Special Events

Rushmore

Sep 16 to Sep 18
Tuesday to Thursday 7pm ONLY!

Dir. Wes Anderson - 1998 - 93m - No matinees

As part of our BOOKS & BONGS:  THE SOPHOMORE FILMS OF WES ANDERSON & RICHARD LINKLATER series!  Second times a charm!

The dazzling sophomore film from Wes Anderson is equal parts coming-of-age story, French New Wave homage, and screwball comedy. Tenth grader Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) is Rushmore Academy’s most extracurricular student—and its least scholarly. He faces expulsion and enters into unlikely friendships with both a lovely first-grade teacher (Olivia Williams) and a melancholy self-made millionaire (Bill Murray, in an award-winning performance). Set to a soundtrack of classic British Invasion tunes, Rushmore defies categorization, capturing the pain and exuberance of adolescence with wit, emotional depth, and cinematic panache.

"Rushmore is an almost indefinable genre of its own. A comedy with a menacing edge? An ironic romance? Hard to call. Anderson, the director and co-writer, and Wilson, co-writer, have a vision like no one else's." - Desson Thomson, Washington Post

"A quirky, sometimes hilarious and often touching comic fable." - Jonathan Foreman, New York Post

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Microbirth

Sep 20
Saturday 3:00 Only!

Dir. Toni Harman & Alex Wakeford - 2014 - 70m - A Dar a Luz Birth and Health Center Presentation - $10 admission

Advance tickets available at the Dar a Luz Birth and Health Center at 7708 4th St NW Los Ranchos, NM 87107 OR call our clinic at (505) 924-BABY(2229)  and talk to Tracy (ext 0)

Featuring prominent scientists from the UK and North America, “Microbirth” examines how modern birth practices could be interfering with critical biological processes potentially making our children more susceptible to disease later in life. Recent population studies have shown babies born by Caesarean Section have approximately a 20% increased risk of developing asthma, 20% increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes, a similar risk with obesity and slightly smaller increases with gastro-intestinal conditions like Crohn’s disease or coeliac disease. These conditions are all linked to the immune system. “Microbirth” explores several possible explanations. If a baby is born by Caesarean Section, scientists hypothesise this could alter the “seeding” of the baby’s microbiome, the critical transfer of good bacteria from mother to baby at birth. Scientists suggest this could lead to the baby’s immune system not developing to its full potential. Another hypothesis is the actual process of vaginal birth, including the cocktail of hormones produced during labour, could profoundly affect the baby’s immune regulation and metabolism. Dr Rodney R Dietert, Professor of Immunotoxicology at Cornell University, says, “Over the past 20-30 years, we’ve seen dramatic increases in childhood asthma, type 1 diabetes, coeliac disease, childhood obesity. We’ve also seen increases in Caesarean delivery. Does Caesarean cause these conditions? No. What Caesarean does is not allow the baby to be seeded with the microbes. The immune system doesn’t mature. And the metabolism changes. It’s the immune dysfunction and the changes in metabolism that we now know contribute to those diseases and conditions.” Dr Matthew Hyde, Research Associate of Neonatal Medicine, Imperial College London says, ”We are increasingly seeing a world out there with what is really a public health time-bomb waiting to go off. And the research we are doing suggests it is only going to get worse, generation on generation. So tomorrow’s generation really is on the edge of the precipice unless we can begin to do something about it.”

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Standardized: Lies, Money, & Civil Rights: How Testing Is Ruining Public Education

Sep 20
Saturday 12 Noon ONLY!

Dir. Jim del Conte & Daniel Hornberger - 2014 - 74m - PTEC (Parents and Teachers for an Educated Community) and Stand4Kids PRESENTATION! - All Seats $5

For decades, standardized testing has been a part of public education. Within the last ten years, however, education reform has promoted even more testing. Test scores, mistakenly viewed as effective assessments of student ability and teacher/school effectiveness, are anything but. STANDARDIZED sheds light on the invalid nature of these tests, the terrible consequences of high-stakes testing, and the big money that's involved.

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Vaudeville Goes to the Movies: Laughter, Song and Dance!

Sep 21
Sunday 1 p.m.

1910s to 1930s - 100m approx - $5 minimum suggested donation!

A SPECIAL SCREENING OF TOP VAUDEVILLE ACTS IN THE MOVIES WITH AMERICAN VAUDEVILLE CO-FOUNDER FRANK CULLEN!

Most of the stars and featured performers in movie musicals and comedies began in vaudeville. Even dramatic actors like James Cagney, Joan Blondell and Cary Grant.

Eleanor Powell, ballet-trained, began as a child in a vaudeville. A quick-study, she mastered tap and went onto star on Broadway and in a series of lavish, brilliantly choreographed MGM musicals. Powell was one of the few women that male tappers regarded as an equal.

W. C. Fields spent years travelling all over the world with his juggling act, adding more and more comedy. By the time he starred in Ziegfeld Follies and movies, the comedy element overshadowed his juggling.  This clip is the only visual record of his juggling act.

Oliver Hardy was a minstrel tenor and vaudeville before he entered films in 1914. Stan Laurel learned the ropes in British music hall and American vaudeville before trying his luck in movies in 1915. For both me, success came when they were teamed in 1926. Suited as well to talkies as silents, they became the most beloved comedy in the world. 

Lupe Velez, convent-bred, started as a shimmy-shaker dancer in Mexican vaudeville and segued into American vaudeville and then the Ziegfeld Follies before her film career began at age 19 in 1927. Dubbed the Mexican Spitfire and she succeeded in both comedies and dramas.

The Berry Brothers (real brothers like the Nicholas Brothers) together with the Four Step Brothers and The Nicholas boys were one the three great acrobatic dance acts of the 1930s & 1940s. Nyas, James & Walter Berry played vaudeville, nightclubs and movies until the early deaths of James and Walter.

Bert Lahr, a burlesque and vaudeville alumnus, is best remembered as the Cowardly Lion in the movie Wizard of Oz, won most of his success in Broadway musical comedies and revues for more than 35 years. He was the original Estragon in Becket’s Waiting for Godot.

The Wiere Brothers, may have been the most versatile act in show business. Trained in voice, dance, a variety of musical instruments, acrobatics, juggling and comedy, the were a whimsical European act until they had to feel Hitler to the USA, Language was a barrier to starring in movies.

Buck & Bubbles were an African American song-&- that began in vaudeville and moved into film.  Buck, a jazz pianist, did a bit of eccentric dancing, Bubble sang and was an early (and great) example of jazz –tap. George Gershwin created the stage role of Sportin’ Life for John ‘Bubbles’ Sublett.

Flournoy Miller wrote sketches before he teamed with comic Aubrey Lyles. Together with musicians Noble Sissle & Eubie Blake, Miller & Lyles created the first jazz-era musical comedies, Shuffle Along and Running Wild. Miller later teamed with both Mantan Moreland and Johnny Lee was a popular comedian who appeared black vaudeville and TV’s Amos ‘n’ Andy.

Harry Richman was king of the speakeasies—a Frank Sinatra of the 1920s & 1930s. Among his early vaudeville jobs was pianist for both Mae West and Nora Bayes. His bravado singing style was based on an excellent, voice, breath and range. He also was a pioneer aviator who set records.

Herb Williams was a ‘nut comic’ whose cranky, besieged character was sabotaged by ill-functioning props, musicians and stage hands.

Your host, Frank Cullen, is the co-founder of the American Vaudeville Museum, co-founder of the ABQ Film Club, and author of Vaudeville, Old & New: an Encyclopedia of Variety Performers in America (Routledge, 2007) and four Porridge Sisters Mysteries. In 2011, the NYC Theatre Museum honored Frank for his Excellence in the Preservation of Theatre History.

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Dazed and Confused

Sep 23 to Sep 25
Tuesday to Thursday 8:45 ONLY!

Dir. Richard Linklater - 1993 - 102m - No Matinees

As part of our BOOKS & BONGS:  THE SOPHOMORE FILMS OF WES ANDERSON & RICHARD LINKLATER series!  Second times a charm!

America, 1976. The last day of school. Bongs blaze, bell-bottoms ring, and rock and roll rocks. Among the best teen films ever made, Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused eavesdrops on a group of seniors-to-be and incoming freshmen. A launching pad for a number of future stars, Linklater’s first studio effort also features endlessly quotable dialogue and a blasting, stadium-ready soundtrack. Sidestepping nostalgia, Dazed and Confused is less about “the best years of our lives” than the boredom, angst, and excitement of teenagers waiting . . . for something to happen.

"Seriously funny, and shorn of any hint of nostalgia or wish-fulfilment, this is pretty much where it's at." - Time Out, Top Critic

"Hysterically Funny and ultimately enriching, "Dazed and Confused" takes some pretty genuine themes - rebelling, the thought of growing up too fast, and life after school - and spices it with a nice blend of wired humor." - Clint Morris, Film Threat

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Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1920) - featuring a live score by the touring INVINCIBLE CZARS

Sep 26
Friday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. John S. Robertson - 1920 - 73m - ALL SEATS $8

ABOUT THE INVINCIBLE CZARS SCORE - this particular soundtrack performed live incorporates voice loops and is still the most understated effort by the band to date.  That band used themes from Eric Satie’s Gnossiennes 1, 3 and 5 as well as a complete arrangement of Debussy’s Footsteps in the Snow.  It was also one of the most collaborative efforts by the band featuring cues written by new bass player Hen3ry Q Vines, violinist Phil Davidson and voice/winds mistress Leila Henley.

ALSO!  The Invincible Czars will be in Albuquerque the following night Saturday September 27 at the lovely KIMO THEATER at 7pm to do a live film score to Lillian Gish's silent masterpiece THE WIND!  The Guild Cinema, with great pleasure, is co-sponsoring that excellent event.  Click here for more info!

Considered by many to be the first great American horror film, John S. Robertson's DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE allowed stage legend John Barrymore to deliver his first virtuoso performance on film. Blending historic charm with grim naturalism, this version of DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE is one of the more faithful of the many screen adaptations of Stevenson's story (though greatly influenced by T.R. Sullivan's popular stage treatment), recounting a visionary scientist's ill-fated attempts to unleash the human mysteries that dwell beneath the shell of the civilized self. 

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God Help The Girl

Sep 27
Saturday 10:30pm ONLY!

Dir. Stuart Murdoch - 2014 - 111m - ALL SEATS $8

ADVANCE TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT OUR GOOD NEIGHBORS NOB HILL MUSIC STARTING SEPTEMBER 3

The directorial film debut from the lead singer and songwriter of celebrated indie band Belle & Sebastian!

Eve is a catastrophe-low on self-esteem but high on fantasy, especially when it comes to music. Over the course of one Glasgow summer, she meets two similarly rootless souls: posh Cass and fastidious James, and together they form a pop group. In God Help the Girl, writer/director Stuart Murdoch creates a poignant coming-of-age story that doubles as a sublime indie-pop musical from one of indie pop's biggest songwriters. The project began as a suite of songs, written while Murdoch was in between records and tours as lead singer of Belle and Sebastian. He nurtured it for nearly a decade into a fully formed film, set in the bohemian fantasia of Glasgow's West End, which is populated by mods, rockers, and emo kids who have no qualms about breaking into song and dance. While a treat for the eyes, thanks to the candy-colored cinematography, as well as the ears, thanks to Murdoch's undeniable gift for crafting fantastic pop songs, it's the top-notch cast that delivers the film. Star turns from Emily Browning (Sleeping Beauty, Sucker Punch), Olly Alexander (Le Week-End, Bright Star) and Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones, Skins) elevate what might have been an exercise in twee to an emotional, heartfelt film that will resonate with audiences of all ages.

"Polished, poised and endearingly confident, driven by editing and performances every bit as precise as the wordplay in Murdoch's lyrics." - Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman

"Stuart Murdoch's story of three Scottish misfits who start a band is rife with the kind of giddy thrills and hormonal flushes you associate with being a teen." - David Fear, Esquire Magazine

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Winchester 73 - as part of our WEEKEND WESTERN SERIES

Sep 27 to Sep 28
Saturday and Sunday 12 Noon ONLY!

Dir. Anthony Mann - 1950 - 92m - All Seats $5

It's the legendary James Stewart at his leading-man finest in this timeless western that set the standard for all that followed. Frontiersman Lin McAdam (Stewart) is attempting to track down both his father's murderer and his one-of-a-kind rifle, the Winchester '73, as it passes among a diverse group of desperate characters, including a crazed highwayman (Dan Duryea), an immoral gunrunner (John McIntire), a savage young Indian chief (Rock Hudson) and McAdam's own murderous brother (Stephen McNally). Featuring Shelley Winters as the rifle's only rival for McAdam's interest and Tony Curtis in one of his first screen performances, the gripping tale of the men (and gun) who toughed it out in the 19th century West is one of Stewart's most memorable films and one of the genre's most enduring classics.

"Stewart brings real flavor and appeal to the role of Lin, in a lean, concentrated portrayal." - Variety

"The final shoot-out remains a classic study in mise-en-scene, as Mann transforms a jagged landscape into a highly charged psychological battleground." - Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

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Down By Law - double featured with Stranger Than Paradise

Sep 30 to Oct 2
Tuesday to Thursday 5:00, 9:15

Dir. Jim Jarmusch - 1986 - 107m - DOUBLE FEATURED WITH DOWN BY LAW

As part of our SIMPLE FRAMES:  THE EARLY CINEMA OF JIM JARMUSCH DOUBLE FEATURE!

Director Jim Jarmusch followed up his brilliant breakout film Stranger Than Paradise with another, equally beloved portrait of loners and misfits in the American landscape. When fate brings together three hapless men—an unemployed disc jockey (Tom Waits), a small-time pimp (John Lurie), and a strong-willed Italian tourist (Roberto Benigni)—in a Louisiana prison, a singular adventure ensues. Described by Jarmusch as a “neo-Beat noir comedy,” Down by Law is part nightmare and part fairy tale, featuring sterling performances and crisp black-and-white cinematography by the esteemed Robby Müller.

The excitement (of Down by Law) comes from the realization that we are seeing a true film maker at work, using film to create a narrative that couldn't exist on the stage or the printed page of a novel." -  Vincent Canby, New York Times

"A true original that kind of grows on you." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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Stranger Than Paradise - double featured with Down By Law!

Sep 30 to Oct 2
Tuesday to Thursday 7:15pm ONLY!

Dir. Jim Jarmusch - 1984 - 89m - DOUBLE FEATURED WITH DOWN BY LAW!

As part of our SIMPLE FRAMES:  THE EARLY CINEMA OF JIM JARMUSCH DOUBLE FEATURE!

WINNER OF THE CAMERA D'OR, CANNES 1984

"One of the most deadpan comedies ever committed to film, Stranger than Paradise suggests a Buster Keaton film written by Samuel Beckett and Jack Kerouac and directed by Andy Warhol." - Mark Deming, Rovi

Rootless Hungarian émigré Willie (John Lurie), his pal Eddie (Richard Edson), and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva (Eszter Balint) always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous Florida suburb. With its delicate humor and dramatic nonchalance, Jim Jarmusch’s one-of-a-kind minimalist masterpiece, Stranger Than Paradise, forever transformed the landscape of American independent cinema.

"It's a unique, indelible and hilarious film, and certainly one of the best of its era." - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

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The Man Who Laughs

Weekend Non-Fiction

Oct 4 to Oct 5
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Paul Leni - 1928 - 110m - $5 General / $2 AFC Members

In an effort to top the critical and financial success of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera, studio head Carl Laemmle recruited two influential artists of the German Expressionist school: actor Conrad Veidt (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) and director Paul Leni (Waxworks). The shadowy exteriors, the carnival setting, the demonically misshapen "hero" made The Man Who Laughs something entirely new to American cinema-the foundation upon which the classic Universal horror films would be built. Veidt stars as Gwynplaine, a nobleman's son who is kidnapped by a political enemy, and then is mutilated by a gypsy "surgeon" who carves a monstrous smile upon his face. Finding shelter in a traveling freakshow, he falls in love with a blind girl (The Phantom Of the Opera's Mary Philbin), the one person who cannot be repulsed by his appearance. As years pass, the hand of fate draws Gwynplaine back into the world of political intrigue. He becomes the plaything of a jaded duchess (Freaks' Olga Baclanova), and his enemies renew their efforts to control him.

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The Twelfth Annual Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Oct 10 to Oct 19
Friday to the following Sunday

2014 - A Closet Cinema Production! CASH OR CHECK ONLY! NO CREDIT CARDS!

The only event of its kind in New Mexico! Since its founding in 2003 and celebrating its 12th solid year, SWGLFF has presented more than 400 films and has grown to be one of the state's largest festivals, highlighting a rich diversity of gay, lesbian and transgender culture.

CLOSET CINEMA is an Albuquerque based nonprofit organization dedicated to showcasing queer cinema in an attempt to highlight the richness of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience. They serve our diverse communities by producing the Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and other events.

MORE INFO TO BE AVAILABLE SOON!  MEANWHILE VISIT THEIR WEBSITE!

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Midnight Cowboy

Oct 20 to Oct 23
Monday to Thursday 4:00, 8:30

Dir. John Schlesinger - 1969 - 113m

Daring. Provocative. Shocking. Compelling. Nearly thirty years after its original release, "Midnight Cowboy is still heartbreakingand timeless" (The New York Observer). This Academy Award winner* for Best Picture, Director and Screenplay also boasts Oscar-nominated** performances by Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight, neither of whom have "ever been better on screen than they are here" (Chicago Tribune)! When Joe Buck (Voight), a good-looking,naively charming Texas "cowboy" makes his way to the Big Apple to seek his fortune, the only wealthhe finds is in the friendship of Ratso Rizzo (Hoffman), a scrounging, sleazy, small-time con man with big dreams. Living on the tattered fringe of society, these two outcasts develop an unlikely bond one that transcends their broken dreams and get-rich-quick schemes and makes Midnight Cowboy "that rarest of things: [a film] every bit as moving now as it was when it was [first] released" (Premiere).

"I cannot recall a more marvelous pair of acting performances in any one film." - Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune

"Superb performances and a compelling script have made this film a strange mix of Oscar-winner and Cult Classic." - Adam Smith, Empire Magazine

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Rocky Horror Picture Show

Oct 24 to Oct 25
Friday and Saturday 10:30pm only!

Dir. Jim Sharman - 1975 - 100m - Tickets are $20, includes a prop bag

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ONLINE, CLICK HERE.

Another chance to re-live a classic!  NEW MEXICO ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show. A full cast and props will be provided to make your Rocky experience something truly amazing. Costumes are always encouraged and make sure you yell out as audience participation is always encouraged.

It's the weird and wonderful as newly engaged couple Brad and Janet (Susan Sarandon) encounter a problem when their car halts in the rain. They both look for contact only to find themselves at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) a transvestite. A place to stay is offered, but will Brad and Janet want to remain there? Especially when a large group of Transylvanians dance to the 'Time Warp', Dr. Frank-N-Furter builds his own man and a whole host of participation for the audience to enjoy.

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Awake: The Life of Yogananda

Weekend Non-Fiction

Oct 25 to Oct 26
Saturday and Sunday 1pm ONLY!

Dir. Paola di Florio & Lisa Leeman - 2014 - 84m - All Seats $7

An unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. (Apparently, it was the only book that Steve Jobs had on his iPad.) By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and inspiring the millions who practice yoga today.

Filmed over three years with the participation of 30 countries around the world, the documentary examines the world of yoga, modern and ancient, east and west and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the limitations of the material world in pursuit of self-realization.

Archival material from the life of Yogananda (who died in 1952) creates a spine for the narrative, but the film stretches the dimensions of a standard biography. The footage includes stylized interviews, metaphoric imagery and recreations, taking us from holy pilgrimages in India to Harvard’s Divinity School and its cutting-edge physics labs, from the Center for Science and Spirituality at the University of Pennsylvania to the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California. By evoking the journey of the soul as it pushes its way through the oppression of the human ego and delusion of the material world, the film creates an experiential immersion into the unseen realms. AWAKE is ultimately the story of humanity itself: the universal struggle of all beings to free themselves from suffering and to seek lasting happiness.

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A VOICE IN THE DARK - Svengali (1931) and The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Oct 30 to Oct 31
Thursday and Friday only!

A DOUBLE FEATURE - No matinees!

A happy, harrowing Halloween DOUBLE FEATURE (that's 2 movies for one price!) in old school style!  Two famous horror classics projected from rare film prints!

6PM - Svengali (1931) Directed by Archie Mayo, approx. 78m

George DuMaurier’s supernatural tale of the mysterious Parisian artist who uses his hypnotic powers to transform his untalented model, Trilby, into the singing sensation of Europe, but cannot command her love was the basis for this Pre-Code classic.  And who better to play the title role than the one and only John Barrymore? His performance is supported tremendously by the stunning visual effects and overall expressionist look of the film, courtesy of Art Director Anton Grot and Cinematographer Barney McGill, both of whom were Oscar-nominated for their work. Watch ‘Svengali’ and be amazed!  Approx. 78m  View a clip

8PM - The Phantom Of The Opera (1925) Directed by Rupert Julian, approx. 78m

Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel, with its crowd-pleasing blend of suspense, romance, and gothic horror, has been filmed numerous times. Yet, for all the subsequent remakes, this original silent gem, starring the great Lon Chaney, Sr., remains the definitive version.

Tony Rayns of “Time Out” put it perfectly: “…Chaney’s best ever phantom, his face scarred to hell by acid, unmasked at the organ by the timorous heroine; the phantom stopping a costume ball when he appears as the Red Death; the phantom shrouded in the most romantic cape ever seen, perched on top of the statue of Apollo to eavesdrop on the lovers. And the sustained crescendo of the end is still unrivalled.”

Presented with a synchronized score of –what else?- organ music!  View a trailer.

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Bjork: Biophilia Live

Nov 7 to Nov 9
Friday to Sunday 4:00, 8:30

Dir. Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland - 2014 - 97m - Advance tickets will be available starting in early October! Check back here soon!

ADVANCE TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT OUR GOOD NEIGHBORS NOB HILL MUSIC STARTING OCTOBER 1

A concert film that captures the human element of björk's multi-disciplinary multimedia project: biophilia. Recorded live at björk's show at london's alexandra palace in 2013, the film features björk and her band performing every song on 'biophilia' and more using a broad variety of instruments - some digital, some traditional and some completely unclassifiable. the film has already been hailed as " a captivating record of an artist in full command of her idiosyncratic powers" (variety) and " an imaginative stand-alone artwork" (hollywood reporter) and is a vital piece of the grand mosaic that is 'biophilia.'

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"A dazzling audiovisual spectacle that benefits from the full cinematic treatment . . . Heavenly constellations billow across dark sections of screen above the stage, sometimes engulfing Björk like she is some kind of gargantuan space goddess. . . . there are some gorgeous emotional depths here too, especially when the swooping harmonies of [the accompanying all-female Icelandic chorus] are given full rein." - The Hollywood Reporter

"There are not many artists who can combine the lifecycle of a jellyfish with a breakbeat and make it work. But this is an extraordinary piece, perhaps more an opera, where Björk and drummer Manu Delago are at their virtuosic best. It's utterly bonkers yet moving – especially a strange love song set to a mutating virus. It should be mandatory viewing for anyone about to dam a glacial river to facilitate aluminium smelting." - The Guardian

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