Austin Film Society Announces September and October Programming
AUSTIN, TX — AFS announces its September and October programming calendar. September highlights include Science on Screen with Alfred Hitchcock’s Man with the Golden Arm on September 9 and Art House Theater Day on September 23, a celebration of art house theaters around the nation. Featured events in October include a focus on women in film with Amy Adrion’s new documentary Half the Picture and the two-part series Pioneering Women Filmmakers. October brings multiple horror series including Giallo: Five Notes in Black, exploring the unique Italian thriller genre; the newly restored Japanese gothic vampire series The Bloodthirsty Trilogy; and Jacob Perlin’s Habicat for Humanity, a weekend series of cat films.
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AFS teams with local partners for several series: The Contemporary Austin Presents: Other Forms of Life – A Four Film Series programmed by artist Huma Bhabha in conjunction with the exhibition Other Forms Of Life, opening at The Contemporary Austin on September 15; Austin Polish Film Festival for Essential Cinema: The Films of Andrzej Wajda; KOOP Presents Streets of Fire, Walter Hill’s definitive ‘80s Neon-Noir film starring Diane Lane, Michael Paré and Willem Dafoe; and Reality in Long Shots – A Hou Hsiao-Hsien Retrospective with the Austin Asian American Film Festival.
Premieres and Special Events include Run Like the Devil, The Secret Life of Lance Letscher, Co-Lab Projects and Hyperreal Film Club present: Terror Nullius by Soda_Jerk, the Eyeslicer Halloween Special, and Bisbee ‘17. New Release titles slated for September and October include Kusama-Infinity directed by Heather Lenz, the documentary Love, Gilda directed by Lisa D’Apolito, and Don’t Leave Home directed by Michael Tully.
Ticket prices range from $9 to $11.25, with discounts for AFS members. Special pricing is noted if applicable.
AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY SEPTEMBER and OCTOBER 2018 CALENDAR
Don’t Leave Home
Michael Tully, USA, 2018, DCP, 86 min.
Friday, September 14, 7 p.m.; Saturday, September 15, 7 p.m.; additional showtimes to be added
An American artist (Anna Margaret Hollyman) finds herself embroiled in a strange metaphysical mystery when she accepts a commission from a bizarre Irish priest in this darkly humorous new thriller from Austin director Michael Tully. Tully and Hollyman will be in attendance on September 14 and 15.
Lisa D’Apolito, Canada/USA, 2018, DCP, 88 min.
Opening September 21
This new documentary about the legendary comic and actress Gilda Radner is stitched together from her own home movies, audio recordings, and archival material. Truly a labor of love for all involved, the film features appearances and narrations by dozens of her famous contemporaries and admirers.
Heather Lenz, USA, 2018, DCP, 80 min.
Opening September 28
This new doc about the visionary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama traces her life from her childhood correspondence with Georgia O’Keefe, her beginnings in the New York Pop Art scene and her gradual ascendance to the iconic status she enjoys today. Media sponsor: Sightlines.
Robert Greene, USA, 2018, DCP, 112 min.
October 6, 6 p.m.; October 7, 6:30 p.m.
Documentarian Robert Greene, who often explores the grey areas implicit in factual tales, finds his ideal subject in this remarkable new film about an Arizona mining town that re-enacts one of its darkest hours. Director Robert Greene will be in attendance on October 6.
Lates are late-night weekend screenings of the new cult film canon.
Jean Rollin, West Germany, 1979, DCP, 80 min. In French with English Subtitles.
August 31, 10 p.m.; September 1, 10 p.m.; September 2, 7 p.m.
From the late French writer-director Jean Rollin (The Nude Vampire), this tale of a spooky chateau and its lovely, dangerous inhabitants is one of his best.
Jacques Rivette, France, 1976, DCP, 145 min. In French and English with English Subtitles.
September 7, 10 p.m.; September 8, 10 p.m.
From the director of Celine & Julie Go Boating and Duelle, comes a labyrinthine and beautiful pirate adventure starring Geraldine Chaplin (Remember My Name).
Jose Ramon Larraz, UK, 1974, Digital, 91 min.
September 14, 9:30 p.m.
This deeply creepy film about madness and isolation is programmed by guest programmer Michael Tully, whose film Don’t Leave Home opens 9/14.
Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan, 1997, 35mm, 110 min. In Japanese and Spanish with English. Subtitles
September 15, 9:30 p.m.
This gruesome and terrifying Japanese police-procedural film is guest programmed by filmmaker Michael Tully, whose film Don’t Leave Home opens 9/14.
Sergei Parajanov, Russia, 1969, DCP, 79 min. In Armenian, Azerbaijani, and Georgian with English Subtitles.
September 21, 10 p.m.; September 22, 10 p.m.; September 24, 7 p.m.
Armenian filmmaker Sergei Parajanov’s signature film is like no other moving image work ever created. Gorgeous, emotionally moving and deeply weird.
Vincent Gallo, USA, 1998, 35mm, 110 min.
October 5, 10 p.m.; October 6, 10:15 p.m.; October 7, 1:30 p.m.
Writer/director/star Vincent Gallo’s bizarre film is also one of the most important and influential movies of the ‘90s. Christina Ricci (Monster) co-stars.
Věra Chytilová, Czech, 1966, 35mm, 79 min.
October 12, 10 p.m.; October 13, 10 p.m.; October 15, 7 p.m.
From groundbreaking Czech New Wave director, Vera Chytilová, comes a free-spirited, anarchic feminist classic and ode to girlhood in all its revelry.
Abel Ferrarra, USA, 1995, DCP, 82 min.
October 19, 10 p.m.; October 20, 10 p.m.
Lili Taylor stars in Abel Ferrara’s appropriately transgressive New York vampire film. The cast also includes Christopher Walken and Annabella Sciorria.
This September, AFS Cinema will feature the newly restored work of auteurs Agnès Varda, Barbara Loden, and Stanley Kubrick.
2001: A Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrick, USA, 1968, DCP, 161 min.
September 1, 12:30 p.m.; September 2, 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m.; September 3, 4 p.m.; September 4, 6:30 p.m.; September 5, 6:30 p.m.; September 6, 6 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
This new restoration (or un-restoration, as it has been called) of Stanley Kubrick’s epoch-making classic has been supervised by filmmaker Christopher Nolan.
Barbara Loden, USA, 1970, DCP EclairPlay, 103 min.
September 1, 1:30 p.m.; September 2, 4 p.m.; September 3, 7 p.m.
Barbara Loden’s pioneering independent film follows a restless and unsatisfied woman as she tries to leave her oppressive life and make another.
Agnès Varda, France, 1977, 120 min. In French with English Subtitles.
September 28, 8:30 p.m.; September 29, 10 p.m.; September 30, 4 p.m.
Agnès Varda’s odd “feminist musical” (as she describes it), is like no other film ever made, and it’s back to polarize and – maybe – entrance audiences anew.
Henri Clouzot, France, 1956, DCP, 78 min. In French with English Subtitles.
October 16, 7 p.m.; October 21, 2 p.m.
Artist Pablo Picasso is seen in his element as we observe the process by which he creates his art. Filmmaker Henri Clouzot brings welcome cinematic flourishes to this fascinating portrait.
Various Directors, DCP
October 21, 6:30 p.m.
In the silent era, it was common for films to be produced and directed by female filmmakers. We have selected two programs of newly restored female-made films from this era.
Various Directors, DCP
October 28, 7 p.m.
In the silent era, it was common for films to be produced and directed by female filmmakers. We have selected two programs of newly restored female-made films from this era.
Streets of Fire
Walter Hill, USA, 1984, 35mm, 94 min.
September 4, 7:30 p.m.
We are joined by our friends at KOOP community radio for a special screening of Walter Hill’s definitive ‘80s Neon-Noir film, starring Diane Lane, Michael Paré and Willem Dafoe.
A co-presentation of Austin Film Society, UT Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Initiative for Communication on Media and the Middle East (ICOMME). In the midst of upheavals and chaos in various countries of the Middle East, films are still being made, works which can open our hearts, minds, and understanding. Creative filmmakers in the region want us to look beyond the newscasts and examine the hopes, dreams, and outlooks of representative fictional characters.
Maysaloun Hamoud, Israel, 2016, DCP, 103 min. In Hebrew and Arabic with English Subtitles.
September 5, 7 p.m.
This film about three Arab Israeli women who share an apartment in downtown Tel Aviv provides a little seen, and often funny, perspective on contemporary events.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey/France/Germany, 2014, DCP, 196 min. In Turkish with English Subtitles.
September 13, 7 p.m.
A retired actor, accustomed to the cosmopolitan lifestyle of his native Istanbul, relocates to remote Anatolia to run a hotel. Winner of the Palme D’Or at Cannes.
Tamer El Said, Egypt/Germany/UK/UAR, 2016, DCP, 118 min. In Arabic with English Subtitles.
September 20, 7 p.m.
A meditation, largely consisting of documentary footage, on the soul of Cairo, before and after the Arab Spring.
Sadaf Foroughi, Iran/Canada/Qatar, 2017, DCP, 102 min. In Persian with English Subtitles.
September 27, 7 p.m.
A 17-year old girl comes of age in post-revolutionary Iran and finds that the strictures of theocratic life complicate the already difficult process of growing up.
Premieres and Special Events
Steve Mims, USA, 2018, DCP, 100 min.
September 6, 7 p.m.
Join us for a special screening of this brand new – and we mean brand new – documentary about the US Senate race between the Republican incumbent Ted Cruz and the charismatic challenger Beto O’Rourke. Filmmaker Steve Mims will be in attendance.
Soda_Jerk, USA, 2018, Digital, 54 min.
September 21, 8 p.m.
Soda_Jerk, a video collective from Sydney, has been creating video sample-based works since 2002. They will join us in person for their latest work, a “political revenge fable.”
Sandra Adair, USA, 2017, DCP, 95 min.
September 27, 7:30 p.m.
A deeply personal portrait of Austin based artist Lance Letscher. Hosted by Richard Linklater, with Director Sandra Adair and artist Lance Letscher in attendance. In conjunction with this screening, an exclusive pop-up show of Letscher’s collages will be on-display at the cinema.
Various, USA, 2018, Digital, 93 min.
October 23, 8:30 p.m.
The Eyeslicer is a mind-melting variety TV show designed to slice, dice then mince your eyeballs into a delicious ceviche. Join us for this Halloween edition of the handcrafted mixtape that blends boundary-pushing short-form work into a weird, wild, uninterrupted whole.
AFS teams with the Austin Asian American Film Festival to present this selection of works by one of the most important filmmakers in the world today, the Taiwanese writer-director Hou Hsiao-Hsien.
Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Taiwan, 1983, DCP, 100 min. In Mandarin and Min Nan with English Subtitles.
September 8, 7 p.m.
A group of teenage boys from a rural village come of age together and face the challenges of adapting to urban life in Hou’s naturalistic early film.
Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Taiwan, 1988, 35mm, 136 min. In Mandarin and Hakka with English Subtitles.
September 11, 6:30 p.m.
Hou’s first major international critical success follows a generation of change in the life of a Taiwanese family.
Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Taiwan, 1996, 35mm, 112 min. In Mandarin and Hokkien with English Subtitles.
September 15, 1 p.m.
Hou’s portrait of a group of restless small time hustlers trying to get rich is among the best of his most acclaimed films.
Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Taiwan, 2001, 35mm, 105 min. In Mandarin with English Subtitles.
September 18, 6:30 p.m.
A young woman (Shu Qi), speaking from a 2011 that, at the time of the film’s making, was 10 years away, reminisces about her life in the 21st century.
Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Taiwan, 1998, 35mm, 113 min. In Cantonese and Shanghainese with English Subtitles.
September 22, 7 p.m.
Hou’s impressive run of 1990s arthouse masterpieces continued with this big sprawling period piece, set in the world of brothels and courtesans in 1880s Shanghai.
Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Taiwan, 1989, 35mm, 159 min. In Mandarin, Min Nan, Japanese, Cantonese, and Shanghainese with English Subtitles.
September 29, 7 p.m.
Hou’s epic masterpiece centers on the tragic consequences of post-WWII Kuomintang rule in Taiwan. Widely considered one of the greatest films ever made.
In honor of the centennial of his birth, we continue our celebration of the life and work of Swedish writer-director Ingmar Bergman. In this series we focus on some of his greatest on-screen collaborators.
Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1958, DCP, 101 min. In Swedish with English Subtitles.
September 9, 3:15 p.m.
Max Von Sydow shines as a touring illusionist who is asked to provide proof of his powers to a group of skeptical townspeople.
Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1953, DCP, 96 min. In Swedish with English Subtitles.
September 16, 2 p.m.
Harriet Andersson stars as a free-spirited young woman who refuses to settle down and start a family in a role that Bergman wrote especially for her.
Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1963, DCP, 96 min. In Swedish with English Subtitles.
September 23, 2 p.m.
Ingrid Thulin and Gunnell Lindblom star as a pair of deeply disaffected sisters travelling together through middle Europe in this powerful meditation on alienation.
Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1966, DCP, 83 min. In Swedish with English Subtitles.
September 30, 1:30 p.m.; October 2, 7 p.m.
In one of Bergman’s most acclaimed films Liv Ullman stars as a nurse-in-residence. Bibi Andersson plays Ullman’s patient, a well-known stage actress who is in psychological distress.
Sunday School is a monthly family-friendly series, which aims to introduce young audiences to global classics that parents and kids can enjoy together. Sunday School is guest programmed by local cinephile and mom Stacy Brick.
Fred Neymeyer, USA, 1923, DCP, 70 min.
September 9, 1 p.m.; September 10, 6:30 p.m.
Harold Lloyd, along with his contemporaries Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, was a giant of silent comedy. His specialty, performing his own death defying stunts, is on full display in this delightful film.
Charles Barton, USA, 1948, DCP, 83 min.
October 14, 1 p.m.
Just in time for Halloween, the comedy duo of Abbott and Costello play a pair of shipping clerks who find themselves menaced (comically) by Dracula, the Wolfman and Frankenstein’s monster.
Science on Screen
Otto Preminger, USA, 1955, 35mm, 119 min.
September 9, 6 p.m.
For our next installment of Science On Screen we present this classic story of heroin addiction starring Frank Sinatra. After the film we will be joined by a special panel to discuss the mechanisms of addiction and its cure.
HIstory of Television
Various, Digital, 100 min
September 17, 7 p.m. at Austin Public, 1143 Northwestern Ave
Free and open to the public
Punk musician, designer and Mary Tyler Moore Show super-fan Samantha Wendel joins us to present a selection of episodes from this era-defining progressive ‘70s sitcom.
Doc Nights features new and repertory documentaries.
Jayne Loader & Kevin Raffety, USA, 1982, DCP, 86 min.
September 17, 7 p.m.; September 23, 7 p.m.; September 25, 7 p.m.
Assembled from archival news footage, educational and propaganda films, this classic documentary paints a chilling but amusing picture of Cold War hysteria. Media sponsor: Texas Observer
Jeff Stacy, USA, 2017, Digital
September 19, 7:30 p.m.
Through interviews and archival materials, this documentary shows us the life and times of the hell-raising, globe-trotting Lubbock saxophone man Bobby Keys.
William E. Badgley, USA, 2017, Blu-ray, 86 min.
October 8, 7 p.m.; October 10, 6 p.m.
The (mostly) all-female band The Slits were not London’s most famous punk group, but they may have been the best, as this jaw-dropping new doc attests.
Amy Adrion, USA, 2018, DCP, 94 min.
October 14, 7 p.m.
This new doc celebrates the groundbreaking work of female film directors and investigates the culture of discrimination in Hollywood.
Jenny Murray, Nicaragua/USA, 2018, DCP, 100 min. In Spanish with English Subtitles.
October 22, 7 p.m.
Until now, the story of Nicaragua’s Sandinista revolution has been only half told. Here is the rest of the story, told by its many female participants.
Rare and beautiful queer films. Brought to you by Mouthfeel and Young Creature.
Bertrand Mandico, France, 2018, DCP, 110 min. In French and English with English Subtitles.
September 18, 8:30 p.m.
Bertrand Mandico’s bizarre debut feature, set during the early 20th century, is about the “taming” of a group of “wild boys,” all of whom are played by females.
Art House Theater Day
Art House Theater Day celebrates the art house theater and the cultural role it plays in a community. It is a day to recognize the year-round contributions of film and filmmakers, patrons, projectionists, and staff, and the brick and mortar theaters that are passionately dedicated to providing access to the best cinematic experience.
Patrick Imbert, Benjamin Renner, France, 2017, DCP, 83 min.
September 23, 12 p.m.
From the creators of the Academy Award-nominated Ernest & Celestine comes another hilarious, heartwarming tale of animal misfits that’s destined to become a classic. The countryside isn’t always as calm and peaceful as it’s made out to be, and the animals on this farm are particularly agitated: a fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus.
Jim Cummings, USA, 2018, DCP, 92 min.
September 23, 4:30 p.m.
Writer/director/lead actor Jim Cummings’ debut feature is a clever tragicomedy about a police officer whose life unravels after his mother’s passing. Despite his grief he must come to terms with the reality of raising his daughter alone. Actor Macon Blair, producer Matt Miller, and actress Kendal Farr will be in attendance.
This greatly varied and surprising series of films has been programmed by artist Huma Bhabha to coincide with her exhibition Other Forms Of Life, opening at The Contemporary Austin on September 15.
Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 1990, 35mm, 98 min. In Persian and Azerbaijani with English Subtitles.
October 3, 7 p.m.; October 6, 2 p.m.
Abbas Kiarostami’s masterpiece tells a direct but multifaceted true story of a man who impersonates a famous Iranian filmmaker.
James Cameron, USA, 1984, DCP, 107 min.
October 10, 8:30 p.m.; October 13, 1:30 p.m.
James Cameron reinvents both the sci-fi and action genres in one imaginative and dynamic package, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Carol Reed, UK, 1949, DCP, 93 min.
October 17, 8:30 p.m.; October 20, 1:30 p.m.
Carol Reed and Graham Greene’s psychologically portrait of post WWII Vienna is a richly satisfying film masterpiece.
John Carpenter, USA, 1982, 35mm, 109 min.
October 24, 8:30 p.m.; October 27, 2 p.m.; October 29, 8 p.m.
John Carpenter and effects creator Rob Bottin go for the jugular in this fast moving story of arctic researchers who are confronted with a shape-changing alien.
AFS is honored to partner with the Austin Polish Film Festival to present a selection of films by one of Poland’s greatest filmmakers, the incomparable Andrzej Wajda, who, in his films, chronicled some of the most turbulent periods in world history, from the nation that had the closest vantage point to many of them.
Andrzej Wajda, Poland, 1975, DCP, 180 min. In Polish with English Subtitles.
October 4, 7 p.m.
In this gritty, highly realistic film, set during Poland’s Industrial Revolution, we follow the trajectories of a group of capitalists as they build a factory, attain wealth and erase the past.
Andrzej Wajda, Poland, 1977, DCP, 165 min. In Polish with English Subtitles.
October 11, 7 p.m.
When a young filmmaker seeks to make a movie about the socialist icon, Bricklayer Mateusz Birkut, she finds that the true story of his life does not line up with the myth.
Man of Iron
Andrzej Wajda, Poland, 1981, DCP, 156 min. In Polish with English Subtitles.
October 18, 7 p.m.
An epic retelling of the birth of the Polish Solidarity movement that earned Wajda the 1981 Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Andrzej Wajda, Poland, 1958, 35mm, 103 min. In Polish with English Subtitles.
October 25, 7 p.m.; October 30, 7 p.m.
Wajda’s best known and most acclaimed early film tells the story of a young soldier dispatched to assassinate a communist leader during a period of German and Soviet occupation in Poland.
The Italian style of thriller that has become known as the giallo, is, when done well, fascinating and haunting, thanks in large part to the films’ scores. This series presents some of the best films of the genre and some of the best soundtracks.
Dario Argento, Italy, 1971, DCP, 112 min. In Italian with English Subtitles.
October 5, 7:15 p.m.; October 7, 4 p.m.
Dario Argento’s super stylish thriller is scored by Ennio Morricone, who finds unique ways to mirror the characters’ psychological motivations in his music.
Sergio Martino, Italy, 1972, 35 mm, 88 min. In Italian with English Subtitles.
October 12, 7:30 p.m.; October 14, 4:00 p.m.
Eurocult icon Edwige Fenech stars in this gaslighting thriller which features mod, period appropriate music by Bruno Nicolai.
Umberto Lenzi, Italy, 1974, DCP, 94 min. In Italian and English with English Subtitles.
October 19, 7:30 p.m.
Umberto Lenzi’s Spasmo is a formally fascinating film, almost an abstract essay in the thriller format. Ennio Morricone’s score reflects this preoccupation.
Dario Argento, Italy, 1975, DCP, 126 min. In Italian, German, and English with English Subtitles.
October 21, 4 p.m.
One of the stone killers of the giallo form, Dario Argento’s masterpiece delivers the thrills, and so does Goblin’s dynamically powerful score.
Mario Bava, Italy, 1970, DCP, 78 min. In Italian with English Subtitles.
October 26, 7:30 p.m.; October 28, 1:30 p.m.
Mario Bava, the father of the giallo film, puts on a virtuoso display of directorial magic here. The bossa-nova inflected score is by master Piero Umiliani.
Michio Yamamoto, Japan, 1970, DCP, 71 min. In Japanese with English Subtitles.
October 6, 4 p.m.
In the first of the Japanese Gothic vampire series, collectively known as the Bloodthirsty Trilogy, a woman and her boyfriend brave a frightening mansion in search of her brother. Newly Restored.
Michio Yamamoto, Japan, 1971, DCP, 82 min. In Japanese with English Subtitles.
October 13, 4 p.m.; October 18, 9:30 p.m.
In the second of the thematically connected Bloodthirsty Trilogy movies, a young woman, tormented by visions of a vampire, is forced to confront her fears.
Michio Yamamoto, Japan, 1974, DCP, 87 min. In Japanese with English Subtitles.
October 20, 4 p.m.; October 25 9:30 p.m.
In the third film of the Bloodthirsty Trilogy, a teacher arrives at his new job, a girl’s boarding school, where the living dead rise to study the living.
Jacob Perlin Presents: HABICAT FOR HUMANITY
Jacob Perlin, Programming and Artistic Director of New York’s Metrograph Theater, joins us October 26 to 28 for a weekend of films related to a subject near and dear to his, and our, hearts: cats. Specific titles to be announced.
ABOUT AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY
Founded in 1985 by filmmaker Richard Linklater, the Austin Film Society’s mission is to empower our community to make, watch, and love creative media. AFS curates and screens hundreds of repertory, international, and art house films annually at the AFS Cinema; delivers financial support to Texas filmmakers through the AFS Grant; operates Austin Studios, a 20-acre production facility, and Austin Public, a space for our city’s diverse media makers to train and collaborate. Through its award-winning after school classes, intern training, and the Ed Lowry Student Film program, AFS encourages media and film literacy and provides a place for youth of all backgrounds to learn the craft of filmmaking and gain access to tools for media production. By hosting premieres, special events, local and international industry events, and the Texas Film Awards, AFS shines the national spotlight on Texas filmmakers while connecting Austin and Texas to the wider film community. To learn more about the AFS Cinema or about Austin Film Society’s mission visit: www.austinfilm.org and follow @AustinFilm on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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