Flee, 3 Oscar Nominations, Including Best Animated Feature, Documentary & International Film, Opens Friday!

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Flee is the first ever documentary film to be nominated for Best Documentary, Animated Film & International Film in Oscars history. See it starting this Friday at the Twin. Get tickets today.

"Early in the extraordinary documentary “Flee,” its subject — known by the pseudonym Amin Nawabi — is asked to define the word “home.” Lying back on a tapestry-covered day bed, his eyes closed, he replies, “It means someplace safe.”

"Danish filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen creates a movie as safe space with “Flee,” in which he draws Amin out to reveal the most intimate and haunting secrets of his life. The two became best friends as teenagers when Amin emigrated from Afghanistan to Denmark, a journey that quickly became mythologized among their peers as having been accomplished entirely on foot, amid tragic circumstances. As “Flee” opens, Amin has remained silent about his past for 25 years, until agreeing to let Rasmussen put him on the couch. The result is a mesmerizing story of loss, dislocation and, yes, tragedy, but also self-invention. At a time when news stories about refugees and migration threaten to become numbingly anonymous, “Flee” restores the fine detail and human contours that make each version unique, individual and vital.

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"Now might be a good time to add that Rasmussen does this almost entirely by way of animation: In a bold storytelling choice, the filmmaker — who got his start in radio — uses the audio portions of his interviews with Amin and sets them to beautifully drawn sequences that quickly become just as immersive and evocative as live-action film. Interspersing Amin’s memories with vintage newsreel footage of daily life in Kabul and Moscow (an important way station in Amin’s journey), Rasmussen creates the aesthetic distance Amin needs finally to tell his truth, about which he’s understandably guarded, for reasons that become clear. He also engages in the kind of world-building that cinema is made for, allowing viewers to free their own imaginations to enter another person’s consciousness and feel, firsthand, what it might be like to live in their reality.

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"In Amin’s case, that reality is a relatively idyllic childhood that comes to an abrupt end when the Soviets invade and then leave his country; the subsequent years are filled with uncertainty, grief, glimmers of hope and, finally, a distinctive brand of survivor’s guilt. There are moments when “Flee” resembles a kind of modern-day “Sophie’s Choice,” with its intimations of moral injury and the will to survive. Rasmussen seamlessly interweaves the trauma that animated Amin’s teenage years and young adulthood with his current ambivalence about marrying his longtime partner, Kasper.

"Joining filmmakers such as Josh Oppenheimer and Robert Greene, Rasmussen uses the filmmaking process itself as a form of therapy, which would be scandalously self-indulgent if he didn’t approach “Flee” with such judiciousness and surgical skill. Brilliantly linking the film’s disparate visual elements (the animation changes to tone-on-tone chiaroscuro when Amin’s recollections become particularly fraught), adding vocal reenactments where necessary, Rasmussen creates one of the most vivid on-screen stories and characterizations in recent memory.

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"Amin’s story is often terrifying, from the desperation and physical dangers he endures to the bleak portrait of human nature that emerges from the people who have exploited and ill-treated him along the way. But “Flee” winds up being improbably exhilarating, as Amin begins to own his full story and, by extension, that story’s most harmful chapters begin to loosen their hold on his psyche. Thanks to his courage and Rasmussen’s compassion and creativity, “Flee” morphs from a tale of dispossession to a testament to the power of narrative — to overtake a life, and to liberate it."

Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

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Watch the trailer for Flee here! 

Opens Friday at the Princess!
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Depicting the refugee experience through vivid animation, Flee pushes the boundaries of documentary filmmaking to present a moving memoir of self-discovery.

Nominated for 3 Oscars (Best Animated Feature, International Feature, Documentry Feature)

No screenings currently scheduled.

COMING SOON TO THE PRINCESS

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Winner of the 2021 Golden Globe for Best International Feature. "A masterpiece." - Wall Street Journal

Nominated for 4 Oscars (Best Picture, Director, International Feature, Adapted Screenplay.)

No screenings currently scheduled.

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Co-presented by THEMUSEUM as part of their major Rolling Stones exhibition, UNZIPPED. "

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No screenings currently scheduled.

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Brought to life by a stellar ensemble led by Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog reaffirms writer-director Jane Campion as one of her generation's finest filmmakers.

Nominated for 12 Oscars! Including: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor.

"The Power of the Dog is a made with artistry and command: it is one of Jane Campion's best." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian ★★★★★

No screenings currently scheduled.

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Our Valentine: A rare chance to see the dazzling 1951 Best Picture-winning musical on the big screen! Music by George Gershwin.

Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) is an American ex-GI who stays in post-war Paris to become a painter, and falls for the gamine charms of Lise Bouvier (Leslie Caron). However, his paintings come to the attention of Milo Roberts, a rich American heiress, who is interested in more than just art.

No screenings currently scheduled.

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"Featuring breathtaking cinematography of this rarely seen, 60-ton great whale, Last of the Right Whales will resonate with audiences long after the final frame fades to black." - Nadine Pequeneza, Director and Producer

Director in Attendance for Q & A (opening screeening only)!

No screenings currently scheduled.

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Winner of 5 Oscars, including Best Picture. "Sidney Poitier is pure charisma as Virgil Tibbs, the Philadelphia policeman whose between-trains stopover in a small Southern town is indefinitely extended when he’s first implicated in, then asked to assist with a local murder investigation." - Time Out

"It was the slap heard round the world.

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Sidney Poitier Remembered. "A groundbreaking work that manages to be both specific to the African-American experience and universal in its themes of hope, change, and upward mobility." - Screen Daily

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No screenings currently scheduled.

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"The kind of movie which reminds you just how beguiling top-tier cinema can be, Joachim Trier's 'The Worst Person in the World' is a triumph." - Awards Watch

Oscar nominated for Best Original Screenplay and International Film

No screenings currently scheduled.

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Oscar Nominated for Best Actress and Best Original Score

No screenings currently scheduled.

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