Monday, April 22, 2013

Cleveland Cinematheque announces May-June schedule

[Press release from the Cleveland Cinematheque.]

In May and June, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque will present 61 classic and contemporary films (35 features and 26 shorts) from around the world, including 11 new first-run films, four features by Japan’s Yasujiro Ozu, comedies by Buster Keaton and France’s Pierre Étaix, and numerous second-run movies and classics. Most movies will show in the Institute’s Aitken Auditorium at 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle, though three films will screen at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th Street.
 
The four Ozu movies, all of which deal with aspects of married life, are in a series entitled “Marriage à la Ozu” running May 4-25. Getting married is one of the great director’s recurrent themes, but the movies in this series look at established marriages and such attendant problems as boredom, infidelity, and divorce. Titles include a quartet of rarely revived classics: A  HEN IN THE WIND (5/4-5), THE FLAVOR OF GREEN TEA OVER RICE (5/9 & 11), EARLY SPRING (5/18-19), and TOKYO TWILIGHT (5/24-25).
 
The complete list of May-June films follows.
 

Unless noted, admission to each film is $9; Cinematheque members $7; age 25 & under $6. A second film on the same day costs an additional $6. There is free parking for filmgoers in the adjacent CIA lot, located north of the building off of East Boulevard. For further information, visit www.cia.edu/cinematheque or call John Ewing or Tim Harry at 216.421.7450 (email: cinema@cia.edu).
 
Tuesday, April 30, at 6:45 pm
Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre
Special Sneak Preview!
Filmmaker in Person!
SHOCKWAVES
USA/France, 2013, Kasumi
The first feature by pioneering experimental filmmaker, multimedia artist, and CIA faculty member Kasumi (2011 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship) is a darkly comic psychological tale in which reality is revealed as a constantly shifting paradox. The film focuses on a man whose traumatic childhood memories of abuse suffered at the hand of his father send him on a maddening spiral of self-destruction. Through a surrealistic Möbius strip of alternate realities, shifting times, and multiple dimensions, Shockwaves weaves 25,000-plus individual shots (both original and archival) into a kaleidoscopic tapestry of cinematic imagery, original dance choreography, innovative animation, and evocative sound design. It’s a heady recipe that encompasses the biting social satire of Natural Born Killers, the hallucinogenic state of Enter the Void, and a dash of Wile E. Coyote versus the Road Runner. Shockwaves explores the lasting nature of abusive power and the emotional imprints it leaves behind. Q & A will follow the screening. 82 min. www.shockwavestehmovie.com Shown on the big screen of the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. Admission $9; Cinematheque members $7; age 25 & under and CIA I.D. holders $6 (though the first 100 people with CIA I.D.’s will be admitted free). No passes, twofers, or radio winners and no Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts. $9/$7 tickets available in advance at www.clevelandcinemas.com. Special thanks to Jon Forman and Dave Huffman.
 
MAY 2-5
 
Thursday, May 2, at 6:45 pm &
Friday, May 3, at 7:30 pm
ANDREI RUBLEV
ANDREY RUBLYOV
USSR, 1966, Andrei Tarkovsky
Tarkovsky’s long banned and bowdlerized masterpiece was inspired by the life of a great 15th-century Russian icon painter. This sweeping biography finds the artist and monk losing his will to speak and create after witnessing the barbaric horrors that infect his war-torn, feudal country. Can he regain his voice? 35mm scope print of the original, uncut version. Subtitles. 205 min.
 
Saturday, May 4, at 5:15 pm &
Sunday, May 5, at 6:30 pm
Marriage à la Ozu
A HEN IN THE WIND
KAZE NO NAKA NO MENDORI
Japan, 1948, Yasujiro Ozu
While waiting for her soldier husband to come home from WWII, a poor, desperate woman living in postwar Tokyo prostitutes herself to pay for medical care for her young child. Her act has serious repercussions. With Kinuyo Tanaka and Chishu Ryu. Subtitles. 35mm. 84 min.
 
Saturday, May 4, at 7:00 pm &
Sunday, May 5, at 3:30 pm
THE MASTER
USA, 2012, Paul Thomas Anderson
Voted best film of 2012 in the Sight & Sound and Village Voice film critics’ polls (it finished #2 in the Film Comment and Indiewire surveys), the new movie by son of Ghoulardi Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights) charts the postwar relationship between an alcoholic WWII vet (Joaquin Phoenix) and a charismatic cult leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman) whose religious/philosophical movement resembles L. Ron Hubbard’s Church of Scientology. Phoenix, Hoffman, and Amy Adams were all nominated for Oscars. Music by Jonny Greenwood. 35mm. 144 min.
 
Saturday, May 4, at 9:45 pm &
Sunday, May 5, at 8:15 pm
WRONG
USA, 2012, Quentin Dupieux
The wild new film from the director of Rubber (about a killer tire!) is another absurdist comedy. A man awakens one day to discover that his beloved dog is missing. His search to find him leads from one surreal non-sequitur situation to another. Pretty soon he’s lost not only his dog, but also his mind! “A singularly amusing head trip…Suggests Groundhog Day remade by Luis Buñuel.” –Indiewire. “Just as weird and awesome as you expect.” –Ain’t It Cool News. “[A] wry, dry and glittering near-masterpiece.” –Salon. Cleveland theatrical premiere. 35mm. 94 min. www.wrongthemovie.com
 
Sunday, May 5, at 3:30 pm
THE MASTER
See 5/4 at 7:00 for description
 
Sunday, May 5, at 6:30 pm
A HEN IN THE WIND
See 5/4 at 5:15 for description
 
Sunday, May 5, at 8:15 pm
WRONG
See 5/4 at 9:45 for description
 
MAY 9-12
 
Thursday, May 9, at 6:45 pm
Donald Richie, 1924-2013
FOUR FILMS BY DONALD RICHIE
Japan, 1962-67, Donald Richie
Donald Richie, who was born in Lima, Ohio in 1924 and died in Tokyo in February, did more than anybody to introduce Japanese cinema to the West. A revered film scholar who penned such groundbreaking works as The Japanese Film (1959), The Films of Akira Kurosawa (1965), and Ozu: His Life and Films (1974), Richie was also an occasional maker of his own experimental short films. Though they are little known and rarely shown, tonight, as a tribute to their author, we will screen four of them: Wargames (1962), Life (1965), Dead Youth (1967), and Five Filosophical Fables (1967). Made in Japan, they tend to be morality tales depicting rituals of life, love, sex, and death. No one under 18 admitted! 16mm. Total 88 min.
 
Thursday, May 9, at 8:35 pm &
Saturday, May 11, at 5:00 pm
Marriage à la Ozu
THE FLAVOR OF GREEN TEA OVER RICE
OCHAZUKE NO AJI
Japan, 1952, Yasujiro Ozu
Ozu’s domestic drama is “one of his brightest and funniest films,” according to The Holt Foreign Film Guide. In it, a middle-class, middle-aged man of simple tastes and his snobbish wife try to reinvigorate their stale, childless marriage. “Very funny and very moving.” –Time Out Film Guide. Subtitles. 35mm. 115 min.
 
Friday, May 10, at 7:30 pm
Back by Popular Demand!
DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL
USA, 2011, Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, Frédéric Tcheng
For over 50 years Diana Vreeland (1903-1989) was one of the fashion world’s foremost figures. She was fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar, editor-in-chief of Vogue, advisor to Jackie Kennedy, and discoverer of Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick. This recent film, a hit in January and brought back as part of Fashion Week Cleveland, recounts her stylish and colorful life with pizzazz. “Scrumptious.” –The L.A. Times. 35mm. 86 min. www.dianavreeland-film.com
 
Friday, May 10, at 9:20 pm &
Sunday, May 12, at 6:30 pm
Benjamin Britten Centennial
MOONRISE KINGDOM
USA, 2012, Wes Anderson
One of the most delightful and touching films of 2012, the latest movie by Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tennenbaums) is a funny, whimsical, beautifully designed paean to adolescence and young love, underscored by the lyrical music of Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). Set on a fictional New England island during the summer of 1965, the film tells of two tweener pen pals—camp cadet Sam and arts-loving Suzy—who make a secret pact to run away together. Their disappearance sends Suzy’s parents (Bill Murray, Frances McDormand), Sam’s scoutmaster (Edward Norton), and the local police chief (Bruce Willis) into a tizzy, and they frantically form a search party. 35mm. 94 min. www.moonrisekingdom.com
 
Saturday, May 11, at 5:00 pm
THE FLAVOR OF GREEN TEA OVER RICE
See 5/9 at 8:35 for description
 
Saturday, May 11, at 7:15 pm &
Sunday, May 12, at 3:45 pm
AMOUR
France/Germany/Austria, 2012, Michael Haneke
The most acclaimed foreign-language film of 2012! (It won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the European Film Award for Best Film, and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.) Veteran French actors Jean-Louis Trintignant (My Night at Maud’s, The Conformist), Emmanuelle Riva (Hiroshima Mon Amour), and Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher) star in this unflinching, moving account of an elderly man’s devotion to his longtime wife after she suffers a debilitating stroke. From the director of The White Ribbon, Caché (Hidden), and The Seventh Continent (see May 16 & 17). Unmissable! Subtitles. 35mm. 127 min. www.sonyclassics.com/amour/
 
Saturday, May 11, at 9:40 pm &
Sunday, May 12, at 8:25 pm
THE MONK
LE MOINE
France/Spain, 2011, Dominik Moll
Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Trance) stars in this gripping Gothic drama set in 17th-century Spain during the time of the Inquisition. It tells of a charismatic, virtuous friar who succumbs to Satan in the form of a mysterious masked disciple who seeks to join his order. Shown at the 2012 Cleveland Int’l Film Festival. “Builds to an unholy power.” –The Village Voice. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm color & scope print! 101 min.
 
Sunday, May 12, at 3:45 pm
AMOUR
See 5/11 at 7:15 for description
 
Sunday, May 12, at 6:30 pm
MOONRISE KINGDOM
See 5/10 at 9:20 for description
 
Sunday, May 12, at 8:25 pm
THE MONK
See 5/11 at 9:40 for description
 
MAY 16-21
 
Thursday, May 16, at 6:45 pm &
Friday, May 17, at 9:20 pm
THE SEVENTH CONTINENT
DER SIEBENTE KONTINENT
Austria, 1989, Michael Haneke
Michael Haneke’s universally acclaimed new film Amour (see 5/11 & 12) probably has more in common with his haunting first feature than with any of his others. (Both take place within the confines of one domicile, for starters.) An upper middle class Austrian family with all the modern conveniences finds itself pathologically bored with life, so takes drastic measures. This icy, elegant critique of sterile consumer culture is an unshakeable work of pure cinema. Adults only! Subtitles. 35mm. 104 min.
 
Thursday, May 16, at 8:50 pm &
Friday, May 17, at 7:30 pm
THE KID WITH A BIKE
LE GAMIN AU VÉLO
Belgium/France/Italy, 2011, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
With an overall metacritic.com score of 87 out of 100 and a 96% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the latest film by the Dardenne brothers is one of the most acclaimed movies of the past year. It’s a deeply moving story of an impoverished, heartbroken 11-year-old boy who is abandoned by his father but taken in by a kind hairdresser (the luminous Cécile de France) who tries to tame his tempestuous behavior. Grand Prix, 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Subtitles. 35mm. 87 min. www.ifcfilms.com/films/the-kid-with-a-bike Shown as part of Cleveland Bike Week 2013; bring your bike helmet to the box office and pay only $7.
 
Friday, May 17, at 9:20 pm
THE SEVENTH CONTINENT
See 5/16 at 6:45 for description
 
Saturday, May 18, at 5:00 pm &
Sunday, May 19, at 8:40 pm
Marriage à la Ozu
EARLY SPRING
SOSHUN
Japan, 1956, Yasujiro Ozu
A Japanese salaryman, bored with his job and his wife, has a brief fling with the office flirt, causing his wife to walk out on him. Ozu’s domestic drama, told in his unique minimalist style, “unravels slowly with great formal beauty, economy, lucidity and humour” (The Holt Foreign Film Guide ). With Chishu Ryu. Subtitles. 35mm. 144 min.
 
Saturday, May 18, at 7:45 pm &
Sunday, May 19, at 4:30 pm
CAESAR MUST DIE
CESARE DEVE MORIRE
Italy, 2012, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
The new film from the Italian brothers who directed Padre Padrone and The Night of the Shooting Stars is a fluid, potent blend of realism and theatricality in which actual inmates at a Rome high-security prison prepare for a public performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Winner of the Golden Bear (top prize) at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival and the David di Donatello Award (Italy’s Oscar) for Best Film of 2012. Shown at this year’s Cleveland Int’l Film Festival. Subtitles. 35mm. 76 min. www.adoptfilms.com
 
Saturday, May 18, at 9:20 pm &
Sunday, May 19, at 6:30 pm
11 FLOWERS
WO 11
China/France, 2011, Wang Xiaoshuai
In this semi-autobiographical coming-of-age drama set during the waning days of China’s Cultural Revolution, a young rural boy befriends an accused murderer hiding in the woods. From the director of Beijing Bicycle. ‘[A] bittersweet evocation of Chinese provincial life during the repressive ‘70s…Reminiscent of film adaptations of Marcel Pagnol’s novels…Reassuringly humanist.” –The Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm. 110 min. firstrunfeatures.com/11flowers/
 
Sunday, May 19, at 4:30 pm
CAESAR MUST DIE
See 5/18 at 7:45 for description
 
Sunday, May 19, at 6:30 pm
11 FLOWERS
See 5/18 at 9:20 for description
 
Sunday, May 19, at 8:40 pm
EARLY SUMMER
See 5/18 at 5:00 for description
 
Tuesday, May 21, at 7:00 pm
Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre
LEVIATHAN
France/UK/USA, 2012, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel
Life aboard a New England commercial fishing vessel on the roiling sea is vividly, indelibly captured in this engulfing new film from the makers of Sweetgrass. One of the most acclaimed and visceral films of the year, Leviathan deserves to be seen and experienced on the big screen, as it will be tonight at the Capitol Theatre. “Plunging viewers into the thick of chaos, Leviathan explodes the antiquated paradigm of the documentary or ethnographic film.” –The Village Voice.Leviathan, a product of the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard, offers not information but immersion: 90 minutes of wind, water, grinding machinery and piscine agony.” –The New York Times. “Overpowering cinematic sensation.” –The A.V. Club. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 87 min. www.arretetoncinema.org/leviathan/ Shown at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. No passes, twofers, or radio winners and no Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts. $9 tickets available in advance at www.clevelandcinemas.com. Special thanks to Jon Forman and Dave Huffman.
 
MAY 24-25
 
Friday, May 24, at 5:30 pm &
Saturday, May 25, at 7:40 pm
THE GIRL
USA/Mexico, 2012, David Riker
An unfit but feisty Texas single mother whose son is in foster care decides to start smuggling immigrants across the Mexico/U.S. border. In the process, she becomes the unwitting custodian of a six-year-old Mexican girl. Abbie Cornish stars in this touching new film from David Riker, the director of the superb NYC-set immigrant drama La Ciudad (1998) and the co-writer of Sleep Dealer (2008). Cleveland premiere. Some subtitles. 35mm. 95 min. www.davidrikersthegirl.com
 
Friday, May 24, at 7:25 pm &
Saturday, May 25, at 9:35 pm
LORE
Germany/Australia/UK, 2012, Cate Shortland
When their Nazi parents are arrested at the chaotic close of WWII, five German siblings set off on a difficult journey through a devastated landscape to their grandmother’s house in distant Hamburg. Stunned by Hitler’s defeat, and suddenly poor and hungry, the children no longer know whom to trust or what to believe. Cate (Somersault) Shortland’s second feature is a tense and lyrical coming-of-age story unlike any other, as well as one of the best-reviewed foreign films of the year. “A remarkable accomplishment.” –New York Observer. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm. 109 min. www.musicboxfilms.com
 
Friday, May 24, at 9:35 pm &
Saturday, May 25, at 5:00 pm
Marriage à la Ozu
TOKYO TWILIGHT
TOKYO BOSHOKU
Japan, 1957, Yasujiro Ozu
Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara, and Isuzu Yamada star in Ozu’s intense family saga, one of his longest, harshest, and most melodramatic films, in which his usual gentleness seems to give way to bitterness. The movie focuses on two grown daughters—one unhappily married with a child, the other in an affair that leaves her pregnant—who are living with their single father. Their sad lives are further shattered by stunning revelations about their mother. “One of the most radical departures of a distinguished career.” –Time Out Film Guide. Subtitles. 35mm. 141 min.
 
Saturday, May 25, at 7:40 pm
THE GIRL
See 5/24 at 5:30 for description
 
Saturday, May 25, at 9:35 pm
LORE
See 5/24 at 7:25 for description
 
MAY 30 – JUNE 2
 
Thursday, May 30, at 7:00 pm &
Sunday, June 2, at 10:00 am
Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre
New Digital Restoration!
M
Germany, 1931, Fritz Lang
Here’s a new 2K digital restoration of Fritz (Metropolis) Lang’s great crime film! It tells of a mentally disturbed child murderer (Peter Lorre) who is hunted by both the Berlin police and by the city’s underworld, whose illicit activities are being disrupted by the cops’ extensive, intrusive manhunt. Lang’s first sound film was his favorite of all his movies. “Five stars (highest rating)…Intense, ominous and controversially humane, Fritz Lang’s 1931 masterpiece is not only the first serial-killer thriller, but the best.” –Time Out New York (2013). Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP.  111 min. www.kinolorberfilms.com Shown at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. Special admission $10; Cinematheque members $8; age 25 & under $6. No passes, twofers, or radio winners and no Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts. $10 tickets available in advance at www.clevelandcinemas.com. Special thanks to Jon Forman and Dave Huffman.
 
Friday, May 31, at 5:15 pm &
Saturday, June 1, at 7:00 pm
New 35mm Color Print!
Pierre Étaix: The Lost Laugh
LE GRAND AMOUR (THE GREAT LOVE)
France, 1969, Pierre Étaix
In this whimsical, delightful 1960s French comedy that wasn’t released in the U.S. until last year, rediscovered comedian Pierre Étaix plays a married, middle-aged businessman who falls for his barely legal new secretary and starts fantasizing endlessly about her. Full of sight gags, this is “Étaix’s last, most cohesive, and greatest feature” (Film Forum, NYC). Étaix’s wife in the film is played by Annie Fratellini, France’s first female circus clown and Mrs. Étaix in real life. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 87 min. Preceded at showtime by Étaix’s 15-min. comedy of errors Happy Anniversary (Heureux Anniversaire, 1962), which won the 1963 Oscar for Best Live Action Short Subject and was co-directed by Étaix’s regular collaborator, the legendary scriptwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, who also wrote for Buñuel. www.janusfilms.com
 
Friday, May 31, at 7:20 pm &
Saturday, June 1, at 5:15 pm
MOCA Cleveland co-presents
BUSTER KEATON’S TWO-REEL COMEDIES, PROGRAM 1
USA, 1920-21, Buster Keaton, Eddie Cline
Here are the first four of the 19 hilarious two-reelers that Buster Keaton starred in and directed before turning his attention to features. (The remaining 15 shorts will show over the next four weeks.) Program includes: The High Sign (1921), in which Buster plays a contract killer; One Week (1920), in which Buster builds a pre-fab house; Convict 13 (1920), in which Buster escapes Death Row only to be mistaken for a prison guard by other convicts; and The Scarecrow (1920) in which Buster competes with his roommate for the hand of a farmer’s daughter. All silent with music tracks. 35mm. Total 76 min. This program is co-presented by MOCA Cleveland, whose exhibition "Kate Gilmore: Body of Work," on view until June 9, features performance-based videos and sculpture by an artist who acknowledges Keaton as an influence. MOCA members $7. A ticket stub from this program can be redeemed for half-price admission to MOCA through June 9.
 
Friday, May 31, at 9:00 pm &
Saturday, June 1, at 9:00 pm
THE GHASTLY LOVE OF JOHNNY X
USA, 2012, Paul Bunnell
This mad, midnight-movie concoction blends 1950s teensploitation flicks with cheesy sci-fi, and tops it off with wacky musical numbers à la Rocky Horror! Former Troma star Will Keenan and Creed Bratton of The Office star in this outlandish tale of an alien juvenile delinquent banished to self-destructive planet Earth for punishment. There he interacts with humans and tries to retrieve his stolen, all-powerful “resurrection suit.” With Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and Paul Williams. The Ghastly Love of Johnny X is reputedly the last film shot on Kodak’s discontinued 35mm Plus X b&w film stock. Cleveland premiere. 35mm. 106 min. www.johnnyxmovie.com
 
Saturday, June 1 at 5:15 pm
BUSTER KEATON’S TWO-REEL COMEDIES, PROGRAM 1
See 5/31 at 7:20 for description
 
Saturday, June 1, at 7:00 pm
LE GRAND AMOUR (THE GREAT LOVE)
See 5/31 at 5:15 for description
 
Saturday, June 1, at 9:00 pm
THE GHASTLY LOVE OF JOHNNY X
See 5/31 at 9:00 for description
 
JUNE 6-8
 
Thursday, June 6, at 5:45 pm &
Friday, June 7, at 7:15 pm
BUSTER KEATON’S TWO-REEL COMEDIES, PROGRAM 2
USA, 1920-21, Buster Keaton et al.
Four more hilarious Buster Keaton two-reelers made before the star and director turned his attention to features. Program includes: Neighbors (1920; co-directed by Eddie Cline), in which a high wooden fence won’t stop acrobatic Buster from seeing his beloved girlfriend in the tenement next door; The Haunted House (1921; co-directed by Eddie Cline), in which Buster plays a disgraced bank clerk involved with thieves and counterfeiters; Hard Luck (1921, co-directed by Eddie Cline), in which a suicidal man regains his confidence after a series of hunting and fishing adventures; and The Goat (1921; co-directed by Malcolm St. Clair), in which Buster is mistaken for escaped convict “Dead Shot Dan.” All silent with music tracks. 35mm. Total approx. 83 min.
 
Thursday, June 6, at 7:30 pm &
Saturday, June 8, at 9:00 pm
New 35mm Color Print!
WE WON’T GROW OLD TOGETHER
NOUS NE VIEILLERONS PAS ENSEMBLE
France/Italy, 1972, Maurice Pialat
Never before released theatrically in the U.S., this late French New Wave masterpiece from the ferocious, unsparing Maurice Pialat charts the long-term, on-again/off-again love affair between a failed, married, middle-aged filmmaker and his 24-year-old mistress who still lives with her parents. This naturalistic (and semi-autobiographical) movie depicts a relationship of unsettling volatility and brutality. With Jean Yanne and Marlène Jobert. “An opportunity for a new audience to discover one of the great lions of international cinema.” –Village Voice. “[Pialat] raises his film to the level of great art.” –Michel Ciment. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. 107 min. www.thefilmdesk.com
 
Friday, June 7, at 5:15 pm &
Saturday, June 8, at 7:00 pm
Imported 35mm Print!
I KILLED MY MOTHER
J'AI TUÉ MA MÈRE
Canada, 2009, Xavier Dolan
Wildly praised at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival (where it received an eight-minute standing ovation), then never released in America because the U.S. distributor went bankrupt, the semi-autobiographical debut film by then 20-year-old French-Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan (Heartbeats, Laurence Anyways) chronicles the love-hate relationship between a gay 16-year-old (Dolan) and his single mother. Despising her kitschy tastes and old-fashioned values, he escapes into art and his boyfriend. But even though he is incapable of loving his mom, he discovers that he is also incapable of not loving her. Don’t miss the chance to see this significant and stylish movie in a 35mm print imported from Canada. “Marks the emergence of an exciting new filmmaking talent.” –Indiewire. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm. 96 min. Special admission $10; Cinematheque members $8; age 25 & under $7. No passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Friday, June 7, at 7:15 pm
BUSTER KEATON’S TWO-REEL COMEDIES, PROGRAM 2
See 6/6 at 5:45 for description
 
Friday, June 7, at 9:00 pm &
Saturday, June 8, at 5:15 pm
Pierre Étaix: The Lost Laugh
New 35mm Print!
THE SUITOR
LE SOUPIRANT
France, 1962, Pierre Étaix
Pierre Étaix’s first feature finds the French comic playing a shy and studious young man who is urged by his mother to marry. Knowing nothing of romance or courtship, he proposes to the first available woman he sees, his family’s Swedish au pair, but she does not understand what he’s saying. So he leaves the house to observe and learn the ways of love, and gets involved with a string of unsuitable women. “The most successful feature by Étaix.” –The Holt Foreign Film Guide. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. 83 min. Preceded at showtime by Étaix and Jean-Claude Carrière’s 11-min. Rupture (1961), a comedy about a man who receives a “Dear John” letter. www.janusfilms.com
 
Saturday, June 8, at 7:00 pm
I KILLED MY MOTHER
See 6/7 at 5:15 for description
 
Saturday, June 8, at 9:00 pm
WE WON’T GROW OLD TOGETHER
See 6/6 at 7:30 for description
 
JUNE 13-15
 
Thursday, June 13, at 5:45 pm &
Friday, June 14, at 7:10 pm
BUSTER KEATON’S TWO-REEL COMEDIES, PROGRAM 3
USA, 1921-22, Buster Keaton, Eddie Cline
Four more amazing two-reelers that their star and director Buster Keaton made right before turning to features. Program includes: The Playhouse (1921), in which Buster imagines a variety show that stars him in every role; The Boat (1921), in which Buster builds a boat (the “Damfino”) that leads to a series of catastrophes; The Paleface (1922), in which Buster plays an entomologist who runs afoul of warring Indians who hate white men; and Cops (1922), in which Buster finds himself pursued by the entire LAPD. All silent with music tracks. 35mm. Approx. 82 min.
 
Thursday, June 13, at 7:30 pm &
Saturday, June 15, at 9:25 pm
Back by Popular Demand!
TABU
Portugal/Germany/Brazil/France, 2012, Miguel Gomes
Voted the second best movie of 2012 in the Sight & Sound critics’ poll (it finished #10 in the Village Voice film poll and #11 in Film Comment’s), Miguel Gomes’ two-part b&w film borrows the title of a 1931 silent movie by F.W. Murnau (Sunrise, Nosferatu). The first part, “Paradise Lost,” takes place in modern-day Lisbon, where a middle-aged woman checks in on the elderly, slightly batty woman who lives next door. Part two, entitled “Paradise,” flashes back 50 years to the old woman’s privileged former life in colonial Africa, where she was a young bride carrying on an extramarital affair. This story of forbidden love that threatens the social order echoes Murnau’s Tabu, as does Gomes’ decision to film this chapter without dialogue.  “A gloriously cinephilic fever dream…One of the year’s most rapturous love letters to the cinema.” –Toronto Int’l Film Festival. Subtitles. 35mm. 118 min. www.adoptfilms.com
 
Friday, June 14, at 5:00 pm &
Saturday, June 15, at 7:15 pm
HORS SATAN (OUTSIDE SATAN)
France, 2011, Bruno Dumont
The latest inquiry into the sacred and the profane (and the feral and the spiritual) from French master Bruno Dumont (Humanité) is a characteristically spare, laconic, gorgeously lensed work. Set in and around the coastal dunes of northwestern France, the movie focuses on a mysterious drifter who meets a young girl fleeing her abusive stepfather. The vagrant seems half devil, half saint; he can kill with impunity, but also work miracles. Essential viewing! “A secular invocation…An honest account of groping for grace.” –The Village Voice. No one under 18 admitted! Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm. 110 min. www.newyorkerfilms.com
 
Friday, June 14, at 7:10 pm
BUSTER KEATON’S TWO-REEL COMEDIES, PROGRAM 3
See 6/13 at 5:45 for description
 
Friday, June 14, at 8:55 pm &
Saturday, June 15, at 5:15 pm
Pierre Étaix: The Lost Laugh
New 35mm Print!
YOYO
France, 1965, Pierre Étaix
“The second and possibly the best of Étaix’s features” (Time Out Film Guide) stars Étaix as an unhappy millionaire who joins the circus where his lost love works as an equestrienne. The first part of this film, set during the 1920s, has no dialogue—only music and sound effects—like a silent film of that era. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. 97 min. www.janusfilms.com
 
Saturday, June 15, at 7:15 pm
HORS SATAN (OUTSIDE SATAN)
See 6/14 at 5:00 for description
 
Saturday, June 15, at 9:25 pm
TABU
See 6/13 at 7:30 for description
 
JUNE 20-22
 
Thursday, June 20, at 5:45 pm &
Friday, June 21, at 7:15 pm
BUSTER KEATON’S TWO-REEL COMEDIES, PROGRAM 4
USA, 1922, Buster Keaton et al.
The brilliant Buster Keaton in four more classic shorts he starred in and directed. Program includes: My Wife’s Relations (1922; co-directed by Eddie Cline), in which Buster mistakenly marries a woman with four gorilla-like brothers; The Blacksmith (1922; co-directed by Malcolm St Clair), in which Buster plays a bumbling smithy; The Frozen North (1922, co-directed by Eddie Cline), in which Buster spoofs William S. Hart’s melodramatic westerns (Hart was not amused); and Daydreams (1922; do-directed by Eddie Cline), in which Buster tries to make it in the big city. All silent with music tracks. 35mm. Total approx. 84 min.
 
Thursday, June 20, at 7:30 pm &
Saturday, June 22, at 9:10 pm
Back by Popular Demand!
BARBARA
Germany, 2012, Christian Petzold
Germany’s official entry for this year’s foreign language film Oscar was one of the most gripping and acclaimed movies of 2012, with unanimous favorable reviews on metacrtic.com and an overall rating of 86 out of 100. Nina Hoss, the regular muse of director Christian Petzold (Yella, Jerichow), plays a surgeon in 1980 East Germany who is demoted to a small rural hospital on the Baltic Sea after she expresses a desire to leave the repressive GDR. There, under the watchful eyes of a Stasi spies, she continues to plot her escape. “Terrific…As smart, thoughtful and emotionally involving as just about anything that's out there.” –The L.A. Times. Subtitles. 35mm. 105 min. www.adoptfilms.com
 
Friday, June 21, at 5:00 pm &
Saturday, June 22, at 6:55 pm
THE SILENCE
DAS LETZTE SCHWEIGEN
Germany, 2010, Baran bo Odar
In this “harrowing and humane German-language whodunit” (Entertainment Weekly), a bicycle belonging to a missing 13-year-old girl is found in the same field where another child was murdered 23 years earlier. Detectives try to locate the girl. But this new disappearance causes the cops, culprits, and parents from the previous unsolved case to revisit their painful past. “Four stars…A first-rate thriller.” -Time Out New York. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm. 111 min. www.thesilence-movie.com
 
Friday, June 21, at 7:15 pm
BUSTER KEATON’s TWO-REEL COMEDIES, PROGRAM 4
See 6/20 at 5:45 for description
 
Friday, June 21, at 9:00 pm &
Saturday, June 22, at 5:15 pm
Pierre Étaix: The Lost Laugh
New 35mm Print!
AS LONG AS YOU’RE HEALTHY
TANT QU’ON A LA SANTÉ
France, 1966, Pierre Étaix
Pierre Étaix’s third feature presents four comic vignettes on modern life. The stories focus on an insomniac spending the night reading about vampires; a moviegoer who can’t find a seat in a crowded theatre; a psychiatrist with more problems than his patients; and a hunter who has a run-in with a farmer and a bickering, picnicking couple. Preceded at showtime by Étaix’s Feeling Good (En Pleine Forme, 1966/2010), a short camping comedy that was originally part of As Long as You’re Healthy, but later removed by Étaix. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. Total approx. 78 min. www.janusfilms.com
 
Saturday, June 22, at 6:55 pm
THE SILENCE
See 6/21 at 5:00 for description
 
Saturday, June 22, at 9:10 pm
BARBARA
See 6/20 at 7:30 for description
 
JUNE 27-29
 
Thursday, June 27, at 6:00 pm &
Friday, June 28, at 7:15 pm
BUSTER KEATON’S TWO-REEL COMEDIES, PROGRAM 5
USA, 1922-23, Buster Keaton, Eddie Cline
The last three of the 19 inventive short comedies that Buster Keaton starred in and directed before turning his attention to features. Program includes: The Electric House (1922), in which botanist Buster tries to wire a house; The Ballonatic (1923), in which Buster accidentally takes off in a hot-air balloon and has a series of fantastic adventures; and The Love Nest (1923), in which Buster joins the crew of a whaling ship run by a vicious captain. All silent with music tracks. 35mm. Approx. 66 min.
 
Thursday, June 27, at 7:30 pm
Pierre Étaix: The Lost Laugh
New 35mm Color Print!
LAND OF MILK AND HONEY
PAYS DE COCAGNE
France, 1971, Pierre Étaix
The fifth (and final) feature by France’s Pierre Étaix is a striking (and biting) change of pace for the mild-mannered, Keaton-like comedian. It’s a group portrait of complacent French people on holiday at the beach and in the countryside, shot three months after the explosive events of May 1968. Étaix’s camera captures the vacationers as they spout off on a variety of topics—from eroticism and violence to marriage and even architecture. It was not well received by his public and essentially ended his filmmaking career. “Cleverly furious and deftly discerning.” –The New Yorker. Subtitles. 74 min. www.janusfilms.com
 
Friday, June 28, at 5:15 pm &
Saturday, June 29, at 9:45 pm
75th Anniversary!
THE LADY VANISHES
UK, 1938, Alfred Hitchcock
In Alfred Hitchcock’s celebrated comic thriller, a little old lady traveling by train with a beautiful young British woman suddenly disappears—though fellow passengers deny ever having seen her! A young musicologist volunteers to help solve the mystery. With Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave. “Four stars (highest rating)…Hitchcock at his best.” –Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide. 35mm. 96 min.
 
Friday, June 28, at 7:15 pm
BUSTER KEATON’S TWO-REEL COMEDIES, PROGRAM 5
See 6/27 at 6:00 for description
 
Friday, June 28, at 8:45 pm &
Saturday, June 29, at 7:25 pm
POST TENEBRAS LUX (AFTER DARKNESS, LIGHT)
Mexico/France/Netherlands/Germany, 2012, Carlos Reygadas
The new film from Mexico’s most provocative auteur Carlos Reygadas (Silent Light, Battle in Heaven) is a semi-autobiographical, Tarkovskian dreamscape full of musings and memories, fears, fantasies, and forebodings. The story centers on an affluent man who has moved his wife and two young children to a new house in the remote Mexican countryside. There he struggles with demons and dualities: tranquility and violence, privilege and poverty, guilt and salvation. Reygadas’ meanings will be debated for years, but there’s no denying his astonishing command of cinema. Essential viewing! “A poetic, psychedelic rhapsody in which the director’s tendencies towards abstract expressionism are allowed off the leash...Haunted by the twin impulses to experiment and transgress.” –Sight & Sound. No one under 18 admitted! Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm. 120 min. www.strandreleasing.com
 
Saturday, June 29, at 5:15 pm
50th Anniversary!
THE FIRE WITHIN
LE FEU FOLLET
France, 1963, Louis Malle
Perhaps the greatest of Louis Malle’s early films focuses on an alcoholic writer (Maurice Ronet) who leaves a clinic determined to kill himself. He spends 24 hours visiting friends in the hope that they might give him a reason to live. With Jeanne Moreau and Alexandra Stewart; music by Erik Satie. Subtitles. 35mm. 108 min.
 
Saturday, June 29, at 7:25 pm
POST TENEBRAS LUX (AFTER DARKNESS, LIGHT)
See 6/28 at 8:45 for description
 
Saturday, June 29, at 9:45 pm
THE LADY VANISHES
See 6/28 at 5:15 for description

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