Monday, August 26, 7 p.m.
Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?
An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky (USA, 2013)
Director: Michel Gondry
Runtime: 88 minutes
Cast: Noam Chomsky, Michel Gondry
This animated documentary consists of interviews with linguist Noam Chomsky, who discusses his ambitious and comprehensive theories about how language develops.
Director Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") applies his playful imagination to animating a series of conversations with the esteemed linguist, philosopher, political commentator and activist Noam Chomsky. At the heart of these talks is Chomsky's theory of the emergence of language. In this intellectual feast, Gondry uses drawings to make complex ideas more accessible and to expand the documentary form.
Monday, September 9, 7 p.m.
Blindspotting (USA, 2018)
Director: Carlos Lopez Estrada
Rated: R (for language throughout, some brutal violence, sexual references and drug use)
Runtime: 95 minutes
Cast: Tisha Campbell-Martin, Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Ethan Embry, Janina Gavankar
A black ex-con trying to finish out his year-long probation witnesses a brutal police shooting, an incident that begins to haunt him and ultimately forces him to re-examine his relationship with his white best friend, a man who is known to be reckless.
Collin (Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (Casal), work as movers, and when Collin witnesses a police shooting, the two men's friendship is tested as they grapple with identity and their changed realities in the rapidly-gentrifying neighborhood they grew up in.
Longtime friends and collaborators, Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star in this timely and wildly entertaining story about friendship and the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland. Bursting with energy, style, and humor, and infused with the spirit of rap, hip hop, and spoken word, Blindspotting, directed by Estrada in his feature film debut, is a provocative hometown love letter that glistens with humanity.
Monday, September 23, 7 p.m.
Disobedience (USA, 2017)
Director: Sebastián Lelio
Rated: R (for some strong sexuality)
Runtime: 114 minutes
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola, Cara Horgan, Mark Stobbart
A formerly exiled woman returns to her orthodox Jewish family after the death of her father. Her family is shocked by her visit, but her sister-in-law is inspired by her presence to break free from the rigid rules and guidelines of their faith.
From Sebastián Lelio, the director of the Academy Award-winning "A Fantastic Woman," the film follows a woman as she returns to the community that shunned her decades earlier for an attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. Written by Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz and based on Naomi Alderman's book
Monday, September 30, 7 p.m.
Manhattan Short Film Festival
ONE WORLD - ONE WEEK - ONE FESTIVAL
Join us for this popular film fest when over 100,000 film lovers in over 350 cities across six continents gather during one week for one reason...to view and vote on the Finalists' Films in the 22nd Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival.
The Final Ten MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from seven countries with films from France, Iran, Canada, Germany, and Finland alongside two films from USA and a record three from the United Kingdom. These Final ten films represent the best short films among 1250 submissions from 70 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT for 2019, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films worldwide.
MANHATTAN SHORT continues to be a premier showcase for female directors with five of the Final Ten films directed by woman, including one from Iran. This year's Final Ten represent an extraordinary range of film genres that includes intimate dramas, spine-tingling suspense, and hilarious comedies, as well as genre surprises like a pair of science fiction films and one that focuses on tennis. "A narrative short film on sports is as rare as a centaur sighting," notes Pia Andell, director of the The Match.
Monday, October 7, 7 p.m.
M (Germany, 1931, black&white)
Director: Fritz Lang
Runtime: 110 minutes
Peter Lorre stars as serial killer Hans Beckert in Lang’s harrowing masterwork "M," a suspenseful panorama of private madness and public hysteria…
A simple, haunting musical phrase whistled offscreen tells us that a young girl will be killed. “Who Is the Murderer?” pleads a nearby placard as serial killer Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre) closes in on little Elsie Beckmann . . . In his harrowing masterwork "M," Lang merges trenchant social commentary with chilling suspense, creating a panorama of private madness and public hysteria that to this day remains the blueprint for the psychological thriller.
Monday, October 14, 7 p.m.
The River and The Wall (USA, 2018)
Director: Ben Masters
Runtime: 109 minutes
Cast: Ben Masters, Jay Kleberg, Filipe DeAndrade
Five friends journey from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a border wall on the natural environment.
Conservation filmmaker Ben Masters realizes the urgency of documenting the last remaining wilderness in Texas as the threat of new border wall construction looms ahead. Masters recruits NatGeo Explorer Filipe DeAndrade, ornithologist Heather Mackey, river guide Austin Alvarado, and conservationist Jay Kleberg to join him on the two-and-a-half-month journey down 1,200 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.
They set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a wall on the natural environment, but as the wilderness gives way to the more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted emotional waters.
Monday, October 28, 7 p.m.
You Can't Take it With You (USA, 1938)
Director: Frank Capra
Runtime: 126 minutes
Cast: Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, Edward Arnold, Mischa Auer
Oscar-winning version of the play about a romance between members of two very disparate families, she's from an eccentric clan, while he's the gentlemanly son of stuffy, snobbish parents.
Sweet-natured Alice Sycamore (Arthur) falls for banker's son Tony Kirby (Stewart). But when she invites her snooty prospective in-laws to dinner to give their blessing to the marriage, Alice's peculiar extended family -- including philosophical grandfather Martin Vanderhof (Barrymore), hapless fledgling ballerina sister Essie (Miller) and fireworks enthusiast father, Paul (Hinds) -- might be too eccentric for the staid Kirbys.
Monday, November 4, 7 p.m.
Woman in the Dunes (Japan, 1964, black&white)
Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara
Runtime: 147 minutes
Cast: Eiji Okada, Kyôko Kishida, Hiroko Itô
An entomologist on vacation is trapped by local villagers into living with a woman whose life task is shoveling sand for them.
One of the sixties' great international art-house sensations, "Woman in the Dunes" was for many the grand unveiling of the surreal, idiosyncratic worldview of Hiroshi Teshigahara. Eiji Okada plays an amateur entomologist who has left Tokyo to study an unclassified species of beetle that resides in a remote, vast desert; when he misses his bus back to civilization, he is persuaded to spend the night in the home of a young widow (Kyoko Kishida) who lives in a hut at the bottom of a sand dune. What results is one of cinema’s most bristling, unnerving, and palpably erotic battles of the sexes, as well as a nightmarish depiction of everyday Sisyphean struggle, for which Teshigahara received an Academy Award nomination for best director.
Monday, November 11, 7 p.m. Armistice Day (Veterans Day)
They Shall Not Grow Old (USA, 2018)
Director: Peter Jackson
Rated: R for disturbing war images
Runtime: 99 minutes
A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war.
On the centenary of the end of the First World War, Academy Award® winner Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) presents an extraordinary new work showing the Great War as you've never seen it. Using state of the art technology to restore original archival footage that's more than 100 years old, Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell this story: the men who were there.
(No Film Club Monday, November 25 )
Monday, December 2, 7 p.m.
Tampopo (Japan, 1985)
Director: Juzo Itami
Runtime: 114 minutes
Cast: Ken Watanabe, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto
Two Japanese milk-truck drivers (Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ken Watanabe) help a restaurant owner (Nobuko Miyamoto) learn how to cook great noodles.
The tale of an eccentric band of culinary ronin who guide the widow of a noodle-shop owner on her quest for the perfect recipe, this rapturous “ramen western” is an entertaining, genre-bending adventure underpinned by a deft satire of the way social conventions distort the most natural of human urges—our appetites.
Interspersing the efforts of Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto) and friends to make her café a success with the erotic exploits of a gastronome gangster and glimpses of food culture both high and low, the sweet, sexy, and surreal Tampopo is a lavishly inclusive paean to the sensual joys of nourishment, and one of the most mouthwatering examples of food on film ever made.
Monday, December 9, 7 p.m.
What They Had (USA, 2018)
Director: Elizabeth Chomko
Rated: R for language including a brief sexual reference
Runtime: 109 minutes
Cast: Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Robert Forster
A family debate what to do when the matriarch's Alzheimer's worsens.
After her ailing mother wanders off during a blizzard, Bridget returns to her childhood home in Chicago, accompanied by her rebellious daughter. Forced to referee between her father's stubborn insistence that his wife remains at home and her equally determined brother's efforts to place her in a "memory care" facility, Bridget struggles to make sense of a lifetime of family conflict. With her mother's decline becoming increasingly obvious, long-simmering resentments bubble to the surface.