(Abbas Kiarostami, 2012) · A shy widower finds himself in the services of a young, female student escort. To her surprise, he's more interested in keeping the relationship platonic, quickly becoming her protector from a jealous fiancé. This haunting story forces the viewer to question the true identities and relationships of all those involved (as is implied in the title, itself a reference to the 1944 Jimmy van Heusen song), and draws our attention to off-screen space and sound.
runtime: 109 min format: DCP
(Luis Buñuel, 1950) · Plunging the viewer directly into the violent and chaotic world of several youths' (the titular "forgotten ones") lives in urban slums, this brutal narrative displays a startling level of illusionless realism without sacrificing Buñuel's characteristic surrealist touch. Racking up a Director's prize at Cannes and controversial in Mexico, Los Olvidados never hides from what Octavio Paz called "the irrational images that sprout from the dark side of man"
runtime: 80 min format: 35mm
(Yasujirō Ozu, 1957) · In Ozu's last black-and-white film, two sisters deal with their familial conflicts in parallel narratives. Tokyo Twilight is the filmmaker's darkest work and was considered at the time of its release to be a critical and commercial failure. Today it stands as one of the most uniquely powerful films in Ozu's already outstanding oeuvre. Regulars Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara are excellent in their roles of the single father and elder sister.
runtime: 140 min format: 35mm
(Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, 1975) · Join Doc Films for our annual mega-screening, this time featuring a Monty Python double feature! In our first film, King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table battle the Black Knight, encounter the dreaded Knights who say Ni, defeat the Rabbit of Caerbannog using the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, face off against The Legendary Black Beast of Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh, and attempt to enter the castle of the Franglais via Trojan Rabbit, all on their quest to find the Holy Grail.
runtime: 91 min format: 35mm
(Terry Jones, 1979) · Next in our double feature, Brian Cohen's life takes an unexpected turn when he unintentionally inspires a religious movement that believes him--not his fellow Galilean, Jesus--to be the Messiah. Nothing sacred is off limits in this sharply-written and masterfully-acted satire widely considered the "greatest comedy film of all time." Several English towns have banned it to this day for lampooning organized religion, especially in the final mass crucifixion scene.
runtime: 94 min format: 35mm
(Desiree Akhavan, 2014) · Dersiree Akhavan makes her film debut as writer, director, and star of this melancholic and darkly humorous tale of a twenty-something New Yorker navigating her bisexuality. Amidst the confusion of a painful break-up, Shirin (Akhavan) deals with the difficulties of coming out to her Iranian parents and starting a new job as a teacher for an after-school class. Appropriate Behavior presents a heartfelt, refreshing, and hilarious take on the classic coming-of-age story.
runtime: 86 min format: DCP
(Michael Ramova, 2015) · Riley Rey feeds her interest in cryptozoology with a steady stream of video uploads with the help of her older sister, Rebecca, who plans to be the next hit cinematographer. With a YouTube channel featuring the usual ghost hauntings and UFO videos, Riley decides it’s time to up the ante. In an effort to increase viewership, the two sisters hire the help of Greg, a seasoned tracker with a murky past. He guides the girls on an adventure to investigate Chanoc, a small town legend. Through adversity and conflict, they discover the secrets of the Panteon Woods but never return.
runtime: 78 min format: Blu-Ray
(Deniz Gamze Ergüven , 2015) · Set in a remote Turkish village, Mustang follows five free-spirited sisters who must navigate the challenges of life in a conservative society. Caught playing innocently with male classmates, the sisters are confined by their family and taught only how to become good brides. As the older sisters are married off, the remaining siblings must band together to fight for a brighter future. Anchored by a brilliant ensemble cast, Mustang delivers a powerful message of female empowerment.
runtime: 97 min format: DCP
(Jean Negulesco, 1959) · Long before Carrie Bradshaw, sex was at the center of young women's on-screen lives in 1950s NYC. Set in the concrete jungle of a paperback publishing firm, this sensationalist glimpse into the professional lives and private loves of three friends struggling to balance career ambitions with the lure and folly of the opposite sex is a "potboiler in pearls." The Best of Everything trades equally in scandal and feeling, with a cameo from Joan Crawford!
runtime: 121 min format: DCP