With this arresting drama based on notorious real-life events, Cristian Mungiu mounts a complex inquiry into faith, fanaticism, and indifference. At a desolate Romanian monastery, a young novice nun, Voichiţa (Cosmina Stratan), reunites with her former companion Alina (Cristina Flutur), who plans to take her to Germany. But Voichiţa proves unwilling to abandon her calling, and Alina becomes increasingly desperate to reclaim her devotion, putting the outsider at odds with the monastery’s ascetic priest—and precipitating a painfully misguided, brutal attempt to save her soul. A naturalistic tragedy with the dark force of a folktale, anchored by the fraught dynamic between cinema newcomers Flutur and Stratan (who shared the best actress prize at Cannes), BEYOND THE HILLS bears powerful witness to individuals at cross-purposes and institutions ill-equipped to help those most in need.
On John Frankenheimer's birthday, a look behind the scenes of his sinister, science-fiction-inflected dispatch from the fractured 1960s, SECONDS (1966).
A Sunday mood courtesy of Rusty-James in RUMBLE FISH (1983). Happy birthday, Matt Dillon!
Happy birthday, Cybill Shepherd! Here she is, giving her beautifully acted first on-screen performance as Jacy Farrow, in Peter Bogdanovich's aching portrait of a dying West, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (1971).
This wry, melancholic comedy from Aki Kaurismäki, a response to the ongoing global refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home. Khaled (Sherwan Haji), a displaced Syrian, lands in Helsinki as a stowaway; meanwhile, middle-aged Finnish salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) leaves his wife and his job and buys a conspicuously unprofitable seafood restaurant. Khaled is denied asylum but decides not to return to Aleppo—and the paths of the two men cross fortuitously. As deadpan as the best of the director’s work, and with a deep well of empathy for its down-but-not-out characters (many of them played by members of Kaurismäki’s loyal stock company), THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE is a bittersweet tale of human kindness in the face of official indifference.
A small-town fable about violence and redemption, MOONRISE is the final triumph of Frank Borzage, one of Hollywood’s most neglected masters. Stigmatized from infancy by the fate of his criminal father, young Danny (Dane Clark) is bruised and bullied until one night, in a fit of rage, he kills his most persistent tormenter. As the police close in around him, Danny makes a desperate bid for the love of the dead man’s fiancée (Gail Russell), a schoolteacher who sees the wounded soul behind his aggression. With this postwar comeback, Borzage recaptured the inspiration that had animated his long and audacious early career, marrying the lyrical force of his romantic sensibility with the psychological anguish of film noir in a stunning vindication of faith in the power of love. MOONRISE joins the collection this May!
One of the British New Wave’s most versatile directors, John Schlesinger came to New York in the late-1960s to make MIDNIGHT COWBOY, a picaresque story of friendship that captured a city in crisis and sparked a new era of Hollywood movies. Jon Voight delivers a career-making performance as Joe Buck, a wide-eyed hustler from Texas hoping to score big with wealthy city women; he finds a companion in Enrico “Ratso” Rizzo, an ailing swindler with a bum leg and a quixotic fantasy of escaping to Florida, played by Dustin Hoffman in a radical departure from his breakthrough in THE GRADUATE. A critical and commercial success despite controversy over what the MPAA termed its “homosexual frame of reference,” MIDNIGHT COWBOY became the first X-rated film to receive the best picture Oscar, and decades on, its influence still reverberates through cinema. MIDNIGHT COWBOY joins the collection this May!
“I never thought of them as zombies… People started to write about NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and called them zombies. I said, ‘Wow, maybe they are.’ To me, they were dead neighbors.”- George A. Romero
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“I did identify with the romantic ideals of the genre, the idea that you can find your personal destiny but that there always comes a point where you have to decide whether you’re in or out of society.” — With her acclaimed new film WESTERN opening at @filmlinc this week, we spoke with German director Valeska Grisebach on the romantic ideals of the quintessential American genre.
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