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  • Divine Intervention Film Poster
    Divine Intervention (Yadon ilaheyya)
    Directed by Elia Suleiman
    (France/Morocco/Germany/Occupied Palestinian Territory, 2002, 92 minutes, in Arabic, English, and Hebrew with English subtitles)
    Brown Auditorium Theater, digital

    Writer/director Elia Suleiman stars in this collection of cinematic vignettes capturing the absurdity of everyday life under occupation. The dark comedy pokes fun at tragic situations in ironic, imaginative scenes about garbage, neighbors, and dating.

    Friday, July 19, 2024
    7 p.m.
  • Le Samourai Film Poste
    Le samouraï
    Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
    (France, 1967, 105 minutes, in French with English subtitles)
    Brown Auditorium Theater, digital restoration

    An elegantly stylized masterpiece of cool by maverick director Jean‑Pierre Melville, Le samouraï is a razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture—with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology.

    Saturday, July 20, 2024
    7 p.m.
    Sunday, July 21, 2024
    5 p.m.
  • Chicken For Linda Film Poster
    Chicken for Linda! (Linda veut du poulet!)
    Directed by Sébastien Laudenbach and Chiara Malta
    (France, 2023, 73 minutes, in French with English subtitles)
    Brown Auditorium Theater, digital

    This very French animated feature is a unique visual marvel of hand-painted animation with bright, color-blocked characters and a story that is an intoxicating blend of slapstick comedy, musical, and family drama.

    Friday, July 26, 2024
    7 p.m.
    Saturday, July 27, 2024
    7 p.m.
  • The Makioka Sisters Film Image
    The Makioka Sisters (Sasame-yuki)
    Directed by Kon Ichikawa
    (Japan, 1983, 140 minutes, in Japanese with English subtitles)
    Brown Auditorium Theater, 35mm

    Adapted from the 1948 literary classic by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, The Makioka Sisters follows the lives of four siblings who have taken on their family’s kimono manufacturing business in the years leading up to the Pacific War.

    Sunday, July 28, 2024
    5 p.m.
    Sunday, August 4, 2024
    5 p.m.
  • Evil Does Not Exist Film Poster
    Evil Does Not Exist (Aku wa sonzai shinai)
    Directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
    (Japan, 2023, 106 minutes, in Japanese with English subtitles)
    Lynn Wyatt Theater, digital

    Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning Drive My Car is a foreboding fable on humanity’s mysterious, mystical relationship with nature.

    Thursday, August 1, 2024
    7 p.m.
    Friday, August 2, 2024
    7 p.m.
    Saturday, August 3, 2024
    7 p.m.
  • Pictures Of Ghosts Film Poster
    Pictures of Ghosts (Retratos fantasmas)
    Directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho
    (Brazil, 2023, 93 minutes, in Portuguese with English subtitles)
    Brown Auditorium Theater, digital

    The latest from celebrated director Kleber Mendonça Filho delves into the coastal city of Recife’s historical and human fabric, focusing on its iconic movie theaters that once served as hubs of social interaction during the 20th century.

    Friday, August 9, 2024
    7 p.m.
  • Seven Samurai Flim Poster
    Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai)
    Directed by Akira Kurosawa
    (Japan, 1954, 207 minutes, in Japanese with English subtitles)
    Brown Auditorium Theater, 4K digital restoration

    One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai tells the story of a 16th-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits.

    Saturday, August 10, 2024
    5 p.m.
    Sunday, August 11, 2024
    2 p.m.
    Sunday, September 1, 2024
    2 p.m.

Coming Soon

  • Return To Reason Film Poster
    Man Ray: Return to Reason
    Directed by Man Ray
    (France, 1923, 70 minutes)
    Brown Auditorium Theater, digital

    In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Le Retour à la raison, Sqürl, the Jim Jarmusch-Carter Logan combo, presents Man Ray: Return to Reason, with a newly recorded drone rock soundtrack for all four films. The band’s cosmic sounds complement Ray’s work by conjuring the beautiful, ineffable, haunting, and sublime.

    Friday, August 16, 2024
    7 p.m.
    Saturday, August 17, 2024
    7 p.m.
  • Aurora Picture Show Summer Camp World Premiere
    Aurora Picture Show Summer Filmmaking Camp World Premiere
    Directed by various directors
    (USA, 2024, 100 minutes)
    Brown Auditorium Theater, digital

    Walk the red carpet for Aurora’s annual Summer Filmmaking Camp World Premieres event, where young filmmakers’ visions come to life on the screen! This free screening showcases a wide range of creative short films made by Houston kids and teens (ages 7–15) through Aurora’s summer youth education program.

    Saturday, August 17, 2024
    1 p.m.
  • Green Border Film Poster
    Green Border (Zielona granica)
    Directed by Agnieszka Holland
    (Poland/USA/France/Czech Republic/Belgium/Germany/Turkey, 2023, 147 minutes, in Polish, Arabic, English, and French with English subtitles)
    Brown Auditorium Theater, digital

    Along the treacherous forests (“green border”) between Belarus and Poland, refugees from the Middle East and Africa are lured by government propaganda promising easy passage to the European Union. Instead, they become trapped in an escalating geopolitical standoff.

    Sunday, August 18, 2024
    2 p.m.
    Sunday, August 25, 2024
    2 p.m.
  • Best Of Ottawa 2023 Film Poster
    Best of the 2023 Ottawa International Animation Festival
    Directed by various directors
    (Various countries, 2023, 71 minutes, in original languages with English subtitles)
    Brown Auditorium Theater, digital

    For adult audiences

    The annual Ottawa International Animation Festival curates a selection of short films, both award winners and audience favorites, for the touring Best of Ottawa Program. The lineup of 10 short films highlights cutting-edge achievements in the art of animation, representing the myriad styles, techniques, and perspectives that animation is uniquely capable of realizing.

    Friday, August 23, 2024
    7 p.m.
    Saturday, August 24, 2024
    7 p.m.
  • Nostalghia Film Poster
    Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
    (Russia/Italy, 1983, 126 minutes, in Italian and Russian with English subtitles)
    Brown Auditorium Theater, 4K digital restoration

    Newly restored in 4K from the original camera negative, this cult favorite is a mystical and mysterious collision of East and West, shot with the tactile beauty that only Tarkovsky can provide. Film critic J. Hoberman observed that “Nostalghia is not so much a movie as a place to inhabit for two hours.” 

    Friday, August 30, 2024
    7 p.m.
    Saturday, August 31, 2024
    7 p.m.
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