This year's Kino Croatia series opens with the latest hit comedy from director Vinko Brešan, THE PRIEST’S CHILDREN. A priest - albeit a phony one - plays a central role in Krsto Papić’s FLOWER SQUARE. Dalibor Matanić’s HANDYMEN follows a beleaguered housewife who becomes the object of three men’s affections. Bobo Jelčić’s tense look at the war legacy, A STRANGER, dominated the Pula Film Festival awards this year. And VIS-À-VIS examines a subject close to home for director Nevio Marasović - a filmmaker struggling with the autobiographical script for his next project.
Over the decades, the movies have given George Orwell’s bleak vision in Nineteen Eighty-Four a variety of twists. In the 1970s, Michael York in LOGAN'S RUN and Robert Duvall in THX 1138 personified the individual struggling to break free of a repressive society. Director Michael Radford’s official adaptation of NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR was released, appropriately, in 1984; soon thereafter, Terry Gilliam’s BRAZIL underlined the Monty Pythonesque absurdity of a state’s relentless efforts to crush a single man. In the new millennium, V FOR VENDETTA, CHILDREN OF MEN and SPACEDISCO ONE show that, 30 years after 1984, dystopia remains a cinematic evergreen.
A series co-presented with the Luis Buñuel Film Institute includes new restorations of the shorts “Land Without Bread” and “Un Chien Andalou,” Catherine Deneuve in BELLE DE JOUR and a new restoration of VIRIDIANA, THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE, L’AGE D’OR, a display of production-related gems from the Buñuel Institute archive, a "Surrealist Ball" featuring appetizers from Buñuel’s personally curated home dinner menu, and other surreal surprises.
When issue #27 of Detective Comics hit the stands in May 1939, few could have predicted that the caped crusader pictured on its cover would become a cultural icon. Over the next 75 years, Batman would become one of the most widely recognized fictional characters in the world, spawning a film franchise that has topped $3 billion in ticket sales. Join us for a film salute to Batman!
The American Cinematheque tests the outer limits of time, space and otherworldly cinema with this new monthly screening series hosted by Geoff Boucher. Humans From Earth launches with a reunion of the filmmaker and stars of SLITHER, the aptly titled horror-comedy from writer-director James Gunn (whose GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is one of this summer’s most anticipated sci-fi adventures). A day later, Boucher's new Nerdist podcast kicks off in the Spielberg Theatre!