(Emir Kusturica, 1993) · Remember when Johnny Depp used to actually choose interesting roles? In this magical humdinger of a picture, he plays Axel Blackmer, an aimless NY fish-tagger who heads west to take over the family car dealership and meets a bunch of eccentrics, including a wealthy widow (Faye Dunaway) with whom he strikes up an odd and painful relationship. Kusturica's singular masterpiece explores the dream-swept mystery of the desert in strokes both quirky and spiritual.
runtime: 142m format: 35mm
(Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974) · Ali: Fear Eats the Soul is both an homage to Douglas Sirk's classic melodrama, All That Heaven Allows, and a uniquely stirring sociopolitical commentary on West Germany. Ali is a Moroccan migrant worker who begins a passionate relationship with Emmi, an elderly German widow, much to the disgust of neighbors, friends, and family. Fassbinder does not shy away from portraying the ugly side of German society, and even cast himself as Emmi's xenophobic son.
runtime: 94m format: 35mm
(Robert Bresson, 1956) ·
During World War II, Bresson was imprisoned by Germans as a member of the French Resistance. The same situation can be used to describe Fontaine, the titular protagonist of A Man Escaped (though the film is based on the memoirs of André Devigny). Bresson's singular use of sound is a highlight of this classic prison break film. Each sound has a unique timbre and the noises occurring outside Fontaine's cell create a whole world outside of the images.
Update: Film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, who has written frequently on Robert Bresson, will give an introduction to the 7 p.m. screening and hold a discussion with the audience after the show. Please arrive at 6:30 p.m. for the introduction.
runtime: 100m format: 35mm
(Sam Peckinpah, 1971) · Nebbishy David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman), a draft-dodging mathematician, settles with his wife Amy (Susan George), in a Cornish village. The increasingly hostile locals emasculate David before raping Amy. A meditation on our innate capacity for violence, the film culminates in a bracing showdown, as breathtaking as it is disturbing. Peckinpah unleashes his trademark slow-motion and "flash" montage for a brutal evocation of David's descent into cold-blooded savagery.
runtime: 118m format: 35mm(IB-Tech)
(Paul Schrader, 1979) · George C. Scott delivers a powerful performance as Jake Van Dorn, a conservative businessman who searches for his teenage daughter after she disappears while on a trip to California. Van Dorn finds himself exploring the gritty, subterranean realm of LA pornography in order to find her. Sharing similar themes to Schrader-penned Taxi Driver, Hardcore delivers an unrelenting, bleak vision of urban decay.
runtime: 109m format: DCP
(Paul Verhoeven, 2016) · In this unpredictable and riveting thriller, Isabelle Huppert shines as the business-savvy and intimidating Michele. After being assaulted in her home, Michele decides not to alert the police, opting instead to track down her assailant herself. What follows is a study and lurid satire of middle-class values, desire, perversity and vengeance.
runtime: 130m format: DCP
(Kenneth Lonergan, 2016) · When his brother dies of a heart attack, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is called in to pick up the pieces. Returning to Boston after years of living alone as a janitor, Lee struggles to care for his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges) while confronting his own troubled past. As death wears on Lee and Patrick, their true characters emerge, raising the question of whether they are fit to live together. The film won two Academy Awards and a Golden Globe.
runtime: 137m format: DCP
(Agnès Varda, 1985) · As writer-director-narrator, Agnès Varda first introduces us to Mona (Sandrine Bonnaire) frozen to death in a ditch in the French countryside. The rest of the film, through "interviews" with those who had encountered her and flashbacks of Mona's activities leading to her demise, paints a splintered and evocative portrait of this captivating, enigmatic, inconsistent and stubborn young Parisian secretary-turned-drifter in search of her freedom.
runtime: 105m format: 35mm