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2021. (146 mins.) Not Rated. some in English and some with English subtitles
MANHATTAN SHORT is a worldwide event taking place in over 400 venues across six continents. MANHATTAN SHORT is the only event of its kind. The Final Ten screen simultaneously across the world with the Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by ballots cast by the audiences in each participating venue. By virtue of their selection by MANHATTAN SHORT, each short film is automatically Oscar-qualified. MANHATTAN SHORT continues to be a showcase for new voices and perspectives.
France. 2021. Directed by Daniel Perez. (19 mins.) Not Rated. in French with English subtitles
Synopsis: Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery but for Archibald it’s literally an affliction until he meets a free-spirited woman during a bank robbery.
United States. 2021. Directed by Jo Meuris. (5 mins.) Not Rated. in English
Synopsis: The animated tale of a little girl who falls in love with a beautiful horse named Aurora and learns about love, friendship and growing up.
Afghanistan. 2021. Directed by Salar Pashtoonyar. (16 mins.) Not Rated. in Dari with English subtitles
Synopsis: Kabul, Afghanistan. Pari, a widow and mother, struggles to purchase her prescription glasses in order to continue working as a tailor.
Closed To The Light
Italy. 2021. Directed by Nicola Piovesan. (10 mins.) Not Rated. in Italian with English subtitles
Synopsis: In a moment captured in time, die-hard Italian fascists conduct reprisal executions of civilians in Lombardy during World War II.
Death By Handshake
United States. 2021. Directed by Hudson Flynn. (9 mins.) Not Rated. in English
Synopsis: A talented teenager copes with restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic by filming a witty love letter to his New York City hometown.
UK. 2021. Directed by Mark Rosenblatt. (14 mins.) Not Rated. in English
Synopsis: A little girl, spooked by a dark tale from her mother’s wartime past, starts to believe her adored house cleaner is a sinister thief.
The Kicksled Choir
Norway. 2021. Directed by Torfinn Iversen. (18 mins.) Not Rated. in Norwegian with English subtitles
Synopsis: A boy wants to sing in the local choir but when his father gets into a fight with a refugee, his aspirations are in jeopardy.
Canada. 2021. Directed by Iouri Philippe Paille. (16 mins.) Not Rated. in French with English subtitles
Synopsis: A bank loan officer extracts dark secrets from the past from an eccentric and mysterious customer in need of funds.
Out of Time
France. 2021. Directed by Delphine Montaigne. (9 mins.) Not Rated. in English
Synopsis: Felix’s mother has been called in and an exasperated director is threatening to ban him from the premises. But Felix still has a few moves.
Northern Ireland. 2021. Directed by Adam Patterson, Declan Lawn. (13 mins.) Not Rated. in English
Synopsis: Ex-paramilitaries enforce their own brand of street justice but when they condemn a dog to death, they bite off more than they chew.
The Eyes of Tammy Faye opens Friday, September 24th! United States. 2021. Directed by Michael Showalter. (126 mins.) Rated PG-13. [CC,AD] in English
THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE is an intimate look at the extraordinary rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker. In the 1970s and 80s, Tammy Faye and her husband, Jim Bakker, rose from humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and theme park, and were revered for their message of love, acceptance and prosperity. Tammy Faye was legendary for her indelible eyelashes, her idiosyncratic singing, and her eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life. However, it wasn’t long before financial improprieties, scheming rivals, and scandal toppled their carefully constructed empire.
On Broadway opens Friday, September 24th! United States. 2021. Directed by Oren Jacoby. (85 mins.) Not Rated. in English
For anyone who loves theater, this contemporary history of Broadway is a pure joy! As audiences prepare for the return of live theater after an unprecedented absence of 18 months, an all-star cast tells the inside story of the last time Broadway came back from the brink. On Broadway shows how this revival helped save New York City, thanks to innovative work, a new attention to inclusion, and the sometimes uneasy balance between art and commerce. Interviews with legends of the stage and screen, including Hugh Jackman, Helen Mirren, Christine Baranski, August Wilson, James Corden, Alec Baldwin, John Lithgow, Viola Davis, and Ian McKellen take us behind the scenes of Broadway’s most groundbreaking and beloved shows, from A Chorus Line to Hamilton. Archival clips of iconic performances by Lin Manuel Miranda, Patti Lupone, Bernadette Peters, James Earl Jones and Mandy Patinkin punctuate this hurly-burly ride through the main street of American show business. Now that New York City is facing an uncertain path forward in its recovery from a devastating pandemic, this documentary from Academy Award®-nominated director Oren Jacoby and the producers of RBG shows how Broadway led the way in the city’s last great rebirth and provides a model of how it can come back again.
Falling For Figaro opens Friday, October 1st Australia. 2021. Directed by Ben Lewin. (105 mins.) Not Rated. in English
From award-winning director Ben Lewin (The Sessions, The Catcher Was A Spy) Falling For Figaro follows a brilliant young fund manager named Millie (Danielle Macdonald, Patti Cake$, Dumplin), who quits her job and ends things with her longterm boyfriend in order to fulfill her dream of becoming an opera singer — in the Scottish Highlands. She begins intense vocal training lessons with renowned but fearsome singing teacher and former opera diva Meghan Geoffrey-Bishop (Joanna Lumley). It is there she meets Max, another of Meghan’s students who is also training for the upcoming “Singer of Renown” contest. The competition between Millie and Max gradually evolves into something different and deeper.
Who You Think I Am opens Friday, October 1st! France/Belgium. 2021. Directed by Safy Nebbou. (101 mins.) Not Rated. in French with English subtitles
Juliette Binoche balances cunning and vulnerability in this romantic cyber-drama turned psychological thriller from writer-director Safy Nebbou. Ghosted by her hunky twenty-something lover,Claire (Binoche), a middle-aged professor and single mom, creates a fake Facebook profile to do a little undetected online snooping. But when her 24-year-old avatar “Clara” is friended by her ex’s equally attractive roommate (François Civil), superficial correspondence quickly escalates towards intense intimacy and uncontrollable obsession. Adapted from Camille Laurens’ best-selling novel—and co-scripted by Julie Peyr, a regular collaborator of Arnaud Desplechin—Who YouThink I Am blends genres and bends reality to dizzying effect.
Language Lessons United States. 2021. Directed by Natalie Morales. (91 mins.) Not Rated. in English
When Adam's (Mark Duplass) husband surprises him with weekly Spanish lessons, he's unsure about where or how this new element will fit into his already structured life. But when tragedy strikes, his Spanish teacher, Cariño (Natalie Morales), becomes a lifeline he didn’t know he needed. Adam develops an unexpected and complicated emotional bond with Cariño—but do you really know someone just because you’ve experienced a traumatic moment with them? Bittersweet, honest, and at times darkly funny, LANGUAGE LESSONS is a disarmingly moving exploration of platonic love.
Lamb opens Friday, October 8th! Iceland/Sweden/Poland. 2021. Directed by Valdimar Johannsson. (106 mins.) Rated R. in Icelandic with English subtitles
A childless couple in rural Iceland make an alarming discovery one day in their sheep barn. They soon face the consequences of defying the will of nature, in this dark and atmospheric folktale, the striking debut feature from director Valdimar Jóhannsson.
I'm Your Man opens Friday, October 8th! Germany. 2021. Directed by Maria Schrader. (105 mins.) Rated R. in German with English subtitles
In order to obtain funds for her research, Alma (Maren Eggert) is persuaded to participate in an extraordinary study. For three weeks she is required to live with Tom (Dan Stevens), a humanoid robot designed to be the perfect life partner for her, tailored to her character and needs. I'M YOUR MAN is a playful romance about relationships, love, and what it means to be human in the modern age.
Bergman Island France/Belgium/Germany/Sweden. 2020. Directed by Mia Hansen-Love. (112 mins.) Not Rated. in English and in French with English subtitles
BERGMAN ISLAND follows a couple of American filmmakers, Chris (Vicky Krieps) and Tony (Tim Roth), who retreat to the mythical Fårö island for the summer. In this wild, breathtaking landscape where Bergman lived and shot his most celebrated pieces, they hope to find inspiration for their upcoming films. As days spent separately pass by, the fascination for the island operates on Chris and souvenirs of her first love resurface. Lines between reality and fiction will then progressively blur and tear our couple even more apart.
Last Night In Soho UK. 2021. Directed by Edgar Wright. (116 mins.) Rated R. [CC,AD] in English
In acclaimed director Edgar Wright's psychological thriller, Eloise, an aspiring fashion designer, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer, Sandie. But the glamour is not all it appears to be and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something far darker.
The French Dispatch United States/Germany. 2020. Directed by Wes Anderson. (103 mins.) Rated R. [CC,AD] in English and in French with English subtitles
THE FRENCH DISPATCH brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city. It stars Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson.
Passing UK/United States. 2021. Directed by Rebecca Hall. (98 mins.) Rated PG-13. [CC,AD] in English
Mixed-race childhood friends reunite in middle class adulthood and become increasingly involved with one another's lives and insecurities. While Irene identifies as African-American and is married to a black doctor, Clare "passes" as white and has married a prejudiced, but wealthy white man.
Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time United States. 2021. Directed by Robert B. Weide, Don Argott. (RT TBD) Not Rated. in English
Almost eight years after his deat, Kurt Vonnegut remains one of the most popular literary figures of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Readers from one generation to the next, the world over, continue to find their lives transformed by his comic and cosmic insights, on display in such bestselling books as Cat’s Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five, Breakfast of Champions, Mother Night, God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, and on and on. Amazingly, all of Vonnegut’s works remain in print, and his popularity shows no sign of waning. UNSTUCK IN TIME recounts the extraordinary life of author Kurt Vonnegut, and the 25-year friendship with the filmmaker who set out to document it.
Julia United States. 2021. Directed by Julie Cohen, Betsy West. (95 mins.) Rated PG-13. [CC,AD] in English
JULIA brings to life the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women. Using never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, first-person narratives, and cutting-edge, mouth-watering food cinematography, the film traces Julia Child's 12 year struggle to create and publish the revolutionary Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961) which has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date, and her rapid ascent to become the country’s most unlikely television star. It’s the empowering story of a woman who found her purpose – and her fame – at 50, and took America along on the whole delicious journey.
The Power of the Dog
UK/New Zealand/Australia. 2021. Directed by Jane Campion. (125 mins.) Rated R. in English
Severe, pale-eyed, handsome, Phil Burbank is brutally beguiling. All of Phil's romance, power and fragility is trapped in the past and in the land: He can castrate a bull calf with two swift slashes of his knife; he swims naked in the river, smearing his body with mud. He is a cowboy as raw as his hides. The year is 1925. The Burbank brothers are wealthy ranchers in Montana. At the Red Mill restaurant on their way to market, the brothers meet Rose, the widowed proprietress, and her impressionable son Peter. Phil behaves so cruelly he drives them both to tears, reveling in their hurt and rousing his fellow cowhands to laughter -- all except his brother George, who comforts Rose then returns to marry her. As Phil swings between fury and cunning, his taunting of Rose takes an eerie form -- he hovers at the edges of her vision, whistling a tune she can no longer play. His mockery of her son is more overt, amplified by the cheering of Phil's cowhand disciples. Then Phil appears to take the boy under his wing. Is this latest gesture a softening that leaves Phil exposed, or a plot twisting further into menace?
The Souvenir Part II UK. 2021. Directed by Joanna Hogg. (106 mins.) Rated R. in English
THE SOUVENIR PART II follows Julie as she attempts to understand her relationship with Anthony. Over five years, Julie processes her experiences through her filmmaking, culminating in the creation of her graduation film. If Part One is the story of Julie and Anthony, then Part Two is the story of Julie and her creativity.
C'mon C'mon United States. 2020. Directed by Mike Mills. (108 mins.) Rated R. [CC,AD] in English
A radio journalist embarks on a a cross-country trip with his young nephew.
Red Rocket United States. 2021. Directed by Sean Baker. (128 mins.) Not Rated. in English
The audacious new film from writer-director Sean Baker (THE FLORIDA PROJECT, TANGERINE), starring Simon Rex in a magnetic, live-wire performance, RED ROCKET is a darkly funny, raw, and humane portrait of a uniquely American hustler and a hometown that barely tolerates him.
The Hand of God Italy. 2021. Directed by Paolo Sorrentino. (130 mins.) Rated R. [CC,AD] in Italian with English subtitles
The story of a boy in the tumultuous Naples of the 1980s. Sorrentino's most personal film yet is a tale of fate and family, sports and cinema, love and loss.
Mothering Sunday UK. 2021. Directed by Eva Husson. (110 mins.) Rated R. in English
A maid living in post-World War I England secretly plans to meet with the man she loves before he leaves to marry another woman.
The Lost Daughter United States/Greece. 2021. Directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal. (121 mins.) Rated R. [CC,AD]. in English
Leda is a middle-aged divorcée devoted to her work as an English teacher and to her two children. When her daughters leave home to be with their father in Canada, Leda anticipates a period of loneliness and longing. Instead, slightly embarrassed by the sensation, she feels liberated, as if her life has become lighter, easier. She decides to take a holiday by the sea, in a small coastal town in southern Italy. But after a few days of calm and quiet, things begin to take a menacing turn. Leda encounters a family whose brash presence proves unsettling, at times even threatening. When a small, seemingly meaningless, event occurs, Leda is overwhelmed by memories of the difficult and unconventional choices she made as a mother and their consequences for herself and her family. The seemingly serene tale of a woman's pleasant rediscovery of herself soon becomes the story of a ferocious confrontation with an unsettled past.
The Tragedy of Macbeth United States. 2021. Directed by Joel Coen. (105 mins.) Rated R. in English
A Scottish lord becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland, and his ambitious wife supports him in his plans of seizing power.
Parallel Mothers Spain. 2021. Directed by Pedro Almodovar. (120 mins.) Not Rated. in Spanish with English subtitles
Two women, Janis and Ana, coincide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatized. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops and complicates, and changes their lives in a decisive way.
Jockey United States. 2021. Directed by Clint Bentley. (94 mins.) Rated R. [CC,AD] in English
An aging jockey aims for a final championship, when a rookie rider arrives claiming to be his son.
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America United States. 2021. Directed by Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler. (117 mins.) Not Rated. in English
ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeffery Robinson's groundbreaking talk on the history of U.S. anti- Black racism is interwoven with archival footage, interviews, and Robinson's story, exploring the enduring legacy of white supremacy and our collective responsibility to overcome it.
The Duke UK. 2020. Directed by Roger Michell. (96 mins.) Rated R. [CC,AD] in English
In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, stole Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery's history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly -- he had long campaigned for pensioners to receive free television. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge -- Kempton had spun a web of lies. The only truth was that he was a good man, determined to change the world and save his marriage -- how and why he used the Duke to achieve that is a wonderfully uplifting tale.
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