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December 15 & 16

The Great Buster

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The Great Buster

Peter Bogdanovich / 2018, USA
102min / digital

THE GREAT BUSTER celebrates the life and career of one of America’s most influential and celebrated filmmakers and comedians, Buster Keaton, whose singular style and fertile output during the silent era created his legacy as a true cinematic visionary. Filled with stunningly restored archival Keaton films from the Cohen Film Classics library, THE GREAT BUSTER is directed by Peter Bogdanovich, a filmmaker and cinema historian whose landmark writings and films on such renowned directors as John Ford and Orson Welles have become the standard by which all other studies are measured. With Mel Brooks, Quentin Tarantino, Werner Herzog, Dick van Dyke, Johnny Knoxville and more.

"Vastly entertaining." The Hollywood Reporter

Showtimes:
Sat 12/15 & Sun 12/16: 2pm


December 14–27

It's A Wonderful Life

It's A Wonderful Life

Frank Capra / 1946, USA
130min / 35mm

35mm film! Our 48th consecutive engagement!
All screenings free for Grand Illusion Cinema members!

“It’s a great -- really great -- film, so densely well made that to watch any three minutes is to realize how paltry the vast majority of movies are by comparison.” Richard T. Jameson

“The epiphany of movie sentiment and a transcendent experience.” Dave Kehr

Showtimes:
WEEK TWO
Fri 12/14: 630pm
Sat 12/ 15 & Sun 12/16: 4pm & 630pm
Mon 12/17, Tues 12/18 & Wed 12/19: 630pm & 9pm
Thur 12/20: 9pm

WEEK THREE
Fri 12/21: 630pm & 9pm
Sat 12/22: 4pm, 630pm & 9pm
Sun 12/23: 4pm & 630pm
Mon 12/24: 4pm & 630pm
Tues 12/25: 130pm
Wed 12/26 & Thur 12/27: 630pm & 9pm


December 14 & 20

Dial Code Santa Claus

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Dial Code Santa Claus

René Manzor / 1989, France
87min / digital

Current Grand Illusion Cinema members and $50 level Scarecrow Video members get in free to all screenings!

Previously only available via VHS bootlegs -- and a huge audience smash at Fantastic Fest 2018 -- DIAL CODE SANTA CLAUS (aka DEADLY GAMES and 3615 CODE PERE NOEL) is an enormous discovery. Made a year before HOME ALONE (which, suspiciously, has almost the same plot), DIAL CODE is way more stylized and bloodier. Thomas is a typical 1980s kid: he loves Rambo, computers, role-playing games and his dog. While mom's away at the office on Xmas Eve, Thomas and his grandfather are left home alone -- perfect timing for a disgruntled, perverted, bloodthirsty Santa Claus to raid the home down the chimney. But Hell hath no fury like a mulleted ten-year-old with an arsenal of toys!

"Plays like a blend of classic Amblin and a grindhouse nightmare. To say this shit is nuts would be an understatement." -- Jacob Wall, SlashFilm

"Beautifully shot and crazed enough to keep you on your toes, this is a film thatd have a bigger cult following if more viewers actually had the chance to see it." -- Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital

Showtimes:
Fri 12/14: 9pm
Thur 12/20: 7pm
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December 15

The Best of VHSXMAS

The Best of VHSXMAS

90min / VHS

Relive the best, worst and most insane holiday clips culled from the three legendary volumes of VHSXMAS (2011-2013)! Featuring perennial Christmas song-meisters Manheim Steamroller, naughty Santas, creepy puppets, obscure child actors and much, much more. All from Scarecrow Video's vast collection of vintage holiday videotapes!

Showtimes:
Sat: 9pm
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Opens December 28

The House That Jack Built

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The House That Jack Built

Lars Von Trier / 2018 Denmark-France-Germany-Sweden
151min / digital

Boundary-pushing cinematic visionary Lars von Trier (Antichrist) returns with one of his most daring, masterfully provocative works yet. In five audacious episodes, failed architect and arch-sociopath Jack (Matt Dillon) recounts the elaborately orchestrated murders—each, as he views them, a towering work of art—that define his "career" as a serial killer. Mixing pitch black humor, transcendent surrealism, and renegade musings on everything from history to architecture to cinema, von Trier fashions a radical, blazingly personal inquiry into violence, art, and the twin acts of creation and destruction. With Uma Thurman, Riley Keough, and Bruno Ganz.

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January 4-10

Sicilian Ghost Story

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Sicilian Ghost Story

Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza / 2018, Italy
120min / digital

In a little Sicilian village at the edge of a forest, Giuseppe, a boy of 13, vanishes. Luna, his classmate who loves him, refuses to accept his mysterious disappearance. She rebels against the code of silence and collusion that surrounds her, and to find him she descends into the dark world which has swallowed him up and which has a lake as its mysterious entrance. Only their indestructible love will be able to bring her back along. In Italian with English Subtitles

"Chilling… hypnotic… beguiling…" Sight & Sound

"A tragic-romantic fantasy with a touch of Guillermo del Toro." The Guardian

"CRITIC'S PICK! A divine blend of natural and supernatural... this beautifully realized movie casts a sensitive, secretive spell." New York Times

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January 5–March 30, Saturdays

Saturday Secret Matinees

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Saturday Secret Matinees

Various / approx. 120 min. / 16mm

Recreating the good, old-fashioned weekend matinee -- on 16mm film! Each week: see a cliffhanger episode of a movie serial, plus a secret classic feature film! In THE MYSTERIOUS DR. SATAN (1940), a sinister genius is bent on building an army of invincible robots in a plan to seize the wealth and power of the nation. When the governor is assassinated, Bob Wayne dons the mask of The Copperhead to avenge his death and stop Dr. Satan's ruthless march to power! Co-directors William Witney and John English deliver one of the finest serials ever made, packed with spectacular acrobatics, lethal gadgets, and ominous atmospherics.

Our secret feature films follow bi-weekly themes and include sci-fi, adventure, art house, and cult classics, favorites, and rarities! Series passes available!

Showtimes:
Sat: 2pm


January 11-17

The Aspern Papers

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The Aspern Papers

Julien Landais / 2018, UK
90min / digital

Based on Henry James’s 1888 novella and set in the late 19th Century, The Aspern Papers tells of an ambitious American editor obsessed with the late Romantic poet Jeffrey Aspern. Determined to obtain the letters Aspern wrote to his lover and muse Juliana years earlier, the editor travels to Venice and meets the suspicious elderly woman along with her quiet niece in their grand but dilapidated palazzo. Assuming a false identity and initially concealing his true intentions, the editor ultimately charms the niece into helping him with his obsession. But when the niece presents him with a condition he can’t accept, the future of the papers and the mysteries they contain hang in the balance.

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January 18-24

Solaris

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Solaris

Andrei Tarkovsky / 1972, Soviet Union
166min / digital

Ground control has been receiving mysterious transmissions from the three remaining residents of the Solaris space station. When cosmonaut and psychologist Kris Kelvin is dispatched to investigate, he experiences the same strange phenomena that afflict the Solaris crew, sending him on a voyage into the darkest recesses of his consciousness. With Solaris, the legendary Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky created a brilliantly original science-fiction epic that challenges our conceptions about love, truth, and humanity itself. In Russian with English Subtitles

"It's a thoughtful, deep, sensitive movie that uses the freedom of, science-fiction to examine human nature." Roger Ebert

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January 18-24

Andrei Rublev

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Andrei Rublev

Andrei Tarkovsky / 1966, Soviet Union
183min / digital

With his second feature, a towering epic that took him years to complete, Andrei Tarkovsky waded deep into the past and emerged with a visionary masterwork. Threading together several self-contained episodes, the filmmaker traces the renowned icon painter Andrei Rublev through the harsh realities of fifteenth-century Russian life, vividly conjuring the dark and otherworldly atmosphere of the age: a primitive hot-air balloon takes to the sky, snow falls inside an unfinished church, naked pagans celebrate the midsummer solstice, a young man oversees the casting of a gigantic bell. Appearing here in Tarkovsky’s preferred 183-minute cut, as well as the version that was originally censored by Soviet authorities, Andrei Rublev is an arresting meditation on art, faith, and endurance, and a powerful reflection on expressive constraints in the director’s own time. In Russian with English Subtitles

"Stuns with the sort of unexpected poetic explosions we've come to expect from Tarkovsky." Jonathan Rosenbaum

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Opens January 24

shoplifters

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Shoplifters

Kore-eda Hirokazu / 2018, Japan
121min / digital

On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders are united by fierce loyalty, a penchant for petty theft and playful grifting. When the young son is arrested, secrets are exposed that upend their tenuous, below-the-radar existence and test their quietly radical belief that it is love—not blood—that defines a family.

2018 Cannes Film Festival - Winner: Palme D’Or

"The work of a master in full command of his art." LA Times

"CRITIC'S PICK! This is the year's most compassionate movie." NY Times

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January 30, February 1 & 3

Blade of Fury

Blade of Fury

Sammo Kam-Bo Hung / 1993, Hong Kong
105min / 35mm

35MM PRINT! Near the end of the 19th century, the Japanese occupation of Taiwan is resisted by a group of Chinese patriots known as the Black Flag Troop. Despite their best efforts, the warriors are massacred and only their leader, Wang Wu, is left alive. After several years in seclusion, Wang is inspired to continue the fight to reform China, and he establishes his own martial arts school before going head-to-head with corrupt local officials whose machinations have compromised the country. Beloved martial arts star Sammo Hung directs, choreographs and plays a supporting role in this look at the heroics of real-life Qing Dynasty master "Big Blade" Wang Wu. The Kung Fu and swordplay are high-flying and furiously energetic, and are performed by a capable cast of genre veterans led by distinguished Shaw Brothers leading man Ti Lung and Taiwanese martial arts stars Cynthia Khan and Collin Chou (The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions).

* Co-presented with the Northwest Film Forum – NWFF members receive the GI member rate at these screenings, and vice versa! They're showing four films from the Shaw Bros catalogue, Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan (Dec. 19), Come Drink with Me (Jan. 9), Golden Swallow (Jan. 16), and One-Armed Swordsman (Jan. 23), where GI members will receive the NWFF member rate *

Showtimes:
Wed 1/30: 645pm
Fri 2/1: 9pm
Sun: 2/3: 430pm
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February 6, 8, 10 & 14

Pedicab Driver

Pedicab Driver

Sammo Kam-Bo Hung / 1989, Hong Kong
95min / 35mm

35MM PRINT! Rascally pedicab driver Lo Tung yearns for the lovely Ping, but she is also desired by a dangerous gang boss who is not above murder to get what he wants. When two of his friends are killed by the gangster’s men, Lo must use his incredible fighting talent to avenge them. Over the course of a 40-year-long career, Sammo Hung has been the creative force behind many of Hong Kong cinema’s most incredible action sequences, and Pedicab Driver features some of the director/star’s most spectacular acrobatics and choreography, including a show-stopping stick fight with Shaw Brothers master Lau Kar-Leung and an incredible final duel against World Kickboxing Association champion Billy Chow.

* Co-presented with the Northwest Film Forum – NWFF members receive the GI member rate at these screenings, and vice versa! They're showing four films from the Shaw Bros catalogue, Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan (Dec. 19), Come Drink with Me (Jan. 9), Golden Swallow (Jan. 16), and One-Armed Swordsman (Jan. 23), where GI members will receive the NWFF member rate *

Showtimes:
Wed 2/6: 7pm
Fri 2/8: 9pm
Sun: 2/10: 430pm
Thur: 2/14: 7pm
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February 8-14

Mirai

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Mirai

Mamoru Hosoda / 2018, Japan
98min / digital

From acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children) and Japan’s Studio Chizu comes MIRAI, a daringly original story of love passed down through generations. When four-year-old Kun meets his new baby sister, his world is turned upside down. Named Mirai (meaning “future”), the baby quickly wins the hearts of Kun’s entire family. As his mother returns to work, and his father struggles to run the household, Kun becomes increasingly jealous of baby Mirai… until one day he storms off into the garden, where he encounters strange guests from the past and future – including his sister Mirai, as a teenager. Together, Kun and teenage Mirai go on a journey through time and space, uncovering their family’s incredible story. But why did Mirai come from the future? An official selection at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, and the epic capstone of director Mamoru Hosoda’s career, Mirai is a sumptuous, magical, and emotionally soaring adventure about the ties that bring families together and make us who we are. Featuring the voices of John Cho (Star Trek, Searching), Rebecca Hall (“The Town,” “Christine”), and Daniel Dae Kim (“LOST”, “Hawaii Five-0”, “The Good Doctor”, 3AD Media).

Golden Globe Awards Nominee Best Motion Picture - Animated
Cannes 2018 Official Selection, Director's Fortnight

"A hand-draw miracle." The Wrap

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March 8–14

The Image Book

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The Image Book

Jean-Luc Godard / 2019, Switzerland
84min / digital

The legendary Jean-Luc Godard adds to his influential, iconoclastic legacy with this provocative collage film essay, a vast ontological inquiry into the history of the moving image and a commentary on the contemporary world. Winner of the first Special Palme d'Or to be awarded in the history of the Cannes Film Festival, Jean-Luc Godard's Le livre d'image is another extraordinary addition to the French master's vast filmography. Ever the iconoclast and always the enquirer, Godard eschews actors and any pretence of narrative in this dazzling and brilliant film essay. In French, English, Arabic, Italian and German with English subtitles.

“Visceral. A conclusive statement in this far-reaching work from one of the great media artists of the last century." Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“Exhilirating… cerebral. A strange, melancholy pleasure, and an open window into the world of things that worry its creator.” Stephanie Zacharek, Time

“Radical. A Dadaist treatise on cinematic representation, violence, the fate of the world.” Christina Newland, Paste Magazine

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March 15–21

Iceman

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Iceman

Felix Randau / 2017, Germany, Italy, Austria
96min / digital

The Ötztal Alps, more than 5300 years ago. A Neolithic clan has settled nearby a creek. It is their leader Kelab’s responsibility to be the keeper of the group’s holy shrine Tineka. While Kelab is hunting, the settlement is attacked. The members of the tribe are brutally murdered, amongst them Kelab’s wife and son, only one newborn survives… and Tineka is gone.Blinded by pain and fury, Kelab is out for one thing alone – vengeance. He sets out after the murderers on what turns into a grand odyssey where he must fight constantly – for the infant’s survival; against the immense forces of nature; against hunters he encounters; and, amongst the loneliness of the quest, against a growing sense of doubt over the morality of his mission.

" ... a visceral thrill ride through the Alpine Copper Age." The Hollywood Reporter

"[A]ll the rugged scenery and relentless drive of a classic western quest...." Screen Daily

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