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    Join us opening night (6/21) for a minimal synth-pop set by DJ Troller at 8 PM.

    Like any teenage girl, Simone is obsessed with love, music, and R. but, unlike any girl, Simone is willing to stop at nothing to get the object of her desire.

      Nina Menkes’ no-budget 1991 study of an alienated Las Vegas blackjack dealer (played by the filmmaker’s sister and muse Tinka Menkes) seems especially prescient now, considering subsequent trends in world cinema. Made with a series of very long, contemplative takes, it envelops the viewer in the psyche of the protagonist, who haunts the streets and corridors of a city that sleeps all day.

        Proceeding from the central premise of Ernest Hemingway’s very short story of the same name, this technically astounding, flashback-filled noir has two of the most memorable performances in the canon, from Burt Lancaster, as a boxer who makes too many bad decisions, and Ava Gardner, as a femme fatale who derives so much pleasure from being bad it’s almost unseemly.

        Additional screening:

        Sun, June 23 @ 4pm – $9.00 tickets

          In Jamaa Fanaka’s low-budget wonder, made while he was a student at UCLA, a young black woman, born and raised down South, comes to Los Angeles when her mother dies. In the big city she finds injustice as well, so she fights hard with all the tools at her disposal.

            AFS Doc Days, our second annual festival of non-fiction cinema, features outstanding new documentary work from around the world with filmmakers in attendance. Doc Days is an opportunity for Austin’s vibrant documentary community, filmmakers and audiences, to come together, see new work, and meet with visiting filmmakers. Last year’s seven-film program included three films that went on to be nominated for Academy Awards.

            Single tickets and schedule to be released in May. Series passes are now on sale.

            Save 10% on purchasing your tickets with a series pass.

              Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s dystopian fable about technological culture’s struggle with the unsavory aspects of human nature is, if anything, too effective. Chilling, disturbing, and undeniably powerful.

                Taking place in London and based upon a novel the director claimed to have never read, Jules Dassin’s 1950 masterpiece NIGHT AND THE CITY is relentless in its depiction of the formidable bleakness possessing the difficult situations our protagonist (Richard Widmark) must travel through to achieve a better life for himself. Equally formidable is the performance of Gene Tierney, bringing life to a wonderfully complex femme fatale full of inner torment as crushing as the suffocating chiaroscuro-laden city that surrounds her.

                ABOUT THIS SERIES
                The people have spoken, and have told us they want more Film Noir. So we return with a selection of the most important and best of these dark stories of tough guys and femmes fatale, of rainy streets and very, very bad life choices. The first screening of each will be preceded by an informative introduction by AFS Lead Programmer Lars Nilsen.

                  Long exiled from Hollywood, Orson Welles returned to make this adaptation of a tawdry pulp novel about bordertown corruption and produced a masterpiece. With Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, and Welles himself. A great film. In 35mm.

                  ABOUT THIS SERIES
                  The people have spoken, and have told us they want more Film Noir. So we return with a selection of the most important and best of these dark stories of tough guys and femmes fatale, of rainy streets and very, very bad life choices. The first screening of each will be preceded by an informative introduction by AFS Lead Programmer Lars Nilsen.

                    Taiwan/France | 2001 | 105 minutes | 35mm | Mandarin with English Subtitles

                    Vicky (Shu Qi, THE ASSASSIN) finds relief in the bright lights and designer drugs of the Taipei club scene, then returns to the cluttered apartment she shares with her abusive, good-for-nothing boyfriend Hao-hao (Tuan Chun-hao). A hard-edged but sensitive gangster (Jack Kao) holds out the possibility of a more lasting escape, but Vicky must first break free of the inertia confining her. With MILLENNIUM MAMBO, Hou Hsiao-hsien kicks off the 21st century as only he can, delivering a reflective, neon-drenched mood piece that captures the excitement and ennui of contemporary urban life.

                    35mm print courtesy of the Center for Moving Image Arts, Bard College

                    This screening is part of “Reality in Long Shots,” a retrospective of works by the pioneering Taiwanese writer-director Hou Hsiao-Hsien presented by Austin Asian American Film Festival and Austin Film Society. This event is made possible by the Ministry of Culture – Taiwan’s Spotlight Taiwan grant, with assistance from the Taiwan Academy of Houston. More information is available at https://www.austinfilm.org/series/reality-in-long-shots-a-hou-hsiao-hsien-retrospective/

                    Escape the heat this summer with the Austin Film Society and its new AFS Cinema, an arthouse theater with two screens, a lobby bar, and a café that features films seven days a week. With this cinema, AFS is creating a home for its celebrated programming, which has long included classics and new discoveries from throughout cinema history, often presented on 35mm film in addition to 2K and 4K digital presentations.

                    The AFS Cinema is a new option for seeing the best international and independent films—many that wouldn’t come to Austin screens otherwise. It’s a nice place to enjoy amazing films, and also a gathering spot for Austin’s community of film lovers to meet and chat over food and drinks.

                    Peter Klein, formerly of Olamaie, has crafted a menu with hot dogs from local provider Smokey Denmark, small-batch AFS Signature Popcorn, gourmet toasts (egg salad and pimento cheese), and of course, movie theatre candy! The cinema also features a  full bar with signature cocktails, local draft beers, wine, and espresso from Stumptown Coffee.

                    The AFS Cinema is the next big move for the Austin Film Society, a nonprofit organization that has supported the art, culture and industry of film for over 30 years. Founded by filmmaker Richard Linklater, AFS’s mission is to empower the community to make, watch, and love film and creative media. In addition to the AFS Cinema, the organization financially supports Texas filmmakers through AFS Grants, and operates Austin Studios, a 20-acre production facility, and Austin Public, a space for the city’s diverse mediamakers to train and collaborate.

                    Visit the Austin Film Society’s website for upcoming listings of films screening at the AFS Cinema.

                    We’ll see you at the movies!