Weeklong Runs & Special Events
Back by popular demand!
- IS THE MAN WHO IS
- TALL HAPPY?:
- AN ANIMATED CONVERSATION
- WITH NOAM CHOMSKY
- 2013, Michel Gondry, France, 89 min.
"Entrancing, vibrant...This is a movie that celebrates the life of a great mind."
—Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"A documentary-like dazzler...This is a film to see and then see again, to soak in and marvel at."
—Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
Philosopher, linguist, logician and political activist Noam Chomsky would seem an unlikely subject for an animated film, which is what makes this imaginative and ultimately profound gem such a delightful and thoroughly entertaining surprise. Oscar-winning director Gondry (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND) plays the naïve layman to Chomsky’s erudite but patient professor, posing a series of questions that wander through the labyrinth of ideas and theory, of life, work, love and afterlife, their conversation animated in hand-drawn interpretive doodles which spark with the vitality of colorfully firing synapses. DCP digital. (BS)
Back by popular demand!
- AMERICAN PROMISE
- 2013, Joe Brewster and
- Michele Stephenson, USA, 132 min.
“Yielding belly laughs, big salty tears, and cultural critique in equal measure…an intimate American docu-epic unlike anything that’s come before it.”
—Jordan M. Smith, IonCinema.com
A bold, unflinching twelve-year movie diary of two African American families seeking to give their kids their best shot at the American dream, AMERICAN PROMISE is an intimate look at growing up under unique pressure. Offering diverging takes on the multicultural experience, the film follows the families starting with the enrollment of their 5-year-old sons in an elite Manhattan prep school and continuing through high school graduation. The enormous hopes of eager parents weigh on young Idris and Seun, complicating a childhood already impacted by racism, classism, and the cultural disconnect of schooling in a largely white milieu. DCP digital. (BS)
- THE GIRLS IN THE BAND
- 2011, Judy Chaikin, USA, 81 min.
—Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
“A real crowd pleaser…may prompt a rewrite of jazz history.”
—Robert Koehler, Variety
A must-see for any jazz fan, this untold history of women in jazz swings with strains of big band music of the ‘30s and ‘40s, and with the brilliant contributions of instrumental soloists and improvisational artists including Mary Lou Williams and Marian McPartland. Director Chaikin tells the tale of sisterhood and superior musicianship that endured despite the challenges of sexism and racism. The spotlight is on musicians seen in vivid clips, including Roz Cron, Clora Bryant, Billie Rogers, and Viola Smith, and all-girl bands including the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, the Ada Leonard Orchestra, the Melodears, and the Ingenues. DCP digital. (BS)
- MUSEUM HOURS
- 2012, Jem Cohen, Austria/USA, 107 min.
- With Mary Margaret O’Hara, Bobby Sommer
“Quietly amazing, sneakily sublime…a strange and moving work of art.”
—A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“**** A plaintive beauty…a humane testament to reaching out.”
—Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
From the galleries of Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Art Museum with its fabled works of Rembrandt, Bruegel, and other greats to more offbeat locations around the city itself, director Cohen’s acutely observational narrative melding art and daily life makes contemplation of the now central to his story. Anne (O’Hara), a lonely Canadian visitor, wanders the galleries in a respite from visiting the hospital where a family member lies in a coma, and meets Johann (Sommer), the security guard who fleetingly becomes her guide, confidant, and laid-back guardian angel. DCP digital. (BS)
- THE GARDENER
- 2013, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, South Korea/Israel/Iran, 87 min.
“Soothing, civilized, and quietly touching…Makhmalbaf’s radical tolerance is itself an act of political defiance.”
—Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“Ethereal…by turns poetic, impressionistic, metaphorical and even a bit trippy.”
—Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
In a welcome return to the screen after a several-year absence, exiled Iranian director Makhmalbaf (KANDAHAR, GABBEH) feelingly explores the subject of spirituality through this meditative and at times childlike film set in the magnificent gardens of the headquarters of the Baha’i faith in Haifa, Israel. A declared agnostic, the director and his son Maysam gently debate the pros and cons of religion and its frequent fallout of war and dissension through evocative imagery and poetic flights of visual fancy in a setting of breathtaking beauty and order. In English, Persian, and Tok Pisin with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
- APPROVED FOR ADOPTION
- (COULEUR DE PEAU: MIEL)
- 2012, Laurent Boileau and Jung Henin, France, 75 min.
“It’s impossible not to be charmed…will provide throat lumps galore.”
—Jay Weissberg, Variety
“Eye-opening…alive with the pains, joys and rascal spirit of childhood.”
—Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
In an animated docudrama that will especially resonate with every family that has experienced adoption, Jung Henin, an illustrator and graphic novelist, poignantly recounts his life as an Asian adoptee forever caught between two cultures. Comedy and rueful memories punctuate this autobiographical tale as Jung, a five-year-old Korean boy, is adopted by a large Belgian family and launched unexpectedly into an alien life. A marvel to his new siblings for his honey-colored skin, he imagines the mother he never knew and proves a mischievous challenge to his adoptive mom. In French and Korean with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
Special advance screening!
Filmmakers in person!
- 2012, Gustavo Bernal-Mancheno, USA, 89 min.
- With Tom Silva, Fawzia Mirza
Chicago stars in all its moods and shades of light in this bittersweet love story created in the spirit of BEFORE SUNSET. Aamod (Silva), a worldly sharp-eyed opportunist, hits on two beautiful women in a coffee shop and finds a companion for twenty-four hours in traveler Nadia (Mirza), a confident but wary lawyer stranded by a canceled Amtrak train. The seduction of each other’s minds and psyches evolves as a series of increasingly intimate conversations on life, love, identity, and deep secrets, as this odyssey in miniature plays out in a progression of vibrant and picture-perfect Chicago locations. DCP digital. (BS)
Actors Tom Silva, Fawzia Mirza, and Puja Mohindra will be present for audience discussion at both screenings.