Wednesday September 15
A Prophet2009. France/Italy. Dir: Jacques Audiard. With Tahar Rahim. 155 min
Behind bars in a French prison, a naïve newcomer rides the rough wave of organized crime in order to survive. One of the most critically-praised flicks of last year, A Prophet is a cinematic yet decidedly non-Corleone mob saga, reinventing the gangster picture to satisfyingly murderous effect.
Thursday September 16
Beaufort2007. Israel. Dir: Joseph Cedar. With Oshri Cohen. 131 min
In 2000, a small unit of Israeli soldiers prepare to end the 18-year occupation of an ancient mountain-top stronghold in Lebanon. Trapped in their claustrophobic fortification, this anxious group tries to uphold its increasingly futile duties amidst sudden incendiary attacks from an unseen enemy. Speaker: Beaufort author/screenwriter Ron Leshem.
Friday September 17
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure1989. USA. Dir: Steven Herek. With Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter. 90 min
In order to avoid flunking their history class "most heinously," two slacker pals travel through time in a telephone booth and learn a totally righteous lesson along the way. Mixing Napoleon and Socrates with bodacious babes and metal-shredding, this cult classic will have you howling and muttering "Whoa, dude!" involuntarily.
Saturday September 18
Blood of a Poet
1930. France. Dir: Jean Cocteau. With Enrique Rivero. 55 min
Cocteau's loose, surrealistic adaptation of the Orpheus myth meditates on the source of creativity and its inextricable link to destruction. This landmark of avant-garde filmmaking takes the form of a cinematic poem, invoking haunting imagery that continues to resonate with the passing of time. With the anarchic Daffy Duck cartoon "Duck Amuck" - because why not?