(Glauber Rocha, 1962) · Barravento--the debut of one of the most crucial voices of Brazilian cinema as well as a harbinger of Latin America's Cinema Novo and Third Cinema movements--centers around the return of an educated black man to his hometown in Bahia in order to free his townspeople from the political oppression of spiritual mysticism. What follows is a document wracked by tragedy and sociopolitical anxiety. 16mm film print courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
runtime: 80m format: 16mm
(Daniel Ribeiro, 2014) · Join UChicago's LGBT+ Resource Group for this special screening in honor of LGBT History Month and the 30th anniversary of National Coming Out Day! In Ribeiro's coming-of-age film, blind teenager Leo's perspective on the world and himself changes when the new kid Gabriel arrives. All proceeds raised from this screening will be donated to the Brave Space Alliance, a black and trans-led non-profit located on the south side of Chicago that provides health and wellness, leadership, and visibility services to Chicago's LGBTQ+ community.
runtime: 96m format: DCP
(Johnnie To, 1998) · Martin (Lau Ching-wan) and Jack (Leon Lai) are rival hitmen who share a begrudging admiration of each other. When they are betrayed by their bosses and left for dead, they decide to team up to take revenge. A Hero Never Dies takes the (already extreme) conventions of John Woo's heroic bloodshed films to even further extremes not previously thought possible. In the process, To produces some exceptional action set pieces both small and large.
runtime: 86m format: 35mm
(Peter Weir, 1998) · 20th Anniversary! When it premiered, The Truman Show's premise seemed far-fetched, but today it's more relevant than ever in a world devoid of privacy and dominated by reality TV. The movie follows Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey), the unwitting star of a television show that tracks his every move and is broadcasted to the world. Everything that happens in Truman's life is orchestrated by director Christof (Ed Harris) as he seeks to show his audience what an everyday man's life looks like in this artificial world.
runtime: 103m format: 35mm
(Chantal Akerman, 1975) · With this incendiary masterpiece, Akerman single-handedly seized the trajectory of film history and bent it to her will. The incomparable Delphine Seyrig (Last Year at Marienbad) stars as a middle-aged housewife, whose psyche soon begins to fray under the various pressures of bourgeois life. Monumental in every sense--length, scope, ambition, and influence--Jeanne Dielman synthesizes radical political critique with a daring exploration of cinematic temporality.
runtime: 201m format: 35mm
(Robert Altman, 1977) · Robert Altman claimed that the vision for this film came to him in a dream. Shelley Duvall and Sissy Spacek star as roommates Millie and Pinky, two loners far away from home who struggle to find a place where they belong. Under pressure from the difficulties of social interaction, their identities begin to dissolve and merge. Arguably Altman's most experimental film, 3 Women crafts a surrealist mirror world in which its characters are submerged and must fight to stay afloat.
runtime: 124m format: DCP
(Arthur Ripley, 1946) · A war veteran and drifter, Chuck Scott stumbles upon the wallet of gangster Eddie Roman. Enter the fatale, Roman's abused wife Lorna (Michele Morgan). You may think you know where this is going, but The Chase veers into strange territory with a plot rupture anticipating acclaimed fractured reality narratives like Mulholland Drive. 35mm restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Restoration funding provided by The Film Foundation and the Franco-American Cultural Fund
runtime: 88m format: 35mm
(Miloš Forman, 1967) · The volunteer fire department of a Czechoslovak town hopes to honor its retired chairman at the annual open ball. These good intentions are soon subverted when everything that could go wrong does, thanks to a combination of malfeasance and incompetence. One of the crown jewels of the Czech New Wave, The Firemen's Ball was banned "permanently and forever" by the Czech authorities for its wickedly scathing satire of the Communist regime.
runtime: 73m format: 35mm
(Carlos López Estrada, 2018) · Set in a gentrifying Oakland, Blindspotting follows Collin (Daveed Diggs of Hamilton fame) and his volatile (and white) best friend Miles, a fellow Oaklander. Three days before the end of his probation, Collin witnesses a police shooting. Through the lens of this traumatic experience and Collin's deep yet agitated relationship with Miles, Blindspotting confronts today's most pressing social issues with style and seething social commentary.
runtime: 95m format: DCP
(Federico Fellini, 1960) · Fellini's tour de force follows Marcello, a tabloid journalist, as he wanders and womanizes his way through "the sweet life" in postwar Rome. In a series of loosely connected episodes, Marcello pursues pleasure and meaning but finds only moral stupor. Fellini's hellish but glamorous Rome is brought to life by tender nighttime streetscapes, a voluptuous score from Nino Rota, and an unforgettable final party scene.
runtime: 180m format: 35mm