Cinema 10 is Back
Drive My Car, October 3
WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY)
All screenings are at the Roxy in downtown Potsdam and begin at 7:15pm unless otherwise indicated
10/3 Drive My Car / Doraibu mai kâ (Japan, 2021, d. Ryûsuke Hamaguchi) 179 min. NR
A moment of healing always comes when we least expect it. Such is the case for Yusuke, a renowned stage director whose creative drive has suffered since his wife’s unexpected death two years ago. But when he’s offered the chance to man the helm of a production of Uncle Vanya, Yusuke forms an unlikely friendship with his taciturn chauffeur, who shuttles him closer to the stage of acceptance. Says the LA Times’ Justin Chang, “nearly every scene… teems with ideas about grief and betrayal… [and] the possibility (and impossibility) of catharsis through art.” Drive My Car won the 2022 Oscar for Best International Feature Film.
(sexual and some violent elements, difficult thematic content)
10/17 Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (US, 2021, d. Dean Fleischer-Camp) 90 min. PG
Marcel and his grandmother are the sole survivors of a once vibrant community of shells. But when a documentary filmmaker discovers them, Marcel gets put on a path to re-discovering his long lost family. “It’s easy to imagine this becoming a favorite movie for curious, creative kids and their cineaste parents — a cute, sweet, funny, imaginative tale dressed up like reality, an ode to survivors and the power of community” (Jacob Hall, SlashFilm).
(some suggestive material, thematic elements)
10/24 Parallel Mothers / Madres paralelas (Spain/France, 2021, d. Pedro Almodóvar) 123 min. R
Janis, an older photographer, and Ana, a teenager, meet by chance in the maternity ward where they give birth. What follows is “vintage Almodóvar: a skein of reversals, revelations, surprises and coincidences unraveled with style, wit and feeling” (A.O. Scott, New York Times), touched by the shadow of the Spanish Civil War. Penelope Cruz is Janis, in “one of Penelope Cruz’s best performances” (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times).
(sexuality, violence, thematic elements)
10/31 Petite Maman /Petite maman (France, 2021, d. Céline Sciamma) 73 min. PG
In this “spellbinding ghost story” (The Guardian) Nelly goes with her parents to her mother’s childhood home, as they start the painful process of clearing out her grandmother’s house. Wandering in the nearby woods, Nelly meets a young girl about her age who is building a treehouse. “Petit Maman is what every film should be: powerfully, even arrestingly original; grounded in emotional truth; hyper-specific; deeply universal; strange; mesmerizing; and not a minute longer than necessary” (Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post).
(thematic elements, brief smoking)
11/7 Writing with Fire (India, 2021, d. Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh) 82 min. NR
The newspaper profiled here, Khabar Lahariya, is the only one in India run entirely by Dalit women. We follow reporters as they report important stories in their communities, contend with the transition from print to digital, and deal with difficult challenges in their personal lives. This is a “rousing, inspirational tribute to the pride of grassroots Indian journalism” (Variety).
11/14 Happening / L’événement (France, 2021, d. Audrey Diwan) 100 min. R
When Annie discovers that she’s pregnant, she decides to get an abortion in order to pursue her studies and improve her station in life. But this is 1960s France, where abortion is still illegal. Happening follows one woman’s journey as she goes against the law in a film that’s at times difficult to watch, but impossible to ignore. Based on Annie Ernaux’s novel of the same name, “Happening is ... compassionate but brutally honest, and almost breathless in its chronicle of a struggle that has obviously stayed with the author for decades.” (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter).
(disturbing material and images, sexual content, graphic nudity)
11/28 Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro / Rupan Sansei: Kariosutoro no Shiro (Japan, 1979, d. Hayao Miyazaki) 102 min. NR
Hayao Miyazaki’s feature directorial debut was The Castle of Cagliostro, now considered an anime classic. After Lupin III robs a casino, he and his partner discover the haul is nothing but high quality counterfeits. On the way to find the source in the nation of Cagliostro, the thieves are caught up in another adventure, rescuing Clarisse, the princess of Cagliostro from being forced to marry her cousin, the sinister Count. “A fun and visually stunning adventure” (Tracy Brown, Los Angeles Times).
(mild violence, profanity, drinking)
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