1945, Leningrad. World War II has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Although the siege -- one of the worst in history -- is finally over, life and death continue their battle in the wreckage that remains. Two young women, Iya and Masha, search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins.
Not only is BEANPOLE one of the first essential cinematic works released in theaters this year, it is also among the most involving character studies in recent memory. Winner of the BEST DIRECTOR Prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Filmed with impressive skill and brought to life by unforgettable performances, BEANPOLE takes a heartbreakingly empathetic look at lives shattered by war.
In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with mountain gorillas, 23-year-old biologist Anne Innis Dagg made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild. In THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES Anne (now 85) retraces her steps, and with letters and stunning, original 16mm film footage offers an intimate window into her life as a young woman, juxtaposed with a first hand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today. Both the world's first 'giraffologist', whose research findings ultimately became the foundation for many scientists following in her footsteps, and the species she loves have each experienced triumphs as well as setbacks. THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES gives us a moving perspective on both. A far-ranging story of scientific discovery, sexual discrimination and environmental alarm.
The Pageant Theater weekend LATE SHOW series returns with DESTROY ALL MOVIES! Cinema of Punk 1980-84. Ranging from coming-of-age drama, raw documentary, art damage weirdness and pure exploitation, DESTROY ALL MOVIES! Cinema of Punk 1980-84 showcases four films that give us a look into a time when punk was misunderstood, feared, and threatening to the mainstream.
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Based on works by William S. Burroughs, DECODER is truer to the techno-anarchist strand of Burroughs’ fiction than anything attempted before or since. FM (FM Einheit of Einstürzende Neubauten) has discovered something incredible in the monotonous 'muzak' played through the fast food restaurant H Burger’s speaker system: the tracks are laced with subliminal messages designed to ensure complacency and consumerism. DECODER blends arresting visuals, urban industrial aesthetics, science fiction, and moments of shocking violence, along with commentary on late 20th century consumerist culture. Co-starring punk icon Christiane F. and William S. Burroughs and featuring music by Soft Cell, The The and Einstürzende Neubauten. Shot in Berlin during its grim post-punk years when the city was still an isolated Cold War outpost riven by riots, DECODER is the last hurrah of an analogue struggle against the agents of the Control Virus. A criminally under-seen piece of German weirdness in a brand new restoration!
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