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July 10, 2010 - August 8, 2010

Close-Up, July 10, 11

Join us for a new season in our ongoing selection of the best and brightest in recent films and restorations. This summer we’re welcoming a new print of Abbas Kiarostami’s seminal 1990 feature Close-Up (featuring vastly improved subtitles), and two newly restored classics of 1970s Americana, Easy Rider and Five Easy Pieces. Balancing the hyperkinetic energies of Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson, we’ve also chosen two just-released, contemplative films about modern faith and mysticism from the recent San Francisco International Film Festival (ones that the PFA couldn’t show at the time due to scheduling conflicts), Jessica Hausner’s Lourdes and Bruno Dumont’s Hadewijch. Finally, our own vault supplies us with a ravishing Technicolor print of Jean Renoir’s The River, which we’ve chosen to salute the great director’s influence on this summer’s featured filmmaker, Akira Kurosawa.

Saturday, July 10, 2010
6:30 p.m. Close-Up
Abbas Kiarostami (Iran, 1990)
"Kiarostami, in semi-documentary mode, re-creates the true story of an unemployed dreamer—an ardent cinephile—who passes himself off as the director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, a fraudulent act that becomes both an homage and a fresh work of art."—New Yorker (100 mins)

Sunday, July 11, 2010
5:00 p.m. Close-Up
Abbas Kiarostami (Iran, 1990). See July 10. (100 mins)

Thursday, July 15, 2010
7:00 p.m. Easy Rider
Dennis Hopper (U.S., 1969). Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda hit the road on their wheels of steel, looking for drugs and encountering rednecks, Phil Spector, and Jack Nicholson along the way. An American counterculture classic, in a new, restored print. (94 mins)

Sunday, July 18, 2010
7:10 p.m. Easy Rider
Dennis Hopper (U.S., 1969). See July 15. (94 mins)

Thursday, July 22, 2010
7:00 p.m. Five Easy Pieces
Bob Rafelson (U.S., 1970). Jack Nicholson is a restless wanderer out of tune with both his blue-collar present and his upper-crust past, and especially with a particular waitress (“hold the chicken salad sandwich”),
in this portrait of restless American existentialism and untethered machismo. “One of the best American films.”—Roger Ebert (100 mins)

Thursday, July 29, 2010
7:00 p.m. Lourdes
Jessica Hausner (Austria/France/Germany, 2009). A wheelchair-bound woman takes a pilgrimage to Lourdes in this wry, subtle film about organized religion, individual will, and the power of faith. “Conjures a world in which the miraculous seems nearly ordinary.”—Artforum (96 mins)

Sunday, August 1, 2010
7:00 p.m. Lourdes
Jessica Hausner (Austria/France/Germany, 2009). See July 29. (96 mins)

Thursday, August 5, 2010
7:00 p.m. Hadewijch
Bruno Dumont (France, 2009) Expelled from a convent, a young woman seeks God’s presence in the “real world,” and develops a friendship with two Muslim men, in this meditation on faith and mysticism in modern society. From the director of Flanders and Life of Jesus. (95 mins)

Sunday, August 8, 2010
7:00 p.m. The River
Jean Renoir (U.S./India, 1951). Based on a novel by the author of Black Narcissus, Renoir’s wise, warm Technicolor masterpiece follows several young girls coming of age on the River Ganges. “The artist, medium, and location combine, as though effortlessly, to produce an experience of surpassing loveliness.”—NY Times ( 99 mins)