Fall 2014 Schedule



August

TAKING MY PARENTS TO BURNING MAN

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary at the Sonoma International Film Festival. Created by first time filmmaker Bryant ‘Spry Bry' Boesen (along with his co-producer/director/editor Joel McCarthy), the “Black Rockumentary” follows his family's journey to the annual festival in the Nevada desert. A reverse coming-of-age story, 22 year-old Bry convinces his parents to leave their comfortable, almost-senior lives to join him in a transformative adventure. The film is charming, funny and real. “This is a great film with a huge heart. The visuals of Burning Man are stunning, and yet that's the least impressive part of it. What makes this film so special is that it connects with something in all of us. It speaks to a universal need to share, love, connect, and experience in a world devoid of politics, agendas, or deception. This is the heart of Burning Man as an event, and it's the heart of the film.” - Michelle Muldoon (2014, 82 min.)

Taking My Parents to Burning Man trailer

BUY Friday, August 22 2014 - 7:00 PM

BUY Sunday, August 24 2014 - 4:00 PM

MANAKAMANA

“High on a ridgeline in the heart of the Nepalese foothills lies Manakamana, a Hindu pilgrimage site once accessed only by a winding mountain footpath. Today, the sacred temple is more easily reached via cable car. This gondola's interior is the unlikely setting of Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez's carefully crafted observational documentary MANAKAMANA. Embedding themselves and their ever-watchful 16mm film camera inside the cable car, the filmmakers patiently record passengers' journeys up and down the steep hillside. As it happens, the film magazines of the camera—whose gentle thrumming is heard continuously within the gondola—last roughly as long as the 10-minute ride, enabling a contained structuralist meditation on the trip to the lofty mountain shrine. Ultimately, the boundaries of the cable car give way to contemplation as the rhythmic cycle of the voyage forms a recursive envelope of prayer, birdsong, sustained silences, idle chatter and the startling clamor of the gondola cab passing over tower junctions. The twinned observer—film camera and audience—is slowly attuned to the simplicity of human gesture and expression, an inward space wherein the passage of time and the montage of the film itself are elided and fused by mantra-like repetition.” –Paul Meyers, San Francisco International Film Festival. (2013, 118 min., in Nepali w/English subtitles)

Manakamana trailer

BUY Friday, August 29 2014 - 7:00 PM

BUY Sunday, August 31 2014 - 4:00 PM


September

BURNING BUSH

“In 1968, Soviet tanks moved in to crush the ‘Prague Spring' experiment 
in democracy. In January 1969, Jan Palach, a 21-year-old student, set himself on fire in Wenceslas Square, searing the national conscience and setting a movement alight. Agnieszka Holland's harrowing, courageous and utterly mesmerizing film, commissioned by European HBO and made 
in collaboration with members of the Palach family, traces the extreme price exacted behind the scenes from those who make history and on those closest to them. Across three epic chapters, the grey areas are filmed with scorching intensity, radiating both fury and hope against hope. This is the kind of fierce, historic document that never existed before, and that is arriving on schedule to feed the fires of a rising generation that is resisting a culture of lies, erosions and erasures of democracy, from Egypt to Oakland.” - Telluride Film Festival “BURNING BUSH trembles with hushed urgency. Unfailingly intelligent...bracing history… (with a) richness of character and willingness to flout the expectations of genre. An engrossing historical drama, low-key but in its final moments devastating.”- Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice (2013, in Czech with English subtitles, Parts 1&2, 150 min., Part 3, 83 min.)

Burning Bush trailer

BUY Friday, September 5 2014 - 7:00 PM (Parts 1 & 2)

BUY Sunday, September 7 2014 - 4:00 PM (Parts 1 & 2)

BUY Friday, September 12 2014 - 7:00 PM (Part 3)

BUY Sunday, September 14 2014 - 4:00 PM (Part 3)

IL SORPASSO

Two acting giants of European cinema, Vittorio Gassman and Jean-Louis Trintignant, star in Dino Risi's unforgettable road comedy that has been adored by Italian audiences for decades and rarely available in the U.S. until now. Bruno (Gassman) is a middle-aged swinging womanizer and Roberto (Trintignant) is a young, straight-laced law student. These two opposites meet by chance and set out on a drive along Rome's Via Aurelia. Over two days, the men learn a lot about each other and themselves. Wonderfully unpredictable and seamlessly blending broad laughs with poignant drama, IL SORPASSO is a classic from a period in Italian film history that is rich in masterpieces. Also a personal favorite of the Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Alexander Payne (ELECTION, NEBRASKA) who has cited Risi's film as an influence on his 2004 classic SIDEWAYS. (1962, 107 min, in Italian w/English subtitles)

Il Sorpasso trailer

BUY Friday, September 19 2014 - 7:00 PM

BUY Sunday, September 21 2014 - 4:00 PM

Directed by Jacques Demy
LOLA

“Jacques Demy's wondrous debut feature was an epiphany of poetic (neo)realism for the sixties: romantic cynicism in the tradition of René Clair and Max Ophuls, worked into a modern objectivity. In telling of a nightclub dancer (Anouk Aimée) who waits, against all odds or logic, for the return of the lover who left her with a child seven years earlier, it has a fairytale quality in which past and present crystallize into one emotion. Coincidence and repetition work as a kind of eternal return as characters from Lola's past appear in the present, in new form, while retaining their past selves completely. There is the little girl in love with the American sailor, and the American sailor in love with Lola; there is the white-suited lover in a Cadillac that fills the wide screen and finally spirals off into Lola's future. Raoul Coutard's sun-struck camerawork reveals Nantes as even Demy, a native, might not have known it, etching sadness all around Lola and her improbable universe.” - Judy Bloch, PFA (1961, 91 min., in French with English subtitles)

Lola trailer

BUY Friday, September 26 2014 - 7:00 PM

BUY Sunday, September 28 2014 - 4:00 PM

October

Directed by Jacques Demy
BAY OF ANGELS

Compulsive gambler Jeanne Moreau aims her manic schemes and Bette Davis eyes at a naive young bank clerk in this sun-drenched, nicotine-stained ode to the gamblers and losers of the French Riviera. First seen walking proudly along the Monte Carlo boardwalk in the film's justifiably famous opening, the glamorous but fraying Jackie (Moreau) is more comfortable in the less blinding enclosure of a casino, where a clueless clerk soon falls for her. “I thought this lifestyle only existed in American movies,” he marvels, but the joy of BAY OF ANGELS is that it only exists in this movie: the whirl of roulette wheels, the constant click of chips, elegance and effortless cool, all framed by the radiant black-and-white camerawork of Jean Rabier and the music of Michel Legrand. Towering above it all in white boas and heavy makeup is Moreau, capable of making even borderline-psychotic addiction look enthralling in “a bravura demonstration of star power on the rampage” - New York Times (1963, 85 min., in French w/English subtitles)

Bay of Angels Trailer

BUY Friday, October 3 2014 - 7:00 PM

BUY Sunday, October 5 2014 - 4:00 PM

AGNES VARDA: FROM HERE TO THERE

“Armed with her inimitable insight and ability to find beauty where one least expects it, director Agnès Varda travels to various far-flung locales in this five-part miniseries originally made for French television. Invited to a variety of cinematheques and museums to present her work, she uses the opportunities to look up old friends, interview filmmakers who interest her or discover new artists working in their chosen mediums. In Berlin, she searches for bears and Beuys sculptures; in Portugal, she photographs the country's famous azulejo ceramics and gets the 102-year-old director Manoel de Oliveira to do a wonderful Chaplin imitation; and in Venice, she takes an overview of artists represented in the Biennale. But these examples only scratch the surface of the wide-ranging travels and investigations she undertakes over the course of the program. Throughout, Varda's extraordinary empathy, curiosity and playfulness make numerous puckish and interesting connections between her vast points of interest. “When you look closely, things become very beautiful,” Varda exclaims in voiceover at one point, and viewers of AGNES VARDA: FROM HERE TO THERE will be exceedingly grateful to have her as their tour guide.” - Rod Armstrong, SFIFF (2011, in French w/English subtitles, Parts 1, 2 & 3, 135 min., Parts 4 & 5, 90 min.)

Agnes Varda trailer

BUY Friday, October 10 2014 - 7:00 PM (Parts 1, 2 & 3)

BUY Sunday, October 12 2014 - 4:00 PM (Parts 1, 2 & 3)

BUY Friday, October 17 2014 - 7:00 PM (Parts 4 & 5)

BUY Sunday, October 19 2014 - 4:00 PM (Parts 4 & 5)

SIDDHARTH

SIDDHARTH is the spellbinding and gorgeously wrought tale of one father's journey across India in search of his son. Mahendra is a chain-wallah, eking out a living fixing zippers on the bustling streets of New Delhi. To ease his financial woes, he sends twelve-year-old Siddharth to work in a distant factory. When the boy doesn't come home for the Diwali holiday, Mahendra and his wife Suman slowly begin to suspect that he was kidnapped by child traffickers. With few resources and no connections, Mahendra desperately travels to Punjab and Mumbai with the hope that whoever took Siddharth might return him unharmed. A powerful family drama both heart-rending and suspenseful. (2013, 97 min., in Hindi w/English subtitles)

Siddharth trailer

BUY Friday, October 24 2014 - 7:00 PM

BUY Sunday, October 26 2014 - 4:00 PM

November

JEALOUSY

“Philippe Garrel is a true child of French cinema. His father was the great actor Maurice Garrel, he made a second home for himself in the Cinémathèque Française, he shot his first film at the age of 16, and he rode through the streets of Paris shooting newsreels of May '68 with Godard in his red Ferrari. From the start, Garrel's intimate, handcrafted cinema has stayed elementally close to the conditions of silent film—the unadorned beauty of faces, figures, and light—and revisited the same deeply personal themes of loss, mourning, and rejuvenation through love. In this sharp, vigorous film, shot in glorious black and white by the great Willy Kurant, Garrel takes a fresh look at his titular subject, patiently following the professional and emotional crosscurrents between two romantically entwined theater actors.” - New York Film Festival (2013, 77 min., in French w/English subtitles)

Jealousy trailer

BUY Friday, October 31 2014 - 7:00 PM

BUY Sunday, November 2 2014 - 4:00 PM

TO BE OR NOT TO BE

Jack Benny (as a hammy actor playing Hamlet) and the great Carole Lombard (in her final screen performance) are teamed in this gem of a black comedy about a troupe of Polish actors outwitting the Nazi's. “As a piece of scripting, TO BE OR NOT TO BE is remarkable - there is really only one joke. But so cunning is the plotting that one is never conscious of it. The whole thing is like an intricate series of Chinese boxes.... As the narrative gets more and more complicated, with impersonations increasing by the score, so the situation becomes increasingly funny....” - BFI (1942, 99 min.)

To Be Or Not To Be Trailer

BUY Friday, November 7 2014 - 7:00 PM

BUY Sunday, November 9 2014 - 4:00 PM

MANUSCRIPTS DON'T BURN

“To bring us this gripping political thriller, director Mohammad Rasoulof defied a 20-year ban on making films, imposed on him after his 2010 conviction on charges that included 'making propaganda' against the ruling system. Shot in Iran without permission (the names of cast and crew are redacted from the credits for fear of state retribution), the film is an explicit attack on the evils of state corruption, violence, and censorship in modern-day Iran….The plot is based on the true story of a failed 1995 government plot to eliminate 21 dissident writers and journalists. Now, a former dissident-turned-state intelligence minister wants to eliminate all traces of this inconvenient truth from memory. Told from the point of view of the two low-level enforcers tasked with carrying out his plan, MANUSCRIPTS DON'T BURN is a brave and deeply personal film from a filmmaker with an important story to tell, willing to take great personal risks to tell it.” - Seattle International Film Festival (2013, 127 min., in Farsi w/English subtitles)

Manuscripts Don't Burn trailer

BUY Friday, November 14 2014 - 7:00 PM

BUY Sunday, November 16 2014 - 4:00 PM

THE AMAZING CATFISH


“In director Claudia Sainte-Luce's debut feature THE AMAZING CATFISH, the worlds of a rambunctious matriarchy and a withdrawn misfit collide and combine in a moving reflection of living and dying with courage. When solitary protagonist Claudia (Ximena Ayala) winds up in the hospital with appendicitis, she makes an unexpected connection with a fellow patient, single mother Martha (Lisa Owen). Martha's four children, who range in age from pre-adolescent to mostly grown, create a rowdy atmosphere in and out of the hospital, starkly contrasting with Claudia's muted existence. But as their lives become increasingly more entwined, each breaching the defenses of the other, Claudia becomes a quietly integral part of their rough-and-tumble household: part confidante, part caretaker, part cautious changeling…. This spare but colorful film—set in Guadalajara and based loosely on true events from Saint-Luce's own life—embraces the inclination to define a family as the people you choose and are chosen by, not necessarily the ones you're born to.” - Nicole Gluckstern, SFIFF (2013, 89 min., in Spanish w/English subtitles)

Amazing Catfish trailer

BUY Friday, November 21 2014 - 7:00 PM

BUY Sunday, November 23 2014 - 4:00 PM