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Raoul Peck Presents "The Young Karl Marx"

Friday February 23 7:00PM
Raoul Peck Presents

Friday, February 23, Q&A with Raoul Peck at 7pm and 7:45pm screenings (SOLD OUT), and intro at 10pm screening. Saturday, February 24, Q&A at 4:30pm and intro and Q&A at 7:15pm screening.

From stalwart Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck, director of the fierce and timely I Am Not Your Negro (2016), comes a new study in revolutionary consciousness, no less radical for its classical period piece trappings. August Diehl plays a wet-behind-the-ears twentysomething Marx, in Parisian exile with his wife (Phantom Thread’s Vicky Krieps) when he finds an intellectual love-match with Friedrich Engels (Stefan Konarske), the beginning of a fervid conversation conducted across the cities of Europe drawing from visceral experience of human want, and the birth of an idea of world-historical import.

SHOLA LYNCH INTRODUCES "THE ANNIHILATION OF FISH"

Tuesday February 27 7:00PM
SHOLA LYNCH INTRODUCES

Introduced by Shola Lynch.

One of the lesser-known episodes in Burnett’s brilliant career, The Annihilation of Fish stars Lynn Redgrave and James Earl Jones as two fellow boarders in a Los Angeles rooming house run by Margot Kidder. Both are a little past their prime and more than a little cracked—she imagines Giacomo Puccini was her lover, he battles daily with a demonic enemy—but this gives them common ground on which to meet and find a tentative, touching companionship.
Since 2009, the Academy has conducted a red carpet event for its Governors Awards, presented to individuals in recognition of prestigious lifetime achievements in cinema. This year, four Academy Honorary Awards were presented to recognize four extraordinary bodies of work, those of directors Charles Burnett and Agnès Varda, cinematographer Owen Roizman, and actor Donald Sutherland.

Robert Beavers Introduces "GALAXIE"

Saturday March 3 7:00PM
Robert Beavers Introduces

Presented by filmmaker Robert Beavers.

Gregory Markopoulos, one of the most revered and acclaimed of American avant garde filmmakers, decamped for Europe in 1967, and, angry at the state of exhibition, removed his works from distribution in the mid-1970s. To this day, every screening of a Markopoulos movie is an event—and this one is no exception. Screening one night only and presented by filmmaker Robert Beavers, Galaxie is among Markopoulos’ supreme achievements: silent save for the chime of a ritual bell, it collects disarming filmed portraits of thirty men and women of the New York art world in the mid-’60s, including W.H. Auden, Susan Sontag, Allen Ginsberg, Shirley Clarke, and Jasper Johns, and pillars of the filmmaking community like Jonas Mekas and the Kuchar brothers, images edited and overlaid in-camera by Markopoulos and his trusty Bolex. A singular celebration of an extraordinary, brilliant, and fiercely uncompromised body of film art.

AMY SILLMAN INTRODUCES "SCARLET STREET"

Sunday March 4 1:45PM
AMY SILLMAN INTRODUCES

Introduced by Amy Sillman, who will be signing copies of the new book "Amy Sillman: The ALL-OVER" following the screening.

“As Robert Smithson wrote, ‘To spend time in a movie house is to make a “hole” in one’s life.’ As a painter, I like a black hole, where you and a bunch of hardboiled noir-ish characters can disappear into the full spectrum of nocturnal grey tones. So to find a story of an artist in this spectral tonal range is irresistible. Scarlet Street is the heartwrenching story of a guy with a painting habit, played by Edward G. Robinson. He has a square day job and a terrible mistake: loving a bad girl, a blonde schemer with a despicable boyfriend in tow. They’re aiming to screw Robinson out of whatever he has. When the camera pulls around to the front of the painter’s canvases, it’s as thrilling to see their surfaces as it would be to pan across any movie star’s face. And, directed by Fritz Lang, the movie’s got that extra Germanic kick of misery. The best and most tragic artist movie ever made.”

Program notes by Amy Sillman | Print courtesy Library of Congress

Tavi Gevinson and Hilton Als Introduce "Klute"

Sunday March 4 4:00PM
Tavi Gevinson and Hilton Als Introduce

Introduced by Tavi Gevinson and Hilton Als. Tavi Gevinson is an American writer, magazine editor, and actress. Hilton Als is an American writer and theater critic.

Jane Fonda is, of course, supremely excellent in the role that won her an Oscar, that of tough-minded high-class New York prostitute Bree Daniels—who aspires to a career in acting—but she’s also the very picture of early ‘70s boho-chic, playing off Donald Sutherland’s straight arrow private investigator. A beautiful period document of the city courtesy of cinematographer Gordon Willis, featuring a disco cameo by Warhol star Candy Darling.

Stella Schnabel Introduces "Blue Velvet"

Sunday March 11 3:00PM
Stella Schnabel Introduces

Introduced by Stella Schnabel.

How could we resist including the single greatest film to be named for a fabric, in which star Isabella Rossellini’s every look is iconographic? A watershed work for Lynch, establishing his particular perverse method of deploying the symbols of Americana. Of costume designer Patricia Norris, Lynch said: “Patty reads the scripts and dials into the character and dresses them, she has great taste. When someone comes out of the dressing room, they are the character.”