International Films, Cat Videos and a Classic Silent Highlight Week

Cornell Cinema welcomes its new director, Molly Ryan:

“I am delighted to introduce myself as the new director of Cornell Cinema. It is a great privilege to lead Cornell Cinema into its next chapter and I feel especially fortunate to take on this role at a moment where the pandemic has helped us more deeply appreciate the opportunity to gather as a community to experience a film in the darkened, distraction-free space of the cinema.   

“One of the things I love best about film is that it is an incredibly collaborative art form, one that requires bringing together many kinds of creative and technical expertise to realize a finished product. In this spirit, I hope to make collaboration a central focus of my time at Cornell Cinema. I look forward to finding new ways to partner with the Cornell and greater Ithaca communities, and I will work hard to ensure that Cornell Cinema continues to serve as a place for scrutinizing the history of cinema, for wrestling with contemporary issues, and for exploring our shared humanity through the work of filmmakers from across the globe.”

This week’s film line-up reflects the dynamic potential of our campus cinema program. On Wednesday evening, we travel back to the early days of cinema with a luminous 35mm print of F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, a landmark of the silent era that chronicles the breakdown of a country couple’s marriage following the arrival of a woman from the city.

On Tuesday, we proudly present the Ithaca premiere of Camilo Restrepo’s acclaimed Los Conductos, the next film in our ongoing series with Cine con Cultura as part of Latinx Heritage Month 2022.

Next, we continue our retrospective on American filmmaker David Lynch with screenings of Inland Empire, recently remastered in 4K.

This weekend, you also have two chances to catch Inu-Oh, a psychedelic, new animated feature from Japanese director Masaaki Yuasa, and Cat Video Fest 2022, a riotous celebration of our furry friends with 10% of proceeds supporting the Tompkins County SPCA.  

Finally, please join us for two special, free screenings happening this week. On Monday evening, we are pleased to offer an advance opportunity to see Bros, a heartfelt romantic comedy starring Billy Eichner and Luke McFarland, which recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and features an entirely LGBTQ+ principal cast.

On Thursday afternoon, we are thrilled to welcome John Rickford, Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large at Cornell, for an exclusive preview of the new documentary, Talking Black in America – Roots, which explores the incredible impact of the American slaves and their descendants on American life and language. Don’t miss this exclusive chance to discuss Professor Rickford’s film in advance of its premiere on PBS later this fall.  

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image from F.W. Murnau's SUNRISE
image from F.W. Murnau's SUNRISE