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The French Hit Comedy PAULETTE Stars Legendary Actress Bernadette Lafont in One of Her Last Roles.

Next Friday, September 4th we'll be opening a French comedy that stars the wonderful actress Bernadette Lafont in one of her last performances, playing the title character in PAULETTE. A brash and opinionated retiree, Paulette lives alone in a housing project on the outskirts of Paris. One evening, upon observing some mysterious dealings outside her building, she discovers a surprising way to supplement her meager pension: an unlikely but successful career selling cannabis. Writing in Film Journal International, Doris Toumarkine wrote that "PAULETTE offers a heap of laughs and ultimately delights like a shelf of colorful fresh pastries." [...]
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Vox: "The quietly radical DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL turns the page on coming-of-age films."

This Friday, at five of our six venues, we'll be opening a film we enjoyed immensely, THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL. The girl of the title is Minnie Goetze (fantastic newcomer Bel Powley), who is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. She begins a complex love affair with her mother's (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, "the handsomest man in the world," Monroe Rutherford (Alexander Skarsgård). What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl's sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment. Based on a 2002 graphic novel, film critics have embraced the film (it has a 93% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes as [...]
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Acclaimed New Indian Film COURT, Opening August 14th, Featured in the New Yorker: "The Endless Indian Trial."

Winner of top prizes at the Venice and Mumbai film festivals, Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court is a quietly devastating, absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice, and venal politics in contemporary India. An elderly folk singer and grassroots organizer, dubbed the “people’s poet,” is arrested on a trumped-up charge of inciting a sewage worker to commit suicide. His trial is a ridiculous and harrowing display of institutional incompetence, with endless procedural delays, coached witnesses for the prosecution, and obsessive privileging of arcane colonial law over reason and mercy. What truly distinguishes Court, however, is Tamhane’s brilliant [...]
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BRIDGING THE DIVIDE: TOM BRADLEY AND THE POLITICS OF RACE Screenings Next Week with Q&A's

BRIDGING THE DIVIDE: TOM BRADLEY AND THE POLITICS OF RACE tells the story of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, the first African American mayor elected in a major American city with an overwhelmingly white majority. His extraordinary multi-racial coalition redefined Los Angeles, transformed the national dialogue on race and set the foundation for elections of minority candidates nationwide, including President Barack Obama. We will be hosting two screenings of this documentary about this key figure in our city's history, two of which featuring Q&A's: Q&A participants in Pasadena, August 11 at 7:30pm: Lyn Goldfarb, Producer, Dir [...]
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Special NICKY'S FAMILY Screenings in Honor of the Recently Passed Sir Nicholas Winton

[caption id="attachment_6331" align="alignright" width="250"] Sir Nicholas Winton[/caption] This month we were saddened to learn that Sir Nicholas Winton, a hero who for half a century said nothing of the fact that he rescued hundreds of mostly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia right before World War II, had died at the age of 106. We were proud to screen NICKY'S FAMILY, the documentary about his life, in 2013 and gladly do so again. Please join Laemmle, Menemsha Films, and Tugg.com Sunday, August 2nd at the Playhouse, Town Center, Music Hall or Claremont 5 for what promises to be a very moving and special morning. Use these links [...]
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