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  • Acasă, My Home

  • Collective

  • La strada

  • Flowers of Shanghai

  • Zappa

  • Edo Avant Garde

  • Ikarie XB-1

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  • Acasă, My Home

    Radu Ciorniciuc
    Romania, Germany, Finland, 2020

    A family living freely in marshlands outside Bucharest is forcibly relocated to the city in this intimate documentary on the cost of social integration. Winner of a Special Jury Award for Cinematography at Sundance. “Lyrical and provocative” (Hollywood Reporter).

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  • Atlantis

    Valentyn Vasyanovych
    Ukraine, 2019

    Available January 29

    Unfolding as a series of carefully constructed tableaus set in a near-future Eastern Ukraine, Atlantis presents a magnificent cinematic accounting of the costs of war. “Sensitively observed and meticulously crafted. . . . A remarkable piece of filmmaking” (Screen).

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  • Collective

    Alexander Nanau
    Romania, Luxembourg, 2019

    A shattering exposé of systemic corruption, this documentary about the aftermath of a Bucharest nightclub fire “doesn’t just open your eyes but tears you apart by exposing a moral rift with resonance far beyond the film’s home country” (Variety).

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  • Coup 53

    Taghi Amirani
    United Kingdom, 2019

    Cowritten and edited by Oscar winner Walter Murch, this documentary is a fascinating investigation into the 1953 Anglo-American coup d’état in Iran that displaced democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mossaddegh and installed the despotic Mohammad Reza Pahlavi as shah. “Passionate and fearless” (Hollywood Reporter).

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  • Edo Avant Garde

    Linda Hoaglund
    Japan, United States, 2019

    This beautiful examination of the tradition of Japanese folding screen and scroll painting explores the sensuous style and innovative methods of Edo period painting and reveals its influence on Western art.

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  • Flowers of Shanghai

    Hou Hsiao-hsien
    Taiwan, 1998

    Digital Restoration

    Tony Leung stars in Hou Hsiao-hsien’s quietly sumptuous tale of brothel life in nineteenth-century Shanghai. “‘Surrender’ is the key to this visually ravishing masterpiece” (Phillip Lopate).

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  • From the East

    Chantal Akerman
    France, Belgium, Portugal, 1993

    New Digital Restoration

    Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Chantal Akerman journeyed across Eastern Europe recording the still palpable presence of the Soviet Union ahead of its inevitable dissolution. “A travelogue through history . . . a purely cinematic monument in time and space” (Village Voice).

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  • Identifying Features

    Fernanda Valadez
    Mexico, Spain, 2020

    An elegantly constructed anti-macho western. “Fernanda Valadez finds a personal tragedy within a national one—the murder or disappearance of thousands of people, the mass collateral damage of the ongoing drug war” (Carlos Aguilar, AV Club).

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  • Ikarie XB-1

    Jindrich Polák
    Czechoslovakia, 1963

    Digital Restoration of the Full-Length Version

    Based on a novel by Stanislaw Lem, this austere, sublime space odyssey “profoundly influenced the genre and showed that science-fiction movies weren’t only about special effects; they were also high art” (The Guardian).

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  • Intervista

    Federico Fellini
    Italy, 1987

    Digital Restoration

    Fellini turns the camera on himself in this pseudo-documentary, which uses a Japanese TV crew’s visit to the Cinecittà studio as the pretext for a series of glimpses into the filmmaker’s methods and thoughts.

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  • Irmi

    Veronica Selver, Susan Fanshel
    United States, 2020

    This beautiful documentary portrait of German Jewish émigrée Irmi Selver (1906–2004), based on her memoirs (read by Hanna Schygulla), takes us on a unique journey through a life marked by love, unimaginable loss, and strength of spirit.

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  • La strada

    Federico Fellini
    Italy, 1954

    Digital Restoration

    Fellini’s muse, Giulietta Masina, modeled her timeless character Gelsomina after Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp. She stars with a brutish Anthony Quinn in this classic that Martin Scorsese called “the cornerstone of Fellini’s work.” This presentation includes an insightful introduction by Russell Merritt.

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  • Mandabi

    Ousmane Sembène
    Senegal, 1968

    A comic fable about a middle-aged man in Dakar whose life changes when he receives a money order from Paris. African master Ousmane Sembène’s approach is “spare, laconic, slightly ironic, and never patronizing” (New York Times).

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  • Mayor

    David Osit
    United States, United Kingdom, 2020

    This at times absurdist, always eye-opening documentary about the mayor of Ramallah, a Palestinian city surrounded by Israeli settlements, is “the best new film about the Israeli- Palestinian conflict” (Indiewire). “Gripping and surprisingly witty” (Variety).

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  • Nationtime

    William Greaves
    United States, 1972

    New 4K Restoration
    Closing January 31

    William Greaves’s documentary captures the energy and urgency of the 1972 National Black Political Convention, where some ten thousand Black politicians, artists, activists, and journalists—including Jesse Jackson, Bobby Seale, Betty Shabazz, Dick Gregory, and others—assembled to create a unified Black political agenda.

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  • Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

    Ric Burns
    United States, 2019

    “At once tender and thrilling” (Variety), this moving and insightful portrait of neurologist and author Oliver Sacks centers on intimate interviews from his final months, as he faced death and looked back on his extraordinary life.

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  • Paris Calligrammes

    Ulrike Ottinger
    Germany, France, 2020

    Ottinger’s latest film describes her experiences as a young artist living in Paris in the 1960s, evoking a place and time of intellectual, artistic, and political ferment.

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  • The End of the Ottoman Empire

    Mathilde Damoisel, Sylvie Jézéquel
    France, Switzerland, 2016

    Closing January 31

    This fascinating documentary offers an overview of the Ottoman Empire and its decline, the essential backstory of our world today.

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  • The Hand

    Wong Kar Wai
    Hong Kong, 2004

    4K Digital Restoration

    Wong’s little-seen contribution to the omnibus film Eros (expanded to feature length) showcases the relationship between a smitten young tailor (Chang Chen) and a jaded courtesan (Gong Li). “Visually exquisite and highly erotic” (Jonathan Rosenbaum).

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  • The Mirror

    Andrei Tarkovsky
    USSR, 1974

    Available February 5

    Juxtaposing fragments of childhood memory with the collective memories and nightmares of the twentieth century, Andrei Tarkovsky invented “a new language, true to the nature of film . . . life as a dream” (Ingmar Bergman).

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  • You Will Die at Twenty

    Amjad Abu Alala
    Sudan, France, Egypt, Germany, Norway, Qatar, 2019

    In this visually entrancing film, a young man faced with a prophecy of an early death tries to experience a normal adolescence. “Beautifully composed . . . the film lovingly depicts the remote east-central region of Sudan as a quasi-magical place of sand, sky, and the colors of the Nile” (Variety).

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  • Zappa

    Alex Winter
    United States, 2020

    With newly preserved archival recordings, home movies, and extensive interviews, Alex Winter’s intimate and comprehensive documentary is a definitive portrait of the great twentieth-century composer, rock star, entrepreneur, social critic, and political activist Frank Zappa.

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