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NATIONAL GALLERY

, , | 2014 | 180 minutes | |
Frederick Wiseman

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London’s National Gallery, one of the world’s foremost art institutions, is itself portrayed as a brilliant work of art in this, Frederick Wiseman’s 39th documentary and counting. Wiseman listens raptly as a panoply of docents decode the great canvases of Da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Turner; he visits with the museum’s restorers as…

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Romantics Anonymous

| 2012 | 80 min. | | ,

Romantics Anonymous tells the story of Angélique (Isabelle Carré), a gifted chocolate-maker whose uncontrollable shyness prevents her from acknowledging her talents. Struggling chocolatier Jean-René (Benoît Poelvoorde), who also suffers from a similar case of awkward bashfulness that threatens to drown his company, hires Angelique as his new sales associate. Realizing she’s attracted…

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Classic Film Wednesday: CHILDREN OF PARADISE (1945)

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Marcel Carné

Even in 1945, Marcel Carné Children of Paradise was regarded as an old-fashioned film. Set in the Parisian theatrical world of the 1840s, Jacques Pravert’s screenplay concerns four men in love with the mysterious Garance (Arletty). Each loves Garance in his own fashion, but only the intentions of sensitive mime-actor Deburau (Jean-Louis…

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IN THE HOUSE

| 2013 | 105 mins | | ,
François Ozon

A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy’s intrusion will unleash a series of uncontrollable events.

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RENOIR

| 2012 | 111 mins | | ,
Gilles Bourdos

Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Gilles Bourdos’ lushly atmospheric drama RENOIR tells the story of celebrated Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, in declining health at age 74, and his middle son Jean, who returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. The elder Renoir is…

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The Attack

, , , | 2012 | 102 min. | |
A Film by Ziad Doueiri

An Arab surgeon living in Tel Aviv discovers a dark secret about his wife in the aftermath of a suicide bombing. Based on a novel by Yasmina Khadra. Director Ziad Doueiri is a Lebanese-born cinematographer, film director and writer best known for his award winning film “West Beirut”.  He first gained notice from his…

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Lagerfeld Confidential
in collaboration with MV Fashion Week

| 2007 | 89 mins | |

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Lagerfeld Confidential takes you behind the sunglass-clad facade and into the everyday world of fashion’s most iconic designer, the master of re-invention, Karl Lagerfeld. Award-winning French director Roldolphe Marconi’s unique and unobtrusive style of portraiture, exposes Lagerfeld’s trademark: an all-consuming creative restlessness and insatiable curiosity about the world of art, history, politics,…

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Haute Cuisine

| 2012 | 95 min. | |
A Film by Christian Vincent

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Hortense Laborie is a celebrated chef living in the Perigord region. To her great surprise, the President of the Republic appoints her as his personal cook. She accepts reluctantly but once she has accepted her nomination, Hortense works her heart and soul to produce both a stylish and authentic cuisine. For a…

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Classic Film Wednesday: PICKPOCKET (1959)

| 1959 | 75 min. | | ,
Directed by Robert Bresson

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Michel takes up picking pockets as a hobby, and is arrested almost immediately, giving him the chance to reflect on the morality of crime. After his release, though, his mother dies, and he rejects the support of friends Jeanne and Jacques in favour of returning to pickpocketing (after taking lessons from an…

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BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR

| 2013 | 187 mins | |
Directed by Abdel Kechiche

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Abdellatif Kechiche’s newest film, based on Julie Maroh’s graphic novel, was the sensation of this year’s Cannes Film Festival even before it was awarded the Palme d’Or. Adèle Exarchopoulos is Adèle, a young woman whose longings and ecstasies and losses are charted across a span of several years. Léa Seydoux (Midnight in Paris)…

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Diva

| 1981 | 117 min. | |

The diva of the title is a famous black opera singer (Wilhelmina Wiggins-Fernandez) who steadfastly refuses to be recorded. The singer is idolized by young French mail-carrier Jules (Frederic Andrei), who sneaks a tape recorder into the theater and records her performance. This is witnessed by a pair of Taiwanese criminals, who…

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GIRL ON A BICYCLE

| 2013 | 101 mins | | ,
Jeremy Leven

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Paolo (Vincenzo Amato), an Italian who drives a Paris tour bus, has just proposed to his true love, the German stewardess, Greta (Nora Tschirner), when the young French beauty, Cécile (Louise Monot) pulls up beside his bus on her bicycle – and, in short order, Paolo, following some very bad advice from…

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LA RONDE

| 1950 | 97 mins | | ,
Max Ophüls

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An all-knowing interlocutor guides us through a series of affairs in Vienna, 1900. A soldier meets an eager young lady of the evening. Later he has an affair with a young lady, who becomes a maid and does similarly with the young man of the house. The young man seduces a married…

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Classic Film Series: THREE COLORS – BLUE

| 1993 | 98 minutes | | ,
Krzysztof Kieslowski

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For our Classic Film Series this week we will be showing BLUE, the first film in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s trilogy. The following two (WHITE and RED) will be shown the following Wednesdays in May. Please be sure to join us for each! The first chapter in Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “Three Colors” trilogy, Blue…

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Classic Film Series: THREE COLORS: WHITE (Trois Couleurs: Blanc) (1994)

, | 1994 | 93 mins | | , , ,
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski

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For our Classic Film Series this week we will be showing WHITE, the second film in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s trilogy. The final chapter (RED) will be shown next Wednesday. Please be sure to join us for each! The second feature in filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “Three Colors” trilogy, the black comedy WHITE features Zbigniew Zamachowski…

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ON MY WAY

| 2013 | 116 minutes | | , ,
Emmanuelle Bercot

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Now in her early sixties, former beauty queen Bettie (Catherine Deneuve) finds herself jilted by her lover and left alone to deal with the financial problems facing her family’s restaurant. What begins as a quick drive to clear her head turns into a full-fledged road trip, and along the way there are…

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ERNEST AND CELESTINE – Ernest & Celestine offers old-fashioned delights for animation lovers of all ages

| 2013 | 80 mins | | , ,
Stéphane Aubier , Vincent Patar

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Based on the classic Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, Ernest & Celestine is winner of the Cesar Award for Best Animated Feature and numerous festival prizes. Voiced in English language (no subtitles). Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified…

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Classic Film Series: THREE COLORS: RED (Trois Couleurs: Rouge) (1994)

, | 1994 | 95 mins | | ,
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski

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A beautiful model named Valentine crosses paths with a retired judge, whose dog she runs over with her car. The lonely judge, she discovers, amuses himself by eavesdropping on all of his neighbors’ phone conversations. Near Valentine’s apartment lives a young man who aspires to be a judge and loves a woman…

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Summer Institute Film Series: What’s in a Name

| 2012 | 109 minutes | |
Alexandre de La Patellière and Matthieu Delaporte

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The focus of this comic farce from directors Alexandre de La Patellière and Matthieu Delaporte, based on Mr. Delaporte’s play, is a fast-talking dinner party gone hilariously awry. Pierre (Charles Berling), a professor, and his schoolteacher wife Elisabeth (Valerie Benguigui) host a gathering of their close friends and family to announce the…

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VENUS IN FUR

| 2013 | 96 minutes | |
Roman Polanski

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Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway play by David Ives, which itself was based on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s groundbreaking novella, VENUS IN FUR is the latest film from master filmmaker Roman Polanski. Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for his new play, writer-director Thomas (Amalric) complains…

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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN

| 2013 | 104 minutes | | ,
Nicolas Vanier

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Set in a small village in the snowy Alps during WWII, an orphan named Sebastian befriends Belle, a wild dog wandering the French Alps, in the midst of a great disruption by German soldiers wishing to dismantle a network of smugglers into Switzerland. Filmmaker Nicolas Vanier transforms the 1960’s hit television show…

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SOLD OUT – MVIFF: Attila Marcel – SOLD OUT!

| 2013 | 106 minutes | |
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French writer-director Sylvain Chomet creates a whimsical story about a piano prodigy, Paul, who lives a completely sheltered existence, cut off from the outside world, due to his domineering, aristocratic aunts. His life consists solely of constant piano practice, until he meets his eccentric neighbor Madame Proust and his entire world is…

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Mademoiselle C in collaboration with MV Fashion Week

| 2014 | 93 min. | | , ,
Fabien Constant

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  The newest film by director Fabien Constant, best known for The Vogue Paris Fashion Night Out, is Mademoiselle C,a documentary that chronicles former French Vogue editor-in-chief and fashion stylist Carine Roitfeld as she moves to New York to launch her own magazine. The ‘C’ stands for Carine who, after acting as Tom Ford’s muse…

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Yves Saint Laurent in collaboration with MV Fashion Week

| 2014 | 105 min. | | , ,
Jalil Lespert

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  Eminent American film executive Harvey Weinstein acquired US rights to French director Jalil Lespert’s biopic of a legendary fashion designer, amounting to the extraordinary new film Yves Saint Laurent.  Partially shot at the designer’s atelier in Paris, this film captures the true essence of both the designer’s genius and personal struggles with…

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LE CHEF

| 2012 | 85 minutes | |
Daniel Cohen

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Self-taught aspiring chef Jacky (Michaël Youn) has the talent, but not the luck. Star chef Alexandre Lagarde (Jean Reno) is in danger of losing his reputation, along with his beloved restaurant. Fate brings the two together and helps them along a journey through the intoxicating world of French haute-cuisine.   A legend…

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OPERA & BALLET in cinema: Balanchine Millepied

| 2014 | 143 minutes | | , ,
Georges Bizet and Maurice Ravel

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Alongside Balanchine’s Palais de Cristal, set to music by Bizet, Benjamin Millepied adapts Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé. Philippe Jordan will be accompanying the Paris Opera Ballet for the first time. This encounter between two great French composers and two choreographers from the New York City Ballet, its founder George Balanchine and former…

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FORCE MAJEURE

, | 2014 | 118 minutes | | ,
Ruben Östlund

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A critical favorite and word-of-mouth sensation at this year’s Cannes Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard, this wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family-handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond, pre-teen children-on a skiing holiday in…

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TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT

, , , | 2014 | 95 minutes | | ,
Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne

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For the first time, Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne team up with a major international star, Marion Cotillard, to create a universal story about working-class people living on the edges of society. Sandra (Cotillard) has just returned to work after recovering from a serious bout with depression. Realizing that the company…

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STUBBORN/ UNE HISTOIRE AMÉRICAINE

, | 2015 | 85 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Armel Hostiou

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French and English with English subtitles Artist Barbara (Kate Moran) tires of her (very) brief relationship with Vincent (Vincent Macaigne) and leaves him behind in Paris. But the resolute Vincent follows her to America, determined to win back her affections. Shot in New York in wintertime and featuring daytime soap veteran and…

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IN THE COURTYARD/ DANS LA COUR

| 2014 | 97 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Pierre Salvadori

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French with English subtitles National treasure Catherine Deneuve sinks her teeth into the role of Mathilde, a former social worker inhabiting an upscale apartment with her husband Serge (Féodor Atkine). When slovenly musician Antoine (Gustave Kervern) applies by chance for a caretaker job in their building, Mathilde insists Serge hire him, despite…

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GABY BABY DOLL

| 2014 | 88 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Sophie Letourneur

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French with English subtitles As the awkward, insecure bubbly Gaby, Lolita Chammah suggests a Gallic Greta Gerwig in one of her not-quite-formed-adult roles. Upon arriving in the country, she’s promptly discarded by her boyfriend, and as solitude is not an option, the companionship-starved Gaby seeks out a replacement. She finds it in…

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HIPPOCRATES/ HIPPOCRATE

| 2014 | 102 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Thomas Lilti

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French with English subtitles Novice doctor Benjamin (Vincent Lacoste), interning in his father’s ward, makes a rookie mistake that costs a patient his life. The administration quickly covers up his wrongdoing, but the dead man’s wife begins asking questions and Benjamin’s overworked colleagues resent his nepotism. Lilti’s biting dramedy posits that “Hippocratic” and…

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Classic Film Night: THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG

| 1964 | 90 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Jacques Demy

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Jacques Demy’s 1964 masterpiece is a pop-art opera, or, to borrow the director’s own description, a film in song. This simple romantic tragedy begins in 1957. Guy Foucher (Nino Castelnuovo), a 20-year-old French auto mechanic, has fallen in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery (a luminous Catherine Deneuve), an employee in her widowed…

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LOVE AT FIRST FIGHT/LES COMBATTANTS

| 2014 | 98 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Thomas Cailley

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French with English subtitles A triple winner at last year’s Cannes, where it played in the Directors’ Fortnight, Love at First Fight offers a warm and refreshing coming-of-age story. Easygoing and naïve Arnaud (Kévin Azaïs) plans to spend the summer helping his brother in the family carpentry business. But when he meets Madeleine (Adèle…

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EAT YOUR BONES/ MANGE TES MORTS

| 2014 | 94 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Jean-Charles Hue

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French with English subtitles Eighteen-year-old Jason (Jason François), on the verge of baptism, finds his values tested when half-brother Fred (Frédéric Dorkel) returns from a 15-year prison stint anything but rehabilitated. The two, along with a third brother and a cousin, team up to steal a truckload of copper, but they prove…

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Nature as Inspiration: WINGED MIGRATION

| 2003 | 85 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Jacques Perrin

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SPECIAL GUEST: Producer/Director Jacques Perrin Long one of France’s most respected producers and actors, Jacques Perrin has more recently had a highly successful career creating films about nature, including LE PEUPLE SINGE (monkeys) and MICROCOSMOS (insects) and set in exotic locales (HIMALAYA). Now with this film Perrin takes on his greatest challenge…

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Nature as Inspiration: MICROCOSMOS

| 1996 | 77 minutes | | ,
Directed by Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou

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SPECIAL GUEST: Producer Jacques Perrin Explore the wonders of the insect world as never before possible as the filmmakers who took you in a trip through the clouds in WINGED MIGRATION take you on a magical journey underground in this feature that will captivate audiences both young and old. Specially designed cameras…

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Nature as Inspiration: NIGHT ON EARTH (North American Premiere), plus clips of SEASONS

| 2014 | 60 mins | | ,

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Join for a champagne reception beginning at 6:30 PM in our film center lobby. Live piano music.  SPECIAL GUEST: Producer/Director Jacques Perrin will attend.   Mr. Perrin will also premiere advance clips from his newest film SEASONS, which will be released by Sony Picture Classics in December 2015.  There will be a…

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Nature as Inspiration: OCEANS (Sunday – Free Admission to Youth under 18 in age)

| 2010 | 84 minutes | | , ,

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SPECIAL GUEST:  Scientific Advisor Jesse Ausubel Winged Migration co-directors Jacques Cluzaud and Jacques Perrin re-team for this documentary exploring the many mysteries of our planet’s oceans. Almost three-quarters of the earth’s surface is covered by oceans, yet strangely we seem to know more about deep space than the world of the sea. There’s…

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Nature as Inspiration: HIMALAYA: L’ENFANCE D’UN CHEF

| 1999 | 109 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Eric Valli

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Set in the mountains of Tibet near Nepal, this film begins with mountaineer Karma (Gurgon Kyap) returning from a long journey with bad news: the son of Tinle (Thilen Lhondup), the village leader, died in the midst of the trek, leaving behind a wife, Pema (Lhapka Tsamchoe), and a son, Pasang (Karma…

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NOUS DEUX ENCORE with Maxie Leoussis followed by Music and a special Greek themed reception

, , | 2009 | 17 min | |
Directed by Heather Harlow

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NOUS DEUX ENCORE is a poignant tribute to Yiannis Leoussis; the remembrance of true love told by Maxie Leoussis. The short film takes place in Greece. In the spirit of the movie, the screening will include live Greek music and Greek food.   AVRAM PENGAS (Bouzouki, Guitar, Vocals). Born in Greece, Pengas’ extraordinary…

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UNE NOUVELLE AMIE (THE NEW GIRLFRIEND)

| 2015 | 116 minutes | | ,
Directed by Francois Ozon

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In French with English subtitles. Francois Ozon’s humorous psychological drama The New Girlfriend stars Anais Demoustier as Claire, a young woman whose closest friend since childhood, Lea, passes away leaving behind a husband, David (Romain Duris) and a newborn baby. One day she drops by David’s house unexpectedly, and finds him dressed…

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A YEAR IN CHAMPAGNE

| 2015 | 84 minutes | |
Directed by David Kennard

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The exploding cork. Endless tiny bubbles floating up and up in the glass. An indulgence. A celebration. A seduction. A triumph. This is the essence of Champagne, isn’t it? But it’s not just bubbles in a glass that makes the wine, or the mystique. Only sparkling wine produced within the boundaries of…

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THE ASSASSIN

, , | 2015 | 120 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Hsiao-Hsien Hou

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THE ASSASSIN is a 2015 martial arts film directed by Taiwanese director Hsiao-Hsien Hou. The film is set during the Tang Dynasty-period in Chinese history, in 9th century China. It centers on Nie Yinniang, a female killer appointed to slay corrupt government officals by her master, Jiaxin, a nun who raised her…

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HEART OF A DOG

, | 2015 | 75 minutes | |
Directed by Laurie Anderson

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Artist Laurie Anderson reflects on the deaths of her husband, mother, beloved dog and subjects such as family memories, surveillance, and Buddhist teachings. From multi-media artist Laurie Anderson, HEART OF A DOG delves into weighty themes with lyrical, haunting grace.

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YOUTH

, , | 2015 | 118 minutes | |
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino

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From Paolo Sorrentino, the director of Italy’s Oscar foreign language winner THE GREAT BEAUTY comes YOUTH, about two longtime friends vacationing in the Swiss Alps. Oscar winning actor Michael Caine plays Fred, an acclaimed composer and conductor, who brings along his daughter (Rachel Weisz) and best friend Mick (Harvey Keitel), a renowned…

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RACE

, , | 2016 | 134 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Stephen Hopkins

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Race is based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy. Race is an enthralling…

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THE TREASURE – Last Showing!

, | 2016 | 89 minutes | |
Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu

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Two neighbors learn of a treasure buried in their shared yard and decide to dig it up in this allegorical comedy from Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu

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OPERA IN CINEMA: LA DAMNATION DE FAUST

| 2015 | 140 minutes | |
Directed by Alvis Hermanis. Conducted by Philippe Jordan.

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Sung in French. “This marvellous book fascinated me from the very beginning. I could not put it down. I read it incessantly, during meals, in the theatre, in the street, everywhere.” And so it was, following the composer’s discovery of Faust Part One in 1828 that Goethe joined Virgil and Shakespeare to…

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MARGUERITE

, , | 2016 | 127 minutes | |
Directed by Xavier Giannoli

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1921, the beginning of the Golden Twenties. Not far from Paris. It is party day at Marguerite Dumont’s castle. Like every year, an array of music lovers gathers around a great cause at the owner’s place. Nobody knows much about this woman except that she is rich and that her whole life…

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A BIGGER SPLASH

, | 2016 | 125 minutes | |
Directed by Luca Guadagnino

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In A BIGGER SPLASH, rock legend Marianne Lane (Tilda Swinton) is recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her partner Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts) when iconoclast record producer and old flame Harry (Ralph Fiennes) unexpectedly arrives with his daughter Penelope (Dakota Johnson) and interrupts their holiday, bringing with him an A-bomb blast…

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LOVE & FRIENDSHIP

, , , | 2016 | 94 minutes | | , ,
Directed by Whit Stillman

Tuesday July 05, 2016 7:30PM (Film Center)
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Beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon visits to the estate of her in-laws to wait out the colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst ensconced there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and a future for her eligible but reluctant daughter, Frederica. In doing so she attracts…

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YOSEMITE, with Filmmaker Gabrielle Demeestere

| 2016 | 82 minutes | |
Directed by Gabrielle Demeestere

Monday August 08, 2016, 7:30PM (Film Center)
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Post-screening Q&A with filmmaker Gabrielle Demeestere. It’s the autumn of 1985. In intertwining tales by James Franco, three 5th grade friends, Chris, Joe and Ted, unfold in the suburban paradise of Palo Alto. Chris drives up to Yosemite for the weekend with his dad (James Franco) and discovers a corpse in the woods….

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ROUND MIDNIGHT with Special Guest Maxine Gordon

, | 1986 | 133 minutes | | ,
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier

Monday August 15, 2016, 4PM (Strand)
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Maxine Gordon will be attending to comment on the film. A French music lover befriends a once-great American jazz artist and attempts to save him from self-destruction in this moody drama. Saxophonist Dexter Gordon portrays Dale Turner, a fictional musician inspired by a number of famed jazz figures, including Bud Powell and…

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LIFE, ANIMATED with filmmaker Roger Ross Williams

, | 2016 | 89 minutes | |
Directed by Roger Ross Williams

Friday August 19, 2016, 7:30PM (Film Center)
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Filmmaker Roger Ross Williams will attend this special screening. The inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story…