Special Showing

Lu Over the Wall

Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24

A musically gifted teenaged boy befriends a mermaid whose flippers turn to dancing feet when she hears music. When she sings, everyone who hears her is compelled to dance. This Japanese animated film is from director Masaaki Yuasa, "Japan’s Most Idiosyncratic and Exciting Animation Director" according to Vulture.

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Lu Over the Wall

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Please note this change: All matinee shows will be dubbed in English. The Sunday evening show will be in Japanese with English subtitles.

From visionary anime auteur Masaaki Yuasa comes a joyously hallucinogenic but family-friendly take on the classic fairy tale about a little mermaid who comes ashore to join a middle-school rock band and propel them to fame. Kai is talented but adrift, spending his days sulking in a small fishing village after his family moves from Tokyo. His only joy is uploading songs he writes to the internet. When his classmates invite him to play keyboard in their band, their practice sessions bring an unexpected guest: Lu, a young mermaid whose fins turn to feet when she hears the beats, and whose singing causes humans to compulsively dance – whether they want to or not.

As Kai spends more time with Lu, he finds he is able to tell her what he is really thinking, and a bond begins to form. But since ancient times, the people in the village have believed that mermaids bring disaster and soon there is trouble between Lu and the townspeople, putting the town in grave danger. Winner of the Grand Prize at the prestigious Annecy Animation Festival and an official selection of Sundance 2018, Lu Over the Wall is a toe-tapping, feel-good demonstration of Yuasa’s genre-mixing mastery that will leave you humming long after you leave the theater.

Presented on our Main Screen

  • Director: Masaaki Yuasa
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 52 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure, Music

“It’s awe-inspiring to watch, a cousin both of Old Hollywood musicals and modern dance TV shows, impressing with the creative choreography and skill on display”

– The Film Stage

Film Series

Spotlight on Agnès Varda

Tuesdays, June 12 through June 26

In honor of Women Artists in Paris 1850–1900, the Clark Art Institute and Images Cinema present Spotlight on Agnès Varda, a three-part series featuring films spanning the remarkable career of the acclaimed Parisian director known as the “queen of the French New Wave.”

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Faces Places

Starring: Agnès Varda, JR

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Introduction by Esther Bell, the Robert and Martha Berman Lipp Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture

89-year old Agnès Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33 year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed and shared. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them. The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts and trains revealing the humanity in their subjects, and themselves. Faces Places documents these heart-warming encounters as well as the unlikely, tender friendship they formed along the way.

Presented on our Main Screen

  • Director: Agnès Varda
  • Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“Faces Places is a one-in-a-million crowd-pleaser that deserves to be seen by the widest audience possible.”

– The Atlantic

About the director: Affectionately known as the “queen of the French New Wave,” Parisian Agnès Varda claims that she had seen virtually no other films before making her directorial debut, La Pointe Courte (1956). Instead, she was inspired by literature, photography, and, most importantly, painting. Inheriting the legacy of the women living and working in Paris during the time period reflected in the special exhibition Women Artists in Paris 1850–1900, Varda’s engagement with art has never wavered throughout her remarkable sixty-year career.

Special Showing

Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour 2018

Wednesday, July 4 at 2:30pm

As part of this year’s Independence Day activities, the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce presents this collection of short films from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

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Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour 2018

As part of this year’s Independence Day activities, the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce presents this collection of short films from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. This 91-minute program of seven short films includes fiction, documentary and animation from around the world.

Maude
U.S.A, 10 minutes. Written and directed by Anna Margaret Hollyman.
Teeny thought it was just another routine babysitting job – until she's shocked to meet the client. As the day goes on, Teeny decides to become the woman she had no idea she always wanted to be...until she gets caught.

Baby Brother
U.S.A., 14 minutes. Written and directed by Kamau Bilal.
The director's baby brother moves back in with his parents.

The Burden
Sweden, 14 minutes. Written and directed by Niki Lindroth von Bahr.
A dark musical enacted in a modern shopping center, situated next to a large freeway. The employees of the various commercial venues deal with boredom and existential anxiety by performing cheerful musical turns. The apocalypse is a tempting liberator.

Hair Wolf
Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction
U.S.A., 12 minutes. Written and directed by Mariama Diallo.
In a black hair salon in gentrifying Brooklyn, the local residents fend off a strange new monster: white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture.

JEOM
U.S.A., South Korea, 4 minutes. Written and directed by Kangmin Kim.
A father and a son both have the same big birthmark on their butt. Believing that the two birthmarks are connected, the son scrubs his father's birthmark to remove it – but he just can't get rid of it.

Fauve
Short Film Special Jury Award
Canada, 16 minutes. Written and directed by Jérémy Comte.
Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game, with Mother Nature as the sole observer.

Matria
Short Film Grand Jury Prize, Presented by YouTube
Spain, 21 minutes. Written and directed by Álvaro Gago. Faced with a challenging daily routine, Ramona tries to take refuge in her relationships with her daughter and granddaughter.

Photo credit: Anna Margaret Hollyman, courtesy of Sundance Institute.

  • Runtime: 1 hour 31 minutes
  • Genre: Live Action & Animation & Documentary

Presented by the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce

Film Series

Family Flicks Under the Stars 2018

Sundays at Sundown, July 22, 29 + August 5

Morgan Lawn, at the top of Spring Street

Classic family films, outside and under the stars! Free and fun for all. BYO blankets, lawn chairs, bug spray, etc. Concessions will be available onsite. Movie starts at sundown, around 8:15pm.

July 22: Wall-E
July 29: Hairspray (1988)
August 5: Black Panther
August 12: raindate

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Wall-E

Academy-Award winner for Best Animated Feature Film, WALL-E is the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days tidying up the planet, one piece of garbage at a time. But during 700 years, WALL-E has developed a personality, and he's more than a little lonely. Then he spots EVE, a sleek and modern probe sent back to Earth on a scanning mission. Smitten WALL-E embarks on his greatest adventure yet when he follows EVE across the galaxy.

  • Director: Andrew Stanton
  • Runtime: 1 hour 38 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Comedy, Adventure

“Mixing Chaplinesque delicacy with the architectural grandeur of a Stanley Kubrick film, director Andrew Stanton recycles film history and makes something fresh and accessible from it without pandering to a young audience.”

– The Globe and Mail

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Hairspray

Starring: Divine, Debbie Harry, Ricki Lake, Ruth Brown

Ricki Lake and Divine star in John Water's bubble-gum comedic musical masterpiece. When Tracy auditions for a spot on a popular teen dance show, she beats out the spiteful Amber von Tussle, winning over Amber's boyfriend in the process. After meeting some black students at her school, Tracy begins to push for more racial integration on the dance show. This gets her into trouble on many sides, especially with Amber's pushy parents, played by Sonny Bono and Deborah Harry.

  • Director: John Waters
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 36 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Musical

“It's light and airy, but it will stick around: the first aerosol movie.”

– Time

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Black Panther

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whitaker, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman

After his father's death, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakanadan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.

  • Director: Ryan Coogler
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 2 hours 14 minutes
  • Genre: Adventure, Action

“One of the year's best films, and one that transcends the superhero genre to emerge as an epic of operatic proportions. The numerous battle sequences that are staples of the genre are present, but they float on the surface of a deep ocean of character development and attention to details both grandiose and minute.”

– RogerEbert.com