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*** UPDATED 3/24: The cinema is still closed to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, but you can still support us! Some generous film distributors have offered “VIRTUAL CINEMA SCREENINGS” to our audience. These are films not otherwise available due to cinemas being closed. You rent the film digitally and the revenue is split with us. Details and links below. Sorry, no member pricing. ***

May 15-28 (Virtual Screening)

Alice

Josephine Mackerras / 2020, Australia-France
103min / digital (at your home!)

Alice (Emilie Piponnier) is the perfect wife and mother, living happily with her husband Francois and their son in an apartment in Paris. When her credit cards are declined one day while shopping, Alice discovers that Francois has been living a secret life, spending all of their money at a high-end escort service and leaving them completely bankrupt. Even worse is that Francois has suddenly abandoned them, leaving Alice and their son to fend for themselves. When she learns that the bank will foreclose on their home in just a few weeks, she becomes desperate and visits the same escort service that Francois was addicted to in the hopes of finding a way to quickly make some cash and save the apartment. At first reluctant in her new profession, Alice soon begins to thrive with the help of another escort who befriends her, giving Alice both financial independence and a sense of empowerment that she has never felt before. But when Francois shows up again at their doorstep, Alice is forced to reconcile between the life she had shared with him and the new one she has built for herself. In French with English subtitles.

Grand Jury Award - SXSW 2019
Cherry Picks Female First Award - SXSW 2019
Spirit of the Festival - Raindance 2019

“ One of the best films of SXSW 2019.” Variety

"The combination of the magnetic presence of Emilie Piponnier in the title role, and a svelte, unadorned screenplay makes for a watchable drama with real arthouse breakout potential." Screen International

SEE THE FILM ONLINE
NOTE: Please use the link provided to receive a discounted $10 rental. You will be asked to login/create a Vimeo account. For more info, visit the film’s landing page

May 22-June 4 (Virtual Screening)

Lucky Grandma

Sasie Sealy / 2019, USA
100min / digital (at your home!)

Set in New York’s Chinatown, an ornery, newly-widowed 80-year-old (Tsai Chin) eager to live life as an independent woman, despite her family’s concerns. When a local fortune teller (Wai Ching Ho) predicts a most auspicious day in her future, she decides to head to the casino, only to land herself on the wrong side of luck by suddenly attracting the attention of local gangsters. She then employs the services of a bodyguard from a rival gang, played by Corey Ha. “Lucky Grandma” held its world premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival as the second recipient of the AT&T Presents: Untold Stories $1 million grant initiative and went on to an international premiere at the BFI London Film Festival. Featuring a new song by Akwafina! In English, Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles.

“A heist movie like this shouldn't exist. But thank god it does.” VICE

“A crowd-pleaser with a slyly magnetic lead performance” The Hollywood Reporter

“‘An electrifying Tsai Chin deals a cool hand in this sharp, screwy black comedy” Slash Film

May 29-June 11 (Virtual Screening)

Fourteen

Dan Sallitt / 2019, USA
94min / digital (at your home!)

Mara and Jo, in their twenties, have been close friends since middle school. Jo, the more outgoing figure, is a social worker who runs through a series of brief but intense relationships. Mara, a less splashy personality than Jo, bounces among teacher aide jobs while trying to land a position in elementary education, and writes fiction in her spare time. She too has a transient romantic life, though she seems to settle down after meeting Adam, a mild-mannered software developer. It soon becomes apparent that Jo, despite her intellectual gifts, is unreliable in her professional life, losing and acquiring jobs at a troubling rate. Substance abuse may be responsible for Jo’s instability… but some observers suspect a deeper problem. Over the course of a decade, the more stable Mara sometimes tries to help, sometimes backs away to preserve herself, but never leaves behind her powerful childhood connection with Jo.

“A highly affecting portrait of female friendship.” David Ehrlich, Indiewire

"[A] magnificently graceful, precise, yet quietly furious new film." Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“A story of intimate friendship written and directed with a subtle touch by Dan Sallitt…. intellectual and loving… a bittersweet character drama.” Teo Bugbee, The New York Times

LINK COMING SOON

May 29-June 11 (Virtual Screening)

The Grey Fox

Phillip Borsos / 1982, Canada
92min / digital (at your home!)

4K restoration! After decades in prison, stagecoach robber Bill Miner (Richard Farnsworth) emerges in 1901 a free man without a place in 20th century society…until he sees The Great Train Robbery and is inspired to once again do what he does best. Partially filmed in WA state! Winner of 7 Genie Awards (Canadian Oscars)!

"Farnsworth is a superb camera subject, with a lulling sexual presence. [Director Phillip} Borsos is an inspired image-maker." Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

"One of the loveliest adventures of the year...director Phillip Borsos is able to make this a human story and still keep it exciting as an action picture." Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Terrific. Richard Farnsworth is a delight...remarkably appealing with a face the camera adores." Vincent Canby, The New York Times

LINK COMING SOON

June 5-18 (Virtual Screening)

Tommaso

Abel Ferrara / 2019, Italy
116min / digital (at your home!)

Abel Ferrara’s first dramatic feature since 2014’s Pasolini reteams the filmmaker and his frequent lead Willem Dafoe, who delivers a career-best performance as the title character, an older American expat living in Rome with his young wife and their daughter. Disoriented by his past misgivings and subsequent, unexpected blows to his self-esteem, Tommaso wades through this late chapter of his life with an increasingly impaired grasp on reality as he prepares for his next film. Tommaso is easily Ferrara and Dafoe’s most personal and engrossing collaboration to date, a delicately surrealistic work of autofiction marked by the keen sensitivity of two consummate artists. – Film at Lincoln Center

"Manages to feel rough and risky while somehow sensitive at the same time, like the best of them." Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"A sweet, honest character study of a man struggling with guilt and anxiety. Dafoe is incredible." Tom Bond, Little White Lies

LINK COMING SOON

To be rescheduled

A24

A24 Films retrospective

2013-2019

Good Time in 35mm, Uncut Gems, The Witch, Moonlight, Free Fire, The Farewell, Swiss Army Man, Ex Machina, Spring Breakers in 35mm, Last Black Man in San Francisco, Midsommar Director's Cut, First Reformed, Under the Skin, It Comes at Night, Ladybird, The Lobster, The Florida Project in 35mm, American Honey, The Lighthouse, 20th Century Women, The Souvenir, Green Room, Mississippi Grind, Hereditary.

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