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Muse of Fire

United Kingdom | 2013 | 83 minutes | Giles Terera, Dan Poole

Tea with Dame Judi Dench. Chatting with Ewan McGregor and Alan Rickman. Polling people on the street. Two actors travel the globe to discover who loves, hates, and doesn’t understand Shakespeare in this warmhearted, shenanigan-packed adventure.

Queen Margot

France | 1994 | 159 minutes | Patrice Chéreau

Shown fully restored to its original length, this multiple César award-winner is based on the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas. This sumptuous historical drama details the Catholic Marguerite de Valois, nicknamed Margot, as she’s bound in a loveless political marriage to Henri de Bourbon.

Regarding Susan Sontag

USA | 2014 | 100 minutes | Nancy Kates

Meticulously constructed from a plethora of interviews and archival footage and accompanied by Patricia Clarkson’s terrific voiceover, this engrossing documentary about one of the most prominent and fascinating voices and figures of the 20th century raises the question, “Who was Susan Sontag, and why is she important now?” Director Nancy Kates in attendance.

The Servant

United Kingdom | 1963 | 115 minutes | Joseph Losey

Sexual taboos, power plays, clandestine longings, and the fragility of class relations all play a part in Harold Pinter’s breathtakingly biting takedown of British aristocracy and social mores. Adapted from Robin Maugham’s 1948 novelette. This extraordinary, recent restoration celebrates the film’s 50th anniversary.

Sold

USA | 2014 | 97 minutes | Jeffrey Brown

13-year-old Nepali, Lakshmi, is sent by her family to India to work, only to be forced into prostitution in this compassionate, unforgettable tale of human trafficking adapted from Patricia McCormick’s award-winning international bestseller.

Story of My Death

Spain | 2013 | 148 minutes | Albert Serra

In his dying days, Casanova lives solemnly with his servant in rainy, moody 18th century Europe. Before he dies he meets a dark force in the form of Dracula, and together they discuss life’s greatest pleasures.

The Stunt Man

USA | 1980 | 131 minutes | Richard Rush

June 1 | 40th Anniversary Special Presentation

Peter O’Toole plays an erratic director who agrees to hire a runaway convict as a stunt man for his World War I epic. As the fugitive takes over the identity of the film’s previous stunt man, it becomes clear that no one’s intentions are what they seem. This bizarre, clever film was nominated for three Oscars.

Tracks

United Kingdom | 2013 | 110 minutes | John Curran

2,000 miles: the distance from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean. “When people ask me why I’m doing it, my usual answer is, ‘Why not?’” Mia Wasikowska portrays Robyn Davidson and her astonishing true voyage across the Outback by foot.

The Turning

Australia | 2013 | 180 minutes | various, Marieka Walsh, Warwick Thornton, Jub Clerc, Robert Connolly, Anthony Lucas, Rhys Graham, Ashlee Page, Tony Ayres, Claire McCarthy, Stephen Page, Shaun Gladwell, Mia Wasikowska, Simon Stone, David Wenham, Jonathan auf der Heide, Justin Kurzel, Yaron Lifschitz, Ian Meadows

Eighteen interlocking short stories by Tim Winton are the basis for this dreamy anthology, carried out by as many directors to form a beautiful, cinematic patchwork quilt. Mesmerizing camerawork observes several narratives taking place in the remote coastal towns of Western Australia.

Venus in Fur

France | 2013 | 96 minutes | Roman Polanski

Vanda begs playwright-director Thomas for an audition, and his acceptance sparks a battle of wits and wiles in this adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s 19th century story of pleasure and pain.

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