For the Weekend

A message from Curator of Film Dean Otto:

Streaming This Weekend

The Criterion Channel is offering a 14-day free trial for over 2,000 titles that also include interviews with directors, deleted scenes, and the great extras that has helped many cinephiles dig deeper into the stories and issues behind the films.  Their selection is impeccable and I’d recommend Lotte Reiniger’s silhouette animation The Adventures of Prince Achmed from 1926, Mike Leigh’s Career Girls from 1997 featuring stellar performances by Lynda Steadman and the late Katrin Cartlidge, and Jacques Demy’s colorful French romantic musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg starring Catherine Deneuve in one of her most celebrated roles.

If a large selection seems too daunting, you may want to test out Mubi, a streaming service that offers a curated selection of 30 films with one new title added each day and the oldest title retired. They have partnerships with film festivals like the Berlinale offering opportunities to see some of the newest films.  From their current list, I’d suggest Bette Gordon’s groundbreaking Variety from 1987, Margarethe von Trotta’s Rosa Luxemburg from 1986, the restoration of Joseph Lerner’s rare film noir Guilty Bystander from 1960.  They’re offering a 3-month trial of their service for $1.

New to Netflix this week is the inspiring, funny and moving documentary Crip Camp.  It’s the first film that I saw at the Sundance Film Festival back in January and one of the most uplifting films of the year.  The film follows a progressive camp for kids with disabilities who grew up to become leaders in creating action to secure rights and enforcement of polices to ensure equal access and civil rights for all.

After working for many months to secure the booking of Céline Sciamma’s ravishing Portrait of a Lady on Fire, it was devastating to be forced to cancel our run the day that we had planned to open the film.  This film, like many other films in release this spring, had its commercial prospects cut short due to pandemic.  The streaming release has been accelerated, and it begins to stream today on Hulu.  Don’t miss this incredible film about how art ignites a romance, truly one of the overlooked gems of this past year.

On Kanopy (free with your Louisville Free Public Library card), the hand-painted animated film Loving Vincent, Speed Cinema’s record-breaking most popular film, is streaming along with the documentary Loving Vincent: The Impossible Dream, detailing the 9 years of production of the Oscar-nominated film.