The International Cinema Series presents critically acclaimed and important films from around the world (including independent and artistic American films) almost every week. We show restorations of honored classics as well as contemporary films that have captured the attention of critics at recent film festivals.
All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated. No tickets required.
Fall 2019 Schedule: Women’s Lives, Women’s Cinema
September 6, 2019
Directed by Alan Elliott and Sydney Pollack (USA, English, 89 min, 2018)
Our first film in the series is Amazing Grace, a live concert film of Aretha Franklin performing with Rev. James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir in 1972. Delayed by technical issues and lawsuits, the film stands as a powerful testimonial to the genius of one the 20th century’s premier recording artists. It won the 2019 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Documentary
Cléo from 5 to 7
September 13, 2019
Directed by Agnès Varda (France, French with English Subtitles, 90 min, 1962)
Noted for its handling of cinematic time, its engagement with feminism and existentialism, and its nuanced exploration of female subjectivity, Varda’s Cléo from 5 to 7 has been celebrated as a masterpiece of postwar French cinema. It competed for the 1962 Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Part I of our Agnès Varda Retrospective
One Sings, the Other Doesn’t
September 20, 2019
Directed by Agnès Varda (France, French with English Subtitles, 120 min, 1977)
A feminist musical that plays with genre conventions, One Sings, the Other Doesn’t is an intimate portrait of female friendship that is both personal and political. It won the Golden Charybdis at the 1977 Taormina International Film Festival in Sicily.
Part II of our Agnès Varda Retrospective
September 27, 2019
Directed by Agnès Varda (France, French with English Subtitles, 106 min, 1985)
The disfigured body of a woman is found, and the events leading to her death are explored in a mysterious manner that blurs the lines between fiction and documentary. Vagabond won the Golden Lion at the 1985 Venice Film Festival.
Part III of our Agnès Varda Retrospective
Liz and the Blue Bird
October 4, 2019
Directed by Naoko Yamada (Japan, Japanese with English Subtitles, 90 min, 2018)
Naoko Yamada’s new anime film, Liz and the Blue Bird, uses music to interweave an examination of high school friendship with a fairy tale. It won Best Anime Movie at the 2018 IGN Summer Movie Awards.
October 18, 2019
Directed by Wanuri Kahiu (Kenya, English and Swahili with English Subtitles, 90 min, 2018)
Initially banned in Kenya, Rafiki chronicles a developing romance between two women to examine queer politics in its native country. The film premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, and it has won the top prize at queer film festivals in Milan, Minneapolis St. Paul, New York, and Seattle.
Paris is Burning
October 25, 2019
Directed by Jennie Livingston (USA, English, 78 min, 1990)
Newly restored, this groundbreaking documentary—a hallmark of the New Queer Cinema—follows African American and Latinx performers in the Harlem ballroom scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
November 1, 2019
Directed by Nadine Labacki (Lebanon, Arabic and Amharic with English Subtitles, 150 min, 2018)
The highest grossing Middle Eastern film of all time, Capernaum is a stunning melodrama of a young boy who sues his parents for child neglect. Praised for its performances and style, Capernaum won the Jury Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
November 8, 2019
Directed by Heather Lenz (USA, English and Japanese with English Subtitles, 80 min, 2018)
Kusama: Infinity profiles Yayoi Kusama, the enigmatic Japanese artist celebrated around the world for her mesmerizing infinity mirror installations.
November 15, 2019
Directed by Marcelo Martinessi (Paraguay, Spanish with English Subtitles, 98 min, 2018)
When her partner of over 30 years is imprisoned, a woman must re-examine and rebuild her life in this subtle Paraguayan drama that earned lead Ana Brun the Silver Bear for Best Actress award at the 2018 Berlinale.