Film Series

The View From Here

January 19, February 23 + March 9

In conjunction with Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape, Images Cinema and the Clark Art Institute present The View from Here, a film series exploring three different approaches to the role of landscapes in cinema: as subject, as inspiration, and as a means to explore character and emotion.

The View From Here
January 19: Days of Heaven (1978)
February 23: Columbus (2017)
March 9: Leaning into the Wind (2018)

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Columbus

Starring: John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey, Rory Culkin

Introduction by Robert Wiesenberger, Associate Curator of Contemporary Projects at the Clark

When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana - a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey, a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. As their intimacy develops, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their conflicted emotions: Jin's estranged relationship with his father, and Casey's reluctance to leave Columbus and her mother.

  • Director: Kogonada
  • Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“The quietly stirring, exquisitely photographed Columbus is an art-house gem that beautifully illuminates not only the architecture of a small Indiana town, but also the characters that inhabit it. ”

– San Franicisco Chronicle

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Leaning into the Wind

Starring: Andy Goldsworthy, Holly Goldsworthy

Introduction by Alexis Goodin, Curator of Turner & Constable: the Inhabited Landscape at the Clark

Leaning into the Wind is a vibrant journey through the diverse layers of Andy Goldsworthy's world. From urban Edinburgh and London to the South of France and New England, each environment he encounters becomes a fresh kaleidoscopic canvas for his art. A lushly-visualized travelogue, Goldsworthy's work and Thomas Riedelsheimer's exquisite cinematography redefine landscape and inextricably tie human life to the natural world.

  • Director: Thomas Riedelsheimer
  • Runtime: 1 hour 37 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“Like Rivers and Tides, also directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer, Leaning Into the Wind is a study in seeing, in subordinating one’s self to the elements, in creating with nature rather than from it. It's a contemplative beauty, a chance to consider and be moved by a richer sort of connectedness than our lives typically allow. ”

– Village Voice

Presented by the Clark Art Institute and Images Cinema.

Special Event

Red Carpet Party

February 24, 2019 7:30 PM

Presented in collaboration with Willinet

Red Carpet hosted by Anne Kennedy & Molly Kerns
Dress to impress
Academy Award broadcast shown on the big screen. Cash bar. Pick-the-winner contest for a chance to win a year of free movies at Images.

Film Series

Coming of Age in French Film

Mondays at 7pm; February 11, 18 and 25

Images Cinema

Titled Transitions: Coming of Age in French and Francophone Adolescent Film, this year's Williams College French Film Festival offers three films of personal growth and change.

Admission is free and open to all. All films will be presented in French with English subtitles.

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Tomboy

Starring: Zoé Héran, Malonn Lévana, Sophie Cattani, Mathieu Demy, Jeanne Disson

Named one of the top five LGBTQ films of the 21st century by IndieWire, this award-winning film tells the story of 10-year-old Laure, played by the amazing Zoe Heran, who moves to the suburbs and decides to pass as a boy amongst the pack of neighborhood kids. As "Mikael” she catches the attention of leader of the pack Lisa, who becomes smitten with her. At home with her parents and younger sister Jeanne, she is Laure; while hanging out with her new pals and girlfriend, she is Mikael. Finding resourceful ways to hide her true self, Laure takes advantage of her new identity, as if the end of the summer would never reveal her unsettling secret.

Writer-director Céline Sciamma brings a light and charming touch to this contemporary coming-of-age story which deftly explores relationships between children and their peers; between children and their parents; and the even more complicated relationship between one’s heart and one’s body.

Preceded by the short film Mother(s)/Maman(s), directed by Maïmouna Doucouré

Presented on our Main Screen

  • Director: Céline Sciamma
  • Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 1 hour 22 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“Moving. Sciamma deserves great praise for what she has accomplished with a simple film addressing a complex subject."”

– Toronto Star

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Polina

Starring: Anastasia Shevtsova, Niels Schneider, Juliette Binoche, Jérémie Bélingard, Aleksei Guskov

A gripping insider’s look at the world of ballet and contemporary dance, this is the story of a young Russian ballerina whose lifelong dream of joining the Bolshoi Ballet is derailed when she discovers modern dance. Beautifully capturing the sacrifices, competition, and physical pain of the dance world, as well as the thrill of stepping on stage, Polina is also, most importantly, a coming of age story, the tale of a young woman forging an artist’s path by learning to look at the world in her own way.

The first feature by leading French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, written and directed in tandem with documentarian Valérie Müller, Polina mixes professional actors such as Academy Award-winner Juliette Binoche with leading dancers such as Anastasia Shevtsova, a nineteen-year-old ballerina from Saint Petersburg who learned French to play the titular part, and Jérémie Bélingard, a former danseur étoile at the Paris Opera Ballet. Together, the filmmakers and actors pull off the rare feat of telling a fictional story that feels documentary in its detail and sweepingly romantic in its heart.

Presented on our Main Screen

  • Director: Valérie Müller, Angelin Preljocaj
  • Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 1 hour 48 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“The creative process is always an elusive thing for filmmakers to capture, but amid all the startling visuals and the splendid acting, Polina rises, gloriously, to the challenge.”

– Wall Street Journal

This festival is made possible with the generous support of the Williams Department of Romance Languages and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

Special Showing

Studio Ghibli: Spirited Away

Saturday, March 2 + Sunday, March 3

Daytime shows will be in English. The Sunday 8pm show will be in Japanese with English subtitles

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Spirited Away

Shown as a part of Studio Ghibli Celebration. Images Cinema will show one Studio Ghibli classic Japanese Anime per month March through November 2019.

Matinees in English. Sunday 8pm shows in Japanese with English subtitles.

Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award®-winning masterpiece Spirited Away was the biggest box office hit of all time in Japan and a film that helped redefine the possibilities of animation for American audiences and a generation of new filmmakers.Wandering through an abandoned carnival site, ten-year-old Chihiro is separated from her parents and stumbles into a dream-like spirit world where she is put to work in a bathhouse for the gods, a place where all kinds of nonhuman beings come to refresh, relax and recharge. Here she encounters a vast menagerie of impossibly inventive characters — shape-shifting phantoms and spirits, some friendly, some less so — and must find the inner strength to outsmart her captors and return to her family. Combining Japanese mythology with Through the Looking Glass-type whimsy, Spirited Away cemented Miyazaki’s reputation as an icon of inspired animation and wondrous, lyrical storytelling.

  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure

“Spirited Away is surely one of the finest of all animated films.”

– Roger Ebert

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Special Showing

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Saturday, March 16 at 11am + 2pm

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Ralph Breaks the Internet

Starring: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 leaves Litwak’s video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet – which may or may not survive Ralph’s wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part of save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet – the netizens – to help navigate their way, including a website entrepreneur named Yesss, who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site “BuzzzTube.”

  • Director: Phil Johnston and Rich Moore
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 52 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Comedy, Adventure

“Amid the film’s ornate imagery and deliriously irreverent humor, we might begin to realize that we’re watching a terrifying, incisive satire.”

– New York Times

This event is sponsored by the Williamstown Community Chest and Donovan, O'Connor & Dodig.

Special Showing

Studio Ghibli: Princess Mononoke

Saturday, April 13 + Sunday, April 14

Daytime shows will be in English. The Sunday 8pm show will be in Japanese with English subtitles

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Princess Mononoke

Shown as a part of Studio Ghibli Celebration. Images Cinema will show one Studio Ghibli classic Japanese Anime per month March through November 2019.

Matinees in English. Sunday 8pm shows in Japanese with English subtitles.

Princess Mononoke is a landmark of animation and a film of unsurpassed power and beauty. An epic story of conflict between humans, gods, and nature, the film has been universally acclaimed by critics and broke box office records on its original release in Japan.

While defending his village from a demonic boar-god, the young warrior Ashitaka becomes afflicted with a curse that grants him super-human power in battle but will eventually take his life. Traveling west to find a cure or meet his destiny, he journeys deep into sacred depths of the Great Forest where he meets San (Princess Mononoke), a girl raised by wolf-gods who is waging battle against the human outpost of Iron Town, on the edge of the forest. The girl Mononoke is a force of nature – with blood smeared lips, riding bareback on a great white wolf, doing battle with both gods and humans, she is as iconic a figure as any from film, literature, or opera.

  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure

“This intricate, epic fable is amazing to behold.”

– New York Times

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Special Showing

Studio Ghibli: My Neighbor Totoro

Saturday, May 11 + Sunday, May 12

Daytime shows will be in English. The Sunday 8pm show will be in Japanese with English subtitles

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My Neighbor Totoro

Shown as a part of Studio Ghibli Celebration. Images Cinema will show one Studio Ghibli classic Japanese Anime per month March through November 2019.

Matinees in English. Sunday 8pm shows in Japanese with English subtitles.

Roger Ebert called “one of the five best movies” ever made for children, My Neighbor Totoro is a deceptively simple tale of two girls, Satsuki and Mei, who move with their father to a new house in the countryside. They soon discover that the surrounding forests are home to a family of Totoros, gentle but powerful creatures who live in a huge and ancient camphor tree and are seen only by children.

Beneath the film’s playfulness and narrative simplicity lie depths of wisdom. As with much of Miyazaki’s work, at its core My Neighbor Totoro is about human-kind’s relationship to the Earth. The film is infused with a reverence for the power of nature. Protected by the Totoros, we know no harm will come to our two heroines in the forest’s sunlit glades and mysterious shadows. The girls may be awed by the power and majesty around them but they understand instinctively that nature has no malice. The viewer is left with a sense of wonder at the beauty, mystery and preciousness of the world all around us.

  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Rating: G
  • Runtime: 1 hour 26 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure

“Rich with human comedy in the way it observes the two remarkably convincing, lifelike little girls.”

– Roger Ebert

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Special Showing

Studio Ghibli: Howl's Moving Castle

Saturday, June 22 + Sunday, June 23

Daytime shows will be in English. The Sunday 8pm show will be in Japanese with English subtitles

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Howl's Moving Castle

Shown as a part of Studio Ghibli Celebration. Images Cinema will show one Studio Ghibli classic Japanese Anime per month March through November 2019.

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, and acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki, comes the Academy Award-nominated fantasy adventure for the whole family.

Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a curse on Sophie and turns her into a 90-year-old woman. On a quest to break the spell, Sophie climbs aboard Howl’s magnificent moving castle and into a new life of wonder and adventure. But as the true power of Howl’s wizardry is revealed, Sophie finds herself fighting to protect them both from a dangerous war of sorcery that threatens their world. Featuring the voices of Jean Simmons, Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall, Blythe Danner, Emily Mortimer, Josh Hutcherson and Billy Crystal.

  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 59 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure

“Soon you will find yourself floating, buoyed up by his gentleness, his visual exuberance, and his unshowy intelligence and emotional literacy. It is a lovely film for all ages.”

– The Guardian

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Special Showing

Studio Ghibli: Nausicaa

Saturday, August 3 + Sunday, August 4

Daytime shows will be in English. The Sunday 8pm show will be in Japanese with English subtitles

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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Shown as a part of Studio Ghibli Celebration. Images Cinema will show one Studio Ghibli classic Japanese Anime per month March through November 2019.

After a global war, the seaside kingdom known as the Valley of the Wind remains one of the last strongholds on Earth untouched by a poisonous jungle and the powerful insects that guard it. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaä, the people of the Valley engage in an epic struggle to restore the bond between humanity and Earth.

Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind will dazzle your senses with its intricately imagined storytelling and stunning animation!

  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 57 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure

“Hayao Miyazaki's first major theatrical work (1984), adapted from a manga series he wrote, shows the Japanese animator in full command of his art.”

– Chicago Reader

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Special Showing

Studio Ghibli: Kiki's Delivery Service

Saturday, September 28 + Sunday, September 29

Daytime shows will be in English. The Sunday 8pm show will be in Japanese with English subtitles

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Kiki's Delivery Service

Shown as a part of Studio Ghibli Celebration. Images Cinema will show one Studio Ghibli classic Japanese Anime per month March through November 2019.

From the legendary Hayao Miyazaki comes the beloved story of a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt. It is tradition for all young witches to leave their families on the night of a full moon and set out into the wide world to learn their craft. When that night comes for Kiki, she embarks on her life journey with her chatty black cat, Jiji, landing the next morning in a sea-side village, where a bakery owner hires her to make deliveries. Rarely has the animator’s art been so brilliantly rendered as in this delightfully imaginative film – a beautiful and timeless story of a young girl finding her way in the world.

  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Rating: G
  • Runtime: 1 hour 42 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure

“Delightful tale of self-discovery and heroism from Mr. Miyazaki, it feels like Disney one moment, Truffaut the next.”

– New York Times

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Special Showing

Studio Ghibli: Ponyo

Saturday, October 19 + Sunday, October 20

Daytime shows will be in English. The Sunday 8pm show will be in Japanese with English subtitles

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Ponyo

Shown as a part of Studio Ghibli Celebration. Images Cinema will show one Studio Ghibli classic Japanese Anime per month March through November 2019.

Perfect for audiences of all ages, Ponyo centers on the friendship between five-year-old Sosuke and a magical goldfish named Ponyo, the young daughter of a sorcerer father and a sea-goddess mother. After a chance encounter, Ponyo yearns to become a human so she can be with Sosuke. As to be expected with Miyazaki, the film is awash in pure unbridled imagination and visual wonder — but it is the tender love, humor, and devotion exhibited by Ponyo and Sosuke that form the emotional heart of the film.

  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Rating: G
  • Runtime: 1 hour 41 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure

“To watch the image of a young girl burbling with laughter as she runs atop cresting waves in “Ponyo” is to be reminded of how infrequently the movies seem to express joy now, how rarely they sweep us up in ecstatic reverie. It’s a giddy, touchingly resonant image of freedom — the animated girl is as liberated from shoes as from the laws of nature — one that the director Hayao Miyazaki lingers on only as long as it takes your eyes and mind to hold it close, love it deeply and immediately regret its impermanence.”

– New York Times

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Special Showing

Studio Ghibli: From Up on Poppy Hill

Saturday, November 2 + Sunday, November 3

Daytime shows will be in English. The Sunday 8pm show will be in Japanese with English subtitles

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From Up On Poppy Hill

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and The Secret World of Arrietty, comes another animated triumph. Yokohama, 1963. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics. Against this backdrop of hope and change, a friendship begins to blossom between high school students Umi (Sarah Bolger) and Shun (Anton Yelchin) – but a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart. From a screenplay by Academy Award® winner Hayao Miyazaki and featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson, Sarah Bolger, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Jeff Dunham, Isabelle Fuhrman, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, Emily Osment, Aubrey Plaza, Charlie Saxton, Alex Wolff and Anton Yelchin.

  • Director: Goro Miyazaki
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 31 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Drama, History

“From Up on Poppy Hill is frankly stunning, as beautiful a hand-drawn animated feature as you are likely to see. It's a time-machine dream of a not-so-distant past, a sweet and honestly sentimental story that also represents a collaboration between the greatest of Japanese animators and his up-and-coming son.”

– Los Angeles Times

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.