Newly Restored: Valentine's Week: Angels wander across Berlin while struggling with the desire to become human. The film paints two starkly different worlds using both color film and black & white photography. A brooding performance by Nick Cave as a nightclub performer (ok, himself) echoes the tortured love story that lends the film its drama.
aGLIFF Presents: Join aGLIFF, Austin Black Pride, and Raaisin in the Sun for Wanuri Kahiu's "tender love story between two young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality." Shot in Kenya.
Evergreens: Valentine's Week: Richard Linklater takes one of the oldest romantic formulas in the book – strangers on a train – and creates a soulful melding of hearts, minds, and camera. Read a full review of Before Sunrise.
Set in the near future of 2027, the film depicts an anarchic world in which women, for reasons left unexplained, have become infertile, violence among warring sects erupts in the streets, and immigrants are rounded up and placed in concentration camps. This one solidified Cuarón's reputation as one of the best filmmakers around, and it is screening in 35mm. Read a full review of Children of Men.
Weird Wednesday: The American debut of Hong Kong wunderkind (and UT alumnus) Hark is a mesmerizing tour de force that runs helter skelter through the very definition of “action movie.” Read a full review of Double Team.
CineNoche: Cine Las Americas International Film Festival presents the work of one of Colombia's greatest filmmakers. Shot in black & white, the film follows a complicated and unlikely friendship in the making between two men who are having their own sets of difficulties.
Flashback Cinema. This atmospheric Southern Gothic was adapted for the screen by Horton Foote from Harper Lee’s prize-winning novel about a widowed lawyer with two young children who takes on the locally scandalous job of defending a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman. Gregory Peck won an Oscar for his work, and Robert Duvall makes his screen debut as the mythic Boo Radley.
February Movie. Set largely within a London housing project, the film turns on the idea that its young protagonists – a racially mixed group of teenage thugs – can also become the project’s protectors and heroes. Read a full review of Attack the Block.