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Vitalina Varela

Philadelphia, PA
Winner of the Golden Leopard for Best Film and Best Actress prizes at the Locarno Film Festival, and an official selection of the Sundance, New York and Toronto Film Festival, Vitalina Varela is the masterful new film from... read more

Son of the White Mare

Philadelphia, PA
One of the great psychedelic masterpieces of world animation, Son of the White Mare is a swirling, color-mad maelstrom of mythic monsters and Scythian heroes, part-Nibelungenlied, part-Yellow Submarine, lit by jagged bolts... read more

The Wolf House

Philadelphia, PA
Maria, a young woman finds refuge in a house in the south of Chile after escaping from a sect of German religious fanatics. She is welcomed into the home by two pigs, the only inhabitants of the place. Like in a dream, the... read more

The Killing Floor (New 4K Restoration)

Philadelphia, PA
Praised by The Village Voice as the most "clear-eyed account of union organizing on film," The Killing Floor tells the little-known true story of the struggle to build an interracial labor union in the Chicago Stockyards. ... read more

Beyond the Visible - Hilma af Klint

Philadelphia, PA
Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term existed, a visionary, trailblazing figure who, inspired by spiritualism, modern science, and the riches of the natural world around her, began in 1906 to reel out a ser... read more

The Ghost of Peter Sellers

Philadelphia, PA
In September 1973 actor Peter Sellers headed to Cyprus to star in the production of a 17th century pirate comedy for Columbia Pictures (Ghost in the Noonday Sun). Sellers lost confidence with the film as soon as it began a... read more

The Beaches of Agnes

Philadelphia, PA
“If we opened people up, we’d find landscapes. If we opened me up, we’d find beaches.” Originally intended to be Agnès Varda’s farewell to filmmaking, this enchanting self-portrait, made in her eightieth year, is a freewhe... read more

Lions Love (...and Lies)

Philadelphia, PA
Agnès Varda brings New York counterculture to Los Angeles. In a rented house in the sun-soaked Hollywood Hills, a woman and two men—Viva, of Warhol Factory fame, and James Rado and Gerome Ragni, who created and starred in ... read more

Daguerréotypes

Philadelphia, PA
Turning her lens on the inhabitants of Rue Daguerre, the street where she lives, Varda documents daily life as local merchants and patrons intersect in a ritual of commerce and camaraderie. Subtle juxtapositions and quirky... read more

Mur Murs

Philadelphia, PA
After returning to Los Angeles from France in 1979, Agnès Varda created this kaleidoscopic documentary about the striking murals that decorate the city. Bursting with color and vitality, Mur Murs is as much an invigorating... read more

One Hundred and One Nights

Philadelphia, PA
Simon Cinéma (Michel Piccoli) is one hundred years old and lives alone in a mansion. As his memory is beginning to fade, he hires a film student to help him reconstruct his past through reminiscences of movie history. With... read more

Jacquot de Nantes

Philadelphia, PA
Agnès Varda’s tender evocation of the childhood of her husband, Jacques Demy—a dream project of his that she realized when he became too ill to direct the film himself—is a wonder-filled portrait of the artist as a young m... read more

Varda by Agnès

Philadelphia, PA
The final film from the late, beloved Agnès Varda is a characteristically playful, profound, and personal summation of the director’s own brilliant career. At once impish and wise, she acts as our spirit guide on a free-as... read more

Raining in the Mountain

Philadelphia, PA
During the Ming Dynasty, a Buddhist abbot charged with protecting the sacred scroll of Tripitaka prepares to name his successor. An aristocrat and a general arrive at his secluded mountaintop monastery promising to help in... read more
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Past Events

Cordillera of Dreams

Cordillera of Dreams

Philadelphia, PA
Winner of the Best Documentary award at the Cannes Film Festival, master filmmaker Patricio Guzmán's The Cordillera of Dreams completes his trilogy (with Nostalgia for the Light and The Pearl Button) investigating the relationship between historical memory, political trauma, and geography in his ...
Thursday, April 2 2020 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Made in Hong Kong

Made in Hong Kong

Philadelphia, PA
The first independent film released in post-Handover Hong Kong, director Fruit Chan’s atmospheric shoestring-budget character study is a rough-and-ready piece of work shot on grainy leftover 35mm short ends in the city’s overcrowded subsidized housing projects. The result is a tough, pessimistic ...
Wednesday, April 1 2020 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Aferim!

Aferim!

Philadelphia, PA
Jude’s international breakthrough is a picaresque odyssey through 19th-century Romania, which tackles one of the most shameful episodes in the country’s history: the enslavement of the Roma people. As a bounty hunter and his son scour the mountains for a fugitive slave, they are thrown into a ser...
Friday, March 27 2020 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Crulic - The Path to Beyond

Crulic - The Path to Beyond

Philadelphia, PA
This chilling documentary is “narrated” by Claudiu Crulic, a young Romanian in Poland who was arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, only to become a pawn in a Kafkaesque miscarriage of justice that resulted in his death from a hunger strike. Combining innovative hand-drawn, cutout, and collage a...
Thursday, March 26 2020 7:00 PM 8:30 PM

12:08 East of Bucharest

12:08 East of Bucharest

Philadelphia, PA
Winner of the 2006 Camera D’Or prize, this sociopolitical satire focuses on a group of characters who commemorate the 16th anniversary of Ceaușescu’s fall on December 22, 2005. “12:08” refers to the exact time of day in which Ceaușescu fled, whereas the original Romanian title roughly translates ...
Saturday, March 21 2020 8:00 PM 9:30 PM

The Death of Mr Lazarescu

The Death of Mr Lazarescu

Philadelphia, PA
The film that for many people signaled the emergence of the new Romanian cinema, Cristi Puiu’s second feature was the revelation of Cannes 2005, where it took top prize in the Un Certain Regard section. A sardonic, darkly humorous, compulsively vibrant feature, The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu seems so...
Saturday, March 21 2020 3:00 PM 6:00 PM

Snail's Senator

Snail's Senator

Philadelphia, PA
Senator Vîrtosu (Dorel Vișan) spends the weekend at a guesthouse formerly owned by the Communist Party, where in true Communist tradition, he’s presented with gifts from its employees and petitions from the local villagers. But his relaxing weekend is disrupted by a crew of Swiss journalists film...
Friday, March 20 2020 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

The Oak (4K Restoration)

The Oak (4K Restoration)

Philadelphia, PA
The Oak is an absorbing, complicated black comedy about Romania at the end of the Ceauşescu regime. A young schoolteacher named Nela embarks on a spiritual journey after the death of her father, a former government official, whose ashes she takes to toting in a coffee jar. On her wanderings throu...
Friday, March 13 2020 7:00 PM 9:30 PM

Videograms of a Revolution

Videograms of a Revolution

Philadelphia, PA
For Videograms of a Revolution Andrei Ujică and Harun Farocki collected amateur video and material broadcast by Romanian state television after it was taken over by demonstrators in December 1989. The audio and video represent the historic firsteverrevolution in which television played a major ro...
Thursday, March 12 2020 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Punk the Capital

Punk the Capital

Philadelphia, PA
When punk invaded our nation's capital in the mid-late 1970's, it was a culture clash – a collision between the music of anarchy and a city known for its conservatism. It was a recipe for potential disaster – but it resulted in a powerful cultural movement that flamed, ruled, and burned out all i...
Friday, February 28 2020 7:00 PM 9:30 PM

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