Monday, April 24, 2017

Cleveland Cinematheque's May/June 2017 schedule is here!

[Press release from John Ewing of the Cleveland Cinematheque.]

The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque’s May-June schedule consists of 43 different film programs in four different film series: “Premiere Showcase” (16 exclusive Cleveland premieres, including new films by Werner Herzog and Bruno Dumont); “A Second Look” (15 second-run films or classics, including THE NEON DEMON, TONI ERDMANN, and ONE-TRICK PONY); “Jean-Pierre Melville 100” (6 films by the influential French director who was born 100 years ago); and “Lina Wertmüller: Five Beauties” (5 films by the groundbreaking Italian director, plus a feature-length documentary about her). All 43 movies are listed and described below.
 
All  will show in the Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11610 Euclid Avenue in the Uptown District of University Circle. Unless noted, admission to each program is $10; Cinematheque members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $7. An added film on the same day costs an additional $7 (or the member price for that film).
 
Free parking for filmgoers is available in Lot 73 and the CIA Annex Lot, both accessed from E. 117th Street off Euclid Avenue. Cinematheque programs are supported by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.
 
For further information, visit cia.edu/cinematheque; send an email to cinema@cia.edu; or call John Ewing or Tim Harry at (216) 421-7450.
 

MAY 4-7
 
Thursday, May 4, at 6:45 pm &
Friday, May 5, at 9:35 pm
SALT AND FIRE
France/Bolivia/USA/Germany/Mexico, 2016, Werner Herzog
Michael Shannon, Gael García Bernal, and former CWRU physics professor Lawrence Krauss star in Werner Herzog’s new film, a thriller in which three ecologists investigating an environmental disaster in South America are kidnapped by the CEO of the corporation that caused the debacle. Soon they find themselves in the Bolivian salt flats near a dormant volcano. “Like all of Herzog’s output, it casts its own strange spell.” –The Guardian. Cleveland theatrical premiere. DCP. 98 min.
 
Thursday, May 4, at 8:45 pm &
Friday, May 5, at 7:30 pm
MÉTAMORPHOSES
France, 2014, Christophe Honoré
Ovid’s ancient, multi-volume narrative poem Metamorphoses is a compendium of classical creation myths involving Roman gods and mortals—many of whom get transformed into plants, animals, or other things. This Latin classic receives a modern-day reimagining in the sensuous, visually stunning new film from the director of Love Songs and Beloved. The movie consists of three magical tales in which a contemporary French high school student encounters Jupiter, Bacchus, and Orpheus. “A remarkably beautiful film.” –Film Comment. No one under 18 admitted! Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 102 min.
 
Friday, May 5, at 9:35 pm
SALT AND FIRE
See 5/4 at 6:45 for description
 
Saturday, May 6, at 5:00 pm &
Sunday, May 7, at 6:30 pm
MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY
USA, 2008, Barry Jenkins
The only other feature made by Moonlight director Barry Jenkins is an acclaimed, poetic tale of two African American urban hipsters (Wyatt Cenac, Tracey Heggens) who spend the day after a one-night stand talking and walking around San Francisco. “An exciting debut.” –A.O. Scott, The NY Times. “Tender, smart, soulful.” –The Village Voice. Blu-ray. 88 min.
 
Saturday, May 6, at 6:50 pm &
Sunday, May 7, at 3:45 pm
Film Classics in 35mm!
World War I + 100
AND THE SHIP SAILS ON
E LA NAVE VA
Italy/France, 1983, Federico Fellini
Federico Fellini’s stunningly stylized snapshot of European society on the cusp of World War I is set on a luxury ocean liner. Opera singers, statesmen, aristocrats, and a rhinoceros (!) sail from Naples to an island where the ashes of the world’s greatest soprano will be scattered. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see one of the maestro’s most ravishing color films in an imported 35mm print that’s in the U.S. only temporarily! Subtitles. 127 min. Special admission $12; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $9; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. Special thanks to Robert E. Cargni, International House, Philadelphia, and Marco Cicala, Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Rome.
 
Saturday, May 6, at 9:20 pm &
Sunday, May 7, at 8:20 pm
BURDEN
USA/UK/Belgium/Sweden, 2016, Richard Dewey, Timothy Marrinan
The controversial late installation/performance artist and sculptor Chris Burden—who repeatedly risked his health and life in the name of art (he was famously “crucified” on a Volkswagen Beetle in 1974)—is profiled in this new documentary. Includes archival film clips and interviews with Marina Abramovic, Vito Acconci, Frank Gehry, et al. Adults only! Cleveland theatrical premiere. DCP. 88 min.
 
Sunday, May 7, at 3:45 pm
AND THE SHIP SAILS ON
See 5/6 at 6:50 for description
 
Sunday, May 7, at 6:30 pm
MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY
See 5/6 at 5:00 for description
 
Sunday, May 7, at 8:20 pm
BURDEN
See 5/6 at 9:20 for description
 
MAY 11-14
 
Thursday, May 11, at 6:45 pm &
Sunday, May 14, at 8:55 pm
BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK
DAO KHANONG
Thailand/France/Qatar/Netherlands, 2016, Anocha Suwichakornpong
The lingering trauma of a 1976 government-sanctioned murder of student demonstrators in Bangkok is obliquely investigated in this acclaimed, poetic Thai feature from the director of Mundane History. Beginning straightforwardly as the tale of a filmmaker interviewing an older activist whose life was transformed by the 40-year-old Thammasat University massacre, this sensuous work soon expands into a shape-shifting, multi-character narrative full of memories, fictions, politics, and cinematics. “You’ll be lucky to find a more ambitious or enthralling work of cinema.” –Sight & Sound. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 105 min.
 
Thursday, May 11, at 8:55 pm &
Friday, May 12, at 9:15 pm
THE NEON DEMON
USA/Denmark/France, 2016, Nicolas Winding Refn
The latest loved/hated film from the director of Drive and Only God Forgives is a transgressive, visually staggering horror story about an aspiring young model (Elle Fanning) who moves to L.A.  There her youth, beauty, and vitality are coveted by older, vampirish fashion models who will stop at nothing to get it. Jena Malone, Christina Hendricks, and Keanu Reeves co-star in this future cult classic. “Imagine an issue of Vogue with Maleficent as guest editor.” –Toronto Star. No one under 18 admitted! DCP. 118 min.
 
NO EARLY FILM FRI., 5/12
 
Friday, May 12, at 9:15 pm
THE NEON DEMON
See 5/11 at 8:55 for description
 
Saturday, May 13, at 5:00 pm &
Sunday, May 14, at 6:30 pm
Film Classics in 35mm!
A SEPARATION
JODAEIYE NADER AZ SIMIN
Iran, 2011, Asghar Farhadi
Iranian master Asghar Farhadi (The Salesman) won the first of his two Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film for this rich, multifaceted work. At once a domestic drama, a suspense thriller, a whodunit, and a social critique, the film focuses on an Iranian married couple, already at odds over whether to leave the country and live elsewhere, who find their decision further complicated by a parent who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s and by their sudden, unexpected implication in a murder case. A masterpiece! Subtitles. 35mm. 123 min. Special admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. Film presented as part of The Seventh Art Stand, a nationwide series of screenings of movies from the majority-Muslim nations targeted by President Trump’s travel ban.
 
Saturday, May 13, at 7:30 pm
TONI ERDMANN
Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Romania, 2016, Maren Ade
This epic-length German comedy was unquestionably the foreign-language film of 2016. Toni Erdmann was named best movie of the year by four respected international film magazines (Britain’s Sight & Sound, France’s Cahiers du Cinema, America’s Film Comment, and Canada’s Cinema Scope); was voted Best Foreign Language Film by the National Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Circle, and the London Film Critics Circle; and was awarded five European Film Awards (Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actor, and Actress). It probably would have won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film if President Trump’s Muslim travel ban hadn’t sparked sympathy votes for Iran’s The Salesman. Consequently, Maren Ade’s tale of a prankster dad’s outrageous efforts to reconnect with his workaholic daughter lasted only two weeks in Cleveland, and many local filmgoers didn’t see it. Tonight they have another chance. Subtitles. DCP. 162 min. Special admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Sunday, May 14, at 3:45 pm
APPARITION HILL
USA/Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2016, Sean Bloomfield
Seven strangers—among them, two atheists, a young mother suffering from cancer, and a drug addict—travel to the small village of Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina where sightings, signs, and miracles have been reported ever since six schoolchildren in 1981 claimed they saw a vision of the Virgin Mary on a local mountain. These individuals join many others who make pilgrimages to this allegedly transformative spot. “It is fascinating seeing people come to a holy place—a place that’s more about love and spirituality than religion—with their hearts and minds open, just looking for guidance.” –The Village Voice. DCP. 115 min.
 
Sunday, May 14, at 6:30 pm
A SEPARATION
See 5/13 at 5:00 for description
 
Sunday, May 14, at 8:55 pm
BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK
See 5/11 at 6:45 for description
 
MAY 18-21
 
Thursday, May 18, at 6:45 pm &
Friday, May 19, at 9:30 pm
I, OLGA HEPNAROVÁ
JÁ, OLGA HEPNAROVÁ
Czech Republic/Poland/France/Slovakia, 2016, Petr Kazda, Tomás Weinreb
Michalina Olszanska (The Lure) is chilling as the lonely, troubled lesbian who, in 1973 at the tender age of 22, killed eight people, becoming the last Czech woman to be executed. “An austere, hypnotic story of sadness, madness and murder.” –The NY Times. Adults only! Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 105 min.
 
Thursday, May 18, at 8:50 pm &
Friday, May 19, at 7:30 pm
MIMOSAS
Spain/Morocco/France/Romania/Qatar, 2016, Oliver Laxe
In this “religious Western” that won the Critics Week Grand Prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, a caravan carrying a dying sheikh to his tribe’s ancestral burial ground turns to pure faith to help them traverse the inhospitable desert and Morocco’s forbidding Atlas Mountains. “Inspired by Sufi mysticism, Roberto Rossellini’s The Flowers of St. Francis and Andrei Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev…An elliptical and adventurous odyssey.” –Sight & Sound. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 96 min.  This program supported by the Charles Lang Bergengren Memorial Film Fund.
 
Friday, May 19, at 9:30 pm
I, OLGA HEPNAROVÁ
See 5/18 at 6:45 for description
 
Saturday, May 20, at 5:00 pm &
Sunday, May 21, at 8:35 pm
Jean-Pierre Melville 100
New Digital Restoration!
THE SILENCE OF THE SEA
LE SILENCE DE LA MER
France, 1949, Jean-Pierre Melville
Jean-Pierre Melville’s first feature introduces one of his favorite themes: the French Resistance during WWII. An aristocratic German officer lodging with a French farmer and his grown niece during the Occupation discovers that his defiant hosts refuse to talk to him. However, the young woman can’t stop her romantic feelings for the unwanted houseguest. This daring, low budget, “uncinematic” compendium of looks and gestures had a major impact on Robert Bresson and the French New Wave. Subtitles. DCP. 86 min.
 
Saturday, May 20, at 6:50 pm &
Sunday, May 21, at 4:15 pm
CHASING TRANE: THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY
USA, 2016, John Scheinfeld
The life and times of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane (1926-1967) are explored in this definitive new documentary that was made with the full support of the musician’s family and record labels. Denzel Washington supplies Coltrane’s voice, and the film includes archival clips and new interviews with Common, Bill Clinton, Cornel West, Wynton Marsalis, and others. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 99 min.
 
Saturday, May 20, at 8:50 pm &
Sunday, May 21, at 6:30 pm
Film Classics in 35mm!
Jean-Pierre Melville 100
50th Anniversary!
LE SAMOURAÏ
aka THE GODSON
France/Italy, 1967, Jean-Pierre Melville
Alain Delon plays a solitary, mostly silent contract killer in this spare, stylish Jean-Pierre Melville masterpiece that, for five decades now, has influenced other major filmmakers—from Martin Scorsese and Jim Jarmusch to John Woo, who once called it “the closest thing to a perfect movie that I have ever seen.” Delon’s hit man is wanted by both his employers and the police, and his only “friend” is a female eyewitness to his crime. Has a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes! Color print from France! Subtitles. 105 min. Special admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Sunday, May 21, at 4:15 pm
CHASING TRANE: THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY
See 5/20 at 6:50 for description
 
Sunday, May 21, at 6:30 pm
LE SAMOURAÏ
See 5/20 at 8:50 for description
 
Sunday, May 21, at 8:35 pm
THE SILENCE OF THE SEA
See 5/20 at 5:00 for description
 
MAY 25-28
 
Thursday, May 25, at 6:45 pm &
Sunday, May 28, at 6:30 pm
New Digital Restoration!
WHO’S CRAZY?
Belgium/US, 1966, Thomas White
Ornette Coleman and two members of his trio, David Izenzon and Charles Moffett, provide the memorable musical accompaniment to this mid-1960s curiosity that was considered a lost film until the sole surviving 35mm print was found in the director’s garage in 2015, having languished there for decades (perhaps since its Cannes debut). It’s a Dadaesque work in which members of New York’s experimental stage troupe, the Living Theatre, play escaped mental patients who take over an abandoned Belgian farmhouse. There they do things with eggs and candles while mocking rituals of “normal” society. Coleman and his trio (assisted by a young Marianne Faithfull) improvised their score while watching this singular blend of Mack Sennett and the French New Wave. The result is “some of the best music ever made for use in a movie” (The New Yorker). Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. 73 min. This program supported by the Charles Lang Bergengren Memorial Film Fund.
 
Thursday, May 25, at 8:20 pm &
Sunday, May 28, at 8:05 pm
Film Classics in 35mm!
Jean-Pierre Melville 100
SECOND BREATH
LE DEUXIÈME SOUFFLE
France, 1966, Jean-Pierre Melville
A veteran gangster (Lino Ventura) breaks out of prison and takes part in a daring highway robbery on his way to leaving the country. But a dogged police detective (Paul Meurisse) and double-crossing gangsters complicate his escape plan. Has a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes! “[Jean-Pierre Melville’s] most elaborate and intricately plotted film noir, a labyrinthine exploration of loyalties and betrayals in the French underworld.” –Time Out Film Guide. Uncut print from France! Subtitles. 150 min. Special admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Friday, May 26, at 7:30 pm &
Saturday, May 27, at 9:35 pm
SUNTAN
Greece/Germany, 2016, Argyris Papadimitropoulos
A lonely, flabby, middle-aged man becomes the new doctor on a small, sleepy Greek island that comes alive in the summer with hordes of gorgeous, unclothed, hedonistic young people. While treating one of these nubile young vacationers for a slight injury, he becomes instantly smitten with her. Soon he is ingratiating himself into her youthful circle and eventually humiliating himself. “A bull’s-eye…A festival must-have…Captures [the] explosive aura of youth…Astonishing sexuality.” –Variety. Adults only! Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 104 min.
 
Friday, May 26, at 9:35 pm &
Saturday, May 27, at 5:00 pm
Jean-Pierre Melville 100
LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES
aka THE STRANGE ONES
France, 1950, Jean-Pierre Melville
Jean Cocteau’s tale of a teenage brother and sister who play erotically charged games in their own enclosed, private world receives exemplary treatment in Jean-Pierre Melville’s celebrated tragicomedy. Music by Vivaldi and Bach. Subtitles. DVD. 106 min.
 
Saturday, May 27, at 7:10 pm &
Sunday, May 28, at 3:45 pm
SLACK BAY
MA LOUTE
France/Germany, 2016, Bruno Dumont
Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini, and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi star in Bruno (Humanité) Dumont’s second foray into screen comedy (following 2014’s wonderful Li’l Quinquin). Slack Bay is set during the summer of 1910 on France’s scenic north coast, where a haughty upper-class family returns to its elaborate holiday home just as two local Laurel-and-Hardyesque police inspectors are investigating the mysterious disappearance of some other tourists and vacationers. “Very strange and very funny.” –The Guardian (UK). Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 122 min.
 
Saturday, May 27, at 9:35 pm
SUNTAN
See 5/26 at 7:30 for description
 
Sunday, May 28, at 3:45 pm
SLACK BAY
See 5/27 at 7:10 for description
 
Sunday, May 28, at 6:30 pm
WHO’S CRAZY?
See 5/25 at 6:45 for description
 
Sunday, May 28, at 8:05 pm
SECOND BREATH
See 5/25 at 8:20 for description
 
JUNE 1-4
 
Thursday, June 1, at 6:45 pm &
Friday, June 2, at 9:30 pm
Jean-Pierre Melville 100
New Digital Restoration!
TWO MEN IN MANHATTAN
DEUX HOMMES DANS MANHATTAN
France, 1959, Jean-Pierre Melville
Jean-Pierre Melville pays explicit tribute to American film noir in his only feature shot in the U.S. He also stars in this b&w classic, playing a French reporter in New York City who tries to solve the sudden disappearance of France’s UN ambassador. Never before shown at the Cinematheque with subtitles! Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. 84 min.
 
Thursday, June 1, at 8:30 pm &
Friday, June 2, at 7:00 pm
Jean-Pierre Melville 100
New 4K Digital Restoration!
LÉON MORIN, PRIEST
LÉON MORIN, PRÊTRE
France/Italy, 1961, Jean-Pierre Melville
Jean-Paul Belmondo and the recently deceased Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) star in this spiritual drama set during the German Occupation of France. It follows a handsome young priest who tries to convert a godless Communist woman to Christianity. She, in turn, tries to get him to break his vow of celibacy. This new 4K restoration is 11 minutes longer than the version of the film shown previously. “Miraculous cinema, even for heretics.” –Time Out Film Guide. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 128 min. This film supported by a generous grant from Maison Française de Cleveland.
 
Friday, June 2, at 9:30 pm
TWO MEN IN MANHATTAN
See 6/1 at 6:45 for description
 
Saturday, June 3, at 5:00 pm
Lina Wertmüller: Five Beauties
BEHIND THE WHITE GLASSES
Italy, 2015, Valerio Ruiz
Italy’s Lina Wertmüller (b. 1928) was the first woman to garner an Oscar nomination for Best Director. This definitive documentary traces Wertmüller’s rise—from Federico Fellini’s assistant to global superstar auteur known for her signature eyewear. With Martin Scorsese, Giancarlo Giannini, Sophia Loren, Rutger Hauer, et al. “Must-viewing for film buffs.” –The Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 112 min. See next blurb for a film directed by Lina Wertműller, the first of five we will show in June.
 
Saturday, June 3, at 7:15 pm &
Sunday, June 4, at 8:25 pm
Lina Wertmüller: Five Beauties
New Digital Restoration!
SEVEN BEAUTIES
PASQUALINO SETTEBELLEZZE
Italy, 1975, Lina Wertmüller
Being the adventures of a small-time crook and ladies’ man who, after killing a pimp, spends time in an insane asylum, the Italian army, and a German concentration camp. Giancarlo Giannini, Fernando Rey, and Shirley Stoler star in this grotesque picaresque, a farcical survival epic that was hailed upon its release as Wertmüller’s masterpiece. This movie earned Wertmüller the first-ever Best Director Oscar nomination for a female filmmaker. “Seven Beauties is the great one, the Eureka film, in which Wertmüller takes the kind of risks that major artists take and puts things together that have never been put together before.” –Newsweek. Adults only! Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 116 min.
 
Saturday, June 3, at 9:35 pm &
Sunday, June 4, at 6:30 pm
HAROLD AND LILLIAN: A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY
USA, 2015, Daniel Raim
Storyboard artist Harold Michelson and film researcher Lillian Michelson may not be household names. But for six decades this married couple worked on hundreds of renowned movies (The Ten Commandments, The Apartment, The Birds, The Graduate, Rosemary’s Baby, Fiddler on the Roof, Scarface, Full Metal Jacket, etc.) while maintaining a lifelong romance. This fascinating and affectionate documentary pays tribute to these two unsung heroes of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Includes love letters, classic film clips, and interviews with Mel Brooks, Francis Ford Coppola, Harold and Lillian themselves, and others. “Tailor-made for a cinephile audience.” –Film Journal Int’l. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 94 min.
 
Sunday, June 4, at 3:30 pm
Film Classics in 35mm!
Mary Tyler Moore, 1936-2017
50th Anniversary!
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
USA, 1967, George Roy Hill
Mary Tyler Moore and Julie Andrews star in this jazzy musical set during the Roaring Twenties—about a young flapper who sets out to work as a stenographer for a wealthy boss whom she will marry. But a series of madcap adventures complicates her pursuit. With Carol Channing, James Fox, and Beatrice Lillie; produced by Cleveland-born Ross Hunter. Director George Roy Hill’s next film was Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, followed four years later by The Sting. Color print from the Universal Pictures studio archive! 138 min. Special admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Sunday, June 4, at 6:30 pm
HAROLD AND LILLIAN: A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY
See 6/3 at 9:35 for description
 
Sunday, June 4, at 8:25 pm
SEVEN BEAUTIES
See 6/3 at 7:15 for description
 
JUNE 8-11
 
Thursday, June 8, at 6:45 pm &
Friday, June 9, at 9:30 pm
Lina Wertmüller: Five Beauties
New Digital Restoration!
SWEPT AWAY
aka SWEPT AWAY…BY AN UNUSUAL DESTINY IN THE BLUE SEA OF AUGUST
TRAVOLTI DA UN INSOLITO DESTINO NELL’AZZURRO MARE D’AGOSTO
Italy, 1974, Lina Wertmüller
When their boat breaks down, a Communist deckhand (Giancarlo Giannini) and the wealthy wife of the yacht’s owner (Mariangela Melato) find themselves stranded on an isolated Mediterranean island, where the class distinctions that separate them are reversed or removed. Criticized by many feminists, Lina Wertmüller’s famous film was remade, disastrously, by Madonna and Guy Ritchie in 2002. “By far the lightest, most successful fusion of Ms. Wertmüller’s two favorite themes, sex and politics.” –The NY Times. Adults only! Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 115 min.
 
Thursday, June 8, at 9:00 pm &
Friday, June 9, at 7:30 pm
A WOMAN, A PART
USA, 2016, Elisabeth Subrin
A successful Hollywood actress (Maggie Siff of Mad Men, Billions, Sons of Anarchy) suffers a mid-life existential crisis and abandons her hit TV show to return to New York and her circle of old theater friends, some of whom regard her as a sellout. This exploration of the plight of middle-aged women in the entertainment industry is the first feature by acclaimed visual artist and filmmaker Elisabeth Subrin (Shulie). With Cara Seymour and John Ortiz. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 98 min.
 
Friday, June 9, at 9:30 pm
SWEPT AWAY
See 6/8 at 6:45 for description
 
Saturday, June 10, at 5:00 pm &
Sunday, June 11, at 8:10 pm
Film Classics in 35mm!
Shot in Cleveland!
ONE-TRICK PONY
USA, 1980, Robert M. Young
Paul Simon wrote and stars in this shot-in-Cleveland movie, about a floundering folk-rock musician who hasn’t had a hit in ten years. While his marriage crumbles, he finds himself in northeast Ohio opening for the B-52’s at the old Agora ballroom. With Blair Brown, Rip Torn, Joan Hackett, Lou Reed, Allen Goorwitz (Garfield), Harry Shearer, Tiny Tim, et al. 98 min. Special admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. This film is presented in memory of Ben Monroe Lewis, who loved Cleveland, music, and film.
 
Saturday, June 10, at 7:00 pm &
Sunday, June 11, at 6:30 pm
MEN: A LOVE STORY
USA, 2016, Mimi Chakarova
In this new film that debuted at last fall’s exclusive Telluride Film Festival, American men of widely differing ages, incomes, and locations tell how they feel about love and women. Director Mimi Chakarova, an award-winning photojournalist and professor, says she made the movie to try to restore her faith in men after a disturbing decade spent documenting the sex trade for her 2011 work The Price of Sex. "A beautiful and candid exploration of the ways in which ordinary men grapple with the most unfathomable of experiences: love." -Mara Fortes, Telluride Film Festival. Cleveland premiere. DCP. 80 min.
 
Saturday, June 10, at 8:40 pm &
Sunday, June 11, at 4:00 pm
A WOMAN’S LIFE
UNE VIE
France/Belgium, 2016, Stéphane Brizé
Winner of France’s Louis Delluc Prize for Best French Film of 2016, the new movie from the director of Mademoiselle Chambon and The Measure of a Man focuses on a young, aristocratic, 19th-century French woman who slowly realizes that her chances for personal fulfillment are thwarted by an unhappy marriage and other crippling social strictures. From a Guy de Maupassant novel. “Haunting and profound…A Woman’s Life is exactly the kind of movie that seems most vital and vulnerable at this moment. It makes no great claims of topical relevance or artistic ambition. It has no stars, no heat, no buzz. It would be very easy to miss, or to vanish into the limbo of limited theatrical release and video-on-demand oblivion. And yet, at the same time, it’s a completely satisfying, thoroughly accomplished piece of work, a film sure of its intentions and able to fulfill them. There could never be too many movies like this one.” –A. O. Scott, The NY Times. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 119 min. This film supported by a generous grant from Maison Française de Cleveland.
 
Sunday, June 11, at 6:30 pm
MEN: A LOVE STORY
See 6/10 at 7:00 for description
 
Sunday, June 11, at 8:10 pm
ONE-TRICK PONY
See 6/10 at 5:00 for description
 
JUNE 15-18
 
Thursday, June 15, at 6:45 pm &
Saturday, June 17, at 8:45 pm
New Digital Restoration!
STALKER
W. Germany/USSR, 1979, Andrei Tarkovsky
Tarkovsky’s mesmerizing epic is a classic of spiritual cinema—and one of the great modern movies. Set in a nameless police state in some post-apocalyptic future, the film follows a skinhead guide with special powers (a “stalker”) as he leads a writer and a scientist into a fenced-off, forbidden region, known as the Zone, that is part primeval forest, part post-industrial wasteland. The three men journey toward the Zone’s mysterious inner sanctum, where one’s deepest desires are said to come true. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 161 min. Special admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. This program supported by the Charles Lang Bergengren Memorial Film Fund.
 
Friday, June 16, at 7:15 pm &
Sunday, June 18, at 8:15 pm
Lina Wertmüller: Five Beauties
New Digital Restoration!
THE SEDUCTION OF MIMI
MIMÌ METALLURGICO FERITO NELL’ONORE
Italy, 1972, Lina Wertmüller
When a secret ballot at work turns out to be not so secret, a simple Southern Italian laborer (Giancarlo Giannini) who just wants to provide for his family suddenly finds himself caught between the local Mafia and the Communist party. His world is turned upside down. This farcical comedy, loosely remade in America as the Richard Pryor vehicle Which Way Is Up?, marked the first time that Wertmüller worked on screen with her frequent regulars Giannini and Mariangela Melato. Adults only! Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 112 min.
 
Friday, June 16, at 9:30 pm &
Saturday, June 17, at 5:00 pm
Film Classics in 35mm!
THE BEGUILED
USA, 1971, Don Siegel
The oddest and artiest of the five features that Clint Eastwood made with director Don Siegel (the next was Dirty Harry) is a Southern Gothic Civil War drama in which a wounded Union solider (Eastwood) takes refuge in an isolated all-girls boarding school in Mississippi. Locked and guarded in the music room while he recuperates, the young Yank ignites the sexual imaginations of the seminary’s prim young ladies and proceeds to seduce each of them. With Geraldine Page; based on the 1966 novel A Painted Devil by Cleveland author and playwright Thomas P. Cullinan (1919-1995). Sofia Coppola’s remake of The Beguiled opens later this month. Color print from the Universal Pictures studio archive! 105 min. Special admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. Special thanks to Joanna May Hunkins.
 
Saturday, June 17, at 7:05 pm &
Sunday, June 18, at 4:30 pm
New 4K Digital Restoration!
MONTEREY POP
USA, 1968, D.A. Pennebaker
Fifty years ago this weekend (June 16-18, 1967), the Monterey Pop Festival took place on the county fairgrounds in Monterey, California, kicking off the Summer of Love. This granddaddy of all outdoor music fests featured such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Who, Otis Redding, Ravi Shankar, Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, and Hugh Masekela (among others), many launching their American careers. Pioneering “direct cinema” documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker (Don’t Look Back) captured the proceedings on 16mm color stock, and now his classic concert movie has been fully restored in 4K with 5.1 surround sound. Don’t miss it! Cleveland revival premiere. DCP. 78 min.
 
Saturday, June 17, at 8:45 pm
STALKER
See 6/15 at 6:45 for description
 
Sunday, June 18, at 4:30 pm
MONTEREY POP
See 6/17 at 7:00 for description
 
Sunday, June 18, at 6:30 pm
VIOLET
Belgium/Netherlands, 2014, Bas Devos
One of the most remarkable films shown at the 2015 Cleveland Int’l Film Festival (or any CIFF, for that matter) has finally been released in America. A teen boy’s grief over the sudden, senseless death of his best friend is rendered through a series of haunting, narratively oblique (but visually inventive) scenes and sequences. A coming of age film like no other, Violet was partially shot on 65mm film. Unmissable! Subtitles. DCP. 85 min. This program supported by the Charles Lang Bergengren Memorial Film Fund.
 
Sunday, June 18, at 8:15 pm
THE SEDUCTION OF MIMI
See 6/16 at 7:15 for description
 
JUNE 22-25
 
Thursday, June 22, at 6:30 pm
THE WOMAN WHO LEFT
ANG BABAENG HUMAYO
Philippines, 2016, Lav Diaz
The latest epic moral drama by Filipino master Lav Diaz won the Golden Lion (top prize) at the 2016 Venice Film Festival. Relatively compact by the director’s expansive standards, this three-and-three-quarter-hour movie focuses on a woman, released from prison after spending 30 years there for a murder she did not commit, who seeks vengeance on the man who framed her. Inspired by Tolstoy’s story “God Sees the Truth, but Waits.” “Simple, solid, self-contained and succinct…An immensely immersive and engaging tale about a wronged individual's grueling struggle between reconciliation and revenge.” –The Hollywood Reporter. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 226 min. Special admission $12; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $9; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Friday, June 23, at 7:30 pm
A Special Event!
Film Classics in 35mm!
Mark Dawidziak presents
TWILIGHT ZONE—THE MOVIE
USA, 1983, Joe Dante, John Landis, George Miller, Steven Spielberg
Mark Dawidziak, longtime Plain Dealer TV critic and author of the new book Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone (Thomas Dunne Books, 2017), introduces and discusses the 1983 anthology film that reimagines—for the big screen and in color—four episodes from Rod Serling’s landmark supernatural/horror TV series. A quartet of the cinema’s best fantasy filmmakers—Joe (Gremlins) Dante, John (American Werewolf in London) Landis, George (Mad Max) Miller, Steven (E.T.) Spielberg—each direct a segment, with Landis also overseeing the movie’s prologue and epilogue. Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, Scatman Crothers, John Lithgow, Vic Morrow, and Kathleen Quinlan star, but there are some notable cameos. Dawidziak will sell and sign copies of his book after the screening. 101 min. Special admission $12; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $9; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.
 
Saturday, June 24, at 5:00 pm
New Digital Restoration!
LES HAUTES SOLITUDES
France, 1974, Philippe Garrel
American-born Breathless star Jean Seberg is captured in extreme close-up, five years before her death from a drug overdose, in this haunting, silent, b&w portrait film which “[depicts] solitude as a kind of contemporary stations of the cross” (Slant). German chanteuse and former Warhol “superstar” Nico, the heroin-addicted girlfriend of filmmaker Philippe Garrel, is also seen in this movie, which is only now being released in the U.S. This singular work is “both ravishing portraiture and wordless biography, a life and aura distilled to glances and gestures” (The Village Voice). The title can be translated as “the lonely upper-crusts” or “the lonely famous.” Cleveland premiere. DCP. 80 min.
 
Saturday, June 24, at 6:40 pm &
Sunday, June 25, at 4:00 pm
Lina Wertmüller: Five Beauties
New Digital Restoration!
LOVE AND ANARCHY
FILM D’AMORE E D’ANARCHIA, OVVERO ‘STAMATTINA ALLE 10 IN VIA DEI FIORI NELLA NOTA CASA DI TOLLERANZA…’
Italy, 1973, Lina Wertmüller
Giancarlo Giannini won the Best Actor prize at Cannes for his performance in this Lina Wertmüller classic. Set in Fascist Italy during the 1930s, it tells of a farmer who lodges in a brothel while waiting to assassinate Benito Mussolini. But his resolve softens when he falls in love with one of the prostitutes there. With Mariangela Melato. Color cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno and music by Nino Rota—both Fellini regulars. “Passionate and stirring…The scenes inside the bordello are reminiscent of Toulouse-Lautrec.” –The NY Times. Adults only! Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 129 min.
 
Saturday, June 24, at 9:10 pm &
Sunday, June 25, at 7:00 pm
New Digital Restoration!
SOLARIS
USSR, 1972, Andrei Tarkovsky
Andrei Tarkovsky’s philosophical sci-fi epic has long been regarded as the Soviet 2001: A Space Odyssey. (Tarkovsky, a Christian, reputedly made it as a response to the “atheism” of the Kubrick film.) The movie follows a psychologist who is sent to a distant space station to learn what is killing some of the cosmonauts there and causing others to see visions. The crux seems to be the nearby, “sentient” planet of Solaris. Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 165 min. Special admission $11; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. This program supported by the Charles Lang Bergengren Memorial Film Fund.
 
Sunday, June 25, at 4:00 pm
LOVE AND ANARCHY
See 6/24 at 6:40 for description
 
Sunday, June 25, at 7:00 pm
SOLARIS
See 6/24 at 9:10 for description
 
JUNE 29-30
 
Thursday, June 29, at 6:45 pm &
Friday, June 30, at 9:25 pm
THE ORNITHOLOGIST
O ORNITÓLOGO
Portugal/France/Brazil, 2016, João Pedro Rodrigues
Fernando, a lone Portuguese birdwatcher, has a kayak accident while studying the black stork. Suddenly he is plunged into a series of surreal, outlandish, often sexualized encounters—a journey that echoes the life of St. Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of things lost. The fifth feature by the acclaimed Portuguese director of The Last Time I Saw Macao and To Die like a Man is a singular mix of queer aesthetics and Christian iconography. “Deliciously subversive and genuinely funny.” –Variety. No one under 18 admitted! Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 117 min.
 
Thursday, June 29, at 9:05 pm &
Friday, June 30, at 7:15 pm
Lina Wertmüller: Five Beauties
New Digital Restoration!
ALL SCREWED UP
TUTTO A POSTO E NIENTE IN ORDINE
Italy, 1974, Lina Wertmüller
In Lina Wertmüller’s satire, a group of rural Sicilians migrates to the North, forming a commune on the outskirts of Milan. But the big city and life together take their toll on these innocent young men and women. “A noisy, sprawling, incident-filled, slice-of-life comedy-melodrama.” –Pauline Kael. Adults only! Cleveland revival premiere. Subtitles. DCP. 108 min.
 
Friday, June 30, at 9:25 pm
THE ORNITHOLOGIST
See 6/29 at 6:45 for description

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