Paul Schrader speaking after a screening of Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters - Paris Theater - April 14, 2023
Paul Schrader speaking after a screening of Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters - Paris Theater - April 14, 2023
Cinema Roundup For the Week of June 1

(released 6/1/2023)

Here's a list of upcoming special event type screenings at theaters in New York. What a special city. Not many places outside of New York and Los Angeles have this opportunity. We will list these screening events even if they are sold out, because maybe standby tickets will come through or maybe you want to wait outside the theater in hopes of getting an autograph. And by special, we generally mean that there will be a filmmaker intro or Q&A following the screening. If we attended any of the screenings in the past week, we'll add photos and video at the end. If you host an event and we missed you, please let us know -

We Need To Talk About Kevin - Q&A with Production Designer Judy Becker
June 4 (6:45pm)
Metrograph (7 Ludlow Street, Manhattan)
Tilda Swinton gives a revelatory performance as Eva Khatchadourian, an anguished mother whose son, the Kevin of the title, is currently imprisoned for a killing spree he committed shortly before his 16th birthday, reflecting—shown via flashback—on her failures to connect with the difficult, withdrawn child throughout his upbringing. Becker, under Ramsay’s direction, dressed the Khatchadourian home to deliberately suggest the artifice of a film set—a just slightly-off soundstage version of domestic comfort and order that betrays something deeply amiss within the family.

We Are Guardians - Q&A with Directors Edivan Guajajara, Chelsea Greene and Rob Grobman
June 5 (6:30pm) - Part of Human Rights Watch FF
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
As the Indigenous Brazilian forest guardians of the Tenetehara fend off attacks from illegal loggers, miners, and exporters, this global story shares what happens when Indigenous rights, land stewardship, environmental science, and political corruption converge, leaving the fate of the Amazon and it’s Indigenous communities in the balance.

American Psycho - Q&A with Director Mary Harron
June 5 (7:30pm)
Paris Theater (4 West 58th Street, Manhattan)
Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a Wall Street yuppie, obsessed with success, status, and style, with a stunning fiancee (Reese Witherspoon). He is also a psychotic killer who rapes. murders, and dismembers both strangers and acquaintances without provocation or purpose. Based on the controversial novel by Bret Easton Ellis, the film offers a sharp satire to the dark side of yuppie culture in the '80s, while setting forth a vision that is both terrifying and chilling. This special screening is in tribute to Producer Edward R. Pressman, who passed away earlier this year. Director Mary Harron will participate in an in-person Q&A after the screening.

Razing Liberty Square - Q&A with Director Katja Esson
June 6 (6:30pm) - Part of Human Rights Watch FF
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
When residents of the Liberty Square public-housing community in Miami learn about a $300 million revitalization project, they know that the sudden interest comes from the fact that their neighborhood is located on the highest and driest ground in the city. Now they must prepare to fight a growing form of racial injustice—climate gentrification.

The UnRedacted - Q&A with Meg Smaker and Sebastian Junger
June 6 (6:30pm)
Bronx Documentary Center Annex (364 E. 151st Street, Bronx)
Join the BDC for a screening and discussion of Meg Smaker's documentary, The UnRedacted, a film that focuses on a group of Yemeni men that were trained by al-Qaeda, imprisoned in Guantanamo, and then sent to the world’s first rehabilitation center for "terrorists," located in Saudi Arabia. Filmed at the rehab center over three years, with unprecedented access, this film is a complex and nuanced exploration of the men we have heard so much about but never heard from. The screening of The UnRedacted will be followed by director Meg Smaker in conversation with author Sebastian Junger and an audience discussion.

Time of Moulting - Q&A with Director Sabrina Mertens
June 6 (7:30pm)
Nitehawk Cinema - Williamsburg (136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn)
In a small town in 1970s West Germany, Stephanie (played by a charming Zelda Espenschied as a young child, and a surly Miriam Schiweck "ten years later") is raised by two parents who have no business having children. Her mother, who is never far from despair-induced collapse, suffers from an unspecified medical condition and her father makes it clear that he has no patience for his daughter. In Sabrina Mertens impressive debut feature, we see how young Stephanie takes solace in exploring the mysteries hidden away in the increasingly untidy house, particularly the trunk full of her grandfather’s butcher’s equipment while older Stephanie takes far more sinister comfort in the tools found therein.

When Spring Came to Bucha - Q&A with Director Mila Teshaieva
June 7 (6:30pm) - Part of Human Rights Watch FF
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
In early 2022, the Ukrainian city of Bucha near the capital, Kyiv, was occupied by the Russian army for several weeks. After a month of intense fighting, the Russian army withdrew, leaving the city destroyed in its wake. With beautiful cinematography, renowned photographer Mila Teshaieva captures stories of the residents as they clean their streets of debris and rebuild their shattered homes. Yuri, municipal services manager, struggles to keep people supplied with clean drinking water. Olenka is the only pupil in her classroom after two of her classmates are killed, the rest having left the country. Yet amid the suffering, a young couple gets married, and life must go on. This heart-rending yet empowering documentary tells stories of loss, hope, and resistance, as the spring flowers of Bucha begin to bloom.

American Reckoning - Q&A with Directors Yoruba Richen & Brad Lichtenstein
June 7 (7pm)
DCTV (87 Lafayette Street, Manhattan)
The Peabody-nominated documentary American Reckoning investigates the unsolved 1967 murder of a local NAACP leader, Wharlest Jackson Sr., in Mississippi —  and reveals a little-known history of Black armed resistance during the civil rights movement.

Persian Lessons - Q&A with Director Vadim Perelman
June 8 (7pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
ersian Lessons follows Gilles (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), a Belgian Jew who avoids sudden execution by swearing to concentration camp guards that he’s Persian not Jewish. While the lie saves him temporarily, Gilles is then assigned the task of teaching Farsi, a language he doesn’t know, to Koch (Lars Eidinger), the officer in charge of the camp’s kitchen who dreams of opening a restaurant in Iran once the war is over.

Nobody Was Here... The Life of TMNK - Q&A with Rico James and Malcolm A. Rolling, moderated by Amon Focus
June 8 (7pm)
Maysles Documentary Center (343 Malcolm X Boulevard, Manhattan)
NOBODY WAS HERE... THE LIFE OF TMNK is a captivating and intimate documentary that delves into the enigmatic world of renowned street artist TMNK, aka Nobody. Known for his powerful and provocative pieces that challenge social norms and explore the human condition, TMNK's artwork has left an indelible mark on NYC's urban landscape.

Pay or Die - Q&A with Directors Rachael Dyer & Scott Alexander Ruderman
June 8 (7:00pm) - Part of Human Rights Watch FF
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
The US healthcare system is the most expensive in the world; almost half of all Americans reportedly struggle to pay for health care. Pay or Die explores the crushing financial reality for millions of insulin dependent Americans living with diabetes, as pharmaceutical companies push the price of this life saving medication to exorbitant levels, making record breaking profits. This is only further bolstered by the government’s lack of regulation.

Q&A with Director Mary Harron, Actor Barbara Sukowa, and Screenwriter John Walsh
June 9 (7:15pm)
Q&A with Director Mary Harron
June 10 (7:15pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol, American Psycho), Dalíland stars Ben Kingsley as the titular Salvador Dalí, one of the most world-renowned artists of the 20th century and focuses on the later years of the strange and fascinating marriage between Dalí and his wife, Gala (Barbara Sukowa), as their seemingly unshakable bond begins to stress and fracture. Set in New York and Spain in 1974, the film is told through the eyes of James (Christopher Briney), a young assistant keen to make his name in the art world, who helps the eccentric and mercurial Dalí prepare for a big gallery show.

Mending the Line - Q&A with Director Joshua Caldwell & Producers David Comora & Mark Comora
June 10 (7:20pm)
Angelika Film Center (18 W. Houston Street, Manhattan)
Mending the Line is a story about finding something to make living worthwhile. John Colter, a wounded veteran, returns to the States still carrying the demons of war, hauntingly disturbed by the everyday expectations of friendships and love interests. In Livingston, Montana, he meets Ike, a surly, headstrong fly-fisherman more than twice his age, and Lucy, a talented photographer turned librarian who reads aloud to veterans, both damaged in their own way. While getting treatment for his wounds, both physical and psychological, Colter wants only to re-enlist, to have something to die for. But the real challenge is finding something to live for.

Hustlers - Q&A with Director Lorene Scafaria and critic Matt Zoller Seitz
June 13 (7:00pm)
IFC Center (323 6th Avenue, Manhattan)
2019 hit about a group of exotic dancers who plot to lighten the wallets of their clientele, has it all: a real story taken from a New York magazine feature; authentic Big Apple locations; a "heist" plot that shows a group of desperate but resourceful characters seeing how many laws they can break without getting caught or feeling irredeemably awful; and a crackling ensemble of women led by Constance Wu as the narrator, a dancer, and Jennifer Lopez as her street-tough but warm-hearted mentor, and the den mother to all the other "girls" in the club.

Loren & Rose - Q&A with Director Russell Brown and Actor Jacqueline Bisset
June 23 (4:30pm, 7:00pm), June 24 (1:45pm, 7:00pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Rose is a legendary actress trying to revive her career. Loren is a promising filmmaker. Over the course of their many encounters, a deep friendship evolves as their love of art, understanding of grief, and faith in life's potential guide them through personal and creative transformations. Kelly Blatz and Jacqueline Bisset star with a chemistry that is at once authentic and intoxicating.

The Sleepy Time Gal - Q&A with Actor Jacqueline Bisset
June 24 (4:15pm)
Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, Manhattan)
Two women search for meaning in lost loves and missed chances. As one mother (Jacqueline Bisset) looks to her past, including a past love (Seymour Cassel), to gain strength to face the future, a daughter (Martha Plimpton) investigates the emotional wounds which have kept her from finding love.

Earth Mama - Q&A with Director Savanah Leaf and Actors Tia Nomore & Erika Alexander
June 27 (7pm)
BAM (30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn)
In Savanah Leaf's devastating debut feature, the writer-director centers the experiences of Gia (Tia Nomore), a pregnant single mother whose two children have been placed in foster care. As Gia fights to reclaim her children, she learns to embrace and cement a place for herself within her Bay Area community. Leaf's delicate and deeply-felt drama, evocatively shot on 16mm by Jody Lee Lipes, heralds the arrival of a singular new storyteller in American film.

And here's a Q&A with Writer and Director Paul Schrader. He spoke about his film Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985) after a screening at the Paris Theater on Friday, April 14, 2023.

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