Divine Love

Queen of Hearts follows Flack as she takes her work in a brand new direction and reveals her long-term struggles as the mother of a child with autism. Flack has something deep and genuine to communicate to the world. She is a provocateur and a rebel, an example and an inspiration. Queen of Hearts is a moving portrait of an artist who is still testing, still experimenting, still searching.

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Director: Gabriel Mascaro
Cast: Dira Paes, Julio Machado, Antonio Pastich
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Fire Will Come

Following Mimosas, Oliver Laxe’s third feature brings us to his ancestral home of Galicia. Here, in this remote Spanish region, where the grandeur of nature is both beautiful and terrifying, Laxe unfolds a story of the uncontrollable forces of nature on human lives.

After serving two years in prison for arson, Amador (Amador Arias), returns to his mountainside village in north-west Spain, where he resumes a serene, if mostly solitary, existence tending cabbages and injured cows with his ageing mother, Benedicta (Benedicta Sánchez). Life resumes for the two following the rhythm of nature despite the suspicious glares of the unforgiving locals —until one night a devasting fire ignites that threatens to engulf the entire region. Stunningly captured on 16mm by DP Mauro Herce, this quietly explosive drama was the winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes last year.

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Director: Oliver Laxe
Cast: Amador Arias, Benedicta Sánchez, Inazio Abrao
Language: Galician, Spanish with English Subs
Genre: Drama, Crime
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 25 minutes

This Is Not a Movie

For more than 40 years, journalist Robert Fisk has reported on some of the most violent and divisive conflicts in the world.

Yung Chang’s This Is Not a Movie captures Fisk in action—feet on the ground, notebook in hand, as he travels into landscapes devastated by war, ferreting out the facts and firing reports back home to reach an audience of millions.

The process of translating raw experience into incisive and passionate dispatches requires the determination to see things first-hand and the tenacity to say what others won’t. In his relentless pursuit of the facts, Fisk has attracted his share of controversy. But in spite of the danger, he has continued to cover stories as they unfold, talking directly to the people involved.

In an era of fake news, when journalists are dubbed “the enemies of the people,” Fisk’s resolve to document reality has become an obsessive war to speak the truth.

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Director: Yung Chang
Cast:  Robert Fisk, Amira Hass, Nirmeen Hazineh 
Language: English & Arabic with English Subtitles
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 45 minutes

The Guardian of Memory

The Guardian of Memory tells the stories of Mexican men, women, and children seeking safety in the US. Carlos Spector, an El Paso immigration lawyer, fights tirelessly to obtain political asylum for Mexicans fleeing extreme violence. This is the story about the kindness and hope that still exists in people who have endured tremendous suffering.

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Director: Marcela Arteaga
Cast: Carlos Spector
Language: Spanish
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Henchmen

In a world of super-villains, evil schemes, and global domination, someone has to take out the trash. Welcome to the world of Henchmen, third class. When Lester, a fresh-faced recruit, joins the Union of Evil, he is assigned to a motley crew of blue-collar workers led by fallen henchmen, Hank. But when Lester accidentally steals a super villain’s ultimate weapon, Hank must break his risk-nothing code to save the boy he’s befriended, even if it means becoming the one thing he has always avoided: a hero.

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Director: Adam Wood
Cast:  Rosario Dawson, James Marsden, Nathan Fillion
Language: English
Genre: Kids, Animation
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 25 minutes

F11 and Be There

For 65 years and counting, Burk Uzzle has created some of the most iconic photographs in American history. From Martin Luther King to Woodstock to America’s small towns and back roads, Uzzle’s photographs have provided a breathtaking commentary on American civil rights, race, social justice, and art.

Grounded in documentary photography when he was hired by LIFE magazine at age 23, Uzzle’s work grew into a combination of split-second impressions reflecting the human condition during his tenure at the international Magnum cooperative (founded by one of his mentors, Henri Cartier-Bresson).

An electrifying fusion of music, image, and dialogue, “F11 and Be There” captures the life and artistry of this most unique American photographer.

“Critic’s Pick! Burk Uzzle, the subject of this unusually distinctive documentary, doesn’t have the name recognition of Bill Cunningham or Jay Maisel, two lensmen highlighted in recent features, but he should. The film is as beautifully composed as Uzzle’s pictures. The director Jethro Waters also shot the movie, a subtle feast of light and color.”
-Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

“With its behind-the-scenes look at one of America’s best photographic practitioners and its depiction of a man with the soul of a true artist, ‘F11 and Be There’ should be required viewing for aspiring artists everywhere. In a world filled with darkness, this film shines a little light.” -Rod Machen, Cinapse

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Director: Jethro Waters
Cast:  Burk Uzzle
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 25 minutes

A Chef’s Voyage

The Varsity Theatre in Davis presents “A Chef’s Voyage” on Virtual Cinema. When you buy a ticket, 50% of the proceeds go straight back to the Varsity to support them during this difficult time.

“A Chef’s Voyage” follows the celebrated American Chef David Kinch and his team from Manresa, their 3 Star Michelin restaurant in California, for a one-of-a-kind collaboration with three legendary French chefs at their iconic restaurants in Paris, Provence, and Marseille.

To mark the 15th anniversary of Manresa, Kinch decides to close shop for a month so he and his staff can embark on their France voyage. Planning the trip takes months and the logistics are tricky: how to sneak the food on flights; unfamiliar host kitchens; a language barrier and more.

We go behind the scenes as the Manresa crew attempts to stage nine major meals over 10 days in the world’s most cinematic venues, alongside culinary superstars, with the world watching (and tasting) — all to celebrate 15 years of Manresa excellence by doing what Chef Kinch and his team do best: creating meals and experiences worthy of those three stars.

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Director: Rémi Anfosso
Cast: David Kinch, Jean-André Charial, Glenn Viel
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Deep in Vogue

A film about Northern Vogue and its people. Deep in Vogue celebrates the colorful, queer, emotional and political stories of Northern Vogue and its people. Synonymous with the black, gay ballrooms of 1980s New York this documentary asks why we need Vogue in Manchester now more than ever. Over the course of a year, film makers Dennis Keighron-Foster and Amy Watson charted the buildup to the Manchester ICONS Vogue Ball. Exploring themes from the internal politics of Vogue to its external politics like disenfranchisement of black youth, LGBT issues, a shrinking welfare state, a dearth of art spaces and modes of expression, a reductive and commercialized gay scene and a lack of safe spaces for the truly different. DEEP IN VOGUE is about people coming to love and accept themselves, finding a new family through vogue. The film explores the history of vogue and ballroom, in which Black and Latinx gay men and trans people sought an aspirational artistic outlet in the 1980s, in much the same way that gay, queer, trans and QTIPOC people seek a safe space today.

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Director: Dennis Keighron Foster, Amy Watson
Cast:  Joshua Hubbard, Asttina Mandella, Darren Pritchard
Language: English
Genre: Documentary
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour

The August Virgin

Eva is about to turn 33 and her decision to stay in Madrid in August has become an act of faith. The days and nights arise as times for opportunities, and during the openair summer celebrations Eva meets other people whom she tries to help, without realising that she is actually helping herself. La virgen de agosto (The August Virgin) is a diary-film: the intimate journey of a woman in search of revelations; a rather philosophical and somewhat mystical summer story which is fun and festive from start to finish.

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Director: Jonas Trueba
Cast: Itsaso Arana, Vito Sanz
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Marona’s Fantastic Tale

Marona is a half-breed Labrador whose life leaves deep traces among the humans she encounters. After an accident, she reflects on all the homes and different experiences she’s had. As Marona’s memory journeys into the past, her unfailing empathy and love brings lightness and innocence into each of her owners’ lives.

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Director: Anca Damian
Cast: Lizzie Brocheré, Bruno Salomone, Thierry Hancisse 
Language: French with English Subtitles
Genre: Family, Animated
Rating: Not Rated
Run time: 1 hour 30 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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

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Director: Justin Pemberton
Cast: Thomas Piketty
Language: English and French with English subtitles
Genre: Documentary
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.

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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.

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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

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).

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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Director: Ken Loach
Cast: Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone
Language: English
Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
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.

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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