Just Booked at The Nightlight: IN THE SHADOW OF WOMEN, Opens 2/6

A tightly focused romantic drama that exudes the narrative terseness of a good short story and the lucid craftsmanship of a filmmaker in full command of the medium.
~~ Scott Foundas, Variety

In the Shadow of Women, Opens February 6th

The new film by the great Philippe Garrel is a close look at infidelity — not merely the fact of it, but the particular, divergent ways in which it’s experienced and understood by men and women. Stanislas Merhar and Clotilde Courau are Pierre and Manon, a married couple working in fragile harmony on Pierre’s documentary film projects, the latest of which is a portrait of a resistance fighter (Jean Pommier). When Pierre takes a lover (Lena Paugam), he feels entitled to do so, and he treats both wife and mistress with disengagement bordering on disdain; when Manon catches Pierre in the act, her immediate response is to find common ground with her husband. Garrel is an artist of intimacies and emotional ecologies, and with In the Shadow of Women he has added narrative intricacy and intrigue to his toolbox. The result is an exquisite jewel of a film.

Just Booked at The Nightlight: 2016 Oscar® Nominated Short Films, Opens 1/29

Come see the short films nominated for 2016 Academy Awards! These exciting films showcase new talents in cinema, a place for bold ideas and satisfying experiments. Before the Oscars telecast, The Nightlight will show shorts from each of the categories (Live Action, Animation, and Documentary) in an order that will be announced soon.

2016 Oscar® Nominated Short Films

Documentary Shorts

Body Team 12 – dir. David Darg, Liberia, 13 minutes

Synopsis: BODY TEAM 12 is tasked with collecting the victims at the height of the Ebola outbreak. These body collectors have arguably the most dangerous and gruesome job in the world. Yet despite the strain they emerge as heroes while the film explores their philosophy and strength. The story is told on the ground in Monrovia, Liberia through the eyes of the only female member of the team, who reveals the heartbreaking, lifesaving work of removing bodies from loved ones in order to halt transmission of the disease.

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness – dir. Sharmen Obaid-Chinoy, Pakistan, 40 minutes

Synopsis: Every year, more than 1,000 girls and women are the victims of religiously motivated honor killings in Pakistan, especially in rural areas. Eighteen-year-old Saba, who fell in love and eloped, was targeted by her father and uncle but survived to tell her story.

Last Day of Freedom – dirs. Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman, USA, 32 minutes

Synopsis: When Bill Babbitt realizes his brother Manny has committed a crime, he agonizes over his decision; should he call the police? LAST DAY OF FREEDOM is a richly animated personal narrative that tells the story of Bill’s decision to stand by his brother, a veteran returning from war, as he faces criminal charges, racism, and ultimately the death penalty. This film is a portrait of a man at the nexus of the most pressing social issues of our day; veterans’ care, mental health access and criminal justice.

Chau, Beyond the Lines – dir. Courtney Marsh, USA/Vietnam, 34 minutes

Synopsis: Chau, a teenager living in a Vietnamese care center for children born with birth defects due to Agent Orange, struggles with the difficulties of realizing his dream to become a professional artist and clothing designer. Despite being told that his ambitions are unrealistic, Chau is determined to live an independent, productive life.

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah – dir. Adam Benzine, USA, 40 minutes

Synopsis: Thirty years after the release of the documentary SHOAH, filmmaker Claude Lanzmann discusses the personal and professional difficulties he encountered during the more than 12 years it took to create the work. Lanzmann also discusses his relationships with Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, and his teenage years spent fighting in the French Resistance during World War II.

Live Action

Ave Maria – dir. Basil Khalil, Palestine/France/Germany, 15 minutes

Synopsis: Five nuns living in the West Bank find their routine disrupted when the car of a family of Israeli settlers breaks down outside the convent. Unable to use the telephone due to Sabbath restrictions, the family needs help from the nuns, but the sisters’ vow of silence requires them to work with their visitors to find an unorthodox solution.

Shok – dir. Jamie Donoughue, Kosovo/UK, 21 minutes

Synopsis: In Kosovo in 1998, two young boys are best friends living normal lives, but as war engulfs their country, their daily existence becomes filled with violence and fear. Soon, the choices they make threaten not only their friendship, but their families and their lives.

Everything Will Be OK – dir. Patrick Vollrath, Germany/Austria, 30 minutes

Synopsis: Michael, a divorced father devoted to his eight-year-old daughter, Lea, picks her up for their usual weekend together. At first it feels like a normal visit, but Lea soon realizes that something is different, and so begins a fateful journey.

Stutterer – dir. Benjamin Cleary, UK/Ireland, 12 minutes

Synopsis: For a lonely typographer, an online relationship has provided a much-needed connection without revealing the speech impediment that has kept him isolated. Now, however, he is faced with the proposition of meeting his online paramour in the flesh, and thereby revealing the truth about himself.

Day One – dir. Henry Hughes, USA, 25 minutes

Synopsis: On the heels of a painful divorce, an Afghan-American woman joins the U.S. military as an interpreter and is sent to Afghanistan. On her first mission, she accompanies troops pursuing a bomb-maker, and must bridge the gender and culture gap to help the man’s pregnant wife when she goes into labor.


Sanjay’s Super Team – dir. Sanjay Patel, USA, 7 minutes

Synopsis: In SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM, the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop-culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions. Sanjay is absorbed in the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into the traditions of his Hindu practice. Tedium and reluctance quickly turn into an awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on a journey he never imagined, returning with a new perspective that they can both embrace.

World of Tomorrow – dir. Don Hertzfeldt, USA, 17 minutes

Synopsis: A little girl named Emily is taken on a fantastical tour of her distant future by a surprising visitor who reveals unnerving secrets about humanity’s fate.

Bear Story – dir. Gabriel Osorio, Chile, 11 minutes

Synopsis: Every day, a melancholy old bear takes a mechanical diorama that he has created out to his street corner. For a coin, passersby can look into the peephole of his invention, which tells the story of a circus bear who longs to escape and return to the family from which he was taken.

We Can’t Live Without Cosmos – dir. Konstantin Bronzit, Russia, 16 minutes

Synopsis: Two best friends have dreamed since childhood of becoming cosmonauts, and together they endure the rigors of training and public scrutiny, and make the sacrifices necessary to achieve their shared goal.

Prologue – dir. Richard Williams, UK, 6 minutes

Synopsis: Clocking in at six minutes, PROLOGUE describes an incident in the Spartan-Athenian wars of 2,400 years ago. In it, a small girl bears witness as warriors battle to death. The dialog-free project utilizes natural sounds to complement the intense animation (entirely animated by Richard Williams himself). Williams – who is best known for his work as animation director on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, his unfinished feature “The Thief and the Cobbler” and Academy Award-winning “A Christmas Carol “adaptation – has worked on PROLOGUE for many years in between other projects. It was finally completed this year at the Aardman Studios in Bristol, U.K.

Just Booked at The Nightlight: THE DANISH GIRL, Opens 1/22

Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars as Lili Elbe, the 1920s Danish artist who was one of the first recipients of sexual reassignment surgery, in this biopic directed by Oscar winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech).

The Danish Girl (Tom Hooper, 2015)

Tom Hooper’s gorgeous new feature continues his march through some of the fascinating byways of history. The Danish Girl, drawn from the fact-based novel by David Ebershoff and similar in spirit to Hooper’s magnificent The King’s Speech, focuses on a character struggling with internal demons that threaten his equilibrium. In the director’s Academy Award-winning 2010 film it was an unexpected, ill-prepared king with a speech impediment. Here it is a happily married and relatively successful young artist who gradually determines that he is truly a she, and sets out to release the secret person inside.

Sumptuously photographed, The Danish Girl is set in Copenhagen in the 1920s and focuses almost entirely on a free-spirited couple, both of them painters — he of delicate landscapes, she of portraits. Einar (Eddie Redmayne), has just had a successful gallery show, but Gerda (Alicia Vikander) struggles to gain attention for her work. One day, Gerda asks her husband to stand in for a female model so she can complete her latest painting. Einar is overwhelmed by the experience of putting on beautiful, feminine clothes, and soon it turns into a quiet obsession. As Einar gradually rediscovers himself, Gerda’s paintings of him as a woman begin to attract serious attention. Gerda balances Einar’s transformation with her new-found acclaim. Einar, meanwhile, finds it impossible to put the genie back in the bottle: She will become Lili, one of the first known recipients of gender reassignment surgery.

One of the extraordinary things about The Danish Girl is the manner in which Hooper treats the emotional volatility these characters cope with, both individually and together. Love and understanding are paramount to them, even as the emergence of Lili brings simultaneous loss and gain. Vikander is superb, and Redmayne’s performance in his transgendered role is as subtle and powerful as his work in last year’s The Theory of Everything.


Just Booked at The Nightlight: BOY AND THE WORLD, Opens 2/5

The recently Oscar-nominated animated film, Boy and the World, is, “dazzlingly colorful and alive… a constant wonder and joy to behold.”
~~ Christy Lemire, RogerEbert.com

Boy and the World (Alê Abreu, 2013)

This wordless, evocative, uniquely original animated film follows Cuca, a young Brazilian boy who ventures from his simple countryside home into a neon-infused, carnivalesque metropolis in search of his father. It’s an audio/visual feast. When the credits roll there is a good chance your interpretation of the film might vary from others—but what a ride!

Open your senses to a refreshingly original, uniquely visual animated film from Brazilian artist Alê Abreu. Employing everything from mosaics to watercolors, the film overflows with delight, exploding with vibrant color and samba/hip hop rhythms. The story focuses on Cuca, a young child growing up in the Brazilian countryside with his family. One day, his father leaves to work in the city, leading Cuca to set out for the metropolis, determined to reunite his family. The animation starts simply, but as Cuca ventures further into the world, the visual style takes on a greater complexity, eventually creating a neon-infused cityscape with a variety of strange characters never seen before. The seemingly simple story reveals a number of conflicts between country and city, poverty and wealth, the handmade and machinery in such a way that audiences of all ages will experience the same narrative on different levels. Abreu’s film is captivating, and will keep your attention rapt for its full running time with hardly a line of dialogue all the way to its surprising and emotional finale.

~~ Providence Children’s Film Festival

Just Booked at The Nightlight: ONLY YESTERDAY, Opens 3/4

The first great movie of 2016, as far as U.S. releases go, is an animated picture that was made in 1992: Takahata’s breathtakingly beautiful and quietly but devastatingly moving ONLY YESTERDAY.”
~~ Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com

Only Yesterday (Takahata, 1991)

Isao Takahata, an Academy Award nominee and one of the twin pillars of the anime giant Studio Ghibli, brings the cleareyed grace of his animation to the lovely memoiristic story of a 27-year-old woman in “Only Yesterday.”

~~ Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times

All shows before 8:00pm are the new English-language version starring Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel. All shows after 8:00pm are the original Japanese version with English subtitles.

Realizing that she is at a crossroads in her life, bored twenty-something Taeko heads for the countryside. The trip dredges up forgotten childhood memories which unfold in flashback to younger years: the first immature stirrings of romance, the onset of puberty, and the frustrations of math and boys. In lyrical switches between the present and the past, Taeko wonders if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self.

Directed by Isao Takahata and produced by Hayao Miyazaki, Only Yesterday is a double period piece that beautifully evokes both the 1960s and 1980s, and the quintessential drama of Japanese school-day nostalgia. Studio Ghibli is known for its female heroines, from Princesses Nausicaa and Mononoke, to Kiki, to Ponyo – but with Only Yesterday they delve deeper into the real emotional experiences of girls/women than perhaps any animated film before or since.

Just Booked at The Nightlight: CAROL, Opens 1/8

Shaped by Todd Haynes’ deft direction and powered by a strong cast led by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, Carol lives up to its groundbreaking source material.

Carol (Haynes, 2015)

Todd Haynes examines gay desire and repression in 1950s New York with his highly anticipated, beautiful new masterpiece, Carol, the carefully realized story of an unexpected and forbidden love affair.

Based on “The Price of Salt” by Patricia Highsmith (who is best known for her suspense stories, “Strangers on a Train” and “The Talented Mister Ripley”), the film traces the developing relationship between Carol (Cate Blanchett) and Therese (Rooney Mara). The two women, who lead very different lives, meet on opposite sides of a Manhattan department store counter. Ordinary Therese is the sales girl, while glamorous Carol is a socialite, embroiled in a divorce and custody battle. Despite both women having men in their lives —Therese is pursued by a clueless young suitor (Jake Lacy) and Carol’s soon-to-be-ex (Kyle Chandler) continues to attempt to salvage their marriage — it is love at first sight between the women. With palpable sexual tension between them during a lunch date, the two soon embark on a road trip that takes a surprising and suspenseful turn. A companion piece to Far From Heaven, another Haynes’ film awash in gorgeous tones and 1950s repression, Carol, subtly, yet exquisitely, meditates on the quiet longing of taboo love. Ed Lachman, Haynes’ longtime cinematographer, shot the nearly two-hour film on Super 16mm, perfectly framing the flawless production design and mid-century costuming that manages to make all the unhappiness beautiful. Blanchett and Mara portray unspoken emotion and desire masterfully as truths are hidden in plain sight and small gestures carry enormous weight in this stunning drama.

Just Booked at The Nightlight: CHI-RAQ, Opens 12/26

“Spike Lee at his ballsiest.” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) “There isn’t a moment that Chi-Raq isn’t alive. This is a deeply serious, biting picture that also has joy in its heart.” (Stephanie Zacharek, Time)

Chi-Raq (Lee, 2015)

“★★★★! Finally, a picture that’s as current as tomorrow’s headlines…bursting with vitality and purpose. It has the feel of a movie made by a young man…yet it’s the work of a seasoned veteran who brings everything he’s learned over a long career to the picture.” ~ Seattle Times

Beautiful LYSISTRATA (Teyonah Parris) is in love with aspiring Rapper DEMTRIUS ‘CHI-RAQ’ DUPREE (Nick Cannon), but she is disturbed by the bloody war between his Spartan gang and the rival Trojans, led by CYCLOPS (Wesley Snipes). After Trojans set fire to her apartment while she’s in bed with Chi-Raq (pronounced Shy-RACK), Lysistrata moves in with her neighbor MISS HELEN (Angela Bassett), a book-loving Peace activist who lost her daughter years before to a stray bullet. When Patti, an 11-year-old neighborhood girl, is accidentally killed in a drive-by shooting, her grieving mother IRENE (Jennifer Hudson) pleads with anyone who witnessed the crime to come forward. But even after a reward is offered by a local Church congregation led by fiery anti-gun-violence activist FR. MIKE CORRIDAN (John Cusack), no one is willing to identify the killer. Shaken by Patti’s death and desperate to do something to stop the escalating bloodshed, Lysistrata persuades Spartan and Trojan women to swear off sex with their men until the fighting stops. To draw more attention to their cause, she leads the women in a bold occupation of a local armory, inspiring women across the city–and eventually the world–to join the boycott. As the ultimate battle of the sexes rages on, the city’s fate hangs in the balance in this searing satire of gun violence in America.


Dear Friends,

While there is some data to suggest that brain drain is a thing of the past in Northeast Ohio, there comes a time every year when Ohio regains the brains of its many far-flung daughters and sons, even if only for a few brief weeks. As a programmer and event planner, I must admit that the holidays are a time of plenty in this regard. This holiday season, we’re tremendously excited to host Gina Telaroli, a native daughter of Mentor, Ohio, and a lauded independent NYC-based filmmaker. This special occasion, which we’re calling Murmurs from Mentor: An Afternoon with Gina Telaroli, lands at The Nightlight on December 27th, 2015. Please give our below release a read and share it with your networks, where possible.

Happy Holidays,

Kurtiss Hare
Executive Director
The Nightlight


On December 27th, 2015, NYC-based (and Mentor, OH-raised) artist, Gina Telaroli, will join audiences at The Nightlight Cinema for a selection of her electric short films. Telaroli is a visual essayist, critic, programmer, teacher, and a manager of Martin Scorsese’s video archive. Her work has been discussed in Film Comment, Slant Magazine, and in 2014, she was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 Faces of Independent Film.” Among the several short films we will show is 35 MINUTES NORTHEAST OF CLEVELAND, a film she made with her parents partially in response to LeBron’s decision to leave Cleveland for Miami.

“I moved to Mentor, OH when I was three and my family still lives there. I graduated from Mentor High School, and my Dad was born and raised in Canton… Lake Erie is probably my favorite place in the world,” Telaroli explained in an email.

Exhibiting her short films near where she grew up may hold some resonant value for Telaroli, whose work incorporate classic film elements in fascinating, electrifying, and ultimately moving ways. “I don’t know if nostalgia is productive but I think there’s a lot that is productive about looking back and about examining, whether in video or criticism, how things used to be,” Telaroli said in an interview with the Brooklyn Rail.

Telaroli will join Nightlight audiences in discussion of her work, and she will then introduce Agnès Varda’s 1981 documentary, Mur Murs, a film that explores the striking public murals that decorate Los Angeles. Varda shot it in 1979-1980 after arriving in Los Angeles from France. Varda is known for being the only female filmmaker of the French New Wave and for her innovative aesthetic work in that school. Mur Murs explodes with color and livelihood, building its spectacular inventory as much from public street art as it does from the community that lives amongst it.

“It’s a privilege to be able to bring Gina here,” said Nightlight executive director, Kurtiss Hare. “Her work appeals so much to me, not just as a lover of artistic experiences at the movies, but as a fellow cinephile. Telaroli’s love and attention to classic Hollywood strokes shines through in a kind of beaming, radiant way that’s not entirely tied to knowing the ins and outs of her sources. I know spending the afternoon in conversation with her will be a rewarding and unique experience for all who attend.”

About The Nightlight

The Nightlight is an independent, nonprofit cinema located at 30 North High Street in downtown Akron. It opened on July 1, 2014 thanks to key grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and GAR Foundation. Parking is available at meters on High Street as well as at the parking deck next to the Akron-Summit County Library. Both are free after 6 p.m. and on weekends. Showtimes and tickets can be found at www.nightlightcinema.com.


For more information please contact Kurtiss Hare at (216) 233-6645, or email info@nightlightcinema.com.

Nightlight Uses Tilt to Deliver Magnificent “Noms”

Dear Friends,

I can only refer to the group of participants in our first “Best Picture Brunch” as a lucky few: seventeen to be precise. They’re lucky, because Chef Ashley Young treated them to a truly gourmet brunch for an economy price, and they’re few, because it would be hard to build a large enough platform to give Ms. Young the exposure her food deserves. So, we’re evolving the plan a bit. The new concept? “Academy Noms.” (Get it?!) Chef Dick Kanatzar will be joining us for an Oscar nom (The Magnificent Seven) and “noms,” (that means good food for the uninitiated among you) that Will. Be. Epic. Please check the details below and share where you can – seriously, you’ll be doing your audience a real favor – just check out that menu!


Kurtiss Hare
Executive Director
The Nightlight


On Saturday, December 5th, The Nightlight Cinema is once again highlighting the gastronomic work of area chefs by pairing brunch with the screening of a classic Oscar nominated film.

“The concept is evolving as we go,” said Nightlight executive director Kurtiss Hare. “We’re widening the circle of films from Best Picture winners to any film with a nomination from The Academy in any category. And we’re not just doing it for the sake of the pun – it really blows the lid off the kind of collaborations we can do with these area chefs… folks that we believe are doing awards-worthy work of their own.”

The second event in the newly rebranded “Academy Noms” series will feature food from Chef Dick Kanatzar and the 1961 nominee for Best Music, The Magnificent Seven. Chef Dick, as he’s colloquially known, will offer four menu options to every attendee, including buttermilk chicken and waffles, banana nutella french toast, benedict and grits, and house made pop tarts. Food will be served on premises at The Nightlight at 10:30 A.M., with Chef Dick on site. At 11:30 A.M., The Nightlight will show The Magnificent Seven, a film of recent interest because of its connection to two new December releases, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Chef Dick, in addition to performing duties as executive chef at Vaccaro Trattoria in Bath, has been installing temporary pop-up kitchens all around Northeast Ohio: Pav’s Creamery, Brick and Barrel, and Portage Lakes Brewing Company, to name a few. “[My pop-up] gives me the ability to capture many different groups of people and allows me to change my scenery as much as I would like,” Kanatzar siad in an email. “I’m Akron, Ohio born and raised… I just want to give back to the community that’s given me so much.”

The event on December 5th will be one of mutual giving: Tickets to the brunch and movie must be pre-purchased through a platform called Tilt that allows audiences to pledge toward the production of an event that will only be carried out if enough pledges occur. Those who pledge will only be charged if that minimum goal is met. Interested parties should visit The Nightlight’s campaign on tilt.com for more information and to reserve their spot at the table, here: http://tilt.tc/90uT. Movie-only tickets are also available on The Nightlight’s website, including tickets for a movie-only matinee on Sunday, December 6th.

“The nom is classic, the noms are delicious, and both will be epic,” said Hare. “I hope Northeast Ohio will pledge and recognize the culinary talent that exists here. You don’t need to be a foodie or a cinephile to appreciate what’s going on in downtown Akron.”

About The Nightlight

The Nightlight is an independent, nonprofit cinema located at 30 North High Street in downtown Akron. It opened on July 1, 2014 thanks to key grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and GAR Foundation. Parking is available at meters on High Street as well as at the parking deck next to the Akron-Summit County Library. Both are free after 6 p.m. and on weekends. Showtimes and tickets can be found at www.nightlightcinema.com.


For more information please contact Kurtiss Hare at (216) 233-6645, or email info@nightlightcinema.com.

Just Booked at The Nightlight: LABYRINTH OF LIES, Opens 11/27/15

Actor-turned-feature-film-director Giulio Ricciarelli points his camera at a largely underexposed portion of German history with equal measures grace, awe, and indignity in Germany’s Foreign Language Oscar contender for 2015.

Labyrinth of Lies (Giulio Ricciarelli, 2014)

A young prosecutor in postwar West Germany investigates a massive conspiracy to cover up the Nazi pasts of prominent public figures.

This auspicious feature-film debut from filmmaker Giulio Ricciarelli is a lucid and compelling look at postwar Germany. Paralleling personal drama with issues of a national scale, Labyrinth of Lies opens our eyes to the ways in which we allow ourselves to forget events that we find too painful to acknowledge.

Frankfurt, 1958. Johann Radmann (Alexander Fehling of Inglourious Basterds and Young Goethe in Love) is a young prosecutor trying to climb the ladder in a major law firm, eager for more important work than his caseload of traffic violations. Prompted by a tip from a reporter, he discovers that certain prominent institutions and branches of government are entangled in a conspiracy to cover up the crimes of Nazis during World War II. Johann works obsessively alongside journalist Thomas Gnielka (André Szymanski) and Jewish concentration camp survivor Simon Kirsch (Johannes Krisch) to uncover the evidence linking thousands of SS soldiers — many of whom now have successful careers in the public service — to the atrocities committed at Auschwitz. As he becomes increasingly invested in his research, Johann begins to wonder if his own family history is as honourable as he once thought.

Labyrinth of Lies captures a significant and often-forgotten historical period during which much of Germany denied its war crimes, despite the infamy of the Nuremberg trials. Crisply photographed, and propelled by sterling performances from Fehling, Szymanski and Krisch, this film raises still-relevant questions about war, social memory, and how history is ultimately written.

Pressnotes: http://www.nightlightcinema.com/film/20151127_labyrinth_of_lies_pressnotes.pdf
Photos: http://www.nightlightcinema.com/film/20151127_labyrinth_of_lies_photos.zip