Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car, and Jia Zhang-ke’s Still Life & Jane Campion's The Piano on 35mm!


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Monday night Cornell Cinema hosts a FREE screening of A Shape of Things to Come, with co-director Lisa Marie Malloy '17 in person for a Q&A following the film! (Her co-director was former PMA professor J.P. Sniadecki.) This experimental documentary follows homesteader Sundog, who lives off the land in the Sonoran Desert, as the US Border Patrol encroaches on his territory. The film and Malloy’s visit are sponsored by the Cornell Religious Studies Program. 

Another FREE screening, courtesy of the Institute for African Development, happens Tuesday. We’ll be showing the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell, about a group of women in war-torn Liberia who band together to bring peace to their nation. Following the film, there will be a discussion led by N’Dri Thérèse Assié-Lumumba (Director, Institute for African Development) and Muna B. Ndulo (William Nelson Cromwell Professor of International and Comparative Law). Please join us for this event which leads up to a May 3 visit by movement leader Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace laureate and speaker at this year's Bartels World Affairs Lecture

On Wednesday, we continue our Experimental Landscapes series with Jia Zhang-ke’s Still Life, screening on a rare 35mm film print! Set in the ancient city of Fengjie, partly dissembled and filling with water as part of the Three Gorges Dam project on the Yangtze River, this meditative feature is an empathetic portrait of those left behind by a modernizing society. Patty Keller (Comp Lit/Romance Studies) will introduce the screening—which is not to be missed!

Want more rare 35mm screenings? Well then join us on Thursday night for a special screening of Jane Campion’s The Piano (winner of 3 Oscars)! Yale Film Archive has graciously loaned us their 35mm print of The Piano (pictured) for this screening, part of our Women’s Bodies/Women’s Lives series. Campion was the first woman to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes for this lusty Gothic drama. And just look at that cast! Holly Hunter! Sam Neill! Harvey Keitel! Anna Paquin! 

Last but certainly not least, Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car is a haunting road movie traveling a path of love, loss, acceptance, and peace, adapted from Haruki Murakami’s short story and featuring a cherry red Saab 900. Winner of countless awards, including Best International Feature Oscar and three prizes at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, including Best Screenplay. Screening this Friday and again on Monday, May 2.

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image from the film THE PIANO