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Lightning Over Braddock: A Rustbowl Fantasy

Tony Buba United States, 1988

29 days to watch

You may know many American independents from the 80s—Jarmusch, Spike Lee—but chances are don’t know Tony Buba. A regional director par excellence, Buba’s resolutely working class, Pittsburgh-based filmmaking feels like an alternate direction “indie” cinema could have (and perhaps should have) gone.

Grandmother

Brillante Mendoza Philippines, 2009

28 days to watch

The Filipino new wave is responsible for some of the peaks of contemporary cinema and Brillante Mendoza remains one of its foremost talents. Mendoza is the movement’s classically minded social realist, and with Grandmother he creates a powerful portrait of the struggle of women in modern Manila.

Paradise: Hope

Ulrich Seidl Austria, 2013

27 days to watch
The Paradise Trilogy

After the shocks of Faith and Love, Ulrich Seidl made possibly the most surprising decision of all: tenderness. The final film in his Paradise trilogy—and by some accounts the best—finds the provocateur at peak warmth (but still transgressive) for a brightly twisted coming of age story.

Paradise: Faith

Ulrich Seidl Austria, 2012

26 days to watch
The Paradise Trilogy

After Love comes Faith! Austrian provocateur Seidl took his Paradise anthology into even more dangerous territory, diving forward with zero inhibitions and a positively fiendish eye for unsettling satire. One of best films of 2012, said John Waters! Winner of the Jury Prize at Venice.

Paradise: Love

Ulrich Seidl Austria, 2012

25 days to watch
The Paradise Trilogy

At Cannes, Venice, and Berlinale, few films got our attention quite like Ulrich Seidl’s acclaimed, unshakeable Paradise trilogy, a series of radical, darkly comic stories about the search for happiness. This weekend, we’re proud to present the whole trilogy. To start: Love!

One Sings, the Other Doesn't

Agnès Varda France, 1977

24 days to watch
Agnès Varda's Couplets

Our previous couplets from Agnès Varda have told stories of romantic love, but this vivid dose of the 60s and 70s instead pivots around platonic female friendship. Once befriended, they grow up and older as the tumultuous era rumbles under their feet, piercing their lives and changing their paths.

The Beast

Walerian Borowczyk France, 1975

The beginning of the end for Walerian Borowczyk? Or the birth of a new phase, far beyond Buñuel, pushing the level of nudity, perversity and directness of non-pornographic cinema to new levels? Perhaps: But you’ve been warned! This black (and “pink”!) comic farce delights as much as it offends.

The Dark Valley

Andreas Prochaska Austria, 2014

22 days to watch

The Dark Valley is a contemporary western which honors the best conventions and traditions of the timeless genre, while updating it with the unique setting of the Austrian Alps. While the canon of modern significant westerns may be small, The Dark Valley certainly ranks amongst the best of them.

Kill and Pray

Carlo Lizzani Italy, 1967

21 days to watch
Genre Maestro

Carlo Lizzani is best known for his work in that quintessential late 60s, early 70s (and quintessentially Italian) genre of the Spaghetti Western. His angle in this classic is sharply more political, helped by an appearance by Pasolini (and his muse, Ninetto Davoli!). Starring the great Lou Castel.

Wake Up and Die

Carlo Lizzani France, 1966

20 days to watch
Genre Maestro

This week’s double feature highlights the diverse genre mastery of Italian Carlo Lizzani. Based on the story of a real gangster, our first film presages the trend of Italian crime films in the 70s while judiciously riffing off the criminal romance of the New Wave. Co-starring Gian Maria Volontè.

Laurence Anyways

Xavier Dolan Canada, 2012

19 days to watch

A vibrant and baroque melodrama circling relationships, gender and love. Xavier Dolan, Canada’s resident enfant terrible, with his third film and its unyielding commitment to its central characters’ transition and plight, made perhaps his most accomplished and thematically rich film yet.

Between Fences

Avi Mograbi Israel, 2016

Exclusive
18 days to watch

How can a migrant tell his or her story? Documentarian Avi Mograbi has come together with theater director Chen Alon to collaborate with detainees in Israel not only to document their treatment but to work together using Theater of the Oppressed methods to dramatize their incredible experiences.

The Creatures

Agnès Varda France, 1966

16 days to watch
Agnès Varda's Couplets

Our next Agnès Varda couplet is the more conventional pairing of husband and wife, played by a couple far from regular: French cinema axioms Michel Piccoli and Catherine Deneuve! Told in an kooky, inspired mix of fantasy, artistic creation, desires and pains, Varda is a magician of the unexpected.

Immoral Tales

Walerian Borowczyk France, 1973

Borowczyk’s first sin? By some critical accounts, this film is when Boro went too far with his soft-core, erotic provocations, leaving behind the “art” in favor of exploitation. That didn’t stop it being a huge hit in France (surprise!), but with the result of dangerous damage to Boro’s reputation.

Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film

Pip Chodorov France, 2010

14 days to watch
Directors Survey

Yesterday’s film in our Directors Survey double bill focused on the filmmakers whose names and movies frequently grace film festivals and regular theatres. Pip Chodorov’s subject is the other side of the art, if not the industry: the unconventional films, philosophies and voices of the avant-garde.

Great Directors

Angela Ismailos United States, 2009

13 days to watch
Directors Survey

This week our double feature is devoted to taking the artists and craftsmen behind the camera and putting them in front of it. We begin with a survey of big names of cinema both American and international, directors whom we are always eager to hear speak about their practice and inspiration.

Moebius

Kim Ki-duk South Korea, 2013

12 days to watch

Kim Ki-duk, South Korean cinema’s provocateur par excellence, lives up to his reputation by the end of the first reel in this potboiler version of arthouse cinema. Don’t worry, there’s even more to come. Sexual repression and revenge ripple through its torrid story—told completely without dialog!

Le petit amour

Agnès Varda France, 1988

11 days to watch
Agnès Varda's Couplets

Today we launch Agnès Varda’s Couplets, devoted to the diverse coupling in the equally diverse cinema of this great filmmaker. We begin with the most unusual pair: a mother (pop icon Jane Birkin) and a teen boy (Mathieu Demy, son of Varda and Jacques Demy). Varda’s sensitivity is magnificent.

A Private Collection

Walerian Borowczyk France, 1973

Like any good animator, Borowczyk is a collector par excellence. It’s a quality that often playfully reveals itself in his films, and literally so in this gleeful, perverse hodgepodge of the erotic that in fact comments on the nature of sex. Commentary by surrealist André Pieyre de Mandiargues!

Tomorrow We Move

Chantal Akerman France, 2004

Exclusive
9 days to watch

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’re exclusively showing a gem from one of our favorites, Chantal Akerman. A neurotic screwball comedy, it smartly animates Akerman’s themes of loneliness, mother-daughter relations, creativity and claustrophobia with spry inspiration from Hollywood classics.

UFO in Her Eyes

Xiaolu Guo Germany, 2011

8 days to watch

Where in the U.S. a UFO sighting provokes conspiracy stories, in China, by Xiaolu Guo’s telling, it inspires wicked social satire. Adapting her own novel, Guo playfully envisions her ingenious premise of the (literally) fantastic promise of change for rural China—and what actually results.

Romántico

Mark Becker United States, 2005

7 days to watch

A deeply committed character study in the shape of a documentary, Romántico is centered on the struggles of mariachi singer Carmelo Muñiz and his efforts to support his family. In its thorough tracing of Carmelo’s plight, Romántico becomes a key film on the undocumented immigrant experience.

Tomorrow

Joseph Anthony United States, 1972

6 days to watch

Tomorrow adapts and extrapolates on a William Faulkner short story set in rural Mississippi. An intimate and altogether emotionally stirring work of tragedy, it is also noteworthy as one of actor Robert Duvall’s favorite personal works, and perhaps features his finest performance of all.

The Piano in a Factory

Zhang Meng China, 2010

5 days to watch

What won’t a parent do for his child? Divorcee Chen will go so far as to get his daughter a piano if it means she’ll stay with him. What could be a sad or trite story is instead one of unexpectedly stylish comedy as an unlikely worker-musician must do whatever it takes to win over his little girl.

Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait

Ossama Mohammed, Wiam Bedirxan France, 2014

4 days to watch

“1001 images of Syria, shot by 1001 Syrians,” says Mohammed, an exile in Paris following the traces of his country’s war found online. Later, Kurdish director Wiam Simav Bedirxan sends him footage from Homs. An immensely powerful and moving correspondence between exile and home, images and reality.

Miss and the Doctors

Axelle Ropert France, 2013

3 days to watch

The co-writer of Serge Bozon’s great films, Axelle Ropert is a vivid, inspired director in her own right. She followed her beautiful debut The Wolberg Family with this warm, all-too-human romance. A love triangle between brothers and a patient provokes a melodrama that’s funny, sad and sweet.

Mr. and Mrs. Kabal's Theatre

Walerian Borowczyk France, 1967

After working in shorts for a decade, Borowczyk finally leapt to his feature film debut while retaining all the originality of his bizarre and inventive animation (with touches of color-swathed live action!). The ’60s featured many unconventional portraits of marriage but none so strange as this!

Who Is Dayani Cristal?

Marc Silver United Kingdom, 2013

Expiring at midnight PDT

A powerful political film concerning immigration wrapped inside a mystery, this documentary follows Gael García Bernal as he poignantly retraces the possible footsteps of an unidentified migrant to discover the hopes and aspirations of the Mexican working class.

Demons 2

Lamberto Bava Italy, 1986

A birthday party in a high- security apartment building (with bullet-proof windows) is interrupted when the birthday girl is transformed into a vicious demon by watching a horror movie on TV…

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