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Arabian Nights Vol 2: The Desolate One

Program Running Time 135 min.

Jan 01 05:00 pm
Jan 02 05:00 pm
Jan 03 05:15 pm
Jan 06 08:15 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Miguel Gomes
(Portugal, 2015, 135 mins, DCP)

Volume 2 – The Desolate One

The dramatic shifts in tone become even more pronounced with the second film’s slow-tempo opening chapter about an old man on the lam. In “The Tears of the Judge,” a public trial becomes a mockery, with the testimony implicating everyone in attendance. Finally, The Desolate One ends on an exhilarating note, with a supremely entertaining story about a dog named Dixie who’s passed between owners, familiarizing us with the inhabitants of a working-class apartment building.

Arabian Nights Vol 1: The Desolate One

Program Running Time 125 min.

Jan 01 02:30 pm
Jan 02 02:30 pm
Jan 03 02:45 pm
Jan 05 08:15 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Miguel Gomes
(Portugal, 2015, 125 mins, DCP)

Miguel Gomes’ (Tabu, Our Beloved Month of August) astonishing three-volume, six-hour epic draws inspiration from the tales of Scheherazade (here played by Crista Alfaiate) and once again uses a fascinating combination of reality and fiction to comment on Portugal’s past, present and future. "There’s Bunuelian satire, lo-fi crime, Brechtian allegory, and high fantasy all in the mix. It’s dizzying stuff… a film that’s moving, sad, exciting, fiery, and funny." Indiewire

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Best of 2015: Tangerine

Program Running Time 87 min.

Dec 31 04:15 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Sean Baker
(USA, 2015, 87 mins, DCP)

It’s the night before Christmas, and Sin-Dee is back turning tricks on the street after a month in stir. But it’s her pimp boyfriend who should be worried: Sin-Dee has heard he’s been cheating on her, and she means to get to the bottom of the rumours…

Shot entirely on iphones, this Sundance sensation from Starlet director Sean Baker is about as "now" as movies get, but also a surprisingly sweet, warm and forgiving yuletide tale.

Best of 2015: Amy

Program Running Time 128 min.

Dec 28 07:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Asif Kapadia
(GB, 2015, 128 mins, DCP)

Portrait of a young woman, electrifying talent, burning out on booze and drugs and the vacuum inside her.

"A sensitive, superbly constructed, ultimately shattering documentary." Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Best of 2015: Ex Machina

Program Running Time 108 min.

Dec 29 05:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Alex Garland
(GB, 2015, 108 mins, DCP)

The best sci-fi movie of the year (sorry Joss!) Ex Machina is a chamber drama about a tech genius lording it out in his private domain, and inviting one of his employees, a brilliant young programmer, to come in and test-run his latest gizmo, an Artificial Intelligence who may just have all the attributes of human-born consciousness. What follows is a fascinating mental chess game in which the programmer belatedly realises he has been cast as a pawn.

Look of Silence

Program Running Time 99 min.

Dec 28 05:15 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Joshua Oppenheimer
(Denmark, Indonesia, 2014, 99 mins, DCP)

Imagine looking your brother’s murderer in the eye. What would you say, when the killers still control the country? Joshua Oppenheimer’s companion piece to the Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing follows an optometrist, Adi, who seeks out the men responsible for his older brother’s death and asks them to acknowledge their responsibility, putting his own safety on a knife-edge.

Winner: Grand Jury Prize, Human Rights Award & FIPRESCI prize, Venice Film Festival; Grand Prize, CPH:DOX 2014

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Program Running Time 115 min.

Dec 26 04:00 pm

Films in Program

(Israel, 2014, 115 mins, DCP)

An Israeli woman seeking to finalize a divorce (gett) from her estranged husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws in this powerhouse courtroom drama from sibling directors Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz. Winner of the Israeli Film Academy Ophir Award for Best Picture.


Program Running Time 98 min.

Dec 26 06:20 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Christian Petzold
(Germany, 2014, 98 mins, DCP)

1945. Concentration camp survivor Nelly (Nina Hoss) makes her way back to Berlin to track down her husband Johnny. But her face has been reconstructed and he sees only a resemblance to the woman he believes is dead. Instead he proposes that she pose as his wife so that they can claim her inheritance. Imagine Vertigo crosswired with one of Fassbinder’s post-war melodramas. One of the most compelling and complex movies you are likely to encounter this year.

Wrong Man

Program Running Time 105 min.

Dec 23 08:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock
(USA, 1956, 105 mins, 35mm)

Based on an actual case of a New York musician who was identified as a violent criminal and whose protestations of innocence were never believed, this is the film where Hitchcock’s preoccupation with the fate of an innocent man in the wrong place at the wrong time gets its most severe and soul-searching treatment. A Kafkaesque, expressionist masterpiece, and for all its restraint, one of his most moving films. Starring Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle.

35mm print.

Shoot the Piano Player

Program Running Time 92 min.

Dec 19 07:50 pm

Films in Program

(Tirez sur le pianiste)
Directed By: Francois Truffaut
(France, 1960, 92 mins, 35mm)

François Truffaut is drunk on the possibilities of cinema in this, his most playful film. Part thriller, part comedy, part tragedy, Shoot the Piano Player relates the adventures of mild-mannered piano player Charlie (Charles Aznavour, in a triumph of hangdog deadpan) as he stumbles into the criminal underworld and a whirlwind love affair. Loaded with gags, guns, clowns, and thugs, this razor-sharp homage to the American gangster film is pure nouvelle vague. 35mm print