

MIDNIGHT RUN

United States | 1988 | Martin Brest

In this hilarious and thrilling cross-country chase comedy, a bounty hunter (Robert DeNiro) must escort a bail-jumping accountant and embezzler (Charles Grodin) from NY to L.A. by train and car. He soon learns that the FBI and the Mob are also after this annoying guy. The interplay between DeNiro and Grodin is priceless in this odd couple movie par excellence. 126 min.

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Saturday, August 14, 2021

5pm

In-Theater Exclusive! New 4K Restoration!

THE LADYKILLERS

United Kingdom | 1955 | Alexander Mackendrick

This classic Ealing Studios comedy—the 13th greatest British film of all time according to the British Film Institute—stars Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, and Herbert Lom (Inspector Dreyfus of the Pink Panther movies) as three members of a five-man criminal gang planning a payroll heist. Posing as classical musicians, these low-life thugs rent rooms from a sweet old lady, sharing her ramshackle house while planning the caper. This new 4K restoration was made from the original...

7pm

In-Theater Exclusive! Film Classics in 35mm! Charles Grodin, 1935-2021

MIDNIGHT RUN

United States | 1988 | Martin Brest

In this hilarious and thrilling cross-country chase comedy, a bounty hunter (Robert DeNiro) must escort a bail-jumping accountant and embezzler (Charles Grodin) from NY to L.A. by train and car. He soon learns that the FBI and the Mob are also after this annoying guy. The interplay between DeNiro and Grodin is priceless in this odd couple movie par excellence. 126 min.

15

Sunday, August 15, 2021

4:15pm

In-Theater Exclusive! New 4K Restoration!

THE LADYKILLERS

United Kingdom | 1955 | Alexander Mackendrick

This classic Ealing Studios comedy—the 13th greatest British film of all time according to the British Film Institute—stars Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, and Herbert Lom (Inspector Dreyfus of the Pink Panther movies) as three members of a five-man criminal gang planning a payroll heist. Posing as classical musicians, these low-life thugs rent rooms from a sweet old lady, sharing her ramshackle house while planning the caper. This new 4K restoration was made from the original...

6:30pm

In-Theater Exclusive! 35th Anniversary Special Event!

A RIVER CALLED TITAS

Bangladesh, India | 1973 | Ritwik Ghatak

Voted the best Bangladeshi film of all time by both critics and moviegoers polled by the British Film Institute in 2002, Ritwik Ghatak’s elegiac epic focuses on the lives of fishermen on the banks of the Titas River in pre-Partition East Bengal. The eventful plot begins when one fisherman marries a young woman from another village and she is soon after abducted by river bandits. Yet Ghatak’s focus is not on melodrama but on the...

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

7pm

Rescheduled from 8/6! In-Theater Exclusive! All 35mm 35th Anniversary Weekend!

YOUNG AND INNOCENT

United Kingdom | 1937 | Alfred Hitchcock

This nifty but rarely revived British Hitchcock thriller echoes The 39 Steps. A writer wrongly accused of murdering his actress lover is assisted in his flight from the law—and his search for the real killer—by the teen daughter of a policeman. Humor, suspense, and bravura sequences add up to what critic Pauline Kael deemed “pretty fair Hitchcock.” 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 35mm. 82 min.

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Friday, August 20, 2021

12am

For our online offerings

12am

Online Exclusive! Available starting 8/20!

DRAMARAMA (virtual)

United States | 2020 | Jonathan Wysocki

This funny, nostalgic debut feature is set in Escondido, CA, at the end of summer, 1994. Five high school drama friends prepare their final murder mystery slumber party before leaving for college. One of the five, Gene, wants to come out at this last get-together, but is terrified of what his four sheltered Christian companions might think. Dramarama is a poignant love letter to drama nerds, late bloomers, and the intense friendships of youth. “Executes...

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Saturday, August 21, 2021

5pm

In-Theater Exclusive!

STATE FUNERAL

Lithuania, Netherlands | 2019 | Sergei Loznitsa

The "Great Farewell" to Joseph Stalin, who ruled the Soviet Union from 1927 until his death on 3/5/53, is the subject of this new found-footage documentary from the Ukrainian director of My Joy. Unique color archival footage from March 1953, most of it previously unseen, presents Stalin's funeral, which was attended by tens of thousands, as the culmination of the dictator's cult of personality. With Nikita Khrushchev, Stalin's eventual successor. "A categorically weird, thrillingly immersive...

7:30pm

Producer in Person 8/26!

CRYPTOZOO

United States | 2021 | Dash Shaw

The psychedelic new animated feature from the maker of 2016’s My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea tells of a newly opened sanctuary for folkloric and mythological creatures (cryptids) from around the world. But a search for a missing baku (a pig-like, dream-eating Japanese beast) uncovers a nefarious government plot involving these fantastical critters. The hip voice cast includes Lake Bell, Michael Cera, Zoe Kazan, Alex Karpovsky, Peter Stormare, Thomas Jay Ryan, and Grace...

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Sunday, August 22, 2021

4pm

In-Theater Exclusive!

STATE FUNERAL

Lithuania, Netherlands | 2019 | Sergei Loznitsa

The "Great Farewell" to Joseph Stalin, who ruled the Soviet Union from 1927 until his death on 3/5/53, is the subject of this new found-footage documentary from the Ukrainian director of My Joy. Unique color archival footage from March 1953, most of it previously unseen, presents Stalin's funeral, which was attended by tens of thousands, as the culmination of the dictator's cult of personality. With Nikita Khrushchev, Stalin's eventual successor. "A categorically weird, thrillingly immersive...

7pm

In-Theater Exclusive! Film Classics in 35mm!

2046

China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy | 2004 | Wong Kar-wai

A major feature we were unable to include in our recent virtual retrospective “The World of Wong Kar-wai,” this “sequel” to Wong’s In the Mood for Love is a rueful, romantic meditation on love, loss, time, and memory. Tony Leung reprises his role from the earlier film; he plays a Hong Kong pulp writer and serial womanizer who spends the early 1960s with a string of ravishing women (played by Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Maggie...

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

6:45pm

Producer in Person 8/26!

CRYPTOZOO

United States | 2021 | Dash Shaw

The psychedelic new animated feature from the maker of 2016’s My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea tells of a newly opened sanctuary for folkloric and mythological creatures (cryptids) from around the world. But a search for a missing baku (a pig-like, dream-eating Japanese beast) uncovers a nefarious government plot involving these fantastical critters. The hip voice cast includes Lake Bell, Michael Cera, Zoe Kazan, Alex Karpovsky, Peter Stormare, Thomas Jay Ryan, and Grace...

27

Friday, August 27, 2021

12am

For our online offerings

12am

Online Exclusive! Available starting 8/27!

USEDOM: A CLEAR VIEW OF THE SEA (virtual)

Germany | 2017 | Heinz Brinkmann

For Berliners, the Baltic island of Usedom was once the most luxurious destination for excursions within striking distance of the city. This is where imperial Germany’s grand health resorts were built. In his new documentary, director Heinz Brinkmann, who was born on Usedom, traces the eventful history of his island—talking about the magnificent villas on Europe’s longest beach promenade, about the expulsion of Jews by the Nazis, and about Usedom being split into a German...

7pm

In-Theater Exclusive!

SWIMMING OUT TILL THE SEA TURNS BLUE

China | 2020 | Jia Zhangke

In his new film, the master Chinese director of Ash Is Purest White and A Touch of Sin interviews three prominent authors—Jia Pingwa, Yu Hua, and Liang Hong—about the changes in Chinese society since 1949. Through their stories, we hear of the dire circumstances they faced in their rural villages and small towns, and of the substantial political effort undertaken to address them, from the social revolution of the 1950s through the unrest of the...

9:30pm

Rescheduled! In-Theater Exclusive! Film Classics in 35mm!

CAR WASH

United States | 1976 | Michael Schultz

Richard Pryor, Franklyn Ajaye, George Carlin, Irwin Corey, Ivan Dixon, Antonio Fargas, Garrett Morris, the Pointer Sisters, and others star in this episodic comedy about a day in the life of an L.A. car wash. Rose Royce performs the hit theme song. “Amazingly sprightly…Highly enjoyable.” –Time Out Film Guide. 97 min.

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

5pm

In-Theater Exclusive!

SWIMMING OUT TILL THE SEA TURNS BLUE

China | 2020 | Jia Zhangke

In his new film, the master Chinese director of Ash Is Purest White and A Touch of Sin interviews three prominent authors—Jia Pingwa, Yu Hua, and Liang Hong—about the changes in Chinese society since 1949. Through their stories, we hear of the dire circumstances they faced in their rural villages and small towns, and of the substantial political effort undertaken to address them, from the social revolution of the 1950s through the unrest of the...

7:30pm

In-Theater Exclusive!

DAYS

France, Taiwan | 2020 | Tsai Ming-liang

One of the great star-director collaborations in screen history—filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang (Stray Dogs, Goodbye Dragon Inn, The Hole) and his muse Lee Kang-sheng—continues in this exquisite new work. Boasting Tsai's signature long takes, lack of action, and extended silences (the movie has no subtitles because none are needed), Days focuses on two men of different stations in life. One (Lee) is a lonely, middle-aged, Chinese home owner suffering from chronic headaches and neck pains. The...

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Sunday, August 29, 2021

4pm

In-Theater Exclusive!

DAYS

France, Taiwan | 2020 | Tsai Ming-liang

One of the great star-director collaborations in screen history—filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang (Stray Dogs, Goodbye Dragon Inn, The Hole) and his muse Lee Kang-sheng—continues in this exquisite new work. Boasting Tsai's signature long takes, lack of action, and extended silences (the movie has no subtitles because none are needed), Days focuses on two men of different stations in life. One (Lee) is a lonely, middle-aged, Chinese home owner suffering from chronic headaches and neck pains. The...

7pm

Rescheduled! In-Theater Exclusive! Film Classics in 35mm!

CAR WASH

United States | 1976 | Michael Schultz

Richard Pryor, Franklyn Ajaye, George Carlin, Irwin Corey, Ivan Dixon, Antonio Fargas, Garrett Morris, the Pointer Sisters, and others star in this episodic comedy about a day in the life of an L.A. car wash. Rose Royce performs the hit theme song. “Amazingly sprightly…Highly enjoyable.” –Time Out Film Guide. 97 min.

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