Monday, September 2, 2013

Cinematheque announces Sept-Oct film schedule

[Press release from the Cleveland Cinematheque.]

Forty-five different film programs will be presented in September and October by the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, Cleveland’s alternative film theatre. Included are exclusive Cleveland premieres, popular second-run films, classics in new 35mm film prints, and two visiting filmmakers.
 
Highlights include: nine features by Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki (Sept. 6 – Nov. 1); Richard Linklater’s complete Before trilogy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight) (Sept. 13-15); four “Rarely Seen Gems of Japanese Cinema” (Sept. 28 – Oct. 12); three live silent film performances by Boston’s Alloy Orchestra (Sept. 28-29), including their signature score to Metropolis; an afternoon with longtime Ohio filmmaker Richard Myers (Sept. 22); and an evening with Belgian director Chantal Akerman (Oct. 19). There will also be three offsite events: two at the Capitol Theatre (Sept. 24 & Oct. 15) and one at John Carroll University (Sept. 30). A complete list of programs follows.
 
Unless noted below, all films will show in the Aitken Auditorium of the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle, www.cia.edu/cinematheque, and admission to each program is $9, Cinematheque members $7, age 25 & under $6. There is free parking for filmgoers in the adjacent CIA lot, located off of East Boulevard. For further information, call John Ewing or Tim Harry at (216) 421-7450 or email cinema@cia.edu.
 
Cinematheque programs are supported by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council.
 

SEPTEMBER 5-8
 
Thursday, September 5, at 6:45 pm &
Friday, September 6, at 9:30 pm
DEAD MAN
USA/Germany/Japan, 1995, Jim Jarmusch
18 years before he played Tonto in the ill-fated The Lone Ranger, Johnny Depp played a “stupid white man” from Cleveland in this transcendental Western by Jim Jarmusch. Depp portrays a meek, 19th-century accountant named William Blake who journeys west and inadvertently becomes a wanted man. A wryly amusing Native American guide (Gary Farmer) takes him under his wing and leads him into uncharted territory. With Crispin Glover, Iggy Pop, and Robert Mitchum. Music by Neil Young. 35mm. 120 min.
 
Thursday, September 5, at 9:05 pm &
Sunday, September 8, at 6:30 pm
STORIES WE TELL
Canada, 2012, Sarah Polley
The latest film by actress and director Sarah Polley is one of the most acclaimed movies of the past year. (It has an overall metacritic.com score of 90 out of 100, and a 95% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.) Polley turns her camera on her father, siblings, other relatives, and family friends to explore not only the secret life of her late actress mother, who died in 1990, but also the myths and ambiguities surrounding Polley's own birth 34 years ago. The result is fascinating kaleidoscope of lore, lies, half-truths, re-creations, and revelations. 35mm. 108 min. storieswetellmovie.com
 
Friday, September 6, at 7:00 pm &
Saturday, September 7, at 5:00 pm
Hayao Miyazaki in English
CASTLE IN THE SKY
aka LAPUTA: CASTLE IN THE SKY
TENKU NO SHIRO RAPYUTA
Japan, 1986, Hayao Miyazaki
A young girl battles sky pirates and government agents for possession of a magical levitation stone that unlocks the secrets of Laputa, a mysterious floating island in the sky. This funny, thrilling, dazzling animated aerial adventure “may be Miyazaki’s most purely enjoyable movie” (Film Comment). English voices by Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill, et al. 35mm. 125 min. www.gkids.tv/ghibli/
 
Friday, September 6, at 9:30 pm
DEAD MAN
See 9/5 at 6:45 for description
 
Saturday, September 7, at 5:00 pm
CASTLE IN THE SKY
See 9/6 at 7:00 for description
 
Saturday, September 7, at 7:25 pm &
Sunday, September 8, at 4:00 pm
SCATTER MY ASHES AT BERGDORF’S
USA, 2013, Matthew Miele
This new documentary on NYC’s Bergdorf Goodman, the legendary Fifth Avenue luxury goods department store, features interviews with fashion designers, style icons, and celebrities such as Candice Bergen, Tom Ford, and Vera Wang, among others. Cleveland theatrical premiere. 35mm. 93 min. www.facebook.com/scattermyashesatbergdorfs
 
Saturday, September 7, at 9:20 pm &
Sunday, September 8, at 8:40 pm
THE BLING RING
USA/UK/France/Germany/Japan, 2013, Sofia Coppola
The new film from Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation) tells an incredible true story: about how a gang of amoral, fame-obsessed SoCal teens broke into and robbed the homes of Paris Hilton and other celebrities who were out of town, stealing millions in cash, jewelry, clothes, and accessories. With Emma Watson. 35mm. 90 min. theblingring.com
 
Sunday, September 8, at 4:00 pm
SCATTER MY ASHES AT BERGDORF’S
See 9/7 at 7:25 for description
 
Sunday, September 8, at 6:30 pm
STORIES WE TELL
See 9/5 at 9:05 for description
 
Sunday, September 8, at 8:40 pm
THE BLING RING
See 9/7 at 9:20 for description
 
SEPTEMBER 12-15
 
Thursday, September 12, at 6:45 pm &
Saturday, September 14, at 7:35 pm
WISH YOU WERE HERE
Australia, 2012, Kieran Darcy-Smith
Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby) stars in this acclaimed thriller about two Aussie couples who go on a carefree South Asian holiday in Cambodia—from which only three of them return. The truth behind the mysterious disappearance of the fourth threatens the stability and marriage of the other couple. “Consistently entertains by throwing the kinds of curves one should see coming but doesn't.” -Variety. Cleveland theatrical premiere. 35mm color & scope print! 89 min. www.wishyouwereherethefilm.com/
 
Thursday, September 12, at 8:35 pm &
Saturday, September 14, at 5:15 pm
Hayao Miyazaki in English
NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND
KAZE NO TANI NO NAUSHIKA
Japan, 1984, Hayao Miyazaki
Miyazaki’s breakthrough animated movie is an epic post-apocalyptic fantasy set in the harmonious Valley of the Wind, whose ecosystem survived the devastating “Seven Days of Fire.” But now young princess Nausicaä must stop two warring clans, and giant insects in the surrounding toxic jungle, that threaten the Valley’s destruction once again. English voices by Shia LaBeouf, Edward James Olmos, Patrick Stewart, Uma Thurman, et al. 35mm. 117 min. www.gkids.tv/ghibli/
 
Friday, September 13, at 7:30 pm &
Sunday, September 15, at 3:00 pm
BEFORE SUNRISE
USA/Austria/Switzerland, 1995, Richard Linklater
Young American tourist Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and French student Celine (Julie Delpy) meet on the train from Budapest and spend a day and a night talking and walking around Vienna—and falling in love. Jesse must catch a plane in the morning. Will they ever see each other again? Richard Linklater’s poetic, poignant romance remains one of the most touching films of the 1990s. 35mm. 101 min. See next blurb for the sequel.
 
Friday, September 13, at 9:30 pm &
Sunday, September 15, at 5:00 pm
BEFORE SUNSET
USA, 2004, Richard Linklater
Nine years after their memorable night in Vienna (see previous blurb), one-time lovers Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), now grown-up and gainfully employed, meet by chance in Paris and spend a few hours together before he needs to catch another plane. 35mm. 80 min. See 9/14 at 9:30 for the sequel.
 
Saturday, September 14, at 5:15 pm
NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND
See 9/12 at 8:35 for description
 
Saturday, September 14, at 7:35 pm
WISH YOU WERE HERE
See 9/12 at 6:45 for description
 
Saturday, September 14, at 9:30 pm &
Sunday, September 15, at 7:30 pm
BEFORE MIDNIGHT
USA, 2013, Richard Linklater
2013's most acclaimed film picks up the story of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) nine years after the events of Before Sunset (see 9/13 at 9:30), 18 years after they first met on that Vienna-bound train (see 9/13 at 7:30). Now in Greece, they are older and (maybe) wiser, but still possess the ability to transfix and entertain an audience by doing little more than walking and talking.  "If the first two films belong with the greatest (if talkiest) movie romances of all time, the new film is richer, riskier, and more bleakly perceptive about what it takes for love to endure (or not) over the long haul." -Boston Globe. 35mm. 109 min. www.sonyclassics.com/beforemidnight/
 
Sunday, September 15, at 3:00 pm
BEFORE SUNRISE
See 9/13 at 7:30 for description
 
Sunday, September 15, at 5:00 pm
BEFORE SUNSET
See 9/13 at 9:30 for description
 
Sunday, September 15, at 7:30 pm
BEFORE MIDNIGHT
See 9/14 at 9:30 for description
 
SEPTEMBER 19-24
 
Thursday, September 19, at 6:45 pm &
Saturday, September 21, at 9:45 pm
ASHES OF TIME REDUX
DUNG CHE SAI DUK REDUX
Hong Kong/China, 2008, Wong Kar-wai
The Grandmaster is not the first martial arts movie by Hong Kong’s master of cinematic style, Wong Kar-wai. In 1994 he released Ashes of Time, a trippy, ethereal, somewhat mystifying work with an all-star cast (Maggie Cheung, Leslie Cheung, Brigitte Lin, The Grandmaster’s Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, et al.), about a swordsman who arranges hits for paying customers. 14 years later—after comparing release prints of various lengths, re-cutting and rearranging action, and digitally tweaking cinematographer Christopher Doyle’s sensuous colors—Wong assembled his “definitive” version of this dreamy period piece. The Redux cut does not clarify all of the original movie’s narrative ambiguities, but it expertly showcases Wong’s peerless poetry: flashy, abstract visuals; the familiar mood of regret and romantic longing; his obsession with time. Subtitles. 35mm. 93 min.
 
Thursday, September 19, at 8:40 pm &
Sunday, September 22, at 8:15 pm
THE EAST
USA/UK, 2013, Zal Batmanglij
Brit Marling, Ellen Page, and Alexander Skarsgård star in the new counterculture thriller from the maker of Sound of My Voice. Marling, who also co-wrote the movie, plays an operative for a private security firm who infiltrates an underground eco-terrorist organization that covertly attacks corporations that abuse the environment. 35mm color & scope print! 116 min. www.theeastmovie.com
 
Friday, September 20, at 7:30 pm &
Saturday, September 21, at 5:15 pm &
Sunday, September 22, at 6:30 pm
Hayao Miyazaki in English
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO
TONARI NO TOTORO
Japan, 1988, Hayao Miyazaki
This gentle, poetic masterpiece tells of two young Japanese sisters who move with their father to the countryside, where they encounter spirits and other amazing creatures who can be seen only by children. One of these critters, the huge, furry, flying Totoro, takes the girls on a series of fantastic adventures. “The film that first brought Miyazaki to international attention remains an animated achievement almost without parallel.” –Time Out Film Guide. English voices by Dakota and Elle Fanning. 35mm. 86 min. www.gkids.tv/ghibli/
 
Friday, September 20, at 9:15 pm &
Saturday, September 21, at 7:00 pm
New 35mm Restoration!
L’AVVENTURA
Italy/France, 1960, Michelangelo Antonioni
Antonioni’s breakthrough film (seen here in a gorgeous new print) remains his most celebrated and influential work, redefining cinematic concepts of time and space. (It regularly places high on lists of the best movies of all time.) Monica Vitti stars in this tale of a group of wealthy young socialites who yacht to a barren Sicilian island, where a woman from their party disappears. The missing woman’s fiancé and best friend look for her—but become lovers in the process. The title means The Adventure. "One of the defining works of modernist cinema … Antonioni created, as the Cannes jury put it in 1960, a new language of cinema.” –Village Voice. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. 145 min. www.janusfilms.com
 
Saturday, September 21, at 5:15 pm
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO
See 9/20 at 7:30 for description
 
Saturday, September 21, at 7:00 pm
L’AVVENTURA
See 9/20 at 9:15 for description
 
Saturday, September 21, at 9:45 pm
ASHES OF TIME REDUX
See 9/19 at 6:45 for description
 
Sunday, September 22, at 3:00 pm
Richard Myers in Person!
THE FILMS OF RICHARD MYERS: AN INTRO
USA, 1960-74, Richard Myers
Before the Russo brothers, before Jim Jarmusch, before Robert Banks, there was Richard Myers (b. 1937 in Massillon), an internationally celebrated Ohio filmmaker creating 16mm shorts and features from his home base in Kent. Myers' films (eight features and 14 shorts in over 40 years) have been acclaimed by such critics as Roger Ebert and Pauline Kael. They have won top prizes at the Ann Arbor and Chicago Film Festivals, and have been exhibited at MoMA, the Whitney, the National Film Theater in London, and the Venice Film Festival, among others. Myers has been awarded two Guggenheim Fellowships, an American Film Institute Grant, and an NEA Independent Artist's Grant for filmmaking, to say nothing of numerous grants (and a two-year Major Fellowship) from the Ohio Arts Council. He taught film production at Kent State University from 1964 to 1991 and is now Emeritus Professor, School of Art. This afternoon Myers will introduce moviegoers to his surreal, visually stunning, dream-based work with a unique program of hand-picked excerpts from several of his shorts and features (including Akran and 37-73). He will also talk about his films, take questions from the audience, and exhibit large-scale frame blow-ups. After the screening, Myers will sell and sign copies of a handsome new hardcover book, The Films of Richard Myers, which presents an overview of his remarkable career in words and over 200 pictures—mostly film stills. (The book costs $40.) A reception open to all ticket holders caps a very special afternoon! 16mm. Approx. 2-2.5 hrs.
 
Sunday, September 22, at 6:30 pm
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO
See 9/20 at 7:30 for description
 
Sunday, September 22, at 8:15 pm
THE EAST
See 9/19 at 8:40 for description
 
Tuesday, September 24, at 7:00 pm
Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre
New Digital Restoration!
A PIG ACROSS PARIS
aka FOUR BAGS FULL
LA TRAVERSÉE DE PARIS
France/Italy, 1956, Claude Autant-Lara
In this “explosively funny” (Pauline Kael) rediscovered comedy-thriller, a bold, garrulous, resourceful artist (Jean Gabin) and a nervous cab driver (Bourvil) try to transport four suitcases of black market pork across Paris during the German Occupation—dodging German patrols, French police, hungry dogs, roadblocks, collaborators, and air raids during a blackout. Voted the best film of 1956 by France's film critics, this hilarious movie was also one of the first French films to acknowledge the less than exemplary behavior of some of their countrymen during WWII. Cleveland revival premiere. New subtitles. DCP. 80 min. www.rialtopictures.com Shown on the big screen at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. Special admission $10; Cinematheque members $8; age 25 & under $7. No passes, twofers, or radio winners and no Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts. Advance tickets available at www.clevelandcinemas.com. Special thanks to Jon Forman and Dave Huffman.
 
SEPTEMBER 26-30
 
Thursday, September 26, at 6:45 pm &
Friday, September 27, at 9:35 pm
FRANCES HA
USA, 2012, Noah Baumbach
Indie movie fixture Greta Gerwig may finally have found stardom thanks to her performance in this delightful, touching, and acclaimed new comedy-drama from the director of The Squid and the Whale. Gerwig plays a ditzy but endearing 27-year-old New Yorker whose dance career is not going especially well and who loses her roommate and apartment early in the film. The movie chronicles her funny, gauche, and fumbling attempts to find her place in the city—and in the world. 35mm. 86 min. www.franceshamovie.com
 
Thursday, September 26, at 8:35 pm &
Friday, September 27, at 7:30 pm
Hayao Miyazaki in English
KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE
MAJO NO TAKKYŪBIN
Japan, 1989, Hayao Miyazaki
Miyazaki’s lyrical coming-of-age comedy focuses on a broomstick-riding, 13-year-old witch-in-training—a good witch—who leaves home with her loquacious black cat to spend a year doing good deeds in a far-off seaside city. She sets up a delivery service with a local baker, but discovers that self-doubt and insecurity threaten her aerial abilities. English voices by Kirsten Dunst, Debbie Reynolds, et al. 35mm. 102 min. www.gkids.tv/ghibli/
 
Friday, September 27, at 9:35 pm
FRANCES HA
See 9/26 at 6:45 for description
 
Saturday, September 28, at 5:00 pm
Rarely Seen Gems of Japanese Cinema
MISS OYU
OYÛ-SAMA
Japan, 1951, Kenji Mizoguchi
A young Japanese man falls in love with his fiancée’s widowed sister (Kinuyo Tanaka) in this exquisite romantic drama by the great Kenji Mizoguchi. Never before shown at the Cinematheque, this little known classic from Mizoguchi’s greatest decade (his next five films included The Life of Oharu, Ugetsu, and Sansho the Bailiff) demonstrates his stunning pictorial sense and his sympathy for women. Linda Ehrlich, associate professor of Japanese and cinema at CWRU, will introduce the film and lead a post-film discussion. Subtitles. 35mm. 95 min. CWRU I.D. holders $7.
 
Saturday, September 28, at 8:00 pm
The Alloy Orchestra accompanies
METROPOLIS
Germany, 1927, Fritz Lang
Roger Ebert called Boston’s Alloy Orchestra “the best in the world at accompanying silent films.” Tonight this internationally known trio—Terry Donahue, Roger Miller (Mission of Burma), Ken Winokur—perform their signature score for Fritz Lang’s 1927 sci-fi spectacle Metropolis. Though the band has accompanied Metropolis at the Cinematheque before, tonight (for the first time on Cleveland’s East Side) they will lend their distinctive mix of clarinet, accordion, electronics, and junk metal percussion to the 2010 restoration of Lang’s futuristic epic, 25 minutes (and 25%) longer than all previous restored versions. Finally Lang’s exciting and visually stunning tale—set in a gleaming futuristic city where the wealthy lead lives of luxury above ground while worker drones toil on machinery underground, and where a robot-led revolt threatens both classes—makes total sense! Unmissable! Blu-ray. 150 min. www.alloyorchestra.com Special admission $20; Cinematheque members and CIA I.D. holders $15; age 25 & under $12; no passes, twofers, or radio winners and no second-film discount tonight. Advance $20 & $15 tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com. Door sales are cash/check only. See next two blurbs for additional Alloy Orchestra performances.
 
Sunday, September 29, at 4:00 pm
The Alloy Orchestra accompanies
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
USA, 1925, Rupert Julian
This afternoon Boston’s Alloy Orchestra (see previous blurb) presents the Cleveland premiere of their original score for the Lon Chaney silent horror classic that spawned numerous remakes and the hit Broadway musical. This tale of a mysterious masked man (Chaney) who lives in the bowels of the Paris Opera House will be seen in a gorgeous new color-tinted print that also restores the original two-strip Technicolor of the masquerade ball sequence. 35mm. 78 min. www.alloyorchestra.com Special admission $15; Cinematheque members and CIA I.D. holders $12; age 25 & under $10; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. Advance $15 & $12 tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com. Door sales are cash/check only. See next blurb for another Lon Chaney film accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra.
 
Sunday, September 29, at 7:00 pm
The Alloy Orchestra accompanies
HE WHO GETS SLAPPED
USA, 1924, Victor Sjöstrom
The latest score by the Alloy Orchestra (see 9/28 at 8 pm), premiered at this year's Telluride Film Festival, accompanies a little-known but sensational silent melodrama made in Hollywood by the great Swedish director Victor Sjöstrom (The Wind, The Phantom Chariot). Lon Chaney (see previous blurb), the "Man of a Thousand Faces," plays a brilliant scientist who loses both his groundbreaking research and his wife to a dishonest man. Wounded, he joins the circus and becomes a sad clown who wears his heart on his sleeve and suffers repeated humiliation and abuse—to the delight of hundreds of spectators. This piercing, Pagliacci-style fable, shown in a restored version from the George Eastman House, may have inspired Sternberg's The Blue Angel and Bergman's The Naked Night/Sawdust and Tinsel. With Norma Shearer and John Gilbert. Blu-ray. Approx. 80 min. Special admission $15; Cinematheque members and CIA I.D. holders $12; age 25 & under (and those who paid to see Phantom at 4 pm) $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Monday, September 30, at 7:00 pm
Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at John Carroll University
A HIJACKING
KAPRINGEN
Denmark, 2012, Tobias Lindholm
Tonight the Cinematheque travels to the Dolan Science Center Auditorium at John Carroll University to present the East Side Cleveland premiere of one of the most acclaimed and exciting movies of 2013! (It has a 97% “fresh” rating on RottenTomatoes.com.) A Hijacking chronicles what happens when a Danish cargo ship is hijacked in the Indian Ocean by Somali pirates and the crew held hostage. The movie crosscuts between the besieged vessel and shipping company’s corporate offices in Denmark to delineate the tense, delicate negotiations that ensue. Tobias Lindholm, who wrote and directed this nail-biter, also co-wrote the terrific Danish drama The Hunt. “If A Hijacking was in English, or if U.S. audiences weren't finicky about reading subtitles, or if life was fair, this brilliant thriller…would be playing on multiplex screens throughout the country.” –Wall Street Journal. Subtitles. Blu-ray. 103 min. www.magpictures.com  Shown in the Dolan Science Center Auditorium at John Carroll University, 20700 North Park Blvd. in University Heights. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Science Center. Regular admission prices apply, but JCU I.D. holders free. Special thanks to Salomon Rodezno.
 
OCTOBER 3-6
 
Thursday, October 3, at 6:30 pm
Rarely See Gems of Japanese Cinema
RECORD OF A TENEMENT GENTLEMAN
NAGAYA SHINSHIROKU
Japan, 1947, Yasujiro Ozu
Never before shown at the Cinematheque, this postwar comedy-drama by the great Yasujiro Ozu tells of a widow who takes in a young boy found on the streets. Ozu regular Chishu Ryu sings in this one! Garrett L. Morgan, visiting assistant professor of history at Oberlin College, will introduce the film and lead a post-film discussion. Subtitles. 35mm. 72 min. CWRU I.D. holders $7.
 
Thursday, October 3, at 8:45 pm &
Friday, October 4, at 7:30 pm
Hayao Miyazaki in English
PORCO ROSSO (THE RED PIG)
KURENAI NO BUTA
Japan, 1992, Hayao Miyazaki
Miyazaki’s rarest major feature follows a decorated WWI flying ace-turned-pig (the result of a mysterious spell) who battles sky pirates over the Adriatic Sea in the years preceding WWII. This high-flying adventure was Japan’s highest grossing film of 1993. “As stirring as Casablanca and sophisticated as Only Angels Have Wings…A sublime chivalric fable.” –Time Out Film Guide. English voices by Michael Keaton, Brad Garrett, et al. 35mm. 94 min. www.gkids.tv/ghibli/
 
Friday, October 4, at 9:25 pm &
Saturday, October 5, at 7:30 pm &
Sunday, October 6, at 4:00 pm
New 35mm Color Print!
UN FLIC (A COP)
aka DIRTY MONEY
France, 1972, Jean-Pierre Melville
Catherine Deneuve, Alain Delon, and Richard Crenna star in the final film by crime-movie master Jean-Pierre Melville (Le Samourai, Army of Shadows). It’s a typically Melvillian account of friendship and betrayal among a cop, a shady nightclub owner, and the beautiful woman involved with both of them. High priest of tough-guy mysticism and master of the attitudinous gangster thriller, Melville not only anticipated the French new wave but served as a model for the neo new wave of Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino and Wong Kar-wai.” – J. Hoberman. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. 98 min. www.rialtopictures.com
 
Saturday, October 5, at 5:00 pm
Rarely Seen Gems of Japanese Cinema
HUMANITY AND PAPER BALLOONS
NINJO KAMIFUSEN
Japan, 1937, Sadao Yamanaka
This period drama is the greatest work by a promising young Japanese filmmaker of the 1930s who died in Manchuria (at age 29) 13 months after his masterpiece was released. Set in 18th-century Edo (Tokyo), the film is a compassionate portrait of an unemployed samurai, his wife, and their impoverished neighbors—all leading hardscrabble lives in a shabby slum plagued by crime, where notions of heroism and honor have lost their meaning. Kimberly Kono, assistant professor of Japanese at Smith College and visiting associate professor at CWRU, will introduce the film and lead a post-film discussion. Subtitles. 35mm. 86 min. CWRU I.D. holders $7.
 
Saturday, October 5, at 7:30 pm
UN FLIC
See 10/4 at 9:25 for description
 
Saturday, October 5, at 9:30 pm
50th Anniversary!
New 16mm Print!
FLAMING CREATURES
USA, 1963, Jack Smith
Critic J. Hoberman calls Jack Smith’s Flaming Creatures “the most liberating Underground movie of the sixties…also the most notorious.” (It was banned repeatedly.) Inspired by such trashy and exotic 1940s Technicolor fantasies as Cobra Woman and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, the movie depicts a makeshift harem where an odd assortment of transvestites and women play “dress up” and thrash around, half naked, in a nonstop orgiastic frenzy. “The most important avant-garde film ever made in America.” –David Ehrenstein. Preceded at 9:30 by Barbara’s Rubin’s controversial, confrontational, double-screen projection of sex and genitalia, Christmas on Earth (USA, 1963), also marking its 50th anniversary this year. No one under 18 admitted! 16mm. Total 72 min. This program supported by the Charles Lang Bergengren Memorial Film Fund.
 
Sunday, October 6, at 4:00 pm
UN FLIC
See 10/4 at 9:25 for description
 
Sunday, October 6, at 6:30 pm
JEANNE DIELMAN
JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES
Belgium, 1975, Chantal Akerman
As a warm-up for filmmaker Chantal Akerman’s personal appearance on Oct. 19, we present her seminal 1975 film that “changed the face of contemporary European cinema” (J. Hoberman). Rarely screened theatrically due to its extreme length, this groundbreaking masterpiece focuses on a middle-aged Belgian woman (Delphine Seyrig), living in a modest, tidy apartment, who matter-of-factly tackles her daily chores: cooking, cleaning, shopping—and receiving one anonymous man a day who pays for sex. Jeanne’s quotidian existence progresses like clockwork, and she remains placid, unruffled, and efficient—until a break in routine triggers a descent into disorder, and worse. Subtitles. 35mm. 200 min. Special admission $10; Cinematheque members and CIA I.D. holders $8; age 25 & under $7. No passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
OCTOBER 10-15
 
Thursday, October 10, at 6:45 pm &
Friday, October 11, at 9:35 pm
ONLY GOD FORGIVES
France/Thailand/USA/Sweden, 2012, Nicolas Winding Refn
Ryan Gosling and an unforgettably malevolent Kristin Scott Thomas star in the stylish and violent new film from the Danish maker of Drive, Bronson, and the Pusher trilogy. It's a languid, cryptic fable of murder and revenge set in a seedy nighttime Bangkok of boxing clubs, brothels, and bars. Gosling's ex-pat drug smuggler locks horns with a stern, sword-wielding Thai policeman known as the "Angel of Vengeance” in a lurid Lynchian landscape that seems part dream, part purgatory. Adults only! Subtitles. 35mm. 90 min. www.facebook.com/ogfmovie
 
Thursday, October 10, at 8:35 pm &
Friday, October 11, at 7:00 pm &
Sunday, October 13, at 8:25 pm
Hayao Miyazaki in English
PRINCESS MONONOKE
MONONOKE HIME
Japan, 1997, Hayao Miyazaki
Mortals who have learned how to fashion weapons out of metal battle nature spirits, pagan gods, and forest creatures in Miyazaki’s sumptuous, ecologically-themed mythological epic. 16 years in the making, this is one of the most impressive animated features ever! English voices by Clare Danes, Minnie Driver, Billy Crudup, Billy Bob Thornton, et al. 35mm. 134 min. www.gkids.tv/ghibli/
 
Friday, October 11, at 9:35 pm
ONLY GOD FORGIVES
See 10/10 at 6:45 for description
 
Saturday, October 12, at 5:00 pm
Rarely Seen Gems of Japanese Cinema
GROWING UP
TAKEKURABE
Japan, 1955, Heinosuke Gosho
The late, great Isuzu Yamada (Lady Macbeth in Throne of Blood) stars in this beautifully photographed major work by Japan's prolific but criminally undershown movie master Heinosuke Gosho. It follows a young girl doomed to a life of prostitution as she slowly comprehends her unfortunate fate. Ann Sherif of Oberlin College will introduce the film and lead a post-film discussion. Subtitles. 16mm. 95 min. CWRU I.D. holders $7.
 
Saturday, October 12, at 7:35 pm &
Sunday, October 13, at 4:15 pm
I'M SO EXCITED
LOS AMANTES PASAJEROS
Spain, 2013, Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar's kinky, colorful, and elegantly designed new movie is a lighter-than-air comedy set in the cockpit and cabin of an ill-fated flight from Madrid to Mexico City. When a damaged landing gear jeopardizes the plane's safe arrival, the pilots, passengers, and swishy flight attendants obsess about their love lives while revealing deep, dark secrets. With Almodóvar regulars Javier Cámara, Cecilia Roth, and Lola Dueñas, plus some notable cameos. Adults only! Subtitles. 35mm. 90 min. www.sonyclassics.com/imsoexcited/
 
Saturday, October 12, at 9:25 pm &
Sunday, October 13, at 6:30 pm
AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL
HA-TREMPIST
Israel, 1972, Amos Sefer
This newly rediscovered counterculture camp classic tells of a group of idealistic 1970s young people who flee civilization for a life of peace, freedom, and happiness on an isolated island. Things are groovy until the clan members' buried animal instincts begin to surface, turning their idyllic Eden into a nightmarish episode of Survivor. "Murderous mimes, robots, blood-thirsty sharks, free-loving debauchery and poignant anti-war monologues by raving mad hippies!" -Grindhouse Releasing. Cleveland revival premiere. 35mm. 95 min. www.grindhousereleasing.com
 
Sunday, October 13, at 4:15 pm
I'M SO EXCITED
See 10/12 at 7:35 for description
 
Sunday, October 13, at 6:30 pm
AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL
See 10/12 at 9:25 for description
 
Sunday, October 13, at 8:25 pm
PRINCESS MONONOKE
See 10/10 at 8:35 for description
 
Tuesday, October 15, at 7:00 pm
Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre
PARADISE: FAITH
PARADIES: GLAUBE
Austria/Germany/France, 2012, Ulrich Seidl
The most uncompromising, uncomfortable, and unforgettable (i.e., best) film we saw at this year’s Cleveland Int’l Film Festival was the second part of Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise trilogy. (All three films stand alone.) Paradise: Faith follows a fanatically religious Austrian Catholic woman whose extreme devotion frequently crosses the line into comedy or cruelty. To reveal more would spoil the film’s shocks and surprises. But this darkly funny, sometimes harrowing drama has virtuosic scenes that will make you wince, and incidents and images that will stick with you for years. No one under 18 admitted! DCP. 115 min. www.strandreleasing.com Shown on the big screen at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. Special admission $10; Cinematheque members and CIA I.D. holders $8; age 25 & under $7. No passes, twofers, or radio winners and no Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts. Advance tickets available at www.clevelandcinemas.com. Special thanks to Jon Forman and Dave Huffman.
 
OCTOBER 17-22
 
Thursday, October 17, at 6:45 pm &
Friday, October 18, at 9:35 pm
New 35mm Print!
LE PETIT SOLDAT (THE LITTLE SOLDIER)
France, 1960/63, Jean-Luc Godard
Anna Karina made her Jean-Luc Godard debut in this, the director's second feature (following Breathless). But the movie was initially banned in France (it referenced the nation’s contentious Algerian War), so when it was finally released in 1963, it appeared to be Godard’s fourth film. Michel Subor portrays a French deserter in Geneva, Bruno Forestier (also the name of the character he would play in Claire Denis' Beau Travail 39 years later), who agrees to kill a top FLN (Algerian Liberation Front) official in order to prove his loyalty to France. Karina (who became Mrs. Godard in 1961) plays an FLN sympathizer with whom Forestier falls in love. "A scandal in 1960, banned by French authorities… it might have been the Zero Dark Thirty of its day if more people had actually seen it." -Village Voice. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. 88 min. www.rialtopictures.com
 
Thursday, October 17, at 8:35 pm &
Friday, October 18, at 7:15 pm
Hayao Miyazaki in English
HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE
HAURU NO OGOKU SHIRO
Japan, 2004, Hayao Miyazaki
In Miyazaki’s magical animated feature, a teenage girl who is transformed by a witch into a wrinkled old woman seeks out a wizard, Howl, to lift the spell. She takes refuge in Howl’s magical, shape-shifting, ambulatory castle, which proves to be a doorway to an assortment of fantastical alternate realities. English voices by Emily Mortimer, Christian Bale, Jean Simmons, Blythe Danner, Lauren Bacall, et al. 35mm. 119 min. www.gkids.tv/ghibli/
 
Friday, October 18, at 9:35 pm
LE PETIT SOLDAT
See 10/17 at 6:45 for description
 
Saturday, October 19, at 5:15 pm &
Sunday, October 20, at 4:00 pm
THÉRÈSE
THÉRÈSE DESQUEYROUX
France, 2012, Claude Miller
Audrey Tautou (Amelie) stars in the final film by veteran French helmer Claude Miller (Garde à Vue, A Secret, The Accompanist), who died last year. Based on François Mauriac's novel, it's a lavish costume drama about a young bride, living a life of luxury on a provincial estate in southwest France during the 1920s, who grows restless and unhappy when she gleans that her unsatisfying marriage lacks the passion that propels other relationships. This was one of the Closing Night presentations at this year's Cleveland Int'l Film Festival. Subtitles. 35mm color & scope print! 110 min.
 
Saturday, October 19, at 7:30 pm
A Special Event!
Chantal Akerman in Person!
ALMAYER’S FOLLY
LA FOLIE ALMAYER
Belgium/France, 2011, Chantal Akerman
Tonight we welcome one of the major European filmmakers of our time, Belgium’s Chantal Akerman, whose 1975 movie Jeanne Dielman (see 10/6) was named the 19th greatest film of the 20th century by The Village Voice. Akerman will answer audience questions after a screening of her most recent film, Almayer’s Folly, which had the third highest overall metacritic.com score of 2012 (92 out of 100)! Based on Joseph Conrad’s first novel (but updated by many decades), this hypnotic, dreamy film tells of a brooding European treasure hunter living in the lush jungles of Southeast Asia who tries to reconnect with his estranged, embittered mixed-race daughter, now grown, when she returns home after being educated in Europe. “Five stars (highest rating)…Uniquely enthralling.” –Time Out New York. Subtitles. 35mm. 127 min. Special admission $12, members & CIA I.D. holders $10, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Sunday, October 20, at 4:00 pm
THÉRÈSE
See 10/19 at 5:15 for description
 
Sunday, October 20, at 6:30 pm
TO BE ANNOUNCED
 
Tuesday, October 22, at 7:00 pm
Special Screening!
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
USA, 1971, Stanley Kubrick
Teenage thugs terrorize London in Kubrick’s nasty but aurally and visually dazzling futuristic tale—a sardonic portrait of human nature, freedom, and “civilized” society. From Anthony Burgess’ novel; with Malcolm McDowell. Adults only! 35mm. 137 min. Cinematheque Director John Ewing will introduce the film. Shown as part of The Cleveland Orchestra’s festival “Fate and Freedom: Music of Beethoven and Shostakovich,” taking place 10/22-26 at the Cinematheque, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Severance Hall. Special thanks to Mark Williams.
 
OCTOBER 24-27
 
NO FILMS THU., OCT. 24
 
Friday, October 25, at 7:00 pm &
Saturday, October 26, at 5:00 pm
Hayao Miyazaki in English
SPIRITED AWAY
SEN TO CHIHIRO NO KAMIKAKUSHI
Japan, 2001, Hayao Miyazaki
Winner of the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, and Japan’s all-time box office champ at the time of its release (surpassing Titanic), Spirited Away is arguably Miyazaki’s most dazzling and imaginative masterpiece. It tells of a 10-year-old girl who is transported to a fantastic spirit realm after her parents are turned into pigs. There she goes to work for a witch in order to reverse the spell. English voices by Suzanne Pleshette, David Ogden Stiers, Michael Chiklis, et al. 35mm. 125 min. www.gkids.tv/ghibli/
 
Friday, October 25, at 9:25 pm &
Sunday, October 27, at 3:30 pm
SOUTHWEST
SUDOESTE
Brazil, 2011, Eduardo Nunes
In this dreamy, deliberately paced b&w fairy tale that is set in an impoverished Brazilian fishing village and evokes the cinematic worlds of Terrence Malick and Michael Haneke, a woman who may be a witch delivers a baby girl, but cannot save the mother. This singular newborn, Clarice, lives her whole life (childhood, adulthood, old age) in one 24-hour period that, to her fellow villagers, is just a day like any other. Shot in an extremely wide aspect ratio (3.66: 1—one and a half times the width of 'scope), this visually resplendent movie demands to be seen on the big screen. "Has the feel of a tropical Tarkovsky or a Béla Tarr movie with better weather...A magnificent fable." -Variety. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm. 128 min. This film is co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens 2013 film series. For more information, visit www.globalfilm.org. Print from GFI.
 
Saturday, October 26, at 5:00 pm
SPIRITED AWAY
See 10/25 at 7:00 for description
 
Saturday, October 26, at 7:25 pm &
Sunday, October 27, at 8:50 pm
50th Anniversary!
THE HAUNTING
UK/USA, 1963, Robert Wise
Proclaimed the scariest movie of all time by no less than Martin Scorsese, this hair-raising thriller follows a group of people who spend a few nights in an eerie old mansion with a history of insanity and death, to determine whether it's haunted. With Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, and Russ Tamblyn. 35mm scope print! 112 min.
 
Saturday, October 26, at 9:40 pm &
Sunday, October 27, at 6:30 pm
50th Anniversary!
THE BIRDS
USA, 1963, Alfred Hitchcock
Thousands of birds descend upon a California coastal town for no apparent reason, attacking and terrorizing the residents. Alfred Hitchcock’s follow-up to Psycho is one of his strangest and most unsettling thrillers. With Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor. 35mm color print from the Universal Pictures studio archive! 120 min.
 
Sunday, October 27, at 3:30 pm
SOUTHWEST
See 10/25 at 9:25 for description
 
Sunday, October 27, at 6:30 pm
THE BIRDS
See 10/26 at 9:40 for description
 
Sunday, October 27, at 8:50 pm
THE HAUNTING
See 10/26 at 7:25 for description
 
OCTOBER 31 - NOVEMBER 1
 
Thursday, October 31, at 6:45 pm
TO BE ANNOUNCED
 
Thursday, October 31, at 8:45 pm &
Friday, November 1, at 7:30 pm
Hayao Miyazaki in English!
PONYO
GAKE NO UE NO PONYO
Japan, 2008, Hayao Miyazaki
Never before shown at the Cinematheque, the most recent Miayazaki feature to be released in the U.S. (his new film, THE WIND RISES, is due here soon) tells of a five-year-old boy who finds and befriends a magical goldfish with the power to change into a human being. English voices by Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson, et al. 35mm. 101 min. www.gkids.tv/ghibli/
 

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