Late cult actor Dick Miller plays a hapless busboy at a beatnik coffeehouse that is frequented by artists, writers, and poets. He yearns to be part of the hipster “in crowd,” and finally succeeds when he turns a cat he accidentally kills into a sculpture “masterpiece.” But now he has to keep up appearances…
No one under 18 permitted
The only movie by novelist and playwright Jean Genet was once banned in the U.S. (Even the Supreme Court found it obscene!) It’s a short, poetic, black-and-white silent film about two male prisoners in solitary confinement. Yearning for companionship and love, they do what they can to overcome their sexual deprivation. Preceded by After Apocalypse (Ultra pulpe, France, 2018, subtitles, DCP), a new short fantasy by Bertrand (The Wild Boys) Mandico. It stars Elina Löwensohn as a female director of pulp movies who imagines and fetishizes different women in a series of outlandish, erotic horror/sci-fi scenarios.
A B-17 bomber and its melting-pot crew confront Japanese forces in the immediate aftermath of Pearl Harbor.
RRated R for violence/torture and sexuality
A widower stages a bogus casting call for female actors in order to find a new wife. But the woman he picks proves to be more than he can handle.
Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie play bereaved parents who travel to off-season Venice after the drowning death of their young daughter. There they become entangled in a deadly parapsychological web involving a mysterious figure in a red raincoat and two old sisters who claim to be in touch with their dead child.
An aging gunfighter (John Wayne) comes to the aid of an old friend, now an alcoholic sheriff (Robert Mitchum), when the lawman must take on a powerful cattle baron and his hired killers.
After completing a feature documentary on New York’s High Line, award-winning filmmaker Thomas Piper met the inspirational designer and plantsman, Piet Oudolf, and the idea for a new project was born. The documentary, FIVE SEASONS: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf, immerses viewers in Oudolf’s work and takes us inside his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches, to theories on beauty, to the ecological implications of his ideas.
Intimate discussions take place through all fours seasons in Piet’s own gardens at Hummelo, and on visits to his signature public works in New York, Chicago, and the Netherlands, as well as to the far-flung locations that inspire his genius, including desert wildflowers in West Texas and post-industrial forests in Pennsylvania.
As a narrative thread, the film also follows Oudolf as he designs and installs a major new garden at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, a gallery and arts center in Southwest England, a garden he considers his best work yet.
Piet Oudolf has radically redefined what gardens can be. As Rick Darke, the famous botanist, says to Piet in the film, “your work teaches us to see what what we have been unable to see.” Through poetic cinematography and unique access, FIVE SEASONS will reveal all that Piet sees, and celebrate all that we as viewers have been unable to see.
The film observes the harsh and dangerous life of so-called mammoth hunters on the remote New Siberian Islands in the far north of Siberia. The archaic landscape in which these people are looking for the tusks of extinct mammoths looks like primordial earth. There is a kind of gold rush fever in the air, because the prices for this white gold have never been so high. But the thawing permafrost unveils more than just precious ivory. Sometimes the hunters find an almost completely preserved mammoth carcass with fur, liquid blood and muscle tissue on which arctic foxes gnaw.
Such finds are magnets for high-tech Russian and South Korean clone researchers in search of mammoth cells with the greatest possible degree of intact DNA. Their mission could be part of a science-fiction plot. They want to bring the extinct woolly mammoth back to life à la “Jurassic Park”, and resurrect it as a species. And that’s just the beginning. Worldwide, biologists are working on re-inventing life. They want to learn the language of nature and create life following the Lego principle. The goal of synthetic biology is to produce complete artificial biological systems. Man becomes the Creator.
The resurrection of the mammoth is a first track and manifestation of this next great technological revolution. An exercise. A multi-million dollar game. The new technology may turn the world as we know it completely on its head ... and all of this has its origin in the unstoppably thawing permafrost at the extreme edge of Siberia.
Genesis two point zero.
Glen (Wood himself) harbors a terrible secret that could ruin his relationship with his girlfriend: there’s another woman. But it’s more complicated than that, for Glen is that woman! Bela Lugosi plays an all-knowing but totally inscrutable commentator who (hilariously) sheds light on the proceedings.
Claude Bukowski leaves the family ranch in Oklahoma for New York where he is rapidly embraced into the hippie group of youngsters led by Berger, yet he's already been drafted. He soon falls in love with Sheila Franklin, a rich girl but still a rebel inside.
An aging poet, Younghwan (Ki Joobong), summons his two estranged sons (Kwon Haehyo and Yu Junsang) to a solitary hotel beside the Han River because he feels his death is near. While waiting for them to arrive, he meets two women (Kim Minhee and Song Seonmi) out walking in the new-fallen snow and is struck by their angelic beauty. But the women have come to the hotel to do some healing of their own. As Younghwan moves between the women and his bickering sons, he also moves between his two minds: one that walks on the street and the other that communes with the eternal.
Shooting in gauzy black-and-white with a strikingly untethered hand-held camera, Korean master Hong Sangsoo interweaves the various dramas of his characters in a quiet, straightforward way. But small coincidences and privileged moments combine to create a powerful meditation on family and death, one of the most affecting films in Hong’s oeuvre.
Anouk Aimée plays a cabaret dancer who pines for the man who left her and their young child years before. Lola is dedicated to Max Ophüls but also evokes von Sternberg’s The Blue Angel.
Mandy is set in the primal wilderness of 1983 where Red Miller, a broken and haunted man hunts an unhinged religious sect who slaughtered the love of his life.
This screwball comedy stars Rock Hudson as a prominent fishing expert and stellar seller of sporting goods. But when his company’s PR director (Paula Prentiss) enters him in an angling competition, it turns out he can’t fish at all—or do much else in the great outdoors!
Tindersticks, the alternative rock band that has scored six films for Claire Denis, provides new music for a series of silent nature films made in the early 1900s by pioneering British naturalist and documentarian F. Percy Smith (1880-1945). Recently restored by the British Film Institute, Smith’s short movies feature remarkable time-lapse micro-cinematography of plants, insects, microbes, et al.
Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, and a young Marilyn Monroe star in Howard Hawks’ madcap farce that involves a genius chemist, a miraculous youth elixir, and a mischievous chimp.
Elaborately costumed members of Britain’s Royal Ballet bring the beloved stories of Beatrix Potter to life via dance and pantomime in this unique, dialogue-free film for the entire family.
Cautionary tale features a fictionalized and highly exaggerated take on the use of marijuana. A trio of drug dealers lead innocent teenagers to become addicted to "reefer" cigarettes by holding wild parties with jazz music.
Based on the romance between 17th-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and his queen, this epic silent film is the ravishing, romantic tale behind the creation of one of the world’s most iconic structures: the Taj Mahal.
Shot entirely on location in India, it features lavish costumes and gorgeous settings – all the more impressive in this restoration by the BFI National Archive which features a specially commissioned score by the Grammy Award-winning Anoushka Shankar.
Produced by and starring Indian film legend Himansu Rai, the film is performed by an all-Indian cast, featuring Rai as humble potter Shiraz, who follows his childhood sweetheart Selima (Enakshi Rama Rau) when she’s sold by slave traders to the future emperor (Charu Roy).
RFor some sexual content and nudity.
After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them.
Personal loss is made manifest in this ambitious, unorthodox horror film by A.T. White, lead singer of the UK indie band Ghostlight. Virginia Gardner of Marvel’s Runaways plays Aubrey, a grieving young woman who spends the night at her dead friend Grace’s apartment. Aubrey wakes up to a strangely apocalyptic world that even contains a monster. Can a series of mixtapes left behind by Grace save the planet and promote Aubrey’s healing?
Irrestisible charm and talent helps Serge Alexandre alias Stavisky, small-time swindler, to make friends with even most influential members of French industrial and political elite during the early 30s. But nothing lasts forever and when his great scam involving hundreds millions of francs gets exposed result is an unprecedented scandal that almost caused a civil war.
The life and times of Stiv Bators, legendary frontman of the Dead Boys and The Lords of The New Church. ... Joey Ramone, Slim Jim Phantom, Stiv Bators. ... Richard E. Grant chats about his first Oscar nomination and chemistry with Can You Ever Forgive Me? co-star Melissa McCarthy.
In this little-known western from the director of Red River and Rio Bravo, a Kentucky fur trapper (Kirk Douglas) embarks on a perilous trading mission up the Missouri River, into Indian country.
Pomme, a shy, plain, reticent young Paris hairdresser goes on holiday in Normandy with a girlfriend. There she has her first love affair, with unforeseen results.
This Oscar-nominated documentary chronicles (through original news footage and extensive interviews) the anti-Vietnam War activities that rocked the University of Wisconsin starting in 1963, making Madison one of the country’s key counterculture battlegrounds.
Sinan (Aydin Doğu Demirkol), an aspiring writer, returns home after university hoping to scrape together enough money to publish his first novel. He wanders the town encountering old flames and obstinate gatekeepers and finds his youthful ambition increasingly at odds with the deferred dreams of his gambling-addict father (Murat Cemcir). As his own fantasies mingle with reality, Sinan grapples with the people and the place that have made him who he is.
Following in the great tradition of family dramas like Death of a Salesman and Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Wild Pear Tree weaves an evocative tale of creative struggle and familial responsibility with inspired performances, sumptuous imagery and surprising bursts of humor. It’s one of Ceylan’s most personal works to date, a film as rich, layered and uncompromising as the novel its headstrong hero is working to publish.
No one under 18 permitted
The wild theories of renegade American sexologist Wilhelm Reich (WR), proponent of “orgone energy,” are the basis for this funny, sexy, sardonic collage film—a cinematic pop-art masterpiece about the relationship between sex, power politics, and freedom. The baseline story is a romance between a liberated Yugoslavian woman and a repressed Russian ice skater, but cutaways to a 1946 Stalinist propaganda movie and to documentary footage of 1960s America subvert and amplify the narrative.
Probably the wittiest samurai movie ever made! Kurosawa’s celebrated black comedy, remade as the Clint Eastwood spaghetti western A Fistful of Dollars, tells of an unemployed samurai (Toshiro Mifune) who wanders into a small town divided by a deadly blood feud between two rival clans. Seeing an opportunity to make some money, the cynical swordsman shrewdly sells his services to both camps, then sits back to watch these mortal enemies kill each other off.