(Xavier Dolan, 2012) · Spanning the 1980s and 1990s, prolific wunderkind Xavier Dolan's epic drama charts the male-to-female transition of Laurence, a literature teacher and poet in her mid-30s. Operatic, highly stylized, and gorgeously shot, the film plumbs the bittersweet core of Laurence's romance with vivacious Frédérique as they fall in and out (and in and out) of love. Dolan grounds the story throughout in the idiosyncratic Québécois culture, identity, and language.
runtime: 168m format: DCP
(Michael Haneke, 2000) · Bound by the unforeseeable consequences of a single instance of littering, Code Unknown follows the stories of several witnesses. The film, composed of several single take vignettes, explores miscommunication through race, class, and the legal system. Above all, Haneke gives a vision of the social inequalites in Europe.
runtime: 118m format: 35mm
(Elia Kazan, 1955) · East of Eden reimagines the story of Cain and Abel in a California mining town during the Great War. James Dean stars as Cal, a dreamy young man tormented by inadequacy: his devoutly religious father adores his brother Aron, but treats Cal with only disdain. When Cal falls in love with Aron's girlfriend Abra, the family is stretched to a breaking point. Kazan breathes new life into this ancient story, brimming with angst and longing, in this masterful Technicolor melodrama.
runtime: 118m format: 35mm
(David Lean, 1945) · Voted Britain's most romantic film, Brief Encounter finds heart-rending grace through its stylistic economy, voicing its lovers' suppressed turmoil through scarcely more than Rachmaninoff's sweeping score. Based on Noël Coward's Still Life, David Lean's postwar classic centers around Laura and Alec, a housewife and doctor whose chance meetings at a railway station develop into a bond both thrilling and frightening as it threatens to consume their lives and loved ones.
runtime: 86m format: 35mm
(Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1966) · A work-related accident changes more than the face of Okuyama, an industrial engineer who becomes obsessed with the concept of the human visage as suffocating social disguise. As an experiment, he contracts an unscrupulous psychiatrist to fashion him a mask of synthetic flesh, which he believes will enable him to embody the life of another man. Upon inhabiting his new persona, Okuyama's reality starts unraveling through the eyeholes of the mask.
runtime: 124m format: 35mm
(Robert Altman, 1975) · Borrowing from musical, political homily, and celebrity, Nashville appropriates our shared cultural language to create a pastiche of twentieth-century America. Featuring a massive ensemble cast, myriad storylines, and a full repertoire of original music, the film is the high-water mark of Altman's exuberant and intense filmic style. Appropriately, the movie climaxes at the Nashville Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the Athenian original.
runtime: 160m format: DCP
(Luca Guadagnino, 2017) · Based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman and set to music by Sufjan Stevens, Call Me by Your Name vividly captures the intensity and ephemerality of a summer romance. In the sun-drenched scenery of pastoral Europe, 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) takes an interest in Oliver (Armie Hammer), a graduate student renting a room in his family's home. Their blossoming relationship introduces them both to new vistas of ecstasy and tragedy.
runtime: 132m format: DCP
(Lee Chang-dong, 2002) · The life of a recently jailed, mentally handicapped drifter collides with that of a girl who suffers from severe cerebral palsy. As the two become progressively more entangled, this story of marginalized loners cast off by society builds to an eruptive climax. Lee's challenging Oasis is a sustained, clear-eyed gaze into the murkiest depths of moral complication, searching for the redemptive possibilities that might be found there.
runtime: 133m format: 35mm