Screen/Society Fall 2019 Schedule

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High Life (2019) | Claire Denis
Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 7:00pm

Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to deep space. The crew—death-row inmates led by a doctor (Juliette Binoche) with sinister motives—has vanished.  It’s a Claire Denis film: erotic, disturbing, philosophical, masterful.

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2019) | Bi Gan [2D DCP]
Friday, August 30, 2019 - 7:00pm

Bi Gan follows up his knockout debut, Kaili Blues, with this noir-tinged stunner about a lost soul (Jue Huang) on a quest to find a missing woman from his past (Tang Wei). China's biggest arthouse hit of all time. Shown in 2D.

"A Faithful Man" (2019) | Louis Garrel film still
A Faithful Man (2019) | Louis Garrel
Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 7:00pm

Nine years after his wife left him for his best friend, journalist Abel (Louis Garrel) gets back together with his recently widowed old flame Marianne (Laetitia Casta), who, if her morbid young son is to be believed, has a thing for poisoning men. A beguiling bedroom farce and Nouvelle Vague sendup.

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Diamantino (2019) | Gabriel Abrantes + Daniel Schmidt
Friday, September 6, 2019 - 7:00pm

When big-hearted but dimwitted Portuguese soccer hunk Diamantino (Carloto Cotta) blows it in the World Cup, he nourishes his newfound sympathy for the plight of European refugees, adopting a “son” from Africa who turns out to be an undercover lesbian tax auditor with other motives...

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The Kneeling Goddess (1947) | Roberto Gavaldón
Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

The miraculous María Félix plays a stormy artist’s model who leads the ever-hapless Arturo de Córdova away from the arms of his innocent wife and down, down, down into the ecstatic depths of degradation.

a man gazes intently into a crystal ball while a woman places her hands on her shoulders and stares likewise
In the Palm of Your Hand (1951) | Roberto Gavaldón
Friday, September 13, 2019 - 7:00pm

A fortune-telling con artist with dreams of grandeur finds himself overmatched by a murderous widow in this blisteringly tense Mexican noir.

a woman bathed in yellow and green light holds a firearm aloft in the night as blurry men watch on
Ash is Purest White (2019) | Jia Zhangke
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

In a career-high performance, 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.

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An Elephant Sitting Still (2018) | Hu Bo
Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7:00pm

Sure to be remembered as a landmark in Chinese cinema, the late Hu Bo’s first and final feature film combines long-take heroics with a deeply felt series of interwoven stories.

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This Taco Truck Kills Fascists (2018) | Rodrigo Dorfman in attendance
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 7:00pm

New Orleans-based performance activist Jose Torres-Tama has a dream to create a revolutionary Taco Truck Theatre with a simple message: “No guacamole for immigrant haters”.-- Rodrigo Dorfman in attendance

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The Headless Woman (2008) | Lucrecia Martel | BrainCultures Series
Friday, September 27, 2019 - 7:00pm

Martel’s extraordinary third film gets inside the head of a successful middle-aged dentist who might have accidentally run over a child...or a dog...or nothing at all. The masterful film - shades of Hitchcock’s Vertigo - continues Martel’s explorations into the hypocrisies of Argentina’s bourgeoisie. 

a shaggy haired man clings, grimacing, to a moving vehicle with only an umbrella
Police Story (1985) | Jackie Chan [2pm] - New Restoration
Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 2:00pm

The jaw-dropping set pieces fly fast and furious in Jackie Chan’s breathtakingly inventive martial-arts comedy. Packed wall-to-wall with charmingly goofball slapstick and astoundingly acrobatic fight choreography, Police Story set a new standard for mayhem that would influence a generation of filmmakers from Hong Kong to Hollywood.

a woman walks along a beach holding her son's jacket, who runs freely behind her in the setting sun
Documenteur (1981) | Tribute to Agnès Varda (1928-2019)
Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 7:00pm

The late, great Varda deemed Documenteur her favorite of her own films. A deeply moving, semi-autobiographical portrayal of a newly single French mother and son (played by Varda’s own son Mathieu) who struggle to find a home in the unglamorous underworlds of Los Angeles.

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Irma Vep (1996) | Films of Olivier Assayas
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 7:00pm

Olivier Assayas’s live-wire international breakthrough stars a magnetic Maggie Cheung as a version of herself: a Hong Kong action movie star who arrives in Paris to play the latex-clad lead in a remake of Louis Feuillade’s classic 1915 crime serial Les vampires.

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Summer Hours (2008, 35mm) | Films of Olivier Assayas
Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 7:00pm

Three siblings must decide what to do with the country estate and objects they’ve inherited from their mother. From this simple story, Assayas creates an exquisitely nuanced drama about the material of globalized modern living..

a woman stands in a doorway looking on as two women observe a cellphone behind her
Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) | Films of Olivier Assayas
Friday, October 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

Kristen Stewart plays the personal—perhaps too personal—assistant to a famous actress (Juliet Binoche) undergoing a crisis as she comes to terms with the fact that she has aged out of the ingénue roles that made her a star.

a woman bites her nails in horror as a hand reaches out from behind her
The Old Dark House (1932) | James Whale
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 7:00pm

Presented in a dazzling restoration, this Pre-Code horror classic gives creepy-house conventions a wild and unpredictable spin, laced with black humor, sexual perversity, and expressive stylistic flourishes.

a teenage girl levitates in the middle of a bedroom while three of her friends look on with surprise
The Craft (1996, 35mm) | Andrew Fleming
Friday, October 18, 2019 - 7:00pm

The Craft has re-emerged as a defining cult movie of female empowerment, survival in the modern world, and excellent mid-90s fashion. 

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The Cordillera of Dreams (Patricio Guzmán, 2019) | NC Latin American Film Festival Opening Night
Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 7:00pm

"Acclaimed Chilean director Patricio Guzmán finishes his geographic trilogy about his home country with this ode to the Andes, a majestic crossing point for him and many others." -- Thom Powers, Toronto International Film Festival

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Self-Portrait: Window in 47KM (2019) | Zhang Mengqi | The Memory Project
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 7:00pm

The eighth film in Zhang Mengqi’s monumental 47km series follows an 85-year-old man reflecting on his revolutionary history in pursuit of Mao’s “New China” and the 15-year-old woman whose portrait painting practice elicits his memories.-- Zhang Mengqi in attendance

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Dumb Men (2018) | Hu Tao | The Memory Project
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 7:00pm

“People in my hometown call those who are shy and untalkative “touxiuzi”.  As a touxiuzi in our family, I try to uncover and open up the real heart beating under our touxiuzi exterior.” (HT) -- Hu Tao in attendance

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Autobiography II: Struggle (2018) | Wu Wenguang | The Memory Project
Friday, October 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

“My birth was accompanied by many struggles for my mother. Those “struggles” include: during pregnancy, “should this child be kept,” to the painful struggles in the delivery process. Struggles have also accompanied since I was born, becoming part of my life.” (WW) -- Wu Wenguang in attendance

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"Reading Father" | Live Reading + Performance | The Memory Project
Monday, October 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

Note: Performance takes place in Ruby Studio 124

Reading Father attempts to open up the obscure passageway to the history of Mao era, by rereading official documents, the “files” on an “anti-revolutionary” person. -- Wu Wenguang, Zhang Mengqi, and Hu Tao in attendance

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The Infiltrators (2019) | Cristina Ibarra & Alex Rivera | NC Latin American Film Festival
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 7:00pm

A real life story of undocumented youth – Dreamers – deliberately getting themselves detained by Border Patrol in order to infiltrate a shadowy, for-profit detention center.

-- Co-producer Sarah Garrahan (Duke MFA '14) in attendance

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Edge of the Knife (SGaawaay K’uuna) (2018) | Gwaai Edenshaw & Helen Haig-Brown | Native Voices [3pm]
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 3:00pm Screening in the Nasher Museum
On a remote Canadian island, a nobleman retreats to the wilderness and spirals into insanity after accidentally killing his best friend’s son. Crafted by an all-Indigenous cast and crew, this is the first film ever made in the endangered Haida language.

Collage of film stills from short works in the 2019 AMI Student Film Festival
2019 AMI Student Film Festival
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 7:00pm

Curated festival of notable student films produced in Spring 2019 AMI Courses at Duke University.

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Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985, 35mm) | Tim Burton [2pm]
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 2:00pm

A film about one man-child’s search for his stolen red bicycle leads to a series of mystifying encounters with ghost truckers, fortune tellers, rowdy bikers, and giant tourist-trap dinosaurs - culminating in a last stand at the Alamo.

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Mulholland Drive (2001, 35mm) | David Lynch | BrainCultures Series
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 7:00pm

Bright-eyed aspiring actress Betty (Naomi Watts) arrives in LA with dreams of stardom, but soon finds herself sucked into the nightmarish underbelly of Hollywood’s Dream Factory as she becomes entangled with an amnesiac femme fatale (Laura Harring) -- Best Film of the Decade, Film Comment 

the well heeled cavort at a holiday party, perhaps making sinister plans
Eyes Wide Shut (1999) | Stanley Kubrick
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

Then-couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman star as a New York doctor and art dealer whose stoned admissions of erotic longings throw their marriage into doubt - and lead Cruise to the center of a shadowy sex cult populated by a corrupt and decadent social elite.

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My First Film (2019) | Zia Anger live performance
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

My First Film (Zia Anger, 2019, 90 min)
In this feature-length multimedia performance, filmmaker Zia Anger interacts with media on screen and the audience using real-time text, spontaneous Google searches, audience directives and AirDrops. -- Zia Anger in attendance

a woman rows a canoe in the setting sun
Kayak to Klemtu (2017) | Zoe Leigh Hopkins | Native Voices
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 3:00pm

Note: Screening in the Nasher Museum
After her uncle’s death, a 14-year-old girl must speak on his behalf against a proposed pipeline that would bring oil tanker traffic to the waters around her hometown in British Columbia.

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Navajo Talking Picture (1985) | Arlene Bowman | Native Voices
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 7:00pm

Film student Arlene Bowman (Navajo) travels to the Reservation to document the traditional ways of her grandmother. The filmmaker persists despite her grandmother's forceful objections to this invasion of her privacy. A thought-provoking work which abruptly calls into question issues of "insider/outsider" status...

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Mekko (2015) | Sterlin Harjo | Native Voices
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 7:00pm

After two decades in prison, Mekko is released onto the streets of Tulsa. Falling in with a group of homeless Native Americans, he begins to uncover a darkness that threatens to consume his new community. 

Unless otherwise noted, all screenings take place in the Rubenstein Arts Center's film theater, and all events are Free and Open to the Public.