New Releases


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Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent


"The film is a compulsively detailed swirl of moods and impressions, intent on capturing the contradictions of the man and his times. Observations of Saint Laurent at work and in love give way to panoramic, intricate surveys of the world of commerce and culture in which he suffered and flourished." (A.O. Scott, NY Times)

As one of history's greatest fashion designers entered a decade of freedom, neither came out of it in one piece.

Bertrand Bonello. 2015. 150 m. NR. France/Belgium, English/French with subtitles. Sony Pictures Classics.

Mon. May 25   6:30 PM
Tues. May 26   2:30 PM 5:30 PM 8:30 PM
Wed. May 27   2:30 PM 5:30 PM 8:30 PM
Thurs. May 28   2:30 PM 5:30 PM 8:30 PM

The Apu Trilogy: Pather Panchali

The Apu Trilogy: Pather Panchali


“[The Apu Trilogy] swept the top prizes at Cannes, Venice and London, and created a new cinema for India – whose prolific film industry had traditionally stayed within the narrow confines of swashbuckling musical romances. Never before had one man had such a decisive impact on the films of his culture... ” (Roger Ebert)

Satyajit Ray’s debut, Pather Panchali, in a style inspired by Italian neorealism, introduces us to both little Apu and the women who will help shape him. With resplendent photography informed by its young protagonist’s perpetual sense of discovery, Pather Panchali is an immersive cinematic experience and a film of elemental power.

The Apu Trilogy follows a free-spirited child in rural Bengal who matures into an adolescent urban student and finally a sensitive man of the world. Two decades after its original negatives were burned in a fire, Satyajit Ray’s breathtaking milestone of world cinema rises from the ashes in a meticulously reconstructed new 4K restoration. 

Satyajit Ray. 1955. 125 m. NR. India, Bengali with subtitles. Janus Films.

Mon. May 25   7:15 PM
Tues. May 26   1:10 PM 3:35 PM 6:30 PM 9:00 PM

What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows


"I'm so sick of vampires I'd have pounded a stake into my own heart not to have to watch this, but it turns out to be a pitch-perfect spoof of MTV's The Real World and a sly satire on millennial slackerdom." (J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader)

The adventures of four vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern world that's not always hospitable to the undead. Clement and Waititi, creators of the HBO hit series "Flight of the Conchords," co-wrote, co-directed, and co-star in this hilarious send-up in which an endearingly unhip quartet of friends reveal to us or, rather, to the documentary crew that's filming them, the details of their daily–make that nightly–routine.

Taika Waititi/Jemaine Clement. 2015. 86 m. NR. New Zealand/USA, English/German with subtitles. Paladin.

Chicago Reader review

Mon. May 25   7:25 PM
Tues. May 26   3:00 PM 9:35 PM
Wed. May 27   3:00 PM 9:35 PM
Thurs. May 28   7:45 PM 9:40 PM

Far from the Madding Crowd

Far from the Madding Crowd


Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd is the story of Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love - as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.

Thomas Vinterberg. 2015. 119 m. PG-13. . Fox Searchlight.

Mon. May 25   7:30 PM
Tues. May 26   2:10 PM 5:10 PM 7:40 PM 10:05 PM
Wed. May 27   2:10 PM 5:10 PM 7:40 PM 10:05 PM
Thurs. May 28   2:10 PM 5:10 PM 7:40 PM 10:05 PM

In the Name of My Daughter

In the Name of My Daughter


"The true story of a late-seventies murder case, which is well-known in France, is a ready-made classic melodrama." (Richard Brody, New Yorker)

A gripping thriller starring Catherine Deneuve as a mother who will not rest until her daughter's killer is put behind bars.

André Téchiné. 2015. 116 m. R. France, French with subtitles. Cohen Media Group.

New Yorker review

Mon. May 25   7:40 PM
Tues. May 26   1:30 PM 4:00 PM 7:10 PM
Wed. May 27   2:00 PM 5:00 PM 7:10 PM 9:30 PM
Thurs. May 28   1:00 PM 3:00 PM 5:20 PM

Planetary

Planetary


Planetary presents a stunning visual portrait of our Earth, taking us on a journey across continents. Through intimate interviews with NASA astronauts, environmentalists and philosophers the film shows that the solution to transforming our civilization lies in an understanding that all life is inseparably interconnected. JBFC Founder Steve Apkon serves as  Executive Producer, and Planetary is the first film to be released by his film production and distribution company Reconsider.

Guy Reid. 2015. 85 m. NR. Various Countries. Abramorama.

Tues. May 26   1:00 PM 5:15 PM
Wed. May 27   1:00 PM 5:15 PM
Thurs. May 28   1:05 PM 9:55 PM

The Apu Trilogy: Aparajito

The Apu Trilogy: Aparajito


“IF THESE AREN’T THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MOVIES EVER MADE, THEY’RE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ONES I KNOW. The beauty of this restoration may be enough to move you to tears.” (Stephanie Zacharek, The Village Voice)

Aparajito picks up where the first film (Pather Panchali) leaves off, with Apu and his family having moved away from the country to live in the bustling holy city of Varanasi. As Apu progresses from wide-eyed child to intellectually curious teenager, we witness his academic and moral education, as well as the growing complexity of his relationship with his mother. This tenderly expressive, often heart-wrenching film, which won three top prizes at the Venice Film Festival, including the Golden Lion, not only extends but also spiritually deepens the tale of Apu.

The Apu Trilogy brought India into the golden age of international art-house film, following one indelible character, a free-spirited child in rural Bengal who matures into an adolescent urban student and finally a sensitive man of the world. Two decades after its original negatives were burned in a fire, Satyajit Ray’s breathtaking milestone of world cinema rises from the ashes in a meticulously reconstructed new 4K restoration. 

Satyajit Ray. 1956. 109 m. NR. India, Bengali with subtitles. Janus Films.

Wed. May 27   1:10 PM 3:20 PM 5:35 PM 7:50 PM 10:00 PM

The Apu Trilogy: Apur Sansar

The Apu Trilogy: Apur Sansar


“The most important revival of the year! Go to worship the near-religious restoration and lose yourself in three very different masterpieces.” (David Edelstein, New York Magazine)

By the time Apur Sansar was released, Satyajit Ray had directed not only the first two Apu films but also the masterpiece The Music Room, and was well on his way to becoming a legend. This extraordinary final chapter brings our protagonist’s journey full circle. Apu is now in his early twenties, out of college, and hoping to live as a writer. Alongside his professional ambitions, the film charts his romantic awakening. Featuring soon-to-be Ray regulars Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore in star-making performances, and demonstrating Ray’s ever-more-impressive skills as a crafter of pure cinematic imagery, Apur Sansar is a breathtaking conclusion to this monumental trilogy.

Satyajit Ray. 1959. 105 m. NR. India, Bengali with subtitles. Janus Films.

Thurs. May 28   1:15 PM 3:20 PM 5:35 PM 7:50 PM