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To spotlight Austin as a place synonymous with great film, Mayor Steve Adler has declared February 9–18 as “Love Film Week” in Austin. Love Film Week is an opportunity to discover art house films from all over the world and throughout film history via adventurous screenings presented by the nonprofit Austin Film Society.

LOVE FILM WEEK Programs

THE AWFUL TRUTH

2/9, 2/11

Cary Grant and Irene Dunne play a married couple whose mutual deceptions reach a tipping point and they agree to divorce. In the meantime, each tries gamely to sabotage the other’s attempts at romance. A riotous screwball classic.

BOMB CITY

Opens 2/9

Winter 1997. Amarillo, Texas. Brian Deneke is known for his green mohawk and undying passion for punk music. He throws punk shows with his friends at a rundown venue known as “Bomb City.”

SUZUKI TAISHO TRILOGY: ZIGEUNERWESEN

2/10

In this late career film from Seijun Suzuki (BRANDED TO KILL, TOKYO DRIFTER), a professor and his unusual wandering friend engage in perambulations and love triangulations, all set to the keynote of a mysterious German classical music record.

TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN!

2/10, 2/11

Antonio Banderas and Victoria Abril shine in Pedro Almodovar’s funny and twisted “romantic fairy tale.” Banderas plays a man newly released from a psychiatric hospital who lusts after a movie scream queen (Abril). The courtship does not proceed along normal lines.

EXPERIMENTAL RESPONSE CINEMA: FILMS OF STAN BRAKHAGE

2/11

In celebration of the life and work of the great experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage, Experimental Response Cinema and AFS present a screening of some of the artist’s most important works, all on luminous 16mm.

CONTEMPORARY COLOR

2/12

The extraordinary record of a one-of-a-kind event. At Brooklyn’s Barclay Center, 10 color-guard teams are assembled by organizer David Byrne and their marching, flag-waving routines are accompanied by musicians including St. Vincent and Ad-Rock.

LA POINTE COURTE

2/13

Agnès Varda’s first motion picture, which debuted at Cannes in 1955, evolved directly out of her work as a still photographer. In this, a partly fictional ethnography of a small fishing village, Varda utilizes in-depth observation of the community to build the story.

PILLOW TALK

2/14, 2/16

Say what you will, but squeaky-clean ’50s stars Doris Day and Rock Hudson had it. Their chemistry is immediate and infectious in this comedy about a man and woman who share a joint telephone line and loathe one another. Until…

VAGABOND

2/15, 2/18

For this landmark of feminist filmmaking, established starlet Sandrine Bonnaire signed on to play a hopeless, itinerant youth stuck on the fringe of society. Bonnaire’s frightening performance challenged expectations of what young women could do and be as leading ladies.

THE NUDE VAMPIRE

2/16, 2/17

From the truly one-of-a-kind auteur Jean Rollin comes this inspired blend of pulp and new wave cinema. A pair of lovers have their affair interrupted by a hooded cabal of sorcerers in this nocturnal fable.

SUZUKI TAISHO TRILOGY: KAGERO-ZA

2/17

In the second of Seijun Suzuki’s thematically linked but separate Taisho Trilogy, the maverick filmmaker proceeds even farther down the road of weird surrealism and metaphysical erotica. This is truly Suzuki unchained.

MON ONCLE

2/18

Bumbling Monsieur Hulot is wildly out of place as the world rapidly modernizes around him. This hilarious visual comedy was winner of Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards in 1958.

AFERIM

2/18

Director Radu Jude shines as the newest bright light of Romanian film. This unbelievable period piece illuminating Romania’s trafficking of Romani gypsies follows the journey of father and son on the hunt for an escaped slave.

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