October – December 2014
Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to promoting the novel. When Philip’s idol Ike Zimmerman offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject: himself.
Following up his critically acclaimed The Color Wheel, Alex Ross Perry scripts a complex, intimate, and highly idiosyncratic comedy filled with New Yorkers living their lives somewhere between individuality and isolation. Jason Schwartzman leads an impressive cast, including Elisabeth Moss, Krysten Ritter, and Jonathan Pryce, balancing Perry’s quick-witted dialogue and their characters’ painful, personal truths. With narration by Eric Bogosian, we switch perspectives as seasons and attitudes change, offering a literary look into the lives of these individuals and the triumph of reality over the human spirit.
Directed by Alex Ross Perry 108 min. U.S.A. 2014
I can’t think of a recent movie that stages with as much joy and wonder the sense of living a life that becomes, directly or obliquely, in action or in idea, the stuff of art. -Richard Brody, New Yorker
Filmmaker RODRIGO REYES IN PERSON for Q&A after the screening!
“A searing, horrifying, at times starkly beautiful documentary ode to the netherworlds surrounding the U.S.-Mexico barrier” –Andrew Barker, VARIETY
“This haunting, beautifully photographed documentary presents the human side of its incendiary topic” –Frank Scheck, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER“An elegiac and cinematically shot poem filled with emotional narration and iconography” –Christine Davila, IndieWIRE
Jury Award for Best Documentary, NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL •Jury Award for Best Documentary, THIS HUMAN WORLD •Jury Award for Best Documentary, SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL •Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary, ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL
Rodrigo Reyes’ provocative essay film re-imagines the Mexico/U.S. border as a mythical place comparable to Dante’s purgatory. Leaving politics aside, he takes a fresh look at the brutal beauty of the border and the people caught in its spell.By capturing a stunning mosaic of compelling characters and broken landscapes that live on the US/Mexico border, the filmmaker reflects on the flaws of human nature and the powerful absurdities of the modern world. An unusual border film, in the auteur tradition of camera-stylo, Purgatorio ultimately becomes a fable of humanity, an epic and visceral experience with powerful and lingering images.
PURGATORIO was shot in the fall of 2011 over 4 weeks with a crew of three, on a documentary-making road trip in a dilapidated Ford Van, meandering through back roads and highways from Tijuana to Big Bend National Park. It was a trip full of unforgettable anecdotes:The production vehicle became stranded in the desert dunes of Yuma, forcing the crew to hike several miles deep with temperatures over 100 degrees and hoisting all their gear, just so that they could capture the perfect shot of the border fence rising from the sand like a mythical beast.
Nearly a week went by in Ciudad Juárez under a strange streak of luck: no murders were happening. Dumbfounded police officers and journalists swore that crime would soon pick up, as news media reported on the extreme rarity of so many days without violent crime. Lashing the camera and tripod to a 12 foot plastic canoe, filmmakers camped out in the canyons that run alongside the Rio Grande River, dividing Mexico from the US, capturing stark images of epic proportions. These are just a few of the many misadventures that the filmmakers encountered as they made their way along the border. The spirit of this journey has seeped into the film itself, and is one of the reasons why PURGATORIO is so unique.
A film by Rodrigo Reyes, 80 minutes, 2013, Mexico
As bone-dry as the harsh environment where its characters live, Young Ones gives us a futuristic Western so bleak that its pitiless tone becomes downright mesmerizing.
-Tim Grierson, Screen International
YOUNG ONES is set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet, one that dictates everything from political to inter persona. The land has withered into something wretched. The dust has settled on a lonely, barren planet. The hardened survivors of the loss of Earth’s precious resources scrape and struggle. Ernest Holm lives on this harsh frontier with his children. He defends his farm from bandits, works the supply routes, and hopes to rejuvenate the soil. But his daughter’s boyfriend has grander designs. A futuristic western that inventively layers Greek tragedy over an ethereal narrative that’s steeped deeply in the values of the American West. Written & directed by Jake Paltrow. With Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Kodi Smit-McPhee. Digital. USA. 2014. 100 Minutes.
Filmmaker Signe Baumane IN PERSON opening weekend!
In the new animated gem Rocks in My Pockets, Latvian-born artist and filmmaker Signe Baumane tells five fantastical tales based on the courageous women in her family and their battles with madness. With boundless imagination and a twisted sense of humor, she has created daring stories of art, romance, marriage, nature, business, and Eastern European upheaval—all in the fight for her own sanity. Employing a unique, beautifully textured combination of papier-mâché stop-motion and classic hand-drawn animation (with inspiration from Jan Svankmajer and Bill Plympton), Baumane has produced a poignant and often hilarious tale of mystery, mental health, redemption and survival. Winner Of The International Film Critics (fipresci) Prize Karlovy Vary International Film Fest. In English. 2014. USA. 88 mins.
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Roxie Kids is an age-appropriate film series for families and film lovers alike.
Screenplay by Chris Columbus (“Home Alone” & “Harry Potter”),
The original Sound Track by the Academy Award-winning Sherman Brothers
In the magical land of dreams and the mystical world of nightmares, there is a place more wondrous than the Seven wondersmore magical than a Magic Carpetand more enchanting than an Enchanted Forest. This place is the world of a child’s dream where anything and everything is possible. Where time is timeless, and where imagination has no boundaries. Welcome to the dream world of Little Nemo.
On one unforgettable night, Nemo falls asleep and enters into his dreamworld and with the help of his new found friend, Professor Genius, and Nemos flying pet squirrel Icarus, they all journey together into Slumberland,a beautiful utopia where all its people live in perfect harmony together. Nemo is lovingly embraced by the people and especially the King of Slumberland who adopts Nemo and makes him heir apparent to the throne. He also entrusts Nemo with a special key that Nemo has been given strict instructions not to unlock the door in which this key belongs to. He is also given a most prized possession of the King, the Royal Scepter. Along the way, Nemo is befriended by Flip who becomes Nemo’s mischief making sidekick and as curiosity would have it he convinces Nemo to unlock the door only to discover that he has now unleashed a horrific demon over Slumberland…
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©TMS Directed by: William T. Hurtz , Masami Hata, 1992, 85mins., U.S.A.
NIPPON NIGHTS is monthly series of Japanese cinema bridging different genres, styles and generations. In the 2nd season of the series, we introduce Japanese cinema themed with Music.
I heard Mizue is making animation. How exciting! I can’t wait to see!!
—Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)
Internationally Noteworthy, Japanese Animation Creator : Mirai Mizue! His works have been screened and judged at many international film festivals and he continues to forge the future of the Japanese independent animation scene. Since 2002, he has been creating abstract animations, known as his ‘cell animations’, in which cell structures form the central motif.
In 2011, Modern No.2 was nominated to the Orizzonti section at the Venice Film Festival and to the Spectrum section at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, enthralling audiences with its vivid colors and dynamic, delicate movements synchronized with music. In 2012, Modern No.2 won the SACEM Award for Original Music Prize at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, the world’s biggest animation festival. With his vast experience and boundless energy, Mizue is in his prime as a filmmaker.
In “WONDER FULL!!”, a film that Mirai selected and joined some films from his works himself will be screened.
Getting this pleasant opportunity to show many of my films first time, I take into account of the order, music and screen size of my works since 2003 to make those like one long-animation film. I believe it will help you to enjoy and understand all films naturally and smoothly.
(As life and death is never-ending and have existed since extremely long time ago, it is probably just one tiny piece what I can feel.)
Our body is composed of over 60 trillion cells. Surprisingly, it is way much more than the number of all stars in the solar system. Needless to say, each of our cells is alive and both life and death take place for each cell again and again and again until our lives will end. The world is always full of WONDER.
If you feel wonder, miracle, surprise, and a mass of happiness through my masterpiece, I am very much satisfied.
■JAM– The sound is piled up. The image is piled up as well. Before long, the screen becomes chaotic.
■FANTASTIC CELL– This animation is Mirai Mizue’s debut film.vThe birth of ‘cell animations’.
■METROPOLIS– This film was requested from the Seoul International Cartoon And Animation Festival, and produced for the appeal of Seoul City, South Korea.
■TATAMP– Each living object has its own sound.a Thus the sounds varied when there are more living objects. It becomes chaotic, and at the same time, melodic.
■TRIP! TRAP!– An expression of a chaotic world. A mixture of different techniques.Graduation film.
■MODERN– The hexahedron keeps changing shape. Besides, anything doesn’t happen.
■LOST UTOPIA– The tale of the Biblical Adam and Eve is used as the motif in this anthropomorphic phantasmagoria of animated images.
■DEVOUR DINNE– Various dinners made with different living things…
■Adamski– A subjective view of an UFO. Shot frame-by-frame along the Tama River.
■AND AND– It is born. It dies. They repeat. The mandala of a life. Hypnotic patterns by Mirai Mizue for Toru Matsumoto’s And And.
Mirai Mizue Director/Animator
He was born in Tokyo, 1981. People around him was surprised by his drawing a perfect circle when he was three. He started making animation by himself when someone told him that his illustrations looked like it was moving in his study at the Department of Graphic Design, Tama Art University.
His high quality pictures that he drew by hand on paper and his method to make animation by computer with scanning all papers with his original drawings attract people beyond the border or stereotyped animation.
His first work “FANTASTIC CELL”(2003) debuted on the world stage after received recommendation of the jury at Japan Media Arts Festival.
The short animated films he made has been always beloved around the world.
His graduation film “LOST UTOPIA”(2007) has screened over eighty film festivals in the world.
In 2011, “MODEERN NO.2″ was screened in the Orizzonti section of the Venice International Film Festival,
and he became the first Japanese who received SACEM Award(an award for best music)
at Annecy International Animation Film Festival in the next year.
Director : Mirai Mizue Produce : Shuma Hirose Ad & Pub Advisor : Keiko Kusakabe DCP : Makotoya Co.,Ltd./Silk Purse Enterprises
ORIGINAL TITLE ( JAPANESE ) : ワンダー・フル!! / ENGLISH TITLE : WONDER FULL!! / GENRE : ANIMATION / PRODUCTION YEAR : 2014 / PRODUCTION COUNTRY:JAPAN / SCREEN SIZE : 16:9 / VISUAL : Color / SOUND : Stereo / SCREENING FORMAT : DCP, Blu-ray / LENGTH 79min /Distributed by Makotoya Co.,Ltd + CALF / ©2014 CALF
Endorsed by Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco & Japan Foundation