We are thrilled to kick off BLACK SUMMER NIGHTS with this Teddy Award-winning film, which became a cult hit thanks to director Isaac Julien’s sensual and dreamlike portrait of the gay poet Langston Hughes and his affairs during the Harlem Renaissance. For our guest host tonight, the musician and performance artist M. Lamar, whose work regularly explores black history and sexuality, the power of this and other Julien films is seeing, “Black men, black beauty and black homosexuality on screen as it has never been seen before or since.” He continues, “In the wake of Ferguson I would love for us to look at this film and think about how black men are seen in our culture and how this film disrupts that white supremacist view.”
Archive for the ‘Films’ Category
“This 1996 feature was Lynch’s most audacious break from conventional narrative since Eraserhead. The enigmatic plot, shaped like a Möbius strip, concerns a jazz musician (Bill Pullman) who inexplicably changes into a much younger garage mechanic (Balthazar Getty) after possibly killing his wife (Patricia Arquette). The wife seems to have been reincarnated as a gangster’s girlfriend (Arquette again), who pursues the mechanic… this beautifully structured (if rigorously nonhumanist) explosion of expressionist effects has a psychological coherence that goes well beyond logical story lines, and Lynch turns it into an exhilarating roller-coaster ride. With Robert Blake (as Arquette’s eerie doppelganger), Gary Busey, Lucy Butler, Robert Loggia, Jack Nance, and Richard Pryor in a somewhat out-of-kilter cameo.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum
“George Miller’s film is an outrageous exploiter drawing intelligently on everything from Death Race 2000 to Straw Dogs for its JG Ballard-ish story about a future where cops and Hell’s Angels stage protracted guerrilla warfare around what’s left of a hapless civilian population… this edge-of-seat revenge movie marks the most exciting debut from an Australian director since Peter Weir.” – Time Out (London)
NYC newlyweds Jude (Girls’ Adam Driver) and Mina (I Am Love’s Alba Rohrwacher) have a seemingly perfect relationship, but things take an unsettling turn with the birth of their son. Convinced that the baby must be kept free of all contaminants, Mina develops fanatical obsessions with veganism, cleanliness and purity that may kill the child unless Jude can stop her. With stunning performances, this intense psychological drama suggests that sometimes a parent’s love might just be the scariest thing of all. Official selection: Toronto International Film Festival
“Deneuve is the ageless, possibly final survivor of an ancient immortal race dependent on humans for both sustenance and companionship. Her superior blood allows her lovers a triple lifetime until they ultimately succumb to instant decline… [the] style is often glorious, from a bloody sun sinking over a gothic hi-tech Manhattan skyline to living quarters that are sumptuous. Neat touches of grim humour also: Deneuve and Bowie manhunt in a disco as Bauhaus sing ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’; and Bowie rots away in a hospital waiting room where the 20 minutes wait becomes a subjective century of ageing. Visual sensualities will have a feast.” – Time Out (London)
Writer-director Andrew Bujalski’s (Computer Chess, Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation — screening Thu May 28 on 35mm) latest centers on the recently divorced, newly rich and utterly miserable Danny (Kevin Corrigan). Deciding to turn over a new leaf, Danny takes a momentous trip to the local gym, where he meets self-styled guru/owner Trevor (Guy Pearce) and irresistibly acerbic trainer Kat (Cobie Smulders). Soon, their three lives are inextricably knotted, both professionally and personally.
“Enchanting… wonderfully alive and unpredictable. Plus it’s funny as hell… RESULTS manages to reinvent the rom-com.” – New York Magazine
From animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli and the director of The Secret World of Arrietty comes a beautiful, mysterious tale of friendship. Sent to a sleepy seaside town, Anna dreams her days away among the marshes. Feeling like an outsider, she shuts herself off from everyone around her, until she meets Marnie, who does not judge Anna for being different. But no sooner has Anna learned what it means to have someone like Marnie in her life than she begins to wonder about her newfound friend… Opening night: New York International Children’s Film Festival
Téchiné’s (Unforgivable) penetrating drama recounts a real-life mother’s decades-long fight for justice. In 1976 Nice, casino operator Renée Le Roux (a regal Catherine Deneuve) is at odds with her daughter Agnès (rising star Adèle Haenel). As they bicker over money, Agnès falls for her mother’s shady lawyer (Tell No One’s Guillaume Canet)—and gets talked into betraying her mother. But when the young woman vanishes and her lover suspiciously flees the country, Renée vows to avenge her. Official selection: Venice, Toronto, Tribeca Film Festivals
Catch some of Catherine Deneuve’s most iconic performances Fridays-Sundays at 11:00am Fri Apr 17-Sun Jun 7 in our “Deneuve x 8″ Weekend Classics series
In the shadowy world of drone warfare, combat unfolds like a video game—with real lives at stake. Longtime Air Force pilot Tom Egan (Ethan Hawke, reteaming with Gattaca and Lord of War director Niccol) now fights from a safe bunker in Nevada. But as he becomes increasingly troubled by his actions, Egan’s nerves—and his marriage (to Mad Men’s January Jones)—begin to unravel.