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The Beach Bum with Harmony Korine

Tuesday March 26 7:00PM
The Beach Bum with Harmony Korine

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Matthew McConaughey is Moondog, an ageless, unreconstructed party animal/ poet barely balancing the demands of a family that includes fed-up well-to-do wife Isla Fisher, while living life in a booze-soaked Margaritaville of the Mind.

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L'INTRUS with Claire Denis

Tuesday April 2 8:00PM
L'INTRUS with Claire Denis

Q&A with Claire Denis

In what is among Denis’ most ambitious, complicated, and exhilaratingly daring films, we chart an itinerary traveling from the snowy Alps to Korea to Tahiti, following old mercenary Michel Subor (Le Petit Soldat, Beau Travail) in search of both a heart transplant and the estranged son (Denis regular Grégoire Colin) who he hasn’t seen in years. Featuring visceral camerawork, a backstory supplied by snippets from Paul Gegauff’s 1965 Subor-starring film Le Reflux,and a lot of feral dogs, L’Intrus (The Intruder) is as easy to feel as it is impossible to resolve, pushing Denis’s elliptical style to the extreme and transforming the logic and laws of narrative in the process of adapting an unadaptable essay by philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy.

NO FEAR, NO DIE with Claire Denis

Tuesday April 2 10:45PM
NO FEAR, NO DIE with Claire Denis

Screening introduced by Claire Denis

For her second film, Denis offered viewers a bracing, rough-hewn vision of life on the fringes, following two Black immigrants, played by two of their generation’s premiere Francophone actors, Isaach De Bankolé and Alex Descas, as they eke out an existence on the Paris outskirts by participating in the illegal sport of cockfighting, delivering their birds up to face ritual slaughter with a terrible tenderness. The brooding, largely nocturnal live-by-night atmosphere is enhanced by Abdullah Ibrahim’s restless score, while the presence of Jean Claude Brialy provides a tactile link to the ‘60s New Wave, whose documentary impulse Denis keeps alive and well.

Pillow Talk with John Epperson

Thursday April 4 7:00PM
Pillow Talk with John Epperson

Screening hosted by John Epperson with special guest Patrick Osborne, presenting his Oscar winning animated short film Feast(2014) before the feature.

The first of three pairings of Doris Day and Rock Hudson, at the time uncontested top box-office attractions, garnered the still distressingly underrated Day her only Oscar nomination, playing business-minded Manhattan interior designer who finds herself sharing a party line with Hudson's skirt-chasing composer, who’s astonished to find that the voice on the other end of the line belongs to a very fetching young woman. An irresistibly colorful CinemaScope confection that shows off a succession of swank midcentury interiors, with piquant supporting turns courtesy Thelma Ritter and Tony Randall, a staple of the Day-Hudson sex comedy cycle.

Suburban Birds with Qiu Sheng

Friday April 5 7:00PM
Suburban Birds with Qiu Sheng

Qiu Sheng will be present for Q&As at both the Friday (4/5) 7pm show and the Saturday (4/6) 6:30pm show

Qiu Sheng’s feature debut is a bold and beguiling opening salvo from a singular talent, twining together two distinct narrative strands—one involving land surveyors preparing for the laying of subway tracks investigating a strange phenomenon in the sinking soil of a suburban development, another following preadolescents as they rove unsupervised in the streets of the same town. These “halves” are separate and stylistically distinct, yet curiously interconnected by overlaps, rhyming images, and the presence of a character named Xiahao, in one part played by adult Mason Lee, in another, by young Gong Xiahao. In the space between these sections lays a gulf and a mystery, a challenge to the audience, as well as an invitation to surrender to the film’s particular poetic logic.

A Cinema Guild release.

2 ON THELONIOUS MONK with Michael Blackwood

Saturday April 6 5:30PM
2 ON THELONIOUS MONK with Michael Blackwood

Thelonious Monk, though at the height of his fame and his musical powers, was unbeknownst to the world approaching the end of his life as a public performer in 1967, when German television commissioned young filmmaker Michael Blackwood to make a documentary about the world-renowned jazz pianist and composer. After following Monk across two continents for six months, Blackwood came away with 14 hours of sizzling candid footage, enough for two cinema verité-style works that were broadcast in Germany and then never seen again. Until now, that is— remastered by Michael Blackwood Productions on the occasion of the recent centennial of Monk’s birth, Monk and Monk in Europe are now ready to be viewed anew, essential documents of one of the 20th century’s great American artists both pontificating on and passionately practicing his craft.

Suburban Birds with Qiu Sheng

Saturday April 6 6:30PM
Suburban Birds with Qiu Sheng

Qiu Sheng will be present for Q&As at both the Friday (4/5) 7pm show and the Saturday (4/6) 6:30pm show

Qiu Sheng’s feature debut is a bold and beguiling opening salvo from a singular talent, twining together two distinct narrative strands—one involving land surveyors preparing for the laying of subway tracks investigating a strange phenomenon in the sinking soil of a suburban development, another following preadolescents as they rove unsupervised in the streets of the same town. These “halves” are separate and stylistically distinct, yet curiously interconnected by overlaps, rhyming images, and the presence of a character named Xiahao, in one part played by adult Mason Lee, in another, by young Gong Xiahao. In the space between these sections lays a gulf and a mystery, a challenge to the audience, as well as an invitation to surrender to the film’s particular poetic logic.

A Cinema Guild release.

Spider with Amy Taubin

Saturday April 6 8:30PM
Spider with Amy Taubin

Amy Taubin in person

Screening with:
At the Suicide of the Last Jew in the World in the Last Cinema in the World
David Cronenberg / 2007 / 5 mins / Digital

Adapted from Patrick McGrath’s novel and starring Ralph Fiennes, Cronenberg’s first-person masterpiece is a reverse ghost story set in a derelict corner of London haunted by the specters of its protagonist’s traumatized psyche. One of the director’s greatest films, it is also the least influential. With the Cannes— commissioned short that the festival tried to ignore, perhaps because they hated the title.

Program notes by Amy Taubin.
Photo by Andrew Lampert.

Running on Empty Cast & Crew Reunion

Saturday April 13 6:00PM
Running on Empty Cast & Crew Reunion

Star Christine Lahti, screenwriter Naomi Foner, and producers Amy Robinson and Griffin Dunne will be on hand to present Lumet’s beautifully performed counterculture hangover drama.

As members of a Weather Underground-like militant group back in the ‘70s, Annie and Arthur Pope blew up a napalm laboratory for peace—and accidentally killed an innocent janitor in the process. When we catch up with the fugitive couple at the end of the ‘80s, the no-longer-young Popes, played by Christine Lahti and Judd Hirsch, have gotten almost used to being on the lam. Their fiery radicalism has cooled, though visitor L.M. Kit Carson drops in to stir up the ashes, while their son, Danny (River Phoenix, in one of the key performances of his too-short career), is trying to face the future without a past and pursuing a blossoming relationship with his piano teacher's daughter (Martha Plimpton).