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Harpur Cinema: Spring 2015 schedule
February 19, 2015Tweet
Harpur Cinema will offer six spring films in “What’s New,” as it surveys new titles from independent and international filmmakers.
The films will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Sundays in LH-6. Single admission is $4. For questions or information, call 607-777-4998.
• Feb. 20 and 22: “Cold in July,” directed by Jim Mickle; United States; 2014; 110 min. One Texas night, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of a low-life burglar, Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben, rolls into town hell-bent on revenge. Dane’s life begins to unravel—though not without several soul-illuminating surprises. Michael C. Hall’s shell-shocked vulnerability contrasts perfectly with the grizzled toughs portrayed by Sam Shepard and Don Johnson. Jim Mickle mingles noir, pulp and southern-fried mystery in this throwback to an older breed of action films where a spiritual wound lies behind every physical blow. Nominated: Grand Jury Prize, Sundance.
• Feb. 27 and March 1: “The Missing Picture,” directed by Rithy Panh; Cambodia/France; 2013; 92 min. Rithy Panh’s critically acclaimed film begins as a personal quest to re-imagine a traumatic childhood marked by the Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in the 1970s. Since propaganda footage is the only recorded artifact available, Panh constructs elaborate dioramas populated by detailed sculpted clay figurines to fill in the missing images from his memory. A poetic voiceover attempts to weave these disparate elements together to capture a historical moment that would otherwise be lost — not just to the filmmaker, but to history. Won: Un Certain Regard Award, Cannes. Nominated: European Film Awards; Jerusalem, London, Cinemanila, Istanbul Film Festivals; Academy Award, 2013. Introduction by Tomonari Nishikawa, assistant professor of cinema, on Friday, Feb. 27.
• March 6 and 8: “Girlhood,” directed by Céline Sciamma; France; 2014; 112 min. Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of prospects at school, and the “boys’ law” in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life with a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her style, drops out of school, and starts stealing to gain acceptance and seeks solace in an older man who promises her money and protection. When she realizes that none of these will ever lead to the independence she truly desires, Marieme finally decides to take matters into her own hands. Those who remember Sciamma’s “Tomboy” (Harpur Cinema, Fall 2013) will welcome the opportunity to see her latest film. Won: Women Film Critics Circle Award. Nominated: Cannes, Queer Palm; Lux Prize, 2014. Introduction by Dora Polachek, visiting associate professor of romance languages and literatures, on Friday, March 6.
• March 13 and 15: “The Congress,” directed by Ari Folman; Israel/Germany/Poland/Luxembourg/Belgium/France; 2013; 123 min. What actress could resist the opportunity to preserve a pristine digital likeness for future Hollywood appearances? Certainly not Robin Wright, once the radiant star of “The Princess Bride,” now an aging actor aware of her fading allure. Her future mingles with that of her double in this fascinating mixture of live-action, digital imaging, and animation created by Ari Folman, director of “Waltz with Bashir.” The Congress also stars Kodi Smit-McPhee (“Let Me In”) and Paul Giamatti. Won: European Film Award, Tokyo Anime Award; Austin Fantastic Fest for Best Actress, Picture, Screenplay.
• March 20 and 22: “Belle,” directed by Amma Asante; United Kingdom; 2013; 104 min. “Belle” is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of Maria Belle and a Royal Navy captain. Raised by her great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s social status affords her privileges that her racial lineage prevents her from fully enjoying. Belle falls in love with an idealistic vicar’s son and together they attempt to shape Lord Chief Justice Mansfield’s role in ending slavery in England. Won: African-American Film Critics Award; Alliance of Women Film Journalists Female Focus Award; British Independent Film Award (Best Actress). Nominated: Black Reel Awards; Chicago, Detroit, Florida, Georgia, London Film Critics Awards.
• March 27 and 29: “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” directed by Ana Lily Amirpour; USA; 2014; 99 min. Billed as the first Iranian vampire western, this film is a joyful mashup of genre, archetype and iconography filmed in Farsi by Iranian-American Amirpour. Among her influences are spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the cinema of the Iranian new wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno, and Morricone-inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the weird surrealism of David Lynch. Debuted at Sundance (Best First Feature Award) and opened MoMA’s New Directors/New Films Festival, 2014. Nominated: Independent Spirit Award, 2015.