Political Docs, Zhang Yimou Restored & more!

By: Cornell Cinema, 
Fri, 09/11/2020

Cornell Cinema opens four films this weekend, including the already-sold-out 20th Animation Show of Shows!

(Reminder: we open our reservations for films one week prior to our opening dates. Read on for the list of films we’re starting to take RSVPs for as of today!)

One of the films we’re most excited about this week is John Lewis: Good Trouble, the new documentary about the Civil Rights activist and Congressman John Lewis. It’s an inspiring film, reminding us how far activism has taken us yet how far we still have to go for racial justice. Please note: this is a paid screening ($6.99). We regret we are unable to provide free tickets to this particular film; however, we were able to negotiate a lower rental cost for patrons. The rental charge is out of our hands, so we hope you understand. A portion of the rental cost does come back to Cornell Cinema, and it will help cover the costs of the many free screenings we are offering.

We're also excited about a special, free one-night-only event on Wednesday, Sept 16 at 7:30pm, the new documentary Boys State, about the 2018 Texas Boys State civics exercise in which a thousand high school seniors from across the state come together for one week to build their own state government. Winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for documentary at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, this fascinating documentary is both terrifying and inspiring in equal measure, as we track escalating tensions arising within a contentious gubernatorial race: from electioneering and platform development, to dramatic debates, impeachment threats, and, inevitably, the backroom skullduggery behind all campaigns. Please RSVP before Tuesday, Sept 15 at noon to receive your unique screening link. It will be active for four hours starting at 7:30pm on Sept 16.

Also opening this week is The Green Years, one of two restored films by Portuguese director Paulo Rocha, both made in the 1960s, that we'll be showing this Fall. Winner of Best First Film at the 1964 Locarno Film Festival, The Green Years is set in Lisbon and examines the clash between working-class values and the bourgeois trappings of modern urban life. According to a review in The Film Stage, the film is “An intoxicating, downright romantic vision of star-crossed Lisbon lovers. Watching The Green Years recalls the early days of one’s cinephilia, when entire worlds opened with a new name, a new landscape, and the incessant desire to see more.”

We’re also opening the art documentary Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own. Ursula von Rydingsvard had a solo exhibit of her cedar sculptures here at the Johnson Museum back in 2007, so we’re excited to bring this fascinating new documentary to campus! Please note: we encourage those with a CU NetID to view Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own we encourage those with a CU NetID to view this film via the CU Library. Those without a CU NetID should make a reservation for a free screening link.

And, as promised, here’s what we’re opening RSVPs for: a restoration of Zhang Yimou’s visually stunning Shanghai Triad starring Gong Li, and Patricio Guzmán’s powerful conclusion in his trilogy investigating the relationship between historical memory, political trauma, and geography in his native country of Chile, The Cordillera of Dreams. Please note: we encourage those with a CU NetID to view The Cordillera of Dreams via the CU Library. Those without a CU NetID should make a reservation for a screening link.

More info on virtual screening can be found on our Virtual Cinema FAQ.

image from the film BOYS STATE