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Lightbox Film Center at University of the Arts

Towards a Better Germany: Friends and Foes in Films from East Germany

Philadelphia, PA EDT
After the Berlin Wall had fallen in 1989 and the German Democratic Republic (GDR) was integrated into unified Germany less than a year later, the liquidated GDR quickly fell prey to wholesale delegitimization. While today th… read more

32 Sounds

Philadelphia, PA EDT
An immersive feature documentary and profound sensory experience from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Green featuring original music by JD Samson (Le Tigre, MEN). The film explores the elemental phenomenon of sound by weaving … read more

The Watermelon Woman

Philadelphia, PA EDT
Meticulously researched and expertly packaged for our viewing pleasure, The Watermelon Woman is the most inquisitive and entertaining docu-fiction about an essential queer, Black figure that history forgot … because she didn… read more

Coming Out Under Fire

Philadelphia, PA EDT
Award-winning filmmaker and author Arthur Dong’s 1994 Coming Out Under Fire is the first of three expertly and efficiently crafted documentaries about homosexual repression and persecution which are now considered by many as… read more

Blackstar: Autobiography of a Close Friend

Philadelphia, PA EDT
In this experimental, self-ethnographic 1977 documentary, Tom Joslin (1946-1990) blends breathtaking, moving snapshots from the natural world, filmic cultural touchstones, and cutting (pseudo) cinema vérité to dissect and re… read more

The Times of Harvey Milk

Philadelphia, PA EDT
Director Rob Epstein got his start at the age of 20 working with filmmaker and AIDS activist Peter Adair on the landmark LGBTQ documentary Word is Out (1977). Epstein intended his next film to focus on California’s Propositi… read more

Word is Out

Philadelphia, PA EDT
In the mid-1970s, nearly 45 years ago, the Mariposa Film Group, a collective of six queer filmmakers (Peter Adair, Nancy Adair, Andrew Brown, Rob Epstein, Lucy Massie Phenix and Veronica Selver) traveled around the country, … read more

Parting Glances

Philadelphia, PA EDT
Parting Glances is a love story of friendship and romance, old and new; it is also an AIDS narrative, one of the first, to celebrate those living and struggling with the disease, where fear and tragedy are not ignored on-scr… read more

Vengeance is Mine

Philadelphia, PA EDT
Unsuccessfully trying to close old family wounds on a trip back to the Rhode Island home of her miserable childhood,  Brooke Adams (Days of Heaven, Invasion of the Body Snatchers) strikes up a new friendship with neighbor Tr… read more

Two Girls

Philadelphia, PA EDT
Two Girls is the story of young sisters in the American Midwest left alone with their increasingly unstable mother while their father is fighting in the Civil War. The film traces the girls' naturally fraught sibling dynamic… read more

Taming the Garden

Philadelphia, PA EDT
The opening shot of this striking environmental tale captures a tree as tall as a 15-story building floating on a barge across the vast Black Sea. Its destination lies within a garden countless miles away, privately owned by… read more

Tales from the Gimli Hospital Redux

Philadelphia, PA EDT
A brand new 4K remastering of Tales From The Gimli Hospital, Guy Maddin’s highly acclaimed first feature originally released in 1988 and now regarded as one of the true cult hits on the midnight movie circuit.

Solomon King

Philadelphia, PA EDT
An attempted coup in an oil-rich nation leads to the assassination of a princess… who happens to be the girlfriend of CIA-trained detective Solomon King. King sets out on an epic manhunt to bring those responsible to justice… read more
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Past Events

Sambizanga

Sambizanga

Philadelphia, PA
A revolutionary bombshell by one of Africa’s first female directors, Sarah Maldoror’s electrifying chronicle of Angola’s awakening independence movement is a stirring hymn to those who risked everything in the fight for freedom. Based on a true story, Sambizanga follows young resistance leader Domi…
Saturday, August 27 2022 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Robinson's Garden

Robinson's Garden

Philadelphia, PA
On a drunken walk home, bohemian drug-dealer Kumi (Kumiko Ota) discovers an abandoned building on the outskirts of Tokyo. Attracted by the vast, untapped space, rampant with luxuriant vegetation, she promptly sells all of her belongings and retreats from the world. She carves an island for herself …
Saturday, October 1 2022 5:00 PM 7:00 PM

Amorosa

Amorosa

Philadelphia, PA
Mai Zetterling’s directorial career came full circle with her final feature: whereas her first, Loving Couples, was adapted from a novel cycle by Agnes von Krusenstjerna, Amorosa offers a study of the author’s controversial life. As portrayed by Stina Ekblad in a bravura performance, Krusenstjerna …
Saturday, September 17 2022 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

La Guerre est finie

La Guerre est finie

Philadelphia, PA
NEW 4K RESTORATION Yves Montand plays an aging communist revolutionary, decades removed from the Spanish Civil War and still in hiding. A chance encounter with a student extremist group forces him to grapple with his conflicted views of militant tactics. Starring Yves Montand and Geneviève Bujold,…
Wednesday, September 21 2022 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

The Girls

The Girls

Philadelphia, PA
Arguably Mai Zetterling’s most autobiographical film, The Girls depicts a trio of female artists attempting to balance their professional careers, domestic lives, and political convictions in pursuit of creative and personal integrity. Harriet Andersson, Bibi Andersson, and Gunnel Lindblom play act…
Friday, September 16 2022 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

The Spanish Dancer

The Spanish Dancer

Philadelphia, PA
Pola Negri was already an international star; Antonio Moreno was her equal in terms of talent and sex appeal. The director Herbert Brenon was one of the greatest directors of his day, and he was assisted by his cinematographer, James Wong Howe. Together, they created one of the great romance epics …
Thursday, September 29 2022 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

What's Up Connection

What's Up Connection

Philadelphia, PA
When Hong Kong teenager Chi Gau Shin (Tse Wai Kit, School on Fire) wins a trip to Japan, he unleashes a chain of events that will soon bring him from the secluded fishing village of Po Toi O to Tokyo, by way of Kamagasaki – the so-called slums of Osaka. On the way, he connects with a barely compete…
Saturday, October 1 2022 8:00 PM 10:00 PM

Loving Couples

Loving Couples

Philadelphia, PA
Adapted from a seven-novel cycle by Agnes von Krusenstjerna, Mai Zetterling’s debut directorial feature is as bold and provocative as its source material. Set on the eve of World War I, Loving Couples depicts the divergent social, romantic, and familial pressures that lead three women whose stories…
Wednesday, September 14 2022 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

A Night of Video Art Curated by Jayson Musson

A Night of Video Art Curated by Jayson Musson

Philadelphia, PA
Join Fabric Workshop & Museum Artist in Residence Jayson Musson BFA ’02 (Photography), at his alma mater, for an evening of performance art videos curated from the collection of Electronic Arts Intermix. Co-presented with the Fabric Workshop & Museum in conjunction with the exhibition Jayson Musso…
Friday, September 9 2022 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Night Games

Night Games

Philadelphia, PA
Featuring content that sparked controversy on the festival circuit, Night Games continues the daring exploration into sexual confusion that Mai Zetterling initiated in Loving Couples. The director’s sophomore feature centers on Jan (Keve Hjelm), a young man who introduces his fiancée (Lena Brundin)…
Thursday, September 15 2022 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

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