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"The Barefoot Contessa" with Karina Longworth [Sold Out]

Friday November 16 7:00PM

Both the 7pm and 10pm screenings introduced by writer and host of the You Must Remember This podcast, Karina Longworth, who will be signing copies of her new book Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood, a rumination on sex and power in Tinseltown, between the two screenings.

Mankiewicz, a fiercely intelligent and independent operator, broke away from the studios with this, his acidic insider’s take on the anguishes and compromises of international productions, starring Ava Gardner in a role modeled after Rita Hayworth, that of a Spanish dancer drawn into the movie business; Edmond O’Brien as the publicist who helps to reinvent her; and Humphrey Bogart as the film director who ruefully watches her rise and fall. A typically drum-tight script by Mankiewicz and blessed with the photography of the great DP Jack Cardiff.

35mm preservation print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Preservation funding provided by The Film Foundation.

Karina Longworth is the creator, writer and host of You Must Remember This, a podcast on the secret and forgotten history of 20th century Hollywood. A former film editor of the LA Weekly and critic for the Village Voice, she is the author of four previous books, including Hollywood Frame by Frame and Meryl Streep: Anatomy of an Actor. She lives in Los Angeles.

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"The Barefoot Contessa" with Karina Longworth

Friday November 16 10:00PM

Both the 7pm and 10pm screenings introduced by writer and host of the You Must Remember This podcast, Karina Longworth, who will be signing copies of her new book Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood, a rumination on sex and power in Tinseltown, between the two screenings.

Mankiewicz, a fiercely intelligent and independent operator, broke away from the studios with this, his acidic insider’s take on the anguishes and compromises of international productions, starring Ava Gardner in a role modeled after Rita Hayworth, that of a Spanish dancer drawn into the movie business; Edmond O’Brien as the publicist who helps to reinvent her; and Humphrey Bogart as the film director who ruefully watches her rise and fall. A typically drum-tight script by Mankiewicz and blessed with the photography of the great DP Jack Cardiff.

35mm preservation print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Preservation funding provided by The Film Foundation.

Karina Longworth is the creator, writer and host of You Must Remember This, a podcast on the secret and forgotten history of 20th century Hollywood. A former film editor of the LA Weekly and critic for the Village Voice, she is the author of four previous books, including Hollywood Frame by Frame and Meryl Streep: Anatomy of an Actor. She lives in Los Angeles.

"'TIL MADNESS DO US PART" with Wang Bing

Saturday November 17 4:00PM

Screening followed by a Q&A with Wang Bing, moderated by Nick Pinkerton.

Shot almost entirely within the confines of a mental institution in southwest China’s Yunnan province, this claustrophobic opus discovers almost medieval squalor in this modern bedlam, as well as implications that institutionalization is being used as a means to punish disfavored citizens and dissidents. One of Wang’s most difficult films in both form and subject and, for those who take up its challenge, one of his most richly rewarding, finding men and women clinging to the vestiges of humanity in barren, bleak climes.

"Mandy" with Screenwriter Aaron Stewart-Ahn

Saturday November 17 8:00PM

The 8pm screening introduced by screenwriter Aaron Stewart-Ahn on Saturday, November 17

After Nicolas Cage’s pacific, reclusive life with his girlfriend Mandy is interrupted by the arrival of members of an apocalyptic cannibalistic cult, the Children of the New Dawn, he’ll have to pay a visit to his old pal, Caruthers (Duke), to pick up his trusty crossbow, sights set on revenge. Duke provides a moment of authority and gravity, just before this strikingly styled early ‘80s-set instant cult classic plunges into madness courtesy of Cage at his most frantic, feral, and fatally fierce.

"Old Men" with Wang Bing

Saturday November 17 8:15PM

Screening introduced by Wang Bing.

A quiet, observational film that embeds us among a community of senior citizens in a Beijing suburb—the most honored members of society according to the old Confucian system, but in modern China, increasingly marginalized and disposable. One of the first DV-shot nonfiction films to come from China, presaging the work of Wang Bing, and a prizewinner at Cinéma du Réel in 2000, making it a landmark in wider international recognition of independent Chinese documentary—a field in which women like Yang continue to fight for recognition.

Darius Khondji Shorts with Khondji in Person

Monday November 19 7:00PM
Darius Khondji Shorts with Khondji in Person

Q&A with Darius Khondji following the screening

An ultra-rare opportunity to see a hand-picked selection of Khondji’s bold, eclectic, and altogether remarkable short-form work on the big screen, this program brings together the trailblazing music videos that Khondji shot for such artists as Madonna, Vanessa Paradis, and Jay-Z, as well as pieces representing his fertile, boundary-defying creative collaborations with two of the 21stcentury’s premiere multimedia artists, the French-Algerian Philippe Parreno and the Iranian-American Shirin Neshat. A unique and exhilarating look at little-seen facets of this thrillingly multi-sided career.

"Okja" with Darius Khondji

Monday November 19 9:15PM

Screening introduced by Darius Khondji on Monday, November 19.

The titular beast is a gentle, lumbering, lovable critter, a super pig bred by big business and then raised peacefully in the South Korean countryside by young Mija (Ahn Seo-hyun)—until pet and owner both are swept into a contest between animal rights activists and mercenary corporate forces. Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, and Jake Gyllenhaal round out the ensemble cast of this dark science-fiction fable, a rare instance of Khondji shooting digital, which he does with typical panache and explorative freedom, screening here in a rare 35mm transfer.

At the request of Darius Khondji, the screening of Okja on Monday, November 19 will be DCP, approved by Khondji and director Bong Joon-ho. Okja was shot in 6.5k with the ARRI Alexa 65 and 70mm Panavision lenses. The screening on Friday, November 23 will be in 35mm.

"Seven" with Darius Khondji

Tuesday November 20 7:15PM

Q&A with Darius Khondji following the screening on Tuesday, November 20.

Fincher and Khondji together created a distinctly modern take on film noir style in this genuinely unsettling, hugely influential thriller, in which a duo of detectives (Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman) together pursue an at-large serial killer through a grim, shadowy cityscape where the rain never, ever stops falling. The journey takes them from a bleak, confined, warren-like urban environment to the blinding bright light of the desert—and a final, horrible revelation unlikely to be forgotten once seen.

"The Beach" with Darius Khondji

Tuesday November 20 10:30PM

Screening introduced by Darius Khondji on Tuesday, November 20.

A sort of Lord of the Flies for the jet-setting leisure class, Boyle’s adaptation of Alex Garland’s novel is a steamy thriller set in motion when Leonardo DiCaprio’s backpacking beach bum accepts an invitation to a pristine island in the Gulf of Thailand, his arrival in the fragile social ecosystem of permanent vacationers and marijuana farmers initiating a series of events that stir up trouble in paradise. As shot by Khondji, the paradisal green vegetation of the film’s early chapters give way to unnatural, sinister tones, as heaven on earth turns to a living hell.

"Funny Games" with Brady Corbet

Saturday November 24 4:30PM

Screening introduced by Brady Corbet on Saturday, November 24.

Haneke’s English-language remake of his squirm-inducing, audience-indicting home invasion thriller of ten years previous employs a new cast—Naomi Watts and Tim Roth as the captive couple, Michael Pitt and Brady Corbet as the channel-surfing-damaged killers—to deliver the same savage deconstruction of screen violence. Khondji, following an established blueprint, still helps to make something that’s very much its own movie, an austere, anxious, and sometimes awful ordeal unlike anything else in cinema.

"Game 6" Reunion

Saturday November 24 7:00PM

Q&A with director Michael Hoffman, actor/producer Griffin Dunne, and producers Christina Weiss Lurie, Amy Robinson, and Leslie Urdang

It’s 1986. Frantic playwright Nicky Rogan (Michael Keaton) has a Broadway opening ahead of him and is wondering if he shouldn’t knock off infamous hatchet man critic Steven Schwimmer (Robert Downey, Jr.) before the critic kills his career, but nothing concerns him half so much as the fate of his beloved, cursed Red Sox in the World Series, who have a chance to put it all away for the first time since 1918. (Spoiler alert: It’s the infamous “Game 6” between the Mets and the Sox, and it doesn’t go well.) From an original Don DeLillo screenplay, Hoffman’s film is a study in the masochism of fandom and a gripping descent into paranoiac delusion, featuring Griffin Dunne, Bebe Neuwirth and Catherine O'Hara in a peerless supporting cast, and an ace original soundtrack by Yo La Tengo.

"Rams" with Director Gary Hustwit

Friday November 30 6:00PM

Gary Hustwit in person for a Q&A following the 6pm screening on Friday, November 30 and the 4:30pm screening on Sunday, December 2.

Dieter Rams has been in the vanguard of the world of product design for more than fifty years, a legend for his work at Braun and Vitsoe, his influence impossible to overstate—and behind Rams’s famous functionalist body of work is a brilliant mind, always attuned to questions of sustainability and consumerism. Gary Hustwit’s new documentary not only showcases the fruits of Rams’s extraordinary career, but provides a stage on which the genius can express a lifetime of thinking about his craft. A masterclass in design philosophy, and a must for anyone interested in its greater repercussions in building a workable future.

"Rams" with Director Gary Hustwit

Sunday December 2 4:30PM

Gary Hustwit in person for a Q&A following the 6pm screening on Friday, November 30 and the 4:30pm screening on Sunday, December 2.

Dieter Rams has been in the vanguard of the world of product design for more than fifty years, a legend for his work at Braun and Vitsoe, his influence impossible to overstate—and behind Rams’s famous functionalist body of work is a brilliant mind, always attuned to questions of sustainability and consumerism. Gary Hustwit’s new documentary not only showcases the fruits of Rams’s extraordinary career, but provides a stage on which the genius can express a lifetime of thinking about his craft. A masterclass in design philosophy, and a must for anyone interested in its greater repercussions in building a workable future.

"Scrooged" with Carol Kane and Karen Allen

Saturday December 15 5:00PM

Q&A with Carol Kane and Karen Allen following the screening.

An updating of A Christmas Carol for the “Greed is good” 80s, Donner’s salty-sweet comic morality tale—co-written by Saturday Night Live legends Mitch Glazer and Michael O’Donoghue—stars Bill Murray as a nasty executive at IBC Television who, heartlessly keeping his underlings at work on Christmas Eve to complete a live telecast of Charles Dickens’s classic, finds himself visited by three very novel versions of three familiar ghosts. Murray’s star turn is backed by a veritable army of celebrity cameos and a once-in-a-lifetime supporting cast, including Carol Kane, Karen Allen, and Bobcat Goldthwait, here calling Robert Mitchum a “flatulating butthead.”