Academy Award Nominee – Best Foreign Film
Golden Globe Nominee – Best Motion Picture (Foreign)

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s 2018 Cannes Palme d’Or winner is a heartrending saga about a most unusual “family” — a collection of societal castoffs – grifters united by their struggle for survival.
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Oh Lucy!

Setsuko is a single woman who’s restless in her Tokyo life. But when her niece convinces her to enroll in an unorthodox English class that requires her to put on a blonde wig and inhabit the role of an American alter ego named “Lucy,” things change.
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The story of how Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto), a recently widowed single mom, learns to improve her  ramen shop’s noodles that she describes as “sincere, but lacking character” is a pretext for a wild ride through culinary and cultural delights. Dubbed a “noodle western,” the film mixes comedy, food, and sex, and back in the mid-’80s, garnered rave reviews from critics including Roger Ebert who wrote, “‘TAMPOPO’ is one of those utterly original movies that seems to exist in no known category.”

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Our Little Sister

“Our Little Sister”, directed by internationally acclaimed director Hirozaku Kore-eda (After Life, Nobody Knows), is adapted from Yoshida Akimi’s best-selling graphic novel Umimachi Diary. Three twenty-something sisters – Sachi, Yoshino and Chika – live together in a large old house in the seaside town of Kamakura. When they learn of their estranged father’s death, they decide to travel to the countryside for his funeral. There they meet their shy teenage half-sister Suzu for the first time and, bonding quickly, invite her to live with them.
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The Wind Rises

Now showing
in Woodstock
March 29 – 30
Sat 2:30
Sun 7:30

Showtimes in blue: Dubbed in English 
Showtimes in red: Subtitled, in Japanese 
(Japan / 2013 / Directed Hayao Miyazaki) 
PG-13 / 126 mins
In Miyazaki’s (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away) new film, Jiro (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni (Stanley Tucci).
Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko (Emily Blunt), and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo (John Krasinski). Writer and director Hayao Miyazaki pays tribute to engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori in this epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world. – Disney
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From Up on Poppy Hill

July 19 – 21
Fri 5:30
Sat 5:30
Sun 5:30
(Japan / 2013 / Directed by Goro Miyazaki)
PG / 91 mins.
Setting its story in Yokohama in 1963, Studio Ghibli (the Japanese animation house co-founded by Hiyao Miyazaki, the visionary director of My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Spirited Away) lovingly brings to life the bustling seaside town, with its misty harbor, sun-drenched gardens, and some of the most mouthwatering Japanese home-cooking set to film.
Opening the year before the Olympic Games in Tokyo, From Up on Poppy Hill captures a period when Japan was eager to present the world with a bright, modern, revitalized image. But the past still weighs heavy on Umi (voiced by Sarah Bolger), a high-school student who raises flags for her father each morning as a gesture of hope for his safe return. Though a wallflower at school, Umi attracts the attention of Shun (voiced by Anton Yelchin), a brash and popular roustabout. Shun brings Umi into the “Latin Quarter,” a dilapidated mansion that serves as a lively clubhouse for the students (otherwise all boys) interested in chemistry, drama, philosophy, journalism and other pursuits. With administrators eager to demolish the old building in the spirit of the new, Umi and Shun rally to keep the wrecking ball from dropping while embarking on a relationship with roots in a shared past. Poppy Hill could be a live-action drama without the staging’s being altered in the least, yet its gorgeous, hand-drawn images bring the story a wondrous light and grace.
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Jiro Dreams of Sushi

June 4 – 7

Mon 7:30
Tue 7:30
Wed 7:30
Thu 7:30 (last show)

(Japan / 2011 / dir by David Gelb)
PG / 81 mins.
A thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection, Jiro Dreams of Sushi chronicles the life of Jiro Ono, an unparalleled success in the culinary world and a loving yet complicated father.
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is the story of the 85 year-old proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage. For most of his life, Jiro has been mastering the art of making sushi, but even at his age he sees himself still striving for perfection, working from sunrise to well beyond sunset to taste every piece of fish. At the heart of this story is Jiro’s relationship with his eldest son Yoshikazu, the worthy heir to Jiro’s legacy, who is unable to live up to his full potential in his father’s shadow.
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Celebrate Halloween With…. HOUSE (HAUSU)

October 30 & 31 – Two Shows Only – In Rhinebeck
Sat 9:30
Sun 8:30
(Japan / 1977 / dir by Nobuhiko Obayashi)
Halloween Special – Two Shows Only – Sat 9:30 & Sun 8:30 – In Rhinebeck
Too absurd to be genuinely terrifying, yet too nightmarish to be merely comic, the wildly inventive HOUSE tells the tale of six schoolgirls who battle evil spirits while vacationing in the country.
Conceived from the musings of the director’s seven-year-old daughter, the film combines the frenzied, bubbly feel of a 1970s sitcom with dancing skeletons, murderous wells, bloodthirsty pianos, and a demonic green-eyed cat. Using all the tricks in his analog arsenal (matte paintings, hand-drawn animation, puppetry, and collage), Obayashi’s creation makes for a visually astonishing, raucous reality. Never before released in the United States, and a bona fide cult classic in the making, HOUSE is one of the most exciting genre discoveries in years.  In Japanese with subtitles.

“Delirious, deranged, gonzo or just gone, baby, gone — no single adjective or even a pileup does justice to HOUSE.” – Manohla Dargis

Unrated / 87 mins.
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July 19 – 22
Mon 8:20
Tues 8:20
Wed 5:00
Thur 5:00 – LAST SHOW
(Japan / 1985 / dir by Akira Kurosawa)
Akira Kurosawa’s classic retelling of King Lear set in feudal Japan. Lord Hidetora’s three sons struggle for control of their aging father’s empire. This new and pristine 35mm print captures the true scale of the film’s stunning landscapes, lavish period costumes and epic battle sequences.
On the eve of his 70th birthday, the Great Lord Hidetora Ichimonji tells his three sons of his plan to divide his lands between them, wishing to live out his days as an honored guest in each of their castles. While the older two sons flatter their father, the youngest son tries to warn him of the folly of expecting the brothers to remain united; enraged by his youngest son’s attempt to point out the danger, the father banishes him. True to the warning, however, the oldest Son soon conspires with the second son to strip the Great Lord of everything, even his title. Exiled from his own kingdom, Hidetora must confront his own blood-soaked past while the battle rages for control of his former empire. 10 years in the making, Kurosawa’s 27th film joins masterpieces THE SEVEN SAMURAI, RASHOMON, and DREAMS as landmarks of Japanese cinema. In Japanese with English Subtitles.
R / 162 mins.
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