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In The Last Days of the City

Aug 14 to Aug 16
Tuesday to Thursday 3:30, 8:15

Dir. Tamer El Said - 2018 - 118m - Egypt/Germany/Great Britain/United Arab Emirates - In Arabic with English subtitles

This film within a film is a haunting, lyrical chronicle of recent years in the Arab world, where revolutions seemed to spark hope for change and yield further instability in one stroke. Khalid Abdalla (The Kite Runner, The Square) plays the protagonist of Tamer El Said’s ambitious feature debut, a filmmaker in Cairo attempting to capture the zeitgeist of his city as the world changes around him—from personal love and loss to the fall of the Mubarak regime. Throughout, friends send footage and stories from Berlin, Baghdad, and Beirut, creating a powerful, multilayered meditation on togetherness, the tangible hold of cities, and the meaning of homeland. Shot in 2008 and completed in 2016, the film explores the weight of cinematic images as record and storytelling in an ongoing time of change. 

“Without doubt, the most important film in Egyptian cinema, if not Arab cinema, in a very long time” — Jean-Michel Frodon, Slate

"Majestic...a lionhearted elegy for the Egyptian capital, artistic heritage in the Arab world, inspired politics, and hope itself." — Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, Artforum

"Beautifully lensed and complexly edited in a dense patchwork of people, feelings and events." — Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“A melancholic love-hate poem to Cairo and the role of filmmakers in any city in pain.” — Jay Weissberg, Variety

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No Date, No Signature

Aug 14 to Aug 16
Tuesday to Thursday 6pm ONLY!

Dir. Vahid Jalilvand - 2018 - 107m - In Iran - Farsi with English Subtitles - No Matinees

A seemingly minor traffic collision has far-reaching consequences in this story of a well-meaning medical examiner haunted by the death of a child he might have prevented. As the story unfolds, his fate becomes inextricably bound up with that of the grieving family. In only his second feature, Jalilvand coaxes brilliantly understated performances from a superb cast for this compelling, considered meditation on guilt and grief.

“Lensed with great sensitivity and style and superbly acted! The film is a visual pleasure.” – Hollywood Reporter

“A handsomely made, exceptionally well-played drama that largely works.” - Jay Weissberg, Variety

“Writer/director Vahid Jalilvand straddles both worlds as he weaves this complex psychological drama, showing sympathy for all his characters.” - Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

“Writer/director Vahid Jalilvand tells a tale about morality and integrity.” - Alan Ng, Film Threat

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How To Talk To Girls At Parties

Aug 17 to Aug 18
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. John Cameron Mitchell - 2018 - 103m - An ALIBI MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS special! $8 General / $6 Students

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From the raucous dual imaginations of fantasy laureate Neil Gaiman (“American Gods,” Coraline) and glam-rock multi-hyphenate John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus) comes the electrifying and singular pop extravaganza film, How To Talk To Girls At Parties.  Enn (Alex Sharp) is a shy suburban London teenager in 1977, sneaking out with his best friends to after-hours punk parties. One night they stumble upon a bizarre gathering of sexy teenagers who seem like they are from another planet. In fact, they are from another planet, visiting Earth to complete a mysterious rite of passage. That doesn’t stop Enn from falling madly in love with Zan (Elle Fanning), a beautiful and rebellious alien teenager who, despite her allegiance to her strange colony, is fascinated by Enn. Together they embark on a delirious adventure through the kinetic punk rock world of 1970s London, inadvertently setting off a series of events that will lead to the ultimate showdown of punks vs. aliens, and test the limits of how far each of them will go for true love. 

“As the surface narrative becomes crazier and more unhinged, Mitchell stays focused on the film's many astute themes, including what it truly means to be a parent.”- Oktay Ege Kozak, Paste Magazine

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