Live Projection Performance, Ukrainian Films Highlight Week


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There are just five more days of screenings before Cornell Cinema goes dark during Cornell's Spring Break. Get your fill of great cinema this week to last you through mid-April when we return!

Our virtual, on-demand screening of Claire Denis’ 35 Shots of Rum continues all this week, ending on Friday. 

We highly recommend Naomi Uman’s The Ukrainian Time Machine—3 poetic films on 16mm—screening for FREE on Tuesday at 7:30pm. At the event, we’ll distribute a list of international organizations providing humanitarian aid and emergency relief within Ukraine and to refugees in Europe and around the world. Cosponsored with the Institute for European Studies.

Tuesday also brings Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s excellent rumination on nature’s reclamation of humanity's endeavors, Homo Sapiens, featuring an introduction by Patty Keller (Comp Lit/Romance Studies), part of our Experimental Landscapes series. 

Spanish filmmaker Luis Macias visits on Wednesday to present Your Eyes are Spectral Machines (pictured), a film program about the exploration, manipulation and variation of an image or its absence, featuring Spectral Landscape, a performance with several modified slide projectors that explores the image of nature and how it is revealed to us. Another piece utilizes modified 16mm projectors, making for a one-of-a-kind evening—don’t miss it! 

On Thursday and Friday, we have two films: one of Luis Buñuel’s Mexican films, made in exile from the Franco regime, The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz. Unavailable on disc or streaming, this new restoration from Mexico’s La Cineteca Nacional is a rare opportunity to see Buñuel’s oddly charming black comedy.

Also screening is Neighbours, a new film exploring the Arab-Jewish tensions of early-80s Syria, drawn from filmmaker Mano Khalil’s childhood experiences. 

And with that, comes Spring Break! We’ll reopen for public screenings on April 13.

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image from the projector performance YOUR EYES ARE SPECTRAL MACHINES