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January 28

I Wish I Knew

I Wish I Knew

DIRECTOR: JIA ZHANGKE
2010 / 118min / DCP
Shanghai’s past and present flow together in Jia Zhangke’s poetic and poignant portrait of this fast-changing port city. Restoring censored images and filling in forgotten facts, Jia provides an alternative version of 20th century China’s fraught history as reflected through life in the Yangtze city. He builds his narrative through a series of 18 interviews with people from all walks of life—politicians’ children, ex-soldiers, criminals, and artists (including Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien)—while returning regularly to the image of his favorite lead actress, Zhao Tao, wandering through the Shanghai World Expo Park. (The film was commissioned by the World Expo, but is anything but a piece of straightforward civic boosterism.) A richly textured tapestry full of provocative juxtapositions.
Uncut Gems

Uncut Gems

DIRECTOR: JOSH & BENNY SAFDIE
2019 / 134min / 35mm
A charismatic jeweler makes a high-stakes bet that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. In a precarious high-wire act, he must balance business, family and adversaries on all sides in pursuit of the ultimate win.

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Uncut Gems

Uncut Gems

DIRECTOR: JOSH & BENNY SAFDIE
2019 / 134min / 35mm
A charismatic jeweler makes a high-stakes bet that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. In a precarious high-wire act, he must balance business, family and adversaries on all sides in pursuit of the ultimate win.
I Wish I Knew

I Wish I Knew

DIRECTOR: JIA ZHANGKE
2010 / 118min / DCP
Shanghai’s past and present flow together in Jia Zhangke’s poetic and poignant portrait of this fast-changing port city. Restoring censored images and filling in forgotten facts, Jia provides an alternative version of 20th century China’s fraught history as reflected through life in the Yangtze city. He builds his narrative through a series of 18 interviews with people from all walks of life—politicians’ children, ex-soldiers, criminals, and artists (including Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien)—while returning regularly to the image of his favorite lead actress, Zhao Tao, wandering through the Shanghai World Expo Park. (The film was commissioned by the World Expo, but is anything but a piece of straightforward civic boosterism.) A richly textured tapestry full of provocative juxtapositions.
A Brighter Summer Day

A Brighter Summer Day

DIRECTOR: EDWARD YANG
1991 / 237min / DCP
A sprawling and intimate evocation of the Taiwan of Yang’s teenage years: the outset of the 1960s, a period defined by street gang activity, the political repression of the Kuomintang military government, and the ubiquity of American pop culture.
Union Maids + Growing Up Female

Union Maids + Growing Up Female

DIRECTOR: JULIA REICHERT & MORE
1971 + 1976 / 100min / DCP
Three female union organizers reminisce over all they've seen and done in this stirring oral history in UNION MAIDS, while GROWING UP FEMALE examines socialization through the lives of six women, aged four to 35.
The Last Truck + American Factory

The Last Truck + American Factory

DIRECTOR: JULIA REICHERT AND STEVE BOGNAR
2009 + 2019 / 155min / DCP
Bognar and Reichert's Academy Award-nominated nonfiction epic moves between China and the American Midwest, while THE LAST TRUCK is a short on the closure of the GM plant.
New York, New York

New York, New York

DIRECTOR: MARTIN SCORSESE
1977 / 155min / 35mm
Scorsese's 1940s-era genre-deconstructing extravaganza featuring Liza Minnelli & Robert De Niro.
Scarface

Scarface

DIRECTOR: BRIAN DE PALMA
1983 / 170min / DCP
In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

DIRECTOR: TAIKA WAITITI
2016 / 101min / DCP
A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.
Comrades: Almost a Love Story

Comrades: Almost a Love Story

DIRECTOR: PETER CHAN
1996 / 118min / 35mm
Prolific Second Wave Chinese filmmaker Peter Chan’s lyrical boy-meets-girl chronicle stars Maggie Cheung and Leon Lai as a couple of mainlanders living in Hong Kong who fall into each other’s arms to deal with their urban isolation.
Henry Fool

Henry Fool

DIRECTOR: HAL HARTLEY
1997 / 137min / 35mm
Socially inept garbage man Simon is befriended by Henry Fool, a witty roguish, but talentless novelist. Henry opens a magical world of literature to Simon who turns his hand to writing the 'great American poem'.
HONG KONG TRILOGY

HONG KONG TRILOGY

DIRECTOR: CHRISTOPHER DOYLE
2015 / 90min / DCP
PRESCHOOLED, PREOCCUPIED, PREPOSTEROUS. In three docufiction segments, Doyle looks at three generations of Hong Kongers: School children, young “Umbrella Movement” activists, and the elderly.
Fay Grim

Fay Grim

DIRECTOR: HAL HARTLEY
2006 / 118min / 35mm
A ten-years-later continuation of Hal Hartley's "Henry Fool", where Fay Grim (Posey) is coerced by a CIA agent (Goldblum) to try and locate notebooks that belonged to her fugitive ex-husband (Ryan). Published in them is information that could compromises the security of the U.S., causing Fay to first head to Paris to fetch them ...
The Wedding Singer

The Wedding Singer

DIRECTOR: FRANK CORACI
1998 / 96min / 35mm
Presented by Josh & Benny Safdie.
Ned Rifle

Ned Rifle

DIRECTOR: HAL HARTLEY
2014 / 85min / DCP
Henry and Fay's son Ned sets out to find and kill his father for destroying his mother's life. But his aims are frustrated by the troublesome Susan, whose connection to Henry predates even his arrival in the lives of the Rifle family.
Meanwhile + My America

Meanwhile + My America

DIRECTOR: HAL HARTLEY
2011 + 2014 / 137min / DCP
MEANWHILE is a lovingly detailed character study, and MY AMERICA is an assemblage of 21 short monologues by 21 American playwrights responding to the question "What is my America?"
A Lion in the House

A Lion in the House

DIRECTOR: JULIA REICHERT AND STEVE BOGNAR
2006 / 225min / DCP
An epic of everyday courage, Bognar and Reichert's film enters the lives of five children facing up to the everyday challenges of pediatric cancer.
The Girl from Monday

The Girl from Monday

DIRECTOR: HAL HARTLEY
2005 / 84min / DCP
A comic drama about a time in the near future when citizens are happy to be property traded on the stock exchange.
Surviving Desire + The Book of Life

Surviving Desire + The Book of Life

DIRECTOR: HAL HARTLEY
1995 + 1998 / 116min / DCP
Two experimental musicals which feature some of the writer-director-composer's most piquant and grandiloquent dialogues on the topics of love and ambition.
Clueless

Clueless

DIRECTOR: AMY HECKERLING
1995 / 97min / DCP
Pampered Beverly Hills good soul Cher plays matchmaker to her fellow high schoolers in Amy Heckerling’s finger-on-the-pulse sleeper hit.
Nomad

Nomad

DIRECTOR: PATRICK TAM KAR MING
1982 / 96min / DCP
A story about the experiences of a group of youngsters who feel lost and try to find the true meaning of life.
Lost in the Fumes

Lost in the Fumes

DIRECTOR: NORA LAM
2017 / 97min / DCP
Edward Leung was an average student before he unexpectedly finds himself at the focal point of two Legislateive Council elections. Despite winning over 60,000 votes in the by-election, his ticket to LegCo is foreited when the regime imposes extra measures in the nomination process. On the other hand, Edward finds his free days numbered as he faces rioting charges for taking part in the Mong Kok Protest.
Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise

Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise

DIRECTOR: MARK COUSINS
2016 / 71min / DCP
75 years ago the bombing of Hiroshima showed the appaling destructive power of the atomic bomb.
Whisper of the Heart

Whisper of the Heart

DIRECTOR: YOSHIFUMI KONDO
1995 / 111min / DCP
A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and a boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses.
Teddy Girls

Teddy Girls

DIRECTOR: PATRICK LUNG KONG
1969 / 107min / DCP
A revenge thriller unlike any other, Patrick Lung Kong confronts themes of reform and revenge by turning his focus to the subject of disaffected youth. Young Josephine, an audacious performance by a 22-year-old Josephine Siao, is sentenced to an all-girl reform school on the periphery of Hong Kong after a violent bar brawl. Along with a few accomplices, she escapes from the intolerable administration, only to find the streets an even more hostile environment, driving the girls to blood-soaked vengeance.
Yellowing

Yellowing

DIRECTOR: CHAN TZE-WOON
2016 / 133min / DCP
Hong Kong's fraught, tense relationship with its mainland Chinese overseers came to a head with the Umbrella Movement of 2014. A crowd of protesters stormed Civic Square on September 27. The next day police shocked most residents of the HKSAR by attacking the growing crowds with volleys of tear gas, whereupon a wide cross section of Hong Kongers occupied the streets in several areas and stayed for almost six weeks. Chan took his camera on the streets for 67 days during these events.
Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

DIRECTOR: HAYAO MIYAZAKI
1999 / 133min / DCP
Hayao Miyazaki’s gorgeously animated, mythic tale about a battle between humans and ancient forest spirits is a epic with an environmental message.
Rouge

Rouge

DIRECTOR: STANLEY KWAN
1987 / 99min / 35mm
The ghost of a courtesan who died in 1934 returns to Hong Kong fifty-three years later, seeking to reunite with the man she loved.
Mulholland Dr.

Mulholland Dr.

DIRECTOR: DAVID LYNCH
2001 / 147min / 35mm
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Ten Years

Ten Years

DIRECTOR: JEVONS AU, KIWI CHOW, ZUNE KWOK, KA-LEUNG NG, FEI-PANG WONG
2015 / 104min / DCP
Five thought-provoking shorts imagine what Hong Kong will be like ten years from now.
Umbrella Diaries: The First Umbrella

Umbrella Diaries: The First Umbrella

DIRECTOR: JAMES LEONG
2018 / 120min / DCP
The film charts the origins of the Umbrella Movement through the eyes of the activists and ordinary people who made it happen. From the June 4th Candlelit Vigil until September 28th, this documentary puts us at the heart of the action, allowing us to experience the highs and lows of that remarkable summer, when Hong Kong witnessed a "blossoming of democracy."
Made in Hong Kong

Made in Hong Kong

DIRECTOR: FRUIT CHAN
1997 / 108min / DCP
The first independent film released in post-Handover Hong Kong, director Fruit Chan's atmospheric shoestring-budget character study is a rough-and-ready piece of work shot on grainy leftover 35mm short ends in the city's overcrowded subsidized housing projects.