Rfor sexual content, graphic nudity and some language.
Rfor sexual content, graphic nudity and some language.
Rfor sexual content, graphic nudity and some language.
Returning to theaters across North America this fall, the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS will present 15 thought-provoking, poignant, and very funny animated shorts from around the world.
The Vietnam War, rock 'n roll, political assassinations, altered consciousness, riots, sexual revolution: '68 is San Francisco during the hottest year of the 1960s. Featuring a mind-blowing soundtrack!
This sleeper hit, a sweetly bonkers comedy fantasy about ghosts uneasily playing house with humans, confirmed Tm Burton as a creative genius and Winona Ryder as a piquant talent. Playing a goth teen caught in the middle, she holds her own with a cast including Catherine O’Hara and Jeffrey Jones (as her folks), Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis (as a nice young dead couple), and, of course, Michael Keaton as the berserk titular poltergeist.
Frank Balzer has retired from the German Green Berets and wants to start a new, quiet life as a civilian. He finally gets to see his daughter Lily again, and is on his way to the Berlin main train station to pick her up for their first weekend together after a long time. At a rest stop, he reluctantly gives a ride to hitchhiker Andreas. On the way, he discovers a bomb in Andreas’ backpack. Who is this hitchhiker really? A life-or-death battle of wits begins between the two men, showing us that fanatics come in all stripes and that a parent has to do what they’ve got to do when their child is in danger. Ken Duken (NORTHMEN) and GAME OF THRONES star Tom Wlaschiha in an action-packed, edge-of-your seat thriller, in which the two characters match wits and charisma, hurtling down the Autobahn at breakneck speed toward a knock-out finale.(Global Screen).
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet.
The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
FOOD FOR CHANGE: THE STORY OF COOPERATION IN AMERICA tracks the ups and downs of cooperatives from the Great Depression to the present through rare archival footage, animation, graphics, and interviews with co-op leaders. Food for Change explores the nation’s longest surviving alternative economic system, a system that is also a social movement based on principles of cooperation.
A newcomer to a prestigious ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amidst a series of grisly murders.
Austin Lynch (son of David) and Matthew Booth explore the relationship between working-class people and their environments in this deeply disturbing and profoundly moving first feature film.
No French noir fest is complete sans Jean Gabin; he's more than ready for his close-up on closing night! He lets Henri Vidal do the wooing in House on the Waterfront as they look for Andrée Debar's missing sister on the docks of Marseilles. He's the embattled patriarch of a crumbling dynastic family in The Possessors—a cautionary tale as relevant in 2018 as it was in 1958!
Kusama - Infinity explores Yayoi Kusama’s fierce determination to become a world-renowned artist. Kusama was born into a conservative family in rural Japan and she made her way to America on the heels of WWII. There, without connections and speaking only broken English, she devoted herself to her one true love, making art. On her first day in New York, Kusama has stated that she climbed to the top of the Empire State Building, looked down upon the city below, and made a decision to stand out from everyone she saw below and become a star. She has received the Praemium Imperiale Laureate for lifetime achievement in painting, and was named the world’s ‘most popular artist’ and one of the ‘most expensive living female artist’ in 2014.
The Lone Wolf and Cub film series has its roots in Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima’s manga of the same name, which was itself a major influence on Western cartooning and illustration in the 1980s. It felt only natural to pay homage to that connection.
Here are two "locked room" films that probe and expose the nature of betrayal and damnation. In the first, a group of ex-Resistance fighters discover that their reunion (engineered by Danielle Darrieux) is much more than a get-together; in the second, three damned souls (including the great Arletty) discover the true meaning of Hell when a mysterious elevator ride locks them in a tiny room...
Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. is a movie starring M.I.A.. Drawn from a never-before-seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions.
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The film centers on young Angelino and his skull-and-flame pal Vinny, who live in a seedy tenement in an LA-inspired dystopian metropolis – a burnt-out, gang and cockroach-ridden neo-urban hell that makes Blade Runner’s LA seem like The Brady Bunch. Following a scooter accident Angelino starts experiencing migraines and strange hallucinations, as well as fits of rage-inspired superpowers, as he slowly awakens to the truth of his origins: he is half human and half Macho, a supernatural alien race that is bent on taking over the planet.
Locally produced fever dream dance film, MIRRORS, gets SF Premiere at the Roxie followed by Q&A with the film's director, lead actress/choreographer and producer!
Amae, Thamee, Ama (Mother, Daughter, Sister) exposes the Burmese military’s practice of using rape as a weapon of war and gives voice to Kachin and Rohingya women activists calling for justice for these crimes.
The film revolves around the stories of four women: Shamima, a volunteer counselor working with survivors of military rape in the Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, Dil Kayas, a teenage survivor and San Lung and Lu Ra, the sister and mother of two Kachin school teachers brutally raped and killed in 2015, allegedly by the Burmese military.
Powerful testimonies from survivors, witnesses
and activists explore the far-reaching impact of
sexual violence upon women and communities,
woven with stories of courageous women calling
for justice and a unified stand for an end to impunity.
In 1985, a group of criminals mock the security of the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City to extract 140 pre-Hispanic pieces from their showcases.
Presented by the Ecstatic Truth Film Society.
Brooklyn-based artist and performer Narcissister plumbs the depths of identity, sexuality, family, race and death in her breathtaking documentary feature debut that premiered at the 2108 Sundance Film Festival. A dazzling and multi-layered hybrid documentary/performance film, Narcissister Organ Player explores how the director’s complex family history and her relationship with her mother compelled her to create the masked, erotic character of Narcissister. Boundary defying in form and rich in content, the film’s tone oscillates between heart-rending and playful as it builds to its emotional and dramatic climax.
John Hanson and Rob Nilsson, co-directors of Cannes Camera d’Or winner Northern Lights and fellow members of San Francisco’s Cine Manifest film collective, collaborated on this remarkable series of documentaries underwritten by the North Dakota Humanities Council and the North Dakota AFL-CIO. In Prairie Fire, 97-year-old ex-organizer and poet Henry Martinson recounts the 1916 birth of the Socialist Nonpartisan League—also the subject of Northern Lights—his narrative accompanied by images shot by Nilsson’s own grandfather, Frithjof Holmboe. Rebel Earth finds Martinson, accompanied by a younger farmer, revisiting the scenes of his life, seeking out the spot of his Divide County homestead. Survivor, finished the year before Martinson’s death, focuses on the biography of its subject, found in a funny and expansive mood. A gorgeously-shot work of documentary-as-historical corrective, which finds hope for the future through excavating a radical past.
You'll never look at the internet the same again. A website, which at first appears to be merely a scary hoax with an irresistible marketing ploy, turns out to be run by a sinister and deadly force. As people repeatedly tap into the site’s frightening images of the dead, the supernatural force begins controlling their lives.
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa.
Come celebrate the 33rd Anniversary of Sylvester Stallone’s fist-pounding, adrenaline-pumping, Cold War tour-de-force. Profoundly patriotic combined with a surprisingly luddite sensibility, this ultimate sports spectacle of the 1980s gave Swedish martial artist Dolph Lungren, the role of a lifetime (which some have argued is much more complicated than critics initially dismissed.) Stallone also proved that he could truly “push it to the limit” with some of the greatest training montages in cinema history. Be prepared to be dancing in the aisles with James Brown’s decade defining theme song. Plus this is your chance to prepare yourself for CREED II (which follows up on all of these characters) with a handful of other ROCKY 35mm trailers.
Pierre Chenal was a giant of French noir in the 30s, but was exiled during WWII and again in the 50s. His "second return" in the late 50s produced several taut thrillers that are his take on "B-noir," and Sinners of Paris is arguably the best. A gangster with only a short time to live (Charles Vanel) escapes from jail and goes on a violent, cathartic spree.
Skid Row Marathon is the uplifting and inspiring story of an unlikely group of individuals from LA's Skid Row, who receive a second chance at life, all brought on by a simple act of kindness.
Follow the story of High Court Judge, Craig Mitchell as he coaches a long-distance running club from the Midnight Mission on Skid Row. Using the redemptive power of running and the camaraderie of the group, marathon training raises the spirits of Skid Row's inhabitants and gives a sense of purpose to a group of people who are homeless, addicted or coming out of the prison system.
"One horrendous act does not define a person in his entirety" and so the film highlights the transformation of homeless and often helpless individuals into sober, rounded and functioning members of society.
This feature will be preceded by an exclusive 10 min film exploring the transformative powers of running. Including Interviews with The Running Charity, Olympic Gold medalist Jo Pavey, BBC’s Vassos and Sophie Raworth, CEO of parkrun, and best selling Author & columnist Bryony Gordon.
They discuss what running means to them and how it has helped them throughout their lives, providing inspiration and context to the main film.
Spanish director Alejandro Amenábar’s superb debut is a psychological thriller about a university student working on a thesis about violence in the media. As she researches material, she uncovers a lot more than she bargained for. Thesis was nominated for eight prizes at the 1997 Goya Awards and it won seven of them, including Best Film. It is a masterclass in suspense!
Starring Ana Torrent, Fele Martínez and Eduardo Noriega. 1996. Spain. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Presented by RoxCine
FRENCH 5's tribute to Henri Vidal begins with the macabreThanatos Palace. Our hero goes to a remote "suicide hotel" in the mountains, where he's menaced by none other than Lino Ventura! A creepy version of "ten little Indians" as only the French can do it!
A truckdriver kills the husband of the woman he loves, and becomes the object of blackmail.
Two immortal French actresses, Simone Signoret and Ginette Leclerc, who gained fame by playing prostitutes here portray troubled wives in increasingly desperate situations. FRENCH 5 kicks off with two powerful films that aren't afraid to get their fingernails dirty in the hardscrabble squalor of everyday life.
Our Henri Vidal tribute revs up with the last noir he made before his untimely death in 1959,The Beast at Bay/La bête à l'affût. He's a prisoner held on suspicion of murder who seduces a wealthy young widow (Françoise Arnoul) as he waits for a chance to escape. And when he does, things get really crazy!
Co-Presented by Frameline Film Festival and Campaign Productions
Ten years ago, Prop 8 passed, banning same-sex marriage in California. On October 28, the team behind THE CAMPAIGN presents a community screening and discussion to reflect upon the impact of that pivotal moment in LGBT and California history. Please join us for an evening of lively entertainment and thought-provoking discussion! Check back soon for further details.
THE CAMPAIGN follows California’s historic No-on-8 campaign to defend same-sex marriage through exclusive footage, interwoven with the powerful national history of same-sex relationship recognition since the 1950s.
In anticipation of the new Peter Bogdanovich doc, THE GREAT BUSTER (opening 11/16), wherein he intimately explores the fertile output & astonishing biography of the silent era visionary, the Roxie is thrilled to present a 4K digital restoration of what many film historians claim is Keaton’s masterpiece.
An action-adventure-comedy with a narrative that whirls around a Confederate locomotive called The General, hijacked by Union spies, and the Rebel engineer who gives all form of chase trying to save it and his gal. The film initially drew poor reviews and tanked at the box office, derailing Keaton’s autonomy as an auteur for the remainder of his career. Astonishingly, the film entered the public domain in ’54 because its claimant never renewed the copyrights. But it’s the feature of which Buster was most proud. In 1989 it was one of the first films to be voted onto the National Film Registry, and today film historians widely consider it among the pinnacles of the silent film era, while many place it within the pantheon of Greatest Films Ever Made.
“Buster made many tours de force of hilarity. THE GENERAL is something else, a historical parody set during the Civil War where comedy, rich but deliberate & insinuating, aims not to split your sides but rather to elicit & sustain wonder for the duration of it's 79 minute run time”. - Gary Giddins, Slate.
Directed by Clyde Bruckman & Buster Keaton. Written by: Buster Keaton & Clyde Bruckman . With Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender. 79 mins.
A love triangle develops between a beautiful yet dangerous vampire, her cellist companion, and a gerontologist.
University students, Ray, Anna, Tyler, Halle, and Eisuke are enjoying college life pursuing their dreams. In the meantime, they have a secret mission to fight against invading aliens called, Reptilians from outer space. One day, Ray travels back in time to 330 million years ago on Earth, to find his missing friend Tyler who has fallen into a trap from the vicious alien, Dahar. During that time, Alpha, the God of the Earth, is planning to create a new civilization on Earth and invited an empress Zamza and her fellow dragon-beings from planet Zeta, to Earth.
THE LONG SHADOW is a disturbing story about the lingering human cost of ignorance, intolerance and inaction in the US, casting a long shadow over our national identity and imperfect democracy.
These two films from 1949 show us the dividing line between the two decades, as two filmmakers—André Cayatte and Raymond Bernard—uncharacteristically evoke the past glories of French cinema's romantic pessimism. A double bill filled with tragic love that is guaranteed to sweep you up and sweep you away...with each film featuring the great character actor Marcel Dalio at his most unhinged!
Rfor sexual content, graphic nudity and some language.
Orson Welles’ last & long-unfinished film is quite possibly his most ambitious. An historic cinematic treasure premiering on the big screen.
A Hollywood director emerges from semi-exile with plans to complete work on an innovative motion picture.
Directed by Orson Welles. Written by Orson Welles Oja Kodar. Produced by Orson Welles, Dominique Antoine, Andrés Vicente Gómez, Frank Marshall & Filip Jan Rymsza. Edited by Bob Murawski & Orson Welles. Cinematography by Gary Grave. Shot on 35mm, 16mm, Super 8 in B&W and Color. With John Huston, Bob Random, Peter Bogdanovich, Susan Strasberg & Oja Kodar. 35mm. 122 mins.
She was much more than a beautiful face: Marina Vlady shows her acting range in these two early noirs, the first made when she was just 17. She's an unusual good girl who tries to rescue bad boy Raymond Pellegrin from his escalating predicaments in The Show-Off, and she's a mysterious but vulnerable spy on a murky, treacherous WWII mission opposite then-husband Robert Hossein in Double Agents.
Trapped by his beefcake image, Henri Vidal (1919-1959) had a frenzied life and career that was cut short by drug addiction. Our six-film tribute (of which this is the centerpiece) celebrates his acting range, but also provides on-screen glimpses of his escalating frustration with a career he could never push in the direction he wanted. He's a bewildered innocent trapped by Parisian decadence in The Strollers; a world-weary bargeman who falls for a woman on the run in The Passerby; and a charismatic criminal who plans to betray his benefactors in René Clair's only noir, Gates of Paris.
SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE! The German troops are just outside Paris. Georg escapes to Marseille at the last moment. His luggage contains the legacy of a writer named Weidel, who took his own life out of fear of persecution. This legacy comprises a manuscript, some letters and the Mexican Embassy’s assurance of a visa. Assuming the identity of Weidel, Georg tries to obtain one of the few scarce passages on a ship. Talks between refugees take place in the corridors of his small hotel, the waiting rooms of consulates, and the cafés and bars down at the harbour. Georg befriends Driss, the son of his late comrade Heinz, who died whilst trying to flee. But when he meets the mysterious Marie, his plans change. Transit is based on Anna Seghers’ eponymous novel which she wrote in exile. The film is set in contemporary Marseille where these characters from the past move around. And so, history meets the present, and all of their stories combine to create one eternal transit space. (Berlinale)
101 mins. Germany, France. 2018. In German and French with English subtitles. DCP projection.
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The great Julien Duvivier pushes his "sketch" narrative structure to its limits in these two unique early-50s creations. The first is a dark paean to Paris, showing ordinary lives as they intersect around the tale of a serial killer on the loose; the second is a genre-smashing hybrid where two battling screenwriters make up a movie before our eyes, each one determined to push the action toward the incompatible extremes of film noir and comedy. The result is a cinematic tug-of-war the likes of which you've never seen!
Please join us for an evening of short works by Bay Area emerging artists, and get a chance to meet some of the artists in person!
As she says in The She-Wolves: "I've never been mistaken for anyone else." Jeanne Moreau was a big star in France before the New Wave, but the evidence of that has been long suppressed. Here are two more revealing examples: in Until the Last One she's the sassy girlfriend of a grifter on the run who joins her in a traveling carnival to escape his pursuers; in The She-Wolves she's the sexy sister who ups the ante on the sinister plans of those who are vying for a sizable inheritance. Two sensational rediscoveries!
One of the dreamiest movies ever made!
Visible only to those like them and to human children, Damiel and Cassiel are two angels, who have existed even before humankind. Along with several other angels, they currently wander around West Berlin, generally on their own, observing and preserving life, sometimes trying to provide comfort to the troubled, although those efforts are not always successful. Among those they are currently observing are: the cast and crew of a movie - a detective story set in WWII Nazi Germany - which include a sensitive and perceptive Peter Falk; an elderly man named Homer looking for eternal peace; and the troupe of a financially failing circus, which has closed early for the season because of those financial problems. One day, Damiel tells Cassiel that he wants to become human, to feel not only the sensory aspects of physical beings, but also emotional aspects. He embarks on this thought with the full realization that there is no turning back if he decides to do so.
Featuring Tinder trawling, misfired polyamory, noxious narcissism, real-estate-related romantic contingency, Coachella-themed erotic role play, and cohabitation-as-a-crawling-up-the-walls-nightmare, Kotlyarenko’s brazen, squirm-inducing, and deeply hilarious sex comedy has it all, staring unblinking into the abyss of 21st century love. On the rocky fourth year of their romance—and the eve of the 2016 election—couple Eugene and Jane (Kotlyarenko and Dasha Nekrasova, who co-wrote the story) decide to split custody of their Los Angeles home, each using the precious hours of freedom to frantically search for something better than the other. Shot as a funhouse Instagram phantasmagoria by DP Sean Price Williams, the movie's candy coating and manic timing conceal a core of naked desperation.