With back-to-school season just around the corner, the UW Cinematheque has rolled out its fall 2014 film lineup. All Cinematheque events are free and take place at 4070 Vilas Hall, the Marquee Theater at Union South, and the Chazen Museum of Art.
The upcoming semester includes a visit from Winter's Bone creator Debra Granik, who'll present her new documentary Stray Dog along with the film's subject, biker Ronnie Hall (4070 Vilas Hall, Sept. 28).
Key screenings this fall include a presentation of arthouse classic Ms. 45 on the Marquee Theater’s new digital projection system (Sept. 29), a duo of movies featuring Holy Motors creator Leos Carax and muse Denis Lavant, and a trio of David Cronenberg features in 35mm format.
Plus, 4070 Vilas Hall will host the Madison premieres of at least four films, snapshots of which follow.
Friday, Sept. 5, 7 p.m.
After appearing in the Madison premiere of Richard Ayoade's The Double in July, Jesse Eisenberg returns to the Cinematheque screen as an environmental activist whose moral compass breaks in this film by celebrated director Kelly Reichardt. In addition to being the first fall presentation, this Hitchcockian thriller is a fitting introduction to UW Cinematheque's tribute to the Master of Suspense, which features screenings of Suspicion (Chazen, Saturday, Sept. 14), Spellbound (Chazen, Saturday, Dec. 7) and more.
The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears
Friday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
Just in time for Halloween, this horror spectacle centers on a trippy and terrifying search for a woman who has vanished into thin air.
Friday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.
Writer, director and lead actor Desiree Akhavan became a breakout star at the 2014 Sundance Film Fest when this witty film was deemed an audience favorite. The plot revolves around a young bisexual woman who tries to hide her sexual orientation from her conservative Persian family, even as she's reeling from a breakup.
Life of Riley
Friday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
The final work by French film legend Alain Resnais is an adaptation of a comic play by Alan Ayckbourn. Three couples invite a friend to join their theater company when they find out he has only a few months to live. In addition to celebrating the life of a dying man, the film commemorates Resnais' powerful imagination with its lighthearted tone and surreal flourishes.
[Editor's note: This item is updated to reflect that UW Cinematheque canceled an appearance by director William Friedkin.]