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CUT TO BLACK: CELEBRATING BLACK CINEMA

Honoring Black History Month, our focus celebrates the incredible wealth of Black artistry, both in front of and behind the camera. From acclaimed classics to hidden treasures, these distinctive achievements in film look to the past, reflect the present, and gesture to the future of cinema.

Recent reviews

A little miracle of a short from Iranian master Jafar Panahi, this beautiful film finds echoes of his 2018 feature 3 Faces. A moving examination of performance and personal liberty in the face of religious oppression, Hidden is a tender and intimate mystery that builds to a piercing conclusion.

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Winner of a Grand Jury Prize at SXSW, Play It Safe is an ingeniously tense interrogation of unconscious racism in seemingly liberal spaces. Shot on 16mm, the film’s audacious finale stamps a visceral exclamation point on a remarkable calling card for director Mitch Kalisa and actor Jonathan Ajayi.

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Youssef Chahine begins his Alexandria trilogy with a WWII-era ode to his adolescent love for Shakespeare and Hollywood, an obsession that was at odds with a war-torn Egypt. Intensely passionate, the film masterly weaves broader critiques of Western imperialism with the fervor of idealistic romances.

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A major success for director Atom Egoyan and actor-filmmaker Sarah Polley, this ambitious, Oscar-nominated drama powerfully explores the tragedy and trauma of a community in British Columbia. Featuring an incredible Ian Holm, The Sweet Hereafter is a high point in contemporary Canadian cinema.

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Youn Yuh-jung gained international fame after winning an Oscar for her masterful performance in her Hollywood debut, Minari. In The Bacchus Lady, the actor shows why she is a cherished fixture of Korean cinema, bringing subtlety and poignancy to this compelling portrait of an elderly sex worker.

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A psychedelic odyssey to a phantasmagorical world where mythic creatures both enchant and ensnare, Dash Shaw’s vision of a soon-to-be-ruined utopia bursts with hallucinatory images. Channeling retro action-adventure thrills through singular hand-drawn animation, this is a trip you will never forget!

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An idiosyncratic critique of consumerism, this frenetic animated collage transports the familiar trope of monster mayhem to a prismatic alien civilization plastered with magazine cut-outs. Often shown during Star Wars screenings, this awe-striking short became widely beloved and popular in Hungary!

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Cinema often turns to the past for answers about the present, but no other film has captured Spain’s postwar malaise like Eloy Enciso’s stunning nocturne. Poignant memoirs, Bressonian acting, and jaw-dropping chiaroscuros make this study in fascism an entrancing journey into the depths of the night.

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