October 18, 2017 • 7 pm
Endless Poetry (Poesía sin fin) (2016, Chile/France, 128 min., Digital)
Dir: Alejandro Jodorowky
Cast: Adan Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Brontis Jodorowsky
Living legend Alejandro Jodorowsky virtually invented the midnight movie in the 1970s with the acid western El Topo and its psychedelic follow-up, The Holy Mountain. Now he returns to the Santiago of his twenties for an equally surreal depiction of his artistic coming of age. Fleeing his repressive parents, the aspiring young poet Alejandro falls in with a surrogate family of artists and misfits. Jodorowsky’s memories are filtered through his singular imagination, which is on full display in scene after scene of bizarre spectacle. Like a consummate magician, the director conjures his mind-bending strangeness without the aid of CGI (computer-generated imagery); his special effects are tactile and present in astonishingly designed sets, florid costumes, and, in one unforgettable instance, body paint. This one-of-a-kind autobiography is surprisingly moving, leading Variety to declare it “the most accessible movie Jodorowsky has ever made, and it may also be the best.” In Spanish with English subtitles.
Official Site: https://www.endlesspoetrythemovie.com
October 25, 2017 • 7 pm
The Girl Without Hands (La jeune fille sans mains) (2016, France, 76 min., Digital)
Dir: Sébastien Laudenbach
Cast: Anaïs Demoustier, Jéremie Elkaïm, Philippe Laudenbach
Without a doubt the most visually rapturous film of the year, this hand-drawn and hand-painted stunner will leave you rubbing your eyes in bewildered amazement. Based on a lesser-known story by the Brothers Grimm, this very adult fairy tale unfolds like a waking dream. Faced with poverty, a miller sells his only daughter to the devil; when she escapes, the devil takes her hands in revenge. Each exquisite frame is alive with movement and color, layering delicate line drawings with thick, rich brushstrokes to create a quivering world etched with ravishing minimalism. The film is animated entirely by director Sébastien Laudenbach, whose rich combination of calligraphic detail and sketch-like texture serves as a welcome, one-man rebuke to the monotonous computer-animation of the big studios. In French with English subtitles.
November 1, 2017, 7 pm
Thirst Street (2017, USA, 83 min., Digital)
Dir: Nathan Silver
Cast: Lindsay Burdge, Damien Bonnard, Esther Garrel, Anjelica Huston
Alone and depressed after the suicide of her lover, American flight attendant Gina travels to Paris and hooks up with nightclub bartender Jerome on her layover. But as Gina falls deeper into lust and opts to stay in France, this harmless rendezvous quickly turns into unrequited amour fou. When Jerome’s ex-partner, Clemence, reenters the picture, Gina is sent on a downward spiral of miscommunication, masochism, and madness. Inspired by European erotic dramas from the '70s, and narrated by Anjelica Huston, Thirst Street burrows deep into the delirious extremes we go to for love.
November 8, 2017, 7 pm
The Square (2017, Sweden, 142 min., Digital)
Dir: Ruben Östlund
Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Claes Bang, Dominic West
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) is unforgettable in this savagely funny satire of the contemporary art world from the director of Force Majeure. As the curator of Stockholm’s premier art museum, Christian is the cultural elite personified. His debonair facade unravels after he is pickpocketed while preparing an art exhibition dedicated to altruism. In one showstoppingly hilarious scene after another, director Ruben Östlund mounts a cogent, broad-ranging critique of the chasm between liberal society’s professed values and its actions. Winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. In Swedish with English subtitles.
Official Site: http://www.squarethefilm.com
November 15, 2017, 7 pm
White Sun (Seto Surya) (2016, Nepal/USA/Qatar/Netherlands, 87 min., Digital)
Dir: Deepak Rauniyar
Cast: Dayahang Rai, Asha Magrati, Rabindra Singh Baniya
Amid the lush Himalayan mountain ranges of Nepal, a former Maoist rebel makes an unwelcome return to his traditional rural village. Chandra hasn’t been home in a decade, and now must come face-to-face with his brother, who fought on the opposing side of Nepal’s decades-long civil war. As he endures the disapproving glares of the still-royalist locals, his ex-wife presses him to take custody of her daughter and help them escape their rigid caste. Nepali director Deepak Rauniyar captures the schism between tradition and modernity that coexists in remote areas of the country. This beautifully perceptive film won prizes at the Venice, Singapore, and Palm Springs Film Festivals. “Outstanding . . . skillfully blends intimate human drama with sharp political observations” (Variety). In Nepali with English subtitles.
November 29, 2017, 7 pm
On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja) (2017, South Korea, 101 min., Digital)
Dir: Hong Sang-soo
Cast: Kim Min-hee, Seo Young-hwa, Kwon Hae-hyo
For the past couple of years, the South Korean entertainment industry has been consumed by a scandal: the extramarital affair between the captivating Kim Min-hee, star of the international hit The Handmaiden and one of the nation’s most in-demand young actresses, and Hong Sang-soo, one of the country’s most celebrated directors. This funny, wistful feature film serves as their joint statement on their public ordeal. In this fictional story, Kim plays an actress hanging out with friends in Hamburg and Seoul who, over many bottles of soju, puzzles over her feelings for her new paramour. A true cinematic explorer, Hong probes not only the relationships between men and women, but the formal qualities of film itself. In Korean with English subtitles.
Official Site: http://www.cinemaguild.com/theatrical/onthebeach.html
- Occurred Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 @ 7:00 pm