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Jan 1—Dec 31, 2019
 
 

Presenting classic films, premieres, festivals, and retrospectives, with appearances by filmmakers, actors, and critics.

 
 
 
 
 
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Oscar-winning writer-director Jordan Peele continues to elevate the art of socially conscious horror with his much-anticipated follow-up to Get Out, starring Lupita Nyong’o, Elisabeth Moss, and Winston Duke.

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High Life
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High Life
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High Life
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NEW RELEASE
 

Claire Denis launches Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche into the farthest reaches of outer space for her dazzling English language debut, a shocking and mysterious exploration of the cosmic and corporeal.

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Amazing Grace
Film
Amazing Grace
Now Playing
 
Amazing Grace
Now Playing
NEW RELEASE
 

Rapturous, joyous, awe-inspiring: the legendary, long-unseen concert film companion to Aretha Franklin’s iconic gospel album at last emerges.

+ Various gospel performances throughout opening weekend
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Rafiki
Film
Rafiki
Apr 19—Apr 25, 2019
 
Rafiki
Apr 19—Apr 25, 2019
 

Two fearlessly individualistic young women must fight to protect their love in the face of societal prejudice in this bold, empowering Kenyan coming-of-age saga.

+ 4/20 (7:30pm screening)—Post-screening Q&A with director Wanuri Kahiu
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Femme Fatale
Film Series
Screen Epiphanies
Feb 26—Apr 24, 2019
 
Screen Epiphanies
Feb 26—Apr 24, 2019
FILM SERIES
 

We welcome prominent artistic or cultural figures to present the films that inspired their passion for cinema.

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Queen of Diamonds
Film
Queen of Diamonds
Apr 26—May 2, 2019
 
Queen of Diamonds
Apr 26—May 2, 2019
 

One of the most jarringly original independent films of the 1990s, Nina Menkes’ hallucinatory study of female alienation on the margins of Las Vegas reemerges in a gorgeous new restoration. Restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.

+ Apr 26 & 27: Post-screening Q&A with director Nina Menkes
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Sidewalk Stories + The Kid
Film Series
Beyond the Canon
Feb 16—May 18, 2019
 
Beyond the Canon
Feb 16—May 18, 2019
FILM SERIES
 

This monthly program challenges the cinema canon by presenting one iconic, highly regarded classic alongside a thematically or stylistically related—and equally brilliant—film traditionally excluded from that discussion.

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The Feeling of Being Watched
Film
Reel Impact: The Feeling of Being Watched
Wed, May 1, 2019
 
Reel Impact: The Feeling of Being Watched
Wed, May 1, 2019
SPECIAL SCREENING
 

In this stunning documentary, Assia Boundaoui uncovers a secret FBI operation to surveil the Arab-American community she grew up in outside of Chicago.

+ Post-screening discussion with Omar Farah and filmmaker Assia Boundaoui, moderated by Darnell Moore
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Waiting To Exhale
Film Series
Black 90s: A Turning Point in American Cinema
May 3—May 22, 2019
 
Black 90s: A Turning Point in American Cinema
May 3—May 22, 2019
FILM SERIES
 

Revisit a transformative decade in black-authored cinema.

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Trial by Fire
Film
Trial by Fire
Tue, May 14, 2019
 
Trial by Fire
Tue, May 14, 2019
SPECIAL SCREENING
 

Laura Dern and Jack O'Connell star in this true-life story of the unlikely bond formed between an imprisoned death row inmate and a Houston mother of two.

+ Q&A with director Edward Zwick, star Laura Dern, and FOLCS Director Thane Rosenbaum
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Entitled
Film Series
FilmAfrica
May 23—May 27, 2019
 
FilmAfrica
May 23—May 27, 2019
FILM SERIES
 

This cinematic companion to the annual DanceAfrica celebration showcases the best new narrative, documentary, and short films from across Africa and the diaspora, with a special focus Rwanda.

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Playing Frisbee in North Korea
Film Series
Creatively Speaking
May 29—May 30, 2019
 
Creatively Speaking
May 29—May 30, 2019
 
The celebration and respect of women of color continues to be an underrepresented notion in mainstream media. This series offers a selection of films, all made by women of color, that cover a range of contemporary topics.
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PAST EVENTS
The Favourite
Film
The Favourite
 

Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz star in Yorgos Lanthimos’ darkly funny period drama.

Nov 29, 2018—Feb 14, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
If Beale Street Could Talk
Film
If Beale Street Could Talk
 

Oscar-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) adapts James Baldwin’s fifth novel.

Dec 19, 2018—Mar 13, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Vice
Film
Vice
 

Christian Bale stars as Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s subversively comedic new film.

Dec 25, 2018—Feb 7, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Cold War
Film
Cold War
 

A sumptuous, jazz-cool romance from the Oscar-winning director of Ida.

Jan 4—Mar 7, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
dolores
Film
Dolores
 

A powerful new film about one of the most important, yet least known, activists in US history.

Mon, Jan 21, 2019
 
 
Free
Horror Noire + Tales from the Hood
Film
Horror Noire + Tales from the Hood
 

A secret history of African-Americans in horror cinema plus a landmark cult classic.

Mon, Feb 4, 2019
 
 
Tongues Untied
Film Series
Race, Sex & Cinema: The World of Marlon Riggs
 

A complete retrospective of this fearless artist who gave cinematic voice to gay black men.

Feb 6—Feb 14, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
Bao
Film
2019 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts
 

A showcase of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Animated Short Film.

Feb 8—Mar 13, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Marguerite
Film
2019 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts
 

A showcase of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Live Action Short Film.

Feb 8—Mar 13, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Film Series
Programmers’ Notebook: On Love
 

A wide-ranging look at this most fundamental yet complex of emotions in all its forms.

Feb 14—Feb 21, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
Never Look Away
Film
Never Look Away
 

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others) directs this suspense-packed drama.

Feb 15—Feb 24, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Dawn of the Dead
Film Series
Living with the Dead: The Films of George A. Romero
 

All-American nightmares from the father of politically charged horror.

Feb 22—Mar 3, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
Fabulous Nicholas Brothers
Film
The Fabulous Nicholas Brothers presented by Bruce Goldstein
 

Bruce Goldstein presents rare footage of this dynamic performing duo.

Wed, Mar 6, 2019
 
 
Babylon
Film
Babylon
 

Franco Rosso’s incendiary 1980 film about a young dancehall DJ in South London.

Mar 7—Apr 11, 2019
US PREMIERE
 
 
Transit
Film
Transit
 

A German refugee steals the identity of a dead writer and falls in love with his wife.

Mar 8—Mar 21, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Apollo 11
Film
Apollo 11
 

A cinematic event that takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission.

Mar 8—Mar 21, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
Black Mother
Film Series
Caribbean Film Series: A 5th Anniversary Festival
 

Celebrating the richness, uniqueness, and viability of Caribbean cinema.

Mar 14—Mar 17, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
Gloria Bell
Film
Gloria Bell
 

Julianne Moore is a free-spirited divorcée in Sebastián Lelio’s new romantic comedy.

Mar 14—Apr 11, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
The Bureau of Creative Works: NYC Shorts
Film
The Bureau of Creative Works: NYC Shorts
 

A program of short films by a diverse network of emerging NYC-based filmmakers.

Tue, Mar 19, 2019
 
 
A Separation
Film Series
BAM and Triple Canopy: On Resentment
 

A cinematic exploration of the complex role that resentment plays in society and art.

Mar 20—Mar 28, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
35 Shots Of Rum
Film Series
Strange Desire: The Films of Claire Denis
 

The largest ever US retrospective of the singular cinematic mood-maker.

Mar 29—Apr 9, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
Diane
Film
Diane
 

Mary Kay Place is a woman in search of redemption in Kent Jones’ narrative debut.

Mar 29—Apr 4, 2019
NEW RELEASE
 
 
High Life
Film
Sneak Peek: High Life
 

Claire Denis launches Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche into the depths of the cosmos.

Wed, Apr 3, 2019
SNEAK PEEK
 
 
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Daisies
Film Series
The Anarchic Cinema of Věra Chytilová
 

A career-spanning tribute to the Czechoslovak New Wave legend whose films are calls to rebellion.

Apr 10—Apr 18, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
If the Dancer Dances
Film
If the Dancer Dances
 

An iconic work by legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham is reborn.

Mon, Apr 15, 2019