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November 16-21

Dead Man

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Dead Man

Jim Jarmusch / 1995, USA
121min / digital

NEW 4K RESTORATION! With Dead Man, his first period piece, Jim Jarmusch imagined the nineteenth-century American West as an existential wasteland, delivering a surreal reckoning with the ravages of industrialization, the country’s legacy of violence and prejudice, and the natural cycle of life and death. Accountant William Blake (Johnny Depp) has hardly arrived in the godforsaken outpost of Machine before he’s caught in the middle of a fatal lovers’ quarrel. Wounded and on the lam, Blake falls under the watch of the outcast Nobody (Gary Farmer), who guides his companion on a spiritual journey, teaching him to dispense poetic justice along the way. Featuring austerely beautiful black-and-white photography by Robby Müller and a live-wire score by Neil Young, Dead Man is a profound and unique revision of the western genre.

"What was obvious in 1995-and the last quarter century has made increasingly clear-is that Dead Man, aside from merely being a quiet masterpiece, is one of the best American films of the late '90s." Pop Matters

Showtimes:
Fri, Sun, Mon, Wed: 630pm
Sat; 215pm & 815pm
Tues: 815pm
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November 16-21

The Last Race

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The Last Race

Michael Dweck / 2018, USA
75min / digital

THE LAST RACE is an intimate portrait of a small-town stock car racetrack and the tribe of passionate blue-collar drivers that call it home, struggling to hold on to an American racing tradition as real estate development threatens its survival. Award winning filmmaker Michael Dweck’s stirring imagery takes you inside the world of grassroots racing and eye to eye with the cars’ snarling grills and white roll bars that protrude like bones out of scarred metal. Yet a patient camera lets us know the drivers as everyday people and learn that the racetrack is tied to a deep sense of identity. The track is on the only piece of undeveloped land in the area—it's worth millions—and the only thing keeping the bulldozers at bay is track owners Barbara and Jim Cromarty’s love of the track and its community.

"Dweck's stoically composed, strangely mesmerizing film makes a strong case for the humble speedway's soul." Variety

"A surprisingly beautiful and immersive examination of the dying world of stock care racing on Long Island... a kind of stock car symphony." LA Times

Showtimes:
Fri, Mon, Wed: 9pm
Sat: 445pm & 630pm
Sun: 445pm & 9pm
Tues: 630pm


November 17

Blood Tracks

Blood Tracks

1985 / 81min / VHS

Swedish 80's hair metal band SOLID GOLD hits the slopes to record a music video on the top of the Colorado mountains. The band is living the rock’n’roll lifestyle to the maxxx when they realize an avalanche isn’t the only thing threatening to interrupt their video shoot and sleaze fest with the groupies. A murderous family of cannibalistic sub-humans is lurking around, hungry for human flesh! BLOOD TRACKS has everything one could ever want in a slasher: inane dialog, a huge death count, and tons of cheap sex and gore effects! ONLY $2!!!

Showtimes:
Sat: 1030pm


November 23-December 6

Searching for Ingmar Bergman

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Searching for Ingmar Bergman

Felix Moeller, Margarethe von Trotta, Bettina Böhler
2018, Germany-France / 99min / digital

On the 100th anniversary of his birth, internationally renowned director Margarethe von Trotta examines Ingmar Bergman’s life and work with a circle of his closest collaborators as well as a new generation of filmmakers. This documentary presents key components of his legacy, as it retraces themes that recurred in his life and art and takes us to the places that were central to Bergman’s creative achievements.

“Margarethe Von Trotta’s many personal connections to Ingmar Bergman lend a fresh, distinctive flavor...” Screen International

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November 24 & 25 -- shows added!

Liz and The Blue Bird

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Liz and The Blue Bird

Naoko Yamada / 2017, Japan
90min / digital

Liz and the Blue Bird is the latest film by director Naoko Yamada, following her critically acclaimed A Silent Voice which touched the hearts of audiences around the world. The film is based on the novel Sound! Euphonium by Ayano Takeda, the basis for the beloved anime series of the same name produced by Kyoto Animation, the makers of Liz and the Blue Bird. Mizore Yoroizuka plays the oboe, and Nozomi Kasaki plays the flute in Kita Uji High Schools concert band. As seniors, this will be their last competition together. The selected piece Liz and the Blue Bird features a solo for the oboe and flute. Theyre supposed to be best friends but the oboe and flute solo sounds disjointed, as if underscoring a growing distance between them. Talk of college creates a small rift in their relationship, as the story evolves to reveal a shocking and emotional conclusion. In Japanese w/English subtitles.

Showtimes:
Sat 11/24 & Sun 11/25: 3pm
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November 24

Best of Cinekink 2018

Best of Cinekink 2018

Presented by the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society
Various / 90min / digital

A special evening of films that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality will screen as CineKink, "the kinky film festival," hits Seattle for a hot, one-night stand! The award-winning selections in this sex-positive and kink-friendly showcase range from documentary to drama, comedy to experimental, mildy spicy to quite explicit and everything in between! Festival Co-Founder & Director Lisa Vandever will be present at the screening. ** 18 and over only **

Showtimes:
Sat: 9pm
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November 28

The House That Jack Built

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The House That Jack Built - Unrated Director's Cut!

Lars Von Trier / 2018 Denmark-France-Germany-Sweden
152min / digital

The Grand Illusion Cinema is proud to present the Unrated Director's Cut of THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT, directed by Lars Von Trier, for this one night only screening.

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.

Showtimes:
Wed: 7pm & 945pm
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November 30–December 13

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

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December 7–27

It's A Wonderful Life

It's A Wonderful Life

Frank Capra / 1946, USA
130min / 35mm

35mm film! Our 48th consectutive 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

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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!

Sat: 9pm
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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

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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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Coming later

Lars Von Trier's The House That Jack Built.