This month: we don't really have a theme. What we do have are great movies We've got an adaptation of a beloved Murakami novel, to a documentary about an American literary great, and a subversion of classic samurai tropes. Plus, Club.MOV returns with more heartbreak. We ain't SM City, but we've got it all for you.
ALL SCREENINGS START AT 9 PM
June 6 to 9: NORWEGIAN WOOD
Directed by Anh Hung Tran
In 1968, Toru (Ken'ichi Matsuyama) is shocked when his friend Kizuki commits suicide. Toru grows close Kizuki's girlfriend Naoko. Amidst the turmoil of the time, the two try to deal with their tragic loss in very different ways. Murakami is notoriously hard to adapt, but Anh Hung Tran makes a noble attempt. The Tokyo of the film is dreamlike and lyrical, suffused with fleeting moments of heartbreaking beauty.
Japanese with English subtitles
June 13 to 16: PUBLIC SPEAKING
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Fran Liebowitz is one of America's sharpest authors. In this documentary, director Martin Scorsese assembles an entertaining portrait of Liebowitz, assembled from interviews and clips from her speaking engagements. Scorsese reveals a wit and a personality that deserves to be placed among the giants of modern American culture.
June 20 to 23: 13 ASSASSINS
Directed by Miike Takashi
In feudal Japan, a sadistic young lord has risen to power. He uses his authority to rape and kill at will. With no legal means to challenge the lord's authority, a trusted older samurai is given the secret task to assassinate him. The samurai assembles a group of warriors willing to throw away their honor and their lives in the name of heavenly justice. 13 Assassins is a twisted reversal of the classic Seven Samurai, revealing a darker side to the code of the Bushido and samurai thinking.
Japanese with English Subtitles
June 27 to 30: CLUB.MOV PRESENTS THE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO HEARTBREAK 4
(James Gray, 2010, USA)
Curated by Chard Bolisay
June 27, Monday, 9pm
UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG
(Jacques Demy, 1996, France)
Curated by Oggs Cruz
June 28, Tuesday, 9pm
WHAT TIME IS IT THERE?
(Tsai Ming Liang, 2001, Taiwan)
Curated by Dodo Dayao
June 29, Wednesday, 9pm
This is not a film by Khavn De La Cruz
June 30, Thursday, 9pm