Monday, October 28, 2013

November Films at CMA

[Press release from Cleveland Museum of Art.]

Tickets $9; CMA members, seniors 65 & over, students $7; or one CMA Film Series voucher.
Vouchers, in books of ten, can be purchased at the Ticket Center for $70 (CMA members $60).
 
Kinshasa Kids

Friday, November 1, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Part of the series Congo on Film – Three Congolese music films and a classic documentary complement our current exhibition of Congo sculpture, Fragments of the Invisible: The Delenne Collection.
Directed by Marc-Henri Wajnberg. Shown at major film festivals last year (including Toronto and New York) but never subsequently released in the U.S., this acclaimed drama focuses on a group of Congolese street kids who form a hip hop group after they are accused of witchcraft and kicked out of their homes. Cleveland premiere. (Belgium, 2012, subtitles, color, Blu-ray, 85 min.) kinshasakids.com

The Rape of Europa
Sunday, November 3, 2013 1:30 p.m.
Presented in conjunction with the Stolen Art, Heroic Recoveries Lecture Series
Directed by Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen and Nicole Newnham. This acclaimed new documentary traces the fate of European art treasures during World War II—from the systematic looting and destruction carried out by the Nazis to the heroic efforts by museum directors, curators and art historians to preserve and rescue the work and return it to its rightful owners. Based on the book by Lynn H. Nicholas and co-produced by Robert Edsel (who speaks at the museum on 11/6), the film contains a mix of historical footage and recent interviews, and is narrated by Joan Allen. “(A) mesmerizing morality play.” –Variety. (USA, 2006, color/b&w, subtitles, Blu-ray, 117 min.) therapeofeuropa.com
 
Just Like a Woman
Friday, November 8, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 10, 2013, 1:30 p.m.
Directed by Rachid Bouchareb. With Sienna Miller and Golshifteh Farahani. The first American-set film by the acclaimed French-Algerian director of Days of Glory is a road movie in which two embattled women, an American and an Egyptian, flee their unhappy lives in Chicago for a belly dancing contest in New Mexico. Cleveland premiere. (UK/USA/France, 2012, subtitles, color, Blu-ray, 90 min.)
 
Life Is Rosy
Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Part of the series Congo on Film – Three Congolese music films and a classic documentary complement our current exhibition of Congo sculpture, Fragments of the Invisible: The Delenne Collection
Directed by BenoƮt Lamy and Mweze Ngangura. In this delightful comedy, world music star Papa Wemba plays an African villager who moves to Kinshasa to fulfill his dreams of becoming a musician. There he falls for a young woman who is also being pursued by his boss, a wealthy nightclub owner. (Belgium/France/Zaire, 1987, subtitles, color, Beta SP, 80 min.)
 
The Girls in the Band
Friday, November 15, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 17, 2013, 1:30 p.m.
Directed by Judy Chaiken. With Marian McPartland, Herbie Hancock, et al. The history of jazz is expanded in this eye-opening, crowd-pleasing documentary that surveys some of the all girl bands—and the women sax and horn players and drummers—who found themselves marginalized by their male counterparts for decades. “Everything a worthwhile documentary should be, and then some: engaging, informative, thorough and brimming with delightful characters.” –N.Y. Times. (USA, 2011, color, Blu-ray, 81 or 87 min.) www.thegirlsintheband.com
 
Benda Bilili!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Part of the series Congo on Film – Three Congolese music films and a classic documentary complement our current exhibition of Congo sculpture, Fragments of the Invisible: The Delenne Collection
Directed by Renaud Barret  and Florent de la Tullaye. Shot over five years, this exuberant music film profiles Congo’s extraordinary street band Staff Benda Bilili (Look Beyond Appearances), which includes four paraplegics and a homeless boy they adopted. The group has risen from the mean streets of Kinshasa to the concert halls of Europe. “Infectious and joyous.” –Hollywood Reporter. (Democratic Republic of the Congo/France, 2010, subtitles, color, 35mm, 105 min.)
 
The Artist and the Model
Friday, November 22, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 24, 2013, 1:30 p.m.
Directed by Fernando Trueba. With Jean Rochefort and Claudia Cardinale. A frustrated, elderly French sculptor living under the German occupation during WWII finds renewed inspiration when a young Catalan refugee agrees to become his model and muse. “Lovely and poignant.” –L.A. Times. Cleveland premiere. (Spain/France, 2012, subtitles, b&w, 35mm, 105 min.) cohenmedia.net/artist-and-the-model/synopsis/
 
Touchy Feely
Friday, November 29, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 1, 2013, 1:30 p.m.
Directed by Lynn Shelton. With Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page, and Josh Pais. The new comedy from the director of Your Sister’s Sister and Humpday tells of a massage therapist who develops a fear of intimacy when her bicycle peddler boyfriend asks her to move in with him. Cleveland theatrical premiere. (USA, 2013, color, Blu-ray, 89 min.) www.magpictures.com

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