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Bacurau

A feverish mixture of thriller, science fiction, western, and political satire, Bacurau is, above all, an angry commentary on Brazil’s shifting political fortunes—albeit one that makes room for Spandau Ballet tunes. Co-directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho (Aquarius, MVFF 2016) and Juliano Dornelles, the movie chronicles the surreal happenings that occur in a small rural town—which has vanished from GPS, an indication of the off-the-map peculiarity that follows. This ensemble piece, featuring everyone from Aquarius star Sônia Braga to genre legend Udo Kier, begins as a lament for a community cut off from society but soon morphs into a life-or-death struggle, pitting greedy outsiders against fiercely determined locals. The clash of tones and styles electrifies, but what ties this Cannes Jury Prize winner together is its sense of outrage: at globalization, at those who try to erase indigenous peoples, at an encroaching modern world that too often destroys everything in i
Mon, Oct 7, 2019 8:15 PM
Tue, Oct 8, 2019 9:00 PM
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Coup 53

Ten years in the making, Iranian director Taghi Amirani's feature debut film is a fascinating investigation into the 1953 Anglo-American coup d'état in Iran that displaced democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed Mohammad Reza Pahlavi as Shah, turning Iran into a despotic monarchy. Tracing the coup from the events leading up to it through its aftermath, Amirani and editor and co-writer Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The Godfather) uncover a wealth of secrets held for over 60 years discovered in a trove of documents and film obtained from the BFI. Assembling never-before-seen archival footage, animation, and interviews with witnesses on both sides of the conflict, Coup 53 presents a chilling exposé of one of the first covert actions by the US and UK to overthrow a sitting government in order to protect “national interests” at the expense of what could have been the largest democracy in the Middle East.
Thu, Oct 10, 2019 8:00 PM
Sat, Oct 12, 2019 12:00 PM
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From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock: A Reporter's Journey

Journalist and filmmaker Kevin McKiernan (Good Kurds, Bad Kurds: No Friends But the Mountains) explores the complexities of revolution in the meditative From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock: A Reporter’s Journey. At once poignant and educational, McKiernan—who was a rookie when he began this journey nearly 50 years ago—provides an entrance point into the oft-overlooked history of Native American uprisings. Tracing the recent history of activism from the 1973 confrontation at Wounded Knee to the 21st-century pipeline protests at Standing Rock, McKiernan repurposes his own archival footage to chronicle the longtime search for lost identity and reparations. An expert blend of eyewitness accounts from advocates and dramatic news coverage grounds the exploration of broken treaties, displaced communities, and generational grief. Focusing on outsider McKiernan and Yurok fisherman Willard Carlson (whom McKiernan photographed during the siege at Wounded Knee
Wed, Oct 9, 2019 5:15 PM
Thu, Oct 10, 2019 8:45 PM
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Harriet

Harriet Tubman, the slave who freed herself only to return to the South to liberate others as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, comes to vivid life through Tony Award® winner Cynthia Erivo’s powerhouse performance in this thrilling biopic, beautifully directed by Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou). Born into slavery in 1822, Tubman flees captivity by herself after discovering she’s about to be sold. One hundred treacherous miles to be crossed on foot ahead of a pursuing posse stand between her and independence in Philadelphia.
Sat, Oct 5, 2019 7:00 PM
Wed, Oct 9, 2019 2:30 PM
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A Hidden Life

Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, Days of Heaven) delivers one of his most impassioned works with this masterful return to form about the true story of a conscientious objector who chose prison over fighting for the Third Reich. An astonishing August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds) plays Franz Jägerstätter, a soft-spoken Austrian farmer living peacefully with his wife (Valerie Pachner, The Ground Beneath My Feet) and their children, but during WWII, he is forced to join the German army. The staunchly religious Franz refuses, setting in motion potentially dire repercussions. Guided by its luminous performances and the sort of jaw-dropping cinematography that comes with any Malick film, A Hidden Life is undoubtedly a sharp rebuke to the rise of fascism in our modern age, and Malick’s ethereal camerawork is constantly juxtaposed with the Nazis’ encroaching threat to Franz’s tranquil domain. It’s a transporting, supremely thoughtful drama that’s hard to sha
Sat, Oct 12, 2019 7:30 PM
Sun, Oct 13, 2019 5:00 PM
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Les misérables

In this explosive debut feature, race and class tensions come to a head when a trio of police officers in the poverty-stricken Parisian suburb of Montfermeil are tasked with returning a kidnapped lion cub to its rightful (and ferocious) owner. On his first day on duty in a new district, Stéphane (Damien Bonnard, Staying Vertical) joins brash trigger-happy Chris (co-screenwriter Alex Manenti) and his partner Gwada (Djebril Zonga) as they patrol the racially divided streets of their beat. When members of a touring Roma circus accuse the local Muslim Brotherhood of kidnapping the cub, the three officers investigate, setting off a chain reaction that culminates in an astounding cinematic showdown and conflagration that will take your breath away. Using the famed Victor Hugo novel (originally set in Montfermeil) as a blueprint for a blistering portrait of contemporary France, Ly expanded his César Award-nominated short of the same name (using largely the same cast and crew) for his f
Fri, Oct 11, 2019 8:00 PM
Sat, Oct 12, 2019 2:15 PM
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Marighella

Carlos Marighella remains one of Brazil's most divisive historical figures: a politician, writer, and Marxist insurrectionist. During the military coup of 1964 and subsequent right-wing dictatorship, Marighella fought against the destruction of human rights, leaving his wife and child behind to pursue a revolution in the streets that would ultimately lead to his bloody assassination. Marighella is a searing biopic depicting the guerilla fighter's rise to public enemy number one as a brutal government hunts him down. The raw central performance by charismatic actor and musician Seu Jorge (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) anchors the drama with an emotional intensity. The directorial debut of acclaimed actor Wagner Moura (best known as Pablo Escobar on Narcos), Marighella is a punchy, no-holds-barred film that is already controversial in its native Brazil. Amidst the current re-ascendance of far-right authoritarianism, Marighella’s message is both ur
Fri, Oct 4, 2019 8:45 PM
Sat, Oct 5, 2019 7:00 PM
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The Reformer. Zwingli: A Life's Portrait (Zwingli)

Zurich, 1519. Arriving with nothing but his impassioned eloquence and radical ideas (e.g. clerics should be free to marry who they choose—radical even today), a young priest sparks a revolution that would challenge the Catholic stronghold over the people, reforming a faith, a nation, and the world. Based on the extraordinary life of Ulrich Zwingli, this lush historical epic reveals how one man’s powerful words and deeds took aim against the tyranny of the time and its suffocating religious strictures. Amid charges of blasphemy and heresy, Zwingli’s denunciation of Biblical hypocrisy slowly begins to sway others to his side, including Anna, a devout widow with a passion for learning. As Zwingli’s controversial positions advance the city toward civil war, his deep bond with Anna is at stake. Multiple award-winning director Stefan Haupt (The Circle) and lead actor Maximilian Simonischek (The Divine Order, MVFF 2017) craft an intensely vibrant reconstruction of a pivotal mome
Sun, Oct 6, 2019 1:15 PM
Mon, Oct 7, 2019 2:30 PM
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Seberg

SPOTLIGHT ON KRISTEN STEWART: In a performance both shattering and captivating, Kristen Stewart transforms into tragic screen legend and fashion icon Jean Seberg, an American actress who became an instant international film darling following Godard’s Breathless and whose progressive political ties to the Black Panther party made her a person of interest for the FBI. Echoes of both the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements rattle beneath every sumptuous frame of Rachel Morrison’s (Mudbound) cinematography, as Seberg tries to stay afloat amid a Hoover-era surveillance operation run by a promising rookie agent (a smoldering Jack O’Connell, Starred Up). With an extensive theatre background, director Benedict Andrews (Una) ambitiously reshapes what could have been just a standard (albeit extremely timely) biopic into something boldly cinematic: a gripping, unshakable thriller about a fascinating woman, whose unwavering courage to use her voice, fame, and financ
Mon, Oct 7, 2019 7:00 PM7:00 PM
Tue, Oct 8, 2019 3:30 PM
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Philip Kaufman’s sweeping, unforgettable adaptation of Milan Kundera’s classic novel, once thought to be unfilmable, finds Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, and Lena Olin at the height of their talents in an erotic and complex love triangle that spans years and countries. In the halcyon days leading up to the Soviet invasion of Prague in 1968, apolitical, skirt-chasing surgeon Tomas (Day-Lewis) enjoys a life free of the weight of emotional entanglements, particularly with his like-minded painter mistress Sabine (Olin). But when he meets shy waitress Tereza (Binoche), he decides to give “traditional marriage” a try before the three individuals get swept up in the Prague Spring. Grand in its scope and intimate in its detail (aided in no small part by Sven Nykvist’s masterful cinematography), The Unbearable Lightness of Being, which Kaufman (The Right Stuff) adapted with Jean-Claude Carrière (Belle de jour), is presented in a brand new, glorious 4K restoration by th
Sat, Oct 12, 2019 5:00 PM
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Watch List

Since the start of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s take-no-prisoners war on drugs campaign, his policy has led to the deaths of over 5,000 people and drawn harsh criticism from human rights organizations across the globe. American director Ben Rekhi examines this devastation through the lives of Maria and Arturo—a married couple, both former addicts, who must sign up for “voluntary rehab” in order to qualify for government aid. In the aftermath of her husband’s mysterious murder, Maria descends into the dark world of Philippine government corruption in her quest for answers. Rekhi weaves a truthful account of government-sanctioned violence into the intimate struggles of a mother who is pushed to the limit to protect her children from the capital’s worst criminals, cops, and drugs. Equal parts drama and crime thriller, and impressively shot on location, Watch List immerses the viewer in the “mean streets” of Manila, shedding light on the challenges of life, for many, in th
Fri, Oct 4, 2019 8:15 PM
Sat, Oct 5, 2019 4:30 PM
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You Say You Want a Revolution?

Can we revisit the ‘60s yet again, not in a futile attempt to recapture that blissful, perfect (nostalgia) trip but as an incubator for the kind of volcanic change needed at this fraught moment in the human experiment? That was the thinking behind “You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970,” an idea-and-artifact packed exhibition at London’s V&A Museum of art and design in the fall-winter of 2016-2017. The veddy British curators guide us through the upheavals of the second half of the decade, from the fashion freedom of Carnaby Street to the murderous clampdown at Kent State, with a special appreciation for the Bay Area. Filmmaker Emily Harris invites idealists and futurists Stewart Brand and Lee Friedlander, and cultural avatars Peter Coyote and Country Joe McDonald, to bring their experiences to bear on the present moment. In the face of looming ecological catastrophe, they prescribe worldwide transformation—with or without LSD—to cure our conformity, consumerism, a
Sun, Oct 6, 2019 4:30 PM
Tue, Oct 8, 2019 2:30 PM
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