Jul 31 to Aug 4
Friday to Tuesday 3:00, 5:30
Dir. Chaitanya Tamhane - 2015 - 116m - India - Marathi, Hindi, English & Gujarati in English subtitles
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 ensemble cast of professional and nonprofessional actors; his affecting mixture of comedy and tragedy; and his naturalist approach to his characters and to Indian society as a whole, rich with complexity and contradiction. —New Directors/New Films
“What starts as an absurdist comedy soon blooms into a searing evisceration of India’s legal system.” – TIME OUT NEW YORK
“Biting and devastating, Court is one of the real standouts of this year's New Directors/New Films.” – Dustin Chang, TWITCH
“ENGROSSING... There are courtroom dramas, and then there’s COURT, Chaitanya Tamhane’s impressive debut, which flays alive India’s justice system while commenting on class, education and access to power. Managing to be both extremely rational and extremely humane, the film works so well thanks to an intelligent, superbly understated script and a feel for naturalism that extends beyond mere performance.” – Jay Weissberg, VARIETY
The Stanford Prison Experiment
Jul 31 to Aug 4
Friday to Tuesday 8pm ONLY!
Dir. Kyle Patrick Alvarez - 2015 - 122m - No Matinees
What happens when a college psych study goes shockingly wrong? In this tense, psychological thriller based on the notorious true story, Billy Crudup stars as Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who, in 1971, cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behavior in the prison system. The results astonished the world, as participants went from middle-class undergrads to drunk-with-power sadists and submissive victims in just a few days. Winner of two awards at the Sundance Film Festival, including Best Screenplay, and created with the close participation of Dr. Zimbardo himself, 'The Stanford Prison Experiment' is a chilling, edge-of-your-seat thriller about the dark side of power and the effects of imprisonment. Featuring an extraordinary cast of rising young actors, including Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby, Tye Sheridan, Keir Gilchrist, Michael Angarano, and Thomas Mann.
"Kyle Patrick Alvarez manages to create a mood so disturbing, intense, and believable that it's easy to forget we're watching a movie in spite of all the familiar faces." - Justin Gerber, Consequence of Sound
"Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez deserves all the praise in the world for the way he cranks up this pressure cooker script." - Jordan Hoffman, Guardian