CINEMA CHAT: Ann Arbor Film Festival Returns for 55th Year
The 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival
The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America, founded by George Manupelli in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year’s festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences. The six-day festival, which opens Tuesday, March 21 at the Michigan Theater, presents 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, fiction, and performance-based works. The Ann Arbor Film Festival takes place March 21-26. Visit aafilmfest.org for details.
The documentary “Kedi” explores the lives of hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats, who roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame — and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could. “Kedi” opens Friday at the Michigan.
Special Screenings Downtown
In “The World of Kanako,” an aimless, irresponsible cop is pulled into sharp focus by the sudden, inexplicable disappearance of his teenage daughter. His search for clues leads him into chilling detail of an alternate realities with whom he believed his loved one to actually be, but will stop at no cost as a father to find her and the truth. “The World of Kanako” plays Monday March 20 at 7 PM. Series finale of the Kuro: The Dark Edge of Japanese Filmmaking film series.
Coming Soon – Cinema Revolution
This spring, Cinetopia Film Festival and Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater will celebrate the glory days of Art House cinemas with a new film series: Cinema Revolution: Independent Films That Defined a Genre. The eleven film series captures the spirit of cinematic revolution—a revolution that disrupted the Hollywood Studio system, created contemporary foreign film culture and brought to light visionary American directors and new generations of cinematic voices. The series kicks off on Monday, March 27 at 7:00 PM with Jean-Luc Godard’s French New Wave classic “Breathless.”
Opening at the Multiplex
“Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. Disney’s live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Featuring an all-star cast including Emma Watson, Kevin Kline, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, and Dan Stevens, “Beauty and the Beast” opens Friday.
In “The Belko Experiment,” in a twisted social experiment, a group of 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogota, Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed. “The Belko Experiment” opens Friday.
See you at the movies!
From Russell B. Collins
Director, State & Michigan Theaters – Ann Arbor
Founder/Director, Art House Convergence – Utah
Artistic Dir./Founder, Cinetopia Festival Detroit/A2
Strengthening communities with persistent creativity