THE LOST LEONARDO
The best mystery of 2021 is also its unlikeliest: Andreas Koefoed’s documentary about a painting believed to be a lost masterpiece by Leonardo DaVinci. At a New Orleans auction, two art dealers buy a painting and bring it to restorer Dianne Modestini. Uncovering many layers, she is amazed to find a portrait of Christ with a distinct resemblance to the Mona Lisa. Authenticated by London’s National Gallery and hung in the Louvre, it is called a miracle…until skeptics find clues that all is not as it seems.
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
Queer Thursday’s September selection is the 20th Anniversary (!) screening of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The ultimate cult movie begins in East Germany, as genderqueer rocker Hedwig - whose reassignment surgery went very wrong - moves to Kansas to kickstart her dreams. Hedwig is flying – until her protégé (Michael Pitt), steals her songs and finds stardom. But when Hedwig performs in Times Square and reveals his true identity, it’s a victory for everyone with the courage to stand and be counted.
Devoted fans of Danish TV series Borgen know how interesting it gets when women are in charge, and Wildland is written and directed by women, and Borgen’s Sidse Babett Knudsen is its charismatic star. In a very different role, Knudsen is Bodil, the cheerfully ruthless matriarch of a crime family consisting of her three equally dangerous sons. Into their world steps Bodil’s impressionable young niece. As she discovers the family business, she must decide: escape from their felonious reach, or join their adrenaline-fueled life?
Cinestudio presents the summer’s shiny new entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with dazzling action and a complex origin story. It opens with the abduction of an American “family” of undercover Russian spies, including young “sisters” Natasha and Yelena. Abductor General Dreykov’ nefarious plan is to train Natasha and Yelena (Florence Pugh) to join his elite corps of lethal Widows. 21 years later and Natasha (Scarlett Johansson) has become the ultimate assassin. However, instead of crushing the decadent West, she seeks revenge on the man who split up the only family she has known. “It’s worth seeing on a big screen, not just once but twice!” - Randy Myers, Mercury News.
After winning the Best Director prize at this years Cannes Film Festival, the new film by French director Leos Carax (Holy Motors) makes its Cinestudio debut! Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, star – and sing - in a musical scored by alt-pop group, Sparks. Driver plays an edgy comic who loves his opera singer wife (Cotillard), but is corrosively jealous of her rapturous audiences. But thoughts of A Star Is Born disappear as Carax introduces the couple’s child: a puppet with a unique voice of her own... “An anti-La La Land with dashes of Pinocchio…is a grand experiment!” –Ed Cotton, The Times UK
THE GREEN KNIGHT
The best of the summer’s epics draws its enchantment from a 14th Century poem. In King Arthur’s magical world, the impulsive Gawain accepts a challenge from a creature known as the Green Knight. Gawain (a superb Dev Patel) may land the first blow, but in one year the same injury will be dealt to him. For twelve months, Gawain travels a beautiful, unpredictable medieval Britain preparing to face what may be his own death.
Just released in cinemas, Moffie is a devastating look back at the apartheid nation of South Africa in 1981. Soft-spoken 16-year-old Nicholas Van der Swart (Kai Luke Brummer) is serving two years of compulsory military service on the Angolan border. For Nicholas, the experience is life-changing, as he explores his sexuality with a fellow soldier. But challenging the strict status quo makes it clear – that racism, toxic masculinity and homophobia go hand in hand.
ROADRUNNER: A Film About Anthony Bourdain
You would think that Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville would find little in common between his latest subjects: the minister and children’s TV host Fred Rogers (Won’t You Be My Neighbor?); and Anthony Bourdain, the acerbic icon who traveled the world in search of culture, history and food. But according to Neville, both men fought to “show people our common humanity." This unflinching look at Bourdain reverberates with his presence, in his own voice and in the way he indelibly impacted the world around him.
Don’t be surprised to see Nicholas Cage receive his second Academy Awards Best Actor win for the indie film Pig, and a comeback performance is understated, funny and raw. As a former Portland chef, Cage finds solace from his wife’s death in truffle hunting with the help of his companion, Pig. When Pig is abducted, Cage leaves the forest to search for him in Portland’s restaurant subculture. More atmospheric mystery than thriller, Pig celebrates artistic authenticity over making a quick buck. NYT Critic's Pick.
I CARRY YOU WITH ME
The first narrative film by documentarian Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp) is based on the true-life journey of a Mexican chef with the dream of bringing his unique style of cooking to New York City. The film opens with Iván Garcia (Armando Espitia) as a young man in homophobic Puebla, cleaning tables and planning his escape. Falling head over heels for a grad student named Gerardo (Christian Vazquez), Garcia is torn by his quest, and the risk of never seeing Gerardo again. “With mouthwatering close-ups of the food Ivan lovingly prepares, Ewing’s film, for all its painful conflicts, never stints on the lyrical pleasures of life.” Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
SUMMER OF SOUL (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
“What would have happened if this had been allowed a seat at the table?” The unanswerable question by Questlove (DJ, producer, drummer for The Roots) is about the Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969. Blown away by the forgotten footage, Questlove made a film celebrating performers including Stevie Wonder, Sly and the Family Stone, Max Roach, and Nina Simone - not to mention Mahalia Jackson and Mavis Staples in a heartrending tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.
Morgan Ingari’s first film is a bittersweet comedy that lives in the sweet spot of the zeitgeist. Molly Bernard (Younger) plays a 20-something Brooklynite who feels less successful with each friend’s marriage or step up the career ladder. Drowning her insecurity at a local bar, she becomes friendly with an older gay man who desperately want to be a father. And while surrogacy seems to be the solution, misunderstandings threaten their beautiful dream.
TRUMAN & TENNESSEE: AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION
Truman & Tennessee celebrates the friendship of two American writers, mixing footage of Capote and Williams with excerpts from their revealing correspondence. Both authors grew up in the pre-WW II South, where being gay was hidden and dangerous. Nevertheless, they went on to write some of the 20th century’s best books (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), and plays (A Streetcar Named Desire) that are tinged with an appreciation for the misunderstood and the outcasts.
IN THE HEIGHTS
Treat yourself to the spirit-recharging movie of the summer, with the brilliant songwriting of Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton). Just like West Side Story and Saturday Night Fever, The Heights was filmed in New York City, capturing all of its kinetic energy. The film follows two couples: Usnavi & Vanessa played by Anthony Ramos and Melissa Barrera; and Benny (taxi dispatcher) & Nina, (Stanford student). But it’s the Heights’ Latino community –its music and stubborn belief in the American Dream – that touches the soul.
Cinestudio kicks off its Summer of Cinema with a dazzling 4K restoration of a sun-saturated psychological thriller, directed by Jacques Deray, known as “the French Hitchcock.” The film opens with two lovers (equally gorgeous Alain Delon and Romy Schneider) on vacation in a villa in St. Tropez. Their languorous interlude is disrupted by the arrival of Schneider’s amorous ex (Maurice Ronet) and his 18-year old daughter, played by a touchingly young Jane Birkin.
An emotionally exhausted, middle-aged New York Times travel writer researching an article about Tel Aviv finds a new lease on life after spending time with the handsome young gay Israeli man he sublets an apartment from. Opens with short film: THE NIGHT TRAIN.
KISS THE GIRL: Lesbian Shorts
From the laundry room to the waiting room, these stories of lesbian life and love in the 21st century are filled with humor and surprises. The Test, Friends Like That, Leo & Alex in the Middle of the 21st Century, Girl Night Stand: Chapter Two, What if?, I Know Her, The Song We Sang, Girls Shouldn't Walk Alone at Night, The Quieting, and The Wash (In Love).
WE KNOW WHAT BOYS LIKE: Gay Shorts
With hot guys, lonely guys, strangers and old friends, on a beautiful beach or in a verdant field, these stories of love, longing and connection are all about the guys. S.A.M., Last Summer with Uncle Ira, Escaping the Fragile Planet, The Distance Between Us and the Sky, Closets Keep Suburban Boys Home, It’s Just in my Head, Magnetic Harvest, and Of Hearts and Castles.
BORN THIS WAY: Transgender & Non-Binary Shorts
Powerful and affirming stories about the experiences of transgender people, told with honesty, integrity and heart. My Brother Is A Mermaid, Eyes Down, God's Daughter Dances, Saba, Before The Eruption, Venture Out, and Sheer Qorma.
Over the course of a hot summer day in Los Angeles, the lives of 25 young people, including a skating guitarist, a tagger, and two wannabe rappers, intersect in clever and surprising ways. Opens with short film: APRIL'S LAST MEMORIES, (Los últimos recuerdos de Abril) directed by Nancy Cruz Orozco.
The story of bisexual Swedo-Finnish painter Tove Jansson, who found worldwide success from an unexpected side project, in the midst of artistic struggles and an unconventional personal life. Unknown to most Americans, Jansson was one of the world's most productive queer artists who created the cult children's book series, The Moomins. Opens with short film: SQUARE ONE.
POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA
Dreaming of a better life, Lena becomes a mail-order bride so she and her gay son “Potato” can move to the U.S. But when they arrive in Seattle, they discover that America isn’t what it looks like in the movies. Opens with short film: REPUGNANT.
HERMITAGE: THE POWER OF ART
A spectacular documentary event tours through St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum, a wonderful complex of buildings with the largest collection of paintings in the world, to retrace two and a half centuries. Audiences pass through the magnificent interiors that provided a meeting point for foreign artists, architects and intellectuals creating connections through art and culture.
Exhibition on Screen opens the doors to an extraordinary show in Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, that brings together five of the Dutch artist’s iconic Sunflower paintings from London, Philadelphia, Tokyo, Munich and Amsterdam. Why was Van Gogh obsessed with the exotic sunflower, and how does each painting change from version to version? What were scientists able to discover when they analysed the works? All is revealed in this dazzling film, shown in high-definition on Cinestudio’s immersive screen.
THE HUMAN VOICE & WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
The Human Voice. 2020 robbed moviegoers of so much, it also inspired some directors to experiment. Pedro Almodóvar responded with a fantastic short film based on Jean Cocteau’s monologue of a woman on the telephone with her faithless lover – now updated and starring a more independent Tilda Swinton. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Even before remaking The Human Voice, Almodóvar was inspired by its rejected woman driven to despair in his 1988 classic movie. But in Madrid, angst morphs into comedy, as Carmen Maura tries to track down her lover. It’s a wild adventure including barbiturate-spiked gazpacho, accidental hookups with terrorists, and the possibilities of turning rivals into comrades.
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
Winner of the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, Promising Young Woman gleefully exposes rape culture and the harm that (some) men are capable of inflicting. Emerald Fennell’s funny, pastel-toned and provocative movie stars Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go) as Cassie, whose time in med school was derailed by a friend’s sexual assault. Burning with rage, she works in a coffee shop by day and picks up unsuspecting bros by night… to give them a taste of their own nasty medicine.
DRY WIND (Vento Seco)
OUTFILM CT presents May’s Queer Thursdays electrifying selection: a neon fantasia of erotic discovery set in the rustic (and conservative) Catalan countryside warmed by an insinuating dry wind. Filmmaker Daniel Nolasco follows the yearnings of Sandro (Leandro Faria Lelo), a shy, hunky bear who spices up his life as a factory manager with explicit sexual encounters—both real and imagined.
42ND STREET - The Musical (Filmed Live, London's West End)
Captured live from the London stage and directed by the original author of the show, Mark Bramble, 42ND STREET is one of Broadway's most classic and beloved tales.
TRINITY FILM FESTIVAL 2021
Celebrate undergraduate short films at the World Premiere of the 10th Annual Trinity Film Festival! Every year, Trinity Film Festival offers undergraduates from around the world the opportunity to premiere their short films on the big screen for an audience of peers, professionals, and local filmgoers. This year we are happy to hold both an online as well as an in-person screening of these films.
MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
The final performance of 43-year-old Chadwick Boseman is a powerful film based on a play by the great August Wilson. Viola Davis plays pioneering blues artist Ma Rainey, who struggled to for control in an industry run by white men. It is set in a 1920s Chicago recording studio where everyone’s desires are at odds: an ambitious cornet player (Boseman) wants to promote his songs, white producers want a hit, and Ma Rainey fights to keep Black culture alive and swinging.
Secret Impressionists reveals the story of the art revolution sparked by the Impressionist movement, along with an unveiling of 50 previously unseen works by Impressionist masters Manet, Caillebotte, Renoir, Monet, Cézanne, Signac, Sisley and Morisot. These hidden treasures, loaned from some of the most important private collections, are now on display for the first time in Rome’s Palazzo Bonaparte, in an exhibition of the same title.
Cinestudio presents another Academy Award-films nominated for Best Picture, for everyone who hasn’t been able to see it in a real cinema! The Father also picked up nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress for Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Coleman, who play a man struggling with dementia, and his frustrated but loving daughter. What stands out is French writer/director Florian Zeller’s choice to see the world through the father’s eyes. In refusing to limit Hopkins’s character to a victim, The Father asks questions of memories, consciousness and compassion that affect everyone.
LA BOHÈME - The Met: Live in HD
La Bohème, the passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. In this live transmission from 2018, Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production stars soprano Sonya Yoncheva as the fragile Mimì and tenor Michael Fabiano as the poet Rodolfo. Marco Armiliato conducts. With English subtitles.
Cinestudio is pleased to present one of the best films of 2020 on the big screen. Nominated for six Academy Awards, including the first for an Asian American woman for Best Picture and Best Actor. Yeun plays a Korean immigrant who moves his wife and two young children from Los Angeles to rural Arkansas, to grow and sell Korean vegetables though his wife Monica isn't sure about the trailer home. For the children, it's their grandmother who links an immigrant past to their life in the Ozarks.
KINKY BOOTS - The Musical (Filmed Live, London's West End)
With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), this ‘dazzling, fabulously sassy and uplifting’ (Time Out) award-winning musical celebrates a joyous story of Brit grit to high-heeled hit, as it takes you from the factory floor of Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan!
FIRE WILL COME
The final film of this year’s April In Paris Festival is cinema of the highest spiritual and artistic ambition. With his third feature, Oliver Laxe accomplishes an extraordinary balancing act that sets the mysteries of the human heart against the looming threat of climate change. After spending time in prison for allegedly setting a wildfire, Amador (Amador Arias) lives quietly on a small farm in the mountains of Galicia with his elderly mother (the amazing 80-year-old Benedicta Sanchez). But when another fire breaks out, accusations turn once more to Amador.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING Cast Reunion
Directly after Fellowship of the Rings showing, a gorgeous 4K remastering overseen by director Peter Jackson, Stephen Colbert – fierce Ring-Nut, host of The Late Show, and the man who kept us sane last year will be reuniting Middle-earth’s finest for The Fellowship of the Ring Cast Reunion – featuring a conversation with Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, and Elijah Wood.
VARDA BY AGNES
Varda By Agnes is the last film of the extraordinary pioneer of the New Wave (Faces Places, The Gleaners and I, Vagabond, and Cleo from 5 to 7), who died two years ago at 90. Varda by Agnès is a magical, funny and profound collage that looks back at 60-plus years of making movies, creative collaborations, and her marriage with filmmaker Jacques Demy. Although Varda won Honorary Lifetime Awards from the Cannes Film Festival and the Oscars, the tributes from women directors like Ava Duvernay (Selma) meant the most: "Merci, Agnès. For your films. For your passion. For your light. It shines on."
BY THE GRACE OF GOD (Grâce à Dieu)
This powerful true drama on the exposure of sex abuse in the French Catholic church is a departure for François Ozon, best known for his wit and virtuosity in films like 8 Women and The Swimming Pool. Here, Ozon uses a masterfully understated sensitivity to tell the story of three men who came together to confront the Archdiocese of Lyon and Father Bernard Preynat, a priest who had abused them and dozens of other children.
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE
Five years after Girlhood, Céline Sciamma returns with a poignant revision of the classic historical romance. In the late 18th century, a painter named Marianne (Noémie Merlant) travels to an island off the coast of Brittany to paint a portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), an aristocrat. Héloïse, who must marry an Italian nobleman whom she has never met, refuses to sit for the painting. Marianne memorizes Héloïse’s face as they walk on the beach, and we watch as her dispassionate gaze turns to the yearning look of desire.
JOAN OF ARC (Jeanne)
In Bruno Dumont’s film, grâce takes on two meanings: a religious state of transcendence, and the acceptance of one’s fate. Casting 10 year-old Lise Leplat-Prudhomme as France’s most celebrated saint and warrior was a stroke of pure genius by the subversive Dumont (L’Humanité and Flandres). Putting a child in armor, and seeing her stand up to the powerful Church and State, has an uncanny effect. At first we see her vulnerability, but Leplat-Prudhomme’s steely determination conveys a bold resilience that gives Joan’s spirituality a palpable presence.
MADAMA BUTTERFLY - The Met: Live in HD
Puccini's Madama Butterfly tells the heart-wrenching story of a young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her new husband, a visiting American naval officer, will stay faithful and return to her. In this live transmission from 2016, soprano Kristine Opolais stars as Cio-Cio-San, with tenor Roberto Alagna as Lt. Pinkerton, in Anthony Minghella’s beautiful, atmospheric production. Karel Mark Chichon conducts.
AFRICA ON THE SEINE (Afrique sur Seine)
Africa on the Seine This year’s April in Paris Festival kicks off with four short films by director Paulin Soumanou Vieyra, who brilliantly captured the shifting realities for Africans in France. Afrique sur Seine (1955) African immigrants navigating the beautiful, if not always welcoming, City of Light. Lamb (1963) The first film from Sub-Saharan Africa selected for the Cannes Film Festival. A Nation was Born (1961) Vieyra shows the birth of Senegal from an idyllic land, to the traumatism of colonialism. L’envers du décor (1981) A behind-the-scenes record of the shooting of the 1976 film Ceddo by the great Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène.
EASTER IN ART
From the triumphant to the savage, the ethereal to the tactile, some of western civilization’s greatest artworks focus on this pivotal moment. This beautifully crafted film explores the Easter story as depicted in art, from the time of the early Christians to the present day. Shot on location in Jerusalem, United States and throughout Europe, the film explores the different ways artists have depicted the Easter story through the ages and thus depicts the history of us all.
Éric Rohmer's Tales of the Four Seasons
Cinestudio presents four classic films written and directed by the legendary French New Wave auteur who continued making brilliant films (Clare’s Knee, Pauline at the Beach, La Marquise d’O) into his 80s. “As an outsider he made luminous and candid films in a very direct link with the beauty of the world." - director Jacques Fieschi.
2021 OSCAR® NOMINATED SHORT FILMS
Screening each year’s Oscar-nominated shorts from around the globe has been a fun addition to the Festival season, and a welcome tradition at Cinestudio for many years. This year, audiences can watch all three categories of the 2021 Academy Award-nominated short films – Animated, Live Action, and Documentary – with Cinestudio’s Virtual Cinema. For more information on the eclectic offerings and to buy tickets for “admission,” just click on TICKETS.
MONTY PYTHON'S LIFE OF BRIAN
Although Monty Python swore that Life of Brian was only poking fun at religious fanatics, the film’s nervous producers pulled out at the last minute. Luckily for the irreverent among us, Beatle George Harrison stepped in to finance this hilarious story of Brian (Jesus’ neighbor), who is mistaken for the Messiah. But as Brian (Terry Chapman)’s mum Mandy tells his adoring crowds, “He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy!"
National Theatre Live: WAR HORSE
In association with the award-winning Handspring Puppet Company. The critically acclaimed and international smash-hit play War Horse is coming to virtual cinema. Now seen by more than 8 million people around the world, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness.
JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
Writer/director Shaka King dives into a turbulent time – the late 1960s. With complexity and fearlessness, King explores the killing of Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya), who was betrayed by an ambivalent undercover Panther (Lakeith Stanfield), under orders from an FBI agent (Jesse Plemons) and J. Edgar Hoover (Martin Sheen) himself. Brilliant actors make this film a must-see, but it is the lack of a soft sell to white audiences that feels exciting and new.) “Daniel Kaluuya is electrifying…all coiled power, oratorical savvy and meticulously-researched authenticity.” – P. De Semlyen, Time Out.
We predict well-deserved wins at the 2021 Academy Awards for Nomadland, inspired by Jessica Bruder’s book on itinerant workers in the American West. Frances McDormand stars as a Nevada widow who moves into her van after losing her home, and drives from job to temporary job: harvesting beets in Nebraska, tending campsites in the Badlands, and working in a California Amazon fulfillment center. Golden Globes Awards, Best Director/Best Dramatic Film.
FRIDA - Viva La Vida
Frida - Viva La Vida is a cinematic documentary event film that highlights the two sides of Frida Kahlo’s spirit: a revolutionary pioneering artist of contemporary feminism, and on the other, a human being tormented by agony and love.This is a livestream. Just like a live show, you can only watch it on the date and time it takes place.
THE WORLD TO COME
It’s always a thrill when one of Cinestudio’s former student volunteers is inspired to work in film. And it’s even better when it’s author, cineaste and friend Jim Shepard, who has written a screenplay based on of his stories. It is set in rural upstate New York in 1856, where two young women – the shy Abigail and the irrepressible Tallie – cannot connect with their husbands, but discover an unexpected passion for each other.
WONDER WOMAN 1984
We’ve had to wait far too long for the pandemic-delayed release in cinemas of Wonder Woman 84, but it’s breezy, uplifting and badass heroine is just what the doctor ordered. First thrilling fans as 2017’s Wonder Woman, demigoddess Gal Gadot now lands in the 1980s, where “greed is good,” shoulder pads have risen to insane heights, and a magical artifact is poised to fall into the hands of some very nasty people.
Firth and Tucci’s 20-year friendship brings an extraordinary ease to their performances as a longtime couple who affectionately bicker their way through England’s Lake District in an old Winnebago. But this is not an ordinary road trip: Tucci’s acerbic humor cannot hide the growing signs of his early onset Alzheimer’s disease, and the inevitable losses from what they call “that bloody awful thing.” “Alive with the things that make life worth living.” - NME.
Queer Thursdays, presented by OutFilm CT, returns for its first live screening of 2021 at Cinestudio! Steve Zahn (Reality Bites, Rescue Dawn, and HBO’s Treme) stars as Troy, a troubled but well-intentioned father who has recently separated from his wife Sally (Jillian Bell). Aghast at Sally’s refusal to let their trans son Joe (Sasha Knight) live as his authentic self, Troy runs off with Joe through Montana's pristine wilderness for Canada - with a police detective (Ann Dowd) in close pursuit.
It's A Wonderful Life
At the end of a challenging year, we're all for drowning our sorrows in a glass of holiday rum punch. But it feels even better if you recharge your energies with Frank Capra's movie celebrating the hard-won values of community and caring. We invite you to take the whole family or special group of friends to see a great American classic film as well as a holiday tradition! James Stewart plays a small town guy who's put his own dreams on hold to help others, only to see his optimism crushed by the greed of the privileged few. It takes an angel-in-training named Clarence to reveal what Bedford Falls would have become without his sacrifice and commitmen
The Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker
Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet performance of the ultimate holiday dance classic will thrill the whole family, proving that one is never too young or too old to be swept away by the magic of dance. Join us for an encore broadcast of The Nutcracker in ultra high definition at Cinestudio! Just about every ballet student – and ballet dancer – has cut their teeth on The Nutcracker, from Alicia Markova to Vaslav Nijinsky to Mikhail Baryshnikov. Treat the children in your life to the music of Tchaikovsky, colorful sets and costumes, and the timeless enchantment of dance!
ALL IS CALM: The Christmas Truce of 1914
For the first time, Cinestudio and Playhouse Theatre Group have come together to present the magic of a live performance captured on the big screen. All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 is a perfect way to bring light to a difficult holiday season. Join the (socially distanced) audience to relive an astounding true story: in a rare moment of silence on the Western Front, a soldier steps into no man’s land singing “Silent Night.”
More than any other year when we’ve screened Baraka as an alternative addition to our community’s holiday season, in 2017 this amazing film speaks not only to our planet’s diversity, but to its fragile vulnerability. Director/cinematographer Ron Fricke traveled six continents and 24 countries to capture mesmerizing images of life on earth, shot in in ToddAO 70mm. With Cinestudio’s stellar sound and projected images you will experience the multiplicity of spiritual expression, from chanting Buddhist monks, Jews praying at the Wailing Wall, African tribal dancers to hypnotic Dervishes. The destructive side of humanity is on display in places like Auschwitz and industrialized poultry farms. We invite you on a “journey of rediscovery that plunges into nature, into history, into the human spirit and finally into the realm of the infinite.” – director/photographer Ron Fricke. (Fine for most children over 10).
With a screenplay written by his late father, David Fincher’s best movie since Zodiac delves into the artistic vision that brought Citizen Kane into existence. At the top of most Best Film rankings, Citizen Kane showered glory on its young actor/director, Orson Welles. Finally, the acerbic, alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldham) gets his due, as Fincher explores the writer’s complicated relationship in the 1930s with William J. Hearst, the right-wing newspaper mogul who corrupted (or destroyed) everyone around him.
Originally meant for release to cinemas in summer 2020, Christopher Nolan's stunning new film is only now available to show on the big screen! The director of Dunkirk, Inception and Interstellar has once again teamed up with theoretical physicist Kip Thorne to explore the fluidity of time.
In his latest work, the 88-year-old Kirchheimer has meticulously restored and constructed 16mm black- and-white footage that he and Walter Hess shot in New York between 1958 and 1960. This lustrous evocation of a different rhythm of life captures the in-between moments—kids playing stickball, window washers, folks reading newspapers on their stoops—and the architectural beauty of urban spaces, set to the stirring sounds of Ravel, Bach, Eisler, and Count Basie.
V FOR VENDETTA
In recognition of V For Vendetta’s visionary look at Year 2020, a brand new 4K Ultra HD version has being released to cinemas. We’re not sure what kind of magic was involved, but the film’s view of 2020 is eerily on the mark. America is crushed by a pandemic and a civil war, and the UK is ruled by a totalitarian state intent on keeping workers, rebels and the LGBTQ community under their thumb. Evey (Natalie Portman) is rescued by thuggish policemen by V (Hugo Weaving), a revolutionary – or terrorist - wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, today a symbol of Anonymous activists around the globe. V pulls in Evey with a radical plan to rally the underclass to rise up against the powers that be.
If you're looking for your pants to be scared off (and who isn't?) this Halloween weekend, the 60th Anniversary of Psycho on the big screen fits the bill. Alfred Hitchcock's subversive low budget masterpiece hints at all manner of then-unmentionable naughtiness, personified in the repressed motel manager/dutiful son (Anthony Perkins) and a 'sinful' secretary on the run from the law (Janet Leigh).
EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: FRIDA KAHLO
Exhibition on Screen returns to Cinestudio to explore Kahlo’s unique art and find the truth behind her often turbulent life. Using Kahlo’s letters as a guide, this definitive film reveals her deepest emotions and unlocks the secrets and symbolism contained within her art. Exhibition on Screen’s trademark combination of interviews with curators, visits to Kahlo exhibitions around the world, and a detailed exploration of her art deliver a treasure trove of color and vibrancy.
ON THE ROCKS
Lost in Translation's Oscar winner Sofia Coppola reteams with Bill Murray for a story about a New York author (Rashida Jones) who has marriage (and Daddy) problems. Noting a dip in her husband (Marlon Wayans)'s attentions, she asks her aging playboy dad for help. Murray is low-key hilarious doing stakeouts in a vintage Alfa Romeo, martini in hand; and introducing his school-age granddaughters to the joys of Breaking Bad.
OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE
A month after receiving a fatal diagnosis in January 2015, Oliver Sacks sat down for a series of filmed interviews in his apartment in New York City. For eighty hours, surrounded by family, friends, and notebooks from six decades of thinking and writing about the brain, he talked about his life and work, his abiding sense of wonder at the natural world, and the place of human beings within it. Drawing on these deeply personal reflections, as well as nearly two dozen interviews with close friends, family members, colleagues and patients, and archival material from every point in his life, this film is the story of a beloved doctor and writer who redefined our understanding of the brain and mind.
The original adaptation of the classic novel (first published in 1940) by Richard Wright, one of the most controversial novels of its day, Richard Wright's Native Son exposed the injustices of urban African-American life. "Genuine noir...an essential and previously missing link in mid-20th-century cinema." – Film Comment "The single most influential shaping force in modern Black literary history." – Henry Louis Gates Jr.
STOP MAKING SENSE
Calling all Cinestudio friends, alumni, and newbies (including fans of the Talking Heads and Punk/New Wave music from any artificially determined generational bracket!) This weekend we invite you to our beautiful cinema to enjoy the sights and sounds of one the greatest rock movies ever made. "One of the greatest rock movies ever made." - Leonard Maltin
BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC
It’s time to save the world, dudes! In the 3rd Bill & Ted movie, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are no longer young (and dim) wannabe rockers who get swept into the past to save the future. Now they are middle-aged dads who are given an impossible task: to write a song so great that it will prevent the universe’s destruction. Luckily they can still time travel to get tips from Louis Armstrong, Jimi Hendrix and other master musicians.
JAZZ ON A SUMMER'S DAY
JAZZ ON A SUMMER'S DAY features intimate performances by an all-star line-up of musical legends including Louis Armstrong, Thelonius Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O'Day, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington, and closes with a beautiful rendition of "The Lord's Prayer" by Mahalia Jackson at midnight to usher in Sunday morning. The 1959 classic is considered one of the most extraordinary and possibly the first concert film ever made. Its sparkling new 4K restoration recently premiered at the 57th New York Film Festival. The film was named to the National Film Registry in 1999.
CHANGE OF LIFE (Mudar de Vida)
Paulo Rocha’s haunting second feature, Change of Life, tells the beautiful and deeply felt story of a young man, a veteran from the war in Angola, who returns home to his remote fishing village to discover that his former sweetheart is now married to his brother. Inspired by his work with Manoel de Oliveira, Rocha “cast” the local villagers as themselves, interspersed with experienced actors led by the great Isabel Ruth “Grade: A. A remarkable discovery. Still urgent and necessary over 40 years since [its] release... .” – Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist
YOU NEVER HAD IT - AN EVENING WITH CHARLES BUKOWSKI
Exciting independent and international films are still be found! This week marks the US premiere of an Official Selection of the Venice Film Festival, directed by Matteo Borgardt. In 1981, Italian producer and journalist Sylvia Bizio sat down with Charles Bukowski (Factotum, Post Office, Barfly) in his San Pedro, California home for an interview. What followed was an epic conversation with the writer and his friends that ranged from raucous to thoughtful, despairing to humorous, and poetic to profane.
Back in the zone of the country’s best actors after his performance in First Reformed, Ethan Hawke stars in an unconventional look at the brilliant, eccentric inventor who discovered how to harness alternating current.
NAZ & MAALIK
Naz (Kerwin Johnson Jr) and Maalik (Curtiss Cook Jr.), are Black high school kids from Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy, trying to earn college money by selling lottery tickets on the street. Fresh and funny, their friendship turns to stolen moments of romance - in spite of their conservative Muslim families and the undercover surveillance of the FBI.
THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY
The artistic world and the underworld collide in director Giuseppe Capotondi's elegant and erotic neo-noir thriller, The Burnt Orange Heresy, a mystery thriller, shot on location in Italy and set in the rarified, if amoral, upper strata of the art world. Danish actor Claes Bang (The Square) stars as a slippery art critic, who invites his brand new flame (The Night Manager's Elizabeth Debicki) on a trip to Lake Como, to meet an art collector played by the never less than charismatic Mick Jagger. Besides the gorgeous views, it's art they are after - in particular, a rare painting by an enigmatic artist played by Donald Sutherland.
THE WHITE SHEIK
Lovers of Italian cinema: we invite you to a newly subtitled, sparkling 4K HD restoration of The White Sheik, to mark the centennial of both its director Federico Fellini, and its comically melancholy star, Alberto Sordi. A newlywed couple have their Roman honeymoon disrupted when the star–struck bride discovers where her idol, a photo comic strip actor known as The White Sheik is working.
IL TRADITORE (The Traitor)
There's something about summer and Italian movies that go together, like espresso and a lemon sorbetto. A. O. Scott not only selected The Traitor as a New York Times Critics Pick, he memorably described it as 'an episode of Law & Order directed by Federico Fellini'. The film delves into the 1980s Mafia heroin wars and the incredible Maxi Trial, when hundreds of Mafiosi were tried together in a bunkered courtroom in Palermo.
Although universally acknowledged as a masterpiece for its use of color, wide screen images of San Francisco, and its unforgettable Bernard Hermann score, Vertigo was not a hit when released in 1958. Perhaps it’s because Hitchcock’s most personal film – with James Stewart playing against type as a troubled ex-detective – is so much more than a suspenseful delight. As Stewart’s assignment to follow the mysterious Madeleine (Kim Novak) turns into obsession, Hitchcock reveals that trying to shape a real woman into a romantic ideal brings pain to everyone involved.
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
It feels right to re-open Cinestudio with a Queer Thursdays screening, and one that stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Haitian director Raul Peck’s passionate film about author, Black activist and gay icon James Baldwin is a revelation. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, I Am Not Your Negro is a powerful collage of words and images.
CHANGING THE GAME
The statistics are real: African-American transgender females are five times more likely to be murdered, and 40 % of transgender transgender athletes in high school have attempted suicide. Changing the Game follows three students (Mack Beggs, a champion wrestler, Andraya Yearwood, a sprinter from Connecticut, and New Hampshire skier Sarah Rose Huckman) in their courageous fight to change the game, one family member, teammate, journalist and legislator at a time.
The Bolshoi Ballet: ROMEO AND JULIET
On the legendary stage of the Bolshoi Theater, see a live performance of Alexei Ratmansky's ballet based on Shakespeare's timeless tale of impetuous young lovers. The Bolshoi's former artistic director (who is now artist-in-residence at NYC's American Ballet Theatre) clears away the cobwebs from older versions, featuring less mime and more pure dance.
It’s always exciting to find an amazing new film to close the April in Paris Festival - and this year our film will have its premiere in Paris on the same night it screens at Cinestudio! Set in an immigrant community in Quebec, it is based on the timeless play by Sophocles and the real life shooting of an immigrant teenager by the police. Nahema Ricci stars as the boy’s sister, who will sacrifice everything for justice. Winner, Best Canadian Film Award, Toronto Film Festival!
Animated films have the greatest ability to bring audiences on voyages to places we have never dreamed of. Funan takes us into the past, and the memories of French/Cambodian director Denis Do during the infamous reign of the Khmer Rouge
The flip side of a bedroom farce a la L’homme fidele is the unpredictable attraction on display in this intense thriller set in the South of France. A famous novelist is spending the summer teaching local working class students. But out of the blue, she is both attracted to and repulsed by a troubled young man who has wandered into the weeds of far-right ideology. Louis Cantet, who made The Class, goes deep into the idea of exploitation, and a society in crisis.
A FAITHFUL MAN
There are few things more purely fun then a French romantic comedy, more focused on pleasure than on any Puritanical guilt. Nine years after she left him for his best friend, journalist Abel gets back together with his recently widowed old flame Marianne. But just as their plunge into love begins, the hapless Abel is seduced by the charms of a jeune femme with a mysterious past...
Without lingering on women’s difficult trip to be equitably represented as directors, it is important to recognize Claire Denis (Beau Travail, Chocolat), as a true trailblazer. Denis’ latest film - her first in English - takes her protagonists into the new frontier: the beautiful but dangerous universe beyond our solar system.
This quietly powerful documentary shot in Congo is a story where it is the journey, rather than any destination, that provides the drama. Kasongo is a young man living in a village with few resources or signs of the modern world. To provide for his family, he cuts down a tree to make charcoal, and then by foot and bicycle, lugs his precious cargo to the closest town market.
THE IMAGE BOOK
In the sixty years since Godard made Breathless, the Swiss director’s filmmaking style has constantly evolved. But his incredible creative evolution has retained three constants: experimentation, provocative political beliefs, and an intense love of movies. Godard’s newest film, won the first Special Palme d'Or awarded at Cannes.
A SELECTION OF SHORT FILMS BY GEORGES MÉLIÈS
April in Paris opens with our well-loved Sunday matinee of silent film…and the much-anticipated musical accompaniment of pianist Patrick Miller from the Hartt School of Music! These rarely seen short films by early pioneer Méliès stood at the threshold as filmmaking became a new and unique art. Their voyages inspire a leap into the imagination, where the moon can shed tears, and indelible images find eternal life on the big screen.
Perhaps the greatest loss in cinema is the death of Jean Vigo, who died age 29 after making only one full-length film. L'Atalante, however, turned out to be one of the art's greatest gifts. Cinestudio presents the indelible 4K restoration of the full version of Vigo's life's work.
Like many young women before them, entry level millennials in the entertainment business quickly learn they are expected to be reliable, invisible, and blind to any sexually uncomfortable (or illegal) actions by the men who sign their checks. The first film by Australian writer/director Kitty Green looks at one day in the life of a newbie assistant, by asking if the #metoo movement has managed to shift the paradigm.
Royal Opera House: LA BOHÈME
Cinestudio is pleased to present Covent Garden’s first new production of La Bohème for four decades, captured live at London’s Royal Opera House! This romantic opera of young love in 19th-century Paris is packed with some of Puccini’s most beautiful music, including lyrical arias, celebratory choruses in the Latin Quarter, and a poignant final scene over which the composer himself wept.
Alfre Woodard plays a Death Row prison matron who is cracking under the horrors of her job. As a new prisoner prepares to meet his end, Woodard's shame exposes the injustice of our judicial system. The exceptional cast includes Wendell Pierce (The Wire), Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black), and Aldis Hodge (Hidden Figures). Winner, U.S. Grand Jury Prize Sundance Festival. "Like the movie she inhabits with every fiber of her being, Woodard is some kind of miracle." Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.