Mia Madre (Nanni Moretti, 2015)

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Mia Madre, Nanni Moretti’s latest film, tells the story of Marguerita (Marguerita Buy), a filmmaker in the middle of making a political drama about a factory strike. She’s dealing with her mother’s failing health and other personal relationships. The film is reportedly based on Moretti’s experiences with dealing with the death of a loved one while making We Have a Pope. So, in essence, Marguerita is something of a Moretti stand-in but the character has shades that wouldn’t quite fit if Moretti played the role, and allows for new wrinkles to Moretti’s cinema (three generations of women). Instead, Moretti settles for a supporting role as Marguerita’s brother, who seems to have abandoned his job in order to care for their mother. His scenes and performance act as counterpoint to the work/life balance difficulties of Marguerita. Mia Madre finds Moretti in European Master mode with measured compositions, Arvo Pärt strings and a general tastefulness that makes the whole project somewhat bland.  And yet it remains of interest.

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Cosmos (Andrzej Zulawksi, 2015)


At the end of his life and career, Andrzej Zulawski brooked no wasted time. His Cosmos screams into existence at a howling pitch and hurtles forward unhindered. The Polish director’s final film immediately thrusts frustrated young law student Witold—Jonathan Genet, as limber and deranged as the film itself—into a warped pan-European bed and breakfast populated by cranks and character actors. A galaxy of ideas orbits Witold’s extended stay, emanations from a mind wracked by scholarly frustrations and writerly ambitions (he shares both his name and aspired-to profession with Witold Gombrowicz, author of the novel on which Zulawski based his film). The mossed old lodgings and Witold’s attempts at writing form the only real center for the strange events that unfold in Cosmos, but even that center cannot hold for long. Things break into increasingly fragmentary pieces: Buñuelian doubles appear, characters invent their own linguistic code, and the filmmaking process itself eventually takes center stage. Attempting to divine a clearer narrative path is a fool’s errand, and rather beside the point.

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Friday September 9 – Thursday September 15

Featured Film:

The 70mm Film Festival at the Cinerama

Eschewing their laser projection for a few days, the Cinerama will be playing actual film for the next ten days or so. And not only film: 70mm, the high-resolution format of the past that looks about a thousand percent better than the digital presentations of the present. The series kicks off with 2001: A Space Odyssey and Tron on Friday, followed by The Sound of Music (our podcast), Lawrence of ArabiaInterstellarAliens, Apocalypse Now, Spartacus, Baraka, Inherent Vice, Starman (our podcast), The Master, Pink Floyd: The Wall, Patton, Lifeforce and The Hateful 8 (our review) over the following week.

Playing This Week:

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross) Fri-Thurs
Don’t Think Twice (Mike Birbiglia) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

A League of Their Own (Penny Marshall, 1992) Fri-Tues
Tremors (Ron Underwood, 1990) Fri-Tues
The Producers (Mel Brooks, 1967) Thurs Only


70mm Film Festival Fri-Thurs Full Program

SIFF Egyptian:

Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross) Fri-Sun, Tues-Weds

Century Federal Way:

Labyrinth (Jim Henson, 1986) Sun & Weds Only


70mm Film Festival Fri-Thurs Full Program

Grand Cinema:

Indignation (James Schamus) Fri-Thurs
Don’t Think Twice (Mike Birbiglia) Fri-Thurs
For the Love of Spock (Adam Nimoy) Mon & Weds Only
Free to Run (Pierre Morath) Tues Only
The Beatles: 8 Days a Week (Ron Howard) Thurs Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Hooligan Sparrow (Nanfu Wang) Fri-Thurs
Miss Sharon Jones! (Barbara Kopple) Fri-Thurs

Landmark Guild 45th:

Mia Madre (Nanni Moretti) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross) Fri-Thurs
Rurouni Kenshin Part II: Kyoto Inferno (Keishi Ohtomo) Tues & Weds Only

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Baar Baar Dekho (Nitya Mehra) Fri-Thurs
Inkokkadu (Anand Shankar) Fri-Thurs (Telugu)
Iru Mugan (Anand Shankar) Fri-Thurs (Tamil)
Janatha Garage (Koratala Siva) Fri-Thurs
Labyrinth (Jim Henson, 1986) Sun & Weds Only

Regal Meridian:

Inkokkadu (Anand Shankar) Fri-Thurs
No Manches Frida (Nacho Garcia Velilla) Fri-Thurs
Jyo Achyutananda (Anand Shankar) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

Cosmos (Andrzej Zulawski) Fri-Sun Our Review
Chatty Catties (Pablo Valencia) Fri Only
Suddenly, Last Summer (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1959) Sat Only 35mm
Wretched Woman / Pig or Poet? (Emily Esperanza) Sun Only VHS, Director in Attendance
Lonesome Cowboys (Andy Warhol, 1968) Sun Only 16mm
Ways of Something Weds Only
The People Garden (Nadia Litz) Weds Only
Take Three 2016 Thurs Only

AMC Pacific Place:

A Tale of Love and Darkness (Natalie Portman) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross) Fri-Thurs
Rustom (Tinu Suresh Desai) Fri-Thurs
The 9th Life of Louis Drax (Alexandre Aja) Fri-Thurs
No Manches Frida (Nacho Garcia Velilla) Fri-Thurs
Camp Sawi (Irene Villamor) Fri-Thurs
Baar Baar Dekho (Nitya Mehra) Fri-Thurs

Landmark Seven Gables:

The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Lars Kraume) Fri-Thurs
Complete Unknown (Joshua Marston) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

Lo & Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (Werner Herzog) Fri-Sun
Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision of Paradise (Volker Schaner) Weds Only

AMC Southcenter:

Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks, 1974) Fri-Thurs

Sundance Cinemas:

Don’t Think Twice (Mike Birbiglia) Fri-Thurs
Brother Nature (Osmany Rodriguez) Fri-Thurs
Other People (Chris Kelly) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Cinema Uptown:

Don’t Think Twice (Mike Birbiglia) Fri-Thurs
For the Love of Spock (Adam Nimoy) Fri-Thurs
One More Time With Feeling (Andrew Domink) Fri-Sun
Jesus Christ Superstar (Norman Jewish, 1973) Tues Only
L’Amour Fou (Pierre Thoretton, 2010) Weds Only
The Beatles: 8 Days a Week (Ron Howard) Thurs Only

Varsity Theatre:

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Taika Waititi) Fri-Thurs
Transpecos (Greg Kwedar) Fri-Thurs