Upcoming Special Events
Blending fiction and reality into a playful, poignant road movie, AND LIFE GOES ON follows a film director who, along with his son, makes the trek to the region in hopes of finding out if the young boys who acted in WHERE IS THE FRIEND'S HOUSE? are among the survivors, and discovers a resilient community pressing on in the face of tragedy. Shown with short film THE CHORUS.
Based on E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story, The Nutcracker is one of the greatest classics in the world. With iconic music by Tchaikovsky, and enchanting sets and costumes, this beautiful tale explores the universal themes of love, power and evil.
The first narrative feature film made about AIDS, acclaimed independent filmmaker Arthur J. Bressan Jr.'s BUDDIES is an intensely personal study of love, death, and the need for activism during the earliest years of the AIDS crisis. Roe Bressan, sister of the director, and composer Jeffrey Olmsted in person.
This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a real-life event—the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated a well-known filmmaker—as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and existence. Shown with short film ORDERLY OR DISORDERLY.
From Dario Argento, the man behind some the greatest excursions in Italian horror (SUSPIRIA, THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE), comes DEEP RED, arguably the ultimate giallo. Aided by a throbbing score from legendary proggers Goblin, this hallucinatory fever dream is punctuated by some of the most expert setpieces the genre has to offer.
Director Toshio Matsumoto’s shattering, kaleidoscopic masterpiece is one of the most subversive and intoxicating films of the late 1960s: a headlong dive into a dazzling, unseen Tokyo night-world of drag queen bars and fabulous divas, fueled by booze, drugs, fuzz guitars, performance art and black mascara.
GAUGUIN IN TAHITI: PARADISE LOST traces the legendary life story of Paul Gauguin, who left France for Tahiti, feverishly in search of deep immersions into lush nature, for feelings, visions and colors, ever purer and brighter.
Francisco Goya is Spain’s most celebrated artist and considered the father of modern art. His genius is reappraised in a much-anticipated landmark exhibition at The National Gallery, London. GOYA: VISIONS OF FLESH AND BLOOD uses this exhibition to look in-depth at Goya’s eventful life.
In MY FIRST FILM, the artist attempts to recount the stories behind her lost and abandoned Work - including her first feature - in a semi-improvised performance of autofiction. Director Zia Anger in person. Free to Amherst Cinema Members.
Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (GAME OF THRONES), Oliver Chris (GREEN WING, NT Live: YOUNG MARX), David Moorst (NT Live: ALLELUJAH!) and Hammed Animashaun (THE BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom.
One of the shining glories of the American musical, this 1952 feature was fabricated around a collection of old songs written by producer Arthur Freed and brought to bright, brash, and exuberant life by directors Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly. Film expert Nina Kleinberg introduces, discussing the technology of the transition from silents to talkies.
Via a portrait of New York City and its outer boroughs during August ‘17, THE HOTTEST AUGUST offers a mirror onto a society on the verge of catastrophe, registering the anxieties, distractions, and survival strategies that preoccupy ordinary lives. Director Brett Story in person. Free to Amherst Cinema Members.
Named to the National Film Registry in 2002, this seminal mockumentary from the mind of Christopher Guest (BEST IN SHOW, A MIGHTY WIND) follows “England’s loudest band” trying to work their way back into the spotlight. Smith College Music Department Chair Steve Waksman introduces, discussing the science of sound and the electric guitar.
Kiarostami takes metanarrative gamesmanship to masterful new heights in the final installment of the Koker Trilogy. Unfolding “behind the scenes” of AND LIFE GOES ON, this film traces the complications that arise when the romantic misfortune of one of the actors creates turmoil on set and leaves the hapless director caught in the middle. Shown with short film TWO SOLUTIONS FOR ONE PROBLEM.
With the enchanting narrative voice of two-time Academy Award nominee Helena Bonham Carter, cinema audiences visit places that evoke and preserve the memory of Italian Renaisssance painter Tintoretto, including the State Archives, the Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Square, the Church of San Rocco, and more, all in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Tintoretto’s birth.
The first film in Kiarostami’s sublime, interlacing Koker Trilogy takes a simple premise—a boy searches for the home of his classmate, whose school notebook he has accidentally taken—and transforms it into a miraculous child’s-eye adventure of the everyday. Shown with short film SO CAN I.