Enzian is busy, busy, busy this week, presenting such a smorgasbord of film choices that it's hard to believe we're a single screen cinema. Completing its final 3 days as our regular engagement, the sensual and visually stunning COCO CHANEL & IGOR STRAVINSKY, a hit at the 2010 Florida Film Festival, ends its run on Thursday. Akira Kurosawa's brilliant and influential 3 1/2 hour masterpiece from 1954, THE SEVEN SAMURAI, played to a sold-out house at 11 AM (!) on Sunday morning as part of Enzian's 25th anniversary celebration series, "10 Films to See on the Big Screen Before You Die" aka the "Bucket-List Brunch" films.
It's the final Tuesday of the month, which means it's a Cult Classics night, and Paul Thomas Anderson's masterful trip through the '70s adult film industry, BOOGIE NIGHTS, hits the screen at 9:30 in all its glory--what an incredible cast! Wednesday night brings the annual one time only appearance of the Manhattan Short Film Festival, in which our audience gets to vote for their favorite international short along with audiences in over 200 cities on 6 continents during this same week. The 10 short films are selected as the best from hundreds of submissions, and represent the UK, Mexico, Croatia, France, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Poland, Germany, and Italy. Screening time is at 6:30 (get here early if you don't already have tickets), and the winner will be announced on Sunday, 10/3, in NYC (which we'll pass on to the local community here).
Friday finally brings the opening of the totally subversive and hilariously entertaining first feature from the renowned British graffiti artist, Banksy, EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP. Screened at FFF 2010 as a "surprise" film to a packed audience on a Saturday afternoon last April, this eagerly awaited doc will be at Enzian for one week only--you don't want to miss this!
And last but certainly not least, "Beyond Bollywood: the 16th annual South Asian Film Festival" arrives this Saturday through Monday with four diverse and exciting films, Indian food specials, mango llasis, and Kingfisher beer. The film lineup includes Anusha Rizvi's PEEPLI LIVE, Uberto Pasolin's MACHAN, and the Southeast premieres of both Dev Benegal's ROAD, MOVIE and Duane Baughman and Johnny O'Hara's BHUTTO. Co-presented with the Asian Cultural Association, there are 3 acclaimed narrative features and 1 outstanding doc feature that are set in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
So from Sunday to Sunday (Monday's South Asian Film Fest screening of PEEPLI LIVE is an encore performance), we'll be showing 18 films from 15 different countries. Not too shabby for a little non profit, single screen arthouse...