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May 29 – June 4

Set Fire to the Stars

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Set Fire to the Stars

Andy Goddard / 2014, UK
93min / Blu-ray

Based on true events, Elijah Wood stars as John Malcolm Brinnin, the New York academic who brought Dylan Thomas to America. Actor/co-writer Celyn Jones plays the volatile celebrity poet – tormented by anonymity, alcohol and the abyss – who scandalized the Manhattan literati of the Fifties and challenged Brinnin’s hero worship of his work. In the face of the Welsh poet’s wilder excesses in the Big Apple – angel, beast and madman – John has no choice but to hijack Dylan to a private retreat to get him ready for America. The days and nights that follow will change his life forever. Part literary biopic and – shot in cut-glass black-and-white – part love-letter to the American B-movies of the Forties and Fifties, Andy Goddard’s debut feature is both a character driven chamber piece and a cautionary tale about the fly trap of meeting your heroes.

“A black & white masterpiece!” I.D. Magazine

Showtimes:
Fri, Mon–Thurs: 7pm
Sat & Sun: 5pm & 7pm


May 29 – June 4 -- HELDOVER!!

About Elly

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About Elly

Asghar Farhadi / 2009, Iran
119min / Blu-ray

From the acclaimed director of A Separation (Oscar, Best Foreign Language Film) and The Past comes this mystery-thriller, set among a group of Iranian college friends visiting the Caspian Sea for a holiday weekend. The film was produced just prior to A SEPARATION, but due to rights issues, remained unreleased in the US until now.

"A MASTERPIECE. The less you know in advance, the better." David Bordwell, Observations on Film Art

Showtimes:
Fri & Sat: 9pm
Mon-Thurs: 9pm


June 5 – June 11

The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq

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The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq

Guillaume Nicloux / 2014, France
92min / Blu-ray

Michel Houellebecq, possibly the most widely read living French writer, was believed kidnapped on September 16, 2011. But was he really? After a flurry of media reports of his abduction, the story goes cold and Houellebecq, famously reclusive, refuses to set the record straight. Now he goes one step further by starring as himself in a film that purports to tell the tale. With a nod to O. Henry's short story, The Ransom of Red Chief, the film explores the dramatic territory where the personae of criminal and victim are remade in unexpected and surprisingly amusing ways. -Karen Cooper, Director, Film Forum

“This quietly uproarious drama delivers substantial artistic whimsy with a poker face… Houellebecq delivers a self-portrait in marginalia as well as a purposeful goof on the vigorous, menacing mucky stuff of life outside the pristine precincts of art.” The New Yorker

Top Ten List for 2014. My favorite writer is now a movie star, and he’s great playing himself...” John Waters, Artforum

“A kind of Left Bank literary Larry David. Imagine Curb Your Enthusiasm, with Gauloises smoked right down to the nub, and that’s the sort of pleasure provided here… (with) almost contemptuously relaxed wit. The cast of this seemingly part-improvised comedy… rise to the conceit with relaxed verve. The star of the show so perfectly lives up to his myth as a sour, disdainful, prematurely wizened shamble.” Johnathan Romney, Film Comment

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