New Sensory Cinema

January 27 - May 9

From January 27 through May 9, we offer a series of fourteen programs entitled New Sensory Cinema, with weekly Tuesday lectures by award-winning filmmaker and installation artist Melika Bass, Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The series is presented in cooperation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Additional screenings of the films on Friday or Saturday do not include Prof. Bass’s lecture. Admission to all New Sensory Cinema programs is $5 for Film Center members; usual admission prices apply for non-members.

— Martin Rubin, Associate Director of Programming, Gene Siskel Film Center


Our age of the pocket camera and handheld screen hails the contemporary body as a site of surveillance, capture, and voyeurism, but our screen-centric world often overlooks the sensations of bodies themselves. New Sensory Cinema explores fourteen films, all made in the last thirty years, in which the body acts as a territory of desire, a vessel of transformation, a site of return, and a mode of resistance to cinematic capture. Each movie offers a provocation of the senses — devotion, entrapment, obliteration, ecstasy, possession — in which the filmmaker pushes against the boundaries of genre to propose new cinematic forms.

— Melika Bass

Lecture by Melika Bass at Tuesday screening!

Trouble Every Day

2001, Claire Denis, France, 101 min. With Vincent Gallo, Béatrice Dalle.

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Showtimes:

  • Fri, Apr 21st 6:00pm
  • Tue, Apr 25th 6:00pm

Lecture by Melika Bass at Tuesday screening!

River of Grass

1994, Kelly Reichardt, USA, 76 min. With Lisa Bowman, Larry Fessenden.

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Showtimes:

  • Sat, Apr 29th 5:00pm
  • Tue, May 2nd 6:00pm

Lecture by Melika Bass at Tuesday screening!

Innocence

2004, Lucile Hadžihalilović, Belgium/France, 120 min. With Zoé Auclair, Marion Cotillard.

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Showtimes:

  • Sun, May 7th 5:00pm
  • Tue, May 9th 6:00pm

PREVIOUSLY

Under the Skin

2013, Jonathan Glazer, UK/USA, 108 min. With Scarlett Johansson.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Jan 27th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Jan 31st 6:00pm

Lecture by Melika Bass at Tuesday screening!

Bombay Beach

2011, Alma Har'el, USA, 80 min.

Showtimes:

  • Tue, Feb 7th 6:00pm

Lecture by Melika Bass at Tuesday screening!

Cemetery of Splendor

Rak Ti Khon Kaen / รักที่ขอนแก่น

2015, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand/UK/France, 122 min. With Jenjira Pongpas, Banlop Lomnoi.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Feb 10th 8:30pm
  • Tue, Feb 14th 6:00pm

Lecture by Melika Bass at Tuesday screening!

The Host

Gwoemul / 괴물

2006, Bong Joon-ho, South Korea, 120 min. With Song Kang-ho, Bae Doo-na.

Showtimes:

  • Tue, Feb 21st 6:00pm

Lecture by Melika Bass at Tuesday screening!

Post Tenebras Lux

2012, Carlos Reygadas, Mexico/France, 115 min. With Adolfo Jiménez Castro, Nathalia Acevedo.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Feb 24th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Feb 28th 6:00pm

Lecture by Melika Bass at Tuesday screening!

Attenberg

2010, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Greece, 95 min. With Ariane Labed, Yorgos Lanthimos.

Showtimes:

  • Tue, Mar 14th 6:00pm

Lecture by Melika Bass at Tuesday screening!

It Felt Like Love

2013, Eliza Hittman, USA, 82 min. With Gina Piersanti, Ronen Rubinstein.

Showtimes:

  • Tue, Mar 21st 6:00pm

Lecture by Melika Bass at Tuesday screening!

You, The Living

2007, Roy Andersson, Sweden, 95 min. With Elisabeth Helander, Jörgen Nohall.

Showtimes:

  • Tue, Mar 28th 6:00pm

Lecture by Melika Bass at Tuesday screening!

The Forbidden Room

2015, Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson, Canada, 130 min. With Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey.

Showtimes:

  • Sat, Apr 1st 5:30pm
  • Tue, Apr 4th 6:00pm

Lecture by Melika Bass at Tuesday screening!

La Ciénaga

2001, Lucrecia Martel, Argentina, 103 min. With Mercedes Morán, Graciela Borges.

Showtimes:

  • Fri, Apr 7th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Apr 11th 6:00pm