I've never seen so many restorations in a single week! But in the next five days we have at least four lovingly restored films screening in San Francisco. In addition, we're also getting a Portuguese fantasy horror film opening at the Roxie Theatre, a dark religion double feature at the Castro Theatre, and a very young Robert Englund appearing in this week's Terror Tuesday at the Alamo Drafthouse.
Opens Friday 3rd (2hrs 4min)
Crime/ Drama/ Mystery (IMDB)
Leading attorney Shigemori takes on the defence of murder-robbery suspect Misumi who served jail time for another murder 30 years ago. Shigemori's chances of winning the case seem low - his client freely admits his guilt, despite facing the death penalty if he is convicted. As he digs deeper into the case, as he hears the testimonies of the victim's family and Misumi himself, the once confident Shigemori begins to doubt whether his client is the murderer after all.
Tuesday 31st @ 10:50pm (1hr 31min)
Slasher/ Thriller (Google)
A psychotic redneck, who owns a dilapidated hotel in rural East Texas, kills various people who upset him or his business, and he feeds their bodies to a large crocodile that he keeps as a pet in the swamp beside his hotel.
Wednesday 1st @ 11:15pm (1hr 13min)
Thriller/ Action (Google)
Linda Allen travels to Los Angeles to track down the brutal mobsters who tortured and murdered her sister.
2K Restoration Courtesy of the AGFA
Thursday 2nd @ 7pm (1hr 37min)
Drama/ Blaxploitation (Google)
Produced, directed, written, scored by, and starring Melvin Van Peebles, this landmark "blaxploitation" film was as controversial as it was popular for its then X-rated story of one African-American man's triumph over the Man. After beating a couple of white cops he witnessed brutalizing a local black revolutionary, sex show performer Sweetback (Van Peebles) has to go on the run. As he flees through decrepit South Central Los Angeles, Sweetback demonstrates his formidable potency through sex as well as violence, evading the police manhunt by any means necessary. As Sweetback runs off into the sunset, however, Van Peebles warns that the story, like the 1960s racial strife, isn't over.
4K Restoration courtesy of of Vinegar Syndrome
Friday 3rd @ 6:30pm (1hr 48min)
Drama/ Thriller (Google)
The Last Movie follows a Hollywood movie crew in the midst of making a western in a remote Peruvian village. When production wraps, Hopper, as the baleful stuntman Kansas, remains, attempting to find redemption in the isolation of Peru and the arms of a former prostitute. Meanwhile, the local Indians have taken over the abandoned set and begun to stage a ritualistic re-enactment of the production - with Kansas as their sacrificial lamb.
4K Restoration Courtesy of Arbelos
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
Tuesday 31st @ 7pm (1hr 54min)
Drama/ Indie Film (Google)
With its stunning camera work and striking compositions, Carl Th. Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc convinced the world that movies could be art. Renée Falconetti gives one of the greatest performances ever recorded on film as the young maiden who died for God and France. Long thought to have been lost to fire, the original version was miraculously found in perfect condition in 1981 in a Norwegian mental institution.
First Reformed (2018)
Tuesday 31st @ 8:35pm (1hr 48min)
Drama/ Thriller (IMDB)
Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence. From writer-director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver; American Gigolo; Affliction) comes a gripping thriller about a crisis of faith that is at once personal, political, and planetary.
Friday 3rd @ 11:55pm (1hr 25min)
Anime/ Sci-Fi/ Fantasy (Rotten Tomatoes)
In the year 2029, the world has become interconnected by a vast electronic network that permeates every aspect of life. That same network also becomes a battlefield for Tokyo's Section Nine security force, which has been charged with apprehending the master hacker known only as the Puppet Master. Spearheading the investigation is Major Motoko Kusanagi, who -- like many in her department -- is a cyborg officer, far more powerful than her human appearance would suggest. And yet as the Puppet Master, who is even capable of hacking human minds, leaves a trail of victims robbed of their memories, Kusanagi ponders the very nature of her existence: is she purely an artificial construct, or is there more? What, exactly, is the "ghost" -- her essence -- in her cybernetic "shell"? When Section Six gets involved in the case, she is forced to confront the fact that there is more here than meets the eye, and that the Puppet Master may hold some of the answers she seeks. But little does she know that he has been seeking her as well.
Monday 30th @ 7pm (1hr 40min)
Cartoons, by design, often have some pretty strange story lines and themes. But some are so bizarre, so out there, that through the years they have obtained a cult classic status. Our program spotlights a crazed collection of some of the most odd-ball cartoons ever made from animation’s golden era of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Some of the selections from our vaults are well known—others are more rare and often unseen today. They’re just waiting for an audience to give them a cult classic certification!
Opens Friday 3rd @ 9pm (2hr 15min)
Fantasy/ Horror/ Musical (IMDB)
Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of São Paulo, is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana as the nanny for her unborn child. The two women develop a strong bond, but a fateful night changes their plans.
Opens Friday 3rd @ 7pm (1hr 21min)
Fantasy/ Sci-Fi (Google)
Il-ho, a satellite girl, wants to learn about human emotions, and crash lands on Earth. She transforms into a human girl and tries to help Kyung-chun after he is transformed into a milk cow.