(Claudia Llosa, 2009) · Imported print! Magical realism casts its mesmerizing hue on historical trauma in The Milk of Sorrow. Fausta, a young indigenous woman who believes she has inherited her mother's suffering through breast milk, must tend to her psychological scars in order to give her mother a proper burial. Her journey to earn enough money takes her beyond the comfort of her home, and its spare melody is woven from Magaly Solier's luminous songs and performance, as well as the dread-filled landscape of Lima's outskirts.
runtime: 95m format: 35mm
(Cheryl Dunye, 1996) · Writer-director Dunye stars as a version of herself--a black lesbian filmmaker named Cheryl researching black women in '30s and '40s Hollywood. She becomes fascinated by an actress credited in one film only as 'The Watermelon Woman,' whom she also suspects dated its white female director. In a parallel, Cheryl begins dating a white woman (Go Fish's Guinevere Turner). Despite its serious themes, the film is comical and features multiple cameos of famous queer thinkers.
runtime: 90m format: DCP
(David O. Russell, 2004) · The star-studded I Heart Huckabees features Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin as "existential detectives" hired to investigate the meaning of life for their clients. They lend their services to an environmentalist named Albert (Wes Anderson favorite Jason Schwartzman), but their search soon creates difficulties with their other clients (Jude Law, Mark Wahlberg, and Naomi Watts). Huppert stars as the pair's nefarious nemesis, who attempts to influence their clients with her own philosophy on the meaning of life.
runtime: 107m format: 35mm
(Jerome Robbins/Robert Wise, 1961) · Join us on Valentine's Day for this classic romantic tragedy, based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet ! Instead of the Capulets and Montagues, the warring groups are the Sharks and Jets, two rival gangs in New York City who are battling for control over the Lincoln Square neighborhood. Tensions rise when one gang member from the Jets, Tony, falls in love with the younger sister of the leader of the Sharks, Maria--a forbidden love that can only lead to a tragic ending.
runtime: 153m format: DCP
(Joseph Losey, 1968) · Ensconced in a mansion overlooking the crashing waves of the Mediterranean, the terminally ill (but extravagantly costumed) Sissy Goforth (Liz Taylor) awaits her angel of death. An English poet, Christopher Flanders (Taylor's husband Richard Burton), makes a timely entrance in a billowing kimono. Each seeks to bend the other to their will, so they face off in a tournament of elliptical mind-games. Losey, a maestro of the "insidious stranger" subgenre, offsets psychological terrorism with exotic kitsch.
runtime: 113m format: 35mm
(David Miller, 1952) · Joan Crawford was often the auteur behind her own films. A case in point is Sudden Fear: Crawford found the story and hired the director, scenarist, and co-stars. The result revived her career and remains one of her very best pictures. In it, a wealthy playwright (Crawford) weds a much younger man (Jack Palance). Alas, he plans to kill her. Director David Miller creates Hitchcockian-quality suspense and noir icon Gloria Grahame spices things up as Palance's scheming mistress.
runtime: 110m format: DCP
(Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018) · Yorgos Lanthimos delivers his best work yet with this darkly humorous and mischievous tale set in the early 18th century. In this version of Queen Anne's court, England and France might be at war, but the real battle is between Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) and her newly hired servant Abigail (Emma Stone), who compete to be the Queen's favorite. This opulent period piece is both extravagant and subtle in its depiction of the power struggle's swirling intrigue.
runtime: 121m format: DCP
(Sergei Parajanov, 1969) · Parajanov's rapturous exploration of Armenian cultural identity, brimming with extravagant imagery and lavish production design, focuses on one of its central figures: the legendary poet and musician Sayat Nova. On this biographical pretext, the film weaves a dazzling tapestry of folklore and symbolism. For decades available only in a cut butchered by Soviet authorities, this new version of The Color of Pomegranates restores the full extent of the film's feverish energy.
runtime: 75m format: DCP