Now Playing • Aug 21–Sep 3

The End of the Tour

The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.'

Now Playing • Aug 21–Sep 3

Phoenix

A disfigured concentration-camp survivor (Nina Hoss), unrecognizable after facial reconstruction surgery, searches ravaged postwar Berlin for the husband (Ronald Zehrfeld) who might have betrayed her to the Nazis.

Now Playing • Aug 28–Sep 3

Best of Enemies

A documentary on the series of televised debates in 1968 between the liberal Gore Vidal and the conservative William F. Buckley Jr.

Coming Soon • Sep 2–Sep 10

A Walk in the Woods

After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends.

Coming Soon • Sep 4

Slaughter High

Part of First Friday Lowbrow Cinema Explosion!

Classic, but little-known, ‘80s slasher movie about a high school reunion which is stalked by “Marty,” who was the high school nerd, disfigured in a prank-gone-wrong. A high body count, weird murders, and stupid music (provided by Harry Manfredini of Friday the 13th “tch tch tch” fame) set this one apart from dozens of other Halloween imitators.

Coming Soon • Sep 4–Sep 10

Mistress America

Tracy is a lonely college freshman in New York, having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke–a resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town–she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes.

Coming Soon • Sep 7–Sep 14

Pather Panchali

The first film of the Apu Trilogy.

Translating to “Song of the Road,” the film drifts like wind through the mundane anguish and rural pleasures of the adolescent Apu and his sister. The siblings seek out visitors from distant parts of India while their parents consider the limitations of the family’s ancestral home.

Coming Soon • Sep 7–Sep 16

The Apu Trilogy

The Apu Trilogy is composed of three Bengali films directed by Satyajit Ray: Pather Panchali, Aparajito, and The World of Apu. These films, released in the 1950s, create what is considered the great bildungsroman of Indian cinema—the coming-of-age story of a young boy in a conflicted and rapidly changing world.

Some cite these films as the greatest trilogy in the history of cinema, and Ray one of the foremost directors ever to have lived. Come and witness the films that inspired the likes of Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, and Akira Kurosawa, with a soundtrack that reportedly “changed George Harrison’s life.”

Coming Soon • Sep 8–Sep 15

Aparajito

The second film of the Apu Trilogy.

Apu, older and continuing his studies in Calcutta, wanders from city to city when he can, while the last members of his family die. Though Ray suffuses Aparajito with deep loss as Apu’s urban future grows indistinct and his pastoral past dissolves, the film attends just as closely to the peculiar freedom finality brings.

Coming Soon • Sep 9–Sep 16

The World of Apu

The third film of the Apu Trilogy.

When a destitute Apu attends a wedding in the country, the village asks him to replace the groom at the last minute. Granted an interval of cosmically ordained domestic bliss, Apu is unprepared for a final twist of the knife. Though he abandons his family and friends, his responsibilities to the living soon seek him out.

Coming Soon • Sep 11–Sep 17

Do I Sound Gay?

Part of our recurring Docs Now! series.

After his boyfriend breaks up with him, David Thorpe sees a speech pathologist to change his stereotypically gay voice, its effeminate cadences and airy timbre. Worried that ambivalence toward his own voice might be a sign of internalized homophobia and self-hatred, he interviews linguists, speech therapists, and men both gay and straight, about the cultural place of the gay male voice.

This film will have a special post film discussion with the director on Sunday September 13.

Coming Soon • Sep 21

Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll

Part of our recurring Docs Now! series.

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten either documents the Khmer Rouge’s atrocities through the changing music scene in Phnom Penh, or frames the rise and fall of Cambodian yé-yé and bubblegum pop against the backdrop of civil war and cultural genocide. Either way, this important revision to our idea of Cambodian trauma assembles rare recordings of these exuberant rock and rollers as a distant, powerful protest of their oppression.

Coming Soon • Sep 23

Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes

The Reflektor Tapes is a fascinating insight into the making of Arcade Fire's critically acclaimed, international #1 album Reflektor. The film recontextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band's creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, commence recording sessions in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breath-taking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London. The film blends never before seen personal interviews and moments captured by the band to dazzling effect, and features 20 minutes of exclusive unseen footage, filmed only for cinema audiences.

Coming Soon • Sep 30

Manhattan Short Festival

Join us September 30 at 7PM, when over 100,000 film lovers in over 250 cities across six continents gather in Cinemas, Museums and Universities for one purpose...to view and vote on the Finalists' Films in the 18th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival.

Coming Soon • Oct 2

Blood Freak

Part of First Friday Lowbrow Cinema Explosion!

A biker gets turned, by a scientist, into a giant turkey monster who goes on a mad rampage after hippie drug dealers in this sex-and-violence filled mess of a Christian exploitation film. This one really needs to be seen to be believed.

Coming Soon • Oct 4

Othello

Othello is the greatest general of his age. A fearsome warrior, loving husband and revered defender of Venice against its enemies.

But he is also an outsider whose victories have created enemies of his own, men driven by prejudice and jealousy to destroy him. As they plot in the shadows, Othello realizes too late that the greatest danger lies not in the hatred of others, but his own fragile and destructive pride.

Coming Soon • Oct 5

Cléo from 5 to 7

Part of our Agnès Varda Retrospective.

At 5pm, Parisian pop singer Cléo has her fortune read; at 7, her doctor will call with life-altering test results. For the two hours between futures, she wanders the city, cutting ties with her past but unsure how to live under a deadline, as the camera captures her limbo. Varda’s second feature, Cléo from 5 to 7 is a fully-formed inquiry into human finitude and the pleasures to be found in a limited time.

Coming Soon • Oct 5–Oct 26

Agnès Varda Retrospective

On the occasion of Kung-Fu Master’s restoration and re-release, the first theatrical showings of the film since 1988, the Nick will play four films by Agnès Varda: from her early entry in the French New Wave Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962), through her widely-held masterpiece, Vagabond (1985), the scandalous and resultingly little-seen Kung-Fu Master (1988), and her documentary masterwork, The Gleaners and I (2000). Equal only to each other in vitality, the diversity of their styles is astonishing. They all connect around women who, for one reason or another, society has marginalized: Cléo the narcissistic pop star, Mona the smelly vagrant, Mary-Jane the middle-aged divorcee, and Varda herself, whose male peers unfairly overshadowed her among the cinephile establishment.

Coming Soon • Oct 12

Vagabond

Part of our Agnès Varda Retrospective.

A snapshot of Mona during her final weeks, homeless and wandering rural France, ripped apart and glued together by posthumous interviews with the family and acquaintances of a woman who refused to be understood. Through elliptical editing and the fantasies Mona’s erstwhile companions project onto the deceased, Varda produces a daringly pessimistic rejection of life’s permanence or stability.

Coming Soon • Oct 19

Kung-Fu Master

Part of our Agnès Varda Retrospective.

Any description of Kung-Fu Master suggests something intensely sordid: a middle-aged divorcée falls in love with her teenaged daughter’s friend (for added scandal, they are played by Jane Birkin, her daughter, and Varda’s son, respectively). However, Varda both exploits and subverts such seediness by the tenderness with which she attends to the complexities of desire, difficulties of aging, and compromises of parenthood.

Coming Soon • Oct 26

The Gleaners & I

Part of our Agnès Varda Retrospective.

Playful and sprightly, yet attuned to the melancholy of transient experience, Varda the septuagenarian documentarian visits and works alongside urban, rural, and bohemian gleaners. Shot with camcorders when digital video was still a heresy, she explores gleaning as a metaphor for aging, a method of cinematic creation, and a pragmatic ethical practice for a world of environmental decay and uncontrollable inequality.

Coming Soon • Oct 27–Oct 28

Ann Arbor Film Festival Program

The 53rd AAFF Traveling Tour provides a condensed curation of the festival’s award-winners and audience favorites, each one an adroit exploration of film (and, often, the physical object of film stock itself) as a medium with unexplored artistic capacities. This program of short films encompasses diverse methods for capturing a world, a moment, or an emotion through cinema: some are animated, others live-action, some are hallucinatory documentaries, others obscure narratives.

Coming Soon • Nov 1

Touchdown Israel

This film will be shown at the Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center located at 306 Flora Drive. Opening Night Tailgate Party starts at 6 PM. Tickets can be purchased online or at the JCC: 803-787-2023

In the 1980s, expatriates imported full-contact American football into Israel. Underfunded and confusing to native Israelis, the sport nonetheless took hold of some part of the local psyche and the Israeli Football League was formed. As this documentary shows, the sport serves as a venue for multicultural interaction, drawing players from all over the region regardless of religion or ethnicity.

Coming Soon • Nov 1–Nov 17

Columbia Jewish Film Festival 2015

This year, the Columbia Jewish Film Festival will celebrate its 15th year of showcasing Jewish movies. As always, the goal of the festival is to provide meaningful, thought-provoking theatrical content with Jewish themes while creating an enjoyable and exciting experience for all moviegoers. Each year, the Festival committee screens dozens of films so that we may bring you the best films available. From the humorous to the serious, the historical to the fictional, the Columbia Jewish Film Festival provides a wide range of films to suit all tastes. We select films that offer opportunities for insight and understanding, celebrate our diversity, and challenge us to explore our similarities.

Coming Soon • Nov 2

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Stanley Nelson returns to the origin and rise of the black militant defense group to set the record straight about its uncompromising demand of "All Power to the People." Nelson interviews nearly all of the living members, as well as journalists and even FBI informants, in order to contextualize the Party and draw out its acute relevance for contemporary movements like #BlackLivesMatter.

Coming Soon • Nov 3

Serial (Bad) Weddings

A white Catholic family is already strained when three of the four daughters marry men of different religions and ethnicities. The parents wish for their last daughter to marry a Catholic man, so when she tells them she has fallen for one, they are on cloud nine. However, no one in the family is prepared for the man’s full identity…

Coming Soon • Nov 3

God's Slave

Based on the 1994 A.M.I.A. bombings in Buenos Aires, God’s Slave follows a sleeper Muslim extremist and the Mossad agent assigned to track him down before the next attack. A nuanced, sensitive portrait of extremism and duty, this film shows how religious conflict rages in an under examined theater.

Coming Soon • Nov 8

24 Days

Later to become a national scandal, in 2006, a young Jewish man was kidnapped in Paris and held for ransom. 24 Days dramatizes the three weeks during which he was held hostage and tortured as his parents tried to convince the police investigators that they were dealing with a hate crime. Both a taut thriller and an investigation of rising anti semitism in France, 24 Days is a searing historical drama.

Coming Soon • Nov 8

Broken Branches and Winning Student Film Competition Screening

This short, multimedia documentary animates the story of a young Polish girl sent to Israel on the eve of World War II. Illustrated by her granddaughter, the now-92-year-old details how she adapted to her adopted homeland.
The winners of the Student Short Film Competition will also be shown on the big screen; this is a free event sponsored by USC Jewish Studies Program. For more information on the competition check out: columbiajewishfilmfestival.com/shortfilmcompetition

Coming Soon • Nov 8

Above and Beyond

During the 1948 War of Independence, Jewish fighter pilots who had served in World War II created a fledgling air force to defend the newly-born country. Hailing from different nations, funded surreptitiously, and in serious danger both physically and discriminatorily, this tiny group finally gets their story of defense told in a documentary produced by Nancy Spielberg (Steven’s sister).

Coming Soon • Nov 9

The Last Mentsch

Commemorating Kristallnacht, this film will be followed by a talkback by Edwin Black, an award winning author.

Having survived Auschwitz, Menachem Teitelbaum erases the horror of his past by suppressing his Jewish identity. When his mortality finally makes itself known, he requests to be buried in a Jewish cemetery, only to have his appeal rejected. He asks a Turkish woman for help, and they set out to find evidence of his past.

Coming Soon • Nov 9

Run Boy Run

Germany (in Polish with English subtitles). 107 min. NR. A young boy escapes from the Warsaw ghetto, but must figure out how to continue to survive. He changes his name from Srulik to Jurek in order to hide his Jewish identity and disguises himself from the Gestapo with Catholicism. Eventually, he must decide between his heritage and his new identity, between persecution and unembattled life.

Coming Soon • Nov 15

Rosenwald

As the chairman of Sears, Roebuck, and Co., Julius Rosenwald amassed a fortune, yet he dedicated himself to tzedakah—the Jewish tradition of charity—becoming one of the most generous philanthropists for Black Americans in the midcentury. He founded schools in the Jim Crow South and awarded fellowships to luminaries from Baldwin to DuBois. That you haven’t heard of him before this portrait was part of his humble project.

Coming Soon • Nov 17

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

In Israel, only rabbis can legitimate a marriage or its dissolution; the latter process is a grueling and unsparing examination of a relationship by a rabbinical panel. Gett follows one woman’s appeal to divorce her conservative husband, and the ensuing courtroom chamber drama as one by one witnesses describe their impression of the Amsalems’ marriage.

Coming Soon • Nov 17

Dough

An aging Jewish baker struggles to keep his shop afloat in a modernizing Britain. As a last-ditch effort, he enlists the help of a young Muslim refugee from Darfur, who also deals weed to make ends meet. When he accidentally drops cannabis into the challah, the two discover the recipe for success—and form a peculiar friendship.