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Lion

Lion

Opens Friday, February 24 for limited shows.

Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

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Paterson

Paterson

In the latest from director JIM JARMUSCH, Paterson (ADAM DRIVER) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey–they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura. By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almo

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I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro

Opens Friday, February 24.

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends-Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.

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A Fugitive from the Past

A Fugitive from the Past

Plays Monday, February 27 at 7:00 PM.

Imported 35mm film presentation. This decade-spanning, epic thriller of a heist gone wrong follows a lone surviving thief as he evades the law, going into desperate hiding with a prostitute. This cover allows retribution for them both into society, but at disastrous costs as the detectives pursue the crime and its story unravels with time.

From director Tomu Uchida, this feature swept the Mainichi Film Concours for that year, including Best Director and Screenplay for the adap

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2017 Animated Oscar Nominated Short Films

2017 Animated Oscar Nominated Short Films

For over a decade, ShortsHD has proudly brought the Oscar Nominated Short Films to audiences across the globe.

This exclusive release features the following Animated Shorts: BLIND VAYSHA (Canada), BORROWED TIME (USA), PEARL (USA), PIPER (USA) & PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES (Canada).

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A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom

Opens Friday, March 3.

A UNITED KINGDOM is based on extraordinary true events. In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. They were a perfect match, yet their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families but by the British and South African governments. The latter had recently introduced the policy of apartheid and found the notion of a biracial couple ruling a neighboring country intolerable. South Africa threatened the British: either thwart the couple or be denied access

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The Salesman

The Salesman

Opens Friday, March 3

Forced to leave their apartment due to a dangerous construction project in a neighboring building, a young Iranian couple moves to the center of Tehran where they become embroiled in a life-altering situation involving the previous tenant. Directed by Asghar Farhadi, who also helmed the Oscar-winning feature A Separation.

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March of the Penguins

March of the Penguins

Plays Sunday, March 5 at 1:30 PM. Part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series presented by the Benard L Maas Foundation. Free for kids 12 and under!

Winner of the 2006 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature! At the end of each Antarctic summer, the emperor penguins of the South Pole journey to their traditional breeding grounds in a fascinating mating ritual that is captured in this documentary by intrepid filmmaker Luc Jacquet. The journey across frozen tundra proves to be the simplest part of the ritual, as after the egg is hatched,

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Dragnet Girl

Dragnet Girl

Plays Monday, March 6 at 7:00 PM.

SPECIAL SILENT FILM PRESENTATION W/ JAPANESE BENSHI ICHIRO KATAOKA and ELECTRONIC DJ ARWULF!

35mm film presentation. The life of career criminal Jôji takes a possible turn at redemption when he crosses paths with a delinquent initiate well-intentioned sister, Kazuko. Her innocent apprehension for her brother arouses curious attraction in Jôji, while inciting a dangerous triangle of jealousy with his current bawd lover.

Direct from Japan, be part of this unique screening eve

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Things to Come

Things to Come

Plays Tuesday, March 7 to Thursday, March 9

Nathalie teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She is passionate about her job and particularly enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her very possessive mother. One day, Nathalie’s husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With freedom thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent her life.

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Toni Erdmann

Toni Erdmann

Opens Friday, March 10

A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO’s life coach.

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Casablanca

Casablanca

Plays Friday, March 10 at 7:00 PM.
One of the most beloved American films, this captivating wartime adventure of romance and intrigue from director Michael Curtiz defies standard categorization. Simply put, it is the story of Rick Blaine(Humphrey Bogart), a world-weary ex-freedom fighter who runs a nightclub in Casablanca during the early part of WWII. Despite pressure from the local authorities, notably the crafty Capt. Renault (Claude Rains), Rick’s cafe has become a haven for refugees looking to purchase illicit letters of transit

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Korean Cinema NOW: Right Now, Wrong Then

Korean Cinema NOW: Right Now, Wrong Then

Saturday, March 11 at 1 PM.

Quite by accident, a film director arrives in town a day early. With time to kill before his lecture the next day, he stops by a restored, old palace and meets a fledgling artist. She’s never seen any of his films, but knows he’s famous. They talk. And together, they go to her workshop to look at her paintings, have Sushi and Soju. More conversation follows, and drinks, and then an awkward get-together with friends where all sorts of secrets are revealed. All the while, they may or may not be falling fo

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Ichi the Killer

Ichi the Killer

Plays Monday, March 13 at 7:00 PM.

Digital cinema presentation. Love is painful and NOT for the faint of heart. Warring yakuza clans pit crime bosses against one another through deception and rumor. At the center of it all is the homicidal, unhinged Ichi. Warped by the rival gangs and their desire for ultimate power, Ichi is seduced by their psychological manipulation that catapults him into an enraged spree of pop art assassinations, in search for redemption and answers for his life.

Based from the acclaimed manga of HIDE

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Kedi

Kedi

Opens Friday, March 17

A profile of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat.

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The World of Kanako

The World of Kanako

Digital cinema presentation. 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 film is the latest from the internationally award-winning TETSUYA NAKASHIMA, adapted from the best-selling mystery novel of AKIO FUKAMACHI, where noir is evolved from the undergr

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Breathless

Breathless

Plays Monday, March 27 at 7:00 PM.

A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy. Breathless was Jean-Luc Godard’s first feature-length work (with a screenplay written from an original treatment by Francois Truffaut) and represented Jean-Paul Belmondo’s breakthrough as an actor.

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Science on Screen: The Red Violin

Science on Screen: The Red Violin

Plays Tuesday, March 28 at 7:00 PM. Part of the Science on Screen series.

The film will be followed by a brief presentation by Sile O’Modhrian, Professor of Performing Arts Technology at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Francois Girard’s The Red Violin follows the imaginary history of a unique instrument as it passes over continents and through lives over the span of three centuries. The film was shot in five languages, in five countries, over a period of six months. Be

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Wilson

Wilson

Opens Friday, March 31

A lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man reunites with his estranged wife and meets his teenage daughter for the first time.

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Korean Cinema NOW: Tunnel

Korean Cinema NOW: Tunnel

Saturday, April 1 at 1 PM.

Jung-soo (Ha Jung-woo) is a car salesman on his way home for his daughter’s birthday. While driving through the newly built HadoTunnel, the structure suddenly collapses and he remains trapped in the rubble. Luckily, his cellphone still works and he’s able to call for help but things don’t go as expected when it becomes clear that the rescue operation will be more complicated than planned and that his safety is not necessarily the only concern of the people above ground.

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Fellini Satyricon

Fellini Satyricon

Plays Monday, April 3 at 7:00 PM.

A 1969 Italian fantasy drama film written and directed by Federico Fellini and loosely based on Petronius’s work Satyricon, written during the reign of the emperor Nero and set in imperial Rome. The film is divided into nine episodes, following the scholar Encolpius and his friend Ascyltus as they try to win the heart of the young boy Gitón, whom they both love, within the film’s depiction of a surreal and dreamlike Roman landscape and culture.

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1984

1984

Plays Tuesday, April 4 at 9:00 PM.

The Michigan Theater joins a group of independent movie theaters, including Alamo Drafthouse, IFC Center and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, in screening the now-timely film 1984 on April 4 (a date chosen because of its significance to the story).

This screening will take place offsite, in the Askwith Auditorium at Lorch Hall on the University of Michigan campus, located at 611 Tappan Street in Ann Arbor. Students get in free!

About the film: John Hurt stars as Winston Smith in thi

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Korean Cinema NOW: Inside Men

Korean Cinema NOW: Inside Men

Saturday, April 8 at 1 PM.

Based on Yoon Tae-ho’s webtoon, Inside Men is the most popular R-rated film ever produced in South Korea.

Written and directed by Woo Min-ho, and featuring internationally acclaimed actor Lee Byung-hun, this political thriller brings to light the corruption within Korean politics, business conglomerates, and the media.

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Putney Swope

Putney Swope

Plays Monday, April 10 at 7:00 PM.

Robert Downey Sr. wrote and directed this satirical look at the advertising world, race in Hollywood, and the white power structure. When its chairman dies, an advertising firm’s executive board must elect someone to fill the position. Each member, unable to vote for himself, casts a secret ballot for Putney Swope (Arnold Johnson), the firm’s only black executive, assuming he wouldn’t receive any votes from the other members. But once in power, Swope makes radical changes to the fir

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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2017

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2017

Tuesday, April 11 at 7 PM.

In 1986, The Banff Mountain Film Festival began an outreach program to bring the festival to other communities. Banff’s Festival organizers wanted to share the efforts and talents of the world’s finest mountain filmmakers with a larger audience. Like the first festival in Banff, the tour began small: three cities across Canada. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings mountain films to thousands of people who cannot make the annual trek to the Canadian Rockies.

Ignite your passion for th

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Korean Cinema NOW: Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet

Korean Cinema NOW: Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet

Saturday, April 15 at 1 PM.

Dong-ju: the Portrait of a Poet is a biographical period film directed by Lee Joon-ik.
Shot in black and white, it describes the life of poet Yun Dong-ju (Kang Ha-Neul) during the Japanese colonial occupation, focusing on his struggles to devote life to writing, his friendship and rivalry with his politically active cousin Song Mong-Gyu (Park Jung-Min) and their involvement in the Korean Independence Movement.

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Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane

Plays Monday, April 17 at 4:00 PM.

Orson Welles’ first feature film following the death of a publishing tycoon and the scramble to understand the meaning of his mysterious final word. Citizen Kane is widely considered to be the greatest film of all time, topping the American Film Institute’s 100 Years…100 Movies list.

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Day for Night

Day for Night

Plays Monday, April 17 at 7:00 PM.

Francois Truffaut pulls back the curtain on filmmaking with this chronicle of the melodrama both on and off screen during the production of a film. Truffaut bends the fourth wall with his appearance as the film-within-the-film’s director. Considered by many to be one of Truffaut’s greatest films.

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A Woman Under the Influence

A Woman Under the Influence

Plays Monday, April 24 at 7:00 PM.

Mabel Longhetti (Gena Rowlands), desperate and lonely, is married to a Los Angeles municipal construction worker, Nick (Peter Falk). Increasingly unstable, especially in the company of others, she craves happiness, but her extremely volatile behavior convinces Nick that she poses a danger to their family and decides to commit her to an institution for six months. Alone with a trio of kids to raise on his own, he awaits her return, which holds more than a few surprises.

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Harlan County, USA

Harlan County, USA

Plays Monday, May 1 at 7:00 PM.

In this documentary about labor tension in the coal-mining industry, director Barbara Kopple films a strike in rural Kentucky. After the coal miners at the Brookside Mine join a union, the owners refuse the labor contract. Once the miners start to strike, the owners of the mine respond by hiring scabs to fill the jobs of the regular employees. The strike, which lasts more than a year, frequently becomes violent, with guns produced on both sides, and one miner is even killed in a conflict.

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The Brother from Another Planet

The Brother from Another Planet

Plays Monday, May 8 at 7:00 PM.

U-M Maverick & Maker John Sayles wrote, directed, and edited this sci-fi exploration of the immigrant experience of assimilation, which follows a mute alien and escaped slave, “Brother,” when he crash-lands in the middle of Harlem.

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A Room with a View

A Room with a View

Plays Monday, May 15 at 7:00 PM.

When Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham-Carter) and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett (Maggie Smith) find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson (Denholm Elliot) and son George (Julian Sands) step in to remedy the situation. Director James Ivory, producer Ismail Merchant, and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s longtime collaboration as Merchant Ivory Productions came to represent a certain kind of British period piece that dominated Art House screens in the ‘80s and ‘9

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My Own Private Idaho

My Own Private Idaho

Plays Monday, May 22 at 7:00 PM.

This American independent adventure drama follows two friends, Mike (River Phoenix) and Scott (Keanu Reeves), as they embark on a journey of personal discovery that takes them from Portland to Idaho and finally on to Italy. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 and Henry V.

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The Player

The Player

Plays Monday, May 29 at 7:00 PM.

Certain that the anonymous threats he’s been receiving are the work of David Kahane (Vincent D’Onofrio), producer Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) tries to fix things over cocktails. Instead, Griffin ends up murdering the screenwriter and courting the dead man’s girlfriend (Greta Scacchi). As police investigate, Griffin concentrates on a prestigious film that might reinvigorate his career. But he soon learns that David’s demise hasn’t been forgotten by everyone in Hollywood.

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