Screen/Society Spring 2020 Schedule

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Synonyms (2019) | Nadav Lapid
Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 7:00pm

Disillusioned Israeli Yoav (Tom Mercier), having fled to Paris and disavowed Hebrew, falls into an emotional and intellectual triangle with a wealthy bohemian couple. Synonyms, based on director Nadav Lapid’s own experiences, is the first Israeli film to win the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival.

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Varda by Agnès (2019) | Agnès Varda
Friday, January 17, 2020 - 7:00pm

The final film from the late, beloved Agnès Varda is a characteristically playful, profound, and personal summation of the director’s own career.

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Sixty Six (2015) | Lewis Klahr in attendance
Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 7:00pm

The culmination of Lewis Klahr’s decades-long work in collage filmmaking, Sixty Six is a hypnotic dream of 1960s and 1970s Pop.

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Atlantics (2019) | Mati Diop
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 7:00pm

Mati Diop’s haunting debut feature begins in Dakar with a star-crossed love affair between two teenagers, Ada and Souleiman. When he and a group of exploited young workers disappear in the night in search of a better life abroad, a mysterious fever starts to spread among the women left behind.

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Zombi Child (2020) | Bertrand Bonello
Friday, January 24, 2020 - 7:00pm

Haiti, 1962. A man is brought back from the dead only to be sent to the living hell of the sugarcane fields. In Paris, 55 years later, a Haitian girl confesses a family secret to a group of white boarding school friends. Equal parts teen horror reverie, serious study of the zombie myth, and open-ended riff on the persistence of the colonial past.

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Bedside Manner (2016) | Corinne May Botz
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 7:00pm

Bedside Manner explores doctor-patient encounters through the lens of standardized patient simulations. Accompanied by a discussion with the filmmaker, Corinne Botz, and the main subject of the documentary, Dr. Alice Flaherty, a neurologist at Harvard.

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Midnight Family (2019) | Luke Lorentzen
Friday, January 31, 2020 - 7:00pm

With striking vérité camerawork, Midnight Family drops us directly into the frenetic nighttime emergency ecosystem of Mexico City. In the midst of high-speed ambulance rides, we meet the Ochoas, a ragtag family of private paramedics, who try desperately every day to be the first responders to critically injured patients.

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The Wild Goose Lake (2019) | Yi'nan Diao
Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 7:00pm

Set in the nooks and crannies of densely populated Wuhan, The Wild Goose Lake follows the desperate attempts of small-time mob boss Zhou Zenong (the charismatic Hu Ge) to stay alive after he mistakenly kills a cop and a dead-or-alive reward is put on his head.

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Asako I & II (2018) | Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Friday, February 7, 2020 - 7:00pm

A mysterious and intoxicating pop romance begins with Asako, a young woman who meets and falls madly in love with a drifter, who one day drifts right out of her life. Two years later, Asako sees him again — or, rather, a young, solid businessman named Ryohei who bears a striking resemblance to her old flame.

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Three Makes A Whole (2019) | Zero Chou
Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 7:00pm

This sly tribute to legendary Taiwanese filmmaker Liu Li-li portrays Liu as a young woman finding her narrative voice in stage and film while juggling romance with a married director.

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) | Céline Sciamma
Friday, February 14, 2020 - 7:00pm

France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a reluctant bride-to-be. As the two women tentatively orbit one another, curiosity leads to intimacy, and Héloïse’s portrait becomes a collaborative act and testament to their relationship.

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Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) | Robert Hamer | New 4K Restoration
Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 2:00pm

Poor relation Dennis Price, ninth in line to the Dukedom of Chalfont, coolly narrates from prison his ascent to the peerage via serial murder, bumping off one D’Ascoyne after another, from an arrogant playboy, to a bullet-headed general, to a stiff-upperlipped Admiral, to a dotty reverend, to a formidable dowager — all, plus three more, played by Alec Guinness.

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Fear Of Fear (1975) | Rainer Werner Fassbinder | BrainCultures Series
Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 7:00pm

A woman in a stable but passionless marriage begins to lose her mind when she becomes pregnant with her second child. A made-for-tv melodrama only Fassbinder could conceive.

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Duet for Cannibals (1969) | Susan Sontag
Friday, February 21, 2020 - 7:00pm

Essayist, novelist, critic, cinephile, and all-around intellectual dynamo Sontag made her directorial debut with this definition-defying, dryly funny psychological serio-comedy. 

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For Sama (2019) | Waad Al-Kateeb + Edward Watts
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 7:00pm

Best Documentary winner at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, For Sama is an intimate  journey into the female experience of war.

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I Was at Home, But… (2019) | Angela Schanelec
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 7:00pm

Following the death of his father, teenage Phillip (Jakob Lassalle) runs away from home and suffers a severe foot injury in the process. His emotionally distraught mother Astrid (Maren Eggert) is inconsolable and begins lashing out in strange, inexplicable ways. Winner of the Best Director award at the Berlin Film Festival.

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On Happiness Road (2018) | Sung Hsin-Yin
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 2:00pm

Forty years of Taiwanese history come to the surface in this autobiographical animated film by Sung Hsin-yin.

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Vitalina Varela (2019) | Pedro Costa
Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 7:00pm

Vitalina Varela, 55-year-old Cape Verdean, arrives in Lisbon after a 25 year wait for her plane ticket - and three days after her husband’s funeral. With exacting, painterly cinematography, Vitalina Varela is an exquisitely crafted study of mourning and memory.

2020 AMI Faculty Filmmaker Spotlight (collage of stills from the films)
[CANCELED] AMI Faculty Filmmaker Spotlight
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 7:00pm

Instructors from the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI) screen and discuss their latest work. 

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[CANCELED] Female Trouble (1974, 35mm print) | John Waters
Friday, March 20, 2020 - 7:00pm

Divine, director John Waters’ larger-than-life muse, engulfs the screen with charisma as Dawn Davenport, the living embodiment of the film’s lurid mantra, “Crime is beauty,” who progresses from a teenage nightmare hell-bent on getting cha-cha heels for Christmas to a fame monster whose egomaniacal impulses land her in the electric chair.

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[CANCELED] 2020 AMI Student Film and Essay Awards
Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 7:00pm

The best films and essays produced in 2019 AMI classes will be showcased on this special night.

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[CANCELED] Filibus: The Mysterious Air Pirate (1915) | Mario Roncoroni
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 7:00pm

Flying high above the clouds in her dirigible, Filibus, the mysterious cross-dressing sky pirate, is a master of disguise and the scourge of millionaires, banks, and the police. Lowered in a gondola by her henchmen, Filibus steals from the rich and then mysteriously vanishes into the clouds. Newly restored to reveal the marvelous range of Desmet tinting and toning in the original nitrate print.

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Stream/Society--Vitalina Varela (2019) | Pedro Costa
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 5:00pm to Friday, April 3, 2020 - 11:45pm

["Virtual Screening"  by special arrangement with Grasshopper Films -- free streaming access available on request from April 1-3, 2020!]

Vitalina Varela, 55-year-old Cape Verdean, arrives in Lisbon after a 25 year wait for her plane ticket - and three days after her husband’s funeral. With exacting, painterly cinematography, Vitalina Varela is an exquisitely crafted study of mourning and memory.

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[CANCELED] Safe (1995, 35mm print) | Todd Haynes | BrainCultures Series
Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 7:00pm

Julianne Moore delivers a breakthrough performance as a Los Angeles housewife who contracts a debilitating illness. As her doctors offer no clear diagnosis, she comes to believe that she has developed frighteningly extreme environmental allergies. A profoundly unsettling work from the great American director Todd Haynes.

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[CANCELED] Bacarau (2019) | Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles
Friday, April 10, 2020 - 7:00pm

A remote Brazilian village finds itself mysteriously erased from the world map as foreign interlopers begin to encroach. Featuring a cosmic overture, unexplained hallucinogens, and an abundance of mysterious coffins, Mendonça Filho and Dornelles have crafted a fiercely political core to match their film’s gonzo genre exterior.

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[CANCELED] Never Forever (2007, 35mm print) | Gina Kim in attendance
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 7:00pm

A woman's self-sacrifice becomes her means of self-fulfillment in Korean filmmaker Gina Kim's emotionally intense melodrama Never Forever

Collage of film stills from "Felicia", "Ro-Revus Talks About Worms", and "220 Blues".
[CANCELED] Screening Race: 16mm Films of the 1960s & 1970s | w/ Marsha Gordon (NCSU) + Skip Elsheimer (AV/Geeks)
Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Inspired by the recently published collection of essays, Screening Race in American Nontheatrical Film, NCSU Film Studies Professor Marsha Gordon and Skip Elsheimer of A/V Geeks project a selection of short 16mm films from the 1960s and 1970s engaged with the topic of race. 

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[CANCELED] 2020 Duke Independent Film Festival (Day 1)
Friday, April 17, 2020 - 7:00pm

CANCELLATION NOTICE: In order to minimize health and safety risks from COVID-19 to our patrons, the larger community, and Duke students, faculty, and staff, Duke University has adopted new policies on spring semester classes, residential life, travel, events, and campus visitors.

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[CANCELED] 2020 Duke Independent Film Festival (Day 2)
Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 7:00pm

Unless otherwise noted, all screenings take place in the Rubenstein Arts Center's film theater, and all events are Free and Open to the Public.