(Carlos Diegues, 1980) · A gentle ode to the Brazil of the past and the perfect farewell to this series' emphasis on Brazil's vibrant and fraught cultural climate, Bye Bye Brasil follows a circus troop fighting to stay relevant with the advent of television. Depicting the struggles of love and loss among the colorful cast of entertainers, the film (which is dedicated to "The Brazilian People of the 21st Century") sounds a mournful lament for a culture lost in the ripples of modernization.
runtime: 110m format: 35mm
(Johnnie To and Wai Ka-fai, 2002) · In perhaps To and Wai's greatest New Year Comedy, a ne'er-do-well son (Andy Lau) is called upon to use his mahjong skills to fend off his mother's Alzheimer's disease. He has to call on his impulsive ex-girlfriend (Gigi Leung) for help when he runs afoul of a gang of mahjong sharps led by the self-proclaimed "Mahjong Master" (Lau Ching-wan in an exceptionally outrageous performance) in a series of mahjong matches filmed like Leone shootouts.
runtime: 96m format: 35mm
(Chantal Akerman, 2015) · No Home Movie is inescapably haunted by the presence of Akerman, who committed suicide just two days before its premiere. In this startlingly intimate portrait of her mother Natalia (a Holocaust survivor) in her final years, Akerman bears witness to her reflections and regrets. Despite the tragic conditions of its release, the film serves as a triumphant summa of the themes that preoccupied Akerman throughout her career and her life.
runtime: 115m format: DCP
(Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1955) · This seminal work by Clouzot inspired Hitchcock's Psycho. The plot is treacherously simple: a woman and her husband's mistress conspire to murder the man they share. But when the body disappears and strange occurrences begin to haunt the two women, their reality becomes as questionable as their morals. Wired with heart-stopping tension, Diabolique anticipates and surpasses the genre of thrillers that it went on to inspire.
runtime: 117m format: 35mm
(Robert Aldrich, 1955) · In this essential film noir, gumshoe Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) picks up a beautiful hitchhiker (a young Cloris Leachman) wearing only a trench coat. Thugs hijack the car and murder the hitchhiker. At a police station, a detective is especially insistent that Mike forget about it, but Mike can't help but investigate, instigating a tour of a degenerate cartoon mirage of Los Angeles infested with idiots, assholes, and weirdos. 35mm collection print courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive
runtime: 106m format: 35mm
(Miloš Forman, 1989) · Forman followed up Amadeus with another period drama, this time adapting the 18th-century novel Les Liaisons dangereuses. A young, mulleted Colin Firth stars as the titular Vicomte de Valmont, who enters into a competition with his widowed lover (Annette Bening) over the seduction of a seemingly incorruptible married woman. The elaborate scaffolding of sexual intrigue that they build up soon threatens to collapse and bring them down with it. 35mm collection print courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive
runtime: 137m format: 35mm
(Valeska Grisebach, 2017) · Like its title, the densely suggestive Western is loaded with ambiguity. The film follows a group of German construction workers as they venture into the remote countryside of Bulgaria to build a project, setting off tensions with the wary locals. Grisebach's skill comes to the fore in the canny games she plays with audience expectations and genre conventions, pulling off more than a few genuine surprises and unexpectedly moving moments.
runtime: 121m format: DCP
(Robert Altman, 2001) · Scandal and intrigue abound in this manor house murder mystery set in the interwar era. When a group of wealthy Britons gather for a weekend shooting party, secrets begin to surface among both the upstairs guests and the downstairs servants. Altman cooks up a sharp class study peppered with Britain's favorite faces, including Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, Helen Mirren, Charles Dance, Michael Gambon, and Stephen Fry.
runtime: 137m format: DCP