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Tuesday, September 30 | The Look of Silence at Film Society of Lincoln Center

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What’s Showing Today? Tuesday, September 30
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Featured Screening: The Look of Silence at Film Society of Lincoln Center. Post by Cosmo Bjorkenheim:

Note: We realize many of the NYFF films we spotlight may be sold out or otherwise inaccessible to the general public during the festival. See our previous editor’s note for the principles behind our coverage. —JD

While The Act of Killing shocked with its protagonists’ enthusiastic reenactments of their brutal methods of murdering suspected communists during the Indonesian coup of 1965-1966 that brought General Suharto to power, the primary impact of The Look of Silence lies in the amazing fortitude of its central figure, Adi Rukun. Rukun is an optician in the village of Snake River. While doing his house calls, he collects testimonies from his patients, many of whom were dedicated participants in the massacres. Rukun’s brother was one of the estimated million killed, and he doesn’t hide the source of his motivation during the interviews. This distinguishes The Look of Silence from its predecessor, in which director Joshua Oppenheimer—while certainly not pretending to be “impartial” or “objective”—remained largely non-antagonistic toward his subjects. Here, by virtue of his partner’s deep personal involvement, Oppenheimer can no longer appear so ambivalent, causing many of his interviewees to accuse him of communist agitation.

The success of The Look of Silence will have to be measured by the effect it has on the political situation in Indonesia, over which a fearful silence has hung for so long. Rukun’s mother points out that the families of those killed live side by side with the killers in the villages. The old antagonism has to lie dormant because the victims’ relatives and comrades fear the reprisals that reviving it would prompt. When Rukun tells his mother he’s been interviewing some of the killers she warns him, “Be careful. They’ll send thugs to rip you apart.”  Some of the interviewees confirm this possibility. The former Secretary General of Komando Aksi (a death squad), now a speaker in the city legislature, becomes agitated by the implications of Rukun’s questions and asks him, “Do the victims’ families want the same thing to happen again?”

Oppenheimer has made The Act of Killing available for free online in Indonesia, hoping to encourage discussions about the country’s political future and to bring this repressed history back into its political consciousness. It may sound like a case of white messianism—as if the Indonesians were inert matter waiting to be activated by an enlightened Euro-American subjectivity—but it’s neither the case that Oppenheimer sees his role this way, nor that the Indonesians have been politically passive for the past half-century. Witness the 1998 riots and student demonstrations that catalyzed Suharto’s resignation, or the Free Aceh Movement, a militant separatist movement in the very region where Rukun and his family live, which started in the 1970s and gathered momentum until 2005 when it was repressed and peace-treatied out of existence.

Since Oppenheimer no longer has full access to any unsuspecting death squad leader of his choice, one wonders what the third installment will be like. As many of his subjects threatened, the purges could be repeated at any moment. If they were, Oppenheimer could end up giving a new meaning to the label ‘committed cinema’—after all, he’s now indisputably a comrade. He made sure to finish shooting The Look of Silence before the release of The Act of Killing, after which he knew he could no longer return safely to Indonesia. “Keep going, continue with this communist activity!” jeers Amir Siahaan, a former commander of Komando Aksi who recognizes the true tenor of Oppenheimer’s films. Is the enigmatic recurring image of the wriggling cocoons a metaphor for the imminent bursting-forth of a renewed Indonesian communist movement? —Cosmo Bjorkenheim

Today

Retro Metro at BAMcinématek
Series Details

  • Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (Leslie Harris). Details. Harris in attendance for Q&A. 35mm. 1992. 92 min. 8:00 pm.

Tennessee Williams at Film Forum
Series Details

  • Night of the Iguana (John Huston). Details. 35mm. 1964. 125 min. 12:30, 3:00, 5:30 and 8:00 pm.

52nd New York Film Festival at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Festival WebsiteFull Schedule • Highlights Below

  • Two Shots Fired (Martín Rejtman). Details. DCP. 2014. 105 min. 3:00 pm.
  • The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer). Details. Q&A with director Joshua Oppenheimer. DCP. 2014. 99 min. 6:00 pm.
  • Hill of Freedom (Hong Sang-soo). Details. DCP. 2014. 66 min. 6:00 pm.
  • Non-fiction Diary (Jung Yoon-suk). Details. DCP. 2013. 93 min. 6:00 pm.
  • Moana with Sound (Robert Flaherty, Frances Hubbard Flaherty & Monica Flaherty). Details. 2K DCP. 1926/1980. 98 min. 6:15 pm.

Alain Resnais: Time, Memory & Imagination at French Institute Alliance Française
Series Details

  • Je t’aime, je t’aime. Details. Introduced by Radley Metzger. 35mm. 1968. 94 min. 4:00 and 7:30 pm.

Discovering Georgian Cinema, Part I: A Family Affair at MoMA
Series Details

  • The Day Is Longer than the Night (Lana Gogoberidze). Details. 1984. 105 min. 4:00 pm.
  • The Machine which Makes Everything Disappear (Tinatin Gurchiani). Details. 2012. 101 min. 4:00 pm.
  • The Wishing Tree (Tengiz Abuladze). Details. 1977. 108 min. 7:00 pm.

In Our Own Words: Feminist Non-Fiction Films of the 1970s at Spectacle
Series Details

  • Three Lives (Kate Millett). Details. Digital video. 1971. 70 min. 7:30 pm.

How Anna Got Her Groove Back at Spectacle
Series Details

  • Anna (Pierre Koralnik). Details. Digital video. 1967. 85 min. 10:00 pm.

Tribulation 99 (Craig Baldwin) with The Fall of Communism as Seen in Gay Pornography (William E. Jones) at Light Industry. Details. 16mm/video. 1991/1998. 57 min. 7:30 pm.

Galleries

Museums

Downtown

Chelsea

Brooklyn

  • Slide Slide Slide at Microscope Gallery, 1329 Willoughby Avenue, Bushwick. Work by Lary 7,  Bradley Eros, Sandra Gibson & Luis Recoder, Barbara Hammer, Jeanne Liotta, Bruno Munari, Luther Price, Joel Schlemowitz, and Michael Snow. Open Thursday-Monday, 1:00 to 6:00 pm. Closes October 6.
  • Ragnar Kjartansson “A Lot of Sorrow” at Luhring Augustine Bushwick, 25 Knickerbocker Avenue. Open Thursday-Sunday, 11:30 am to 6:00 pm. Closes December 21.
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Wednesday, October 1 | White Homeland Commando at Spectacle

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What’s Showing Today? Wednesday, October 1
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Featured Screening: White Homeland Commando at Spectacle

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Today

Retro Metro at BAMcinématek
Series Details

  • The Clock (Vincente Minnelli) with The Wonder Ring (Stan Brakhage). Details. 35mm/16mm. 1945/1955. 96 min. 7:00 and 9:15 pm.

Tennessee Williams at Film Forum
Series Details

  • The Fugitive Kind (Sidney Lumet). Details. 35mm. 1960. 121 min. 1:00, 3:30 and 9:30 pm.
  • The Rose Tattoo (Daniel Mann). Details. 35mm. 1955. 117 min. 7:00 pm.

52nd New York Film Festival at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Festival WebsiteFull Schedule • Highlights Below

  • How to Smell a Rose: A Visit with Ricky Leacock in Normandy (Les Blank & Gina Leibrecht). Details. Q&A with co-director Gina Leibrecht. HDCAM. 2014. 64 min. 6:00 pm.
  • Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako). Details. Q&A with director Abderrahmane Sissako. DCP. 2014. 97 min. 6:00 pm.
  • Dreams Are Colder Than Death (Arthur Jafa). Details. DCP. 2013. 52 min. 7:00 pm.
  • Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard). Details. Q&A with actress Héloïse Godet. DCP. 2014. 70 min. 9:00 pm.
  • All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz). Details. DCP. 1950. 138 min. 9:00 pm.
  • The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer). Details. Q&A with director Joshua Oppenheimer. DCP. 2014. 99 min. 9:00 pm.

Acteurism: The Emergence of Ann Sheridan, 1937-1943 at MoMA
Series Details

  • Torrid Zone (William Keighley). Details. 1940. 87 min. 1:30 pm.

Discovering Georgian Cinema, Part I: A Family Affair at MoMA
Series Details

  • Saba (Mikheil Chiaureli). Details. 1929. 100 min. 7:00 pm.

White Homeland Commando (Elizabeth LeCompte) at Spectacle. Details. Introduced by EAI’s Rebecca Cleman and presented by The Wooster Group’s archivist Clay Hapaz. Digital video. 1992. 63 min. 8:00 pm.

Galleries

Museums

Downtown

Chelsea

Brooklyn

  • Slide Slide Slide at Microscope Gallery, 1329 Willoughby Avenue, Bushwick. Work by Lary 7,  Bradley Eros, Sandra Gibson & Luis Recoder, Barbara Hammer, Jeanne Liotta, Bruno Munari, Luther Price, Joel Schlemowitz, and Michael Snow. Open Thursday-Monday, 1:00 to 6:00 pm. Closes October 6.
  • Ragnar Kjartansson “A Lot of Sorrow” at Luhring Augustine Bushwick, 25 Knickerbocker Avenue. Open Thursday-Sunday, 11:30 am to 6:00 pm. Closes December 21.
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Thursday, October 2 | Timbuktu at Film Society of Lincoln Center

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What’s Showing Today? Thursday, October 2
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Featured Screening: Timbuktu at Film Society of Lincoln Center

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Today

Retro Metro at BAMcinématek
Series Details

  • On the Town (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly) with Daybreak Express (D.A. Pennebaker). Details. 35mm. 1949/1953. 103 min. 7:00 and 9:15 pm.

Tennessee Williams at Film Forum
Series Details • 2-for-1 Admission

  • This Property is Condemned (Sydney Pollack). Details. DCP. 1966. 113 min. 12:40, 4:50 and 9:00 pm.
  • The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (José Quintero). Details. 35mm. 1961. 103 min. 2:50 and 7:00 pm.

52nd New York Film Festival at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Festival WebsiteFull Schedule • Highlights Below

  • People Will Talk (Joseph L. Mankiewicz). Details. 1951. 110 min. 1:00 pm.
  • Li’l Quinquin (Bruno Dumont). Details. Q&A with director Bruno Dumont. DCP. 2014. 200 min. 3:00 pm.
  • Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako). Details. Q&A with director Abderrahmane Sissako. DCP. 2014. 97 min. 4:00 pm.
  • Pasolini (Abel Ferrara). Details. DCP. 2014. 87 min. 6:00 pm.
  • The Color of Pomegranates (Sergei Parajanov). Details. DCP. 1977. 77 min. 6:00 pm.
  • Somewhere in the Night (Joseph L. Mankiewicz). Details. 35mm. 1946. 110 min. 9:30 pm.

Acteurism: The Emergence of Ann Sheridan, 1937-1943 at MoMA
Series Details

  • Torrid Zone (William Keighley). Details. 1940. 87 min. 1:30 PM.

Discovering Georgian Cinema, Part I: A Family Affair at MoMA
Series Details

  • Don’t Grieve aka Don’t Worry (Giorgi Danelia). Details. 1969. 90 min. 4:00 pm.
  • Magdana’s Donkey (Tengiz Abuladze, Rezo Chkeidze). Details. 1955. 67 min. 7:00 pm.

SPECTOBER IV at Spectacle
Series Details

  • Begotten (E. Elias Merhige). Details. Digital video. 1990. 72 min. 7:30 pm.
  • The Snow Woman (Tokuzô Tanaka). Details. Digital video. 1968. 79 min. 10:00 pm.
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Friday, October 3 | Pasolini at Film Society of Lincoln Center

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What’s Showing Today? Friday, October 3
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Featured Screening: Pasolini at Film Society of Lincoln Center

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Today

Retro Metro at BAMcinématek
Series Details

  • The Incident (Larry Peerce). Details. DCP. 1967. 107 min. 2:00, 4:30, and  9:15 pm.
  • Speedy (Ted Wilde). Details. 35mm. 1928. 85 min. 7:00 pm.

Tennessee Williams at Film Forum
Series Details

  • Summer and Smoke (Peter Glenville). Details. Digital. 1961. 112 min. 12:30, 2:40, 4:50 and 7:00 pm.
  • Boom (Joseph Losey). Details. 35mm. 1968. 113 min. 9:20 pm.

52nd New York Film Festival at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Festival WebsiteFull Schedule • Highlights Below

  • Projections Program 1 (Films by Ryan Marino, Lisa Truttmann & Behrouz Rae, Fern Silva, Josh Gibson, Ken Jacobs, Zachary Epcar, Joshua Gen Solondz & Shambhavi Kaul). Details. Various formats. 67 min. 3:00 pm.
  • There Was a Crooked Man… (Joseph L. Mankiewicz). Details. 35mm. 1970. 126 min. 3:15 pm.
  • Projections Program 2 – Ming of Harlem: Twenty One Storeys in the Air (Phillip Warnell). Details. DCP. 2014. 71 min. 5:00 pm.
  • The Wonders (Alice Rohrwacher). Details. Q&A with director Alice Rohrwacher. DCP. 2014. 110 min. 6:00 pm.
  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (Joseph L. Mankiewicz). Details. DCP. 1947. 104 min. 6:00 pm.
  • Projections Program 3 (Films by Marcel Broodthaers, Ben Rivers, Luke Fowler, Jonathan Schwartz & Mary Helena Clark). Details. Various formats. 67 min. 7:15 pm.
  • Pasolini (Abel Ferrara). Details. DCP. 2014. 87 min. 9:00 pm.
  • Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh). Details. Q&A with director Mike Leigh and actors Timothy Spall, Marion Bailey, Dorothy Atkinson, and Dick Pope. DCP. 2014. 149 min. 9:00 pm.
  • The Tales of Hoffmann (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger). Details. DCP. 1951. 138 min. 9:00 pm.
  • Projections Program 4 (Films by Kevin Jerome Everson, Deborah Stratman, Jacqueline Goss & Jenny Perlin). Details. Various formats. 70 min. 9:15 pm.

Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien at Museum of the Moving Image
Series Details

  • A Time to Live and a Time to Die. Details. 35mm. 1985. 138 min. 7:00 pm.

Midnight

The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (Sergio Martino) at Spectacle. Details. Digital video. 1971. 96 min. 12:00 am.