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7/5-9: Spring Breakers, Upstream Color, Room 237, Fellini rarity & more!

07/03/13  |  Posted by Cinematheque  |  Posted in Cinematheque

Fellini's final film, THE VOICE OF THE MOON (1990) starring Roberto Benigni, makes its belated Cleveland debut
Roberto Benigni stars in Federico Fellini’s final film THE VOICE OF THE MOON, the only Fellini movie never released in North America. A hit in Italy, where it was nominated for nine David di Donatello Awards (Italy’s Oscar) and won three (including Best Actor), this 1990 work is a surrealistic comedy/drama in which a former mental patient obsessed with the moon (a true lunatic) and an ex-prefect team up to traverse a cultural landscape peppered with pagans, pompous fools, beauty queens, grotesques, and other eccentrics. The San Francisco Chronicle calls the movie "a cockeyed lament on a world gone haywire." Adults should not miss this rarity when we premiere it Saturday at 5:15 pm in a 35mm subtitled print imported from Italy. Special admission is $12; members and age 25 & under $10; no passes, twofers, or radio winners. Print courtesy of Istituto Luce – Cinecittà; thanks also to Mediaset.

Macho, homophobic Yugoslav war vets provide security for Belgrade gay pride celebration in comedy THE PARADE
Srdjan Dragojević's 2011 Serbian film THE PARADE is a wry Balkan take on THE SEVEN SAMURAI. It's a daring black comedy that spoofs Balkan machismo and prejudice in which a homophobic Serbian gangster and war vet recruits some former soldiers from enemy ex-Yugoslavian factions (a Croat, a Bosnian, a Kosovan Albanian) to help him provide security for Belgrade’s Gay Pride parade. This movie was a huge hit in the former Yugoslavia—which is heartening since Belgrade’s 2010 Gay Pride parade was marred by violence and the 2011 event was canceled altogether. The Hollywood Reportercalls THE PARADE "hilarious, raunchy comedy… Laugh-out-loud funny, brilliantly acted and, towards the very end, also deeply moving.” It opens our Cleveland Cultural Gardens Film Fest on Friday and Saturday. It is co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens 2013 film series. For more information, visit Print from GFI.

Sultry, sensuous, shocking SPRING BREAKERS is latest from Harmony Korine
Disney Channel teen heartthrobs Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens play “bad girls” who find themselves on a college spring break from hell in Harmony Korine’s stylish, funny, chilling new provocation SPRING BREAKERS. James Franco is terrific as Alien, a Florida gangster and rapper with cornrows and gold teeth. Adults can see this movie on Friday and Saturday for only $7 ($6 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)

UPSTREAM COLOR opens digital series at Mandel Screening Room inside CIA's Joseph McCullough Center
Next Monday at 5:45 pm & 7:45 pm the Cinematheque heads Uptown to show the first of four digital movies it will present in the new, 40-seat Mandel Screening Room inside the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Joseph McCullough Center, 11610 Euclid Ave. (Moviegoers can park free in the CIA lot off of E. 117th St. and enter the building through the rear entrance.) This series, dubbed "Uptown Color," opens with UPSTREAM COLOR, the fascinating new mindf**k by Shane Carruth (PRIMER) and one of the most acclaimed and talked about films of 2013. It’s an experimental sci-fi drama about a man and a woman (Carruth and Amy Seimetz) who are unknowing victims of a mysterious parasite that has entered their bodies and ravaged their lives. Director Carruth tells their shared story—and lays out the parasite’s entire cryptic life cycle—through a series of sumptuous, sometimes unsettling images. The Arizona Republic says "it's all a neat trick. Or exercise. Or brain-teaser. Whatever you want to call it, UPSTREAM COLOR is like nothing you've ever seen before. But once you have seen it, once isn't going to be enough.” Here's a teaser. No radio winners.

Say "yes" to Oscar-nominated Chilean film NO, starring Gael Garcia Bernal
Gael García Bernal stars in Pablo Larrain's 2012 Chilean movie NO that was one of the five nominees for last year's Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. (It opened at the Cedar Lee during the run of the Cleveland Int'l Film Festival, so many moviegoers missed it.) Bernal plays a hotshot advertising man who joins the campaign to oust Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet, after 15 years in office, during a constitutionally mandated 1988 referendum. His innovative, irreverent approach, which incorporates the latest marketing strategies, provokes scorn from both camps and subterfuge from the right. Director Pablo Larrain shot NO on retro 3/4" U-matic videotape to duplicate the look of 1980s Chilean television. See it in 35mm on Friday night only.

ROOM 237 navigates a labyrinth of interpretations of Kubrick's "The Shining"
Rodney Ascher's ROOM 237, one of the nuttiest, funniest, most jaw-dropping (and most acclaimed) films of 2012, played too briefly in Cleveland. The title refers to a mysterious room in the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick's THE SHINING, and Ascher's movie explores the hidden meanings of that 1980 horror classic. In voiceover narration, five obsessed fans relay five very different (and elaborate) interpretations of the movie. On screen, film clips, maps, diagrams, etc. support these often outlandish theses. Entertainment Weekly says that "even more than THE SHINING itself, [ROOM 237] places you right inside the logic of how an insane person thinks." The NY Times calls it "an ode to movie love at its most deliriously unfettered." It will be shown on Tuesday, July 9 at 6:45 pm in an upstairs auditorium (accessible only by stairs) at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. No passes, twofers, or radio winners and no Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts will be accepted. Advance tickets are at Watch the clever trailer here.

Cronenberg's kid David enters bio-horror arena with chilling, icky ANTIVIRAL
Brandon Cronenberg's first feature ANTIVIRAL is a futuristic bio-thriller worthy of his famous father, David. Set in a celebrity-smitten society where viruses infecting sick pop stars are sold on the black market so that sick (in the head) fans can “commune” with their idols, the movie tells of one dealer who contracts a virulent disease he's peddling. He frantically searches for a cure. Malcolm McDowell co-stars in ANTIVIRAL which The Hollywood Reporter calls "a petri dish of high-concept perversity and cultural commentary teeming with lo-fi ickiness." Adults can catch its Cleveland premiere on Tuesday, July 9 in an upstairs auditorium (accessible only by stairs) at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave. No passes, twofers, or radio winners and no Cleveland Cinemas passes or discounts will be honored. Advance tickets can be purchased at Here's the film's trailer.

This Week:

Fri., July 5, at 5:15pm
Sat., July 6, at 7:35pm
Cleve. Cultural Gardens Film Fest
Comedy from ex-Yugoslavia

Fri., July 5, at 7:30pm
Gael Garcia Bernal in

Fri., July 5, at 9:50 pm
Sat., July 6, at 9:50pm
James Franco in Harmony Korine's

Sat., July 6, at 5:15pm
Cleve. Cultural Gardens Film Fest
Roberto Benigni in Federico Fellini's
Tickets $12/$10

Mon., July 8, at 5:45pm & 7:45pm
Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at Uptown
Shane Carruth's
Shown in the Mandel Screening Room at CIA's Joseph McCullough Center, 11610 Euclid Ave.

Tue., July 9, at 6:45pm
Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre
Super fans shed light on Kubrick's "The Shining"
ROOM 237
Shown at 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave.

Tue., July 9, at 8:50pm
Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at the Capitol Theatre
Brandon (son of David) Cronenberg's
Shown at 1390 W. 65th St. at Detroit Ave.

Next Week:

Thu., July 11, at 6:00pm
Sat., July 13, at 7:25pm
Cleveland Cultural Gardens Film Fest

Thu., July 11, at 8:05pm
Fri., July 12, at 9:40pm

Fri., July 12, at 5:15pm
Sat., July 13, at 5:15pm
Ray Harryhausen 1920-2013
50th Anniversary!

Fri., July 12, at 7:20pm
Sat., July 13, at 9:30pm

Mon., July 15, at 5:45pm & 7:45pm
Special Offsite Event!
The Cinematheque at Uptown

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