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4 ultra-simple ways to stay in touch with great programming and events at the Film Society

April 10, 2009

Though it’s possible that a film-lover could camp out at the Walter Reade Theater, subsisting on popcorn and delicious baked goods, so as not to miss a thing amidst our nearly 365 days of movie programming, we’re sure your loved ones would advise against it. Plus, you live a busy life and may not always be able to check our website or puruse one of our calendars, but want to stay in touch and not miss out on anything we show that interests you.

The good news is that you are in the driver’s seat. You can customize the amount of information you receive from us–and stay on top of some of the most exciting movies on the planet. Here’s how:

Subscribe to ReelNews: We like to think of this as the Cadillac of options in terms of staying aware of what’s going on at the Film Society. If you subscribe to Reelnews, you can be assured that a shiny new newsletter will appear in your inbox every Wednesday packed with programming information, interesting bits of Film Society news, and special offers (we really love our ReelNews subscribers!). We will of course never share your information–your privacy is important to us–and strive to bring you news you can use.

Bookmark our blog: This blog can be a handy conduit to what’s on at the Walter Reade, plus we bring you extras like filmmaker interviews and the occasional shark attack. Put us in your RSS reader for even more handy access (

Follow us on Twitter: We love our Twitter followers, too. They are a unique and pithy breed. In recent months, we’ve run a free t-shirt contest and the “How do you live in public?” promotion specifically for the Twitterati. Posts to the filmlinc blog are reposted on Twitter, so it’s an easy way to stay on top of what happening here at the Film Society.

Become our Fan on Facebook: Ah, Facebook…it’s another great place to pick up interesting tidbits about Film Society programming and events. As a Fan, you’ll receive regular updates, have the chance to RSVP to our events, and much more. Whether you are a new fan or an old one, be sure to go to Facebook and scroll down to the end of your newsfeed, and click on “edit options.” You will need to opt-into status updates from us under “public profiles.” We promise it will be worth it!

So do you want to hear from us a lot or a little? You make the call. Just don’t ask us to remind you about your dentist appointment. We have to draw the line somewhere.

Guest post: Christian Del Moral picks New Directors/New Films women to watch

March 24, 2009

During Spanish Cinema Now, he excelled at picking Mujeres on the Verge.

Cine Latino en Nueva York‘s Christian Del Moral is back! This time, it’s to shine a light on the women directors of New Directors/New Films. It’s a tall order, since there are nine female directors in this year’s program, from all over the world. Christian’s picks make an excellent way to approach our Series Pass. For $45 ($35 members and students) take in five films during the series.

So without further ado, here are Christian’s thoughts on this year’s slate.

Cherian Dabis, director of Amreeka

Cherian Dabis, director of Amreeka

Tired of humiliations in the West Bank by Israeli forces, voluptuous Muna doesn’t think twice about coming to Middle America with her only son, Fady. Gifted with a green card, this charming Palestinian embarks on a cultural trip that she was not prepared for (we’ve all been there!). Cherien Dabis’ crowd-pleaser will resonate with many moviegoers for its honest message, regardless of nationality, ethnicity or language of origin.

Wed Mar 25: 7 (MoMA)

Thu Mar 26: 6:15 (FSLC)


Tatia Rosenthal, director of $9.99

What’s the meaning of life? This tricky question haunts a young man living in Sydney, Australia who is surrounded by an array of eccentric characters–the fellow inhabitants of his apartment building–all looking for the same answer. It took NYU graduate Tatia Rosenthal 10 years to make this funny, smart, and impressive stop-motion animation flick, and the wait was well worth it.
Sun Mar 29: 7 (MoMA)
Wed Apr 1: 9 (FSLC)

Cladia Llosa, director of Milk of Sorrow

Cladia Llosa, director of Milk of Sorrow

The Milk of Sorrow/La Teta Asustada
To satisfy her critics, Barcelona transplant Claudia Llosa goes back home to Peru and again enlists (as she did in her first feature) the striking beauty Magali Solier, who as Fausta suffers from–literally–the frightened breast, a traumatic curse passed on to her by her mother, a rape victim. Llosa’s second film was shot in the outskirts of Lima and includes many wedding rituals that will definitely spark a debate among fellow Latin American movie buffs.
Wed Apr 1: 6:15 (MoMA)
Fri Apr 3: 9 (FSLC)

Laurel Nakadate, director of Stay the Same Never Change

Laurel Nakadate, director of Stay the Same Never Change

Stay the Same Never Change
Looking for something bizarre and non-traditional? Try Laurel Nakadate’s directorial debut, set in Kansas City, where the long days of several teenage girls are filled with loneliness, boredom and fleeting affection. This isn’t Dorothy’s Kansas, but within its high-concept non-driven plot there’s an eerie beauty, strong feelings and compelling imagery.
Thu Mar 26: 6:15 (MoMA)
Sat Mar 28: 3:30 (FSLC)

So Young Kim, director of Treeless Mountain

So Young Kim, director of Treeless Mountain

Treeless Mountain
Little Bin and Jin, two sisters from Seoul left with an alcoholic aunt by their irresponsible mother, face their abandonment by trying to make the best of it: selling grilled grasshoppers and putting money in their piggy bank in hopes that doing so will bring mommy back to them. Based on her early memories, So Yong Kim’s powerful journey of maturity and survival offers a unique vision. The girls will steal your heart; they gave such fine perfomances, my favorites from this year’s program.
Fri Mar 27: 9 (FSLC)
Sun Mar 29: 2 (MoMA)

Want more female power? Also on the program: Home (Ursula Meier), Cold Souls (Sophie Barthes), Can Go Through Skin (Esther Rots), and  closing night’s We Live in Public by Ondi Timoner. In addition, you can find the great Academy Award nominee Melissa Leo in Frozen River, directed by Courtney Hunt, or attend the event Teaming Up: A Conversation featuring the directing team of Ryan Fleck and the lovely Anna Boden (Half Nelson).

–Christian Del Moral

How to Rendez-Vous with hot tickets at the Film Society

March 6, 2009


Maybe it’s the sexy accents. Maybe it’s the sense of superiority that comes from seeing new César Award-bedecked French cinema before anyone else even hears about it. Maybe it’s because it’s cheaper than flying to Paris. But year after year, Rendez-Vous with French Cinema is one of our most popular programs.

That can lead to some frustrating encounters with the sold-out sign. But fear not the hordes of Francophone cineastes! The filmlinc blog spoke with sources within the Film Society’s ticketing department to get you these exclusive tips on snagging prime seats to this yearly Gallic extravaganza.

First off, last minute tickets should become available to some of this weekend’s hottest seats: SÉRAPHINE (winner of seven Caesars!), EDEN IS WEST (Costa-Gavras in person!), and THE JOY OF SINGING (Opera! Espionage! Love!).

You can always show up before a screening, sold out or otherwise, and tickets may become available to the standby line immediately prior to showtime. Just remember,  it’s Cash Only at the box office.

Further, lots of interesting films are not yet sold out. This weekend:

With a Little Help From Myself: [Sat Mar 7: 4:10] [Mon Mar 9: 1 & 6:15] This pointed social satire immerses the viewer into the world of African immigrant Sonia and the housing project where she lives. When Sonia’s ne’er-do-well husband suffers a fatal heart attack on the day of her daughter’s wedding she hatches a plan with her elderly white neighbor Robert to bury the body and keep the dead man’s pension. Thus begins an unlikely relationship between two of contemporary France’s most marginalized groups, immigrants and the elderly.

Check back next week for a spotlight on some more Rendez-Vous selections you don’t want to miss.

But remember, you didn’t hear it from us.

Secrets to snagging New York Film Festival tix—revealed!

September 17, 2008

While it’s true that tickets to some of the festival’s most star-studded premieres get snapped up fast, you can score great seats at the last minute for little scratch (most tickets cost barely more than at your local multiplex). Use these insider tips and sample some of the hottest festival fare before anyone else gets to see it:

Check online: get current ticket availability at You can still get tickets to many great festival films.

Visit the filmlinc blog: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, we’ll feature “Hot Tickets,” select films from the festival that still have tickets available. Get them before they sell out!

Play the waiting game: Last minute ticket releases are the cineaste’s best friend. Starting on the September 27th, go to venue box offices or even just show up before a show—you never know when a block of tickets will become available. More on box office locations.

Follow us on Twitter: We’ll release information about last-minute ticket availability the minute we get word from the box office, so if you follow us on Twitter, you’ll be the first to know.

We’ll see you at the festival!

Innovative newcomers set the tone at Latinbeat ‘08

September 4, 2008

Lines of dialogue in the shimmering, hallucinatory Wadley: 0

Number of hours Rodrigo Marín spent shooting his debut feature The Girls: 24

Number of stories woven into two uninterrupted, 40 minute takes in Still Orangutans: 6

For film lovers who appreciate innovative technique and independent spirit, this year’s Latinbeat series at the Film Society of Lincoln Center showcases the some of the most exciting young filmmakers behind the lens today anywhere in the world.

In recent years, Latin American filmmakers have been grabbing the spotlight with their audacious visions, in films like Alejandro González Iñárritu’s gripping Amores Perros (a NYFF selection in 2000), Alfonso Cuarón’s tender Y Tu Mama Tambien (NYFF 2001), and Brazil’s kinetic City of God.

With its strong focus on young, debut filmmakers, Latinbeat ’08 offers cinephiles the chance to discover the blockbuster indie talent of next year. And with 28 films from ten countries in one month-long event, Latinbeat is not characterized by a single type of film but rather a vibrant diversity:

  • Comedies: The comedies in this year’s line up run the gamut from wacky romps like Chile Puede, in which the hapless solo member of Chile’s aeronautics program is stranded in space, to affectionate social satires like The Pope’s Toilet, which follows rakish smugglers as they try to capitalize on the Pontiff’s visit to Brazil. Merrily blending plot lines, time sequences and even genres, Scrambled Beer is a fun black comedy that tracks scrappy Vladimir through a truly earth-shattering bender.
  • Hard-hitting investigations: Kill them All is a docu-drama that takes a searing looking inside Operation Condor and the legacy of human rights abuses in Uruguay and elsewhere in Latin America, while Man of Two Havanas is documentarian Vivien Lesnick Weisman’s portrait of her father Max Lesnick, a polarizing figure in the Cuban exile community.
  • Gripping capers: Part thriller and a whole lot of action film, with sparks of very black humor, Dog Eat Dog follows two hitmen in Cali, Colombia and makes a nod to Tarantino in its form and style. Documentary The Old Thieves examines a generation of real-life thieves who were famous in 1960s Mexico for their exploits and the wild success they enjoyed in the process.

Sample the range: A series pass is an excellent way to sample the diverse offerings of Latinbeat ’08: it admits one person to five titles in the Latinbeat 2008 series. $40 public/$30 Film Society member. Available only at the Walter Reade Theater box office (cash only transactions).