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  • A Very Curious Girl

    A Very Curious Girl

    Nelly Kaplan’s breakthrough film engages in dark and surreal humor and showcases the great Bernadette Lafont (The Mother and the Whore et al.) as Marie, a suddenly orphaned young woman who learns to use her village’s hypocrisy to her own advantage—sexually and otherwise. As Kaplan notes, the movie is “the story of a modern-day witch who is not burned by inquisitors; it is she who burns them.” With Michel Constantin (The Inglorious Bastards).

    Opens April 12 for a week run…

  • Get Out Your Handkerchiefs

    Get Out Your Handkerchiefs

    Blier reconvened his Going Places leading men Gérard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere for a sweeter and funnier exploration of love and its shifting configurations. Doting spouse Depardieu attempts to alleviate wife Carole Laure’s depression, even if it means opening their marriage up to accommodate school teacher Dewaere—but as it turns out, her preferred bedmate is bullied schoolboy Riton Liebman. With Michel Serrault (La Cage aux Folles) as a concerned neighbor. In the U.S., the movie won the National Society of…

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  • Ash Is Purest White

    Ash Is Purest White

    Set over a 17-year period beginning in 2001, this epic romantic tragedy from Jia Zhangke (Still Life, A Touch of Sin) unfolds with unparalleled precision and disarming pathos. In a career-high performance, frequent Jia collaborator Zhao Tao stars as the fiercely loyal girlfriend of a local gangster played by Liao Fan. Enduring a prison sentence on his behalf, she emerges to find a changed China. Gorgeously lensed on a mix of era-appropriate cameras by French DP Eric Gautier (Irma Vep), Ash finds staggering beauty in an increasingly brutal world.

    Tickets now available for our engagement starting Friday, March 15.

  • Beau Pere

    Beau Pere

    On their final film together, Blier and actor Patrick Dewaere courted controversy — while also daring to pursue a contemplative rather than prurient take on the subject matter, which Blier again had done first as a novel. Dewaere, César Award-nominated, plays a man whose wife Nicole Garcia suddenly dies; he then faces teen stepdaughter Ariel Besse’s asserting that she is in love with him. The cinematography is by Alain Resnais lenser Sacha Vierny.

    Screens March 9, 13 and 18 on an imported 35mm print in our Bertrand Blier series.