Ladies & Gentlemen, please join us from your homes for the Living Room Film Festival. Even though the theater is reopening for in-person screenings as of October 1st, we will still be curating this Virtual Cinema series for those households that are not comfortable returning to the theater at this time. These remain films that you can’t yet buy via an on-demand service - in any other time, you’d have to go to the theater to see them.
There will be times when we offer the same film both online and in-person, but most of our Virtual Screenings will only be offered online.
Films will still open on a Friday and run for two-three weeks, and our plan is to always have a slate of distinctly different titles running. We’re partnering with a lot of different distributors on these, which means there will be a few different ways of accessing the films; instructions on how to watch the film once you have purchased your virtual ticket are listed with each title.
Please note that we are not hosting these films ourselves, so we are not able to provide technical support directly. Each distributor has a customer support email listed for their films, and have been very quick to respond.
So get the popcorn popping, and dim the lights. And if you happen to have blue & red neon tubes running the length of your ceiling, make sure you flip those off once the trailers are over. "And now, our Feature Presentation..."
Virtual Tickets Available thru October 1
MADE IN BANGLADESH
Virtual Tickets Available thru October 8
Shimu fled her village as a child when her stepmother threatened to marry her off to a middle-aged man. Now 23 and living in the capital, she works grueling hours for paltry sums at a textile factory while her husband searches for work. Following the death of a co-worker, she decides to start a union with her co-workers. Despite threats from the management and the disapproval of her husband, Shimu is determined to go on. NR / 95 min. English & Bengali w/ subtitles.
Virtual Tickets Available thru September 24th
Set just prior to the start of the 21st century, this vaguely futuristic story follows two residents of a quickly crumbling building who refuse to leave their homes in spite of a virus that has forced the evacuation of the area. As rain pours down relentlessly, a single man is stuck with an unfinished plumbing job and a hole in his floor. This results in a very odd relationship with the woman who lives below him. Combining deadpan humor with an austere view of loneliness and a couple of unexpected musical numbers, Tsai Ming-Liang crafted one of the most original films of the 1990s, finally receiving a full-length US theatrical release. NR / 89 min. Mandarin w/ subtitles.
"One of the ten best films of 1999…Tsai's most distilled, droll, deftly realized allegory."
– J. Hoberman, Village Voice
“The most memorable fusion of song, dance and weather since Singin’ in the Rain.”
– Dennis Lim, Village Voice
“A broodingly apocalyptic and thoroughly original view.”
– Marjorie Baumgarten, The Austin Chronicle