Schedule for Thursday, August 20
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"Subtlety and nuance mark both the film's dialogue and performances. It's hard to see how Dancy and Byrne could be any better." (LA Times)
After moving into her new apartment, Beth, a broken-hearted teacher, finds herself drawn to Adam, her socially inept downstairs neighbor whose head seems lost in the stars. When he reveals that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, her parents (Peter Gallagher and Amy Irving) are understandably concerned, but she can’t deny their unique connection. Rose Byrne and Hugh Dancy deliver knockout performances, and Writer/Director Max Mayer examines the challenges of an exceptional modern relationship with a humorous and heartfelt touch.
Max Mayer. 2009. 99 m. PG-13. US. Fox Searchlight.5:00 PM 7:10 PM 9:20 PM
In the Loop
"A sharply written, fast-talking, almost dementedly articulate satire on modern statecraft." (New York Times)
The US President and the UK Prime Minister fancy a war. But not everyone agrees that war would be a good thing. When one British official makes a passing comment to a reporter that "war is unforeseeable," it becomes a major news story that accelerates a run-up to war in the Middle East. A laugh-out-loud political satire on the diplomatic misunderstandings and behind-the-scenes power plays between the British and US governments preceding the Iraq war. The Village Voice calls it "a flying circus of backstage political damage control and deal-making."
LULU ("Animation Shorts Suite")
Armando Iannucci . 2009. 106 m. NR. UK. IFC Films.5:10 PM 7:25 PM 9:40 PM
Elevator to the Gallows
Miles Davis’ sinuous trumpet underscores Louis Malle’s (Au Revoir Les Enfants) debut feature—a story of risk, chance, and mistaken identity on a dark night in Paris. It opens with a perfectly planned murder, but fate quickly turns against the conspirators and traps them in the crosshairs of their own plot. Jeanne Moreau is luminous in her star-making role as the jilted lover in a film that acts as the perfect stylistic bridge between classic noir and the French New Wave. As The New Yorker put it: “Elevator to the Gallows is a proto-New Wave movie, very much a work of the fifties but one that, in retrospect, appears to be pointing toward a liberated future.”
Louis Malle. 1958. 88 m. NR. France, French/German with subtitles. Rialto Pictures.5:15 PM 7:15 PM 9:15 PM