Programmed by Madison Olmsted and Hasti Soltani
(Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001) · The highest grossing French-language film in the US, this colorful movie follows Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) through her life in Paris. Having grown up in social isolation, Amélie decides to move away from home, becoming a waitress in a café. After doing a good deed by chance, Amélie decides to live her life by helping others. Deeply lonely, she befriends her reclusive neighbor who pushes her to open up emotionally and pursue her romantic interests.
runtime: 122 min format: Blu-ray
(Jared Hess, 2004) · "Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills." Quotable wisdom abounds in this indie cult classic about a group of unconventional and downright odd teens and twenty-somethings in Preston, Idaho. Out of place at home and at his high school, socially awkward mouthbreathing Napoleon Dynamite breaks out of his shell by helping his newfound friend Pedro campaign for class president while learning to dance. "Now go make yourself a dang quesadilla!"
runtime: 96 min format: 35mm
(Michel Gondry, 2004) · Love--and reliving lost love--can be painful. So painful that you might want to erase any trace of it from your memory. When Joel (Jim Carrey) discovers that his ex-girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) has undergone a procedure to erase memories of him from her mind, he decides to undergo the same operation. With unconventional performances from Carrey and Winslet, Eternal Sunshine raises questions about love, loss, and the role of memory.
runtime: 108 min format: 35mm
(Zach Braff, 2004) · In Garden State, twenty-six-year-old lonely actor Andrew (Zach Braff) returns home to New Jersey for his mother's funeral and ends up spending time with two gravediggers he knew in high school and falling in love with an epileptic pathological liar (Natalie Portman). Zach Braff's writing and directorial debut, the film was met with unexpected acclaim, a cult following, and a Grammy for Best Soundtrack Compilation Album.
runtime: 102 min format: 35mm
(Goran Dukic, 2006) · An offbeat and darkly humorous take on seemingly absurd subjects, Wristcutters follows Zia (Patrick Fugit), who commits suicide after a devastating breakup and ends up in purgatory. After learning that his ex-girlfriend killed herself too and is looking for him, Zia sets off on a road trip with his newfound friend Eugene to find her, picking up Mikal, a hitchhiker looking for the People in Charge, along the way.
runtime: 88 min format: 35mm
(Jason Reitman, 2007) · "It started with a chair" and ended with an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, the launch of Ellen Page's career, and an appreciation for the relationships we form. Featuring an incredible cast of supporting actors and a standout soundtrack, Juno follows a teen (Page) as she deals with her unexpected pregnancy. More than just romantic love, this film demonstrates the importance of relationships of all kinds.
runtime: 96 min format: DCP
(Marc Webb, 2009) · Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel star in this indie take on the classic tale of a hopeless romantic falling for the manic-pixie-dream-girl who doesn't believe in love. This offbeat and surreal film takes a nonlinear approach to recounting a 500-day relationship between two people working at a greeting card company. Daydreaming, karaoke, weddings, and the penis game all make appearances in this critically acclaimed romantic comedy.
runtime: 95 min format: 35mm
(Mike Mills, 2010) · Based on Mike Mills' life, Beginners is a take on love, family, and being true to yourself. After the death of his father Hal (Christopher Plummer), Oliver (Ewan McGregor) reflects on his father's life after the death of his mother. Plummer won an Oscar for his portrayal of a gay man coming out at the age of 75 and changing his lifestyle. Inspired by his father's newfound romantic energy, Oliver begins his own relationship with a young French woman.
runtime: 105 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
(Gillian Robespierre, 2014) · The classic trope of the one night stand is turned on its head in this witty, hilarious, and impactful modern romantic comedy. After a drunken night with young businessman Max (Jake Lacy), young New York comedian Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) decides to have an abortion while navigating the fact that she may want to have a relationship with him. Robespierre's artfully feminist take on this issue is a strike against the misrepresentation of unplanned pregnancy in film.
runtime: 84 min format: DCP