Film Center from Your Sofa
With our doors closed, you may be missing the Gene Siskel Film Center -- but we don't want you to miss out on the latest art house films! We're partnering with our favorite distributors to present new and noteworthy independent and international cinema on a screen (very!) near you.
Keep checking in for our updated streaming schedule, noting that new films will continue to be added as they're confirmed. Please also note that each film has its own streaming procedures, pricing, and availability--but none cost more than the price of a movie ticket!
A portion of all proceeds--from streaming films through the Film Center or contributing to our ongoing fundraising initiatives--will help keep the Film Center operating during this time and help ensure we will all watch movies together again at our theaters.
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Thank you for your generous support during this time. Stay well, stay at home--and we hope to "see you" at the movies!
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The Gene Siskel Film Center has worked with numerous distributors to provide films for you to stream during our suspended programming. Please note the following:
• These are films we have screened in the past, would have been screening now, or somehow reflect our critically acclaimed programming.
• Due to the many different sources, there is a range of prices and available dates for each film. However, none of the prices are more than what you would pay for a single, non-member movie ticket.
• Because we are connecting you to a variety of platforms, we regret we cannot offer member or any discounts for streaming.
• Please note that you will be required to set up individual accounts through streaming services and distributors in order to stream Film Center From Your Sofa, your Film Center account will not apply.
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The health and safety of our guests and staff is our highest priority, and to support efforts to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Gene Siskel Film Center will be closed beginning Monday, March 16. This is a dynamic and unprecedented situation, we will share the most up-to-date information on this page. Additionally, you may call 312-846-2600 or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.
THE NEW BAUHAUS
2019, Alysa Nahmias, USA, 89 min.
"Allows Chicago to become a living, breathing entity that pulsates with Moholy-Nagy's romantic outlook on the world...By the end of the movie, you won't just admire Moholy-Nagy -- you'll want to be just like him."--Travis Bean, Forbes
This odyssey through the life and legacy of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, the innovative artist and educator whose pioneering approach to integrating technology into design continues to influence and inspire. In the 1920s, rising artist László Moholy-Nagy taught at the revolutionary Bauhaus school in Weimar, Germany. Forced into exile by the Nazis, Moholy moved to Chicago, where he found himself inspired by the sense of reinvention in the city. Through his Institute of Design, Moholy challenged students to create systemic, human-centered design. Moholy was not a conventional artist, and THE NEW BAUHAUS is not a typical biography. It’s about the tensions between art and commerce, tradition and experimentation, past and present — and future. It examines the life, philosophy, and artwork of Moholy in light of the idea that an artist is not merely a maker of objects; an artist is a maker of her/himself. Co-presented with the Consulate General of Hungary in recognition of the 125th anniversary of the birth of the Hungarian designer and artist. (Description courtesy of Opendox Production)
The Film Center and the Consulate General of Hungary in Chicago invite you to join us on Monday, July 20 at 7pm CDT for a Q&A/panel discussion with Director Alysa Nahmias, Executive Producer Marquise Stillwell, Moholy-Nagy expert/’talking-head," Oliver Botar, and the Richard and Ellen Sandor Chair and Curator of the Department of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago Matthew Witkovsky. The conversation will be moderated by Robyn Farrell, the Art Institute of Chicago's Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art.
Register for the event here: https://tinyurl.com/y8br65mh
2018, Nikolaus Leytner, Austria/Germany, 117 min.
With Simon Morzé, Bruno Ganz
"Told with unusual sensitivity...a vibrant coming-of-age story and an intriguing portrayal of Sigmund Freud, expertly portrayed by Bruno Ganz."--Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter
Featuring one of the final performances by acclaimed Swiss actor Bruno Ganz (THE AMERICAN FRIEND) this drama based on the international bestseller by Robert Seethaler explores an unexpected friendship set against the background of the Nazi occupation of Vienna. Seventeen-year-old Franz (Morzé) journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud (Ganz), a regular customer. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka (Emma Drogunova), he seeks courtship advice from the psychoanalyst. As political and social conditions dramatically worsen with the Nazis' arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. In German with English subtitles. (Description courtesy of Menemsha Films)
Please join us on Thursday, July 16 at 5pm CDT for a Facebook Live Q&A with THE TOBACCONIST director Nikolaus Leytner, moderated by Erin Gizewski, doctoral student in Germanic Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
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Be sure to watch the film first (if you start it at 3pm CDT on 7/16, you'll finish just in time for the Q&A)!
GUEST OF HONOUR
2019, Atom Egoyan, Canada, 120 min.
With David Thewlis, Laysla De Oliveira
"Rich and teasing...an elaborate time-slipping thriller."--Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A beautifully nuanced performance by David Thewlis...a tour-de-force."--Lee Marshall, Screen International
Jim (Thewlis) and his daughter Veronica (De Oliveira), a high school music teacher, attempt to unravel their complicated histories and intertwined secrets in the latest film from Academy Award nominee Atom Egoyan (THE SWEET HEREAFTER). In Egoyan's trademark style, the film weaves through time, exploring perception and penance, memory and forgiveness. A hoax instigated by a jealous co-worker goes wrong, and Veronica is accused of abusing two 17-year-old students. Falsely confessing to the crime, she is sentenced to prison. Her unexplained rejection of her father's attempts to prove her innocence and obtain her early release break his heart. As a food inspector, Jim's own career goes off the rails when he begins to strangely misuse his power over small family-owned restaurants. The stories of father and daughter coalesce with a death, a clutch of unearthed memories, and the revelation of a missing piece of the puzzle. (Description courtesy of Kino Lorber)
Please join us on Tuesday, July 14 at 6pm CDT for a Facebook Live Q&A with director Atom Egoyan, moderated by the Gene Siskel Film Center's Director of Programming Barbara Scharres.
Be sure to see the film first (if you begin at 4pm CDT on 7/14, you'll finish just in time for the Q&A).
Register for the Q&A here: https://tinyurl.com/y6w4zmxu
AI WEIWEI: YOURS TRULY
2019, Cheryl Haines, USA, 78 min.
"Absorbing and valuable...movingly puts Ai's work into a personal context."--Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"One of the great films of the year...a near-perfect look at Ai Weiwei’s art installation that took place on Alcatraz Island...truly magical...a must-see."--Steve Kopian, Unseen Films
Human rights become profoundly personal when Ai Weiwei, China's most famous artist, transforms Alcatraz Island prison into an astonishing expression of socially-engaged art focused on the plight of the unjustly incarcerated. At the core of the installation, called @Large, were portraits of prisoners of conscience coupled with the opportunity to write letters of solidarity to the imprisoned. In her impassioned and powerful film, Cheryl Haines visits current and former prisoners, including American whistleblower Chelsea Manning, and learns how these letters were vital to their survival. In English, Mandarin, and Arabic with English subtitles. (Description courtesy of First Run Features)
YAO DAO WAIPO QIAO
1995, Zhang Yimou, France/China, 108 min.
With Gong Li, Wang Xiaoxiao
"A deeply felt tragedy... Gong Li's astonishing performance summons all the tawdriness, evil and eventual dignity this story demands."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Oozes a confidence that carries the viewer almost without pause to its shocking climax and ironic close."--Derek Elley, Variety
Nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, SHANGHAI TRIAD is a thrilling and sumptuously stylized potboiler about the Chinese criminal underworld of the 1930's from legendary director Zhang Yimou (RAISE THE RED LANTERN, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS). Hired to be a servant to pampered nightclub singer and mob moll Xiao (Gong), naive teenager Shuisheng (Wang) is thrust into the glamorous and deadly demimonde of Shanghai’s crime syndicates. Over the course of seven days, Shuisheng observes mounting tensions as triad boss Tang begins to suspect traitors amongst his ranks and rivals for Xiao’s affections. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (Description courtesy of Film Movement)
Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things
2019, Leslie Woodhead, UK/USA, 90 min.
“An exhilarating and superbly filmed rags to riches tale of the supreme voice of jazz. Eagle Rock has smashed it again.” Paul Davies -Daily Express
“A study of a much loved but little understood musical icon that was touching but also very funny. It was also great to see talking heads who actually knew what they weretalking about. I particularly loved Will Friedwald's analysis of her 1960 Berlin version of How High The Moon”–John Lewis -music critic for The Guardian, Uncut, Metro, etc
The legendary "First Lady of Song" gets a long-overdue documentary tribute in this lively overview of her remarkable career. After surviving a rough childhood and adolescence that included abuse, reform school, and homelessness, Fitzgerald won the Apollo Amateur Night contest in her first public appearance at age 17. Despite lacking conventional good looks ("I ain't no glamor girl"), she achieved early fame with such hits as "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" in the 1930s, became a key member of the Bop revolution in the 1940s, broadened her appeal with the celebrated composer Song Books of the 1950s and 1960s, and toured almost constantly in the 1960s and 1970s. Fresh interviews with such musical legends as Norma Miller, Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson, Johnny Mathis, Cleo Laine, and Itzhak Perlman testify to Ella's greatness, while her once-estranged son Ray Brown Jr. provides a more intimate perspective. (MR)
Q&A with purchase, featuring producer Reggie Nadelson and author/music critic Will Friedwald will now be joined by author Margo Jefferson and singer Camille Thurman.
Margo Jefferson is distinguished culture critic and author of the acclaimed book Negroland
Camille Thurman, a singer and saxophone player, is a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
The Invisible Witness
Il testimone invisibile
2018, Stefano Mordini, Italy, 102 min.
With Riccardo Scamarcio, Miriam Leone, Maria Paiato
A film-noir plot full of double-crosses and deceptive alibis is spiced up with giallo flash and a good old-fashioned locked-room mystery in this nifty, twisty Italian thriller. Hotshot entrepreneur Adriano (Scamarcio of PASOLINI and JOHN WICK, CHAPTER 2) wakes up in a hotel room with the bloody corpse of his mistress (Leone) beside him. He insists that another person in the room was the real killer, even though there was no apparent possibility of anyone else entering or exiting. Adriano's fate rests in the hands of an invincible super-lawyer (Paiato) who insists on knowing the whole truth. Her relentless questioning uncovers layers of deceit in a world seemingly devoid of moral reckoning, but justice might be arriving from an unexpected source. In Italian with English subtitles. (MR)
2020, Jeremy Hersh, USA, 93 min.
With Jasmine Batchelor, Chris Perfetti, Sullivan Jones
"Propelled by a performance of stunning psychological insight."--David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
"A rare gem...from a new director and a new performer whose collaborative efforts have fashioned a film as thought provoking as it is moving."--Nicholas Bell, IONCINEMA
Jess Harris (Batchelor, THE GOOD FIGHT), a 29 year old web designer for a nonprofit in Brooklyn, is ecstatic to be the surrogate and egg-donor for her best friend Josh ( Perfetti, LOOKING) and his husband Aaron (Jones, SLAVE PLAY). Twelve weeks into the pregnancy, a prenatal test comes back with unexpected results that pose a moral dilemma. As they all consider the best course of action, the relationship between the three friends is put to the test. (Description courtesy of Visit Films)
2019, D.W. Young, USA, 99 min.
"Lovely and wistful…a documentary for anyone who can still look at a book and see a dream."—Owen Gleiberman, Variety
"A treat for anyone who appreciates the printed word."—Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
The allure of the printed volume is at the heart of this engaging, Gotham-centered overview of the rare-book trade. One collector compares the relationship of an individual and a book to a love affair, and bibliophile Fran Lebowitz (whose recurrent comments form a loose spine for the film) avows that she could never bring herself to throw a book away. Executive-produced and narrated by Parker Posey, THE BOOKSELLERS explores the rapidly changing (some would say, dying) world of high-end book dealers, book scouts, collectors, and antiquarians. In the post-Amazon, post-Kindle world, are bookstores—and even the book itself—doomed? The disappearance of many beloved bookstores strikes a melancholy note, but the film also takes note of a recent boom in small, independent stores, and bookseller Heather O'Donnell asserts, "The death of the book is highly overrated." (MR)
Click here to view a virtual Q&A with THE BOOKSELLERS director D.W. Young and producer Judith Mizrachy, as well as area bookstore owners Javier Ramirez (Madison Street Books) and Nzingha Nommo (Afriware Bookstore) as they discuss the rapidly changing world of high-end book dealers & recent boom in small, indie stores, moderated by writer and "bookworm" Jarrett Neal, MFA, EdD.
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1961, Peter Sellers, UK, 97 min.
With Peter Sellers, Nadia Gray, Herbert Lom
"Truly shines...Sellers imbues it with all the sense of fun that is right up there with his finest work of the period." --The Irish Times
Unwilling to sacrifice his principles, Auguste Topaze (Sellers), a poor but proud French schoolmaster, loses his job after he refuses to alter the failing grades of one of his students. Seizing the opportunity to exploit his well-known honesty, actress Suzy Courtois (Gray) convinces her lover, the corrupt city council member Castel Benac (Lom), to hire Topaze as a managing director for one of his shady businesses. But when Topaze learns he is being used, he cunningly turns the tables on Benac. Seller’s first and only credited directorial feature, MR. TOPAZE displays the British comic genius at the peak of his powers alongside his future PINK PANTHER nemesis Lom and a stellar supporting cast that includes Leo McKern, Billie Whitelaw and Michael Gough. Long considered a “lost” classic, MR. TOPAZE was digitally restored from the lone surviving 35mm print in the BFI National Archive at the request of the British public.
BEYOND THE VISIBLE: HILMA AF KLINT
2019, Halina Dyrschka, Germany, 93 min.
“CRITIC’S PICK.Bristles with the excitement of discovery and also with the impatience that recognition has taken so long. It refreshes the eyes and the mind.” –A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“ONE OF THE BEST FILMS I’VE SEEN ABOUT FINE ART. It casts an entrancing spell that allows the staggering depth of its subject’s work to consume us.” —Matt Fagerholm, ROGEREBERT.com
“GORGEOUS...GOES FAR DEEPER THAN THE SURFACE...making an airtight case for af Klint’s ascension to an elevated place in art history.”—Shana Nys Dambrot, LA WEEKLY
Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term existed, a visionary, trailblazing figure who, inspired by spiritualism, modern science, and the riches of the natural world around her, began in 1906 to reel out a series of huge, colorful, sensual, strange works without precedent in painting. The subject of a recent smash retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, af Klint was for years an all-but-forgotten figure in art historical discourse, before her long-delayed rediscovery. Director Halina Dryschka’s dazzling, course correcting documentary describes not only the life and craft of af Klint, but also the process of her mischaracterization and erasure by both a patriarchal narrative of artistic progress and capitalistic determination of artistic value.
Click here to view a virtual Q&A with Halina Dyrschka, director of BEYOND THE VISIBLE: HILMA AF KLINT, moderated by Matt Fagerholm (RogerEbert.com)!
The Killing Floor
1984, Bill Duke, USA, 118 min.
With Damien Leake, Alfre Woodard, Moses Gunn
"One of the all-time great Chicago movies...a terrific history lesson, a compelling drama, and a lovingly recreated period piece all rolled into one."—Michael Glover Smith, White City Cinema
Produced independently with grassroots support from union organizations and members, THE KILLING FLOOR was broadcast on PBS, received critical acclaim, then virtually disappeared outside of murky VHS copies. A new 4K digital restoration brings back this powerfully authentic historical drama, with events and characters drawn from real life. Beginning in 1917, the hard-hitting narrative centers on Frank Custer (Leake), who leaves his destitute Mississippi farm for the promised land of Chicago. He gets a job in the stockyards, but he soon finds himself caught in a crossfire of bitter conflicts—labor against management, union workers against non-union workers, blacks against whites—that will explode in the infamous race riot of summer 1919. Director Duke (A RAGE IN HARLEM, DEEP COVER) draws vivid characterization against a broad canvas of the racial, ethnic, and class tensions that shook Chicago during a crucial period of turmoil and growth. (MR)
Click here to view a Facebook Live Q&A for THE KILLING FLOOR with director Bill Duke + writer-producer Elsa Rassbach, moderated by Black Harvest Film Festival programmers Sergio Mims.
DIANA KENNEDY: NOTHING FANCY
2019, Elizabeth Carroll, USA/Mexico, 82 min.
"Cinematic comfort food of the first order."--Guy Lodge, Variety
"A candid, frank, and comprehensive whirlwind tour through the life and work of one of the world's most celebrated (and uncompromising) chefs."--Andrew Parker, The Gate
The author of nine acclaimed cookbooks and a two-time James Beard Award winner, Diana Kennedy is called the “Julia Child of Mexico”, but the feisty cook prefers “The Mick Jagger of Mexican Cuisine”. Master chef, teacher and environmental activist, she is living proof that size has nothing to do with strength. Now in her 90s and barely five feet tall, she's a fierce jolt of energy-- one of the most celebrated culinary legends of Mexican cuisine. Blending incredible archival footage from her many television appearances and unprecedented access to her ecologically sustainable home, this lively documentary is an homage to a culinary trailblazer and a true inspiration. Features extensive interviews with Kennedy herself, plus famed chefs José Andrés, Rick Bayless, Gabriela Camara and Alice Waters. (Description courtesy of Greenwich Entertainment)
Yourself and Yours
Dangsinjasingwa dangsinui geot
2016, Hong Sangsoo, South Korea, 86 min.
With Kim Ju-hyuk, Lee Yoo-young
“Immensely satisfying… a wise and gently absurdist allegory about how best to approach relationships.”--Scott Tobias, Variety
"An essential chapter in the big book of Hong... for those who haven’t yet been introduced to this singularly idiosyncratic Korean auteur, YOURSELF AND YOURS is as good a place to start as any.”--David Ehrlich, IndieWire
One of Hong Sangsoo’s most delightful comic mysteries is now available in the U.S. When painter Youngsoo (Kim) learns that his girlfriend, Minjung (Lee), was recently seen having drinks with another man, he can’t help but question her about it. It doesn’t go well and they part on bad terms. The next day, Youngsoo tries to find her, but can’t. As he wanders and frets, Minjung has a series of encounters with other men. But to them it seems she’s not herself. Featuring a supporting cast of Hong regulars, YOURSELF AND YOURS is a pleasing puzzle full of mistaken identity, excessive drinking and lots of he-said, she-said. As the rumors pile up, Hong, a critically-acclaimed School of the Art Institute of Chicago alum, asks: In a relationship, how important is it to know everything? In Korean with English subtitles. (Description courtesy of The Cinema Guild)
2019, Mounia Meddour, Algeria/France, 108 min.
With Lyna Khoudri, Shirine Boutella
"Lovingly acted...the female camaraderie feels both well observed and authentic."--Boyd van Hoeij, Variety
"Meddour makes great cinematic choices, particularly the use of clothing design to specify the profound effect that the struggle between liberal and fundamentalist forces within Islam has on women."--Amy Taubin, Film Comment
Algeria, 1990s. Nedjma (Khoudri, starring in Wes Anderson’s upcoming THE FRENCH DISPATCH), an 18 year-old student passionate about fashion design, refuses to let the tragic events of the Algerian Civil War to keep her from experiencing a normal life and going out at night with her friend Wassila. As the social climate becomes more conservative, she rejects the new restrictions on women set by the radicals and decides to fight for her freedom and independence by putting on a fashion show. After selection at the 2019 Cannes International Film Festival, and as Algeria’s official submission for Academy Awards consideration, PAPICHA scooped two Cesars (the French Oscar-equivalent) as well as the AMPAS Gold Fellowship Award for Woman, and the humanitarian award at the 2020 Satellite Awards. In Arabic with English subtitles. (Description courtesy of Distrib Films)
2019, Abel Ferrara, Italy/UK/USA/Greece, 118 min.
With Willem Dafoe, Cristina Chiriac, Anna Ferrara
"Fascinating—no, riveting—because of the multiple male sexual anxiety and wish fulfillment subtexts dancing around the screen."—Amy Taubin, Film Comment
"Scrappy and often endearing... elevated by Dafoe’s extraordinary performance and a striking intimacy that sets the movie apart from much of Ferrara’s work."—Eric Kohn, Indiewire
Against a daily grind of teaching acting workshops and attending AA meetings, filmmaker Tommaso (Dafoe) begins to suspect his much younger wife is having an affair, pulling him into a series of fantasies and daydreams that run the gamut from erotic to suicidal. Best known for his cinematic studies of self-destructive personalities living in New York City, the now Rome-based Abel Ferrara (BAD LIEUTENANT, PASOLINI) returns with this fictionalized self-portrait, filmed with the intimacy of a home movie in the director's own apartment and featuring a cast of performers culled from Ferrara's life (including his wife and daughter) and the streets of Piazza Vittorio where he lives. Starring Ferrara's real-life neighbor Dafoe as his on-screen surrogate, TOMMASO draws liberally from both Ferrara and Dafoe's lives and cinematic personas, portraying the quotidian struggles faced by an American expat filmmaker and recovering drug addict with all the candor and hard-won sensitivity that fans of Ferrara have come to expect. In English and Italian with English subtitles. (CW)
Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own
2019, Daniel Traub, USA/Italy, 57 min.
"Von Rydingsvard’s favored forms are massive. They slump on the floor like hollow, tuberous mounds into which it’s tempting to crawl; or jut out from the wall; or else rise up like inverted megaliths or weathered geological forms. They’re dramatic, sensuous, but at the same time almost accidental, as if shaped organically by wind and water."--Sebastian Smee, Washington Post
“Pure visual pleasure from start to finish.”--Dorothy Woodend, The Tyee
URSULA VON RYDINGSVARD: INTO HER OWN is an artistic biography of one of the few women in the world working in monumental sculpture. Von Rydingsvard’s work has been featured in the Venice Biennale and is held in the collections of some of the world’s great museums, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago, where her towering “Bronze Bowl with Lace” is installed on the Bluhm Family Terrace. The sculptures are massive, yet strangely intimate, and some feel imbued with an almost primal energy. Director Traub’s in-depth profile underlines von Rydingsvard’s passionate drive to create, and follows her life’s journey from post-WWII upheaval and trauma to the present, as she oversees a host of collaborators, including cutters and metal-smiths, to undertake the most complex and challenging project of her career. [Closed-captioned] (Description courtesy of Icarus Films)
Click here to view Director Daniel Traub and artist Ursula von Rydingsvard participate in a moderated discussion with Robyn Farrell, the Art Institute of Chicago's Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art.
2020, Josephine Decker, USA, 107 min.
Elisabeth Moss, Odessa Young
"Moss takes off and runs with her wonderfully multifaceted and sometimes very funny portrait...perhaps the greatest pleasure the film imparts is watching this ever-adventurous actress toy with other characters as well as the viewer."--Todd McCarthy,
Hollywood Reporter"I'm not quite sure how Moss continues to find variations and nuances...it's undoubtedly the showcase, show-off role."--Jason Bailey, The Playlist
Renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson (Moss of THE HANDMAID'S TALE) is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds Rose (Young) and Fred (Logan Lerman) upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband Stanley (Michael Stuhlbarg), a Bennington College professor. The middle-aged couple, prone to ruthless barbs and copious afternoon cocktails, begins to toy mercilessly with the naïve young couple at their door. -- (Description courtesy of Neon)
Watch the film with a special introduction by director Josephine Decker. You can also tune in for one of our live Q&As with Josephine Decker, Elisabeth Moss, and other special guests. See the full list here:
In My Blood It Runs
2019, Maya Newell, Australia, 84 min.
“Quietly masterful portrait of growing up indigenous.”--Luke Buckmaster, Guardian
Breathtaking and visually stunning."--Katya Kazbek, Supamodu
In this revealing, probingly compassionate documentary, two divergent cultural forces battle for the heart, soul and future of Dujuan, a charismatic ten-year-old Australian Aboriginal boy. Dujuan’s childhood is divided between the time his family spends on their ancestral lands, where he learns the language and ways of his tribal heritage, and time in the town of Alice Springs, where he and his siblings attend a school where only the dominant white culture is acknowledged and taught. Dujuan’s emerging skill as a traditional healer is nurtured by his elders, but in the eyes of white society, his “crimes” of truancy, cheekiness, and frequent rejection of authority have marked him as heading for a future in the Australian penal system, which warehouses Aboriginal youth in overwhelming numbers. In English, Arrente, and Garrwa with English subtitles. The distributor is donating a portion of proceeds to Children's Ground, a charity supporting children suffering from injustice in First Nations communities. (BS)
Enjoy a pre-recorded Q&A with director Maya Newell and producers Larissa Behrendt and Rachel Naninaaq Edwardson with purchase.
Marona's Fantastic Tale
L'extraordinaire voyage de Marona
2019, Anca Damian, Romania/France/Belgium, 92 min.
"Mesmerizing...whimsical and poignant."--Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times
"A dazzling expressionistic view of the world through the eyes of a stray dog...provides pleasure for all ages, but especially for dog lovers."--Peter Debruge, Variety
"Visually exquisite and peppered with vertiginous, sparkling surrealist sequences...a modern-day fairy tale that's both simple and subtle."--Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa
This is the story of Marona, a small lovable dog who passes from one master to another, taking us on a thrilling and miraculous road trip through life. The poetic and touching film follows an optimistic stray dog as she looks back on the human companions she has loved throughout her life. Featuring dazzlingly colorful, sweeping designs produced in part by acclaimed British artist Brecht Evens, MARONA'S FANTASTIC TALE is a life-affirming tale told with the patient, boundless love of a dog, and reminds us that happiness is a small thing. In Romanian and French with English subtitles. (Description courtesy of GKids)
For They Know Not What They Do
2019, Daniel Karslake, USA, 91 min.
“This should be a contender for Best Documentary at the Oscars. It’s that good.” — QUEERFORTY.COM
“This doc is always thoughtful and tightly edited, and it has an emotional impact that not many docs can equal.” — THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“This doc about families loving their LGBTQ+ kids is necessary viewing.” — OUT.COM
“TRIBECA docu sheds light on religion and gender identity in America” — DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD
From the director of the acclaimed FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO comes FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO, a new documentary that explores the intersection of religion, sexual orientation and gender identity in current-day America. The arrival of marriage equality was seen by many as the pinnacle achievement of the march toward full equality for LGBTQ people. But for many on the Right, it was the last straw, and their public backlash has been swift, severe and successful. In collaboration with religious conservatives, politicians are invoking both the Bible and the U.S. Constitution in their campaigns for the 'religious freedom' to legally discriminate. By telling the stories of four families struggling with these issues, the film offers healing and understanding to those caught in the crosshairs of scripture, sexuality, and identity. Winner of Audience Awards at Atlanta, Seattle, Ft. Lauderdale, Rochester, Phoenix, and Warsaw Film Festivals. (Description courtesy of First Run Features)
Click here to view a Q&A with Daniel Karslake, director of FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO. Moderated by by Dio Aldridge, Special Assistant to the Dean and Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Girl With a Bracelet
La Fille au bracelet
2019, Stephane Démoustier, France/Belgium, 95 min.
With Melissa Guers, Roschdy Zem, Chiara Mastroianni
“A subtle and resonant take on your typical nail-biting whodunit…carried very much by newcomer Melissa Guer’s lead turn.”--Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter
Director Demoustier turns the murder mystery/courtroom drama on its head in this remake of the 2018 Argentinian thriller THE ACCUSED. Sixteen-year-old Lise (Guers), on trial for the stabbing death of her best friend on the morning following a sleepover, passively defies attempts by the judge and jury to understand what lies beneath her compliant blank-faced demeanor. Emotionless, as she flatly answers questions and repeatedly maintains her innocence, she appears the antithesis of the lurid picture painted by the prosecution: a party-girl who engages in indiscriminate sexual activity with friends of either gender. Her parents suppress uneasy doubts about their daughter’s apparent secrets, while, evidence aside, the trial begins to hone in on holding the life choices of a generation up for judgment. In French with English subtitles. (BS)
WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS
2019, Ciro Guerra, USA/Italy, 113 min.
With Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson
"Scorching allegory for imperialist denial and defeat feels pertinent to a current political milieu marked by the hubris of white supremacy...gains in poetry and power."--Guy Lodge, Variety
This period drama by the acclaimed director of EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT serves as a provocative allegory on colonial conquest and racism. The magistrate (Rylance in an impressively nuanced performance) of a dusty North African outpost on the border of an unnamed empire looks forward to an easy retirement until faced with the arrival of Colonel Joll (Depp) and his sadistic officer Mandel (Pattinson), sent to report on border security and the activities of the local populace. The magistrate's long-standing laissez faire governance of a peaceful nomadic people meets the harsh reality of imperial expansion in the person of a man whose only goal is brutal subjugation. Closed captions (CC). (Description courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Company)
2019, Emily Harris, UK, 96 min.
With Hannah Rae, Devrim Lingnau, Tobias Menzies
"Expressive, atmospheric...hazy, ethereal, and almost hyper-real."--Sarah Ward, Screen Daily
"Harris drinks deep of the novella's sapphic themes to present a tale of obsession and fear of 'the other'...Lingnau and Rae create plenty of heat in their scenes together."--Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
15-year-old Lara (Rae) lives with her father and her strict governess, Miss Fontaine, in total isolation, and is struggling to find an outlet for her curiosity and burgeoning sexuality. When a carriage crash nearby brings a young girl into the family home to recuperate, Lara is enchanted by the eponymous Carmilla (Lingnau). Based on the 1872 gothic novella of the same name, the quintessential "lesbian vampire" story has been adapted previously as Roger Vadim's BLOOD AND ROSES and the Hammer classic THE VAMPIRE LOVERS. In this new interpretation, director Emily Harris strips back "the supernatural tropes of Sheridan Le Fanu’s novel in order to dive deeper into the motivations and behaviors that turn love and openness into hate and destruction." (Description courtesy of Film Movement)
John Lewis: Good Trouble
2020, Dawn Porter, USA, 96 min.
JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter (TRAPPED, GIDEON’S ARMY), chronicles the life and career of the legendary civil rights activist and Democratic Representative from Georgia. Using interviews and rare archival footage, the film chronicles John Robert Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life. [closed caption] (Description courtesy of Magnolia Films)
Immediately following the feature, there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Representative Lewis and Oprah Winfrey, filmed last month and being made available exclusively for virtual cinema and in-theater engagements of the film. This is a wide-ranging, informal, 16-minute conversation that’s a perfect follow-up to the documentary, and could not be more relevant.
Additionally, on 7/9 all ticket-buyers are welcome to stream a live panel discussion presented by the Freedom Rides Museum of Montgomery, Alabama, featuring Freedom Riders Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Dr. Rip Patton in conversation with director Dawn Porter. In partnership with the Capri Theater. The live panel begins at 7:30pm EST / 4:30pm PST and will also be archived to watch afterward.