Blog . 2/3-6: Waste Land, Charade, Chevalier Ceremony & More!
Award ceremony and rare French film kick off a "Superbowl of Cinema" weekend! It's a Superbowl of Cinema this weekend at the Cinematheque, and it all starts on Thursday night with an award ceremony and special film screening. At 7:30 pm in Aitken Auditorium, Marie-Anne Toledano, Cultural Attaché at the French Consulate in Chicago, will invest Cinematheque Director John Ewing as a Chevalier (Knight) in the Order of Arts and Letters of the Republic of France. After a brief ceremony, one of Ewing's favorite French films, THE SKY IS YOURS (LE CIEL EST À VOUS/THE WOMAN WHO DARED) will light up the Cinematheque screen. Jean Grémillon's 1944 classic, which is undistributed in the U.S. and which will show in a rare archival print, tells of a provincial married couple (Madeleine Renaud, Charles Vanel) whose mundane, middle-class life is turned upside down by a sudden passion for flying. Made during the Nazi Occupation of France, the film bravely (and subversively) celebrates the strength, courage, and forbearance of ordinary French citizens, both men and women. Special admission to Thursday's award ceremony and film screening is $10, Cinematheque members $7. Tickets can be purchased only at the Cinematheque box office on Thursday night. There is also a pre-film reception that costs $40 per person (price includes award ceremony and reception). For details about that, call (216) 421-7450. Oscar nominee WASTE LAND receives exclusive Cleveland area premiere Winner of audience award for Best Documentary or Best Film at the Sundance, Berlin, Full Frame, Seattle, and Provincetown Film Festivals, and now one of the five nominees for this year's Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, WASTE LAND focuses on a Brooklyn artist named Vik Muniz who makes artwork out of discarded materials. The movie, which has music by Moby, captures Muniz traveling to the world's largest garbage dump (in his native Brazil) to collaborate on a massive art project with some of the scavengers who live and work there. Like Agnès Varda's THE GLEANERS & I, this inspirational film honors "tough, creative, hard-working people who live on the margins" (The Onion A.V. Club ). The L.A. Times has called it "a resounding tribute to the transforming power of art." It was also one of only three "limited-release" 2010 movies to win a Golden Tomato award -- for having a 100% "fresh" rating (unanimous favorite reviews) on the review-aggregating site RottenTomatoes.com. Don't waste your opportunity to see it this Friday or Saturday. Audrey Hepburn & Cary Grant star in Stanley Donen's stylish, suspenseful CHARADE Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn star in Stanley Donen's CHARADE (1963), a chic, Paris-set comedy/thriller/romance that has been called "the best Hitchcock film that Hitchcock never made." The film follows a widow who tries to find her murdered husband's stashed fortune before a group of sinister thugs do. Walter Matthau, James Coburn, and George Kennedy co-star, and the music is by Henry Mancini. See it in a 35mm color print on Saturday or Sunday. VENGEANCE is Hong Kong action thriller with big-name French movie stars French pop icon Johnny Halliday (France's Elvis) and the amazing Sylvie Testud (LOURDES) star VENGEANCE, the new film by prolific Hong Kong action master Johnnie To (TRIAD ELECTION, EXILED, SPARROW). In it, a French chef (who's also a former assassin) heads to Macau to avenge a Triad attack on his daughter and her family. The movie has a 90% "fresh" rating on RottenTomatoes.com, and you can see it Friday or Sunday for only $6 ($5 if you're a Cinematheque member) by printing this email and presenting it at the box office. It's our Deal of the Week! (Limit two discount admissions per print-out) Art of cabaret singing captured in singular NE CHANGE RIEN (CHANGE NOTHING) Portugal's Pedro Costa, who was the darling of the cinematheque/museum film world two years ago with his docu-epic COLOSSAL YOUTH, returns with a one-of-a-kind new film, NE CHANGE RIEN (CHANGE NOTHING). Costa trains a black-and-white camera on French singer/actress Jeanne Balibar as she rehearses both angst-ridden "drone-rock" anthems and lilting Jacques Offenbach arias. The movie is a study in chiaroscuro as well as music-making, and captures Balabar's slender form and smoky voice in long, shadowy, uninterrupted takes that show both the perspiration and the inspiration behind the art of performing. Shunning biographical asides and chatty interviews, Costa ultimately succeeds in capturing "an alchemical event that cinema rarely shows" (The NY Times). (Here's the trailer.) Undistributed in America, NE CHANGE RIEN is a Cinematheque Elite presentation so tickets cost more than usual: $11, Cinematheque members and CIA students & staff $8. Don't miss it Saturday or Sunday --even if you have to change everything to do so. It's a Golden Age for foreign films and the Cinematheque is Cleveland's Fort Knox If you did not read A.O. Scott's article "A Golden Age for Foreign Films, Mostly Unseen" in this past Sunday's New York Times, you should. And you can do so here . The Cinematheque is proud to be one of Scott's "handful of movie screens in big cities" that continues to show ever-more-marginalized foreign cinema. In fact, only one of this year's five nominees for the best foreign-language film Oscar has opened in Cleveland so far. It was DOGTOOTH, and it was the Cinematheque who showed it -- last October. (We're bringing it back in March.) We will also present the exclusive Cleveland first-run showing of a second nominee, OUTSIDE THE LAW, in April. We also showed CARLOS (the first film mentioned in the Scott article) exclusively in Cleveland. We premiered it in its three-hour theatrical version last month; the complete five-and-a-half-hour miniseries comes to the Cleveland Museum of Art on Saturday, March 5. So if you wanna see great foreign films, we got 'em -- all year round. Films This Week Thu., Feb. 3, at 7:30 pm A Special Event! Rare Archival Print! Pre-film Award Ceremony! THE SKY IS YOURS $10; members/CIA $7 6:00 pm reception $40 Fri., Feb. 4, at 7:30 pm Sun., Feb. 6, at 8:30 pm Johnnie To's VENGEANCE Fri., Feb. 4, at 9:40 pm Sat., Feb. 5, at 7:30 pm Oscar-nominated doc WASTE LAND Sat., Feb. 5, at 5:15 pm Sun., Feb. 6, at 4:00 pm Audrey Hepburn & Cary Grant in CHARADE Sat., Feb. 5, at 9:30 pm Sun., Feb. 6, at 6:30 pm Pedro Costa's NE CHANGE RIEN (CHANGE NOTHING) $11; members/CIA $8 Films Next Week Thu., Feb. 10, at 6:45 pm Sat., Feb. 12, at 9:40 pm Sun., Feb. 13, at 6:30 pm BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN Thu., Feb. 10, at 8:20 pm Fri., Feb. 11, at 7:30 pm ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE Fri., Feb. 11, at 9:25 pm Sat., Feb. 12, at 7:30 pm Sun., Feb. 13, at 4:00 pm VISION: FROM THE LIFE OF HILDEGARD VON BINGEN Sat., Feb. 12, at 5:15 pm Sun., Feb. 13, at 8:05 pm BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S Tue., Feb. 15, at 7:00 pm The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre AMER The Cinematheque The Cleveland Institute of Art 11141 East Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106 Phone: (216) 421-7450 http://cia.edu/cinematheque