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Beyond the Canon: Wadjda + Alice in the Cities

Sat, Aug 31, 2019
  • 2PM
RUN TIME: 201min
MEMBERS: $8 (free for Level 4 and above)
+  Wadjda will play first, followed by Alice in the Cities
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Saturday August 31, 2019
Performances no longer available.

Dir. Haifaa Al-Mansour
With Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani
2012, 98min, DCP


The first narrative feature made by a Saudi woman director, Haifaa Al-Mansour’s powerfully simple neorealist fable tells the story of a headstrong 10-year-old girl’s quest to buy a bicycle—and assert her independence—in a society that frowns upon expressions of individuality. Defying patriarchal oppression in both its subject and very existence, Wadjda is a fearless cri de coeur that announced the arrival of a bold new directorial voice.

Alice in the Cities

Dir. Wim Wenders
With Rüdiger Vogler, Yella Rottländer, Lisa Kreuzer
1974, 113min, DCP


On his way home from New York, German journalist Philip finds himself saddled with an unexpected traveling companion in nine-year-old Alice, the beginning of an odyssey that will take the pair across Europe in search of her family. Working in luminous black and white, Wenders and cinematographer Robby Müller capture a host of everyday magical moments: from a Chuck Berry concert to a memorable monorail trip to “blowing out” the lights of the Empire State Building.

Beyond the Canon: Wadjda + Alice in the Cities
Wadjda + Alice in the Cities
If Al-Mansour is obsessed with those constricted by society, Wenders might be described as training his eye on those who choose to leave it behind. Both filmmakers are drawn to characters who seem out of step with their surroundings.

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