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NOIR FEST SCREENINGS IN MAY

IN A LONELY PLACE

Friday, May 18th, 2018 – 7:30 PM

Starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame
Directed by Nicolas Ray
Based on the novel by Dorothy B. Hughes
Synopsis
A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. But she begins to have doubts.

“The grayest, most morally ambiguous of film noirs — and arguably the most self-reflexive.” -Village Voice

“Never were despair and solitude so romantically alluring.” -Time Out

“A superior cut of melodrama.” -The New York Times

DETOUR

Saturday, May 19th, 2018 – 3:00 PM 

Starring Tom O’Neal and Ann Savage
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer

“This movie from Hollywood’s poverty row, shot in six days, filled with technical errors and ham-handed narrative, starring a man who can only pout and a woman who can only sneer, should have faded from sight soon after it was released in 1945. And yet it lives on, haunting and creepy, an embodiment of the guilty soul of film noir. No one who has seen it has easily forgotten it.” -Roger Ebert

FALLEN ANGELS

Saturday, May 19th, 2018 – 7:30 PM 

A rare screening of episodes on the Showtime noir anthology series.
Produced by William Horberg
Written by Howard Rodman
Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Tom Cruise
Followed by a conversation with Howard Rodman

Neo-noir novelist James Ellroy said of the show: “It’s a role call of tormented souls confronting their monsters within; it’s a picaresque look at Los Angeles back in the forties. It’s the world of pulp on celluloid, pure translations that augment the stark power of great short fiction.”

OUT OF THE PAST

SUNDAY, May 20th, 2018 – 3:00 PM 

“One of the greatest of all film noirs.” – Roger Ebert

“Each change of angle and shift of light evokes an inner disturbance; the actors seem to push through the dense shadow as through water, revealing fast people in slow motion …” -The New Yorker

“The most delicate and nuanced of film noirs, graced with a reflective lyricism that almost lifts it out of the genre.” -Chicago Reader

“Direction by Jacques Tourneur pays close attention to mood development, achieving realistic flavor that is further emphasized by real-life settings and topnotch lensing by Nicholas Musuraca.” -Variety

LE SAMOURAI

SUNDAY, May 20th, 2018 – 7:30 PM 

“[Melville’s] style remains haunting and elegantly spare, just right for the kind of hit man who lives in silence, in bare and colorless surroundings, with a lonely caged bird.” -New York Times

“An austere poem of crime, Le Samourai manages to have a grip of an old-fashioned potboiler as well. Not a half-bad combination.”- Washington Post

 “Fairly well played, and very well photographed (by Nicholas Musuraca), the action develops a routine kind of pseudo-tension.” TIME magazine

 “Cold, masterly, without pathos, and not even particularly sympathetic; it has the noble structure of accuracy.” -New Yorker

PAST SCREENINGS 2018

HUMAN FLOW

April 14th, 2018 – 7:30 PM 

Director: Ai Weiwei
Synopsis: Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

FACES PLACES

April 7th, 2018 – 7:30 PM 

Director: Agnès Varda
Synopsis: Director Agnès Varda and photographer and muralist JR journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.
89-year old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33-year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed and shared. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them. 

MEMORIES OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT

March 23th, 2018 – 7:30 PM 

Memorias del Subdesarrollo is a 1968 Cuban film written and directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. In the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Sergio (Sergio Corrieri), an affluent writer, chooses to stay behind in Cuba while his wife and family escape to neighboring Miami. Sergio is pessimistic about the revolution’s promise to bring sweeping change to his country, and he squanders his days prowling the streets of Havana looking for female companionship. Trouble erupts when his fling with chaste Elena (Daysi Granados) nearly ruins him after her family accuses Sergio of rape.

PATERSON

March 17th, 2018 – 7:30 PM 

Paterson (Adam Driver) is a hardworking bus driver in Paterson, N.J., who follows the same routine every day. He observes the city and listens to fragments of conversations while picking up and dropping off his passengers. Paterson also writes heartfelt poems in a notebook, walks his dog and drinks one beer in a bar after his shift is over. Waiting for him at home is Laura (Golshifteh Farahani), his beloved wife who champions his gift for writing.

TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY

March 10th, 2018 – 7:30 PM 

A cellist (Alan Rickman) returns from the hereafter to a grieving London pianist (Juliet Stevenson) to comfort her.

Unashamedly sentimental love story and a quirky ghost story of Nina, who misses her lover so much that he obligingly returns from the other side to visit her. But when a new relationship starts to blossom, she must choose. Stay with the man she truly, madly, deeply loves – or begin again?

From Anthony Minghella, writer/director of The English Patient.

THIS FILM IS FREE OF CHARGE

ICARUS

March 9th, 2018 – 7:30 PM 

When filmmaker Bryan Fogel sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller. Dirty urine, unexplained death and Olympic gold are all part of the exposure of the biggest scandal in sports history.

The ruthless worlds of international sports and politics rarely collide as spectacularly on screen as they do in Bryan Fogel’s thriller that is sure to set off convulsions of controversy.

LOVE IS STRANGE

March 2nd, 2018 – 7:30 PM 

After nearly four decades together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job soon after, the couple must sell their apartment and – victims of the relentless New York City real estate market – temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home. While George moves in with two cops (Cheyenne Jackson and Manny Perez) who live down stairs, Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew (Darren Burrows), his wife (Marisa Tomei), and their temperamental teenage son (Charlie Tahan), with whom Ben shares a bunk bed. While struggling with the pain of separation, Ben and George are further challenged by the intergenerational tensions and capricious family dynamics of their new living arrangements.

THE SEDUCTION OF MIMI

Feb 28th, 2018 – 7:30 PM 

The Seduction of Mimi (1972) is an Italian language film directed by Lina Wertmüller. Mimi (Giancarlo Giannini) is a Sicilian dockworker who inadvertently becomes embroiled in an increasingly complicated array of personal conflicts. When he loses his job after voting against a Mafia kingpin in an allegedly secret election, Mimi leaves his wife to find new work. He moves to Turin, where he engages in an affair with a Communist organizer. Soon Mimi finds himself juggling two demanding relationships while plotting to take revenge against the corrupt forces that ruined his life.

Nominated for best director in the 1972 Cannes Film Festival.

2018 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS

Feb 24th, 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM

THE ANIMATED SHORTS WILL SCREEN AT 4:00 PM  –  THE LIVE ACTION SHORTS WILL SCREEN AT 8:00 PM

CHICO AND RITA

Feb 21th, 2018 – 7:30 PM 

Chico and Rita is a 2010 American-Spanish adult animated music romantic film with Spanish and English languages directed by Tono Errando, Fernando Trueba, and Javier Mariscal. The story of Chico and Rita is set against backdrops of Havana, New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Paris in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unite them, but their journey—in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero—brings heartache and torment.

It won the Goya Award for Best Animated Film at the 25th Goya Awards and was nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the 84th Academy Awards (the first nomination for a Spanish full-length animated film).

 

BALL OF FIRE

Feb 17th, 2018 – 7:30 PM 

Hoping to update his chapter on modern slang, encyclopedia writer Professor Bertram Potts (Gary Cooper) ventures into a chic nightclub. Inside, he meets the snarky burlesque performer “Sugarpuss” O’Shea (Barbara Stanwyck). Fascinated by her command of popular jargon, Potts invites her to stay with him. But, unknown to Potts, she is the fiancée of a mobster (Dana Andrews) and wanted by the police. In the ensuing mayhem, Potts must stay on his toes or be swallowed up by bigger fish.

Ball of Fire was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Barbara Stanwyck), Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture, Best Sound, Recording (Thomas T. Moulton) and Best Story.

 

THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG

Feb 14th, 2018 – 7:30 PM 

Les Parapluies de Cherbourg is a 1964 French-German romantic musical film directed by Jacques Demy, starring Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo. The music was written by Michel Legrand. 
A young woman separated from her lover by war faces a life-altering decision.

“The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is unexpectedly sad and wise, a bittersweet reflection on the way true love sometimes does not (and perhaps should not) conquer all” -Roger Ebert.

 

SUNRISE

Feb 10th, 2018 – 7:30 PM 


This silent film from 1927 is an allegorical tale about a man fighting the good and evil within him. Both sides are made flesh – one a sophisticated woman he is attracted to and the other his wife. 

Directed by German director F. W. Murnau and starring George O’Brien, Janet Gaynor, and Margaret Livingston.

Mordaunt Hall of The New York Times hailed Sunrise as “A Film Masterpiece”.
Sunrise is now widely considered by film critics and historians to be one of the greatest films ever made.

BEFORE SUNRISE

Feb 7th, 2018 – 7:30 PM 

1995 American romantic drama film directed by Richard Linklater and written by Linklater and Kim Krizan. The film follows Jesse (Ethan Hawke), a young American man, and Céline (Julie Delpy), a young French woman, who meet on a train and disembark in Vienna, where they spend the night walking around the city and getting to know each other.

The film was entered into the 45th Berlin International Film Festival where Linklater won the Silver Bear for Best Director. Review for the Los Angeles Times, Peter Rainer wrote, “It’s an attempt to make a mainstream youth movie with a bit more feeling and mysteriousness than most, and, in this, it succeeds.”

THE SQUARE

Feb 2nd- 3rd, 2018 – 7:30 PM 

THERE WILL BE TWO SCREENINGS OF THIS FILM

Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for ”The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

FANTASTIC PLANET

Jan 13th, 2018 – 3:00 PM

Nothing else has ever looked or felt like director René Laloux’s animated marvel Fantastic Planet, a politically minded and visually inventive work of science fiction. The film is set on a distant planet called Ygam, where enslaved humans (Oms) are the playthings of giant blue native inhabitants (Draags). After Terr, kept as a pet since infancy, escapes from his gigantic child captor, he is swept up by a band of radical fellow Oms who are resisting the Draags’ oppression and violence. With its eerie, coolly surreal cutout animation by Roland Topor; brilliant psychedelic jazz score by Alain Goraguer; and wondrous creatures and landscapes, this Cannes-awarded 1973 counterculture classic is a perennially compelling statement against conformity and violence.

 

JANE

Jan 13th, 2018 – 7:30 PM

Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of JANE, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Jane Goodall – a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.

 

THE RED BALLOON

Jan 27th, 2018 – 3:00 PM

Newly restored, Albert Lamorisse’s exquisite The Red Balloon remains one of the most beloved children’s films of all time. In this deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale, a young boy discovers a stray balloon, which seems to have a mind of its own, on the streets of Paris. The two become inseparable, yet the world’s harsh realities finally interfere. With its glorious palette and allegorical purity, the Academy Award–winning The Red Balloon has enchanted movie lovers, young and old, for generations.

 

LOVING VINCENT

Jan 27th, 2018 – 7:30 PM

In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.

Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 125 painters. The film premiered at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. It was awarded Best Animated Feature Film Award at the 30th European Film Awards in Berlin.

 

Curated by Independent Film Producer and Chair of the Producers Guild of America on the East Coast, William HorbergFilmYard offers a  diverse program of first-run and independent films, documentaries and overlooked gems, and invites filmmakers and musicians to accompany the films for lively post-screening Q and A sessions and live performances. 

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