(Abbas Kiarostami, 1997) · Displaying the auteur's signature style--an interior car journey, no background score, long takes--Taste of Cherry takes the viewer on a ride through the suburban streets of Tehran, with Badii (Homayon Ershadi), a stoic middle-aged man, at the wheel. He has only one request of each passenger: help him out of his grave if they find him alive in it the next day, or bury him if they find him dead. This film was honored with the Palme d'Or.
runtime: 99 min format: 35mm
(Emilio Fernandez, 1944) · Dolores del Río and Pedro Armendáriz star as two virtuous, but unlucky lovers in this tragedy set in the not-so-idyllic village of Xochimilco. Del Río plays the titular heroine whose only sin was to be born of a prostitute, a heritage she can never escape. Embodying an imaginary ideal of indigenous purity and pinned between her neighbors' hatred and a repressive economic system, María struggles for a better life in a world hellbent on denying it to her.
runtime: 76 min format: 35mm
(Yasujirō Ozu, 1951) · With Early Summer, Ozu discovered that he didn't need a conventional story for his films. Instead, with this film and his later works, the director relates what happens through small anecdotes, never sacrificing complexity or poignancy. Three generations of a family look to marry off a young woman, Noriko (played by the radiant Setsuko Hara). An ensemble film (with around twenty characters), Early Summer is a balanced work of powerful emotion.
runtime: 124 min format: 35mm
(Cédric Jimenez, 2014) · A satisfying and stylish 70s-era thriller, The Connection offers the European side to William Friedkin's The French Connection, focusing instead on real-life French magistrate Pierre Michel's attempts to take down the notorious drug smuggling ring known as the French Connection. Jean Dujardin (The Artist) stars as the steadfast and determined Michel in a compelling performance, meshing perfectly with the retro visual style of the film.
runtime: 135 min format: 35mm
(Charles Crichton, 1988) · A diamond heist is executed by London gangster George, his sidekick, an American con artist Wanda, and a weapons man. When George is betrayed to the authorities, the remaining members attempt to steal the loot for themselves, only to find out that George had hid the jewels. MGM advised John Cleese to co-direct because of Charles Crichton's old age, so Crichton wore a shirt on set that read "Age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill."
runtime: 108 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
(Quentin Tarantino, 2015) · Sometime after the Civil War, a Rocky Mountain blizzard confines eight strangers in a country haberdashery. After shocking secrets emerge, tensions simmer and copious volumes of blood get spilt. One stranger is not who he claims to be in Tarantino's latest attempt to confront race within the Western. Shot on Ultra Panavision 70mm, this meticulously shot chamber drama features an all-star cast and a score from the legendary Ennio Morricone.
runtime: 187 min format: DCP
(Douglas Sirk, 1956) · "All of a sudden I felt desperate sitting in my own living room. I felt as though I were trapped in a tomb of my own making." Melodrama master Douglas Sirk crafts a domestic triangle filled with sharp irony, blistering dialogue, and many lyrical moments. Family man Clifford Groves (Fred MacMurray) leads a life of quiet desperation until old flame Norma (Barbara Stanwyck) returns to town and opens his eyes to just how exploitative and disappointing family life can be.
runtime: 84 min format: 35mm