30 Years of Kino International
Film Society of Lincoln Center
In the creation of great cinema, a far-thinking and nurturing distributor is almost as important as the artists they're supporting. This year one of those historically important movie companies, Kino International turns 30 years old and in celebration of their fine work over the years the Film Society is showing two weeks worth of films all originally released by Kino. The movies featured in the series come from national cinemas around the world and seeing them as a collection together it's a pretty impressive list of "masterpieces" to all come from one distribution company. Some of the highlights from this weekend's line up include Charlie Chaplin's classic send up of fascism The Great Dictator on Saturday at 1:30 pm, Wong Kar Wai's story about a disillusioned Hong Kong hit man Fallen Angels on Saturday at 8:30 pm and Kelly Reichardt's excellent film from last year about fading friendship Old Joy on Sunday at 1 pm. Tickets cost $11 or you can purchase a special pass for five films in the series at $40/$30 for Film Society members.
Other movie events happening around town this weekend include a Q&A with director So Yong Kim following the 6 pm and 8:05 pm screenings of In Between Days at the IFC Center, and a chance to learn about what happens behind the scenes at the 2nd Ave film archive with a screening of The Secret Life of... Anthology Film Archives on Saturday at 9:30 pm. Also worth checking out, the whole host of films featured at this year's Afro-Punk festival at BAM, and a new print of Jean-Pierre Melville's gangster thriller with the ultra dreamy Jean-Paul Belmondo Les Doulos at Film Forum.
[Pictured: Charlie Chaplin in his first sync sound film, The Great Dictator.]