Guest Filmmaker, Great Docs & Intntl Features, Encanto, Shang-Chi & more!


The artists involved with the upcoming show, (X)-trACTION (Mon, March 7), a meta mash-up of short films concerned for the climate, workers, history and the future—the beauty and the failures—seek your 20-60 second one-take submissions to include in the program. No previous film experience required. Submissions due by Tues March 1 at noon. Details here.

All patrons must adhere to Cornell’s public health requirements for events which include wearing high-quality (N95 or equivalent) masks while indoors, and, if a patron does not have a current Cornell ID, provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test. Up-to-date guidance, including acceptable proof of vaccination or test, is available here.

Cornell Cinema is proud to be a presenting partner for the 25th Media City Film Festival taking place entirely online and for free. We are partnering with this excellent experimental film festival on three films: Daïchi Saïto’s earthearthearth, Malena Szlam’s MERAPI, and John Price’s Sea Series 23. Beyond these films, there’s a wealth of contemporary and repertory artists’ films, all online and free through March 1. And for more virtual offerings, we’re showing the 3-part HBO documentary Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union on-demand & for free on our website now through March 6. Dig in!

For those coming out to in-person screenings, we’ve got a nice lineup of films this week, highlighted with our first visiting filmmaker of the semester on Wednesday! Joshua Bonnetta (Ithaca College) will present his first solo feature film, The Two Sights, and be on hand for discussion afterwards. This experimental documentary explores the disappearing tradition of second sight in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. You don’t want to miss this!

But first! We have Bill Morrison’s (Dawson City: Frozen Time) latest documentary, The Village Detective (Tues & Sun). In July 2016, a fishing boat off the shores of Iceland made a most curious catch: four reels of 35mm film, seemingly of Soviet provenance. This turned out to be an incomplete print of a popular 1969 Soviet comedy starring beloved Russian actor Mikhail Žarov, and Morrison uses the discovery as a jumping off point for his latest meditation on cinema’s past, offering a journey into Soviet history and film. Also screening Tuesday is the Oscar-nominated film from Adam McKay Don’t Look Up.

We’re bringing two more sensational films from the international circuit: Slalom (Wed & Fri) is a French, Cannes-selected #MeToo drama between a teenage ski prodigy and her predatory instructor, played by frequent Dardenne brothers collaborator Jérémie Renier. Azor (Fri & Sat) is a tense, slow-burning thriller about a Swiss private banker arriving in 1980s Argentina to complete a financial deal for his mysteriously-missing partner.

But that's not all! We’re offering two free films courtesy of Welcome Weekend on Thursday. (Please note: these shows are only open to Cornell students!) At 7pm, we’ll screen Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and at 10pm, it’s Jordan Peele’s Us!

Plus, we’ve got two more screenings of Encanto (pictured) this weekend! We’re truly traveling the globe this week

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image from the film ENCANTO