Dean Otto currently serves as the Curator of Film. To learn more about Dean and the Speed Cinema, read the full press release here. Photo by Rafael Gamo.

Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu)

February 3 & 4

Considered one of the greatest films ever made, The Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu), by Jean Renoir, is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners in which a weekend at a marquis’ country château bares some ugly truths about a group of haut bourgeois acquaintances.

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Harlan Jacobson’s Talk Cinema: Let It Be Morning

February 4

Let It Be Morning tells the story of Sami (Alex Bakri) a Palestinian-born Israeli citizen living in Jerusalem who receives an invitation to his brother’s wedding forcing him to return to the Arab village where he grew up. After the wedding finishes, with no explanation, Sami’s hometown is put under a military blockade lockdown by Israeli soldiers. When chaos erupts overnight amongst the villagers stuck behind the wall due to the blockade, Sami is cut off from the outside world and trapped in an unexpected situation.

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The Draughtsman’s Contract

February 4 & 5

In a richly exaggerated 17th-century England, Peter Greenaway’s witty, stylized, erotic country house murder mystery catapulted him to the forefront of international art cinema. The film has been newly remastered in 4K by the British Film Institute’s National Archive.

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No Bears (Khers Nist)

February 10, 11, & 12

In No Bears, as in many of his recent titles, Jafar Panahi plays a fictionalized version of himself, in this case, relocated to a rural border town to remotely direct a new film in nearby Turkey – the story of which comes to sharply mirror disturbing events that begin to occur around him.

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Malni–Towards the Ocean, Towards the Shore

February 12

Sky Hopinka’s poetic debut feature, Malni (pronounced moth-nee), follows Sweetwater Sahme and Jordan Mercier as they wander through their surrounding nature in the Pacific Northwest, contemplating their contrasting viewpoints on the afterlife, rebirth, and the place in between. Spoken mostly in the Chinuk Wawa language, their stories take a departure from the Chinookan people’s circular origin-of-death myth, probing questions about humanity’s place both on earth and in other worlds.

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2023 Oscar Nominated Short Films

February 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, 25, & 26

For the 18th consecutive year, ShortsTV and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films, opening on Feb. 17th. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action, and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)!

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Farewell, Mr Haffmann (Adieu Monsieur Haffmann)

February 19

In occupied Paris during 1941, all members of the Jewish community are instructed to come forward and identify themselves to authorities. Dedicated jeweler Joseph Haffmann (Auteuil), fearing the worst, arranges for his family to flee the city and offers his employee François Mercier (Gilles Lellouche) the chance to take over his store until the conflict subsides. But his own attempts to escape are thwarted, and Haffmann is forced to seek his assistant's protection.

Co-presented with the Louisville Jewish Film Festival.

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February 26

In the new short documentary Tidal, filmmaker Katrina Lillian Sorrentino turns the camera on herself to disclose the intimate details of a psychologically and emotionally abusive relationship. Through the support of others who have experienced narcissistic abuse, Sorrentino models that healing and resilience is possible.

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