To all our devoted Naro patrons:
While our theater is dark, we’re bringing a curated selection of digital art film programming directly to you at home. This week we are offering the films below with new titles introduced each week in our newsletter and here on the Naro website. If you can, please support the Naro during these difficult times and help secure the future of adventurous cinema. We hope you will find inspiration and enjoyment in our virtual cinema roster of acclaimed foreign films and documentaries.
Tench, Thom, Atlanta, and Theresa
And don’t forget our Popcorn Speakeasy every Friday night and Sunday afternoon. Stop by and grab some Naro Concessions for your safe-at-home viewing party.
In this Romanian neo-noir thriller from acclaimed auteur Corneliu Porumboiu, not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a police inspector in Bucharest who plays both sides of the law. Embarking with the beautiful Gilda on a high-stakes heist, both will have to navigate the twists and turns of corruption, treachery and deception. A trip to the Canary Islands to learn a secret whistling language might just be what they need to pull it off. In Romanian, English, and Spanish with subtitles. (97 mins)
“A funhouse of cinematic mirrors. ‘The Whistlers’ makes reading subtitles not just vital, but fun.” – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
“If the Coen Brothers were Romanian, they might have made ‘THE WHISTLERS’.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times
‘‘A daffy and dazzling crime film. Taut and constantly surprising, the film breathes new life into staid genre conventions.” — RogerEbert.com
FlickIt! presents THE POPCORN SPEAKEASY
Life without movies is hard. Life without Naro Cinema popcorn is even harder.
For the unforeseeable future, our FlickIt Fridays at Naro gang will be hosting Sidewalk Popcorn Sales Fridays from 4-8pm and Sundays from Noon-4pm.
Simply walk up to our front door and tell us your order. We can accept payment (cash or credit card) at the door and will bring your delicious Naro popcorn out to you. Other concessions will also be available, while supplies last.
NARO CONCESSION PRICES
Naro Popcorn: Small – $3.50, Medium – $5.00, Large $7.00
Fountain Drinks: Small – $2.50, Medium – $4.00, Large – $5.00
FlickIt! presents Caddyshack
We will reschedule for a later date, TBD
Danny Noonan (Michael O’Keefe), a teen down on his luck, works as a caddy at the snob-infested Bushwood Country Club to raise money for his college education. In an attempt to gain votes for a college scholarship reserved for caddies, Noonan volunteers to caddy for a prominent and influential club member (Ted Knight). Meanwhile, Danny struggles to prepare for the high pressure Caddy Day golf tournament while absorbing New Age advice from wealthy golf guru Ty Webb (Chevy Chase). The directorial debut of Harold Ramis, also starring Rodney Dangerfield and Bill Murray. (1980, R, 98mins)
FlickIt! presents Pretty in Pink
We will reschedule for a later date, TBD
Andie (Molly Ringwald) is an outcast at her Chicago high school, hanging out either with her older boss (Annie Potts), who owns the record store where she works, or her quirky classmate Duckie (Jon Cryer), who has a crush on her. When one of the rich and popular kids at school, Blane (Andrew McCarthy), asks Andie out, it seems too good to be true. As Andie starts falling for Blane, she begins to realize that dating someone from a different social sphere is not easy. Written by John Hughes and also starring Harry Dean Stanton. (1986, PG-13, 96 mins)
20/20 Perfect Visions: Some Like It Hot
We will reschedule for a later date, TBD
After witnessing a Mafia murder, slick saxophone player Joe (Tony Curtis) and his long-suffering buddy, Jerry (Jack Lemmon), improvise a quick plan to escape from Chicago with their lives. Disguising themselves as women, they join an all-female jazz band and hop a train bound for sunny Florida. While Joe pretends to be a millionaire to win the band’s sexy singer, Sugar (Marilyn Monroe), Jerry finds himself pursued by a real millionaire (Joe E. Brown) as things heat up and the mobsters close in. Directed by Billy Wilder. (1959, PG, 132 mins)
20/20 Perfect Visions is a year-long monthly series highlighting some of the best films in cinema’s history. Presented with Analogue Lab + Studio.
Cyrano, My Love
In December 1897, in Paris, playwright Edmond Rostand has not written anything for two years. In desperation, he offers the great Constant Coquelin a new play, a heroic comedy, in verse, for the holidays. There’s one problem: it is not written yet. Edmond must focus and put pen to paper. For now, he has only the title—Cyrano de Bergerac. In French with subtitles. (R, 110 mins)
A suicidal young woman addicted to heroin, trapped in a medical system that does not value her, and offered rehab programs that do not work, turns to underground healers to try and overcome her depression and anxiety. The use of unorthodox detox treatments in Vancouver, Canada include the use of shamanic plant medicines such as psilocybin mushrooms and African ibogaine. Appearing in the film are renowned addiction therapists Gabor Mate and Mark Hadden, mycologist Paul Stamets, and Rick Doblin, the director of the psychedelic advocacy non-profit, MAPS. (84 mins)
“inspiring, raw… it will open your eyes and your heart.” – Mark Achbar, director of The Corporation
Easter in Art
The story of Christ’s death and resurrection has dominated western culture for the past 2000 years. It is perhaps the most significant historical event of all time, as recounted by the gospels but, equally, as depicted by the greatest artists in history. From the triumphant to the savage, the ethereal to the tactile, some of western civilization’s greatest artworks focus on this pivotal moment. This beautifully crafted film explores the Easter story as depicted in art, from the time of the early Christians to the present day.
The latest project from acclaimed filmmaker Kelly Reichardt (Certain Women, Meek’s Cutoff) is based on the novel The Half Life by Jonathan Raymond and set in the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the nineteenth century. A taciturn loner and skilled cook (John Magaro) has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) also seeking his fortune. Soon the two collaborate on a successful business, although its longevity is reliant upon the clandestine participation of a nearby wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow. (PG-13, 122 mins)
“‘First Cow’ is vividly alive on arrival and grows into pure enchantment, although it starts at a saunter and its physical scale is small.” – Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal
“‘First Cow’ is fundamentally a western: It takes up questions of civilization, solidarity and barbarism on the American frontier. And like many great westerns it critiques some of the genre’s foundational myths with bracing, beautiful rigor, including the myth of heroic individualism.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times
At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a doomed attack by hundreds of soldiers, Blake’s own brother among them. Directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall). (R, 119 mins)
“The burning intensity of MacKay’s face, reflecting the ferocity and futility of war, leaves an indelible mark. His fervor, coupled with the creative passion that Mendes infuses in every frame, makes 1917 impossible to shake.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“Mendes is intent on bringing a sense of breathless derring-do to a war only known for its doomed futility. And he loads onto it a one-take challenge, a rolling-back and slowly-swerving camera, using the sleight of hand which distinguishes the best action cinema of this kind.” – Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily
Portrait Of A Lady On Fire
France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, their intimacy and attraction grow. Noemie Merlant and Adele Haenl star in a film by Celine Sciama (Tomboy). Héloïse’s portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love. Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival. In French with subtitles. (119 mins)
“A superbly elegant, enigmatic drama … I was on the edge of my seat.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“This is less a chronicle of forbidden desire than an examination of how desire works. Like a lost work of 18th-century literature, it is at once ardent and rigorous, passionate and philosophical.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“There’s almost no single moment in ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ that couldn’t be captured, mounted, and hung on a wall as high art.” – Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
The Prado Museum: A Collection Of Wonders
The 200th anniversary of the storied Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain brings heightened attention to one of the most-visited museums in the world. Hosted by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, this beautiful cinematic journey offers viewers a spell-binding experience, telling the story of Spain and beyond, through the works of Vélazquez, Rubens, Titian, Mantegna, Bosch, Goya, El Greco, and more. (92 mins)
The Times of Bill Cunningham
Told in Bill Cunningham’s own words from a recently unearthed interview, the iconic street photographer and fashion historian for The New York Times, chronicles his life documenting high fashion celebrities as well as Manhattan street life. Narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, the film features incredible photographs chosen from over 3 million previously unpublicized images from Cunningham. (74 mins)
“The minute Bill Cunningham starts talking in this charming documentary is the minute you fall in love with him.” – Glenn Kelly, RogerEbert.com
“The real strength of Bozek’s film is how much of Cunningham’s own voice it gives us.” – David Rooney, The Hollywod Reporter