AUTUMN 2019

WEEK 3

10/14-10/20

 

 

MONDAY @ 7:00 PM

Free Screening: Caramel (35mm showing is rescheduled for 10/22 @ 9:30 PM)

(Nadine Labaki, 2007) · A beauty salon in Beirut is a safe haven for five women in this Lebanese romantic comedy. Shop owner Layale (Nadine Labaki) consults her employees about a problematic affair, stylist Rima (Joanna Markouzel) does not know how to handle her attraction to a female client, and seamstress Rose abandons her own ambitions to care for her family. With the support of their friends in their familiar salon, the women search for the answers to questions of life, love, and happiness.

runtime: 95m format: Digital

 

MONDAY @ 9:30 PM

All About my Mother (35mm showing Friday 10/18 @ 9:30 PM)

(Pedro Almodóvar, 1999) · All About My Mother is a reflection on grief, healing, and the unshakeable bonds that flower alongside them. In the wake of a life-rupturing trauma, Manuela sets out in search of the transgender woman who used to be her husband, bringing her into the orbit of an array of colorful characters like a transgender sex worker (Antonia San Juan) and a Catholic nun (Penelope Cruz). This kaleidoscopic panorama of Barcelona and its denizens is punch-drunk on Almodóvar's insatiable visual imagination and boundless empathy for his characters.

runtime: 101m format: Digital

 

TUESDAY @ 7:00 PM

Donkey Skin

(Jacques Demy, 1970) · In this adaptation of one of Charles Perrault's less palatable fairytales (passed over by Disney), a king promises his dying queen he will marry someone who surpasses her beauty. His daughter (Catherine Deneuve) proves to be the only worthy match, and with the help of a fairy godmother (Delphine Seyrig) she flees to avoid marrying her own father. Despite its simmering undertones, however, Donkey Skin is fuelled by a bright mix of visual whimsy and charming music composed by Michel Legrand.

runtime: 91m format: DCP

 

WEDNESDAY @ 7:00 PM 9:30 PM

Remember the Night

(Mitchell Leisen, 1940) · John Sargent is the prosecutor the DA calls on to convict women because he deceives jurors into thinking that he's a nice guy. In a moment of guilt over deploying his legal dexterity against beautiful criminal Lee Leander, Sargent gets Fat Mike the bail bondsman to free her until the trial can resume. What begins as a screwball romantic comedy turns into a meditation on the contradictions of crime and punishment. Starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray, the Double Indemnity partners in crime.

runtime: 94m format: 35mm

 

THURSDAY @ 7:00 PM

Goodfellas

(Martin Scorsese, 1990) · Goodfellas tells the real-life story of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), a mafia member turned FBI informant. The film charts his rise and fall as he slowly moves from traditional gangster activity into the burgeoning cocaine business. His escapades culminate in his participation in the heist of $6 million from the Lufthansa vault at JFK Airport, at that time the largest cash robbery in American history. The passage of Hill's life is marked by a wide-ranging, period appropriate soundtrack.

runtime: 146m format: 35mm

 

THURSDAY @ 9:30 PM

Vampire Circus

(Robert Young, 1972) · A stellar example of the gothic monster horror of Hammer Productions, Vampire Circus begins with a small 19th century village's plot to slay their Count, a vampire who has employed the local schoolteacher's wife in stealing children from the village to feed on. Fifteen years later, the village is mysteriously overcome by a plague. Best remembered for its excellent performances, including those from Adrienne Corri and Anthony Corlan, Vampire Circus is still frightening forty-seven years later.

runtime: 84m format: DCP

 

FRIDAY @ 5:00 PM

Frantz

(François Ozon, 2016) · Doc begins a two-part François Ozon Highlight with Frantz in anticipation of Ozon's campus visit on Oct. 23! Frantz depicts the story of a young German widow who reconciles with the French soldier that killed her husband. A loose adaptation of 1932 Ernst Lubitsch's film, Broken Lullaby, which is in turn based on the French play, L'homme que j'ai tué, Ozon's understated work has received praise for its introspective reflections about carrying on in the wake of war.

runtime: 113m format: DCP

 

FRIDAY @ 9:30 PM

All About my Mother

(Pedro Almodóvar, 1999) · All About My Mother is a reflection on grief, healing, and the unshakeable bonds that flower alongside them. In the wake of a life-rupturing trauma, Manuela sets out in search of the transgender woman who used to be her husband, bringing her into the orbit of an array of colorful characters like a transgender sex worker (Antonia San Juan) and a Catholic nun (Penelope Cruz). This kaleidoscopic panorama of Barcelona and its denizens is punch-drunk on Almodóvar's insatiable visual imagination and boundless empathy for his characters.

runtime: 101m format: 35mm

 

FRIDAY @ 7:00 PM
SUNDAY @ 11:00 AM

Red Desert

(Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964) · The fourth film in a four-decade collaboration, Red Desert finds Guerra and Antonioni at a creative pinnacle. To trace the path of a disturbed woman (Monica Vitti) cast adrift in a polluted landscape, Guerra forges a boldly unconventional narrative structure, allowing ample space for unforgettable color images of industrial decay. Though cited as the director's masterpiece, the film's theme of inner lives reflecting the turmoil of external reality runs throughout Guerra's career.

runtime: 117m format: 35mm

 

SATURDAY @ 5:00 PM

Young & Beautiful

(François Ozon, 2013) · Join us for the second feature of our François Ozon Highlights before Ozon visits the Logan Center on Oct. 23 (Wed.) for a Marianne Midwest Talk organized by France Chicago Center/CMST! Marine Vacth stars with haunting poise as 17-year-old Isabelle, a student who loses her virginity during a summer fling and consequently begins a double life as a prostitute. Free of explicit motivations, Young & Beautiful is less a straightforward coming-of-age story than it is a portrait of a girl tentatively trying on adulthood. See HERE for more details.

runtime: 95m format: DCP

 

SATURDAY @ 7:00 PM 9:30 PM

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

(Joe Talbot, 2019) · The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a melancholy and lyrical reflection on the fallout of urban change. The result of a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, the movie follows Jimmie and his friend Mont throughout their lives in the Bay Area, focusing on Jimmie's effort to reclaim his childhood home, a Victorian-style house built by his grandfather. An exciting directorial debut from Talbot, Last Black Man presents a thoughtful look at life in an ever-changing city.

runtime: 121m format: DCP

 

SUNDAY @ 1:00 PM

An Elephant Sitting Still

(Hu Bo, 2019) · Q&A with DP Fan Chao to follow film! In this tale of nihilistic rage, desperate lives intertwine in small-town northern China. Over the course of a single, tension-filled day, four protagonists head for Manzhouli and its circus elephant rumored to be sitting still, oblivious to the world's troubles. Fueled by ghostly Steadicams evocative of mentor Béla Tarr and Gus Van Sant's Elephant, injustice and despair burn slowly through this formidable debut by Hu Bo, who killed himself shortly after its completion in 2017. Fan Chao's travel made possible through the generous support of the Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation
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runtime: 230m format: DCP

 

SUNDAY @ 7:00 PM

Solaris

(Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972) · Based on the novel of the same name by Stanislaw Lem, Tarkovsky's unique science-fiction epic has become a classic of the genre. The story follows psychologist Kris Kelvin, who is sent to investigate strange occurrences at a research space station orbiting an alien planet. Succumbing to the same mysterious phenomena that affects the crew, Kelvin's memories and desires take sentient form. An atmospheric meditation on grief, Solaris raises questions of reality, identity, and humanity.

runtime: 167m format: 35mm

 

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