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Miloš Forman’s LOVES OF A BLONDE (Lásky jedné plavovlásky) 35mm

April 28, 2018 @ 12:01 am – 11:46 pm

R.I.P. Miloš Forman. In his honor, we offer his 1965 Oscar-nominated Czech New Wave classic in 35mm.

A factory manager in rural Czechoslovakia bargains with the army to send men to the area, to boost the morale of his young female workers, deprived of male company since the local boys have been conscripted. The army sends reservists, mostly married middle-aged men – and the local beauty Andula, spurns those bold enough to try to win her, for the jazz pianist, newly come from Prague to perform. He seduces her. She spends the night with him, causing a lecture on a young woman’s honor at her hostel. So she throws over her other suitors and makes her way to Prague to find her young man. A tender and humorous look at Andula’s journey, from the first pangs of romance to its inevitable disappointments, LOVES OF A BLONDE immediately became a classic of the Czech New Wave and earned Milos Forman, director of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, HAIR, RAGTIME, AMADEUS, THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT & MAN ON THE MOON, the first of four of his Academy Award nominations (including 2 wins!).

Written & directed by Miloš Forman. B&W. 35mm.. 1965. 88 mins.


58th Annual Film Finals – Presented by SFSU School of Cinema

May 22, 2018 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm

A San Francisco State tradition for over half a century, Film Finals is the School of Cinema’s annual showcase of the best films made by Cinema students at San Francisco State University during the academic year — and the City¹s premiere student cinema event.

In 2016, San Francisco State University was ranked as one of the top 25 American Film Schools by the Hollywood Reporter. The student films presented at previous Film Finals programs have gone on to screen at prestigious film festivals worldwide including Cannes, Telluride Film Festival, SXSW and the San Francisco International Film Festival.

This year’s program is comprised of work from graduates and undergraduates alike, representing various genres, styles, formats and media. It continues SFSU’s vibrant cinematic heritage that has resulted in alumni receiving Oscar nominations for fifteen consecutive years. We congratulate all of our filmmakers and with this showcase we celebrate the history of our amazing school, the hard work of our faculty, the talents of all our students, and the vitality of cinematic expression.

Doors at 6 pm, show at 6:30 pm.

Dark Crimes

May 18, 2018 @ 12:01 am – May 24, 2018 @ 11:45 pm

Based on a fascinating New Yorker article about a homicide investigation and the charismatic novelist eventually convicted of the murder

Jim Carrey stars in the Warsaw-set thriller as an obsessive straight-arrow loner cop (“the last honest cop in Poland” ) tackling that one inevitable last case before retirement. And that one cold case that he’s fixated on involves the death of a man known to frequent an S&M sex club, with eerie similarities to the storyline from the book of an author who also frequented the dungeon-like lair of depravity.

Starring Jim Carrey, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Marton Csokas. Directed by Alexandros Avranas. 92 mins. 2018. Digital HD.



May 24, 2018 @ 12:01 am – 11:45 pm

 A fundraiser for the people of Juchitan with a performance by Zapotec Singer Martha Toledo!

“Riveting!– San Francisco Chronicle

“Very cool movie!” – John Sayles, Director

“Gosling and Osborne…bring great enthusiasm to their subject…It’s easy to be seduced by this film’s warm-hearted…vision.” – The New York Times

Blossoms of Fire is a dazzling, whirling dance of a film that celebrates the extraordinary lives of the Isthmus Zapotecs of southern Oaxaca, Mexico, whose strong work ethic and fierce independent streak rooted in their culture, have resulted not only in powerful women but also in the region’s progressive politics and their acceptance of alternative gender roles.

The screening benefits the community portrayed in the film, now recovering from the devastating Mexican earthquakes and aftershocks of September 2017.

Written and Directed by Maureen Gosling. 2000. 75min. Digital HD.

NOTE FILMS START RIGHT AT THE LISTED SHOWTIME. Roxie Theater trailers play during the 30 minutes prior to showtime




May 5, 2018 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm

Mahi is a widow mourning the death of her only son. One day she bumps into Behrooz, her teenage sweetheart, who had left Iran following the scandal of his relationship with her.

Despite their families’ objections, the previous relationship begins to re-asser t itself.Mahi, however, nds out that Behrooz is emotionally involved with a young woman, Sara, who in turn learns of her ancé’s previous love. Sara is now in two minds about marrying Behrooz and emigrating to Canada. On the horns of these emotional entanglements the three characters have to make decisions not only about their emotions, but also their future lives.

Directed by Ida Panahandeh. Iran. 2017. In Persian with English subtitles. 100 min. DCP.

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COLD WATER (L’eau Froide)

May 4, 2018 @ 12:01 am – May 10, 2018 @ 11:59 pm

A 4K restoration of Olivier Assayas’ never-released teen masterpiece : “One of the key French films of the ’90s” (Jonathan Rosenbaum).

Assayas’ 1994 breakthrough feature was made for a French television series that commissioned nine directors to make a film about their youth using music from the period Drawing from his own youthful experiences and set in suburban Paris in 1972, this cruel story of youth follows two troubled teen lovers, Gilles (Cyprien Fouquet) and Christine (an 18-year-old Virginie Ledoyen), in the disillusioned aftermath of May ’68. Both hailing from broken homes, the teens struggle to communicate with their parents (Gilles’ father is movingly played by French New Wave mainstay László Szabó) and rage against the Establishment. When Christine’s parents decide to send her to an institution, the two decide to run away. A brilliantly choreographed party sequence set in an abandoned mansion in the woods marks a turning point in Assayas’ work, as rock music (Leonard Cohen, Janis Joplin, Nico, Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music, Bob Dylan, Alice Cooper, Uriah Heep & Donovan.) combined with a roving camera creates an experiential intersection between the characters and the director’s own youth.Unavailable for decades, this deeply felt coming-of-age drama at long last makes its way to The Roxie!

Written & directed by Olivier Assayas. Virginie Ledoyen, Cyprien Fouquet, László Szabóm & Jean-Pierre Darroussin. 1994. France. In French with English subtitles. DCP. 92 mins.

Director’s Note On The 2018 Restoration:
“I’ve been supporting the film a lot because it should have been released in the nineties. It’s ridiculous—it’s absurd, you know? And it’s a film that keeps on coming back. It has a life of its own and has become a kind of cult movie, which is cool, and happening without my control. But I’m happy that finally it will get some wider visibility than the cinephile audience that’s recognized it for a long time”.

COLD WATER Trailer from Janus Films on Vimeo.


May 26, 2018 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm

25th Anniversary!

In 1979 Cuba, flamboyant gay artist Diego (Jorge Perugorría) attempts to seduce the straight and strait-laced David (Vladimir Cruz), an idealistic young communist, and fails dismally. But David conspires to be “friends” with Diego so he can monitor the artist’s subversive life for the state. As Diego and David discuss politics, individuality and personal expression in Castro’s Cuba, a genuine friendship develops between the two. Can it last in such an oppressive environment?

Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío. With Jorge Perugorría, Vladimir Cruz, Mirtha Ibarra. 1993. 108 min. Digital.

Diego, un hombre culto y abiertamente homosexual, se enamora de David, un joven comunista heterosexual lleno de prejuicios y dogmas. David se enamora de Nancy, quien se está recuperando de un intento de suicidio. La relación con estos dos hombres le otorga a Nancy un nuevo significado en su vida. Lo que comienza para David como repulsión y rechazo hacia Diego, se convierte en una amistad entre dos hombres que supera la ignorancia y la homofobia.


NOTE FILMS START RIGHT AT THE LISTED SHOWTIME. Roxie Theater trailers play during the 30 minutes prior to showtime



May 25, 2018 @ 12:01 am – 11:45 pm

Julie’s cool, Randy’s hot. She’s from the Valley, he’s like so not! Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman star in this “sweet, fast, funny” romance that mixes preppies, punk rockers and a hit-filled soundtrack.

Lovely teen Julie Richman (Deborah Foreman) is steeped in the excessive, pink-clad culture of the San Fernando Valley, complete with her narcissistic boyfriend, Tommy (Michael Bowen). At a party, however, Julie falls for an edgy Hollywood punk named Randy (Nicolas Cage), and the two begin an unlikely romance. Torn between fitting in with her superficial friends and embracing a more non-conformist lifestyle, Julie ultimately has to decide to stay with Tommy or take a risk with Randy.

Directed by Martha Coolidge. With Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman. 1983. 95 minutes.

NOTE FILMS START RIGHT AT THE LISTED SHOWTIME. Roxie Theater trailers play during the 30 minutes prior to showtime


IN THE INTENSE NOW (No Intenso Agora)

May 4, 2018 @ 12:01 am – May 6, 2018 @ 11:59 pm

Drawing from the visual archive of the global 1968 revolutions in four countries—France, Czechoslovakia, China, and Brazil—to examine what is captured and what is lost in images of great historical intensity.

In the Intense Now explores the revolutions of 1968 as they unfolded across four different countries and their political environments: France, Czechoslovakia, China, and Brazil. Narrated in first person by the director, the film reflects on that which is revealed by footage of the French students’ uprising in May of 1968; the images captured by amateurs during the invasion of Czechoslovakia in August of the same year, when forces led by the Soviet Union put an end to the Prague Spring; the scenes that a tourist —the director’s mother —filmed in China in 1966, the year of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution; and footage from Salles’ own childhood in Brazil, during the establishment and rule of a repressive military dictatorship.

“Find solace, enlightenment and surprise
In joão moreira salles’s ‘in the intense now’.”
—A. O. Scott,  New York Times

Directed & narrated by João Moreira Salles. In Portuguese, French and Czech with English subtitles. DCP. 127 mins.



May 25, 2018 @ 12:00 am – May 31, 2018 @ 11:45 pm

Love & Bananas is a heartwarming and hopeful film that exposes the plight of Asian elephants and the people who work tirelessly to save them.

Elephant rescues in Thailand are rare, unpredictable and often life-threatening. After waiting 2.5 years, actor/director Ashley Bell and a team of elephant rescuers led by world-renowned Asian elephant conservationist and TIME Magazine’s Hero of Asia, Lek Chailert, embark on a daring mission 480 miles across Thailand to rescue Noi Na, a 70-year old partially blind trekking elephant and bring her to freedom.

African elephants are slaughtered for their ivory, but sadly the plight of the Asian Elephant has been completely overlooked even though they are the elephant we are most familiar with in zoos, circuses and elephant rides. L&B exposes the cruel secret that every Asian elephant has had to endure to become a service animal; a process known as Pajan, aka The Crush Box. LOVE & BANANAS aims to ignite a new way of thinking about this species and shows what can be done to prevent the extinction of Asian elephants.

Written and directed by Ashley Bell .2018. 77 mins. DCP.

NOTE FILMS START RIGHT AT THE LISTED SHOWTIME. Roxie Theater trailers play during the 30 minutes prior to showtime