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I Am Cuba

Program Running Time 141 min.

Jul 22 09:00 pm
Jul 24 03:30 pm

Films in Program

(Soy Cuba)
Directed By: Mikhail Kalatozov
(Cuba, Soviet Union, 1964, 141 mins, 35mm)

"They’re going to be carrying ravished film students out of the theaters on stretchers," wrote Terrence Rafferty in the New Yorker when this astonishing Soviet-made portrait of Castro’s Cuba was rediscovered in the mid 1990s. Featuring some of the jaw-dropping camerawork ever filmed (and decades before the invention of the Steadicam), the movie is a euphoric celebration of Cuba, the Revolution, and (most potently) revolutionary cinema.

35mm print courtesy Milestone Films

Memories of Underdevelopment

Program Running Time 97 min.

Jul 24 06:30 pm

Films in Program

(Memorias del subdesarrollo)
Directed By: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
(Cuba, 1968, 97 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

A middle-class intellectual who stayed in Cuba after the

Revolution in 1959 faces a new world he does not seem to grasp. Selected among the best 2000 films of all times by the International Federation of Film-Clubs. Based on Edmundo Desnoes’s award-winning novel. "This audacious, sensual portrait of an alienated intellectual in the early days of Castro’s Cuba, released in 1968, is one of the great movies of its era." Michael Sragow, New Yorker

Lucia

Program Running Time 160 min.

Jul 23 04:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Humberto Solas
(Cuba, 1968, 160 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Three tales about three women called Lucía. One takes place during the

independence war against Spain, the second during the Machado dictatorship, and the third one is after Castro’s revolution. Considered among Cuban critics as one of the great achievements of Cuban cinema.

These three tales about three Lucías set in three separate periods that were essential to the formation, consolidation and splendour of Cuban national conscience—1895, 1932 and the early years of the Revolution reflect the parallel maturing process of Cuban women.

Phantom of the Paradise

Program Running Time 92 min.

Jul 08 09:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Brian De Palma
(USA, 1974, 92 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

De Palma’s delirious mash-up of Phantom of the Opera, Faust, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and 70s glam-rock is the musical/horror/comedy freak-out that Rocky Horror wanted to be. His rock opera stolen by Machiavellian record producer Swan and his face disfigured when it lands in a record press, songwriter Winslow Leach dons a silver mask and vows to spread terror through the duplicitous Swan’s rock palace The Paradise.

General

Program Running Time 124 min.

Jul 11 08:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: John Boorman
(USA, 1998, 124 mins, 35mm)

John Boorman (Point Blank, Deliverance, Hope and Glory) surprised everyone with this boisterous, energetic thriller based on a real life Dublin criminal, Martin Cahill. It’s an oblique take on "The Troubles", but one that pays off in spades (and hearts and diamonds too). The movie also made an unexpected star out of hitherto unknown Brendan Gleeson.

Following

Program Running Time 70 min.

Jul 25 08:20 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Christopher Nolan
(GB, 1998, 70 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

A rare chance to check out the first feature by blockbuster filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Interstellar; The Dark Knight), made on a shoestring and shot in 16mm black and white a couple of years before Memento propelled him to Hollywood fame. When a blocked writer takes to following strangers through the streets of London, a story shapes up over which he has no control…

Pi

Program Running Time 84 min.

Jul 25 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Pi
Directed By: Darren Aronofsky
(USA, 1998, 84 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

In the mind-bending first feature from Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, The Wrestler and Noah) Max is a renegade mathematician searching for numerical order in the New York Stock Exchange. He’s looking for the perfection in the world, an order underneath all the chaos. He believes that if he puts a numerical analysis on the data he’ll be able to find this unifying order. Instead, his discoveries have the opposite effect…

Untouchables

Program Running Time 119 min.

Jul 10 03:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Brian De Palma
(USA, 1987, 119 mins)

With a screenplay by David Mamet and a magnificenct cast (De Niro, Costner and Connery!) De Palma enjoyed one of his biggest hits with this big scale, mythic rendering of the Elliot Ness/Al Capone story.

Birth

Program Running Time 100 min.

Jul 31 07:00 pm

Films in Program

((In association with the Lacan Salon and APW Conference on Love))
Directed By: Jonathan Glazer
(GB, USA, 2004, 100 mins)

Widely disparaged by reviewers on its release (it rates just 39% on the aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes) and a box office failure, Birth is a sorely misunderstood film, and more than that, a surrealist masterpiece. Nicole Kidman plays a young Manhattan widow who is bemused, angered, appalled, and finally captivated and enraptured by the strange courtship of a ten-year-old boy (Vancouver’s Cameron Bright) who claims to be Sean, her late husband.

Copresented by the Lacan Salon and the APW Conference On Love, this screening will include remarks and discussion led by Christine Evans and Ona Nierenberg, PhD.

Dressed to Kill

Program Running Time 105 min.

Jul 02 08:30 pm
Jul 07 02:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Brian De Palma
(USA, 1980, 105 mins, DCP)

Manhattan therapist Dr Robert Elliott (Michael Caine) faces true horror when a psychotic killer begins attacking the women in his life (Angie Dickinson; Nancy Allen) with a straight razor stolen from his office. Desperate to find the murderer before anyone else is hurt, Elliott is drawn into a dark and disturbing world. And as the doctor edges closer to the terrible truth he is in danger of losing himself in a labyrinth of obsession, deviance and desire.

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