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.
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.
Just Mercy casts Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station, Black Panther) in the true story of a lawyer who goes to Alabama to represent two men on Death Row: one innocent, and one guilty, of murder. What begins as a riveting legal thriller begins to radiate a profound anger at the unfair system that targets black men for incarceration, and the electric chair. Freedom of Expression Award, National Board of Review.
AND THEN WE DANCED
Queer Thursday's March selection about young dancers was filmed guerilla-style in Georgia, where it was condemned by the Orthodox church and the far right. This tender and gorgeously filmed movie tells the story of Merab (Levan Gelbakhiani), a talented (and gay) member of a traditional dance troupe in the deeply conservative former Soviet republic.
LUCIAN FREUD - A Self Portrait
For the first time, the Royal Academy of Arts in London and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, are bringing together Lucian Freud's provocative self-portraits. Brought to cinemas with the popular Exhibition On Screen, Self Portraits will display more than 50 paintings and drawings in which this modern titan of British art turned his brutally honest eye on himself.
Don't miss one of the most exciting events of the Spring - a new 4k HD restoration of one of the greatest films to ever come out of Eastern Europe! Istvan Szabo's Academy Award-winning movie (Best Foreign Language Picture) is set in Berlin during the dark years of the Third Reich. "Few have dared what Brandauer accomplishes: showing us a good actor responding to the same neurotic drive for the center of the stage, the immortalizing role. His is a great performance, nothing less."- Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
Many people know the story of the four very different March sisters growing up in Concord, Massachusetts in the midst of the uncertainties of the Civil War. Thanks to a brilliant cast (Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, and Meryl Streep, for a start), the sisterly dramas, quarrels, and dreams feel as fresh as if they were happening today.
In post-WWII Leningrad, two women, Iya and Masha (astonishing newcomers Viktoria Miroshnichenko and Vasilisa Perelygina), intensely bonded after fighting side by side as anti-aircraft gunners, attempt to readjust to a haunted world. The 28-year-old Russian director Kantemir Balagov won Un Certain Regard’s Best Director prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for this richly burnished, occasionally harrowing rendering of the persistent scars of war.
NT Live: CYRANO DE BERGERAC
Scottish actor James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London. Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all - if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane.
Thanks to writer/director Rian Johnson and his superb cast for proving that intricate, witty mysteries set among the super-rich are not the sole property of the U.K. Johnson, who directed the legendary “Fly” episode on Breaking Bad (as well as Star Wars: The Last Jedi), has a feel for both suspense and a tongue-in-cheek humor that skillfully tweaks the upper class.
The Bolshoi Ballet: SWAN LAKE (Live)
Cinestudio presents a live presentation of a sold-out (in Moscow) performance of Swan Lake at Moscow’s storied Bolshoi Theatre. Not a success when it premiered at the Bolshoi on February 20, 1877, Swan Lake has become ballet’s most iconic and challenging masterpiece.
PARASITE (Black & White Version)
Parasite just swept the Oscars, with wins including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay! If you missed your chance to see Bong Joon-ho’s brilliant, genre-and-mind bending black comedy (or want to watch it again), now is your chance. And with a twist worthy of Bong Joon Ho, the South Korean filmmaker has requested that Parasite will be released in selected theaters (including Cinestudio) in an eerily expressive black and white.
JOIN US TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS ON SCREEN
Join the celebration of our 50 (!) year Anniversary with TWO FREE SCREENINGS of the first shows to light up the screen at Cinestudio.
2:30 YELLOW SUBMARINE Innovative animation and the timeless music of the Beatles - singing along will not be discouraged!
4:15 FESTIVITIES Cake, champagne, catching up with friends - and a BEST COSTUME CONTEST, inspired by today's movies.
7:30 ALICE'S RESTAURANT The best Thanksgiving song ever (by Arlo Guthrie) is also a gentle satire on hippie vs straight values that still rings true.
KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS
Treat yourself to the new 4K restoration of the funniest black comedy to come of the famed Ealing Studios! Alec Guinness stars as poor relation Dennis Price, ninth in line to the Dukedom of Chalfont, ruefully narrates from prison his ascent to the peerage via serial murder.
In peacetime, Casablanca stands as one of the best love stories on film. In wartime (when it was released), or times that feel dangerously close to war, it inspires with its moral stance for democracy in the face of brutality. In an occupied North African city during World War II, an apolitical American (Humphrey Bogart) runs Rick’s Cafe. Unfazed by his motley crew of customers (partisans, Nazis, desperate emigrés, swindlers, crooked police and more), Rick’s cool is shaken when the woman who left him in Paris (a luminous Ingrid Bergman) walks back into his life. Bogart’s jaded ambivalence is a kick, but it is his emerging conscience that still stands as a response to apathy and existential despair. Academy Awards®: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay. 112 min.
PARIS IS BURNING
Anyone who's caught an episode of Pose (with Billy Porter), and wants to know more about the ball scene in 1980s NYC, you are in for an unforgettable night! Queer Thursdays presents the documentary that made voguing - and to large extent, New York's brown and black gay underground - a cultural force.
On Wednesday, February 12, people across the country will be gathering to watch the one night screening of the acclaimed documentary, in commemoration of the two-year anniversary of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Filmed in the days after the shooting at the Parkland, Florida high school in 2018 that killed 17, this intimate chronicle follows the students and families whose lives were forever transformed.
Is there anything better than seeing the 4K DCP restoration of an unsung Ozu classic? While we try to love all of our 'children' equally at Cinestudio, filmmaker Yasujirō Ozu holds a special spot in our hearts, Ozu is a master of family relationships, and his subtle visual style glimpses the intimacies of real life. "If in our century there were something like a sacred treasure of the cinema, then for me that would have to be the work of the Japanese director Yasujirō Ozu" - director Wim Wenders.
QUEEN & SLIM
In Queen and Slim, Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) and Jodie Turner-Smith join the ranks of outlaws on the run in iconic films like Bonnie and Clyde and Thelma and Louise. Its starts as Queen and Slim are on a mismatched Tinder date in Ohio: she’s a criminal defense lawyer, and he’s a low-key retail employee. But after a traffic stop by a gun-wielding cop goes tragically wrong, they join forces to avoid the law.
Director Todd Haynes and producer Christine Vachon have collaborated on a celebrated series of highly original and quirky movies, from Safe to Velvet Goldmine to I’m Not There. With Dark Waters, they bring their unique sensibility to the story of a lawyer (Mark Ruffalo as real-life Rob Bilott) who uncovers corporate crime.