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Opens March 7th
BETHLEHEM tells the story of the complex relationship between Razi, an Israeli Secret Service officer, and his teenage Palestinian informant Sanfur.
Sanfur is the younger brother of Ibrahim, a highly wanted Palestinian militant. Razi, determined to capture or assassinate Ibrahim, recruited Sanfur when he was just 15, investing all his energy in the kid and developing a very intimate, almost fatherly relationship with him.
Sanfur, who has always lived in his brother's shadow, thrives on Razi's attention. Now 17, he struggles to navigate between Razi’s demands and his loyalty to his brother, living a double life and lying to both.
When the Israeli Secret Service discovers how deeply involved Sanfur is in his brother’s activities, Razi is accused of crossing professional lines and is ordered to sacrifice Sanfur in an upcoming attempt to assassinate Ibrahim. As preparations for the military strike are underway both Razi and Sanfur are forced to make choices that will irreversibly change their lives.
Co-written by Israeli director Yuval Adler, and Ali Waked, an Arab journalist who spent years in the West Bank, and based on extensive research, BETHLEHEM transcends perspectives, revealing the impossible situations and moral dilemmas associated with the dark and fascinating world of human intelligence.
99 min. • NR • Dir. Yuval Adler • In Hebrew/Arabic w/ English subtitles
ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME
Opens March 14th
ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME is a ferocious, funny and poignant portrait of the one-of-a-kind Broadway legend as she reaches her 87th year.
At 87, Broadway legend ELAINE STRITCH remains indisputably in the spotlight. In the revealing and poignant ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME, the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is showcased both on and off stage via rare archival footage and intimate cinema vérité. By turns bold, hilarious and moving, the film’s journey connects Stritch’s present to her past, and an inspiring portrait of a one-of-a-kind survivor emerges.
In stolen moments from her corner room at New York’s Carlyle Hotel and on breaks from her tour and work, candid reflections about her life are punctuated with photographs from her personal collection and words from friends (including Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane, Cherry Jones, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini and John Turturro). Whether dominating the stage, tormenting Alec Baldwin on the set of “30 Rock,” or sharing her personal takes on her struggles with aging, diabetes and alcoholism, ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME reaches beyond the icon’s brassy exterior and reveals a multi-dimensional portrait of a complex woman and artist.
ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME marks the directorial debut of acclaimed documentary producer Chiemi Karasawa.
80 min. • NR • Dir. Chiemi Karasawa
Opens March 21st
Academy Award Nominee Jake Gyllenhaal reteams with his PRISONERS director, Academy Award Nominee Denis Villeneuve, in this sexy and hypnotically surreal psychological thriller that breathes new life into the doppleganger tradition. Adam Bell (Gyllenhaal) is a glum, disheveled history professor, who seems disinterested even in his beautiful girlfriend, Mary (Laurent). Watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his double, a bit-part actor named Anthony Clair, and decides to track him down. The identical men meet and their lives become bizarrely and irrevocably intertwined. Gyllenhaal is transfixing as both Adam and Anthony, provoking empathy as well as disapproval while embodying two distinct personas. With masterfully controlled attention to detail, Villeneuve takes us on an enigmatic and gripping journey through a world that is both familiar and strange - and hard to shake off long after its final, unnerving image. ENEMY, adapted from Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago's 2004 novel The Double, is about the power of the subconscious. In the end, only one man can survive.
90 min. • R • Dir. Denis Villeneuve
Opens March 28th
Miele is the story of Irene a 30 years old girl who helps suffering people.Terminal patients who want to make shorter the struggle with death, people whose suffering injure the dignity of an human being. One day a 70 years old man in good health, who simply thinks to have lived enough, asks her to help him. The meeting will put to the test Irene’s convictions. It will open a stringent debate between the two.
Their relation becomes more and more full of implications and emotional ambiguities.
96 min. • R • Dir. Valeria Golino • In Italian with English subtitles
Showing March 12. Part of Human Rights Watch Film Festival!
Rafea is a Bedouin woman who lives with her daughters in one of Jordan's poorest desert villages on the Iraqi border. When she is selected for an intriguing programme called the Barefoot College in India, Rafea doesn't need to think twice, and travels to join 30 illiterate women from different countries to train to become solar engineers over the course of six months. Rafea immediately understands that she has a unique opportunity to give her children a better future and to provide the whole village with solar power. A tumultuous struggle with her husband threatens to put an end to her dreams, yet Rafea remains determined. Will she be able to empower the other women in the village to join her in the struggle to rewire the traditions of the Bedouin community that stand in their way? Official Selection International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2012
75 min. • NR • Dir. Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaif
LUCREZIA BORGIA (From the opera in cinema series)
Screening Monday, March 17 at 7:00pm and
Saturday, March 22 at 11:00am
By Donizetti, conducted by Riccardo Frizza. Renée Fleming, “America’s most-loved and most-lauded opera singer” (The Times, London), stars in this melodically rich bel canto masterpiece as a femme fatale renowned for her ruthless pursuit of power reveals poignant vulnerability when she comes face to face with her long-lost son. Tenor Michael Fabiano co-stars.
136 min. • NR • In Italian with English subtitles
SWAN LAKE (From the BALLET in cinema series)
Screening Monday, March 24 at 7:00pm and
Saturday, March 29 at 11:00am
A never-before-seen HD restoration of a historic Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn 1966 performance. Nureyev and Fonteyn revolutionized the world of ballet by crossing the borders between classical ballet and modern dance. Hailed as the greatest ballet partnership of all time!
107 min. • NR
CAPRICCIO (From the OPERA in cinema series)
Screening Monday, April 7 at 7:00pm and
Saturday, April 12 at 11:00am
By Strauss, conducted by by Christoph Eschenbach. Opera superstar Renee Fleming "soar[s] as only she can" (The Financial Times) in this delightful story of the Countess who must choose between her love of the composer and the poet, between music and the written word.
167 min. • NR • In German with English subtitles
JULIET AND ROMEO (From the BALLET in cinema series)
Screening Monday, April 14 at 7:00pm and
Saturday, April 19 at 11:00am
Juliet & Romeo takes a familiar work and twists it around to create something new, something that, in the words of dance critic Judith Mackrell in The Guardian "explores the dark and dangerous issues coiled at the heart of ballet's most hallowed works." This work was created for the Royal Swedish Ballet, and features music by Tchaikovsky (not the Prokofiev ballet) and a 20-strong corps de ballet.
120 min. • NR
MANON (From the OPERA in cinema series)
Screening Monday, May 5 at 7:00pm and
Saturday, May 10 at 11:00am
By Massenet, conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Manon, the tragic heroine of Massenet’s work, is torn between flirtatiousness and profound love, between frivolity and deep commitment. Starring opera’s “dream team” – Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón.
159 min. • NR • In French with English subtitles
DON QUIXOTE (From the OPERA in cinema series)
Screening Monday, May 12 at 7:00pm and
Saturday, May 17 at 11:00am
Starring The Étoiles, Premiers danseurs and Corps de ballet. Choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev. While retaining the great classical pages and the strong, fiery dances, Nureyev gave greater emphasis to the comic dimension contriving a particularly lively and light-hearted production.
120 min. • NR