THE DEFENDERS "The Benefactor"
(First aired April 28,1962) An astonishing look at a pre-Roe v. Wade world, where a principled doctor tries to use his trial on charges of performing illegal abortions as a platform to change the law. The first great social justice episode of a classic socially conscious TV series, the likes of which have not been seen again!
OPEN SECRET (1948)
Directed by John Reinhardt. John Ireland stars as a man who discovers the "hate crime" underside of America. A riveting "B" picture that calls out ethnic prejudice—rescued from nearly 60 years in obscurity!
Directed by Edward Dmytyrk, 70th anniversary! One of the greatest of all "social justice noirs," featuring noir icons Robert Ryan, Robert Mitchum and Gloria Grahame as they reside in a spooky, nocturnal world much different from the usual depiction of the "Land of the Free." Dmytryk and producer Adrian Scott received prison sentences almost contemporaneously with their Oscar nominations!
AMERICAN ANARCHIST is the story of one of the most infamous books ever written, “The Anarchist Cookbook,” and the role it’s played in the life of its author, William Powell. Powell wrote the hugely controversial book at just 19 amid the counterculture upheaval of the late 1960s and early ‘70s. It remains relevant today as it’s horrifyingly often cited as “inspiration” for the most heinous acts against humanity including the Columbine shootings. Now, in this film, Powell (who died in July 2016) reflects on his life and confronts the reality of what his younger self put out into the world.
The 60th anniversary 2K restoration of Halas and Batchelor's brilliant animated version of George Orwell's classic finally hits American shores!
In this animated film based on George Orwell's novel, animals on drunken Mr. Jones' farm, led by prize hog Old Major, gather to discuss their abuse. Old Major exhorts the animals to rebel. Boxer the horse, donkey Benjamin, pigs Snowball and Napoleon and the others agree, and when Old Major dies, they turn against Jones. But Napoleon secretly raises a group of puppies to do his bidding, and over time the efficiently run farm falters as Napoleon schemes to take over.
(A note for parents: ANIMAL FARM was written and animated for adults, and should be appropriate for teenagers, but due to violence and adult topics, it may not be appropriate for younger children.)
Don't miss one final adventure into the woods with the BearCity gang, where romance can sometimes be hairy but ultimately worth every hilarious, sometimes painful and all-consuming moment.
After a continuing losing streak that started at the altar, Roger tries to claw out of financial ruin and into the arms of Tyler. But Jay, Ty’s hunky Fire Chief partner is not letting that flame blaze.
Meanwhile, fireworks explode when Fred's obsessive tinkering on their bear documentary conflicts with Brent's baby prep and the unwavering due date of their new born. Mama Bear Michael faces major challenges and finds that love comes in all colors, shapes and sizes.
BITTER RICE / RISO AMARO 7:00
Director Giuseppe De Santis blends Hollywood noir visual techniques with neo-realism, and creates a singular recipe for the intersection of criminal activity and sexual manipulation. Two thieving lovers separate, with the woman disappearing into the anonymity of the rural rice fields. The lusty life she encounters (embodied by the voluptuous earth-mother she befriends) proves fragile when her lover returns with criminal schemes that threaten the very fabric of the life she's discovered. BITTER RICE was a sensation in 1949, one of the linchpins in the development of foreign arthouse cinema in the United States. It made Silvana Mangano into a worldwide sex symbol, and launched the international career of Vittorio Gassman. Doris Dowling, best known to noir fans as the murdered wife of Alan Ladd in THE BLUE DAHLIA, was forced to leave America in order to land her most significant role. With: Vittorio Gassman, Silvana Mangano, Doris Dowling, Raf Vallone, Checci Rissone, Nico Pepe, Adriana Sivieri, Lia Corelli, Maria Grazia Francia, Dedi Ristori, Anna Maestri, Mariemma Bardi Maria Capuzzo, Isabella Zennaro, Carlo Mazzarella, Ermanno Randi
ITALY (1949, 108 min) Director: Giuseppe De Santis. Screenplay/Story: Carlo Lizzani, Gianni Puccini, Ivo Perrelli, Corrado Alvaro, Giuseppe De Santis. Dialogue: Franco Monicelli. Photography: Otello Martelli. Music: Goffredo Petrassi
SEAGULLS ARE DYING IN THE HARBOR / MEEUWEN STERVEN IN DE HAVEN 9:15
A trio of Belgian filmmakers combined to create this breathtaking work, the last gasp of existentialism in European noir—an anguished cry for the lost wholeness of mankind. A nameless man on the run (has he committed a murder?) dodges and drifts his way through the polyglot architecture of Antwerp, a city defaced by war but now made visually schizophrenic by the ungainly modernism intervening into a formerly Gothic cityscape. His valiant attempts to make human connections are chronicled as he desperately looks for a way to clear himself and find a path to a normal life. Julien Schoenaerts (sometimes called the "Brando of Belgium") is the anchor of this aching slice of experimental mid-century expressionism—a dark miracle of collaborative filmmaking. With: Julien Schoenaerts, Dora Van Der Groen, Alice De Graef, Jenny Deheyder, Gisele Peeters, Piet Frison, Tine Balder, Tone Brulin, Panchita Van De Perre, Marcel Phillippe
BELGIUM (1955, 94 min) Directors: Rik Kuypers, Ivo Michiels, Roland Verhavert. Screenplay: Rik Kuypers, Ivo Michiels, Roland Verhavert. Photography: Johan Blansjaar. Art Direction: E. G. Demeyst, Jaak Van Luyth. Music: Max Damasse, Jack Sels, Jos Van Der Smissen, Andrea Casares
CAIRO STATION / BAB EL HADID 7:30
A Fall 2016 hit for stay-at-home FilmStruck subscribers, Youssef Chahine's tense, queasy tale of excessive love and patriarchal perfidy plays like gangbusters on the big screen in front of what we expect will be a rapt audience. Long-time Egyptian star Hend Rostom gives a dynamic performance as a women with too many irons in the fire. According to Malcolm's feminist foil Anastasia Lin, "The noir world rarely lays bare misogyny at such a level of incendiary hysteria." And that might just be an understatement! With: Farid Shawqi, Hend Rostom, Youssef Chahine, Hassan El Baroudi, Abdel Aziz Khalil, Naima Wasfi
EGYPT (1958, 77 min) Director: Youssef Chahine. Screenplay: Abdel Hai Adib. Dialogue: Mohamed Abu Youssef Photography: Alveise Orfanelli (as Alvise) Music: Fouad El Zahiri
THE ROAD TO HELL / CAMINO DEL INFIERNO 9:15
All hail to the Morelia Film Festival for their recent showcasing of Mexican film noir—another example of how a nation's filmmakers were galvanized into the creation of their finest work once they were exposed to the "noir virus." CAMINO DEL INFIERNO features steely-gazed Pedro Armendáriz and smiling Sphinx Leticia Palma (she of the controversially shortened career) as star-crossed lovers who try to overcome the rotten former lives that each bring to the deeply imperiled passion they find in one another. "There are many more Mexican noirs awaiting rediscovery," Malcolm notes, "but few of them will gut-punch you as much as this one will." With: Pedro Armendáriz, Leticia Palma, Wolf Ruvinskis, Ramón Gay, Arturo Soto Rangel, Manuel Calvo, Lupe Inclán
MEXICO (1951, 90 min) Director: Miguel Morayta. Screenplay: Miguel Morayt. From a story by Luis Spota Photography: Ignacio Torres. Music: Luis Hernandez Breton
CASH CALLS HELL / GOHIKI NO SHINSHI 7:15
Arguably the "last classic-era noir," CASH CALLS HELL wears its outrageous 60s mise-en-scene as a badge of honor while it sums up the doubled-down, doubled-back desperation in a world where it is easy to fall and virtually impossible to get back on one's feet after having done so. A framed ex-con (Tatsuya Nakadi, light years away from his role as the pacifist soldier in Kobayashi's THE HUMAN CONDITION) accepts a hit-man contract, only to find that he's in the middle of something far more sinister when his first target is gunned down before his eyes. Can he stop the rest of the killings? And can he protect the first victim's orphaned daughter? Or is he lost in a maze without a center? Join us on closing night, grit your teeth, and find out for yourself! With: Tatsuya Nakadai, Kaneko Iwasaki, Yukari Uehara, Chiyo Aoi, Ichiro Nakatani, Hisashi Igawa, Kuni Tanaka
JAPAN (1966, 92 min) Director: Hideo Gosha. Screenplay: Hideo Gosha, Yasuko Ono. Photography: Tadashi Sakai. Music: Masaru Sato
THE HOUSEMAID / HANYO 9:00
Ki-Young Kim shocked South Korea with his outrageous "melo-noir" that makes recent "spatter" variations on sexual scandal (think GONE GIRL) seem limp and labored by comparison. His unsparing depiction of dysfunctional family life is supercharged by the performance of Eun-Shim Lee as Myung-sook, the shameless housemaid who literally turns into a banshee once she sets her sights on the unsuspecting husband. (Eun-Shim Lee was so successful in conveying the extremity of her character that her acting career came to an end with this single performance.) THE HOUSEMAID is just as disturbing as PSYCHO, arguably more psychologically perverse—and is just as shocking today as it was when it was released. Don't miss it! With: Eun-Shim Lee, Jin Kyu Kim, Jeung-Nyeo Ju, Aeng-Ran Eom, Seon-Ae Ko, Ahn Sung-Ki, Yoo-Ri Lee
SOUTH KOREA (1960, 109 min) Director: Ki-Young Kim. Screenplay: Ki-Young Kim. Photography: Deok-Jin Kim. Music: Sang-Ji Han
Olga Hepnarova was a young, lonely lesbian outsider from a coldhearted family who couldn't play the part society desired of her. Her paranoid self-examination and inability to connect with other people eventually drove her over the edge of humanity when she was only twenty-two years old.
The film shows the human being behind the mass murderer without glorifying or downplaying the terrible crime she committed. Guided by her letters we delve into Olga's psyche and witness the worsening of her loneliness and alienation as we reconstruct the events that led up to her disastrous actions. Evil is part of being human. Although the story is set in the 1970's, young people worldwide today still face problems of not belonging, being different, and being bullied because of race, gender or sexual orientation.
Directed and Written by Petr Kazda, Tomáš Weinreb, 2016, 105min, Czech w/ English subtitles.
The heroine of this film is just as innocent as the mermaid in Andersen’s fairy tale and, like her, Little wants to find true love. Except that she lives in the world of people, moreover, in a bustling city harbour. Everything’s sparkly and alluring here, even the impure things, and it’s difficult to tell them apart. Little finds her prince, too, and ultimately pays the price for falling under his devious spell. Up until this point the director adheres to the original story; otherwise he exploits his creative flexibility to develop the impulses that were once defined by Trnka’s illustrations, whose dramatic tone was aimed more at the adult reader. Balej’s conception, however, offers a modern take on the grotesque; the artistic stylisation of the puppets aptly and concisely conveys the character of the individual figures, while the animation, serving to enhance the gags and various details and to heighten the tension, brings vibrancy and dynamism to the entire narrative. The film is intriguing for its suggestive evocation of the atmosphere of the town and its bizarre secluded spots, and for its expression of a whole range of moods, from brutal moments to the lyrical intermezzos associated with the emotional world of the fragile heroine.
Directed by Jan Balej, Written by Jan Balej, Ivan Arsenjev. Czech Republic. 2016. 72 min. Original title: Malá z rybárny. Czech w/ English Subtitles.
Preceded by the short film Little Cousteau (Maly Cousteau). This short animated film about a little boy who longs for deep-sea adventures in a snow-covered city is a homage to Jacques Cousteau. Directed by Jakub Kouřil. 8 min. 2013.
A story of Eliška and her daughter, starting a new life in a remote house with the ‘father away on business', as the mother claims. After the lie is disclosed, their relationship begins to wither. At that time, the mythical Noonday Witch begins to materialize. She is coming closer and closer and the question is poised: is the danger real or is it all in the mother's crumbling head?
Directed by Jiří Sádek, Written by Michal Samir. Czech Republic. 2016. 90min. Original title: Polednice. Czech w/ English Subtitles.
Since the arrival of the new teacher, Maria Drazdechova, to a Bratislava suburban school in the year of 1983, life has turned upside down for students and parents. The convincement of the teacher’s corrupted behaviour and one of the students suicide attempt that could be related to that matter, makes the school Principal call the student's parents for an urgent meeting that will suddenly put the future of all the families at stake. They are asked to sign a petition to move Miss Drazdechova out of the school. The teacher’s high connections within the Communist Party makes everyone feel threatened, but at this point they have no choice but to make a decision: will they dare to go against Miss Drazdechova and stand up for what they believe in at any risk, or will they just remain silent and let things be?
Directed by Jan Hřebejk. Written by Petr Jarchovský. Slovakia / Czech Republic. 2016. 99 min. Czech w/ English subtitles.
The last drop for Jan's resolution is the voluntary death of his father-in-law, whose strength and patience ran dry. Grandma made decisions about Grandpa's life, old age as well as the funeral. Jan is sure that he and his wife Olga are on the same route. He recalls his past life when he used to have his own will and dreams and he wants to live again with dignity and freedom. He longs to control his own life again. And his solution is escape from the present life. In this movie we watch, in parallel, the fates of Jan's married daughters Olinka and Alenka and his sons-in-law Erik and Pepík.
Directed by Radek Bajgar, Written by Radek Bajgar, Miroslava Zlatníková, 2016, 107min, Czech w/ English Subtitles
David Lynch: The Art Life looks at Lynch’s art, music, and early films, shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world and giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist. As he says, “I think every time you do something, like a painting or whatever, you go with ideas, and sometimes the past can conjure those ideas and color them. Even if they’re new ideas, the past colors them.” We’re invited in and given private views from Lynch’s compound and painting studio in the hills high above Hollywood, as he tells personal stories that unfold like scenes from his films. Strange characters come into focus only to fade again into the past, all leaving an indelible mark.
United States/Denmark • 2016 • 93 minutes • Color • DCP.
RRated R for language, some drug use and violence.
The new restoration! A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.
It's "CHEERLEADiNG CHAOS" as MiDNiGHTS FOR MANiACS brings you this all-35mm double bill!
7:00pm - BRiNG IT ON (2000) - 17th Anniversary 35mm screening!
Teen heartthrobs Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union go head to head in this politically-charged, racially-explosive, queer-positive, teen-angst, cheerleading-competition film!
9:00pm - REVENGE OF THE CHEERLEADERS (1976) - 40th Anniversary 35mm screening!
This unstoppably hilarious T&A cheerleading-competition classic not only sports some of the weirdest and wackiest sequences in the history of 1970s exploitation cinema, it will sincerely stun you at how realistic and even revolutionary it deals with many of its high school dilemmas.
MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS presents a
"David Lynch's Influences for TWiN PEAKS" Double Bill
6:45pm - PEYTON PLACE (1957) - 60th Anniversary restored DCP screening!
This 1957 adaptation of Grace Metalious' controversial novel is perhaps the biggest influence on David Lynch's TWiN PEAKS. A subversive soap-opera that was surprisingly nominated for nine Oscars, unmasked the moral hypocrisy of a small fictional American mill town in the years surrounding World War II.
9:45pm - BLUE VELVET (1986) - 30th Anniversary 35mm screening!
David Lynch made his surreal mark in Hollywood with this unofficial prequel to TWiN PEAKS. College student Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) comes back home to uncover the disturbing undertow in his small American town. Setting the stage for everything TWiN PEAKS, this 1980s throwback to the 1950s is more than essential viewing as we prepare for the return of the greatest TV show to ever air on network television.
New DCP restoration! 40th anniversary!
David Lynch once described his stunning debut feature simply as “a dream of dark and troubling things,” but the unclassifiable ERASERHEAD is so much more: an expressionistic headtrip, a Grand Guignol nightmare, a pitch-black comedy of manners, and even a deeply personal allegory about the (post-) nuclear family. Amidst a monochromatic wasteland teeming with smoke and shadows, Jack Nance’s wire-haired wage slave Henry struggles to navigate the horrors of mutant offspring, sinister hallucinations and, most terrifying of all, his new in-laws. Playing midnights for month after month in the late 1970s, David Lynch's surreal classic ERASERHEAD was a Roxie fixture. We're proud to present it in glorious, black and white 35mm - although perhaps not quite as late as we used to.
Directed by David Lynch. 88m. USA. DCP.
Living in the sixth dimension can be tough, but we hope you'll join the Roxie and Richard Elfman live and in person for our screening of FORBIDDEN ZONE!
With a bafflingly great cast - including Herve Villechaize, Susan Tyrell, FREEWAY director Matthew Bright and the entire Mystic Knights of Oingo Boingo - including a Satanic turn by Richard's brother, Danny Elfman, who you may have heard of - FORBIDDEN ZONE features errant animations, absurdist comedy, and some of the catchiest songs you've ever heard.
Don't miss this one time only screening with director in attendance!
IN THE NAME OF THE LAW / IN NOME DELLA LEGGE 2:00
Pietro Germi is the forgotten master of Italy's neo-realist movement, pushing into the hinterlands to portray the roiling collision of old ways and new ideas as they engaged in hand-to-hand combat for the soul of a smoldering nation. Here, the "old ways" come to the fore, as Massimo Girotti tries to take on the rural Sicilian Mafia and bring an end to the corrupt conspiracy of silence enforced by the region's largest land baron (an impressively astringent performance by noted French character actor Charles Vanel). It's a war of nerves…Italian style. With: Massimo Girotti, Jone Salinas, Camillo Mastrocinque, Charles Vanel, Saro Urzi, Turi Pandolfini, Umberto Spadaro, Saro Arcidiacono, Ignazio Balsamo, Nada De Santis
ITALY (1949, 101 min) Director: Pietro Germi Screenplay: Federico Fellini, Mario Monicelli, Tullio Pinelli, Giuseppe Mangione, Pietro Germi. From a story by Giuseppe Mangione. Adapted from the novel by Giuseppe Guido Loschiavo. Photography: Leonida Barboni. Music: Carlo Rustichelli
MADNESS RULES / MATTO REGIERTF 4:00
Leopold Lindtberg, fresh off his epic war drama THE LAST CHANCE (1945), takes a ninety-degree turn with this chewy murder mystery set in a mental hospital. "Those steeped in noir will think of GREEN FOR DANGER," suggests Anastasia Lin, "but our detective has fewer foibles and the suspects are a good bit more interestingly idiosyncratic—especially since so many of them seem more than a bit touched in the head!" So many suspects, so much conflicting testimony, so many mixed motives—it's a good thing that the indomitable police inspector (a marvelously gruff Heinrich Gretler) is so good at not suffering fools! Featuring a winningly winsome performance from future European star Elisabeth Muller (just 20 at the time) as the love-conflicted nurse. With: Heinrich Gretler, Heinz Woester, Friedrich Braun, Elisabeth Müller, Otto Brefin, Gottlieb Buchi, Zarli Carigiet, Irene Naef
SWITZERLAND (1947, 113 min) Director: Leopold Lindtberg. Screenplay: Leopold Lindtberg, Alfred Neumann. From the novel by Friedrich Glauser. Photography: Emil Berna. Music: Robert Blum
Coming out of last winter's sold-out Incredibly Strange Music, Craig Baldwin returns with another jaw-dropping program of 16mm media-archaeological curiosities! This utterly absurd compilation of 30+ uncanny clips--each briefly introduced--promises an hilarious encounter with the fringe genres of 20C film culture, sublimely ridiculous celluloid artifacts that not only amuse, but defy belief: Little Oscar Mayer, Emperor Norton, John
Birch, bed-wetting, noise-torture, cults, car commercials, IBM mainframes, religious ecstasies, sex-ed, subliminals, and dozens more brain-melting excerpts from Cinema's underside.
A beautiful middle-age woman is the chef of a garden that is being rented for weddings and funerals. No one knows this woman’s life story. Warm and friendly atmosphere dominates the garden, in which many people are working together peacefully until the arrival of an introvert young man, Hossein, who is the new singer for the band. The tender love that happens between the woman and Hossein creates many challenges that ultimately lead to a shocking incident.
Directed and produced by Tina Pakravan. Script by Tala Motazedi. Cast : Hamed Behdad, Roya Nonahali, Atila Pesyani , Gohar Kheirandish, Setareh Eskandari, Shaghayegh Farahani.
98 min - DCP- Iran - 2016 - Persian with English Subtitles
The Emperor’s Bridge Campaign presents three films that fondly depict the story of the San Francisco eccentric and visionary, Emperor Norton. The films — from 1936, 1956 and 1966 — include a 9-minute 16mm theatrical short that may be the earliest dramatic portrayal of the Emperor on film. All of the films are rarely seen on the big screen.
The Emperor’s Bridge Campaign is the San Francisco nonprofit that works to research and document the life and legacy of Emperor Norton.
50% of all proceeds from this screening will benefit the Campaign.
LOVE & TAXES is a riveting comic tale of seven years of tax avoidance. Following the possibly real-life exploits of legendary Bay Area solo performer Josh Kornbluth, LOVE & TAXES is a comedy that blends autobiographical monologue and scripted scenes to bring the subjective reality of the storyteller hilariously to life.
"One night, I sat down, the ideas came in, and it was a most beautiful experience.” – David Lynch, 2001
In David Lynch's maniacal, notorious thriller, amnesia-suffering Rita (Laura Harring), who barely escapes murder on winding, hilly Mulholland Drive, makes her way down to Hollywood, where she sneaks into the apartment of bright-eyed aspiring actress Betty (Naomi Watts). When the two women encounter each other and try to piece together what happened to Rita, their descent into the freshly warped and hypnotically nightmarish Lynchian rabbit hole ensues. A lethal blue box, an unlucky director named Adam Kesher and a neon-glowing nightclub called Silencio are only the tip of the iceberg in this kinkily off-kilter neo-noir.
“The best film of the decade” – Los Angeles Film Critics Society
Directed by David Lynch. 2001, 147 min, USA. 35mm print.
ODD MAN OUT 7:00
James Mason took a giant step into international stardom as Johnny McQueen, just-released IRA leader who has a harrowing "dark night of the soul" after a heist goes wrong and he is severely wounded. Carol Reed eschews any cheap Christ-like comparisons for Johnny, opting for his own simmering exploration of Jean-Paul Sartre's famous dictum that "Hell…is other people." Sublime, grotesque, and above all darkly gleaming in the desolate glory of its nocturnal photography, courtesy of the great Robert Krasker (THE THIRD MAN, BRIEF ENCOUNTER, SENSO). With: James Mason, Robert Newton, Cyril Cusack, William Hartnell, F. J. McCormick, Fay Compton, Denis O'Dea, Robert Beatty, Dan O'herlihy, Katheen Ryan
UK (1947, 116min) Director: Carol Reed. Screenplay: F. L. Green, R. C. Sherriff. From the novel by F. L. Green. Photography: Robert Krasker. Music: William Allwyn
THE NOOSE / PETLA 9:15
Think THE LOST WEEKEND on steroids. Kuba Kowalski (a haunted Gustaw Holoubek) is as much a victim of his blown-out society than he is a self-loathing poseur, however—and displaced rage is what fuels despair and desolation here, as opposed to THE LOST WEEKEND's weak-kneed Don Burnham (Ray Milland). In the words of Anastasia Lin: "A devastatingly choreographed pas-de-deux of psychological strangulation"—and we watch as the metaphorical noose tightens around Kuba as he dives deeper and deeper into hallucinatory intoxication. Director Has follows Carol Reed in depicting a world that all too often closes ranks on those it is ostensibly claiming to support. With: Gustaw Holoubek, Aleksandra Slaska, Teresa Szmigielowna, Tadeusz Fijewski, Stansislaw Milski, Wladyslaw Dwoyno, Igor Przengrodzki
POLAND (1958, 96 min) Director: Wojchiech Has. Screenplay: Marek Hiasko. From a story by Wojchiech Has & Marek Hiasko. Photography: Mieczyslaw Jahoda. Music: Tadeusz Baird
On the second Saturday of each month, the Roxie presents an assortment of great classic cartoons (in both black & white and full color) for Saturday-morning slackers of all ages.
"A Tribute to Sally Cruikshank"
While we normally play classic cartoons of the distant past, we wanted to dedicate a show to one of our heros, Sally Cruikshank. Her imaginative, amiable, often mind-bending and somewhat psychedelic cartoons were a huge inspiration to us, were huge hits in Bay Area theaters like the Roxie in the 1970s, and they remain classics that everyone will enjoy.
The show will include:
* Quasi at the Quackadero
* Make Me Psychic
* Face Like a Frog
* Chow Fun
* Fun on Mars
Since this will be a short show, we will be playing a classic cartoon preshow before the tribute starting when we open the doors at 10:30am.
Rammstein has long been in an über-league of its own when it comes to taking the live presentation of rock music to new heights, both in terms of conception and execution. Catching this excitement on film is an almost impossible task.
In this state-of-the-art concert film, renowned Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund takes a radical new approach to capturing the emotion and thrill of Rammstein’s one-of-a-kind live performance. RAMMSTEIN: PARIS is a fast-paced feast for all senses: a dark and spectacular fairy-tale laced with controversy, don’t-try-this-at-home theatrics, plus the all-consuming aroma of Benzin.
Rowing longboats up fjords. Building large and important monuments. Opening major ceremonial occasions... then closing them – with a bang. Rammstein’s music is the perfect soundtrack for all or any of these. Running time: 98 minutes. Format: DCP 25fps
STRANGE ENCOUNTER / ESTRANHO ENCONTRO 2:00
B-noir meets arthouse in future Cinema Novo stalwart Khouri's directing debut. Tone, atmosphere, and arty camerawork sustain a coiling story about two pairs of mismatched lovers who wind up in a perilous situation when the younger partners in each relationship meet by chance. Not quite so ready to nihilistically reject the possibility of love (as would be the case only a few years later), Khouri demonstrates a cheeky visual flair, and coaxes a remarkable performance from Russian expatriate actress Lola Brah—one that hints at the escalating romantic disillusion that will dominate his work in the 60s and beyond. With: Mario Sergio, Andrea Bayard, Lola Brah, Luigi Picchi, Sergio Hingst
BRAZIL (1958, 87 min) Director: Walter Hugo Khouri. Screenplay: Walter Hugo Khouri. Photography: Rudolf Icsey. Music: Gabriel Migliori
Don Malcolm's verdict: "truly, madly, deeply one-of-a kind!" Karel Holger (think Peter Lorre with leading man looks) takes us into the horror of a world careening toward a feeding frenzy of totalitarian mania in KRAKATIT, the Otakar Vavra adaptation of Karel Capek's prophetic 1921 novel. Those familiar with Orson Welles' take on Franz Kafka's THE TRIAL will sense that the great American expatriate was more than a bit familiar with this film, where suppressed hysteria, sexual treachery, and the deadly pursuit of krakatit (a substance similar to what we now call WMDs) reveal a world teetering on the brink of madness. Mercurial, globe-trotting Czech beauty Florence Marly shines as the seductive, mysterious Princess Wilhelmina, whose flawless face threatens to launch a thousand holocausts. With: Karel Hoger, Florence Marly, Eduard Linkers, Jiri Plachy, Natasa Tanska, Frantisek Smolik, Miroslav Homola, Vlasta Fabianova
CZECHOSLOVAKIA (1948, 110 min) Director: Otakar Vavra. Screenplay: Jaroslav Vavra, Otakar Vavra. From the novel by Karel Capek. Photography: Vaclav Hanus. Music: Jiri Srnka
Mila was the adult film industry's hottest star when she decided to call it quits and start a new life. A dangerous men's rights group, known as The Sword, has been terrorizing the streets of San Francisco. The Sword is on mission to eliminate immoral women and Mila has become their next target.
After surviving a brutal attack, Mila puts a group of badass babes together and seeks her revenge!
Berlin, 1934. It's the dream of everyone involved in film making: to work at the "Hollywood of Europe," the Babelsberg Film Studios outside of Berlin. Though already well-known in her native Czechoslovakia, ambitious young Czech actress Lida Baarová has just obtained her first screen role in a major feature film. She knows she can only make a real acting career in Germany, however, she yet doesn't know the price she will have to pay...
Directed by Filip Renč. Written by Ivan Hubač, Czech Republic, 2016, 106 min., Czech and German w/ English subtitles.
In this bold, genre-defying horror-musical mashup – the playful and confident debut of Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska – a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters are drawn ashore in an alternate ’80s Poland to explore the wonders and temptations of life on land. Their tantalizing siren songs and otherworldly aura make them overnight sensations as nightclub singers in the half-glam, half-decrepit fantasy world of Smoczynska’s imagining. In a visceral twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s original Little Mermaid tale, one sister falls for a human, and as the bonds of sisterhood are tested, the lines between love and survival get blurred. A savage coming-of-age fairytale with a catchy new-wave soundtrack, lavishly grimy sets, and outrageous musical numbers, THE LURE explores its themes of sexuality, exploitation, and the compromises of adulthood with energy and originality.
Directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska. Written by Robert Bolesto. Starring Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszańska, Kinga Preis, Jakub Gierszal. Poland. 2015. 92 min. DCP.
From the Romanian-born, Israeli-raised filmmaker Shimon Dotan, THE SETTLERS traces the history of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and their growth through individual action and, in this telling, the sometimes tacit encouragement of Israeli politicians.
Interweaving archival footage with current interviews featuring settlers and academics alike, Dotan examines the incremental protests, governmental indifference, and political calculation that have led to the current stalemate in which we've come to know. Partisans on both sides of the conflict will find plenty to argue with. The real achievement here is in going beyond the buzzwords of newscasts and talking points to convey a sense of what's happening on the ground-- and give it a sense of urgency.
Nicolas Cage puts on one of his most insane performances as a publishing executive who thinks he's turning into a vampire after an encounter with a neck biting Jennifer Beals in Erika's staff pick. The life of white-collar New Yorker Peter (Nicolas Cage) seems to revolve solely around making as much money and sleeping with as many women as possible. After a typical night of scouring trendy bars for some action, Peter manages to take home the sexy Rachel (Jennifer Beals), who bites him on the neck while they're in bed. The next day, Peter is certain he is now a vampire. Though no one shares his point of view and he hasn't changed physically, he dons fake fangs and begins stalking women.
A haunting thriller set in an isolated castle in 1950s Tuscany, Voice From the Stone tells the story of Verena, a determined young nurse who is hired to help the mute young heir within. But the more she observes him, the more Verena becomes convinced he has fallen under the spell of a powerful and otherworldly persona trapped in the villa's stone walls, one that seems to be rapidly entwining with her own.
Shinichi ''Sonny'' Chiba is a martial arts ''manimal'' in the ultra-70's, 100% bizarre mixture of horror, action and sci-fi that is Wolf Guy, one of the rarest and most sought-after cult films produced by Japan's Toei Studio. Based on a manga by Kazumasa Hirai (creator of 8 Man), and never before released outside of Japan, it's a genre film classic waiting to be discovered and a completely unclassifiable trip into phantasmagoric funk.
Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba is WOLFGUY, the only survivor of a clan of werewolves who relies on his feral, full-moon-activated superpowers to solve mysterious crimes. One night, a bizarre and bloody death in the Tokyo streets plunges him into a far-reaching conspiracy populated by crooked politicians, naked white women, bit-players like Hideo Murota, a phantom tiger, and -- best of all -- a shadowy organization.
In You’re Killing Me Susana (Me Estás Matando Susana) Gael Garcia Bernal stars as Eligio, a narcissistic Mexico City soap opera actor who one day is shocked to discover that his wife Susana (Veronica Echegui) has picked up and left him without uttering a word. After learning that she has enrolled in a writing program at an Iowa university, he decides to go after her and persuade her to return to him. Arriving in what appears to be the middle of nowhere during a winter storm, Eligio feels like a fish out of water and is disappointed to find that Susana has already moved on with her life. Slowly it begins to dawn on him that it’s going to take a lot more than his usual boyish charisma and sweet talk to win her back.