July 22, 2014 - July 23, 2014

inland empire 2“A Woman in Trouble”, reads the poster for David Lynch’s 2006 magnum opus (and possibly his final movie?), INLAND EMPIRE. It’s about a struggling actress, the barren outskirts of Los Angeles, the shadowy inner-workings of Hollywood, a troubled remake of a cursed, never-completed Polish movie. There’s a family of rabbits on television and two musical numbers. In many ways, it is the ultimate David Lynch movie, and we’re very excited to let you know he’s letting us borrow his personal 35mm print of the film!

Dir: David Lynch. 2006. 35mm. 180 mins. Nightly at 7:15pm.

Free for members!

July 26, 2014 - July 29, 2014

Co-presented by San Francisco Cinematheque



In its native land, František  Vláčil’s MARKETA LAZAROVÁ has been hailed as the greatest Czech film   ever made; for many U.S. viewers, it will be a revelation. Based on a novel by   Vladislav Vančura, this stirring and poetic depiction of a feud between two rival   medieval clans is a fierce, epic, and meticulously designed evocation of the   clashes between Christianity and paganism, humankind and nature, love and   violence. Vláčil’s approach was to re-create the textures and mentalities of a  long-ago way of life, rather than to make a conventional historical drama, and   the result is dazzling. With its inventive widescreen cinematography, editing, and   sound design, Marketa Lazarová is an experimental action film.

Dir: František   Vláčil. 1967. 35mm. In Czech w/ English subtitles. 167 mins.

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NIPPON NIGHTS 〜 Neon Tokyo: Anime World #2 – AKIRA
August 21, 2014

NIPPON NIGHTS is monthly series of Japanese cinema bridging different genres, styles and generations.

Neon Tokyo : Anime World #2 – AKIRA


Thursday, August 21st

The 2nd program of the special series “Neon Tokyo” is “AKIRA”, Japanese animated action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo.

“A fever-dream masterpiece”  Village Voice

“A towering achievement of imagination” Time Out

Neo-Tokyo is about to E•X•P •L•O•D•E

Clandestine army activities threaten the war torn city of Neo-Tokyo when a mysterious being with powerful psychic abilities escapes his prison and inadvertently draws a violent motorcycle gang into a heinous web of experimentation. As a result, a biker with a twisted mind embarks on a path of war, seeking revenge against a society what once called him weak.

The film depicts a dystopian version of Tokyo in the year 2019, with cyberpunk tones. The plot focuses on teenage biker Tetsuo Shima and his psychic powers, and the leader of his biker gang, Shotaro Kaneda. Kaneda tries to prevent Tetsuo from releasing the imprisoned psychic Akira. While most of the character designs and settings were adapted from the original 2182-page manga epic, the restructured plot of the movie differs considerably from the print version, pruning much of the last half of the manga. It became a hugely popular cult film and is widely considered to be a landmark in Japanese animation.  (Wikipedia)


Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. Written by Katsuhiro Otomo and Izo Hashimoto.

Voices  Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, and Taro Ishida.

1988. Japan. 124min. Rating: R

Original (dubbed) 35mm print courtesy of UCLA Film + Television Archive!

Based on the graphic novel “Akira” by Katsuhiro Otomo. First published by “Young Magazine”, Kodansha Ltd.

©1988 Akira Committee. Licensed by FUNimation® Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

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