Due to many requests, we will finally offer Davis Varsity Movie Passes through our sister business Mishkas Cafe’s web site. While you’re there, purchase some of Mishka’s bulk coffee and $3 of every sale will go to supporting the Davis Varsity. Please note that Varsity passes cannot be used to purchase movie rentals online.

Dear Varsity supporters,

Many of you have asked us if you can help in any way during these trying times and we finally have an answer for you.
Thanks to the support of a group of small studios, we are bringing you a selection of quality movies that you can stream at home. The movie magic will be even greater knowing that one half of each rental will actually go to Davis Varsity. With your help we hope to be ready to once again open doors for live audiences, many months after the last vestiges of the COVID-19 crisis are forgotten.

We hope to be able to offer many more titles in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned and stay safe!

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio, to ʼ70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room — Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works, including novels “The Bluest Eye,” “Sula” and “Song of Solomon,” her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University. Featuring interviews with Hilton Als, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez and Oprah Winfrey, who turned Morrison’s novel “Beloved” into a feature film.

Click here to rent this film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $6.99

Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Cast: Toni Morrison, Hilton Als, Oprah Winfrey
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: PG-13
Run time: 2 hours

Whose Streets?

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the National Guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance.

Click here to rent this film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $6.99

Director: Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis
Cast: Lezley McSpadden, Michael Brown Sr., David Whitt
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: R
Run time: 1 hour 45 minutes

I Am Not Your Negro

Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

Click here to rent this film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $6.99

Director: Raoul Peck
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: PG-13
Run time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Jose

José lives with his mother in Guatemala. It’s a tough life in one of the most violent and religious countries. When he meets Luis, he’s thrust into new-found passion and pain.

Click here to rent this film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $11.99

Director: Li Cheng
Cast: Enrique Salanic, Manolo Herrera, Ana Cecilia Mota
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Hail Satan?

When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humor, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways. As charming and funny as it is thought-provoking, Hail Satan? offers a timely look at a group of often misunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice has empowered thousands of people around the world. An inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon).

Click here to rent this film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $5.00

Director: Penny Lane
Cast: Jex Blackmore, Chalice Blythe, Nicholas Crowe
Language: English
Genre: Docementary
Rating: R
Run time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Mysteries of Lisbon

Raul Ruiz’s, Mysteries of Lisbon, a masterful adaptation of the eponymous nineteenth-century Portuguese novel (by Camilo Castelo Branco), evokes the complex intertwined narratives of Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens. The core story centers on Joao, the bastard child of an ill-fated romance between two members of the aristocracy who are forbidden to marry, and his quest to discover the truth of his parentage. But this is just the start of an engrossing tale that follows a multitude of characters whose fates conjoin, separate and then rejoin again over three decades in Portugal, Spain, France and Italy. Now available for the first time in the US in the expanded, six-episode miniseries version that originally aired in 2011.

Click here to rent this film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $15.00 for six episodes

Director: Raul Ruiz
Cast: Adriano Luz, Maria João Bastos, Ricardo Pereira
Language: Portuguese with English Subtitles
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time:

Papicha

Algiers, 1997. Terrorist wanting an Islamic and archaic state are everywhere. Women are oppressed, in a seek to take control of their bodies, clothing and public space. Young student Nedjma is passionate about making a fashion show.

Click here to rent this film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $10.00

Director: Mounia Meddour
Cast: Lyna Khoudri, Shirine Boutella, Amira Hilda Douaouda
Language: French and Arabic with English Subtitles
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes

The Grey Fox

After decades in prison, stagecoach robber Bill Miner (Richard Farnsworth) emerges in 1901 a free man without a place in 20th century society…until he sees The Great Train Robbery and is inspired to once again do what he does best.

Click here to rent this film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $10.00

Director: Phillip Borsos
Cast: Richard Farnsworth, Jackie Burroughs, Ken Pogue
Language: French with English subtitles
Genre: Drama, Romance
Rating: PG
Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Joan of Arc

In the 15th century, both France and England stake a blood claim for the French throne. Believing that God had chosen her, the young Joan leads the army of the King of France. When she is captured, the Church sends her for trial on charges of heresy. Refusing to accept the accusations, the graceful Joan of Arc will stay true to her mission.

Bruno Dumont’s decision to work with a ten-year-old actress re-injects this heroine’s timeless cause and ideology with a modernity that highlights both the tragic female condition and the incredible fervor, strength and freedom women show when shackled by societies and archaic virile orders that belittle and alienate them.

Click here to rent this film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $10.00

Director: Bruno Dumont
Cast: Lise Leplat Prudhomme, Annick Lavieville, Justine Herbez
Language: French with English subtitles
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Blackfish

Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000 pound orcas, or “killer whales,” soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet this mighty black and white mammal has many sides – a majestic, friendly giant, seemingly eager to take trainers for a ride around the pool, yet shockingly – and unpredictably – able to turn on them at a moment’s notice. BLACKFISH unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who – unlike any orca in the wild – has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what went wrong?

Shocking footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans truly know about these highly intelligent, and surprisingly sentient, fellow mammals that we only think we can control.

When you look into their eyes, somebody’s home. Somebody’s looking back at you. . . but it may not be what you think.

Click here to rent this film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $5.00

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic elements including disturbing and violent images
Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy

Featuring extensive interviews with Diana Kennedy and famed chefs José Andrés, Rick Bayless, Gabriela Camara and Alice Waters, Diana Kennedy provides an intimate look at the leading expert on Mexican cuisine. The author of nine acclaimed cookbooks and a two-time James Beard Award winner, Diana is called the “Julia Child of Mexico”, but the feisty cook prefers “The Mick Jagger of Mexican Cuisine”.

Click here to rent this film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $9.99

Click here to register for the virtual Q&A with director Elizabeth Carroll, chef Alice Waters (Chez Panisse), chef Gabriela Cámara (Tale of Two Kitchens), & food writer David Tanis (The New York Times)

Director: Elizabeth Carroll
Cast: José Andrés, Gabriela Camara, Diana Kennedy
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Lucky Grandma

In the heart of Chinatown, New York, an ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year-old Grandma (Tsai Chin) is eager to live life as an independent woman, despite the worry of her family. When a local fortune teller (Wai Ching Ho) predicts a most auspicious day in her future, Grandma decides to head to the casino and goes all in, only to land herself on the wrong side of luck… suddenly attracting the attention of some local gangsters. Desperate to protect herself, Grandma employs the services of a bodyguard from a rival gang (Corey Ha) and soon finds herself right in the middle of a Chinatown gang war.

Click here to rent this film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $12

Director: Sasie Sealy
Cast: Tsai Chin, Hsiao-Yuan Ha, Michael Tow
Language: English, Mandarin, Cantonese
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Life Itself

Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present LIFE ITSELF, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF explores the legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.

Click here to rent this film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $5.00

Director: Steve James
Cast: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel
Language: English
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Rating: R
Run time: 2 hours

The Painter and the Thief

Desperate for answers about the theft of her 2 paintings, a Czech artist seeks out and befriends the career criminal who stole them. After inviting her thief to sit for a portrait, the two form an improbable relationship and an inextricable bond that will forever link these lonely souls.

Click here to rent this film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $3.99

Director: Benjamin Ree
Cast: Karl Bertil-Nordland, Barbora Kysilkova
Language: English, Norwegian
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Military Wives

MILITARY WIVES centers on a group of women from different backgrounds whose partners are away serving in Afghanistan. Faced with their loved ones’ absences, they come together to form the very first military wives choir, helping each other through some of life’s most difficult moments, and quickly find themselves on an international stage. Peter Cattaneo (THE FULL MONTY) directs Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan in this feel-good crowd-pleaser inspired by true events.

Click here to rent this film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $4.99

Director: Peter Cattaneo
Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan
Language: English
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: PG-13 for some strong language and sexual references
Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes

RBG

At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg ‘s exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

Click here to rent this film and support the Varsity!

Rental fee is $5

Director: Julie Cohen, Betsy West
Cast: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ann Kittner, Harryette Helsel
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: PG for some thematic elements and language
Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Driveways

A lonesome boy accompanies his mother on a trip to clean out his late aunt’s house, and ends up forming an unexpected friendship with the retiree who lives next door.

Click here to rent this film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $12

Director: Andrew Ahn
Cast: Hong Chau, Lucas Jaye, Brian Dennehy
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Based on the international bestseller by rock-star economist Thomas Piketty (which sold over three million copies worldwide and landed Piketty on Time’s list of most influential people), this captivating documentary is an eye-opening journey through wealth and power, a film that breaks the popular assumption that the accumulation of capital runs hand in hand with social progress, and shines a new light on today’s growing inequalities. Traveling through time, the film assembles accessible pop-culture references coupled with interviews of some of the world’s most influential experts delivering an insightful and empowering journey through the past and into our future.

Click here to rent this film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $12

Director: Justin Pemberton
Cast: Thomas Piketty
Language: English and French with English subtitles
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 45 minutes

CRSHD

End-of-the-year celebrations are underway at a small liberal arts college in Ohio. The night’s main event? A CRUSH PARTY. The rules? Submit your crush and they get an invite. Or if you’re “crushed,” you also get an invite. Freshman IZZY ALDEN is still a virgin and the crush party is her last chance to do something about it before summer break. She and her two best friends, ANUKA and FIONA, chase their crushes both in real life and online. But Izzy’s moral compass skews as the night progresses and it seems her quest to have sex might cost Izzy her friends.

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $10

Director: Emily Cohn
Cast: Isabelle Barbier, Sadie Scott, Deeksha Ketkar
Language: English
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 20 minutes

The Hottest August

A complex portrait of a city and its inhabitants, The Hottest August gives us a window into the collective consciousness of the present. The film’s point of departure is one city over one month: New York City, including its outer boroughs, during August 2017. It’s a month heavy with the tension of a new President, growing anxiety over everything from rising rents to marching white nationalists, and unrelenting news of either wildfires or hurricanes on every coast. The film pivots on the question of futurity: what does the future look like from where we are standing? And what if we are not all standing in the same place? The Hottest August offers a mirror onto a society on the verge of catastrophe, registering the anxieties, distractions, and survival strategies that preoccupy ordinary lives.

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $12

Director: Brett Story
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth is the true, stranger-than-fiction, adventure of eight visionaries who in 1991 spent two years quarantined inside of a self-engineered replica of Earth’s ecosystem called BIOSPHERE 2. The experiment was a worldwide phenomenon, chronicling daily existence in the face of life threatening ecological disaster and a growing criticism that it was nothing more than a cult. The bizarre story is both a cautionary tale and a hopeful lesson of how a small group of dreamers can potentially reimagine a new world.

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $3.99

Director: Matt Wolf
Cast: John Allen, Tony Burgess, Jane Goodall
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 55 minutes

Our Mothers

Guatemala, 2018. The whole country is immersed in the trial of the soldiers who sparked the civil war. Victim statements come one after another. Ernesto is a young anthropologist working for the Forensic Foundation; his job is to identify the missing. One day, while hearing the account of an old woman, he thinks he has found a lead that might guide him to his father, a guerrillero who went missing during the war. Against his mother’s wishes, he flings himself body and soul into the case, looking for truth and resilience.

Free live stream Q&As with the director of “Our Mothers,” César Díaz, will take place on Saturday, May 2, at 7 pm EST, and Sunday May 3, at 4 pm EST, moderated by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and Outsider Pictures team member Robert Rosenberg.

Registration for Zoom Q&A for either time is here

Click here to rent this film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $11.99

Director: Cesar Diaz
Cast: Emma Dib, Armando Espitia
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Deerskin

In this black comedy of middle-aged masculinity gone awry, Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) is a recent divorcee who becomes obsessed with a vintage fringed deerskin jacket that begins to exert an uncanny hold on him. Set in a sleepy French alpine village, he falls into the guise of an independent filmmaker and befriends a trusting bartender and aspiring editor (Adèle Haenel, Portrait of a Lady on Fire) who becomes his collaborator on a movie that will document a surprising new goal he sets himself.

Click here to rent this film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $9.99

Director: Quentin Dupieux
Cast: Jean Dujardin, Adèle Haenel, Albert Delpy
Language: French
Genre: Comedy, Horrror
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Sword of God

In the early Middle Ages, a contingent of knights embarks on a dangerous journey to spread Christianity and baptize the pagan inhabitants of an isolated village hidden deep in the mountains of a faraway island. After being shipwrecked, the two survivors set out to complete their mission, but as they attempt to convert the tribe, their diverging beliefs put them at odds with each other. Soon, love is confronted with hate, peace with violence, sanity with madness, and redemption with damnation.

Directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Bartosz Konopka, this genre-bending historical epic has been hailed as a “stunning showcase of experiential horror” (Bloody Disgusting) that “strikes with brutal clarity” (ScreenAnarchy).

Click here to rent this film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $12

Director: Bartosz Konopka
Cast: Krzysztof Pieczynski, Karol Bernacki, Wiktoria Gorodecka
Language: Polish
Genre: Horror
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands

In a small city of Brazil, a woman named Flor marries a man named Vadinho, but once married she finds that he is a good-for-nothing. She works teaching cooking and he takes all of her money to gamble. After Vadinho dies, Flor marries Tedoror, the owner of a drugstore. Flor is happy with her new husband but misses the love life with her previous husband. When one day the ghost of Vadhino comes back to peruse her.

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $12

Director: Bruno Barreto
Cast: Sônia Braga, José Wilker, Mauro Mendonça
Language: Portuguese
Genre: Comedy
Rating: R
Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes

The Innocent

Based on the novel by Gabriele d’Annunzio, this final film by revered director Luchino Visconti follows arrogant Roman aristocrat Tullio Hermil (Giancarlo Giannini) as he openly cheats on his wife, Giuliana (Laura Antonelli). Carrying on an affair with his scheming mistress, Teresa Raffo (Jennifer O’Neill), without any concern for his spouse, Tullio becomes jealous when he suspects Giuliana is having an affair of her own, leading to conflict and, ultimately, tragedy.

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $12

Director: Luchino Visconti
Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Laura Antonelli, Jennifer O’Neill
Language: Italian with English Subtitles
Genre: Drama, Romance
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Someone, Somewhere

In this Parisian bitter sweet romance from Cédric Klapisch, warehouse employee Rémy (François Civil) and research assistant Mélanie (Ana Girardot) have never met, but they live parallel lives: they reside in neighboring apartment buildings, ride the same subway route, and are troubled by bouts of insomnia and depression. Their days punctuated by unfulfilling jobs, they seek meaningful romantic and platonic connection. As they stumble through psychotherapy, dating apps, fainting spells, and family visits, the seemingly star-crossed duo orbit around each other but remain just out of reach. Klapisch spins a delicate “what-if” from their compartmentalization, exploring our increasingly hermetic modern urban life.

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $10

Director: Cédric Klapisch
Cast: François Civil, Ana Girardot, Camille Cottin
Language: French with English Subtitles
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Thousand Pieces of Gold

Set in the 1880s, this film chronicles the journey of Lalu (Rosalind Chao), a Chinese woman whose financially desperate family sells her as a bride. She is sent to the United States, where she is bought by sleazy barkeep Hong King (Michael Paul Chan), who plans to make money off of Lalu by forcing her into a life of prostitution. Unwilling to submit to his demands, she begins her own successful business venture and captures the attention of the troubled but kindly Charlie (Chris Cooper).

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $12

Director: Nancy Kelly
Cast: Rosalind Chao, Chris Cooper, Michael Paul Chan
Language: English, Chinese
Genre: Romance, Western
Rating: PG-13
Run time: 1 hour 35 minutes

A White, White Day

In a remote Icelandic town, an off-duty police chief (a chilling Ingvar Sigurdsson, who received Cannes’ Critics’ Week award for Best Actor for his performance) begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife, who died in a tragic accident two years earlier. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth takes over his life and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones. Combining classic thriller tropes with a distinctly Nordic arthouse sensibility, the second feature from Hlynur Palmason “engages in storytelling that’s both powerful and fresh throughout, marking him as a talent to watch” (The Hollywood Reporter).

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $12

Director: Hlynur Palmason
Cast: Ingvar Sigurdsson, Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir, Hilmir Snær Guðnason
Language: Icelandic
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes

The Booksellers

Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play an underappreciated yet essential role in preserving history. THE BOOKSELLERS takes viewers inside their small but fascinating world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers.

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $9.99

Director: D.W. Young
Cast: Parker Posey, Fran Lebowitz, Gay Talese
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Vitalina Varela

A film of deeply concentrated beauty, acclaimed filmmaker Pedro Costa’s Vitalina Varela stars nonprofessional actor Vitalina Varela in an extraordinary performance based on her own life. Vitalina plays a Cape Verdean woman who has travelled to Lisbon to reunite with her husband, after two decades of separation, only to arrive mere days after his funeral. Alone in a strange forbidding land, she perseveres and begins to establish a new life. Winner of the Golden Leopard for Best Film and Best Actress at the Locarno Film Festival, as well as an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival, Vitalina Varela is a film of shadow and whisper, a profoundly moving and visually ravishing masterpiece.

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $12

Director: Pedro Costa
Cast: Vitalina Varela, Ventura, Manuel Tavares Almeida
Language: Portuguese
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Santiago Italia

In the early seventies, the world was watching as Chile democratically elected Socialist leader Salvador Allende. His political ideals and aspirations—among them providing education for all children and distributing land to the nation’s workers—terrified the country’s right-wing, as well as the U.S., who helped orchestrate a military coup that replaced him with dictator Augusto Pinochet. This tragic history has been well documented, but Italian director Nanni Moretti (Caro Diario, Ecce Bombo) adds an angle many viewers may not know about: the efforts of the Italian Embassy to save and relocate citizens targeted by the fascist regime. Told through the testimonies of those who were there, Santiago, Italia is a chilling depiction of living under junta rule and an ultimately inspiring expression of hope amidst dire circumstances.

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $10

Director: Nanni Moretti
Cast: Salvador Allende, Carmen Castillo, Patricio Guzmán
Language: In Spanish and Italian with English Subtitles
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Extra Ordinary

Rose, a sweet, lonely driving instructor in rural Ireland, is gifted with supernatural abilities. Rose has a love/hate relationship with her ‘talents’ and tries to ignore the constant spirit related requests from locals – to exorcise possessed rubbish bins or haunted gravel. But! Christian Winter, a washed up, one-hit-wonder rock star, has made a pact with the devil for a return to greatness! He puts a spell on a local teenager – making her levitate. Her terrified father, Martin Martin, asks Rose to help save his daughter. Rose has to overcome the fear of her supernatural gift and work with Martin to save the girl, get the guy and be home in time for a light snack… maybe a yogurt or something.

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $12

Director: Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman
Cast: Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward, Will Forte
Language: English
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Horror
Rating: R for language, sexual content and some horror violence
Run time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Mephisto

The 1981 Academy Award-winning Best Foreign Language Film MEPHISTO, by Hungarian master István Szabó, concerns a passionate but struggling actor (Klaus Maria Brandauer) who remains in Germany during the Nazi regime and reaps the rewards of this Faustian pact by finally achieving the stardom he has long craved. Sparkling new 4K restoration by the Hungarian Film Fund.

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $12

Director: Istvan Szabo
Cast: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Krystyna Janda, Ildikó Bánsági
Language: German, Hungarian
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 2 hours 25 minutes

Beanpole

In post-WWII Leningrad, two women, Iya and Masha (astonishing newcomers Viktoria Miroshnichenko and Vasilisa Perelygina), intensely bonded after fighting side by side as anti-aircraft gunners, attempt to readjust to a haunted world. As the film begins, Iya, long and slender and towering over everyone—hence the film’s title—works as a nurse in a shell-shocked hospital, presiding over traumatized soldiers. A shocking accident brings them closer and also seals their fates. The 28-year-old Russian director Kantemir Balagov won Un Certain Regard’s Best Director prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for this richly burnished, occasionally harrowing rendering of the persistent scars of war.

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $12

Director: Kantemir Balagov
Cast: Viktoria Miroshnichenko, Vasilisa Perelygina
Language: Russian with English subtitles
Genre: Drama, War
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Zombi Child

Haiti, 1962. A man is brought back from the dead only to be sent to the living hell of the sugarcane fields. 55 years later, at a Parisian boarding school, a Haitian teenager confesses an old family secret, never imagining that this strange tale will inspire her classmate to do the unthinkable.

The latest from French master Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent, Nocturama), ZOMBI CHILD is an “audacious and cunning” (Little White Lies) new take on classic horror tropes that “poses timely and provocative questions” while “taking us on a journey that’s as intellectually demanding as it is compelling.” (Screen Daily).

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $12

Director: Bertrand Bonello
Cast: Louise Labeque, Wislanda Louimat, Katiana Milfort
Language: French with English subtitles
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 45 minutes

The Wild Goose Lake

When small-time mob leader Zhou Zenong (Hu Ge) accidentally kills a cop, a dead-or-alive bounty is placed on his head, forcing him on the lam from both the police as well as dangerous gangsters out for the reward. Hiding out at the Wild Goose Lake, Zhou becomes entangled with a beautiful, enigmatic woman (Gwei Lun Mei), who has mysterious intentions of her own.
From the director of BLACK COAL, THIN ICE and featuring gorgeous, neon-drenched cinematography coupled with bursts of shocking, expertly choreographed action, THE WILD GOOSE LAKE is “spellbinding” (Rolling Stone), “brilliant” (Indiewire) and “downright Hitchcockian”

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $12

Director: Yi’nan Diao
Cast: Ge Hu, Lun-Mei Kwei, Fan Liao
Language: Chinese
Genre: Crime, Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Sorry We Missed You

The British working class is once again the empathetic subject of Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You, a wrenching, intimate family drama that exposes the dark side of the so-called “gig economy”.

Ricky, a former laborer, and his home-attendant wife Abby—who lost their home in the 2008 financial crash—are desperate to get out of their financial distress. When an opportunity comes up for Ricky to work as his own boss as a delivery driver, they sell their only asset, Abby’s car, to trade it in for a shiny new white van and the dream that Ricky can work his way up to someday owning his own delivery franchise.

But the couple find their lives are quickly pushed further to the edge by an unrelenting work schedule, a ruthless supervisor and the needs of their two teenage children. Capturing the sacred moments that make a family as well as the acts of desperation they need to undertake to make it through each day, this universal story is skillfully and indelibly told with unforgettable performances and a searing script by Loach’s long-time collaborator Paul Laverty.

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $12

Director: Ken Loach
Cast: Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with mountain gorillas, 23-year-old biologist Anne Innis Dagg made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild. When she returned home a year later, the insurmountable barriers she faced as a female scientist proved hard to overcome. In The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, Anne (now 86) retraces her steps, offering an intimate window into her life as a young woman, juxtaposed with a first-hand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today. Anne and the species she loves have each experienced triumphs as well as setbacks. The Woman Who Loves Giraffes gives us a moving perspective on both.

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $12

Director: Alison Reid
Cast: Anne Innis Dagg, Tatiana Maslany, Victor Garber
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Incitement

Acclaimed writer-director Yaron Zilberman (A Late Quartet) chronicles the disturbing descent of a promising law student to an intransigent ultranationalist obsessed with murdering his country’s leader, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Incitement is a gripping and unnerving look through the eyes of a murderer who silenced a powerful voice for peace.

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $9.99

Director: Yaron Zilberman
Cast: Yehuda Nahari Halevi, Amitay Yaish Ben Ousilio, Anat Ravnitzki
Language: Hebrew
Genre: Thriller
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 2 hours 5 minutes

The Times of Bill Cunningham

Told in Bill Cunningham’s own words from a recently unearthed six-hour 1994 interview, the iconic street photographer and fashion historian chronicles, in his customarily cheerful and plainspoken manner, moonlighting as a milliner in France during the Korean War, his unique relationship with First Lady Jackie Kennedy, his four decades at The New York Times and his democratic view of fashion and society. Narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, The Times of Bill Cunningham features incredible photographs chosen from over 3 million previously unpublicized images and documents from Cunningham.

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $4.99

Director: Mark Bozek
Cast: Bill Cunningham, Sarah Jessica Parker
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 15 minutes

And Then We Danced

A male dancer and his partner have been training for years for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble. The arrival of another dancer throws him off balance, sparking both an intense rivalry and romantic desire that may cause him to risk his future.

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $12

Director: Levan Akin
Cast: Levan Gelbakhiani, Bachi Valishvili, Ana Javakishvili
Language: Georgian
Genre: Drama, Romance
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Slay the Dragon

A secretive, high-tech gerrymandering initiative launched 10 years ago threatens to undermine our democracy. Slay the Dragon follows everyday people as they fight to make their votes matter.

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $6.99

Director: Christopher Durrance, Barak Goodman
Cast: Ari Berman, David Daley, Margaret Dickson
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: PG-13
Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Corpus Christi

Anchored by a “dynamically physical, wild-eyed performance” (The Hollywood Reporter) from newcomer Bartosz Bielenia, CORPUS CHRISTI is an incisive, darkly humorous, and “engrossing exploration of faith, second chances and the possibility of atonement”.

After spending years in a Warsaw prison for a violent crime, 20-year-old Daniel is released and sent to a remote village to work as a manual laborer. The job is designed to keep the ex-con busy, but Daniel has a higher calling. Over the course of his incarceration he has found Christ, and aspires to join the clergy – but his criminal record means no seminary will accept him. When Daniel arrives in town, one quick lie allows him to be mistaken for the town’s new priest, and he sets about leading his newfound flock. Though he has no training, his passion and charisma inspire the community. At the same time, his unconventional sermons and unpriestly behavior raise suspicions among some of the townsfolk – even more so as he edges towards a dark secret that the community hasn’t revealed in the confessional booth.

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $12

Director: Jan Komasa
Cast: Bartosz Bielenia, Aleksandra Konieczna, Eliza Rycembel
Language: Polish
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 55 minutes

The Whistlers

In THE WHISTLERS, not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a police inspector in Bucharest who plays both sides of the law. Embarking with the beautiful Gilda on a high-stakes heist, both will have to navigate the twists and turns of corruption, treachery and deception. A trip to the Canary Islands to learn a secret whistling language might just be what they need to pull it off.

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $12

Director: Corneliu Porumboiu
Cast: Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar
Language: Romanian, English, Spanish
Genre: Crime, Comedy,
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Once Were Brothers

*May be available at a lower price on other sites

Inspired by Robertson’s 2017 bestselling memoir Testimony, ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND is a confessional, cautionary, and sometimes humorous tale of Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music. The film blends rare archival footage and interviews with many of Robertson’s friends and collaborators, including Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Scorsese, Taj Mahal, Peter Gabriel, David Geffen and Ronnie Hawkins, among others.

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $12

Director: Daniel Roher
Cast: Robbie Robertson, Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, Jann Wenner, Ronnie Hawkins, Van Morrison, Dominique Robertson
Language: English
Genre: Documentary, Music
Rating: R for some language and drug references
Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Bacurau

Note from the studio: Following theater closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ll be giving Bacurau a virtual theatrical release and sharing revenue with independent theaters across the country. 

A few years from now… Bacurau, a small village in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to be 94. Days later, its inhabitants (among them Sônia Braga) notice that their village has literally vanished from online maps and a UFO-shaped drone is seen flying overhead. There are forces that want to expel them from their homes, and soon, in a genre-bending twist, a band of armed mercenaries led by Udo Kier arrive in town picking off the inhabitants one by one. A fierce confrontation takes place when the townspeople turn the tables on the villainous outsiders, banding together by any means necessary to protect and maintain their remote community. The mercenaries just may have met their match in the fed-up, resourceful denizens of little Bacurau.

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $12

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
Cast: Bárbara Colen, Thomas Aquino, Silvero Pereira
Language: English and Portuguese with English subtitles
Genre: Action, Action & Adventure, World Cinema, Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Balloon

In an effort to support art film lovers and theaters during these difficult and unprecedented times, Distrib Films US is proposing a virtual theatrical experience. Our Vimeo streaming platform will allow cinema goers to watch our current slate of theatrical titles while supporting their local art house theater.

With a theatrical release to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Germany’s reunification, BALLOON is based on the true events of one of the most daring escapes of the Cold War in which two families living in Communist East Germany sailed over the heavily fortified border in a homemade hot-air balloon.

In the summer of 1979, the Strelzyk and Wetzel families—who had been working on their audacious plan for more than two years—try to flee East Germany in a self-made hot-air balloon. But after the balloon crash-lands just before the West German border, the Stasi find traces of the attempted escape and immediately launch an investigation. In a nerve-wracking race against the clock, the two families attempt to build a new escape balloon as the Stasi get closer and closer each day…

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $10

Director: Michael Bully Herbig
Cast: Friedrich Mücke, Karoline Schuch, David Kross
Language: In German with English Subtitles
Genre: Thriller, Historical
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 2 hours 5 minutes

The Perfect Nanny

In an effort to support art film lovers and theaters during these difficult and unprecedented times, Distrib Films US is proposing a virtual theatrical experience. Our Vimeo streaming platform will allow cinema goers to watch our current slate of theatrical titles while supporting their local art house theater.

Myriam (Leïla Bekhti) and Paul (Antoine Reinartz), are your typical pair of Parisian bobos and parents of two young children, toddler Adam, and 5-year-old Mila, who are taking up all of Myriam’s time. When Myriam decides to go back to work despite her husband’s initial reluctancy, the couple starts looking for a nanny. After a very selective process, they finally find the perfect candidate, Louise, a poised 40-year old woman who is an instant hit with both kids and parents. But appearances can be deceiving, even dangerous… Adapted from the eponymous novel by Leïla Slimani, winner of the Goncourt prize, and based on a a true story that took place in Manhattan in 2012,  the film offers a true pedestal to Karin Viard who seizes with formidable mastery this role of a disturbed nanny whose mask of perfection gradually cracks.

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $10

Director: Lucie Borleteau
Cast: Karin Viard, Leïla Bekhti, Antoine Reinartz
Language: In French with English Subtitles
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes

The Etruscan Smile

In an effort to support art film lovers and theaters during these difficult and unprecedented times, Distrib Films US is proposing a virtual theatrical experience. Our Vimeo streaming platform will allow cinema goers to watch our current slate of theatrical titles while supporting their local art house theater.

Based on the bestselling novel by José Luis Sampedro THE ETRUSCAN SMILE stars Brian Cox (HBO’s SUCCESSION and recent Broadway leading man in THE GREAT SOCIETY) as Rory MacNeil, a rugged old Scotsman who reluctantly leaves his beloved isolated Hebridean island and travels to San Francisco to seek medical treatment. Moving in with his estranged son, Rory’s life will be transformed, just when he expects it least, through a newly found love for his baby grandson.

Click here to rent this film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $10

Director: Oded Binnun, Mihal Brezis
Cast: Thora Birch, Tim Matheson, Brian Cox
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Rating: R for some language
Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Fantastic Fungi

Fantastic Fungi, directed by Louie Schwartzberg, is a consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offer us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.

Click here to rent the film and support the Varsity Theatre!

Rental fee is $4.99

Director: Louis Schwartzberg
Cast: Brie Larson, Tony D. Head, Michael Pollan
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: NR
Run time: 1 hour 20 minutes