By Indiewire Staff | Indiewire August 4, 2011 at 6:23AM
The IFC Center, one of New York's finest independent film theaters, has announced its August-September lineup, which launches this weekend with the opening of Raul Ruiz's much-discussed "Mysteries of Lisbon" and includes ten US theatrical premieres as well as IFC's regular slate of midnight repertory films and weekend classics.
Highlights include Göran Olsson's documentary "The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975," Cam Archer's "Shit Year," Cameron Crowe's rockumentary "Pearl Jam Twenty" and Andrew Haigh's "Weekend," which has played to ecstatic New York audiences at BAM Cinemafest and Newfest.
The IFC Center will continue its Akira Kurosawa retrospective, which benefits Japan Society's Earthquake Relief Fund, and will begin its midnight repertory series "Not-So-Sloppy-Seconds: Sequels That Don't Suck" this weekend with "Back to the Future Part II."
Also, the IFC Center will host a number of special events, including two evenings with Crispin Hellion Glover, who will present his underground features "It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE." and "WHAT IS IT?" August's QUEER/ART/FILM selection is Rainer Werner Fassbinder's "The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant," to be presented August 22nd by choreographer Jack Ferver.
Full slate is listed below with information provided by IFC Center:
New York Film Fest's MYSTERIES OF LISBON by Raul Ruiz,
Romania's TALES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE and
Ellen Barker in Cam Archer's SHIT YEAR from Cannes;
Sundance hits REBIRTH, RESURRECT DEAD, GRANITO,
SHUT UP LITTLE MAN and THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975;
Doc portraits BOBBY FISCHER AGAINST THE WORLD
and JANE'S JOURNEY;
SXSW Winner WEEKEND and Cameron Crowe's PEARL JAM TWENTY
Plus Crispin Hellion Glover in person; latest edition of DocuWeeks; Stranger Than Fiction doc series; monthly Queer/Art/Film screenings; Kurosawa retrospective; NY International Children's Film Fest;
"Sequels That Don't Suck" and Late-Night Favorites
Filmmakers in Person at Select Screenings for Many Films
Opens Friday, August 5
MYSTERIES OF LISBON
Directed by Raul Ruiz
The master filmmaker's lush, sprawling adapatation of a 19th century classic. A Music Box Films release. US theatrical premiere.
Opens Friday, August 26
TALES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE
Directed by Hanno Höfer, Razvan Marculescu, Cristian Mungiu, Constantin Popescu, & Ioana Maria Uricaru
A satirical portrait of the darkly surreal days of Communist Romania, from the director of 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days and other up-and-coming filmmakers. A Sundance Selects release. US theatrical premiere, exclusive engagement.
Opens Wednesday, August 31
Directed by Jim Whitaker
A journey into living history a decade in the making, REBIRTH follows the transformation of five people whose lives were forever altered on September 11, 2001. An Oscilloscope release. US theatrical premiere, exclusive engagement.
Opens Friday, September 2
RESURRECT DEAD: THE MYSTERY OF THE TOYNBEE TILES
Directed by Jon Foy
Newcomer Jon Foy's (Best Director, Sundance) exploration of the enigmatic plaques found in urban streets across the US, and the artist determined to solve their mystery. An Argot Pictures release. US theatrical premiere, exclusive engagement. Filmmakers in person at select shows.
Opens Friday, September 9
BOBBY FISCHER AGAINST THE WORLD
Directed by Liz Garbus
Considered the greatest chess player ever, Fischer and his meteoric rise are at the center of Liz Garbus's intimate portrait. A Dakota Group Ltd release. US theatrical premiere, exclusive engagement.
Opens Friday, September 9
THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975
Directed by Göran Olsson
This revelatory documentary uncovers a vital, too-often obscured chapter of our recent past-the days of the Black Power movement, revisited in rare footage of the era and accompanied by contemporary interviews with activists and artists. A Sundance Selects release. US theatrical premiere. Filmmakers in person at select shows.
Opens Wednesday, September 14
GRANITO: HOW TO NAIL A DICTATOR
Directed by Pamela Yates
Documentarian Pamela Yates returns to her 1982 film When the Mountains Tremble when her work becomes evidence in a human rights trial against a Guatemalan dictator. An International Film Circuit release of a Skylight Pictures film. US theatrical premiere, exclusive engagement. Filmmaker in person at select shows.
Opens Friday, September 16
SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE
Directed by Matthew Bale
An exploration of the origins and explosion of a cult phenomenon-tapes chronicling the outrageous insults of a pair of disgruntled roommates in the time before the internet. A Tribeca Film release. Exclusive engagement.
Opens Friday, September 16
Directed by Lorenz Knauer
A moving and intimate portrait of Jane Goodall, the renowned wildlife researcher and conservationist. A First Run Features release. US theatrical premiere, exclusive engagement. Jane Goodall in person Friday, September 16.
Opens Wednesday, September 21
Directed by Cam Archer
Ellen Barkin stars as a successful actress who abandons her career for a life of seclusion-and quickly comes to regret it.
A Cinemad Presents release. US theatrical premiere, exclusive engagement. Ellen Barkin in person Wednesday, September 21.
Opens Friday, September 23
PEARL JAM TWENTY
Directed by Cameron Crowe
Culled from over 1200 hours of rare and never-before-seen footage, plus extensive recent interviews and performances, this is the definitive portrait of the band as told by award-winning director and music journalist Cameron Crowe. An Abramorama release. US theatrical premiere, exclusive engagement.
Opens Friday, September 23
Directed by Andrew Haigh
A one-night stand between two young gay men turns into something deeper in this SXSW winner. A Sundance Selects release. US theatrical premiere, exclusive engagement.
SERIES AND SPECIAL EVENTS
WEEKEND CLASSICS, Fridays-Sundays at 11:00am
IFC Center's continuing tribute to the Japanese master.
August 5-7 RHAPSODY IN AUGUST (1991)
August 12-14 RASHOMON (1950)
August 19-21 THE IDIOT (1951)
August 26-28 THRONE OF BLOOD (1957)
September 2-5 YOJIMBO (1961)
September 9-11 SANJURO (1962)
(Ticket sales benefit the Japan Society's Earthquake Relief Fund to aid victims of the recent natural disasters.)
WAVERLY MIDNIGHTS, Fridays and Saturdays at midnight
"NOT-SO-SLOPPY SECONDS: SEQUELS THAT DON'T SUCK"
August 5-6: BACK TO THE FUTURE PART II (1989, Robert Zemeckis)
August 12-13: FRENCH CONNECTION II (1975, John Frankenheimer)
August 19-20: BILL AND TED'S BOGUS JOURNEY (1991, Peter Hewitt)
August 26-27: THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK (1997, Steven Spielberg)
September 2-4: ALIENS (1986, James Cameron)
September 9-10: STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (1982, Nicholas Meyer)
September 16-17: ESCAPE FROM L.A. (1996, John Carpenter)
September 23-24: FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (1965, Sergio Leone)
September 30-October 1: SCREAM 2 (1997, Wes Craven)
August 12-13: JURASSIC PARK (1993, Steven Spielberg)
August 19-20: HOUSE (1977, Nobuhiko Obayashi)
August 26-27: SHOWGIRLS (1995, Paul Verhoeven)
September 2-4: TAXI DRIVER (1976, Martin Scorsese)
September 9-10: FIGHT CLUB (1999, David Fincher)
September 23-24: ERASERHEAD (1976, David Lynch)
15th Annual DOCUWEEKS: August 12-September 1
Over three weeks, DocuWeeks presents weeklong theatrical engagements of the year's best documentary films in Los Angeles and New York, helping the films to qualify for Academy Award consideration in the documentary feature and documentary short categories. Filmmakers in person at many screenings. See www.documentary.org/docuweeks2011 for schedules and details.
Crispin Hellion Glover in person, September 5 & 6
Renegade auteur Crispin Hellion Glover returns to New York to present his notorious features It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE. and WHAT IS IT? Both programs also feature a different version of Crispin Hellion Glover's Big Slide Show, an hour-long dramatic narration, plus a Q&A and book signing with Glover.
QUEER/ART/FILM, one Monday a month at 8:00pm
Lesbian and gay artists present and discuss their favorite films. Curated by Adam Baran and Ira Sachs.
August 22: Choreographer Jack Ferver presents THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT (1973, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
September program to be announced.
STRANGER THAN FICTION, Tuesdays at 8:00pm
The hit documentary series wraps up its first-ever summer season, with a lineup that includes sneak previews, tributes, and rediscovered classics, with filmmakers in person for post-screening discussions. Curated by Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen.
August 9 (Closing Night): SHUT UP AND SING (2006, Barbara Kopple)
Fall season starts September 27
NYICFF at IFC Center, weekends at 11:00am
Features and shorts for kids of all ages, selected by the New York International Children's Film Festival.
August 6-7: RAINING CATS AND FROGS (2003, France, Jacques-Rémy Girerd)
August 13-14: SANDMAN AND THE LOST SAND OF DREAMS (2010, Germany/France, Jesper Møller & Sinem Sakaoglu)
August 20-21, 27-28: THE RACE (2009, Ireland, Andre F. Nebe)