New 4K restoration. Previously impossible to see in the U.S., MAHJONG, the penultimate film from Edward Yang (YI YI, A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY), is an acerbic, sprawling tragicomedy, a poison love letter to Taipei as a rising cosmopolis of big money, big dreams, and big cons.
Shot at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, this remarkable collection of Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, and avant-garde artists of the early 20th century reveals the rise of the modern garden in popular culture.
Director Penny Lane’s decision to become a “Good Samaritan” by giving one of her kidneys to a stranger launches her on an unexpectedly funny, intimate, and provocative quest to understand why everyone seems to think she’s crazy. Director Penny Lane joins us in person. Free to Members!
Opening 3/1. A perennial favorite at Amherst Cinema, come experience the complete roster of short films nominated at the 96th Academy Awards. These are the Documentary Short Films.
Coming soon. In a bustling Mexican household, seven-year-old Sol is swept up in a whirlwind of preparations for the birthday party for her father, Tona, led by her mother, aunts and other relatives. As the day goes on, building to an event both anticipated and dreaded, Sol begins to understand the gravity of the celebration this year and watches as her family does the same. A New York Times Critic's Pick.
In Jakarta, a S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs. More than a decade on from its original release, THE RAID: REDEMPTION has emerged as one of the great action films of the 21st century.
New 4K restoration. In 1968, Peace Corps veteran David Schickele enlisted his friend Paul Eyam Nzie Okpokam to star in a comedy about a well-educated Nigerian immigrant in San Francisco, resulting in a vibrant snapshot of place and time. But BUSHMAN morphs into documentary when Okpokam is arrested for a crime he did not commit. A New York Times Critic's Pick!
New 4K restoration. This passionate epic follows two young stars of the Beijing Opera House (Leslie Cheung and Fengyi Zhang) and their turbulent relationship, opening in 1924 and intertwining with half a century of Chinese history.
This drama tells the story of a young boy growing up in a shaky, post-Soviet Ukraine, who, looking for a mentor, befriends an Afghan war veteran. After the film, filmmaker Iryna Tsilyk and Ivan Kozlenko, visiting researcher at Amherst College, discuss working across modes of documentary, feature film, and animation, and adapting literature for the screen. Free to the general public.
What does the U.S. Democratic Party share with observational documentary? The promise and the problem of transparency. In a live performance from the forthcoming audio series "Trust Issues," Jason Fox explores the sixty-year long relationship between Direct Cinema and Democratic Party politics. Free to Members!
Sara (Seret Scott), a philosophy professor, and her husband, Victor (Bill Gunn), an ecstatic painter, spend a summer away from the city, straining their already rocky relationship. Ahead of the film, Smith College professor Anaiis Cisco presents "Breakthroughs in Black Cinema," exploring the aesthetics of LOSING GROUND and its nuanced depiction of the interiority of Black womanhood, while also illuminating alternate routes for independent filmmaking.
New 2K restoration. Sensationally modern, G.W. Pabst’s lurid masterpiece of silent cinema follows the downward spiral of the fiery, brash, yet innocent showgirl Lulu (Jazz Age icon Louise Brooks), whose sexual vivacity has a devastating effect on everyone she comes in contact with.
Filmed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Tate Britain, London, step into the glittering world of fashion, scandal and shameless self-promotion that made John Singer Sargent the painter who defined an era.
From understanding the director’s vision to identifying the right talent, film casting is an art form. In "From Beale Street to Batman: Casting a Major Motion Picture," award-winning casting director Cindy Tolan shares stories from her career in casting for major Hollywood films. Following the seminar, join us for Steven Spielberg’s WEST SIDE STORY, one of Tolan’s celebrated recent films with a huge ensemble cast.
New 4K restoration. Nancy Savoca’s star-studded indie gem is a chronicle of three generations of a spirited Italian-American New York family across the latter half of the 20th century. Starring Vincent D’Onofrio, Tracey Ullman, Illeana Douglas, Michael Imperioli, and more.
In MAKING WAVES, Midge Costin reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema through film clips and insight from visionary directors and sound designers. Following the film, Costin joins us in person to share highlights from her career as a Hollywood sound editor and passionate teacher and advocate for the creative use of sound in the cinematic arts.
A Colombian teenage girl has to face the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers. This sing-along version of ENCANTO features on-screen lyrics, and audiences are encouraged to sing along with their favorite songs.