Hitchcock/Truffaut – Regent Square Theater
In 1962 Hitchcock and Truffaut locked themselves away in Hollywood for a week to excavate the secrets behind the mise-en-scène in cinema. Based on the original recordings of this meeting—used to produce the mythical book Hitchcock/Truffaut—this film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time and plummets us into the world of the creator of Psycho, The Birds, and Vertigo. Hitchcock/Truffaut opens on January 1st at Regent Square Theater.
Mustang – Regent Square Theater
Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey. Five free-spirited teenaged sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. The supposed debauchery of their games causes a scandal with unintended consequences: their family home slowly turns into a prison, classes on housework and cooking replace school, and marriages begin to be arranged. The fierce love between the sisters bonds them as they each find ways of rebelling and chasing freedom in this Cannes prize-winning film. Mustang opens on January 15th at Regent Square Theater.
In Jackson Heights – Melwood Screening Room
Celebrated documentarian Frederick Wiseman profiles Jackson Heights, one of New York’s most diverse neighborhoods, with immigrants from Peru, Colombia, Mexico, India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan (167 languages are spoken) – as well as elderly residents of Jewish, Irish and Italian extraction. Under the elevated train, a hodge-podge of stores sell whole baby goats, saris, and Bollywood DVDs; they offer HIV testing, Tibetan food, and classes for would-be cabbies. Jackson Heights is home to an activist LGBT community, to recent survivors of terrifying border crossings, students of the Quran, and small shop-owners who mobilize against the Williamsburg-ization of the nabe. Wiseman embraces a community that revels in still being affordable, 20 minutes from “the city,” and resolutely unhip. In Jackson Heights opens on January 22nd at the Melwood Screening Room.