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Thursday 16, September

MANDIBLES

MANDIBLES

Thursday 16, September

AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY

AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY

Thursday 16, September

Friday 17, September

NIGHTS OF CABIRIA

NIGHTS OF CABIRIA

Friday 17, September

2021 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILM TOUR

2021 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILM TOUR

Friday 17, September

Saturday 18, September

NIGHTS OF CABIRIA

NIGHTS OF CABIRIA

Saturday 18, September

2021 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILM TOUR

2021 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILM TOUR

Saturday 18, September

MANDIBLES

MANDIBLES

Saturday 18, September

Sunday 19, September

AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY

AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY

Sunday 19, September

Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia

PG

Sunday 19, September

Thursday 23, September

LA DOLCE VITA

LA DOLCE VITA

Thursday 23, September

Friday 24, September

Faya Dayi

Faya Dayi

Friday 24, September

Girlfriends

Girlfriends

PG

Friday 24, September

Saturday 25, September

Girlfriends

Girlfriends

PG

Saturday 25, September

In Balanchine’s Classroom

In Balanchine’s Classroom

TBC

Saturday 25, September

Faya Dayi

Faya Dayi

Saturday 25, September

Sunday 26, September

In Balanchine’s Classroom

In Balanchine’s Classroom

TBC

Sunday 26, September

LA DOLCE VITA

LA DOLCE VITA

Sunday 26, September

Wednesday 29, September

THE WIND

THE WIND

Wednesday 29, September

Thursday 30, September

No Ordinary Man

No Ordinary Man

Thursday 30, September

Tetsuo, the Iron Man

Tetsuo, the Iron Man

Thursday 30, September

Friday 1, October

In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love

PGfor thematic elements and brief language

Friday 1, October

No Ordinary Man

No Ordinary Man

Friday 1, October

Saturday 2, October

Who You Think I Am

Who You Think I Am

TBC

Saturday 2, October

8½

Saturday 2, October

In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love

PGfor thematic elements and brief language

Saturday 2, October

Sunday 3, October

8½

Sunday 3, October

Who You Think I Am

Who You Think I Am

TBC

Sunday 3, October

Tetsuo, the Iron Man

Tetsuo, the Iron Man

Sunday 3, October

Friday 8, October

EL PLANETA

EL PLANETA

Friday 8, October

THE TEMPTATION OF DR. ANTONIO & TOBY DAMMIT

THE TEMPTATION OF DR. ANTONIO & TOBY DAMMIT

Friday 8, October

Saturday 9, October

THE TEMPTATION OF DR. ANTONIO & TOBY DAMMIT

THE TEMPTATION OF DR. ANTONIO & TOBY DAMMIT

Saturday 9, October

HESTER STREET

HESTER STREET

Saturday 9, October

Joker

Joker

Rfor strong bloody violence, disturbing behavior, language and brief sexual images.

Saturday 9, October

Sunday 10, October

HESTER STREET

HESTER STREET

Sunday 10, October

Joker

Joker

Rfor strong bloody violence, disturbing behavior, language and brief sexual images.

Sunday 10, October

EL PLANETA

EL PLANETA

Sunday 10, October

Thursday 14, October

Arrebato

Arrebato

TBC

Thursday 14, October

EYIMOFE (THIS IS MY DESIRE)

EYIMOFE (THIS IS MY DESIRE)

Thursday 14, October

Friday 15, October

EYIMOFE (THIS IS MY DESIRE)

EYIMOFE (THIS IS MY DESIRE)

Friday 15, October

Arrebato

Arrebato

TBC

Friday 15, October

Saturday 16, October

A TRIBUTE TO ROB LUCAS

A TRIBUTE TO ROB LUCAS

Saturday 16, October

Quo vadis, Aida?

Quo vadis, Aida?

Saturday 16, October

Juliet of the Spirits

Juliet of the Spirits

TBC

Saturday 16, October

Sunday 17, October

Juliet of the Spirits

Juliet of the Spirits

TBC

Sunday 17, October

THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON

THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON

Sunday 17, October

Quo vadis, Aida?

Quo vadis, Aida?

Sunday 17, October

Thursday 21, October

XIAO WU (THE PICKPOCKET)

XIAO WU (THE PICKPOCKET)

Thursday 21, October

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

TBC

Thursday 21, October

Friday 22, October

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

R

Friday 22, October

Saturday 23, October

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

TBC

Saturday 23, October

AMARCORD

AMARCORD

Saturday 23, October

NIGHT MOVES (1975)

NIGHT MOVES (1975)

Saturday 23, October

Sunday 24, October

NIGHT MOVES (1975)

NIGHT MOVES (1975)

Sunday 24, October

AMARCORD

AMARCORD

Sunday 24, October

Thursday 28, October

Raw

Raw

Rfor aberrant behavior, bloody and grisly images, strong sexuality, nudity, language and drug use/partying

Thursday 28, October

Tales from the Hood

Tales from the Hood

Rgraphic brutal violence and strong language.

Thursday 28, October

Friday 29, October

Tales from the Hood

Tales from the Hood

Rgraphic brutal violence and strong language.

Friday 29, October

Raw

Raw

Rfor aberrant behavior, bloody and grisly images, strong sexuality, nudity, language and drug use/partying

Friday 29, October

Saturday 30, October

THE SEVENTH VICTIM

THE SEVENTH VICTIM

Saturday 30, October

Dead of Night

Dead of Night

Saturday 30, October

POSSESSION

POSSESSION

Saturday 30, October

Sunday 31, October

Dead of Night

Dead of Night

Sunday 31, October

THE SEVENTH VICTIM

THE SEVENTH VICTIM

Sunday 31, October

POSSESSION

POSSESSION

Sunday 31, October

2021 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILM TOUR

2021 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILM TOUR

Seven short films selected from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival—fiction, documentary, and animation—comprise this new program. Sundance is widely considered the premier American showcase for new short films. For almost 40 years, it has served as the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers—from Damien Chazelle to Dee Rees. Seven countries are represented in this year’s collection, including movies that won awards for writing and acting. For complete program details, visit www.sundance.org/festivals/short-film/.

Friday 17, September

Saturday 18, September

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8½

A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.

Saturday 2, October

Sunday 3, October

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A TRIBUTE TO ROB LUCAS

A TRIBUTE TO ROB LUCAS

Rob Lucas, who died in July 2020 at the age of 41, was a pillar of the Northeast Ohio movie community. An independent filmmaker whose short documentary Stella Walsh played at Cannes and around 40 other int’l film festivals, Rob also founded the Akron Independent Film Festival and co-established Akron’s Nightlight Cinema. Tonight we remember Rob with excerpts from American Stories, his 2006 comedy feature in which stranded musicians relate outrageous tales, and the complete Stella Walsh (2014), about an Olympic gold medal winning runner with an ambiguous gender identity. Local cinema luminaries Steve Felix and Mike Wendt will introduce the movies. DVD/DCP. Total running time approx. 100 min. Free admission courtesy of Martha and Bob Lucas, in memory of Rob.

Saturday 16, October

AMARCORD

AMARCORD

Amarcord, which means “I Remember,” is a magnificent dream/memory piece in which Federico Fellini recalls his youth in the small Italian seaside town of Rimini during the 1930s Fascist era. This Oscar-winning movie overflows with colorful characters and funny, bawdy, melancholy vignettes. The movie’s cinematographer was the great Giuseppe Rotunno, who died in February, and Nino Rota (of course) composed the lilting music.

Saturday 23, October

Sunday 24, October

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AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY

AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY

Three films into his seven-film Marlene Dietrich cycle, the great pictorialist moviemaker Josef von Sternberg (The Blue Angel, Morocco) paused to direct this potent, Pre-Code film version of Theodore Dreiser’s mammoth novel that also inspired George Stevens’ A Place in the Sun. The movie tells of a poor young man whose social-climbing ambitions force him to choose between his factory worker girlfriend and a rich young society woman. “Deserves to rank with Sternberg’s best work.” –Time Out Film Guide.

Thursday 16, September

Sunday 19, September

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Arrebato

Arrebato

TBC

A low budget horror filmmaker gets in touch with an eccentric who is trying to film his consciousness during drug abuse.

Thursday 14, October

Friday 15, October

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Dead of Night

Dead of Night

Architect Walter Craig, seeking the possibility of some work at a country farmhouse, soon finds himself once again stuck in his recurring nightmare. Dreading the end of the dream that he knows is coming, he must first listen to all the assembled guests' own bizarre tales.

Saturday 30, October

Sunday 31, October

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EL PLANETA

EL PLANETA

In this wry, deadpan, financial crisis comedy that evokes the scruffy, lo-fi indie films of 1980s NYC, a recently widowed mother and her fashion student daughter, both living in a depressed seaside town in the north of Spain, face eviction from their middle-class apartment. The two women blithely resort to scams, sex work, and sheer denial to maintain their privileged lifestyle, keeping the wolves at the door waiting. The first film by multidisciplinary artist Ulman is an off-kilter, funny-sad gem that stars the director and her real-life mother.

Friday 8, October

Sunday 10, October

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EYIMOFE (THIS IS MY DESIRE)

EYIMOFE (THIS IS MY DESIRE)

This widely heralded debut film by Nigerian twin brothers is set in Lagos, where two distantly connected strangers—a mechanic and a hairdresser—each pursue their dream of starting a new life in Europe. Vibrantly shot on 16mm film. “Critic’s Pick…The rare social realist drama that conveys critique without didacticism and empathy without pity.” –NY Times.

Thursday 14, October

Friday 15, October

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Faya Dayi

Faya Dayi

A spiritual journey into the highlands of Harar, immersed in the rituals of khat, a leaf Sufi Muslims chewed for centuries for religious meditations – and Ethiopia’s most lucrative cash crop today. A tapestry of intimate stories offers a window into the dreams of youth under a repressive regime.

Friday 24, September

Saturday 25, September

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Girlfriends

Girlfriends

PG

A photographer and her girlfriend are roommates. She is stuck with small-change shooting jobs and dreams of success. When her roommate decides to get married and leave, she feels hurt and has to learn how to deal with living alone.

Friday 24, September

Saturday 25, September

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HESTER STREET

HESTER STREET

Here’s a new 4K restoration of a landmark indie film with two local connections: filmmaker Joan Micklin Silver and star Carol Kane are both former Clevelanders! Set on NYC’s Lower East Side at the end of the 19th century, the movie tells of a Russian Jewish immigrant couple whose marriage is strained by the idea of assimilation: he wants to, she doesn’t. Kane earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her performance, and the film itself—the feature debut of pioneering female filmmaker Silver—helped launch the modern era of American independent cinema. “A charming, wonderfully human film about the agonies, traumas, and embarrassments of becoming an American…Entrancing." –Kenneth Turan. Cleveland revival premiere.

Saturday 9, October

Sunday 10, October

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In Balanchine’s Classroom

In Balanchine’s Classroom

TBC

IN BALANCHINE’S CLASSROOM takes us back to the glory years of Balanchine’s New York City Ballet through the remembrances of his former dancers and their quest to fulfill the vision of a genius. Opening the door to his studio, Balanchine’s private laboratory, they reveal new facets of the groundbreaking choreographer: taskmaster, mad scientist, and spiritual teacher. Today, as his former dancers teach a new generation, questions arise: what was the secret of his teaching? Can it be replicated? Filled with never before seen archival footage of Balanchine at work during rehearsals, classes, and in preparation for his most seminal works, along with interviews with many of his adored and adoring dancers and those who try to carry on his legacy today, this is Balanchine as you have never seen him, and a film for anyone who loves ballet and the creative process.

Saturday 25, September

Sunday 26, September

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In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love

PGfor thematic elements and brief language

Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.

Friday 1, October

Saturday 2, October

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Joker

Joker

Rfor strong bloody violence, disturbing behavior, language and brief sexual images.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Joker” stars Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, alongside Oscar winner Robert De Niro, and is directed, produced and co-written by Oscar nominee Todd Phillips. “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.

Saturday 9, October

Sunday 10, October

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Juliet of the Spirits

Juliet of the Spirits

TBC

Visions, memories, and mysticism all help a 40-something woman to find the strength to leave her cheating husband.

Saturday 16, October

Sunday 17, October

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LA DOLCE VITA

LA DOLCE VITA

One of the landmark films of the modern era, Fellini’s expansive survey of “the sweet life” focuses on a gossip columnist (Marcello Mastroianni) who is both attracted and repelled by the decadence and excesses of Rome’s fashionable but soulless jet-set. Contains many iconic sequences, including Anita Ekberg in the Trevi Fountain. With Anouk Aimée. Restored scope DCP!

Thursday 23, September

Sunday 26, September

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Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia

PG

Stunning in scope, visually magnificent, and filled with compelling performances, David Lean's epic masterpiece is one of the great achievements in cinematic history. Peter O'Toole stars as T.E. Lawrence, a British officer who is sent to Arabia in 1917, and becomes a heroic leader in the Arabic rebellion against the Turks. As he grows more integrated into Arab society, his loyalties become conflicted. Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness and Anthony Quinn co-star in this sweeping historical action-adventure classic.

Sunday 19, September

MANDIBLES

MANDIBLES

The new surreal comedy from the director of Rubber and Deerskin tells of two goofballs who try to make money by domesticating and training a giant fly they find in the trunk of a stolen car. “Delightfully stupid and unusually sweet.” –Variety.

Thursday 16, September

Saturday 18, September

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NIGHT MOVES (1975)

NIGHT MOVES (1975)

This shattering but rarely shown post-Watergate neo-noir from the director of Bonnie and Clyde was a flop when first released but has since grown in stature. Gene Hackman is superb as an L.A. private eye whose search for a runaway teenager (Melanie Griffith) leads him to the edge of an unfathomable moral abyss. With Jennifer Warren and James Woods. “A key film of the ‘70s…Essential viewing.” –Time Out Film Guide.

Saturday 23, October

Sunday 24, October

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NIGHTS OF CABIRIA

NIGHTS OF CABIRIA

The magnificent Giulietta Masina (La Strada) plays an eternally optimistic Rome streetwalker with a heart of gold and a head of cotton candy in her husband’s Oscar-winning masterpiece, shown here in a newly restored, newly subtitled, uncut version. This buoyant, poignant classic inspired the musical Sweet Charity. 4K restoration!

Friday 17, September

Saturday 18, September

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No Ordinary Man

No Ordinary Man

American jazz musician Billy Tipton developed a reputable touring and recording career in the mid-twentieth century, along with his band The Billy Tipton Trio. After his death in the late 80s, it was revealed that Tipton was assigned female at birth, and his life was swiftly reframed as the story of an ambitious woman passing as a man in pursuit of a music career. The genre-defying documentary NO ORDINARY MAN seeks to correct that misrepresentation by collaborating with trans artists. As they collectively celebrate Tipton’s story as a musician living his life according to his own terms, they paint a portrait of a trans culture icon.

Thursday 30, September

Friday 1, October

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POSSESSION

POSSESSION

Shorn of over 40 minutes when first released in the U.S. (and banned outright for a number of years in Britain), this bloody, over-the-top exercise in Grand Guignol stars Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani as a married couple going through a traumatic break-up. Arguments and furniture-smashing soon give way to self-mutilation, killings, and sex with doppelgangers (and with a tentacled monster created by Oscar-winning F/X master Carlo Rambaldi of E.T. and Alien fame). Adjani won both the César Award and the Best Actress prize at Cannes for her hysterical performance. “Begins at a head-banging pitch and builds to a state of genuine derangement.” –NY Times.

Saturday 30, October

Sunday 31, October

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Quo vadis, Aida?

Quo vadis, Aida?

Bosnia, July 1995. Aida is a translator for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp. As an insider to the negotiations Aida has access to crucial information that she needs to interpret. What is at the horizon for her family and people - rescue or death? Which move should she take?

Saturday 16, October

Sunday 17, October

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Raw

Raw

Rfor aberrant behavior, bloody and grisly images, strong sexuality, nudity, language and drug use/partying

Everyone in Justine’s family is a vet. And a vegetarian. At 16, she’s a brilliant and promising student. When she starts at veterinary school, she enters a decadent, merciless, and dangerously seductive world. During the first week of hazing rituals, desperate to fit in whatever the cost, she strays from her family principles when she eats raw meat for the first time. Justine will soon face the terrible and unexpected consequences of her actions as her true self begins to emerge.

Thursday 28, October

Friday 29, October

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Tales from the Hood

Tales from the Hood

Rgraphic brutal violence and strong language.

A funeral director tells four strange tales of horror with an African American focus to three drug dealers he traps in his place of business.

Thursday 28, October

Friday 29, October

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Tetsuo, the Iron Man

Tetsuo, the Iron Man

A businessman accidentally kills The Metal Fetishist, who gets his revenge by slowly turning the man into a grotesque hybrid of flesh and rusty metal.

Thursday 30, September

Sunday 3, October

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

R

The most famous of all spaghetti Westerns is set during the Civil War. Three desperadoes—a bounty hunter (Lee Van Cleef), a bandito (Eli Wallach), and a mysterious Man with No Name (Clint Eastwood)—battle each other and the U.S. Army for a cache of buried Confederate gold. Ennio Morricone’s score is legendary. Restored, uncut version! In English. DCP. 180 min. Special admission $10; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, age 25 & under $8; no passes, twofers, or radio winners.

Friday 22, October

THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON

THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON

Fred Hampton, the leader of the Illinois Black Panther Party who was played by Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya in the Cleveland-shot Judas and the Black Messiah, was killed in his Chicago apartment by police officers during a notorious predawn raid on 12/4/69. He was 21. This hard-hitting documentary is both a portrait of Hampton and his community activism as well as an investigation of his controversial death. It even contains revelatory footage of the unsecured crime scene shot shortly after the incident.

Sunday 17, October

THE SEVENTH VICTIM

THE SEVENTH VICTIM

Though not as well-known as other Val Lewton-producer horror films of the 1940s like Cat People and I Walked with a Zombie, this tale of devil worshipers in Greenwich Village has been called Lewton’s “masterpiece” by the Time Out Film Guide. They describe the thriller as “a remarkably effective mix of menace and metaphysics—half noir, half Gothic.” With Kim Hunter.

Saturday 30, October

Sunday 31, October

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THE TEMPTATION OF DR. ANTONIO & TOBY DAMMIT

THE TEMPTATION OF DR. ANTONIO & TOBY DAMMIT

Two short fantasies by Fellini. The first is his contribution to the 1962 portmanteau film Boccaccio ’70. Fellini’s first color movie, it’s a delightful comedy in which a prudish, self-appointed moral watchdog strenuously objects to a neighborhood billboard featuring busty La Dolce Vita star Anita Ekberg, who encourages people to “drink more milk.” Imagine this puritan’s surprise when the giant goddess comes to life! Toby Dammit, the maestro’s psychedelic segment from the 1968 French-Italian omnibus film Spirits of the Dead (showcasing three Edgar Allan Poe adaptations), is a screen translation of Poe’s Never Bet the Devil Your Head. Terence Stamp plays an alcoholic British movie star in Rome who is plagued by diabolical visions. Both 4K restorations!

Friday 8, October

Saturday 9, October

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THE WIND

THE WIND

Lillian Gish stars in one of the artistic pinnacles of the silent era, never before shown at the Cinematheque. She plays a delicate young woman from Virginia who travels West to live with relatives on the lonely Texas plains. There the relentless wind and dust, coupled with the crudeness and brutality of the locals, drive her to near madness. As the foremost filmmaker of the Swedish silent cinema, director Victor Sjöström was lured to Hollywood where he made a handful of movies, including this masterpiece. At age 78, he starred in Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 classic Wild Strawberries. Silent with music track. 35mm. 75 min. Special admission $13; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $10. No passes or twofers. Shown as part of the inaugural National Silent Movie Day, dedicated to celebrating, preserving, and creating access to silent movies. For more info, visit www.nationalsilentmovieday.org.

Wednesday 29, September

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

TBC

An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding. WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY explores three female-centred short stories thematically linked by coincidence, regret, and imagination.

Thursday 21, October

Saturday 23, October

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Who You Think I Am

Who You Think I Am

TBC

Claire, a 50-year-old divorced teacher, creates a fake Facebook profile of a 24-year-old woman. She finds a photo of a pretty young brunette and uses it. She has created an entirely fictional character, but why?

Saturday 2, October

Sunday 3, October

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XIAO WU (THE PICKPOCKET)

XIAO WU (THE PICKPOCKET)

The debut film of master Chinese director Jia Zhangke has never before been released in the U.S. Shot in 16mm with a non-professional cast, Jia’s movie traces the downward trajectory of a petty thief in a provincial small town as his country transitions to a free-market economy.

Thursday 21, October