Monday, October 22, 2012

Cinematheque announces Nov-Dec film schedule

[Press release from the Cleveland Cinematheque.]

Thirty-five films from around the world make up the November-December film schedule of the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Included are:

-11 new international films from around the world, all making their exclusive Cleveland debuts. Titles include Chantal Akerman’s ALMAYER’S FOLLY, which has the highest metacritic.com score of 2012; 10 YEARS, a high school reunion comedy starring Channing Tatum; and the new, extended director’s cut of Volker Schlondorff’s Oscar-winning THE TIN DRUM, shown at the Capitol Theatre.

-12 film classics (including Sergio Corbucci’s  1968 spaghetti western THE GREAT SILENCE starring Klaus Kinski and Hayao Miyazaki’s HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE) and eight recent second-run movies (including AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY, PINA, SAMSARA, and COMPLIANCE, which was co-produced by Cleveland film producer Tyler Davidson).

-4 historical dramas by Russia’s Aleksei Guerman, who survived government censorship, loss of funding, and the fall of the Soviet Union to establish himself as one of Russia’s most important filmmakers.

There will also be two special guests. Mary Badham, who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance as “Scout” Finch in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, will answer audience questions after a Nov. 9 showing of that 1962 film. And Ichiro Kataoka, a Japanese actor who keeps alive the vanished Japanese art of the “benshi” (or silent-film narrator), will perform live during a Japanese silent feature on Nov. 16.

Unless noted, all movies will show in the Aitken Auditorium of the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle, telephone (216) 421-7450, www.cia.edu/cinematheque, and admission to each film is $9; Cinematheque members $7; age 25 & under $5 (with proof of age). A second program on the same evening costs an additional $5 (with some exceptions). Free parking for filmgoers is available in the adjacent CIA lot.

NOVEMBER 1-4
 
Thursday, November 1, at 6:45 pm &
Sunday, November 4, at 8:40 pm
Imported 35mm Print!
ALPS
ALPEIS
Greece/France, 2011, Yorgos Lanthimos
The new film from the director of Dogtooth is as strange as that Oscar-nominated movie but perhaps even more chilling and haunting. Alps tells of four people who make their living by impersonating individuals who have recently died, role-playing in order to help grieving survivors gradually come to terms with the loss of their loved ones. Blending absurdist comedy with human tragedy, this tale of surrogates is truly one of a kind. “Puzzling and provocative…Has a lingering power and an effect that is thrillingly difficult to define.” –Time Out New York. Adults only! Subtitles. 93 min. Imported 35mm print; special admission $10; members $8; age 25 & under $6 (also second-film price on 11/4); no passes, twofers, or radio winners. Special thanks to Films We Like, Toronto (Michael Boyuk).
 
Thursday, November 1, at 8:40 pm &
Friday, November 2, at 7:45 pm
AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY
USA, 2012, Alison Klayman
This profile of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei captures the activist and provocateur as he prepares for a major museum exhibition, interacts with friends and family members, and clashes publicly with Chinese government officials. Ai’s Zodiac Project goes on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2013. “The Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn of the Twitter age…[A] stirring, important documentary.” –Entertainment Weekly. Subtitles. 35mm. 91 min. aiweiweineversorry.com
 
Friday, November 2, at 9:40 pm &
Saturday, November 3, at 9:30 pm
KILLER JOE
USA, 2011, William Friedkin
Matthew McConaughey plays a Texas cop who moonlights as a hit man in William (The Exorcist, The French Connection) Friedkin’s florid, filthy, foul-mouthed redneck freakshow, based on a play by Tracy Letts (August: Osage County ). With Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon, and (in an Oscar-worthy turn) Thomas Haden Church. “A hideously funny tabloid noir.” –Village Voice. Rated NC-17; no one under 18 admitted! East Side Cleveland premiere. 35mm. 102 min. www.killerjoethemovie.com
 
Saturday, November 3, at 5:15 pm
Rare Spaghetti Western Classic!
Imported 35mm Print!
THE GREAT SILENCE
IL GRANDE SILENZIO
Italy/France, 1968, Sergio Corbucci
Sergio Corbucci (1927-1990) was an Italian director of violent and stylish spaghetti westerns, including the original Django (1966), which spawned one official sequel and over 30 unofficial ones. (Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained opens in December.) But tonight we show a different Corbucci classic—one that filmmaker Alex Cox (Repo Man) regards as “the greatest spaghetti western ever made.” The Great Silence stars Klaus Kinski (Aguirre, Fitzcarraldo, Nosferatu the Vampyre) as Loco, a vicious bounty hunter, and Jean-Louis Trintignant (My Night at Maud’s, The Conformist) as Silence, a mute gunslinger who hates bounty hunters. The two lock horns in the snowy mountains of Utah in the late 1800s, with a group of persecuted Mormons in the middle. Music by Ennio Morricone, natch. The Great Silence is unavailable on film in the U.S., so we will show an archival 35mm color print from Europe (English-dubbed version) that is in North America for just a few months. 105 min. Special admission $12, members & CIA I.D. holders $10, age 25 & under $8 (with proof of age); no passes, twofers, or radio winners. Advance tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/285446.
 
Saturday, November 3, at 7:20 pm &
Sunday, November 4, at 6:30 pm
360
UK/Austria/France/Brazil, 2011, Fernando Meirelles
Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, and Ben Foster star in the new film from the Brazilian director of City of God and The Constant Gardener—a daring contemporary romance inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde that links characters and stories in seven cities on three continents into one swooning, circular, interconnected narrative. Written by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon). “Has visual flair to burn.” –NPR. Cleveland premiere. Some subtitles. 35mm. 110 min. www.magpictures.com/360/
 
Saturday, November 3, at 9:30 pm
KILLER JOE
See 11/2 at 9:40 for description
 
Sunday, November 4, at 3:45 pm
Imported 35mm Print!
ALMAYER’S FOLLY
LA FOLIE ALMAYER
Belgium/France, 2011, Chantal Akerman
The new film by master filmmaker Chantal Akerman (Jeanne Dielman) has the highest overall metacritic.com rating of 2012: 92 out of 100! Based on Joseph Conrad’s first novel (but updated by many decades), this hypnotic, dreamy, anti-colonialist film tells of a brooding European treasure hunter living in the lush jungles of Southeast Asia. When his estranged, embittered mixed-race daughter, now grown, returns home after being educated in Europe, Almayer tries to reconnect with her. But she feels more affinity for a local insurgent. Undistributed in the U.S., Almayer’s Folly will be shown in a 35mm print from Europe that is temporarily in North America. “One of the year’s most hypnotic and fascinating films.” –Village Voice. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm. 127 min. Special admission $12, members & CIA I.D. holders $10, age 25 & under $8 (with proof of age); no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Sunday, November 4, at 6:30 pm
360
See 11/3 at 7:20 for description
 
Sunday, November 4, at 8:40 pm
ALPS
See 11/1 at 6:45 for description
 
NOVEMBER 8-13
 
Thursday, November 8, at 6:45 pm &
Sunday, November 11, at 8:35 pm
10 YEARS
USA, 2011, Jamie Linden
Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Justin Long, Chris Pratt, Max Minghella, and Aubrey Plaza head an attractive, all-star young cast in this Big Chill-style romantic comedy about high school classmates who reconnect at their ten-year reunion. Though these young adults now understand that real life is different from high school, some of them can’t help falling again for old flames. “[Finds] a novel and nuanced approach to addressing the ways that our mistakes make us better, wiser and more human.” –Washington Post. Cleveland premiere. 35mm. 100 min.
 
Thursday, November 8, at 8:45 pm &
Saturday, November 10, at 5:00 pm
Four Films by Aleksei Guerman
New 35mm Print!
TRIAL ON THE ROAD
PROVERKA NA DOROGAKH
USSR, 1971, Aleksei Guerman
Banned for 15 years by Soviet authorities for injecting ambiguity, nuance, and anti-heroism into a genre (the WWII drama) that was always solidly heroic (if not downright mythic), Aleksei Guerman’s first solo work is a masterpiece. The movie tells of a Red Army officer turned Nazi collaborator who is recaptured by Russian partisans and must prove his loyalty to their cause by going on a series of dangerous missions. “The most interesting debut film in Soviet cinema since Tarkovsky’s Ivan’s Childhood.” ­–Time Out Film Guide. Not available on DVD. Subtitles. 97 min. www.seagullfilms.com 
 
Friday, November 9, at 7:00 pm
A Special Event!
Mary Badham in Person!
50th Anniversary!
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
USA, 1962, Robert Mulligan
Mary Badham, who played “Scout” Finch in the beloved film version of Harper Lee’s novel, will appear in person tonight to answer audience questions after a 50th anniversary screening of this landmark movie. Gregory Peck stars in the film, winning an Oscar for his iconic performance as widowed Alabama lawyer Atticus Finch, whose two young children witness prejudice and racial hatred firsthand when he defends an innocent black man in an inflammatory rape case. For her indelible performance, 10-year-old Badham was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress—the youngest nominee in that category up to that time. Ironically, she lost to another child performer, 16-year-old Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker. 35mm. Total approx. 3 hrs. Special admission $20, members and CIA I.D. holders $15, age 25 & under $10 (with proof of age); no passes, twofers, or radio winners. Advance tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/284785.
 
Saturday, November 10, at 5:00 pm
TRIAL ON THE ROAD
See 11/8 at 8:45 for description
 
Saturday, November 10, at 7:00 pm &
Sunday, November 11, at 3:30 pm
BELOVED
LES BIEN-AIMÉS
France/UK/Czech Republic, 2011, Christophe Honoré
Catherine Deneuve, Milos Forman, Ludivine Sagnier, Louis Garrel, and Chiara Mastroianni star in this new romance that closed the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The movie tells of a young Paris shop girl (Sagnier) who falls for a Czech doctor, moves to Prague, and has a daughter with him. Four decades (and a divorce) later, these same lovers are played by Deneuve and Forman, and their now grown-up daughter (Mastroianni) is caught up in romantic entanglements that echo those of her parents from years before. Cross-cutting between time periods and relationships, and having characters burst into song or confront their earlier selves, director Christophe Honoré (Love Songs, Dans Paris) has constructed a funny, sad, whimsical, and lyrical epic as expansive and emotional as life itself. “Amazingly moving.” –Washington Post. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm. 139 min. www.ifcfilms.com/films/beloved
 
Saturday, November 10, at 9:40 pm &
Sunday, November 11, at 6:30 pm
Back by Popular Demand!
PINA
Germany/France/UK, 2011, Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire, The Buena Vista Social Club) celebrates the groundbreaking work of his friend and fellow German, legendary dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch (1940-2009). This Oscar-nominated movie captures Bausch and members of her company performing some of her most celebrated works both on stage and around the German city of Wuppertal, home of Bausch’s dance theatre since 1972. Shown in 2D. Subtitles. 35mm. 103 min. www.ifcfilms.com/films/pina
 
Sunday, November 11, at 3:30 pm
BELOVED
See 11/10 at 7:00 for description
 
Sunday, November 11, at 6:30 pm
PINA
See 11/10 at 9:40 for description
 
Sunday, November 11, at 8:35 pm
10 YEARS
See 11/8 at 6:45 for description
 
Tuesday, November 13, at 7:00 pm
Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre
New Digital Restoration!
THE TIN DRUM: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT
DIE BLECHTROMMEL
W. Germany, 1979, Volker Schlöndorff
The Cinematheque returns to the Capitol Theatre to present a newly restored, extended version of the film that won both the Palme d’Or at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff has restored 20 minutes of original footage that he was forced to remove 33 years ago to shorten the running time. His director’s cut expands the story of Oskar, a precocious German child living in 1920s Germany who decides to stop growing at age three when he witnesses the hypocrisy and stupidity of adult society. Not even Oskar’s piercing screams of alarm or frantic beating of a toy drum can halt his countrymen’s relentless march toward World War II. This surreal, satirical black comedy (based on the novel by Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass) was initially banned in Ontario and Oklahoma. Now it’s a widely admired modern classic. Adults only! Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 163 min. www.janusfilms.com  Shown on the big screen at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. Special admission $10, members & CIA I.D. holders $8, age 25 & under $6 (with proof of age); no Cinematheque passes, twofers, or radio winners and no Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts. $10 tickets available in advance at www.clevelandcinemas.com. Free parking available next to theatre and at other lots in the Gordon Square Arts District. Special thanks to Jon Forman and Dave Huffman, Cleveland Cinemas.
 
NOVEMBER 15-18
 
Thursday, November 15, at 6:45 pm &
Sunday, November 18, at 8:50 pm
Four Films by Aleksei Guerman
New 35mm Print!
THE SEVENTH COMPANION
SED’MOI SPUTNIK
USSR, 1968, Grigori Aronov, Aleksei Guerman
Set during the “Red Terror” campaign that swept across Russia in the wake of the 1917 Revolution, Aleksei Guerman’s first feature (co-directed with Grigori Aronov) tells of a former Tsarist army officer in St. Petersburg who is arrested as a counterrevolutionary. This moral man, innocent of all charges, must not only clear his name but also adapt to life in an immoral new world. Not available on DVD. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 89 min. www.seagullfilms.com
 
Thursday, November 15, at 8:35 pm &
Saturday, November 17, at 5:15 pm
50th Anniversary!
THE TRIAL
LE PROCÈS
France/W. Germany/Italy, 1962, Orson Welles
The Trial is the best film I have ever made,” said Orson Welles about his virtuosic, visually-stunning adaptation of Kafka’s nightmarish classic. Tony Perkins plays the young bank clerk Joseph K., who is arrested one day on unspecified charges and becomes entrapped in a labyrinthine justice system while trying to learn what he did wrong. Welles and Jeanne Moreau co-star in this chilling, expressionistic classic. In English. 35mm. 119 min.
 
Friday, November 16, at 7:30 pm
Silent Film with Live Narration by Benshi Ichiro Kataoka!
AN INN AT TOKYO
TOKYO NO YADO
Japan, 1935, Yasujiro Ozu
In Japan silent films were accompanied not only by live music, but also by a benshi, or silent film narrator. Standing next to the screen, the benshi provided a running commentary on the movie while relaying the film’s story in a theatrical manner (playing multiple roles with a variety of voices). Some benshi were so popular that they were more of a draw than the movie itself! Though benshi disappeared with the coming of sound, some individuals kept the tradition alive. Tonight we welcome one of Japan’s foremost practitioners of this vanished art, Ichiro Kataoka, who will perform during a silent feature by the great Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story). Kataoka was the star pupil of master benshi Midori Sawato (who performed at The Cleveland Museum of Art in 1989). He is also a film and television performer, a voice actor for video games, and a historian. Although Kataoka’s narration will be in Japanese, Ozu’s film—a moving drama about the relationship between an unemployed father and an equally destitute single mother—has English subtitles, as well as a music track. Kataoka will also answer audience questions after the screening.  35mm. 80 min. Special admission $11, members & CIA I.D. holders $9, age 25 & under $7 (with proof of age); no passes, twofers, or radio winners. Advance tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com. Special thanks to Markus Nornes of the University of Michigan and Stacie Matsumoto and Haden Guest of Harvard University.
 
Saturday, November 17, at 5:15 pm
THE TRIAL
See 11/15 at 8:35 for description
 
Saturday, November 17, at 7:35 pm &
Sunday, November 18, at 4:00 pm
FAREWELL, MY QUEEN
LES ADIEUX À LA REINE
France/Spain, 2012, Benoît Jacquot
The last days of Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger) are seen through the eyes of a sympathetic and loyal servant, her reader (Léa Seydoux), in this lavish historical drama. Set at Versailles and beginning on the first Bastille Day (July 14, 1789), the movie co-stars Virginie Ledoyen as a countess with whom the queen is secretly in love. “Critics’ Pick…[A] tense, absorbing, pleasurably original look at three days in the life and lies of a doomed monarch.” –The NY Times. East Side Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm. 100 min. cohenmedia.net/farewell-my-queen/
 
Saturday, November 17, at 9:35 pm &
Sunday, November 18, at 6:30 pm
Hayao Miyazaki Returns!
HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE
HAURU NO OGOKU SHIRO
Japan, 2004, Hayao Miyazaki
Here’s an English-subtitled 35mm print of a Hayao Miyazaki animated epic that we did not show in our Sept-Oct Miyazaki series. (It became available after that retrospective was booked.) The film follows a teenage girl who is transformed by a witch into a wrinkled old woman. She seeks out the wizard Howl to lift the spell and takes refuge in his magical, shape-shifting, ambulatory castle, the doorway to an assortment of fantastical alternate realities. 119 min.
 
Sunday, November 18, at 4:00 pm
FAREWELL, MY QUEEN
See 11/17 at 7:35 for description
 
Sunday, November 18, at 6:30 pm
HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE
See 11/17 at 9:35 for description
 
Sunday, November 18, at 8:50 pm
THE SEVENTH COMPANION
See 11/15 at 6:45 for description
 
NOVEMBER 22-25
 
NO FILMS NOV. 22 & 23;
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
 
Saturday, November 24, at 5:15 pm &
Sunday, November 25, at 8:30 pm
50th Anniversary!
LONELY ARE THE BRAVE
USA, 1962, David Miller
In this one-of-a-kind modern western written by Dalton Trumbo (from a novel by Edward Abbey), Kirk Douglas plays a fiercely independent, freedom-loving cowboy who breaks out of prison and tries to escape to Mexico before a posse armed with advanced technology can apprehend him. This poignant, “passing of the Old West” drama indelibly captures two conflicting American ways of life. It is reputedly Kirk Douglas’ favorite of all his films. With Gena Rowlands and Walter Matthau. 35mm scope print! 107 min.
 
Saturday, November 24, at 7:25 pm &
Sunday, November 25, at 3:45 pm
THE EYE OF THE STORM
Australia, 2011. Fred Schepisi
Geoffrey Rush, Charlotte Rampling, and Judy Davis star in this new drama that won the critics award at the 2011 Melbourne Int’l Film Festival. The film tells of two grown children of a wealthy Australian matriarch—a stage actor (Rush) and a neurotic divorcee (Davis)—who fly from Europe to the deathbed of their mother (Rampling) Down Under. There unfolds a bitter, caustic family reunion that’s more about the disposition of wealth than the dispensing of goodbyes. From the director of The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Roxanne, Six Degrees of Separation, et al. Based on a novel by Nobel Prize winner Patrick White. “An intelligent, visually sumptuous drama that embraces the grandeur of the Australian literary classic upon which it's based.” –The Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. 35mm. 119 min. www.theeyeofthestormmovie.com
 
Saturday, November 24, at 9:45 pm &
Sunday, November 25, at 6:30 pm
THE IMPOSTER
UK, 2012, Bart Layton
Truth is stranger than fiction in this gripping and acclaimed documentary about a bold young European man who convinces a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son and brother who mysteriously disappeared three years ago. “A mesmerizing psychological thriller bulging with twists, turns, nasty insinuations and shocking revelations that might have leapt from the pages of a Patricia Highsmith novel…All the more astonishing because it actually happened.” –The Hollywood Reporter. “The documentary equivalent of a page-turner.” –Entertainment Weekly. East Side Cleveland premiere. 35mm. 99 min. imposterfilm.com
 
Sunday, November 25, at 3:45 pm
THE EYE OF THE STORM
See 11/24 at 7:25 for description
 
Sunday, November 25, at 6:30 pm
THE IMPOSTER
See 11/24 at 9:45 for description
 
Sunday, November 25, at 8:30 pm
LONELY ARE THE BRAVE
See 11/24 at 5:15 for description
 
NOVEMBER 29 – DECEMBER 4
 
Thursday, November 29, at 6:45 pm &
Sunday, December 2, at 8:55 pm
Four Films by Aleksei Guerman
TWENTY DAYS WITHOUT WAR
DVADTSAT DNEY BEZ VOYNY
USSR, 1977, Aleksei Guerman
In 1942 a Soviet Army officer and writer on a 20-day leave from the front travels to his hometown of Tashkent. Witnessing the effects of war on the general populace along the way, he meets up in Tashkent with his ex-wife and strikes up a new romance with another woman. He also observes the production of a film version of his wartime memoirs, taking special note of the disconnect between his lived reality and the moviemakers’ filmed “truth.” This Aleksei Guerman feature was also banned by authorities—though only for a few years. Not available on DVD. Subtitles. 35mm. 101 min. www.seagullfilms.com
 
Thursday, November 29, at 8:45 pm &
Saturday, December 1, at 9:20 pm
New 35mm Color Print!
Complete, Uncensored Version!
POSSESSION
France/W. Germany, 1981, Andrzej Zulawski
Short of over 40 minutes when first released in the U.S. (and banned outright for a number of years in Britain), this bloody, over-the-top exercise in Grand Guignol stars Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani as a married couple going through a traumatic break-up. Arguments and furniture-smashing soon give way to self-mutilation, killings, and sex with doppelgangers and with a tentacled monster created by Oscar-winning F/X master Carlo Rambaldi (E.T., Alien), who died in August. Adjani won the César Award and the Best Actress prize at Cannes for her hysterical performance. “Begins at a head-banging pitch and builds to a state of genuine derangement.” –The NY Times. “Five stars (highest rating)…A head-spinning masterpiece! Incorporates more and more fantastical elements as it goes on…but the story somehow remains rooted in the harsh realities of human experience.” –Time Out New York. No one under 18 admitted! Cleveland premiere. In English. 123 min.
 
Friday, November 30, at 7:00 pm &
Saturday, December 1, at 5:00 pm
50th Anniversary!
Introduction by Grafton Nunes on Friday!
THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE
USA, 1960, John Ford
John Wayne, James Stewart, and Lee Marvin star in this great John Ford western—a poignant, melancholy account of the taming of the Old West. The movie revolves around three men: a tenderfoot Eastern lawyer (Stewart), an outlaw who terrorizes him (Marvin), and a grizzled, gun-toting rancher who befriends him (Wayne). With Vera Miles, John Carradine, Woody Strode, Lee Van Cleef, et al. The film will be introduced on Friday night by Cleveland Institute of Art President Grafton Nunes, a film scholar and John Ford expert who regards this as his favorite Ford film. 35mm. 123 min.
 
Friday, November 30, at 9:40 pm &
Saturday, December 1, at 7:25 pm
TEDDY BEAR
Denmark, 2012, Mads Matthiesen
An imposing but painfully shy 38-year-old Danish bodybuilder (Kim Kold) who lives at home with his mom and has never experienced love travels to Thailand to find a bride. This sweet, disarming film is one of the year’s most pleasant (and acclaimed) surprises. As the man of steel with a heart of cotton candy, Kim Kold “gives what may be the performance of the year” (Time Out Film Guide). Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm. 92 min. www.filmmovement.com
 
Saturday, December 1, at 5:00 pm
THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE
See 11/30 at 7:00 for description
 
Saturday, December 1, at 7:25 pm
TEDDY BEAR
See 11/30 at 9:40 for description
 
Saturday, December 1, at 9:20 pm
POSSESSION
See 11/29 at 8:45 for description
 
Sunday, December 2, at 6:30 pm
50th Anniversary!
THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE
USA, 1962, John Frankenheimer
This exciting Cold War thriller tells a paranoid story of political extremists in Washington (what a concept!) and a decorated Korean War hero who’s been brainwashed into becoming an assassin. Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, and a villainous Angela Lansbury star. “Daring, funny, and far-out…May be the most sophisticated political thriller ever made in Hollywood.” –Pauline Kael. 35mm. 126 min.
 
Sunday, December 2, at 8:55 pm
TWENTY DAYS WITHOUT WAR
See 11/29 at 6:45 for description
 
Tuesday, December 4, at 7:00 pm
Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre
TOYS IN THE ATTIC
NA PŮDĚ ANEB KDO MÁ DNESKA NAROZENINY?
France/Czech Republic/Slovakia/Japan, 2009/12, Jirí Barta, Vivian Schilling
Next to Jan Švankmajer, Jirí Barta is the foremost stop-motion animator working in the Czech Republic today. And that’s saying a lot, because the Czechs have excelled at grown-up puppet films and grotesque object animation for decades. Having shown a number of Barta’s movies over the years, the Cinematheque returns to the Capitol Theatre tonight to present his first feature film in two decades—a twisted Toy Story that’s perfect for the sick-of-Christmas season. Toys in the Attic (which may be too dark, sinister, and creepy for young children) tells of a group of abandoned, old-fashioned, slightly ratty toys who spring into action when one of their own, a dainty blonde doll named Buttercup, is kidnaped by the autocratic ruler of the evil kingdom across the room. We will show the English-language version of the movie, which has voices by Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack, Cary Elwes, et al. “Manna for anyone who likes animated fantasias without wisecracks, commercials, and overwrought warbling about self-actualization, meaning that it's suitable for those who will grow up either to be the next Tim Burton or simply to enjoy his movies.” –The NY Times. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 75 min. www.toysfilm.com  Shown on the big screen at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. Regular Cinematheque prices apply; no Cinematheque passes, twofers, or radio winners and no Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts. $9 tickets available in advance at www.clevelandcinemas.com. Free parking available next to theatre and at other lots in the Gordon Square Arts District. Special thanks to Jon Forman and Dave Huffman, Cleveland Cinemas.
 
DECEMBER 6-9
 
Thursday, December 6, at 6:45 pm &
Sunday, December 9, at 8:45 pm
Four Films by Aleksei Guerman
MY FRIEND IVAN LAPSHIN
MOY DRUG IVAN LAPSHIN
USSR, 1986, Aleksei Guerman
The funny-sad-heroic life of a 1930s provincial police investigator is fondly remembered in this acclaimed memory piece set in a young, optimistic Soviet Union shortly before Stalin’s Great Purge. It’s one of Aleksei Guerman’s greatest movies (as well as one of the most revered Russian films of the past 25 years); Guerman adapted a novel by his writer father, Yuri. Subtitles. 35mm. 100 min. www.seagullfilms.com
 
Thursday, December 6, at 8:45 pm &
Sunday, December 9, at 6:30 pm
New, Restored 35mm Color Print!
WAKE IN FRIGHT
aka OUTBACK
Australia, 1971, Ted Kotcheff
This re-discovered and newly restored “Ozploitation” classic follows an Australian teacher on his way to Sydney for Christmas break who spends one night in a brutal Outback small town. Succumbing to local traditions, the teacher begins drinking and gambling with the rough, uncouth townspeople. Pretty soon he is at their mercy—trapped in a remote, morally bankrupt desert town where macho rituals of womanizing, fighting, and hunting test one’s manhood. Eventually the educator’s civilized exterior falls away, exposing his “heart of darkness” and rendering complete his total degradation. From the director of First Blood and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. With Donald Pleasance (Halloween). “The best and most terrifying film about Australia in existence.” –Nick Cave. “"It may be the greatest Australian film ever made and is the closest a movie can get to a primal scream." –Rex Reed. No one under 18 admitted! Cleveland revival premiere. 35mm. 114 min. drafthousefilms.com/film/wake-in-fright
 
Friday, December 7, at 7:15 pm &
Saturday, December 8, at 5:00 pm
EASY MONEY
SNABBA CASH
Sweden, 2010, Daniel Espinosa
This hit Swedish crime thriller, which has spawned two Swedish sequels and a coming American remake, stars Joel Kinnaman (AMC’s The Killing) as a poor but handsome Swedish business student who turns to organized crime and cocaine dealing to finance a second, double life within Stockholm’s wealthy jet set. “One of the best underworld films I’ve seen in years.” –Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly. “A great gangster pic.” -Philadelphia Inquirer. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm. 124 min. weinsteinco.com/films/easy-money/
 
Friday, December 7, at 9:40 pm &
Saturday, December 8, at 7:25 pm
SAMSARA
USA, 2011, Ron Fricke
Ron Fricke, the cinematographer of Koyaanisqatsi and director of Baraka, returns with another visually stunning, non-verbal movie filmed in remote, exotic locations around the world. Shot on large-format 70mm film over a period of five years in 25 countries and five continents, Samsara (the title is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever-turning wheel of life”) captures sacred rituals, natural wonders, huge industrial complexes, and epic disaster areas in a series of eye-popping, mind-blowing images married to music. (Fricke calls it a “guided meditation.”) The end result is a spectacular snapshot of our planet, teeming with people situated somewhere between the everyday and the eternal. First time in 35mm in Cleveland! 102 min. www.barakasamsara.com
 
Saturday, December 8, at 5:00 pm
EASY MONEY
See 12/7 at 7:15 for description
 
Saturday, December 8, at 7:25 pm
SAMSARA
See 12/7 at 9:40 for description
 
Saturday, December 8, at 9:30 pm &
Sunday, December 9, at 3:30 pm
50th Anniversary!
LOLITA
UK, 1962, Stanley Kubrick
The movie Kubrick made right before Dr. Strangelove is a funny, fascinating adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s famous novel about a respectable professor’s unnatural love for his landlady’s teenage daughter. James Mason plays the obsessed Humbert Humbert and Sue Lyon is Lolita. Shelley Winters and Peter Sellers also star; script credited to Nabokov. 35mm. 152 min.
 
Sunday, December 9, at 6:30 pm
WAKE IN FRIGHT
See 12/6 at 8:45 for description
 
Sunday, December 9, at 8:45 pm
MY FRIEND IVAN LAPSHIN
See 12/6 at 6:45 for description
 
DECEMBER 13-15
 
Thursday, December 13, at 6:45 pm &
Saturday, December 15, at 9:50 pm
RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE
RARE EXPORTS
Finland/Norway/France/Sweden, 2010, Jalmari Helander
This isn’t your typical heartwarming holiday classic but a spooky, darkly comic, grim fairy tale rooted in ancient Scandinavian mythology. (When we first showed it last year, the audience lapped it up.) Set in northern Finland, it tells of a Santa found frozen in a block of ice who turns out to be more monster than merrymaker. With similarities to Gremlins and The Thing, Rare Exports is a surefire cult classic in the making. “The best anti-Christmas Christmas movie since Bad Santa.-Village Voice. Rated R. Subtitles. 35mm. 84 min. www.rareexportsmovie.com
 
Thursday, December 13, at 8:30 pm &
Friday, December 14, at 7:15 pm
COMPLIANCE
USA, 2012, Craig Zobel
Accused of theft by a policeman on the phone, an attractive young woman working at an Ohio fast-food restaurant is detained, strip-searched, humiliated, and violated in the restaurant’s back room by her boss, fellow employees, and one outsider—all of them following spoken orders from the unseen cop. Based on a true case, this disturbing account of how ordinary people kowtow to authority was co-produced by Cleveland’s Tyler Davidson (Take Shelter). It’s one of the most acclaimed American films of 2012. “A taut, understated minimalist masterwork.” –Philadelphia Inquirer. Adults only! East Side Cleveland premiere. 35mm. 90 min. www.magpictures.com/compliance/
 
Friday, December 14, at 9:05 pm &
Saturday, December 15, at 6:55 pm
LITTLE WHITE LIES
LES PETITS MOUCHOIRS
France, 2010, Guillaume Canet
Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose), François Cluzet (The Intouchables), and Jean Dujardin (The Artist) star in the new film from the director of the hit French thriller Tell No One. It’s a seriocomic drama about a group of attractive, successful Paris friends with assorted personal/interpersonal problems who embark on their annual beach vacation in the south of France—despite the conscience-pricking fact that one member of their group lies injured in a hospital back home. “It could have been called Le Big Chill.–The NY Post. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm. 154 min. www.mpi.com
 
Saturday, December 15, at 5:15 pm
50th Anniversary!
THE INTRUDER
aka SHAME
USA, 1962, Roger Corman
One of Roger Corman’s most serious and powerful movies was also, reputedly, the only film of his to lose money on its initial release. William Shatner plays a rabble-rousing racist who shows up one day in a small Southern town to foment white hatred for blacks and prod them to protest the forced integration of their schools. Screenplay by frequent Twilight Zone writer Charles Beaumont. 35mm print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive. 80 min. Special thanks to New Horizons Picture Corp. and May Haduong.
 
Saturday, December 15, at 6:55 pm
LITTLE WHITE LIES
See 12/14 at 9:05 for description
 
Saturday, December 15, at 9:50 pm
RARE EXPORTS
See 12/13 at 6:45 for description
 
NO FILMS DEC. 16 – JAN. 2;
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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