(Stanley Kwan, 1987) · In 1934, courtesan Fleur is the toast of Hong Kong's nightlife, and falls in love with Chan Chen-bong, a wealthy scion. The ill-fated lovers agree to commit suicide, but Fleur cannot find Chen-bong in the afterlife and, fifty years later, places an ad in a city newspaper in search of him. Offering '30s glamor and ghostly romance, Rouge haunts not only with its excavation of Hong Kong's past, but also with the untimely and near-concurrent deaths of its stars, Anita Mui and Leslie Cheung, in 2003.
runtime: 93m format: 35mm
(Clara Law, 1990) · 30th anniversary! A sensitive yet bitter take on migration and its various crises, Clara Law’s third feature Farewell China has been woefully unavailable since its release. Maggie Cheung stars as Li Hong, a woman who curtly leaves her husband Zhou Nansheng (Tony Leung Ka-fai) and baby for the States after acquiring a student visa. Concerned about his wife and her dwindling letters, Nansheng follows her into New York's unique underworlds of alienation, poverty, and hardship.
runtime: 116m format: 35mm
(Mamoru Oshii, 1995) · 25th anniversary! An anime fantasy based on the manga of the same name, Ghost in the Shell investigates the question of self-identity in a technologically advanced world. The story takes place between a police agent and a mysterious cyborg hacker. The film is widely considered the greatest anime film of all time, particularly for its cell animation and CGI combined visuals. As the inspiration for films such as the Matrix, Ghost in the Shell cannot be missed. Presented in collaboration with UChi-Con 2020
runtime: 83m format: DCP
(Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, 2017) · Fundraiser for Outside the Lines Figure Drawing! In this oil-painted animated film, 65,000 painted frames follow an investigation into the death of Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh. A young postman, Armand Roulin, is asked to deliver the last letter from the painter to his brother, Theo Van Gogh. Soon Armand is whirled into the circumstances of the late painter’s suicide, and called to explore the messy blurs between life and death.
runtime: 95m format: DCP
(Kelly Reichardt, 2010) · During the 1840s, six settlers and their guide are caught in a dangerous situation: They are lost, food and water are running out, and the surrounding desert threatens to claim them all. Meanwhile, their guide, Stephen Meek (Bruce Greenwood), refuses to acknowledge that they may be several weeks off-course. When a Native American (Rod Rondeaux) is captured, Emily Tetherow (Michelle Williams), one of the settlers, shields him from Meek's wrath, and he offers to lead the group to water in return.
runtime: 104m format: DCP
(Jane Campion, 1990) · 30th anniversary! Jane Campion's radiant breakthrough depicts the life of Janet Frame, New Zealand's most renowned author. An Angel at My Table moves in three sections across Frame's postwar childhood, a period of misdiagnosed asylum residence and electroschock therapy, and finally, her literary fame; it takes in the rich unfolding of Frame's life and its surrounding New Zealand landscapes alike with a lucidity and poise that mark Campion as a filmmaker in full command of her craft. Print courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive of Australia
runtime: 158m format: 35mm
(Kelly Reichardt, 1994) · In the run-down, torpid area between Miami and the Everglades, a dissatisfied housewife, Cozy, and Lee Ray, the live-at-home handyman she meets in a bar, are involved in an accidental shooting. Thinking they have committed murder they decide to flee, but their natures and bank balances ensure they don't get very far.
runtime: 100m format: DCP
(Anna Biller, 2016) · The beautiful witch Elaine seeks a lover, and concocts potions and spells to seduce men. Both her concoctions and desires spiral beyond control, however, and create an ever-growing string of victims and drastic measures. Set in a remote NorCal town featuring a strip club and gothic Victorian tearoom, auteur Anna Biller’s Love Witch is a hilariously over-the-top appropriation of “the trappings of sexploitation, horror, and high art” (Newcity), and hails influences ranging from Demy’s colorfully taboo whimsy to Italian giallo.
runtime: 120m format: 35mm
(Kelly Reichardt, 2016) · Three strong-willed women (Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Michelle Williams) strive to forge their own paths amidst the wide-open plains of the American Northwest: a lawyer who finds herself contending with both office sexism and a hostage situation; a wife and mother whose determination to build her dream home puts her at odds with the men in her life; and a young law student who forms an ambiguous bond with a lonely ranch hand.
runtime: 117m format: DCP
(Kelly Reichardt, 2020) · Kelly Reichardt once again trains her perceptive and patient eye on the Pacific Northwest, this time evoking an authentically hardscrabble early nineteenth century way of life. A taciturn loner and skilled cook (John Magaro) has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) also seeking his fortune; soon the two collaborate on a successful business, although its longevity is reliant upon the clandestine participation of a nearby wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow. From this simple premise Reichardt constructs an interrogation of foundational Americana that recalls her earlier triumph Old Joy in its sensitive depiction of male friendship, yet is driven by a mounting suspense all its own. Reichardt again shows her distinct talent for depicting the peculiar rhythms of daily living and ability to capture the immense, unsettling quietude of rural America.
runtime: 122m format: DCP