El Hosaini’s visually poetic film follows two brothers with Arab roots in the rough London borough of Hackney- one on his way in and the other on his way out of a gang lifestyle that causes them to confront one another and their prejudices.
Q+A w/Director Sally El Hosaini + star James Floyd @ 6:30pm shows Fri + Sat
Opens Fri Mar 22 Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center 144 W65th Street, $13
Winner of Best Documentary at the 1997 Los Angeles Film Festival, this modestly shot film chronicles the human drama that unfolds in a Nissan truck dealership parking lot during a 77-hour competition for a pickup truck. A personal favorite!
And yes, it’s true… Now coming to Broadway as a musical.
Director S.R. Bindler in-person for post-screening Q+A.
Wed Mar 20 8:00pm 323 6th Ave @ West 3rd Street, $16
Director Michel Gondry spent years in workshops with real New York teens at an after-school center in the Bronx called The Point. Without casting, and with real life stories, his point was to “to look into how kids or people change in the context of others.”
Shot entirely on a moving bus with untrained actors, the result is an original film that brilliantly captures the lives of a group of students on the last day of high school.
I had the great pleasure of shooting behind-the-scenes video (for dvd extras) and the European poster (below) for this film, and am very proud of all of the actors in it. Please check it out!
Michel Gondry in person for post-screening Q+A @ 7:30pm + intro @ 9:45pm
Fri Mar 8th IFC Center 323 6th Avenue $13
Opens today @ IFC + Mist Harlem 46 West 116th Street
Larry L. King, author of the 1974 Playboy article that brought to light the closing of a 100-year old Texas brothel known as the “Chicken Ranch” died this past December.
Hilarious pre-show by Hedda Lettuce @ 7pm. Don’t miss out.
Thu Mar 7, 7:00 + 9:30pm, 260 West 23rd Street, $7.50
Tonight Jean Cocteau’s elegant adaptation of a classic fairytale features a young Cardin’s bold designs in 1946’s Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête). An impressed Cocteau would later introduce the Italian-born Cardin to French designer Christian Dior, further changing the face and history of fashion.
Don’t miss this masterpiece of surrealist fantasy film on the big screen!
Tue Mar 5 7:30pm Florence Gould Hall 55 East 59th Street, $10
Telecommunications innovator Walter L. Shaw invented the speaker phone, touch-tone-dialing, call-forwarding, and even the White House “red phone” system. A man with 39 patents to his name for inventions that would shape our lives for years to come, would die unknown and penniless.
According to his son, Shaw was robbed and restricted by the same corporate America that would profit immensely from his ideas. Embittered, both father and son would turn to organized crime. This is the story of a son setting his father’s record straight.
Narrated by Frank Langella.
Now Showing @ Landmark Sunshine Cinema 143 East Houston Street, $13
Wed Feb 27 6:00pm 211-215 East 49th Street, Free
The French Institute gives us the final word on the latest in brilliant movies about movies from Leos Carax with his purposefully strange + fantastical surrealist journey, Holy Motors. Perhaps we can ask the director himself what it all means…
Tues Feb 26 7:00pm Florence Gould Hall 55 East 59th Street, $10
Film Forum unearths a high-point in fashion in film this weekend with 1965’s futuristic violence contest The 10th Victim (La Decima Vitta). In Elio Petri’s black comedy, the future is a government sanctioned globally televised hunt for humans in an otherwise mindless consumer society.
Based on Robert Sheckley’s Galaxy short story, “Seventh Victim,” the film is also considered an inspiration of the game Assassins. Store of the Worlds: The Stories of Robert Sheckley is available as an NYRB Classics Original.
Introduced by regular New York Review of Books contributor Geoffrey O’Brien.
Sun Feb 24, 1:00pm 209 West Houston Street, $12.50
Lisberger’s fascination with all things video game began as an animation illustrator in the early days of CGI, when he realized the two-dimensional game Pong as a three-dimensional arena. After being turned down by all studios except a daring Disney, his groundbreaking film would go on to influence the founding of Pixar, and become a landmark for computer generated imagery.
Sat Dec 29 9:15pm + Sun Dec 30 2pm
Walter Reade Theater 165 West 65th Street $13