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FILM SERIES

The Unlikables

 
 
Nov 11—Nov 17, 2022
 
   
 
 
 
 
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Sometimes, bad people make for good movies. In biting comedies, incisive dramas, and everything in between, this series brings together a collection of self-centered jerks and floundering sadsacks whose small faults build up to “cringe” scenes. We are shocked, appalled, perhaps even delighted. We are certainly moved. Paradoxically, cringe can mutate into empathy; it elicits a visceral understanding from the viewer, compassion conjured from cruelty.

“It’s unsurprising that this series is dominated by white filmmakers, who feel no need to write characters that are honorably representative,” notes series programmer Kit Zauhar, director of Actual People. “It seems an artist who has the privilege to create without political or societal expectations will choose to forcefully challenge—rather than assuage—viewers’s empathy. But people of all colors can be unlikable, and I hope soon that is reflected on screen as representation in cinema becomes more nuanced and free, unconstrained by how POC are supposed to be seen. Because to be considered equal is to be seen as just as capable in every way as our counterparts.”


 
PAST EVENTS
The Forest For The Trees
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The Forest for the Trees
 

With tart humor, Maren Ade’s first feature follows a socially inept teacher in crisis.

Fri, Nov 11, 2022
 
 
 Young Adult
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Young Adult
 

Charlize Theron is a egocentric former prom queen in this savage comedy from the Juno team.

Fri, Nov 11, 2022
 
 
The Heartbreak Kid
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The Heartbreak Kid
 

Elaine May’s laugh-out-loud, acerbic satire captures the fallout from a misguided marriage.

Sat, Nov 12, 2022
 
 
Fat Girl
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Fat Girl
 

A pre-teen girl bears witness to the seduction of her older sister in this unflinching drama.

Sat, Nov 12, 2022
 
 
 Margot At The Wedding
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Margot at the Wedding
 

Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Jack Black face off in a savagely funny family portrait.

Sat, Nov 12, 2022
 
 
The Unspeakable Act
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The Unspeakable Act
 

A teenager is hopelessly in love with her brother in this striking portrait of quiet crisis.

Sun, Nov 13, 2022
 
 
I Blame Society
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I Blame Society + i hate myself:)
 

Art and life go off the rails in this biting program of self-reflexive works by young women.

Sun, Nov 13, 2022
 
 
 Gabi On The Roof
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Gabi on the Roof in July
 

This cynical comedy follows the clash between a hell-raising undergrad and her older brother.

Sun, Nov 13, 2022
 
 
 A Coffee In Berlin
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Friends and Strangers
 

Two near-strangers go on an ill-advised camping trip together in this slyly observed comedy.

Mon, Nov 14, 2022
 
 
 A Coffee In Berlin
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A Coffee in Berlin
 

An aimless law school dropout has a host of strange encounters while searching for coffee.

Tue, Nov 15, 2022
 
 
Happiness
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Happiness
 

Master of dark comic misery Todd Solondz at his most provocative and bitingly funny.

Thu, Nov 17, 2022