WELCOME TO THE ZINEMA 2.0

Though we cannot be in the theater together during this time, the Zinema remains committed to bringing you quality, thought provoking, independent film.

Tune in each week to see what’s playing in one of five categories: new releases, social justice, arts, retro, and international. Your ticket purchase will directly support the Zinema, and you will have the freedom to watch on your own time.

NEW RELEASES

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TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH

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TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH

World premiered as the closing night film at 2019 Locarno Film Festival, To the Ends of the Earth was commissioned tmark the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and the central Asian republic of Uzbekistan. Yoko (former Jpop idol Atsuko Maeda) travels with a small crew to Uzbekistan (breathtakingly captured by veteran DP Akiko Ashizawa) to shoot anepisode of her reality TV travel show. In front of the camera her persona is care free and happygolucky, but behind the scenes she is cautious and introverted. Despite her best efforts, all the shootings end unsuccessfully. Frustrated by the failed filming, she takesto the streets of this mysterious country on her own. Lost in the streets of Tashkent, she finds herself adrift and alone, confronting her deepest fears and hidden aspirations. A brilliant mix of black comedy, travelogue, drama, and an adventureimbued mockery of showbiz, To the Ends of the Earth is young woman’s journey from displacement to a place of selfdiscovery.

DIRECTED BY

Kiyoshi Kurosawa

NASRIN

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NASRIN

Nasrin was secretly filmed in Iran by women and men who risked arrest to make this documentary. It is an immersive portrait of the world’s most honored human rights activist and political prisoner, attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh, and of Iran’s remarkably resilient women’s rights movement. In the courts and on the streets, Nasrin has long fought for the rights of women, children, religious minorities, journalists and artists, and those facing the death penalty. In the midst of filming, Nasrin was arrested in June 2018 for representing women who were protesting Iran’s mandatory hijab law. She was sentenced to 38 years in prison, plus 148 lashes. Featuring acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, and journalist Ann Curry. Narrated by Academy Award-winner Olivia Colman.

DIRECTED BY

Jeff Kaufman

CAST

Olivia Colman, Ann Curry, Nasrin Sotoudeh, Jafar Panahi, Shirin Ebadi

THE REASON I JUMP

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THE REASON I JUMP

Based on the best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, later translated into English by author David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas), The Reason I Jump is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends Higashida’s revelatory insights into autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window for audiences into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.

Moments in the lives of each of the characters are linked by the journey of a young Japanese boy through an epic landscape; narrated passages from Naoki’s writing reflect on what his autism means to him and others, how his perception of the world differs, and why he acts in the way he does: the reason he jumps. The film distills these elements into a sensually rich tapestry that leads us to Naoki’s core message: not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say.

DIRECTED BY

Jerry Rothwell 

CAST

Jordan O’Donegan

RAMS

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RAMS

In remote Western Australia, two estranged brothers, Colin (Sam Neill) and Les (Michael Caton), are at war. Raising separate flocks of sheep descended from their family’s prized bloodline, the two men work side by side yet are worlds apart. When Les’s prize ram is diagnosed with a rare and lethal illness, authorities order a purge of every sheep in the valley. While Colin attempts to stealthily outwit the powers that be, Les opts for angry defiance. But can the warring brothers set aside their differences and have a chance to reunite their family, save their herd, and bring their community back together?

WRITTEN BY

Jules Duncan

DIRECTED BY

Jeremy Sims

PRODUCED BY

Janelle Landers
Aidan O’Bryan

CAST

Sam Neill
Michael Caton
Wayne Blair
Kipan Rothbury
Travis McMahon
Hayley McElhinney

COWBOYS

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COWBOYS

Steve Zahn stars as Troy, a troubled but well-intentioned father who has recently separated from his wife Sally (Jillian Bell). Aghast at Sally’s refusal to let their trans son Joe (Sasha Knight) live as his authentic self, Troy runs off with Joe into the Montana wilderness. Meanwhile police detective (Ann Dowd) pursues them, but her resolve about the case is tested the more she learns about Joe’s family. COWBOYS, a modern day Western from director Anna Kerrigan, is a tale of rescue, family betrayal and a father and son on the run.

WRITTEN BY

Anna Kerrigan

DIRECTOR

Anna Kerrigan

PRODUCED BY

Gigi Graff
Anna Kerrigan
Chris Parker
Dylan Sellers

Executive Producers:
Alex Dong
Anil Baral

CAST

Steve Zahn
Jillian Bell
Ann Dowd
Gary Farmer
Bob Stephenson
Chris Coy
John Reynolds
Sasha Knight

MINARI

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MINARI

A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.

In conjunction with their theater partners, A24 has launched a virtual cinema platform to supplement Minari’s limited theatrical release on February 12. The A24 Screening Room will host two weeks of Minari virtual screenings as we work together to bring Lee Isaac Chung’s beloved film to the audiences who want to see it most.

There are a limited number of tickets available for showings at 6 p.m. CST.

WRITTEN BY

Lee Isaac Chung

DIRECTED BY

Lee Isaac Chung

CAST

Steven Yeun
Yeri Han
Alan Kim
Noel Kate Cho
Scott Haze

LAPSIS

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LAPSIS

New York, an alternate present: the quantum computing revolution has begun and investors are lining their pockets in the quantum trading market. Building the network, though, requires miles of infrastructure to be laid between huge magnetic cubes by “cablers” – unprotected gig workers who compete against robots to pull wires over rough terrain.

Queens delivery man Ray Tincelli (Dean Imperial) is skeptical of new technology, and the buy-in to start cabling is steep, but he struggles to support himself and his ailing younger brother, who suffers from a mysterious illness. So when Ray scores a shady permit, he believes their fortunes may have finally changed. What he doesn’t expect is to be pulled into a conspiracy involving hostile cablers, corporate greed, and the mysterious “Lapsis” who may have previously owned his medallion. Called “a smart class-conscious sci-fi parable” by The Hollywood Reporter, LAPSIS is a darkly comic and timely look at the gig economy and the failed utopian promises of big tech.

 

DIRECTED BY

Noah Hutton

CAST

Dean Imperial
Madeline Wise
Dora Madison
Frank Wood
Arliss Howard
Ivory Aquino
James McDaniel
Babe Howard

SOCIAL JUSTICE

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TOMORROW

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TOMORROW

TODAY, we sometimes feel powerless in front of the various crises of our times.

TODAY, we know that answers lie in a wide mobilization of the human race. Over the course of a century, our dream of progress commonly called “the American Dream”, fundamentally changed the way we live and continues to inspire many developing countries. We are now aware of the setbacks and limits of such development policies. We urgently need to focus our efforts on changing our dreams before something irreversible happens to our planet.

TODAY, we need a new direction, objective… A new dream! The documentary Tomorrow sets out to showcase alternative and creative ways of viewing agriculture, economics, energy and education. It offers constructive solutions to act on a local level to make a difference on a global level. So far, no other documentary has gone down such an optimistic road…

TOMORROW is not just a film, it is the beginning of a movement seeking to encourage local communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet.

Start small to grow big, and write a new story for the generations to come.

This film will be followed by a virtual discussion with the Duluth Community Garden Program on March 4. Details to come.

TEST PATTERN

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TEST PATTERN

Part psychological horror, part realist drama, this exhilarating debut feature from Shatara Michelle Ford is set against the backdrop of national discussions around inequitable health care and policing, the #metoo movement, and race in America. Test Pattern follows an interracial couple whose relationship is put to the test after a Black woman is sexually assaulted and her white boyfriend drives her from hospital to hospital in search of a rape kit. Their story reveals the systemic injustices and social conditioning women face when navigating sex and consent within the American patriarchy. Winner of top prizes at the BlackStar and New Orleans Film Festivals, this gripping social thriller offers a unique exploration of institutional racism and sexism from a Black female point of view. Content warning: This film includes a depiction of sexual assault.

DIRECTED BY

Shatara Michelle Ford

CAST

Brittany S. Hall
Will Brill
Gail Bean
Drew Fuller

ARTS

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SON OF THE WHITE MARE

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SON OF THE WHITE MARE

One of the great psychedelic masterpieces of world animation, Son of the White Mare is a swirling, color-mad maelstrom of mythic monsters and Scythian heroes, part-Nibelungenlied, part-Yellow Submarine, lit by jagged bolts of lightning and drenched in rivers of blue, red, gold and green. A massive cosmic oak stands at the gates of the Underworld, holding seventy-seven dragons in its roots; to combat these monsters, a dazzling white mare goddess gives birth to three heroes – Treeshaker and his brothers – who embark on an epic journey to save the universe. Directed by Hungarian animator Marcell Jankovics (famed for his 1974 Oscar-nominated short Sisyphus), Son of the White Mare has been restored in 4K using the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements by Arbelos in collaboration with the Hungarian National Film Institute – Film Archive.

BROADWAY HD

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BROADWAY HD

Give the gift of Broadway while helping to support Zeitgeist!

We are excited to share an opportunity we’ve arranged with BroadwayHD for our loyal supporters. 

When you purchase a BroadwayHD subscription through our link below, that purchase will not only give you access to the best of Broadway from the comfort of your home but will also help support our venue. Access to BroadwayHD also makes a great holiday gift idea.

There are three subscription offers: 

  • 1-year subscription for $99.99
  • 6-month subscription for $53.94
  • 3-month subscription for $26.97

To purchase your subscription, please click here and enter your purchase details: https://www.broadwayhd.com/p/zeitgeist-arts.

We know there is no substitute for live theater, but until we can safely welcome Broadway back to the theater, we hope this provides you an opportunity to continue to enjoy the best of the arts.

BroadwayHD offers hundreds of Broadway-related programs including musicals (like Kinky Boots), concert events (like Les Misérables in Concert) and plays (like Driving Miss Daisy starring James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury), as well as Broadway classics, Cirque du Soleil, ballet performances, BBC’s Proms concerts, Disney’s Broadway Hits – Live in Concert, Riverdance, Live from Lincoln Center, the entire Nunsense collection of musicals, and documentaries such as Carole King: Natural Woman and more.  

BroadwayHD is easily accessible on the web at https://www.broadwayhd.com/ as well as on the BroadwayHD app found on iOS, AppleTV, Android and Roku.

 

M.C. ESCHER: JOURNEY TO INFINITY

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M.C. ESCHER: JOURNEY TO INFINITY

M.C. ESCHER: JOURNEY TO INFINITY is the story of world famous Dutch graphic artist M.C Escher (1898-1972). Equal parts history, psychology, and psychedelia, Robin Lutz’s entertaining, eye-opening portrait gives us the man through his own words and images: diary musings, excerpts from lectures, correspondence and more are voiced by British actor Stephen Fry, while Escher’s woodcuts, lithographs, and other print works appear in both original and playfully altered form. Two of his sons, George (92) and Jan (80), reminisce about their parents while musician Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills & Nash) talks about Escher’s rediscovery in the 1970s. The film looks at Escher’s legacy: one can see tributes to his work in movies, in fiction, on posters, on tattoos, and elsewhere throughout our culture; indeed, few fine artists of the 20th century can lay claim to such popular appeal.

DIRECTED BY

Robin Lutz

CAST

Stephen Fry
George Escher
Jan Escher
Graham Nash

INTERNATIONAL

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CITIZENS OF THE WORLD

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CITIZENS OF THE WORLD

Three retirees decide to move away from Rome to find a better standard of living in a country where their meagre pensions will go that much further. Planning for the trip sees the trio trawl the pubs and restaurants of a sun saturated Rome and discover that even at an old age they can still learn one or two lessons about themselves and life. Gianni Di Gregorio, Italy’s laconic answer to Larry David, returns to the humanist comic territory of arthouse hits Mid-August Lunch and The Salt of Life with Citizens of the World, a warm and delightful reflection on life with characters you’ll want to spend many more hours with long after the credits roll. (Curzon)

DIRECTED BY

Gianni de Gregorio (Mid-August Lunch)

CAST

Ennio Fantastichini, Giorgio Colangeli, Gianni di Gregorio

IDENTIFYING FEATURES

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IDENTIFYING FEATURES

Identifying Features tells the story of Magdalena, a mother who embarks on a jounrey in search of her son who disappeared en route ot the U.S. border. Traveling through the foreboding towns and landscapes of northern Mexico, she meets Miguel, a young man recently deported from the United States who is making his way home. The two accompany one another: Magdalena looking for her son, and Miguel eager to see his mother again in a territory where victims and agressors ramble together. The poignant drama, set in the current Mexican humanitarian crisis, spotlights the country’s failed war against drug cartels, disappearances of migrants bound for the U.S. and the dangerous odyssey of those looking for missing family members.

DIRECTED BY
Fernanda Valadez

THE TWO OF US

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THE TWO OF US

Two retired women, Nina and Madeleine, have been secretly in love for decades. Everybody, including Madeleine’s family, thinks they are simply neighbors, sharing the top floor of their building. They come and go between their two apartments, enjoying the affection and pleasures of daily life together, until an unforeseen event turns their relationship upside down and leads Madeleine’s daughter to gradually unravel the truth about them.

DIRECTED BY

Filippo Meneghetti

PRODUCED BY

Laurent Baujard
Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin

CAST

Barbara Sukowa
Martine Chevallier

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