Upcoming Special Events

Raw and smoldering (and never before released in the U.S.), this narrative feature follows a young dancehall DJ (Brinsley Forde, frontman of British reggae group Aswad) in South London as he pursues his musical ambitions, battling fiercely against racism and xenophobia.
Inspired by Lord Byron’s epic poem, LE CORSAIRE, originally broadcast in 2017, is one of the Bolshoi’s most lavish productions.
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.  
This double feature of Les Blank's CHULAS FRONTERAS and DEL MERO CORAZÓN serves as a lively introduction to Norteña music and culture that exists along the Texas-Mexican border.
An intimate exploration of real-life gift economies, GIFT is a reflection on the creative process, the reasons we labour in service of our gifts, and a celebration of the imagination. Director Robin McKenna in person. Free to Amherst Cinema Members.
After two years on a blockbuster world tour, the ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ has returned home to the much-loved Mauritshuis gallery in The Hague. This documentary goes in pursuit of the many unresolved riddles surrounding this extraordinary painting and its mysterious creator Vermeer.
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.
Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork of The Monkees become trapped in a kaleidoscopic satire that’s movie homage, media send-up, concert movie, and antiwar cry all at once.
IF THE DANCER DANCES invites viewers into the intimate world of the dance studio. Stephen Petronio, one of today’s leading dancemakers, is determined to help his dancers breathe new life into Merce Cunningham’s iconic 1968 work RainForest.
Drawn from a cache of personal video recordings from the past 22 years, director Steve Loveridge’s Sundance award winning MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is a startlingly personal profile of the critically acclaimed artist, chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to pop star.
This concert documentary, shot in June of 1969 on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Memphis, Tennessee, celebrates the blues with performances by Bukka White, Furry Lewis, Fred McDowell, and more.
MUNCH 150 was a once-in-a-lifetime 2013 exhibition in Oslo, bringing together 220 paintings by Edvard Munch. Go behind-the-scenes of this exhibition, and learn about Munch's fascinating life.
NETIZENS exposes the proliferation of cyber harassment faced by women, spreading from the web to the most intimate corners of their lives. Director Cynthia Lowen 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.
See Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion, and power, in encores of this 2018 presentation.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Now seen by over 900,000 people worldwide, the original broadcast from 2015 returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.
I'M NOT RUNNING is an explosive new political drama exploring personal choices and their public consequences, written by Academy Award-nominated writer David Hare (THE READER, THE HOURS, NT LIVE: SKYLIGHT).
Originally broadcast in 2018 from London’s West End, see an encore presentation of Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas.
Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (SKYFALL, AMERICAN BEAUTY) directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles, who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons.
Inspired by The Who’s landmark concept album of the same name, QUADROPHENIA is an astonishing snapshot of youth in revolt, filled with punk grit, anxious energy, and drop-dead-cool fashions.
The film is a fresh new biography of this artistic giant and, more than that, it uncovers a rarely told story that places Renoir as a critical link between the old and the new.
One of the most acclaimed music docs of all time, this film features the father of Gospel, Thomas A. Dorsey; its matron, Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith; and earth-shaking performances by the Barrett Sisters and the O’Neal Twins. New 4K restoration!
Sonic Youth member Steve Shelley and archivist Aaron Mullan in person! In celebration of the 30th anniversary of their landmark album Daydream Nation, Sonic Youth presents a program of Daydream Nation-related films.
Despite his fame, Arvo Pärt, the world’s most-performed living composer, has been rarely documented on film – until now.
THE GARDENER is a documentary about Frank Cabot’s resplendent Les Quatre Vents, a private garden in the Charlevoix region near Quebec City.
A complex portrait of a city and its inhabitants, THE HOTTEST AUGUST gives us a window into the collective consciousness of the present. The film’s point of departure is one city over one month: New York City, including its outer boroughs, during August 2017. Director Brett Story in person. Free to Amherst Cinema Members.
At age 40, after years of drifting, Diego returns to Sicily, his dreams of becoming a musician dashed. But then he discovers the mouth harp, which captivates him and propels him on a journey from the torrid coasts of Sicily to the frozen flatlands of Yakutia in Siberia, where he becomes part of a prophecy from a century ago.
Dead Moon member Toody Cole in person! Unknown Passage tells the history of Dead Moon, DIY champions from Portland, Oregon, through their decades-long career and various garage, psych, folk, and punk rock incarnations.
VAN GOGH & JAPAN journeys from the critically acclaimed exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, to the beauty of Provence and the enigma of Japan itself.
Filmed in London, New York, Washington DC, Amsterdam, the Hague, and Delft, this film guides the audience through works focusing on Vermeer's relationship with music, as well as through the artist's life story.
Pablo Picasso is one of the most famous names in art history, his image and his art are everywhere, yet few know the remarkable story of his rise to greatness. YOUNG PICASSO takes an in-depth look at the journey of Picasso’s life and traces his path to genius.