Special Showing

Paddington 2

Saturday, May 26 at 10am and 12:15pm

Settled in with the Brown family, Paddington Bear is a popular member of the community who spreads joy and marmalade wherever he goes.

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Paddington 2

Starring: Ben Whishaw, Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Hugh Bonneville, Hugh Grant, Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Michael Gambon, Sally Hawkins

Settled in with the Brown family, Paddington Bear is a popular member of the community who spreads joy and marmalade wherever he goes. One fine day, he spots a pop-up book in an antique shop — the perfect present for his beloved aunt's 100th birthday. When a thief steals the prized book, Paddington embarks on an epic quest to unmask the culprit before Aunt Lucy's big celebration.

  • Director: Paul King
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 43 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Family, Adventure

“A beautifully structured comedy of the old school, full of inspired blink-and-you-miss-it wordplay, intricate gags that build on each other, and narrative digressions that pay off in ways that feel inspired rather than predictable. It's an exquisite reminder of the wondrous things that can happen when a storyteller of boundless imagination avails himself of some rigorous discipline.”

– Los Angeles Times

Film Series

Spotlight on Agnés 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 Agnés 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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Le Bonheur

Starring: Jean-Claude Drouot, Claire Drouot, Marie-France Boyer

Introduction by Alexis Goodin, Curatorial Research Associate at the Clark Art Institute

Inspired by Jean Renoir’s Picnic in the Grass and by the pastoral paintings of the French Impressionists, Le Bonheur is a wry social satire that subtly questions the ideal of the modern, happy family. In a deceptively cheery color palette, Varda depicts a handsome young carpenter (Jean-Claude Drouot) living contentedly with his wife and children (portrayed by Drouot’s actual family), until he meets a pretty young clerk and the two begin an equally satisfying affair. But can these arrangements fulfill all involved?

  • Director: Agnès Varda
  • Runtime: 1 hour 19 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“For Varda, the charms of Impressionism are raw material that she subjects to analysis and criticism—it’s a film in which emotional life and sensual delight are seen through the prism of sociology, psychology, and philosophical reflection.”

– New Yorker

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Cléo from 5 to 7

Starring: Corinne Marchand, Jean-Luc Godard, Anna Karina.

Introduction by Olivier Meslay, the Felda and Dena Hardymon Director of the Clark Art Institute

Varda’s second film follows young pop singer, Florence “Cléo” Victoire, through two extraordinary hours in which she drifts through 1960s Paris, awaiting the results of a recent biopsy. A chronicle of the minutes of one woman’s life, Cléo from 5 to 7 is a spirited mix of vivid vérité and melodrama, featuring a score by Michel Legrand (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg).

  • Director: Agnés Varda
  • Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

Cléo from 5 to 7 plays today as startlingly modern. Released in 1962, it seems as innovative and influential as any New Wave film..”

– Roger Ebert

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Faces Places

Starring: Agnés Varda, JR

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

89-year old Agnes 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.

  • Director: Agnés 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 Agnés 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

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

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.

  • 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