Friday, July 3
BETWEEN SHADOW & SOUL
Director Ash Mayfair, nominated for the Independent Spirit Awards “Someone to Watch” Award in 2019, reworked her acclaimed film, THE THIRD WIFE, (also nominated for “Best Cinematography”) into a silent, black and white film, creating a completely different cinematic experience.
When fourteen-year-old May becomes the third wife of a wealthy landowner, she finds herself navigating treacherous waters of family politics and her own budding desires. Entrapped in a cocoon of traditions, May soon realizes that flying free can only come at the steepest price. Paying homage to the golden age of cinema, this stunning black-and-white version is presented silent with a haunting, newly composed score.
“A truly gorgeous, detailed picture book of intimacy and erotic unease.”
— Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
“Featuring incredibly soft, and strikingly textured cinematography.”
— Andrew Bundy, The Playlist
|Between Shadow and Soul – Official Trailer
Friday, July 10
In honor of Rembrandt’s birthday (July 15), Film Movement Plus premieres REMBRANDT’S J’ACCUSE, an acclaimed documentary uncovering the mysteries behind Rembrandt’s famous “Nightwatch” from BAFTA Award-winning director Peter Greenaway (Einstein in Guanajuato, Nightwatching).
In this compelling doc, called “rigorous and enthralling”, (Graham Fuller, artforum) Greenaway explains the background, the context, the conspiracy, the murder and the motives of all its thirty-four painted characters who have conspired to kill for their combined self-advantage. Greenaway, who trained as a painter, leads us through Rembrandt’s paintings into seventeenth-century Amsterdam. He paints a world that is democratic in principle, but is almost entirely ruled by twelve families. The notion exists of these regents as charitable and compassionate entities. However, reality was far different, and that’s laid bare in this “probing doc proves that a single picture really is worth a thousand words.” (Ethan Alter, Film Journal International)
“Peering beneath the painted surface and searching in the shadows, tracking that which was cut from the canvas and mapping the network of glances that remain, the filmmaker uncovers a foul, lurid, corrupt, and perversely compelling conspiracy.”
— J. Hoberman, Village Voice
|Peter Greenaway’s Rembrandt’s J’Accuse Trailer
Friday, July 17
Nominated for a “Best First Feature Award” at the Berlinale and The John Cassavetes Award by the Independent Spirit Awards, NAKOM, set in present day Ghana, is a highly relatable story about traversing the line between family and self-preservation.
Iddrisu (Jacob Ayanaba), a talented medical student reluctantly returns home to the village of Nakom after his father’s death. Iddrisu temporarily assumes responsibility for the impoverished household and farm, inheriting a debt that could destroy the family. Attempting to maintain part of his studies from the confines of a small hut, Iddrisu struggles to balance tradition and familial duty with the call to follow his own dreams.
A Corinth Films release.
“Nakom depicts a culture rarely ever shown on screen, and yet Iddrisu’s struggle to move forward without betraying his upbringing reflects feelings that are unmistakably universal.”
— Wes Greene, Slant Magazine
— Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times
Friday, July 24
BEAUTIFUL DARLING chronicles the short but influential life of transgender pioneer Candy Darling, who was a major part of Andy Warhol’s entourage and was one of the inspirations for the Lou Reed song, “Walk on the Wild Side.”
Recapturing the excitement of a long lost New York City, this acclaimed doc recounts the story of Darling, a star in the constellation of Warhol’s Factory. By the mid-sixties Jimmy Slattery, born in a Long Island suburb of Massapequa in 1944, had become Candy, a gorgeous blond actress and throwback to Hollywood’s golden age. This persona won her starring roles in two Warhol movies, parts in mainstream films, and a lead role in Tennessee Williams’ play. Her ethereal beauty attracted such tastemaking photographers as Robert Mapplethorpe, Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon and Peter Beard. She was the inspiration behind two of Lou Reed’s best known songs, Candy Says and Walk on the Wild Side, and was one of the most unusual and charismatic fixtures in the explosive downtown, underground scene of late 1960s/early ’70s New York.
Candy’s journey of self-discovery and transformation becomes, for director James Rasin, a tragic allegory for our fame and media obsessed times. But it is also a gripping story with a simple, universal theme: One person’s pursuit of their own American Dream. The film interweaves rare archival footage and both historical and contemporary interviews (Tennessee Williams, director Paul Morrissey, writer Fran Lebowitz, Warhol Superstar Holly Woodlawn among many others) with excerpts from Candy’s own diaries and letters, which are voiced, to devastating effect, by Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winning actress Chloë Sevigny.
A Corinth Films release.
“A haunting documentary reveals the most beautiful, and tragic,
of Andy Warhol’s superstars…”
–Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
“Incisive…’Darling’ experly recreates a slice of the cultural history
of the ’60s while also telling us something about the
poisonous addiction of fame.”
–Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter
|Beautiful Darling Trailer HD
Friday, July 31
I AM THE BLUES
Celebrate International Blues Music Day (8/1) with I AM THE BLUES, an official selection of SXSW and Hot Docs, taking music lovers on an incredible backroads musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country.
Featuring numerous blues legends, I AM THE BLUES visits blues musicians rooted in the genre’s heyday, many in their 80s, still living in the American deep south and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Little Freddie King, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, RL Boyce, LC Ulmer, Lil’ Buck Sinegal and their friends awaken the blues in all of us.
“Heartache never sounded so good.”
— Chris Knight, National Post
|I AM THE BLUES OFFICIAL US Trailer
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); HUMAN CAPITAL, a political thriller from Paolo Virzi (The Leisure Seeker
) that was Italy’s Best Foreign Film submission for the 87th
Academy Awards® and MY LOVE, DON’T CROSS THAT RIVER, an unforgettable documentary about true love that transcends generations and cultures and is South Korea’s most successful film of all time. Classics from the Film Movement catalog include Bille August’s PELLE THE CONQUEROR, an Academy Award® winner for Best Foreign Language Film in 1996 and much more.
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