Yasujirō Ozu’s final film in black and white is perhaps the darkest, most psychologically complex of his masterful family portraits. Suffused with a wintry melancholy, it charts the devastating effects of household secrets on the lives of two sisters: the unhappily married Takako (the director’s muse Setsuko Hara) and the rebellious Akiko (Ineko Arima), a lost soul adrift in a world of late night bars and backroom mahjong parlors. When their estranged mother (Isuzu Yamada) unexpectedly reenters their lives, it sends shockwaves through the already fragile family. Even as it deals with a host of turbulent themes—absent parents, crumbling marriages, unplanned pregnancy—Tokyo Twilight achieves a quiet transcendence thanks to the director’s exquisite restraint and penetrating insight into the tangled relationships between parents and children.
Janus Films is proud to present a touring retrospective spanning Abbas Kiarostami’s nearly five-decade career. This series includes new restorations, undertaken by the Criterion Collection and MK2, of The Koker Trilogy, Taste of Cherry, The Wind Will Carry Us, and rarely screened shorts and documentaries.
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This widely acclaimed film from Soviet director Elem Klimov is a stunning, senses-shattering plunge into the dehumanizing horrors of war. As Nazi forces encroach on his small village in present-day Belarus, teenage Flyora (Aleksei Kravchenko, in one of the screen’s most searing depictions of anguish since Renée Falconetti’s Joan of Arc) eagerly joins the Soviet resistance.
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Seattle, 1984. Taking their camera to the streets of what was supposedly America’s most livable city, filmmaker Martin Bell, photographer Mary Ellen Mark, and journalist Cheryl McCall set out to tell the stories of those society had left behind: homeless and runaway teenagers living on the city’s margins
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