From Academy Award®-nominated Hiromasa Yonebayashi – animator on Studio Ghibli masterpieces Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo, and director of When Marnie Was There and The Secret World of Arrietty – comes a dazzling new adventure about a young girl named Mary, who discovers a flower that grants magical powers, but only for one night.
Mary is an ordinary young girl stuck in the country with her Great-Aunt Charlotte and seemingly no adventures or friends in sight. She follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest, where she discovers an old broomstick and the strange Fly-by-Night flower, a rare plant that blossoms only once every seven years and only in that forest. Together the flower and the broomstick whisk Mary above the clouds, and far away to Endor College – a school of magic run by headmistress Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Doctor Dee. But there are terrible things happening at the school, and when Mary tells a lie, she must risk her life to try to set things right.
Based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 classic children’s book The Little Broomstick, Mary and The Witch’s Flower is an action-packed film full of jaw-dropping imaginative worlds, ingenious characters, and the simple, heartfelt story of a young girl trying to find a place in the world.
English-subtitled version at all showtimes. English-language version on Sunday at 1:45pm only.
January 26, 2018 @ 12:00 am – January 31, 2018 @ 11:45 pm
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.
Directed by Martin McDonagh. 115 minutes. USA. 2017. DCP.
R for violence, language throughout, and some sexual references.
Using synthesizers, acid basslines, drum machines and audio samples from the film, San Francisco based electronic musical score design duo The Firmament has created a live electronic score to the 1988 cyberpunk anime classic Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo.
Akira defined the cutting edge of Anime around the world. By today’s standards, Akira remains the pinnacle of cel animation and retains the explosive impact of its highly detailed animation and its intensely violent saga of power and corruption.
Neo-Tokyo has risen from the ashes of World War III to become a dark and dangerous megalopolis infested with gangs and terrorists. The government seethes with corruption and only maintains a token control over the powerful military that prevents total chaos and hides the secrets of the past. Childhood friends Tetsuo and Kaneda plunge into Neo-Tokyo’s darkest secret when their motorcycle gang encounters a military operation to retrieve an escaped experimental subject. Tetsuo, captured by the military, is subjected to experiments that make him a powerful psychic, but, unfortunately for Neo-Tokyo, Tetsuo’s powers rage out of control and he lashes out at the world that has oppressed him! Nothing can stop the destructive forces that Tetsuo wields except possibly the last boy to destroy Tokyo.
When they aren’t performing live electronic movie rescores The Firmament’s Renzo is a Sound Composer and Sound Designer on NPR’s Snap Judgement podcast which features a new episode every week and Marky is hosting, booking and DJing the weekly virtual reality rave, Echo Space on Wednesday Nights.
Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. 1988. Japan. 124 min. Live Soundtrack Performance.
The latest film from Iranian director Fereydoun Jeyrani evokes the spirit of Hitchcock as it weaves a complex tale of marital infidelity, dark power relationships and the lengths to which love and obsession drive people. Massoud takes his wife Nassim to a mental asylum as she has shut herself off from the rest of the world. Her nurse Sahra is initially intrigued by Nassim’s case as she discovers that Massoud might not be all he claims to be. But, as she discovers more about Massoud and Nassim, Sahra finds herself falling under the influence of Massoud and intrigue quickly turns in to love. Soon Sahra discovers that she is travelling a path from which there is no escape.
Shot in crisp black and white, cinematographer Masood Salami creates an air of claustrophobia throughout “Asphyxia” as we are presented with a world of interiors, small rooms and characters trapped by circumstance. This tangible air of oppression is amplified by Navid Mohammadzadeh’s performance as Massoud, a man whose ability to manipulate those around him is quietly terrifying. Indeed, as much as Jeyrani has created a taut psychological thriller, “Asphyxia” is also a poignant statement on the treatment of women within a society that places all power and control in the hands of men – Laurence Boyce/Tallinn Film Fest.
February 21, 2018 @ 12:00 am – February 22, 2018 @ 11:45 pm
A documentary about radio artist and Negativland member Don Joyce, Q&A to follow!
When Don Joyce and Negativland discovered their mutual love for “found” sounds, an intensely collaborative creative partnership was cemented. It continued non-stop for the ensuing decades, with Don endlessly scanning the airwaves of radio and television, along with his massive LP collection, for new material, day by day, week by week.
“It was Don who took the idea of reshaping previously recorded words – in a pre-sampling age – and ran with it to an extent and depth never before heard, and never equaled. ‘Recontextualization’ became his weapon, with the 1/4” tape machine and razor blade his ammunition, and the radio ‘cart player’ – an entirely forgotten piece of broadcast history using endless-loop tape cartridges, which he used until he death – his delivery system.”-Negativland
The annual popular program provides both the delight of discovery and renewed wonder at the ways in which the documentary cinema can explore the world through fresh points of view and unbridled curiosity. As in previous years, the 2018 Oscar® Short Docs program will present all five nominees in one spectacular presentation. Make your picks and see the winners announced at our annual UP THE AWARDS BENEFIT BASH on March 4th. Lists of titles along with synopses and running times will be available after the nominations are announced on Jan. 23rd. If past years are any measure, advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended! (Approximately 150 mins.)
The crowd-pleasing, bargain basement broadcast of Hollywood’s annual attempt to bark you back into multiplexes by giving shiny statues to prestige pictures. Beer. Snacks. Ballots & attitude. The Roxie’s resident curator of film, video & digital recklessness, Stev Sechovec, has been digging deep in order to bath the big screen with his latest discoveries of curiously captivating shorts, twisted music videos, intriguingly perplexing film clips, & generally hilarious cinematic detritus, rendering the entire evening blessedly commercial free!
Your $15 donation goes directly to the operations of our independent, nonprofit, historic theater. This event is not sponsored by or affiliated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Many thanks to ABC 7 for their support.
Doors open at 3:15 so you can get settled before the Red Carpet March of Shame.
Please do drop in and amply avail yourself of the tasty Middle-Eastern treats awaiting you at this year’s Awards Sponsor & provider of the platters of pleasure you will be scarfing down, Truly Mediterranean. Tell Omar: “The Roxie sent you!”
FREE – Come and meet festival programmers from the vast, varied and vital film festivals of the Bay Area. If you ask the right question many film festival secrets with be revealed.
Representatives invited to represent these awesome SF organizations/events:
SFFILM, Center for Asian American Media, SF Jewish Film Festival, Alamo Drafthouse, SF MOMA, SF Documentary Festival, SF Green Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, International Ocean Film Festival, SF Black Film Festival, Frameline, Another Hole in the Head and SF Independent Film Festival
Some of us just can’t stand Valentine’s Day. Fortunately, there is an entire genre of music made just for our pain, and it just happens to also be the most badass music ever: POWER BALLADS. We’ll sing, we’ll hold lighters in the air and sway, we’ll pound our fists at the sky in defiance of those who would dare not love us. Featuring the music of Journey, Guns ‘n Roses, Bon Jovi, Warrant, and many many more.