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Though our theatrical screenings are suspended indefinitely, these films can be viewed online now. Watching them through the links below supports the Cinematheque! New titles will be added every week.

African Violet

Iran | 2019 | Mona Zandi Haghighi

In this humanistic Iranian gem that has a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a middle-aged married woman learns that her children have moved their father (her former husband) into a nursing home. Taking pity on her ex, she decides to care for him in her own house—thus transforming her relationship with her second husband. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 93 min.    

African Violet, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 9/11 thru at least 10/1 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and after opening the film, you have 48 hours to watch it.  

https://watch.eventive.org/africanviolet/play/5f4d5fcd6df75e004502eed3 

Beau Travail

France | 1999 | Claire Denis

Here’s a new 4K restoration of the film now widely regarded as Claire Denis’ masterpiece. Inspired by Melville’s Billy Budd and set among French Foreign Legionnaires in Djibouti, East Africa, the movie focuses on a drill sergeant (Denis Lavant) obsessed with a sterling young recruit (Grégoire Colin) he’s trying to destroy. Balletic and sensual, fraught with repressed desire and ruinous jealousy, the movie exposes military and masculine codes of honor and the legacy of colonialism to the harsh light of the scorching desert sun. The title translates as “good work.” Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. 90 min.

Beau Travail, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 9/4 thru at least 9/24 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and after opening the film, you have 72 hours to watch it.   

https://watch.eventive.org/beautravail/play/5f482108ef8670008de48eb5 

Buoyancy

Australia | 2019 | Rodd Rathjen

This taut thriller, Australia’s official entry for the 2020 Oscar for Best International Film, tells of a Cambodian teen who sneaks away to Bangkok to make money working in a factory, but ends up an abducted, abused slave on a Thai fishing trawler. "An edge-of-your-seat adventure tale with social punch." –Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. Khmer and Thai with subtitles. 93 min.  

Buoyancy, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 9/11 thru at least 10/1 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and after opening the film, you have five days to watch it.  

http://kinomarquee.com/film/buoyancy/5f454c19b1a14d0001946a3b/cleveland-cinematheque

A Chef’s Voyage

USA | 2020 | Rémi Anfosso

In this mouth-watering new documentary, James Beard award-winning chef David Kinch, who also won an Emmy (for The Mind of a Chef), along with a team from his Michelin 3-star restaurant Manresa, travel from California to France to collaborate with three legendary French chefs at their iconic restaurants in Paris, Provence, and Marseille. But given customs and security, jetlag, deadlines, and a language barrier, how difficult can it be to bring gourmet California cuisine to Europe by staging five dinners and four lunches in ten days? “A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of one of America’s upper-echelon restaurants—and a tour through the heart of bucolic Provence, bustling Paris, and the gorgeous coastline of Marseille.” –Forbes. “Part rock doc, part Chef’s Table.” –Atlanta Journal Constitution. Cleveland premiere. 90 min.  

A Chef’s Voyage, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 9/18 thru at least 10/8 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $10, and after opening the film, you have 72 hours to watch it. 

https://watch.firstrunfeatures.com/products/a-chef-s-voyage-at-the-cleveland-cinematheque 

Creating a Character: The Moni Yakim Legacy

USA | 2018 | Rauzar Alexander

What do Viola Davis, Adam Driver, Jessica Chastain, and Patti LuPone have in common? They are but a few of the extraordinary performers who have studied under the renowned acting teacher Moni Yakim at Juilliard, America's greatest performing arts school, where Yakim is the last remaining founder of the legendary Drama Division. The movie takes us inside drama classes where Moni and his wife Mina pour their love and passion into preparing the next generation of actors for the spotlight. Features interviews with Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Kline, and others. "A love letter to a teacher who shaped the futures of so many wonderful actors, and who is an incredible performer in his own right."  —Film Threat. Cleveland premiere. 78 min. 

Creating a Character: The Moni Yakim Legacy, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be watched online from 6/19 thru 10/1 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $10, and after renting the film, you have 72 hours to watch it. 

https://watch.firstrunfeatures.com/products/creating-a-character-at-the-cleveland-cinematheque

Critical Thinking

USA | 2020 | John Leguizamo

In this inspiring comedy-drama based on a true story, John Leguizamo (making his theatrical directorial debut) plays a Cuban-American teacher in Miami who leads a group of underprivileged Black and Latinx high school students to the U.S. National Chess Championship. Cleveland premiere. 117 min.   

Critical Thinking, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 9/4 thru at least 9/24 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $6.99, and after opening the film, you have 48 hours to watch it.  

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/ciacriticalthinking

Driven to Abstraction

USA | 2019 | Daria Price

This new documentary delves into one of the greatest art hoaxes of modern times—the 80-million-dollar sale, over a 15-year-period, of a series of fake abstract expressionist paintings by Knoedler, New York City's oldest and most venerable art gallery. It's an incredible, stranger-than-fiction tale of forgery, self-delusion, and greed. Cleveland premiere. 84 min.  

Driven to Abstraction, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 8/28 thru at least 10/1 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and after opening the film, you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://grasshopperfilm.vhx.tv/products/cleveland-cinema-presents-driven-to-abstraction 

Fantastic Fungi

United States | 2019 | Louie Schwartzberg

One of the most unexpected art house hits of 2019—and our most popular movie of all time—is a mind-blowing, beautifully photographed look at the world of mushrooms and how they can help save the planet. With Paul Stamets, Michael Pollan, and Andrew Weil; narrated by Brie Larson. 81 min.

Fantastic Fungi, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be watched online thru 10/1 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $4.99 to rent or $14.99 to buy, and after renting the film, you have 48 hours to watch it.

http://vimeo.com/ondemand/clevelandcinematheque

Faust

Czech Republic/France/Britain/Germany | 1994 | Jan Švankmajer

The second feature (after 1988’s Alice) by the great Czech animator and surrealist Jan Švankmajer is a witty, macabre version of the famous story of a man who sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for years of material gain. Borrowing from both Marlowe and Goethe, Švankmajer tells the tale through a singular combination of claymation, stop-motion animation, life-size puppets, live action, and special effects. It’s not appropriate for children. “Galvanizes the mind and astonishes the eye. In a word, magic.” –Time Out Film Guide. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. 97 min.    

Faust, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 9/18 thru at least 10/8 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $10, and after opening the film, you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://kimstimvirtual.vhx.tv/products/faust-at-cleveland-cinematheque 

From the Vine

Italy/Canada | 2019 | Sean Cisterna

In this uplifting celebration of heritage and happiness, a beleaguered CEO (veteran character actor Joe Pantoliano) quits the corporate rat race and impulsively moves to his childhood hometown in Italy—where his grandfather’s neglected vineyard awaits. “Pantoliano gives a curious edge to the film, turning a stock hero into something a titch more complicated and compelling.” –Toronto Globe and Mail. Cleveland premiere. Some subtitles. 94 min.  

From the Vine, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 9/4 thru at least 9/24 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and after opening the film, you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://samuelgoldwynfilms.vhx.tv/checkout/from-the-vine-cleveland-cinematheque/purchase

Ghost Tropic

Belgium/Netherlands | 2019 | Bas Devos

Bas (Violet) Devos’ dreamy new film was one of the best movies streamed in this year’s Cleveland Int’l Film Festival. One night after work, a 58-year-old cleaning woman living in Brussels falls asleep on the last subway train, missing her stop and waking up at the end of the line. Forced to walk home, she embarks on a nocturnal odyssey that’s surprisingly short on menace and long on poetry and humanity as she encounters a variety of urban night owls. “Stunning…A delicate miniature that’s magnificently humanist, occasionally amusing and shot in a palette of rich, saturated nighttime hues.” –Holllywood Reporter. Subtitles. 85 min.  

Ghost Tropic, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 8/28 thru at least 10/1 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and after opening the film, you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://cinemaguild.vhx.tv/checkout/ghost-tropic-cleveland-cinematheque/purchase

God of the Piano

Israel | 2019 | Itay Tal

In this gripping and surprising new drama, Anat (Naama Preis), a concert pianist who has failed to live up to the expectations of her competitive, musically accomplished family, takes desperate measures to assure that her newborn son does not grow up to do the same. "This stylish first feature negotiates its themes—the overlap between parental ambition and borderline abuse, what it means to be labeled ‘gifted’—with the same control and precision that Anat and her family bring to their chosen profession... The result is genuinely impressive: this is storytelling which is as enigmatic as it is compelling.” –Screen Daily. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 80 min.   

God of the Piano, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 9/18 thru at least 10/8 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and after opening the film, you have 72 hours to watch it.

http://fmplus.video/clevelandcinematheque-godofthepiano

The Hole

Taiwan/France | 1998 | Tsai Ming-liang

This apocalyptic masterpiece that was one of the most original films of the 1990s has a new relevance for our polarized, pandemic-paralyzed age. In an unnamed city emptied out by an epidemic and assailed by endless rain, a lonely young man living in a crumbling apartment building begins a tentative, initially adversarial relationship with the solitary woman below him through a hole in his floor/her ceiling. The movie's drab, damp atmosphere is buoyed by dry wit and colorful, tuneful, retro musical interludes. Cleveland revival premiere. Mandarin with subtitles. 95 min.  

The Hole, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 9/4 thru at least 9/24 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $8, and after opening the film, you have 72 hours to watch it. 

https://bigworldpictures.vhx.tv/products/the-hole-the-cleveland-cinematheque 

House of Cardin

USA/France | 2019 | David Ebersole, Todd Hughes

The new documentary by the directors of Room 237 and Mansfield 66/67 takes an in-depth look at storied designer Pierre Cardin, now 98, and his decades-long impact on fashion and society. With Naomi Campbell, Sharon Stone, et al. Subtitles. 95 min.  

House of Cardin, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 9/4 thru at least 9/24 via the link below. Enter the code “cleveland.” (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee (after entering the code) is $10, and after opening the film, you have 48 hours to watch it.  

www.altavod.com/content/house-of-cardin 
**Promotional Code (must be used): cleveland

Made in Bangladesh

France/Bangladesh/Denmark/Portugal | 2019 | Rubaiyat Hossain

Norma Rae meets Satyajit Ray! A multiple award winner at numerous festivals, this humanistic movie focuses on a Bangladeshi textile worker who tries to organize a union at her RMG (Ready Made Garment) factory. “An urgent cry for workers' rights, and a vision of feminist solidarity in the face of overwhelming opposition.” –CinemaScope. Cleveland premiere. Bengali with subtitles. 95 min.  

Made in Bangladesh, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 9/4 thru at least 9/24 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $10, and after opening the film, you have 48 hours to watch it.  

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/clevelandcmib

Meeting the Beatles in India

Canada | 2020 | Paul Satlzman

In 1968, future Emmy-winning filmmaker Paul Saltzman was a distraught young man who traveled to Rishikesh, India, to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in order to heal his broken heart. By chance, his stay at the ashram overlapped with the time the Beatles were there, so he spent several days hanging out with the Fab Four and their extended party (which included Mia Farrow, Donovan, and Mike Love) at the height of their worldwide fame. Saltzman looks back on that magical time on the banks of the Ganges in this film that includes 40 of his personal photos never-before-seen in any other Beatles movie. Produced by David Lynch, who also appears; narrated by Morgan Freeman. Cleveland premiere. 82 min.  

Meeting the Beatles in India, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 9/11 thru at least 10/1 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and after opening the film, you have 24 hours to watch it.  

https://www.gathr.pro/QL3F2/2CTPL/ 

Mr. SOUL!

USA | 2018 | Melissa Haizlip

Before Oprah, before Arsenio, there was Ellis Haizlip, a hip, smart, political, gay Black man who produced and hosted the groundbreaking WNET/PBS program Soul! from 1968 to 1973. Conceived as a Black "Tonight Show," this Emmy-winning entertainment/variety/talk show brought a staggering number of iconic African American artists and thinkers (Muhammad Ali, James Baldwin, Jesse Jackson, Toni Morrison, Sidney Poitier, Stevie Wonder, et al.) into America's living rooms, guaranteeing that the revolution would be televised. Mr. SOUL!, an award-winning, clip- and recollection-filled new documentary by Haizlip's niece, traces the history of this seminal series from its innovative beginnings to its demise over lack of funding. “A rich and illuminating piece of cultural history.” –Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. 99 min.  

Mr. SOUL!, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 8/28 thru at least 10/1 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and after opening the film, you have 48 hours to watch it.  

https://watch.eventive.org/mrsoul/play/5f31a9988219440053c30eca 

Moroni for President

USA | 2018 | Saila Huusko, Jasper Rischen

In this eye-opening, often humorous documentary, Moroni Benally, a young, gay, Mormon academic with radical ideas, runs for the presidency of the Navajo Nation. His long-shot quest to become perhaps the most powerful Native American in North America reveals surprising parallels with the U.S.’s current political climate. “A compelling look at the LGBTQ community within the Navajo nation, and how politics are navigated from a community being controlled by the outside." –The Advocate. Cleveland premiere. 76 min.   

Moroni for President, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 9/11 thru at least 10/1 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $10, and after opening the film, you have 48 hours to watch it.  

https://tickets.frameline.org/websales/pages/info.aspx?evtinfo=683472~1e6f9d51-b577-4dfd-b5f0-e48935c97d7d&epguid=86f8b585-e811-4f22-aac1-4b407c7a6c80&

Rialto

Ireland/UK | 2019 | Peter Mackie Burns

This sensitively written and beautifully acted drama boasts a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. After his toxic father dies and his emotional life begins to unravel, a middle-aged Dublin dockworker with an upstanding wife and two teen children turns for solace to a male hustler less than half his age. With Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Tom Glynn-Carney; Mark O’Halloran adapted his award-winning play Trade. “An intimate portrait of masculine crisis, illuminated by two extraordinary central performances.” –Variety. Cleveland premiere. 90 min.  

Rialto, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 9/18 thru at least 10/8 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $10, and after opening the film, you have 24 hours to watch it.  

 https://watch.eventive.org/rialto/play/5f5fcbe344420c005be36217 

Sibyl

France/Belgium | 2019 | Justine Triet

Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color) and Sandra Hüller (Toni Erdmann) star in this blackly comic, supremely entertaining character study about a psychotherapist, Sibyl (Virginie Efira), who decides to quit her practice and take up fiction writing, mining her patients’ problems for lurid details. Despite this, she flounders for inspiration until she meets a sultry but insecure young actress who’s shooting a movie and having an affair with her male co-star. The action of this film within the film begins to conflate with Sibyl’s own dreams and ambitions, as well as with her earlier life. “It’s about as French as you can get…Triet handles the material gracefully and altogether skillfully.” –Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 100 min. 

Sibyl, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 9/11 thru at least 10/1 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $10, and after opening the film, you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://watch.eventive.org/sibyl/play/5f52b1aaac399c00777ac03b 

#UNFIT: The Psychology of Donald Trump

USA | 2020 | Dan Partland

In this new film, mental health professionals analyze the behavior, psyche, condition, and stability of Donald Trump as they try to gauge whether he is fit to hold the office of President of the United States. Maybe you’ve already answered that question for yourself and feel you don’t need to see this movie. But do you know about the Goldwater Rule from 1964? Or the Tarasoff Rule? Or how Trump behaves on the golf course?  "An incisive documentary with freshly perceptive nuances." —Variety.  83 min.

#Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 9/4 thru at least 10/1 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $10, and after opening the film, you have 24 hours to watch it. 

https://watch.eventive.org/unfit/play/5f514b1c4fc34a003022798f 

Producers' disclaimer:  #UNFIT is NOT politically motivated; it does not advocate for policy issues or take a stance on matters of state. The film is also NOT intended to offer a formal diagnosis nor recommend treatment. This film speaks only to the collective welfare of Americans, and the world. It is rooted in science, and espoused by experts that include doctors whose sole motivation is their Duty to Warn. 

Vinyl Nation

USA | 2020 | Christopher Boone, Kevin Smokler

This new documentary explores the renewed popularity of vinyl records, the diversity of vinyl collectors, and what it all means for America today. "Rating 9/10...Lively, engaging." –Film Threat. Cleveland premiere. 92 min.    

Vinyl Nation, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 8/28 thru at least 10/1 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $12, and after opening the film, you have 72 hours to watch it.

https://vinylnation.vhx.tv/buy/cleveland-cinematheque-presents-vinyl-nation 

The Wall of Mexico

USA/Mexico | 2019 | Zachary Cotler, Magdalena Zyzak

In this social satire that wryly reverses current political concerns, a wealthy Mexican-American family living in the American Southwest builds a massive wall around their ranch, in order to safeguard their artesian well from poor white people in the area. “[A] provocative fable.” –Hollywood Reporter. With Jackson Rathbone, Esai Morales, Xander Berkeley, Moises Arias. Cleveland premiere. 110 min.    

The Wall of Mexico, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 9/18 thru at least 10/8 via the link below. (Doing so supports the Cinematheque.) Screening fee is $10, and after opening the film, you have 24 hours to watch it.  

https://watch.eventive.org/thewallofmexico/play/5f5fc7d805e5c600297976bd 


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Yes, we’ve relaxed our stringent presentation standards during our current coronavirus quarantine and closure. Though we still believe that movies are properly seen only in theaters (especially true in the case of the great, unusual, and special ones that the Cinematheque shows), we also believe that moviegoers should not have to jeopardize their health to view them that way.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with a number of our longtime film suppliers to allow temporary streaming of their movies on a unique revenue-sharing basis. When you rent one of the films listed on this page (accessing it through the Cleveland Cinematheque link), the fee you pay will be split between us and the film company. (The money is much needed on both ends). This arrangement allows distributors to keep releasing new films and restored classics to art houses like the Cinematheque while the nation’s theatrical exhibition network is offline.

We know that watching films at home is not the same as watching them on the big screen, with big sound, in our Peter B. Lewis Theater. But don’t feel guilty about compromising your own standards. You’re supporting us by streaming these movies, so we forgive you for aligning yourself right now with “the competition,” at-home viewing. (To be honest, we’re paying to watch these same films—and dealing with the same intermittent technical issues—from our own homes during this time.) We can all resume being cinema purists when this crisis is over.

Just don’t become too enamored of watching art films from your couch. We want you to return to the Cinematheque after the COVID-19 cloud passes. So go ahead and frequent our online multiplex and enjoy “virtual cinema” as often as you can. But always remember that “virtual” is the operative word. With your help, we will resume showing real movies in a real theater (where they will look, sound, and play the way they should) when this crisis subsides.

—John Ewing, Cinematheque Director