"The Man Who Wasn't There" with Adam Nayman

Saturday September 22 1:00PM

Adam Nayman, author of the new critical study The Coen Brothers: The Book Really Ties the Film Together, will discuss the film with Vanity Fair film critic K. Austin Collins; copies of the book will be available for signing by the author before and after the screening.

“Life has dealt me some bum cards, or maybe I just haven’t played ‘em right,” says Ed Crane (Billy Bob Thornton), the existentially tormented hero of Joel and Ethan Coen’s monochrome masterpiece The Man Who Wasn’t There. Winner of a Best Director prize at Cannes in 2001, the film—which riffs on an eclectic collection of sources ranging from Albert Camus to James M. Cain, with some 1950s sci-fi paranoia thrown in—may be the Coens’ most underrated feature, and also arguably their most beautiful, with Roger Deakins’ black-and-white cinematography cloaking the characters and their motives in long, impenetrable shadows.

"Hotel Terminus" with Producer John Friedman

Sunday September 23 5:30PM

Producer John Friedman in person.

Following up his massive The Sorrow and the Pity, Ophüls returned to face the horrors of World War II, this time latching onto a single, terrible figure, that of “Butcher of Lyon” Klaus Barbie, a Gestapo chief in occupied France whose barbarism is attested to by a litany of both former victims and allies, only brought to justice in 1987 after having disappeared to Bolivia with the knowledge of American intelligence. “One of my favorite filmmakers is Marcel Ophüls, and nominally this film is about Klaus Barbie. But in my view, it's really about the ease in which people can slip into fascist or totalitarian modes of thinking and kill other people.”—Frederick Wiseman

"Exile" with Zoe Beloff

Wednesday September 26 7:00PM

Zoe Beloff in Person

The philosopher Walter Benjamin and his friend playwright Bertolt Brecht spent time together in exile from Nazi Germany. Exile imagines that they are still in exile in New York, 2017. In the intervening years they have changed—in the contemporary world, refugees and victims of racism look different. Brecht is Iranian. Benjamin is African American. The down-at-heel comic duo are vagabonds in the tradition of Laurel and Hardy or Vladimir and Estragon; they are still doing what they always did, showing us how society works with whatever they have to hand—words, images, and suggestions on how to tell the truth in a world full of lies. Unfixed, oscillating between their time and ours, Brecht and Benjamin reveal what has been buried in our own history, making connections between fascism in New York in the 1930s and its manifestation in the Trump era.

"Hello Hello Hello" with Lee Ranaldo and Fred Riedel

Friday September 28 8:00PM

Lee Ranaldo, the Sonic Youth axeman widely considered to be among the greatest guitarists of all time, gives director Riedel full access to observe his and producer Raül Refree's freewheeling creative process during the recording of a new album, Electric Trim, with collaborators that include former bandmate Steve Shelley, Sharon Van Etten, Wilco’s Nels Cline, and novelist Jonathan Lethem, here serving as lyricist. The sensitive and insightful film makes for an immersive experience, all the more special as we welcome the director and subject for a Q&A after the screening.

"Fundi" + "Integration Report" with Mark Rabinowitz

Saturday September 29 5:30PM

Screening introduced by Mark Rabinowitz.

Director: Joanne Grant
1981 / 63 mins / 16mm

Director: Madeline Anderson
1960 / 21 mins / DCP

“Does exactly what Ella Baker does: it gives us the courage to act on our own—and to affect the future.”—Gloria Steinem. A fond depiction of the life and times of Baker, a confidante and advisor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s who acted as godmother to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, restoring an essential figure to her rightful place in the civil rights movement. Screening with Integration Report #1, a wide-ranging yet concise document of the early years of the Civil Rights Movement, from Alabama to Brooklyn to Washington, DC.

"Investigation of a Flame" with Lynne Sachs

Sunday September 30 4:30PM

Lynne Sachs in person.

Director: Julie Gustafson
1991 / 54 mins / Digital

Director: Lynne Sachs
2003 / 45 mins / 16mm

Three subjects of Casting the First Stone believe that abortion is a woman’s right. Three believe it is cold-blooded murder. Gustafson’s film plunges into their midst, going headlong into one of the most hotly contested issues in American life, allowing representatives of both sides to tell their stories, and striking right at the emotional heart of this political struggle. Screening with Investigation of a Flame: A Documentary Portrait of the Catonsville Nine, another film of direct action protest, using archival footage and new interviews to revisit the case of a motley crew of activists who invaded a Catonsville, Maryland draft board in order to incinerate selective service records.

"Making Plans for Lena" with Christophe Honoré

Wednesday October 3 7:00PM

Christophe Honoré in person

Chiara Mastroianni, magnificent in the title role of an overwhelmed single mother being slowly overtaken by a persecution complex, locks horns with her parents, her ex-husband, and her siblings in Honoré’s fraught, feisty family drama, unfolding in an atmosphere of bourgeois material comfort and emotional terrorism. A peerless supporting cast, including My Night at Maud’s Marie Christine Barrault and Louis Garrel, anchor this riveting melodrama by New Wave heir Honoré, who will present the screening in person.