FILMLINC DAILY PICK:
You Are Not I, 9:00pm, Walter Reade Theater
After a warehouse fire destroyed the film’s negative, Sara Driver’s post-punk classic was believed to be a lost. That is until a print was discovered among the belongings of the avant-garde writer Paul Bowles, on whose short story the film was based. With stirring cinematography by Jim Jarmusch and a touching performance by the protagonist Suzanne Fletcher, this film traces the journey of a woman who breaks out of an asylum only to be taken to her unwelcoming sister’s home. In its alternating display of chaos and calmness, this film compels us to question our notion of insanity. (NYFF Spotlight)
TODAY IN THE MAIN SLATE:
The Kid With a Bike, 6:00pm, Alice Tully Hall
The latest from world-cinema royalty Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne (The Child, NYFF '05), The Kid with a Bike is a poetic, universally resonant drama about an 11-year-old boy’s search for a family to call his own. Scott Foundas, our associate program director, calls the film “a beautifully understated drama of moral responsibility and the relationships between parents and children.” (NYFF Spotlight)
Melancholia, 9:00pm, Alice Tully Hall
The end of the world—and the collapse of the spirit—has never been depicted as beautifully and wrenchingly as in Melancholia, the latest provocation from Lars von Trier.
FREE FORUM IN THE AMPHITHEATER:
Avant Garde Influences Mainstream Movies!, 7:00pm, Amphitheater
For generations experimental filmmakers have been developing new cinematic techniques that have redefined cinema. This panel of filmmakers, curators and educators looks at how the experiments and ground-breaking new filmmaking by the avant garde have influenced and been adopted by mainstream cinema. Like all our NYFF Forums, this even is free and open to public, subject to space availability.
TODAY'S NIKKATSU CENTENNIAL OFFERINGS:
Till We Meet Again, 4:00pm, Howard Gilman Theater, RUSH TICKETS AVAILABLE!*
Fresh from an apprenticeship at Shochiku, Kawashima gave the reborn Nikkatsu one of its first hits with this sharply observed story of the rekindling of a salaryman’s youthful love.
A Diary of Chuji’s Travels, 6:00pm, Walter Reade Theater, RUSH TICKETS AVAILABLE!*
Like a Jesse James penny dreadful, this passionate tale tells of a legendary bakuto, or gambler, precursor to modern-day yakuza. Live piano accompaniment!
The Burmese Harp, 6:20pm, Howard Gilman Theater
One of Ichikawa’s best films, this stirring, beautifully shot antiwar story follows a harp-playing Japanese soldier coping after a British victory in Burma.
Crazed Fruit, 8:40pm, Howard Gilman Theater
Raw desire and fresh style mark this landmark “Sun Tribe” film about two aimless, privileged brothers who crave the same girl at the beach.
WHAT ELSE THE DAY HAS TO OFFER:
20 Years of Art Cinema: A Tribute to Sony Pictures Classics, 7:00pm, Francesca Beale Theater
On the occasion of their 20th anniversary, we salute Sony Pictures Classics with a look back at their remarkable career, including film clips and an in-depth conversation with SPC co-presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard.
*One hour before showtime, a limited number of rush tickets to selected festival screenings will go on sale at the screening's corresponding box office. Rush tickets are $12 at Alice Tully Hall and $10 at the Walter Reade Theater & the Film Center's theaters. More info…