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Harpur  Cinema

Since 1965, Harpur Cinema has been seeking to bring to campus a range of significant films that in most cases would not be available to local audiences. Our program is international in scope, emphasizing foreign and independent films, as well as important films from the historical archive. All foreign films are shown in their original language with English subtitles.

Lecture Hall 6, unless otherwise noted
7:30pm on Friday and Sunday
$4 Single Admission
*Tickets will be for sale at the door from 7:00pm on the evening of the screening.

Fall 2019 Schedule

histories & Memories

Films that evoke, question, or re-work the past, reflect on the weight of history, and address the human fights of the past to provoke thinking and enlighten the present in some of the latest groundbreaking cinema from around the world.

Programmers: Tomonari Nishikawa & Chantal Rodais

 

SEP. 20 + 22 - Us - Jordan Peele - USA - 2019 - 116 min

“We’re Americans.” Peele returns to the horror film genre to offer another social exploration of America and its fears. Mixing tones and moods, humor and brutal home invasion conventions, piling on the masks and the metaphors, the filmmaker tethers the past to the present. With its attention to small details, mirror images everywhere, and unnerving point-of-view shots, the story of an ordinary family stalked by eerie doppelgängers becomes a “fearsomely entertaining, consistently thought-provoking and occasionally bloody scary” spectacle and social commentary (The Guardian). “Us is nothing short of a colossal achievement” (The New Yorker).

OCT. 4 + 6 - The Guardians - Xavier Beauvois - France - 2017 - 135 min

With the men off fighting in the trenches of WW1, the work on the farm is left to the women, the Guardians of the title, who tend the earth. The film’s tragedy, fiercely acted, unfolds on the home front sumptuously pho- tographed by Caroline Champetier with her painterly and serene compositions of the women laboring in the fields and the changing seasons. “A rewarding and rich film, which offers a delicate and often troubling insight into the lives of those left behind by history” (BFI).

Nominated: César Awards, Best Cinematography / Screenplay / Actress – Lumière Awards, Best Cinematography – Prix Louis Delluc, Best Film – London & Munich Film Festivals, Best Film

OCT. 11 + 13 - Manta Ray - Phuttiphong Aroonpheng - Thailand - 2018 - 105 min

Thai director Phuttiphong Aroonpheng’s first feature-length film takes place in a coastal village of Thailand, and focuses on two men, a local fisherman and a stranger who cannot speak. The narrative develops with beautiful, pleasurably hypnotic and emotionally rewarding images, expressing ideas of displacement, identity, powerlessness, and responsibility. “Aroonpheng’s style is certainly distinctive, but he shares the same gentleness as fellow Thai directors Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Jakrawal Nilthamrong: seeking their subjects through sorrow rather than anger” (Cinema Scope).

Won: Venice Film Festival, Best Film – Cairo International Film Festival, Best Director

OCT. 18 + 20 - Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles - Salvador Simó - Spain - 2018 - 80 min

This animated film relates the making of Las Hurdes (Land Without Bread), Luis Buñuel’s 1933 documentary

about a poor area in Spain, and a scathing satire of the era’s naïve ethnographic documentaries. Using animation to bridge the gap between Buñuel’s surrealism and the power of his social critiques, Simó’s film “is designed to occupy the unsteady landscape between the borderlessness of Buñuel’s imagination and the inflexible facts of life in Las Hurdes” (IndieWire).

Won: Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Jury Award – Chilemonos, Festival Prize Nominated: Miami Film Festival, Best Film – Guadalajara Film Festival, Best Animated Film

OCT. 25 + 27 - Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc - Bruno Dumont - France - 2017 - 105 min

The French iconoclast Dumont, always bordering between realistic drama and the avant-garde, directs an unconventional musical about the early life of France’s most famous martyr. Combining Péguy’s lyrical prose -that sounds like rap- choreographies by Decouflé, and music by Igorrr -from electro-pop to metal- with “visuals of organic splendor and imaginative wonder,” Dumont is “responsible for some of the most exhilaratingly alive cinema in the world right now” (Cinema Scope).

Won: International Cinephile Society Awards, Best Picture Nominated: Prix Louis Delluc, Best Film – Lumière Awards, Best Music

NOV. 1 + 3 - To Sleep with Anger - Charles Burnett - USA - 1990 - 102 min

*SPECIAL EVENT - Showing in the Binghamton University Art Museum - Free

Harry (Danny Glover), an enigmatic southern drifter arrives at the home of his old friends in South Central Los Angeles. His insidious ways, sinister energy, and his constant evocation of a long gone past soon reveal a family crisis as tensions erupt. This masterwork of American cinema by film pioneer Charles Burnett is “a sublimely stirring film from an autonomous artistic sensibility, a portrait of family resilience steeped in the traditions of African American mysticism and folklore” (Criterion).

Won: Film Independent Spirit Awards, Best Director / Male Lead / Supporting Female / Screenplay

NOV. 8 + 10 - Breaking the Frame - Marielle Nitoslawska - Canada - 2012 - 100 min

*SPECIAL EVENT - Director Present - Friday Nov. 8

Marielle Nitoslawska’s documentary profiles Carolee Schneemann, an American visual experimental artist known for her performance and body art, and experimental films on sexuality and gender. The documen- tary reflects the way Schneemann creates a work of art through the use of various formats and mediums, as well as her editing style. “Nitoslawska achieves her own form of engaging delirium by marrying her kaleidoscopic footage with overlapping conversations” (R.C. Baker, The Village Voice).

Screened: New York Film Festival – Cleveland International Film Festival – Anthology Film Archives

NOV. 15 + 17 - Too Late to Die Young - Dominga Sotomayor - Chile - 2018 - 110 min

Set in Chile in 1990, right after the fall of the Pinochet dictatorship, in a remote commune in the Andes, the film focuses on a group of artistically inclined adults and their children who have come to escape the stresses of city life and search for ways to come to terms with their recent past and newfound freedom. This haunting film is “an achievement in mood and implication” weaving mysterious motives and actions with ambiguous relationships (The New York Times).

Won: Locarno International Film Festival, Best Director – Gijón International Film Festival, Best Director / Cinematography

 

Contact: Eric Pritchard, Department Secretary
epritcha@binghamton.edu
607-777- 4998

Last Updated: 9/30/19