CLEVELAND (Aug. 17, 2010) – New movies are the focus of the Cleveland Museum of Art's September and October film schedule. Nearly all of the 16 films screening over the next two months will be making their exclusive Cleveland premieres at the museum.
The lineup includes the first American theatrical release to be fully subtitled for the country's 30 million deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers, See What I'm Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary. Director and producer Hilari Scarl will be on hand to answer questions after the screenings on Friday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 19. The rest of the eclectic film lineup ranges from a 2009 German Film Award winner (John Rabe, which tells the story of a Nazi businessman who saved the lives of more than 200,000 Chinese civilians) and a stylized concert documentary about The White Stripes (The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights) to a fascinating look at the films of Alfred Hitchcock through the lens of the Cold War (Double Take).
Unless otherwise noted, films will be shown in the museum's Morley Lecture Hall, located at 11150 East Boulevard in University Circle, and admission prices will be $9 for the general public; $7 for museum members, seniors age 65 and older, and students; or one museum film series voucher. Vouchers are sold in books of 10 and cost $70 for the general public, $60 for museum members.
Tickets are available through the online box office at www.ClevelandArt.org , in person or via telephone at 888-CMA-0033. Parking is available in the museum's attached garage.
The schedule of films includes:
A Talking Picture
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 7 p.m.
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira, with Leonor Silveria, John Malkovich and Catherine Deneuve. A history professor and her inquisitive 7-year-old daughter board a luxury cruise ship and sail the sunny Mediterranean from Portugal to Turkey — a symbolic voyage through the cradle of western civilization. But all is not smooth sailing in this meditation on the post-9/11 world and the future of humanity. (Portugal/France/Italy, 2003, 96 min.) http://www.kino.com/atalkingpicture/ 
Friday, Sept. 3, 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 5, 1:30 p.m.
Directed by Florian Gallenberger, with Ulrich Tukur, Daniel Brühl and Steve Buscemi. This handsomely mounted historical epic tells the little-known story of a real-life Nazi businessman who heroically saved the lives of 200,000 civilians during 1937's notorious Rape of Nanking. The film won four 2009 German Film Awards, including Outstanding Feature Film. Cleveland premiere. (France/China/Germany, 2009, subtitles, 134 min.)
Two in the Wave
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m.
Directed by Emmanuel Laurent, with Jean-Pierre Léaud. The relationship between filmmakers François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard is charted in this new documentary about the origins of the French New Wave. "Critics' Pick … Gathers newspaper clippings, newsreel footage and movie clips to assemble a present-tense essay that is both time capsule and collage." –The New York Times. (France, 2009, 91 min.) http://www.lorberfilms.com/two-in-the-wave/ 
Friday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 12, 1:30 p.m.
Directed by Marc Forby. In this gorgeous historical drama set in the late 19th century, Q'orianka Kilcher (Pocahontas in Terrence Malick's The New World) portrays a Hawaiian princess who resists the U.S.-sanctioned overthrow of her nation's monarchy. Cleveland premiere. (USA/Britain, 2009, 90 min.) http://www.princesskaiulanimovie.com/ 
Wednesday, Sept. 15, 5:30 and 7:15 p.m.
Directed by Bill and Turner Ross. Shown twice at the museum last year, this loving chronicle of small-town life in the filmmakers' hometown of Sidney, Ohio (zip code 45365), has since garnered rave reviews in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. "Achingly beautiful." –Roger Ebert. (USA, 2009, 90 min.) http://www.45365movie.com/ 
FILMMAKER IN PERSON
See What I'm Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary
Friday, Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 19, 1:30 p.m.
Shown in Gartner Auditorium
Directed by Hilari Scarl. This groundbreaking nonfiction film, the first American theatrical release to be fully subtitled for the country's 30 million deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers, follows four accomplished entertainers with hearing impairments — a stand-up comic, a drummer in an all-deaf rock band, a homeless actor who is HIV positive and a singer — during a year in which they negotiate various personal and professional challenges. Filmmaker Hilari Scarl will answer audience questions after both screenings. "Critics' Pick … Complex, candid and all-but essential viewing for hearing audiences … Educates without lecturing and engages without effort." –The New York Times. Cleveland premiere (USA, 2010, 90 min.) Special admission: $10; museum members, seniors age 65 and older, and students, $8; no passes or vouchers. http://www.seewhatimsayingmovie.com/ 
Friday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 26, 1:30 p.m.
Directed by Luke Boughen, Rebekah Fergusson, Gwendolyn Oxenham and Ryan White. Two Americans, a man and a woman who were both college soccer stars, traverse the globe and play pick-up soccer with a variety of individuals in 25 different countries and in locations ranging from a Bolivian prison to the roof of a Tokyo skyscraper. This survey of the world's most popular game demonstrates its durability in places far removed from the lights, manicured fields and big crowds of professional teams and the World Cup. "Take the gut feeling a killer Nike commercial can evoke and imagine riding that high for 90 minutes … All-around inspiring!" –Variety. Cleveland premiere. (USA and others, 2010, 90 min.) http://www.pelada-movie.com/ 
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m.
Directed by Susan Sontag. In this forgotten classic, late writer Susan Sontag focuses her sharp eye and keen intelligence on Israel during and after the 1973 Yom Kippur War to create a fascinating time capsule that was originally banned in Israel. In English. Cleveland revival premiere. (Poland/France, 1974, 87 min.)
The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights
Friday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 3, 1:30 p.m.
Directed by Emmett Malloy, with Jack and Meg White. This stylized concert documentary captures revered rock duo The White Stripes as they tour every Canadian province and territory during an emotional 2007 tour — playing a series of unusual venues ranging from bowling alleys to buses. "Some of the most subtly shot and well-recorded concert footage ever." –The Village Voice. Cleveland theatrical premiere. (USA, 2010, 93 min.) http://www.whitestripes.com/film/film.html 
Summer in Genoa
Friday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 10, 1:30 p.m.
Directed by Michael Winterbottom, with Colin Firth, Hope Davis and Catherine Keener. In this film from the acclaimed British director of The Killer Inside Me and Tristram Shandy, a college professor shattered by a family tragedy moves with his two teenage daughters to Italy. But there they face new challenges posed by sexuality and the supernatural. Cleveland premiere. (Britain, 2008, 94 min.)
Sunday, Oct. 10, 1 p.m.
Shown in Gartner Auditorium
Directed by Jane Chablani. This documentary recounts the seven-year struggle of nonagenarian heiress Maria Altmann to reclaim five Gustav Klimt paintings that were stolen from her family by the Nazis. The art, which hung in the Austrian National Gallery since 1945, included the famous Adele Bloch-Bauer I portrait that sold for a record sum in 2006. Cleveland premiere. (Britain, 2007, 92 min.) Shown as part of the Mandel Jewish Community Center's (JCC) Leonard Krieger Cleveland Jewish Film Fest. This film is sponsored by Trudy and Steven Wiesenberger. JCC members, $7.
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m.
Directed by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner. Greenwich Village's Stonewall riots of 1969 — and the years of anti-homosexual oppression that precipitated them — are succinctly recounted in this new documentary about the birth of the Gay Rights Movement, which features accounts from many witnesses. Cleveland premiere. (USA, 2010, 80 min.)
Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo
Friday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 17, 1:30 p.m.
Directed by Jessica Oreck. Japan's longstanding fascination with insects is explored in this "delightfully weird" (Entertainment Weekly) documentary that was a critical and commercial hit in New York City. "An entomologist's delight ... Worth watching even if you're repulsed by creepy-crawlers." –Box Office magazine. (USA/Japan, 2009, 90 min.) http://www.beetlequeen.com/ 
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
Friday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 24, 1:30 p.m.
Directed by Tamra Davis, with Julian Schnabel. The late, celebrated, New York City painter who wowed the art world before dying in 1988 at the age of 27 is profiled by one of his friends in this revelatory new documentary. Cleveland premiere. (USA, 2010, 93 min.)
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
Directed by Johan Grimonprez. This ingenious hybrid of fact and fiction looks at Alfred Hitchcock's films of the late 1950s and early 1960s through the lens of the Cold War and its climate of fear and anxiety. The result is an intriguing meditation on identity, filmmaking, power and paranoia comprised mostly of newsreels, Hitchcock screen appearances and other vintage film and television clips. "An intellectual puzzle that also works as a thoroughly accessible entertainment." –New York Post. Cleveland premiere. (Belgium/Germany/Netherlands, 2009, 80 min.)
Sunday, Oct. 31, 1:30 p.m.
Directed by Zhao Dayong. Indelible characters and haunting sequences fill this observational masterpiece that takes an unblinking, in-depth look at a dying rural mountain village in China's southwestern Yunnan province — one of the primitive, impoverished small towns left behind in China's relentless march toward modernism and prosperity. "Extraordinary." –Time Out New York. (China, 2009, subtitles, 169 min.) Special admission: $10; museum members, seniors age 65 and older, and students, $8; no passes or vouchers.
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Movie stills and DVD screeners are available (dependent upon film). Please contact Christa Skiles (216-707-6898 or cskiles [at] clevelandart [dot] org) or Caroline Guscott (216-707-2261 or cguscott [at] clevelandart [dot] org) to request images or screeners.