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Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Written and directed by Eliza Hittman, the film is an intimate portrayal of two teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania. Faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support, Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) and her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder) embark across state lines to New York City on a fraught journey of friendship, bravery and compassion. 101 min.


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The Booksellers

Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play an underappreciated yet essential role in preserving history. THE BOOKSELLERS takes viewers inside their small but fascinating world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers. NR, 99 min.


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Queen + Bejart: Ballet for Life

Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: A unique collaboration between three cultural brands: Queen, Versace, and the visionary choreographer Maurice Béjart. At its heart is the loss of two legendary performers, Freddie Mercury and dancer Jorge Donn, both of whom died of AIDS in the early 1990s.


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Répétition(s)

Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: Aurélie Dupont from France and Diana Vishneva from Russia, allow a rare glimpse as they embrace the challenge of having one week to rehearse choreographer Ohad Naharin's B/olero in the Tel Aviv studio of Batsheva Dance Company. The camera closely observes their process, capturing their strengths and vulnerabilities while absorbing the essence of the work. 45 min. Preceded by MEMORIES OF BODIES IN MOTION. Directed by Thomas Lallier, France, 2018, 10 min.


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Betroffenheit

Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: A riveting, tender-hearted exploration of loss, isolation, and survival in the aftermath of a life-altering tragedy. The result is a genre-defying work of dance theatre that has stunned critics and audiences worldwide. 


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Four Choreographers of Our Time at the Paris Opera: Thierrée/Schecter/Pérez/Pite

Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: To open the evening James Thierrée takes over the public areas of the Palais Garnier and introduces us to his dream-like world. Israel's Hofesh Schecter (Hofesh Schecter's Clowns), often lauded for his trance-evoking dances, offers a new version of The Art of Not Looking Back. Spain's Ivan Pérez occupies the stage of the Opera for the first time with a creation for ten male dancers. And Crystal Pite (Betroffenheit) returns with The Seasons' Cannon, a dazzling creation from 2016.


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Dance Shorts: Program A

Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: A collection of 11 stirring and at times breathtaking short films about dance and dancers of all kinds, from Hungary, the Netherlands, Slovenia and more. Let yourself be surprised! 59 min.


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Lil Buck: Real Swan

Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: Returning home to south Memphis, where he first learned to dance, Lil Buck recounts his personal journey and offers his hometown youth a chance at a better future. 85 min.


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Fire and Ashes: Making the Ballet RAkU

Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: Raku pottery prizes spontaneity in the interaction of fire and falling ashes, and this stunning documentary captures the beauty of both traditional Japanese pottery and the novel The Golden Temple by Japanese author Mishima. 64 min.


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Dance Is Its Own Liberation: From Mindfulness to Macabre

Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: Three eclectic dance films that as a trio evoke the endless power of the art form including the world renowned HOFESH SCHECHTER'S CLOWNS, a macabre comedy of murder and desire, asking how far will we go in the name of entertainment. Exhilarating choreography combined with a percussive score. 60 min.


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Les Ballets de Monte Carlo

Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: Choreographer Nacho Duato composed the one-act ballet White Darkness as a requiem for his sister. The result is a masterpiece which, according to critics, has reached heights deemed hitherto impossible on the landscape of modern arts. In contrast, Joseph Hernandez creates an exhilarating aesthetic universe in The Lavender Follies. 76 min.


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Dance Shorts: Program B

Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: Our second line-up of wonderful short dance films includes THE KING OF TWIRL, about the 11-year old Janero. He can't sit still, he's alway dancing. He wants to prove himself and be the best in twirl, a sport that's traditionally just for girls. Janero is the only boy of his age in Northern Netherlands who competes in this sport.


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Cunningham

Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: This beautiful documentary traces Merce Cunningham's artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery, from his early years as a struggling dancer in New York to his emergence as one of the world’s most visionary choreographers. The film weaves Merce's philosophies and stories, creating a visceral journey into his innovative work. A breathtaking explosion of dance, music, and never-before-seen archival material. PG, 93 min.


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No Time To Die

Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. PG-13, 163 min.


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The Times of Bill Cunningham

Features incredible photographs chosen from over 3 million previously unpublicized images and documents from iconic street photographer and fashion historian Bill Cunningham. Told in Cunningham’s own words from a recently unearthed 1994 interview, the photographer chronicles, in his customarily cheerful and plainspoken manner, moonlighting as a milliner in France during the Korean War, his unique relationship with First Lady Jackie Kennedy, his four decades at The New York Times and his democratic view of fashion and society. NR, 74 min.


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First Cow

Director Kelly Reichardt once again trains her perceptive eye on the Pacific Northwest, this time evoking an authentically hardscrabble early 19th century way of life. A taciturn loner cook (John Magaro) has joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee). Reichardt again shows her distinct talent for depicting the peculiar rhythms of daily living and ability to capture the immense, unsettling quietude of rural America. PG-13, 122 min.


Select shows in the Starlight Room
Shampoo
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Shampoo

Hal Ashby's 1975 masterpiece. In the last two days before Nixon’s 1968 election, hairdresser Warren Beatty (co-author of the scabrous screenplay with Robert Towne) motorcycles through Beverly Hills, hairdryer on hip, servicing, aside from his girlfriend (Goldie Hawn), the mistress (Julie Christie), wife (Oscar-winning Lee Grant), and daughter (Carrie Fisher) of a Hollywood mogul. 110 min. Playing in Starlight Room (21+ Venue, ID required).


5/5, 8/4, 11/17

Meet Me at the Movies

Free! A unique film experience, Meet Me at the Movies is designed for people with memory loss and their care partners, which can be enjoyed by all adults. Theme-based clips from classic and contemporary films are shown, followed by facilitated audience discussion; part of the Frye Art Museum's Creative Aging initiative, an offering of programs for adults to experience the rich potential of aging through engagement with the arts and connection with others. February's theme: Travel. 90 min. First come, first seated.


5/10/20

Jewels

Bolshoi Ballet. This opulent triptych was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue, celebrating the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone: emerald, ruby and diamond. Balanchine built an homage of captivating beauty to the three dance schools that had forged his style, each represented by a contrasting gemstone. 165 min.


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The Burnt Orange Heresy

Charismatic art critic James Figueras (Claes Bang) and his American lover (Elizabeth Debicki) travel to the lavish Lake Como estate of powerful art collector, Joseph Cassidy (Mick Jagger, in a star turn). Their host reveals he is the patron of Jerome Debney (Donald Sutherland), the reclusive J.D. Salinger of the art world, and he has a simple request: for James to steal a Debney masterpiece from the artist's studio, whatever the cost.


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A Quiet Place II

Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott Family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must nnow face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path. PG-13, 98 min.


6/14 & 6/20

The Welkin

A bold and gripping new thriller from playwright Lucy Kirkwood. One life in the hands of 12 women. Rural England, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s comet, 21-year-old Sally Poppy is sentenced to hang for murder. When Sally claims to be pregnant, a jury of 12 matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she’s telling the truth. With only a midwife prepared to defend the girl, and a mob baying for blood outside, the matrons wrestle with their new authority, and the devil in their midst. Approx. 180 min.


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Mulan

A fearless young woman risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known. When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. PG-13, 120 min.