(Lulu Wang, 2019) · Based on the real-life experience of writer-director Lulu Wang, an Asian-American filmmaker born in Beijing, The Farewell is a comedy drama about family. The main character, Billi (played by Awkwafina in a powerful dramatic turn) learns that her grandmother has been diagosed with terminal cancer and deceived by her concerned family into thinking the opposite--a deception that, they claim, is born of love. This sets the stage for a moving exploration of the cultural divisions between East and West.
runtime: 100m format: DCP
(Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, 2019) ·
Post-film discussion on Saturday led by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture to follow screening! This documentary chronicles the life of Nobel prize-winning writer Toni Morrison, whose melodic novels give both an intimate and critical look into the black American experience. Her works brim with heartfelt intimacy and an unparalleled mastery of prose, bringing to life characters that grace the reader with their stories. Here we witness her story.
About discussion moderator: Korey Williams grew up in suburban Chicago and studied at Illinois Wesleyan University, the University of Oxford, and Cornell University. His manuscript was a finalist in the National Poetry Series and his work appears or is forthcoming in The Offing, Narrative Magazine, Frontier Poetry, Spoon River, Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry, and elsewhere. Williams is currently a doctoral student of English Language & Literature at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on African American Literature and the afterlives of slavery.
runtime: 120m format: DCP
(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
(Carlos Reygadas, 2018) · Reygadas' visually ravishing dramas, possessed of a Tarkovskian stateliness, defy the commercial imperative that forces so many Mexican directors into Hollywood confectionery. With this tale of a married couple navigating an experiment with polyamory, Reygadas doesn't just invite an autobiographical reading--by casting himself and his real wife in the main roles--he practically demands one. Packed with tantalizing personal details, this self-flagellating autofiction audaciously smears the boundary between art and reality.
runtime: 177m format: DCP
(Ryūsuke Hamaguchi, 2018) · Asako (Erika Karata) finds herself torn between two men with the same face (both played by Masahiro Higashide). The first man, Baku, is your typical bad boy, who disappears from Asako's life without a trace. The second, Ryohei, is an awkward but dependable salaryman who Asako meets after moving to Tokyo. Asako soon must decide what she values in life and love in a Vertigo-esque mystery that the NY Times says "will haunt you for some time after the lights go up."
runtime: 119m format: DCP
(Riley Stearns, 2019) · Jessie Eisenberg stars in The Art of Self Defense as Casey, a man who is frightened by the world. Most of all, he is frightened by other men. After backing out of a gun purchase, he decides instead to take a self defense class at a local dojo. From there, he catches the attention of the dojo's sensei (Alessandro Nivola), who begins training him in increasingly brutal martial arts. As Casey's world begins to morph, he struggles against his own burgeoning brutality and the brew of toxic masculinity that fuels it.
runtime: 104m format: DCP
(Richard Linklater, 2019) · In Richard Linklater's newest film, Cate Blanchett stars as Bernadette Fox, a former architect living the perfect life in Seattle with a loving husband and a daughter about to start school. But when Bernadette suddenly goes missing, her family goees looking for her on what becomes an adventure to solve the mystery of her disappearance. However, for Bernadette, dropping off the face of the planet is exactly what she needs to rediscover herself and pursue her creative passions after having put them on hold.
runtime: 130m format: DCP
(Nisha Ganatra, 2019) · A late-night talk show host's (Emma Thompson) world is turned upside down when she hires her first and only female staff writer (Mindy Kaling). Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision brings about unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women who are separated by culture and generation become united by their love of a biting punchline.
runtime: 102m format: DCP
(Lorene Scafaria, 2019) ·
runtime: 110m format: DCP