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BelleBelle

July 18 – 23 

BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode). Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.

“The weave of the personal and the political finally proves as irresistible as it is moving, partly because it has been drawn from extraordinary life.” —Manhola Dargis, New York Times

Directed By: Amma Asante; Written By: Misan Sagay; Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson; PG, 1 hr. 45 min.

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venus in furVenus in Fur

July 25 – July 30 

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 that no actress he’s seen has what it takes to play the lead female character: a woman who enters into an agreement with her male counterpart to dominate him as her slave. Thomas is about to leave the theater when actress Vanda (Seigner) bursts in, a whirlwind of erratic – and, it turns out, erotic – energy. At first she seems to embody everything Thomas has been lamenting. She is pushy, foul-mouthed, desperate and ill-prepared – or so it seems. When Thomas finally, reluctantly, agrees to let her try out for the part, he is stunned and captivated by her transformation. Not only is Vanda a perfect fit (even sharing the character’s name), but she apparently has researched the role exhaustively, learned her lines by heart and even bought her own props. The likeness proves to be much more than skin-deep. As the extended “audition” builds momentum, Thomas moves from attraction to obsession until, with Vanda taking an ever more dominant role, the balance of power shifts completely.

“Roman Polanski. Sadomasochism. What could possibly go wrong?” —Jake Coyle, Associated Press

Directed By: Roman Polanski; Written By: David Ives; Cast: Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric; 1 hr. 36 min.

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the-doubleOne Off Features

This new series includes occasional screenings of distinctive, exemplary and off-beat films for One Night Only. These are films that have been released under the radar and because of their uniqueness have not found the audience they deserve.

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The Double

Wed, July 30 at 8 pm • All Tickets $5  

Jesse Eisenberg plays Simon, a timid, isolated man who’s overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams (Wasikowska). The arrival of a new co-worker, James (also played by Eisenberg), serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon’s exact physical double and his opposite—confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon’s horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.

Writer/Director: Richard Ayoade; Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Wallace Shawn, Mia Wasikowska, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox; R, 1 hr. 33 min. 

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edge-of-tomorrowEdge of Tomorrow

August 1 – 6 

The epic action of “Edge of Tomorrow” unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop-forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy. 

“It’s a star-driven mass-market entertainment that’s smart, exciting and unexpected while not stinting on genre satisfactions.” —Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Directed By: Doug Liman; Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Jonas Armstrong; PG-13, 1 hr. 53 min.

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ManakamanaOne Off Features

This new series includes occasional screenings of distinctive, exemplary and off-beat films for One Night Only. These are films that have been released under the radar and because of their uniqueness have not found the audience they deserve.

 

Manakamana

Wed, Aug 6 at 8 pm • All Tickets $5   

Breathtaking, poignant and mesmerizing, MANAKAMANA is a documentary shot entirely inside the narrow bubble of a cable car, high above a jungle in Nepal, as it transports villagers and tourists to an ancient mountaintop temple. Filmed in 16mm and comprised of 11 rides (each a single take corresponds to the length of a roll of film), MANAKAMANA is a tender, ephemeral character study of its passengers and a window onto the lush, rolling landscape of a country in transition from ancient tradition to modernity. This evocative and rigorously structured documentary presents a rich sensory experience that ignites the viewer’s imagination to fill in the past, present and future of each moment as they watch.
The New York Film Festival calls it “…an airborne version of an Andy Warhol screen test…an endlessly suggestive film that both describes and transcends the bounds of time and space.” 

Director: Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez; 1 hr. 58 min.

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begin againBegin Again

August 8 – 13 

The latest film from writer-director John Carney (ONCE), BEGIN AGAIN is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City. BEGIN AGAIN is produced and financed by Exclusive Media and produced by Anthony Bregman, Tobin Armbrust and Judd Apatow.

Written & Directed By: John Carney; Cast: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Catherine Keener; R, 1 hr. 41 min.

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The-Dance-of-RealityThe Dance of Reality

August 18 – 20 

“The Dance of Reality, which deserves a place alongside Amarcord as a fantastical take on coming of age, is the work of a wise and experienced old soul with the passion and curiosity of a young man. “ Rene Rodreguez, Miami Herald. THE DANCE OF REALITY is Jodorowsky’s first film in 23 years. The legendary filmmaker was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert where the film was shot. It was there that Jodorowsky underwent an unhappy and alienated childhood as part of an uprooted family. Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Alejandro Jodorowsky’s philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a “dance” created by our own imaginations.

“Something very close to a masterpiece.” —A.O. Scott, New York Times

Written & Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky; Unrated, 2 hr. 10 min.

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BoyhoodOne Off FeaturesThis new series includes occasional screenings of distinctive, exemplary and off-beat films for One Night Only. These are films that have been released under the radar and because of their uniqueness have not found the audience they deserve.

Boyhood

Wed, Aug 20 at 8 pm • All tickets $5

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason, who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay’s Yellow to Arcade Fire’s Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting.

Director: Richard Linklater, Cast: Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke; 2 hr. 45 min. 

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ida_posterIda

August 22 & 24 – 27

“Pawel Pawlikowski’s IDA, a compact masterpiece set in Poland in the early 1960s, gets to the heart of its matter with startling swiftness.” —Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes IDA, a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation. 18-year old Anna (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. Naïve, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside, to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar Communism. In this beautifully directed film, Pawlikowski returns to his native Poland for the first time in his career to confront some of the more contentious issues in the history of his birthplace. Powerfully written and eloquently shot, IDA is a masterly evocation of a time, a dilemma, and a defining historical moment; IDA is also personal, intimate, and human. The weight of history is everywhere, but the scale falls within the scope of a young woman learning about the secrets of her own past. This intersection of the personal with momentous historic events makes for what is surely one of the most powerful and affecting films of the year.

“Likely to remain the best movie of the year.” —John Anderson, Newsday

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski; Written by: Pawel Pawlikowski, Rebecca Lenkiewicz; PG-13, 1 hr. 20 min.

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