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Support the Cinematheque from home!

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

Previous virtual offerings may still be available to stream. See Film Schedule pages for titles, descriptions, and links.

17 Blocks

USA | 2019 | Davy Rothbart

 For 20 years, the African-American Sanford family of Washington, DC filmed their daily lives in a dangerous neighborhood located only 17 blocks from the U.S. Capitol. The result is this remarkable document made in conjunction with filmmaker/journalist Davy Rothbart. In it, we meet and follow Emmanuel, a student; his brother Smurf, a drug dealer; his sister Denice, an aspiring cop; and his mother Cheryl, who battles her own demons while her family fights poverty, addiction, and gun violence. Has a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 96 min.   

17 Blocks, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 2/19 thru at least 3/11 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $12, and you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://watch.eventive.org/17blocks/play/60243af69c9e2b003d0ae199 

In addition to the feature, there will be a pre-recorded Q&A with director Davy Rothbart available for all ticket buyers.

76 Days

UK | 2020 | Weixi Chen, Hao Wu, Anonymous

The early days of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China, are wrenchingly rendered in this much-lauded new documentary that reveals not only the heroic work performed in four hospitals but also some of the individual human stories that unfolded during the 76-day lockdown of this city of 11 million people. “[A] remarkable front-line report…An emotional-wringer.” –Hollywood Reporter. “One of the best I saw via Toronto.” –Manohla Dargis, NY Times. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 93 min. 

76 Days, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 12/4 thru at least 3/4 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://watch.eventive.org/76days/play/5fbf1b300dc147009a6c17dd

Another Round

Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands | 2020 | Thomas Vinterberg

Mads Mikkelsen stars in this comedy-drama by Dogme 95 co-founder Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration). His new film focuses on four men, all dissatisfied high school teachers, who decide to test a prominent psychologist’s theory that human beings would be more creative, happier, and relaxed with a constant level of alcohol in their blood. So they begin to drink… “An engaging tribute to friendship, family and bacchanalian hedonism in moderation.” –Hollywood Reporter. “Pop some champagne…The feelgood film of this or any festival has arrived.” –Times (UK). Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 117 min.

Another Round, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online thru at least 3/18 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://samuelgoldwynfilms.vhx.tv/products/another-round-cleveland-cinematheque

Atlantis

Ukraine | 2019 | Valentyn Vasyanovych

Ukraine’s official submission for this year’s Oscar for Best Int’l Feature Film is set in 2025, after a war with Russia has left the country bombed-out and economically and environmentally devastated. An ex-soldier with PTSD occupies his time with a variety of jobs and activities—from hauling drinking water to burying the war dead—while trying to adjust to peacetime life. “A strong piece of poetically pure art-house cinema that offers a ray of hope for humanity’s future.” –Variety. “A remarkable piece of filmmaking from an exciting emerging Eastern European voice…Stunning to watch.” –Screen Daily. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 108 min.  

Atlantis, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 1/29 thru at least 3/4 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $12, and you have 72 hours to watch it. NOTE: This movie is not part of the four-film package of 2021 Best Int’l Feature Film Oscar submissions being released during January by Film Movement.    

https://projectr.tv/movie/cleveland_cinematheque_presents/atlantis/?theater=46

Children of Paradise

France | 1945 | Marcel Carné

For Valentine’s Day: the sumptuous romantic epic that 600 French film critics and movie professionals, in a 1995 poll, voted the greatest French film of all time! Made during WWII under the German occupation, this lavish spectacle (written by Jacques Prévert) is set in the teeming theater district of 1828 Paris. There the serene, mysterious actress and courtesan Garance (Arletty) is loved and wooed by four different men—a mime (Jean-Louis Barrault), an actor (Pierre Brasseur), a thief (Marcel Herrand), and an aristocrat (Louis Salou). Their lives intersect in interesting ways over the film’s 3+ hour running time. Subtitles. 190 min.   

Children of Paradise, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 2/12 thru at least 3/4 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $12, and you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://watch.eventive.org/childrenofparadise/play/6022d9e0739f0e004ccb8b39 

Collective

Romania/Luxembourg | 2019 | Alexander Nanau

Romania’s official entry for Best Int’l Feature Film at the 2021 Academy Awards is a gripping nonfiction thriller that serves as a potent paean to investigative journalism. In the movie, whistleblowers, newspaper reporters, government officials, and burn victims help to uncover deadly corruption within Romania’s healthcare industry in the wake of 2015’s Colectiv nightclub fire. (The Bucharest catastrophe killed or injured over 200 people.) “A full on masterpiece.” –Rolling Stone. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 109 min. 

Collective, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online thru at least 3/18 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://watch.eventive.org/collective/play/5fa9a7d0718be40095f9967c

Days of the Bagnold Summer

UK | 2019 | Simon Bird

After his plans to spend summer in Florida with his dad go south, a bored, belligerent, black-clad British teen who’s into heavy metal and little else must reluctantly spend his six weeks’ vacation in England with his single mom, a lonely librarian. Rob Brydon co-stars in this funny, touching comedy based on Joff Winterhart's graphic novel, with a soundtrack by Belle & Sebastian. “Laugh-out-loud funny with a big heart.” –Mark Kermode. Cleveland premiere. 86 min.    

Days of the Bagnold Summer, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 2/19 thru at least 3/11 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $9.99, and you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://watch.eventive.org/bagnoldsummer/play/601c2b4e74ba7c0063c6ca75 

Dear Comrades!

Russia | 2020 | Andrei Konchalovsky

Russia’s official submission for this year’s Oscar for Best Int’l Feature Film exposes a long-suppressed Khrushchev-era atrocity—a 1962 massacre of striking factory workers in a small Russian industrial town. Shot in b&w and in the old 4x3 aspect ratio, this powerful historical drama (which is not without dark humor) relays the events through the eyes of a mother who is a loyal Communist Party apparatchik. From the veteran director of Runaway Train and Siberiade. “Perversely beautiful and coldly furious…Meticulous and majestic, epic in scope and tattoo-needle intimate in effect…Excoriating proof that not all filmmakers are made sloppy or slipshod by anger.” –Variety. “Konchalovsky’s masterpiece.” –The New Yorker. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 120 min.  

Dear Comrades!, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 1/29 thru at least 3/18 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $4.99, and you have 72 hours to watch it. NOTE: This movie is not part of the four-film package of 2021 Best Int’l Feature Film Oscar submissions being released during January by Film Movement.    

https://watch.neonrated.com/film/cleveland-cinematheque-presents-dear-comrades/ 

Demonlover

France/Mexico/Japan | 2002 | Olivier Assayas

In this newly restored techno-thriller from the director of Irma VepSummer Hours, and Personal Shopper, Connie Nielsen plays a corporate mole working to undermine a deal between two multinational conglomerates trying to control the internet market for 3-D hentai (pornographic Japanese animation and graphic novels)But industrial espionage is so rampant that she can’t trust her co-workers, or anyone really. Soon she finds herself on very dangerous ground—almost a character in a virtual reality game. This complex, mind-bending movie was originally likened to Mulholland Drive and Fight Club. Unrated director’s cut. With Chloë Sevigny, Charles Berling, and Gina Gershon; soundtrack by Sonic Youth. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. 122 min. 

Demonlover, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 2/19 thru at least 3/11 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $12, and you have 72 hours to watch it.  

http://watch.eventive.org/demonlover/play/602e9fd827a0890c45daccd2 

Un Film Dramatique

France | 2019 | Éric Baudelaire

A class of 21 multicultural middle schoolers on the outskirts of Paris use video cameras to record their perspectives on current socio-political concerns—from ethnicity and discrimination to immigration and elections—in this refreshing nonfiction film that is both purposeful and playful. Shot over four years, this intimate, enlightening project was overseen by the 2019 recipient of France’s prestigious Marcel Duchamp prize, Éric Baudelaire. “[A] rare film that conveys the capacious lyricism we tend to associate with the cinema of Agnès Varda. This is one of the year’s very best.” –Cinema Scope. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 114 min.    

Un Film Dramatique, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 2/26 thru at least 3/18 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $12 and you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://cinemaguild.vhx.tv/checkout/un-film-dramatique-cleveland-cinematheque/purchase

A First Farewell

China |  2018 | Lina Wang

The plight of China’s Muslim Uyghur minority—and of families everywhere—is explored in this affecting, beautifully photographed tale of three Uyghur elementary school children in a rural farming community who are forced to adapt to China’s Mandarin-language educational system. The non-professional actors are superb. “A subtle yet incisive look at how China's Muslim minority grapples with the pressure to ditch their own culture and conform to the social norms of the day.” –Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 86 min. 

A First Farewell, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 2/26 thru at least 3/18 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $10 and you have 24 hours to watch it.  

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/aaf03 

Food Club

Denmark | 2020 | Barbara Topsøe-Rothenborg

Three mature Danish women, girlfriends since elementary school, find their lives transformed when they take a cooking course in Italy. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 98 min.  

Food Club, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 2/12 thru at least 3/4 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $12, and you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://samuelgoldwynfilms.vhx.tv/products/food-club-cleveland-cinematheque

A Glitch in the Matrix

USA | 2020 | Rodney Ascher

The new nonfiction film from Rodney Ascher, director of Room 237 (about Kubrick’s The Shining), is an investigation of “simulation theory,” which posits that the world as we know it is not real but a computer simulation controlled—or played—by a super-intelligent, unknowable entity. Ascher dives down a rabbit hole of science, philosophy, and paranoia to explore this mind-bending idea, referencing Philip K. Dick, Minefield, and The Matrix along the way. His film also features visionary Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom, who has popularized the “simulation hypothesis”. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 109 min.  

A Glitch in the Matrix, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 2/5 thru at least 3/11 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $12, and you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://watch.eventive.org/aglitchinthematrix/play/6011d217988238009bf19c41 

Identifying Features

Mexico/Spain | 2020 | Fernanda Valadez

Winner of the Audience Award in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, this lyrical suspense drama tells of a Mexican mother who tries to discover the fate of her adolescent son who left home to cross the U.S. border. (He hasn’t been heard from since then.) Has a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. “[An] impressive and quietly compelling debut feature.” –Screen Int’l. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 94 min.  

Identifying Features, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 1/22 thru at least 3/11 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $12, and you have five days to watch it.   

https://kinomarquee.com/film/identifying-features/5f4e6aa412657c0001a653ac 

Jumbo

France/Belgium/Luxembourg | 2020 | Zoé Wittock

A shy young woman who still lives at home with her mom and works at an amusement park becomes strangely enamored of the park’s flashing, whirling new attraction. Noémie Merlant, who played the painter in Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire, stars in this offbeat and erotic tale of objectophilia. “A ride worth taking.” –IndieWire. Subtitles. 93 min. 

Jumbo, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 2/19 thru at least 3/11 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $10, and you have 24 hours to watch it. 

https://watch.eventive.org/jumbo/play/601b6c1331ac2e0069cebcfa 

Lapsis

USA | 2020 | Noah Hutton

This witty futuristic satire written and directed by the son of Deborah Winger and Timothy Hutton is nominated for a 2021 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. To earn money to care for his sick brother, a middle-aged man takes a job laying fiber-optic cable through remote, dangerous terrain for an advanced new computer network. Lapsis takes a darkly comic and timely look at the gig economy and the failed utopian promises of big tech. With Arliss Howard. “A smart, class-conscious sci-fi parable.” –Hollywood Reporter. 108 min.  

Lapsis, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 2/12 thru at least 3/4 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $6.99, and you have 72 hours to watch it. 

https://watch.eventive.org/lapsis/play/6010908d99c6000062d65e3e 

M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity

Netherlands | 2018 | Robin Lutz

The life and legacy of Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher (1898-1972), whose surreal, psychedelic b&w drawings bridged the worlds of art and mathematics, is seen through his own words and images—and the words of surviving family members—in this new film that is both eye-opening and pleasing to the eye. With Graham Nash and the voice of Stephen Fry. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 81 min. All M.C. Escher works © the M.C. Escher Company B.V.- Baarn – the Netherlands.  

M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 2/5 thru at least 3/18 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $12, and you have five days to watch it.  

https://kinomarquee.com/film/mc-escher-journey-to-infinity/5ff49981dfe9f600016c1172/cleveland-cinematheque 

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 3/31 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/ 

Minari

USA | 2020 | Lee Isaac Chung

Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari is a touching, tender, semi-autobiographical work about a Korean immigrant family that relocates from California to its own farm in rural Arkansas during the 1980s. Steven Yeun stars. Nominated for six 2021 Independent Spirit Awards (including Best Feature), the movie has a 99% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes (88 reviews). Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 115 min.  

Minari, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed once daily at 8 pm EST through 3/7. Screening fee is $20, which supports the Cinematheque. After the four-hour viewing window, the content will remain available to watch/pause/rewind only if you do not close out of the screening or attempt to refresh/reload the content.

https://bit.ly/2MzgYaQ 

My Darling Supermarket

Brazil/Denmark | 2019 | Tali Yankelevich

A celebration of the essential workers who are grocery store employees, this new documentary (filmed before the pandemic) reveals the surprising joys, fears, and dreams of some of the colorful individuals who make the baked goods, drive the forklifts, stock the shelves, scan the merchandise, paint the signs, and patrol the aisles at a large supermercado in Sao Paolo, Brazil. “You’ll look at the guy behind the bakery counter differently the next time you do your shopping.” –Screen Int’l. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 80 min.  

My Darling Supermarket, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 2/26 thru at least 3/18 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $12 and you have 48 hours to watch it.  

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/mydarlingsupermarketoh 

My Rembrandt

Netherlands | 2019 | Oeke Hoogendijk

This “bracing and amusing documentary” (The Guardian) relays a series of entertaining true stories about the recent acquisition and disposition of Rembrandt paintings, 350 years after the artist’s death. The movie exposes a hidden world of sly, secretive conduct and frequent discord among elite European art dealers, art museums, and art collectors. Has a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. “Fascinating…Conveys the furious intensity Rembrandt inspires, at the nexus of passion, power and money.” –Financial Times (UK). Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 95 min.    

My Rembrandt, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 1/22 thru at least 3/4 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $12, and you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://watch.eventive.org/myrembrandt/play/5ffcab02cf37ae0070bc726e 

Notturno

Italy/France/Germany | 2020 | Gianfraco Rosi

The new nonfiction film from Gianfranco Rosi (whose last movie was the indelible European migrant crisis documentary Fire at Sea) is Italy’s official submission for this year’s Oscar for Best Int’l Feature Film. Filmed over three years on the borders between Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria and Lebanon, this elegantly shot movie captures intimate moments from everyday lives impacted by civil wars, ruthless dictatorships, foreign invasions, and ISIS’ murderous behavior. “Rosi's genuine desire to understand the psychological reality of the region is not only morally admirable, it is artistically astonishing.” –The Globe and Mail. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 100 min.  

Notturno, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 1/22 thru at least 3/18 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $4.99, and you have 72 hours to watch it. NOTE: This movie is not part of the four-film package of 2021 Best Int’l Feature Film Oscar submissions being released during January by Film Movement.   

https://watch.neonrated.com/film/cleveland-cinematheque-presents-notturno/ 

Preparations To Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

Hungary | 2020 | Lili Horvát

Hungary’s official submission for this year’s Oscar for Best Int'l Feature Film is a noirish romantic drama in which a Hungarian neurosurgeon gives up her successful career in the U.S. to return to Budapest and resume a romance with a Magyar doctor she met at a conference. But when the two finally connect, he claims they don’t know each other. Gorgeously shot on 35mm film. “A multi-layered rumination on love, fate and the way individuals construct their own sense of reality.” –Screen Int’l. “Superb…Slippery, supple, and sinuous.” –Variety. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 94 min.    

Preparations To Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 1/22 thru at least 3/4 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $9.99, and you have 72 hours to watch it. NOTE: This movie is not part of the four-film package of 2021 Best Int’l Feature Film Oscar submissions being released during January by Film Movement.    

https://watch.eventive.org/preparations/play/5ffdee77ace0f80061c6d3f7 

La Prisonnière (Woman in Chains)

France/Italy | 1968 | Henri Georges-Clouzot

Never before shown at the Cinematheque, the final film by the director of Diabolique and The Wages of Fear is an unsettling portrait of voyeurism and sexual perversion in which a young, female film editor becomes fascinated by some sadomasochistic photographs taken by the owner of a modern art gallery. Clouzot’s only all-color movie is a trippy, erotic, Op Art explosion that echoes Antonioni’s Blow-Up while also incorporating some of the psychedelic lighting effects Clouzot experimented with in his unfinished 1964 psychodrama Inferno. “An orgy for the eyes.” –Cine Vue. Adults only! Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. 106 min.  

La Prisonnière, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 2/26 thru at least 3/18 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $8 and you have five days to watch it.  

https://kinomarquee.com/film/la-prisonniere-woman-in-chains/5ce2ce1759778b6802b4fecb 

Safer at Home

USA | 2021 | Will Wernick

Do you ever feel like you’re gonna scream if you have to attend another Zoom meeting? Well, watching this lockdown-inspired new thriller, set two years into the pandemic, you just might! A group of friends throws an online party with a night of music, games, drinking, and drugs. But after taking an ecstasy pill, things go terribly wrong and their supposedly secure homes become more terrifying than the raging chaos outside. Cleveland premiere. 82 min.  

Safer at Home, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 2/26 thru at least 3/18 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $7 and you have 48 hours to watch it. 

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/ciasaferathome 

Sidewalk Stories

USA | 1989 | Charles Lane

This charming, little-known curiosity by African-American actor and director Charles Lane is a modern-day silent comedy, shot in b&w, about a homeless NYC street artist (Lane) who rescues and cares for a young child after her father is murdered. Evoking Chaplin’s 1921 feature The Kid, this mostly mute movie has a music score by Marc Marder. 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes! “[A] sweet, gentle sleeper.” –Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide. 97 min.  

Sidewalk Stories, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 2/12 thru at least 3/4 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $8, and you have five days to watch it.  

https://kinomarquee.com/film/sidewalkstories/5c7d5e95b2540e14c40074f6/cleveland-cinematheque 

Sin

Russia/Italy | 2019 | Andrei Konchalovsky

In 16th-century Florence, tormented painter and sculptor Michelangelo finds his loyalties divided between two wealthy families and two Popes, prompting some serious soul searching. Alberto Testone stars in this lavish, Italian-language historical epic by the master Russian director of SiberiadeDear Comrades!, and many others. “[A] sumptuously shot, rowdy, warts-and-all portrait of the artist.” –Screen Int’l. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 134 min.    

Sin, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 2/19 thru at least 3/11 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $12, and you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://fmplus.video/ClevelandCinematheque-SIN  

Test Pattern

USA | 2019 | Shatara Michelle Ford

With national discussions around health care inequities, the #MeToo movement, policing, and race in America as a backdrop, this award-winning debut feature focuses on the relationship between a young Black woman and her white boyfriend as he drives her in search of a rape kit after she is sexually assaulted by another man. “A must-see gem…One of the year’s first true discoveries.” –IndieWire. “Offers a fresh way of examining sexual assault and its aftermath on screen…Feels just as emblematic of its moment as Thelma & Louise.” –Film Comment. Adults only! Cleveland premiere. 82 min.  

Test Pattern, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 2/19 thru at least 3/11 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $12, and you have five days to watch it.  

https://kinomarquee.com/film/test-pattern/6005b9d2ec4679000185fb32/cleveland-cinematheque 

Twilight’s Kiss

Hong Kong | 2019 | Ray Yeung

In this groundbreaking Hong Kong drama, two elderly, closeted gay men who are each married and have a family courageously begin a relationship. Has a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes! “A rare, mature gay romance.” –Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 92 min.  

Twilight’s Kiss, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 2/12 thru at least 3/4 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $12, and you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://watch.eventive.org/twilightskiss/play/602314aaf6db700045b1f135

Two of Us

France/Luxembourg/Belgium | 2019 | Filippo Meneghetti

France’s official submission for the 2021 Oscar for Best Int’l Feature Film is a moving account of two elderly women who have been neighbors for decades, as well as secret lovers. But when they talk about giving up their apartments and moving to Rome (and going public with their relationship), things take a turn for the worse. Barbara Sukowa (Hannah Arendt, Fassbinder’s Lola) stars. Has a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes! “Entirely unique and uniquely vital...Quietly groundbreaking.” –Variety. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 99 min.  

Two of Us, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 2/5 thru at least 3/18 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $12, and you have 72 hours to watch it.  

https://watch.eventive.org/twoofus/play/6011b6fce33c46006a72f97a 

Variety Lights

Italy | 1950 | Federico Fellini, Alberto Lattuada

Federico Fellini’s first film (he was actually co-director) stars Peppino De Filippo, Carla Del Poggio, and Fellini’s wife Giulietta Masina. It charts how the rise of a beautiful and ambitious young dancer upsets the equilibrium within a third-rate, traveling vaudeville troupe. Felliniesque in its fondness for small-time performers of dubious talents, the film has never before been shown at the Cinematheque. New restoration! Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. 97 min.  

Variety Lights, a Cinematheque streaming exclusive, can be viewed online from 2/26 thru at least 3/18 via the link below. Doing so supports the Cinematheque. Screening fee is $12 and you have 72 hours to watch it.   

https://watch.eventive.org/varietylights/play/6021c52022f1d9005cfb3f37 

 


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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

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Cleveland Institute of Art's public programming is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.



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