Film Series

Being in the Body

Select Saturdays June through August

Images Cinema Main Screen

In conjunction with Renoir: The Body, The Senses, Images Cinema and the Clark Art Institute present Being in the Body. This series explores the experience of being in a body, one's own or another's. What does it mean to be in a body? What does it feel like? Do our bodies define us, or is there something more?

June 15 at 2pm: Being John Malkovich
July 20 at 2pm: Margarita with a Straw
August 17 at 2pm: A Skin So Soft

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Being John Malkovich

Starring: John Cusack, Catherine Keener, Cameron Diaz, John Malkovich

When frustrated puppeteer Craig Schwartz finds a portal into John Malkovich’s body, he discovers he can experience what it feels like to be Malkovich. Eventually he learns to control the acclaimed actor too, which Craig thinks will get him everything he ever wanted. Directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman, this cult comedy favorite stars John Cusack, Catherine Keener, Cameron Diaz and, of course, John Malkovich.

  • Director: Spike Jonze
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1 hour 53 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy, Fantasy

“A clever and outrageous piece of whimsical fantasy that is unique, unpredictable and more than a little strange.”

– Los Angeles Times

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Margarita with a Straw

Starring: Kalki Koechlin, Sayani Gupta

Laila, an overachieving Dehli University student and aspiring writer who also happens to have cerebral palsy, is determined to live her life on her own terms. When her adventurous spirit leads her to New York, she meets a fiery female activist who challenges her and pushes her in unexpected directions. Inspired by a true story, this award-winning film offers a unique perspective on ideas of love, identity and sexuality.

  • Director: Shonali Bose
  • Runtime: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Romance

“An unexpected delight of charm and substance.”

– Variety

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A Skin So Soft

Starring: Cédric Doyon, Maxim Lemire, Alexis Légaré, Ronald Yang, Jean-François Bouchard, Benoit Lapierre

Artfully observing the world of male bodybuilding, Quebecois filmmaker Denis Côté crafts an intimate portrait of six latter-day Adonises and their everyday lives of ritualistic workouts, extreme diets and elaborate posing, all in service of achieving perfectly sculpted physiques. Capturing the physical brawn and emotional complexity of these men with wit and tenderness, A Skin So Soft is a self-reflexive rumination on the long tradition of filming the human body that also offers a fascinating perspective on contemporary masculinity.

  • Director: Denis Côté
  • Runtime: 1 hour 34 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“The pleasure of Denis Côté’s A Skin So Soft radiates not so much from its storytelling as it does from the meditative force of its formal construction. Côté’s camera relishes the silence of daily moments when these physically hardened men put down their weights and become fundamentally human.”

– Slant

Presented by the Clark Art Institute and Images Cinema.

Special Showing

Studio Ghibli: Howl's Moving Castle

Saturday, June 22 + Sunday, June 23

Daytime shows will be in English. The Sunday 8pm show will be in Japanese with English subtitles

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Howl's Moving Castle

Shown as a part of Studio Ghibli Celebration. Images Cinema will show one Studio Ghibli classic Japanese Anime per month March through November 2019.

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, and acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki, comes the Academy Award-nominated fantasy adventure for the whole family.

Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a curse on Sophie and turns her into a 90-year-old woman. On a quest to break the spell, Sophie climbs aboard Howl’s magnificent moving castle and into a new life of wonder and adventure. But as the true power of Howl’s wizardry is revealed, Sophie finds herself fighting to protect them both from a dangerous war of sorcery that threatens their world. Featuring the voices of Jean Simmons, Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall, Blythe Danner, Emily Mortimer, Josh Hutcherson and Billy Crystal.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 59 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure

“Soon you will find yourself floating, buoyed up by his gentleness, his visual exuberance, and his unshowy intelligence and emotional literacy. It is a lovely film for all ages.”

– The Guardian

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Special Showing

Studio Ghibli: Nausicaa

Saturday, August 3 + Sunday, August 4

Daytime shows will be in English. The Sunday 8pm show will be in Japanese with English subtitles

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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Shown as a part of Studio Ghibli Celebration. Images Cinema will show one Studio Ghibli classic Japanese Anime per month March through November 2019.

After a global war, the seaside kingdom known as the Valley of the Wind remains one of the last strongholds on Earth untouched by a poisonous jungle and the powerful insects that guard it. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaä, the people of the Valley engage in an epic struggle to restore the bond between humanity and Earth.

Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind will dazzle your senses with its intricately imagined storytelling and stunning animation!

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 57 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure

“Hayao Miyazaki's first major theatrical work (1984), adapted from a manga series he wrote, shows the Japanese animator in full command of his art.”

– Chicago Reader

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Special Showing

Studio Ghibli: Kiki's Delivery Service

Saturday, September 28 + Sunday, September 29

Daytime shows will be in English. The Sunday 8pm show will be in Japanese with English subtitles

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Kiki's Delivery Service

Shown as a part of Studio Ghibli Celebration. Images Cinema will show one Studio Ghibli classic Japanese Anime per month March through November 2019.

From the legendary Hayao Miyazaki comes the beloved story of a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt. It is tradition for all young witches to leave their families on the night of a full moon and set out into the wide world to learn their craft. When that night comes for Kiki, she embarks on her life journey with her chatty black cat, Jiji, landing the next morning in a sea-side village, where a bakery owner hires her to make deliveries. Rarely has the animator’s art been so brilliantly rendered as in this delightfully imaginative film – a beautiful and timeless story of a young girl finding her way in the world.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Rating: G
  • Runtime: 1 hour 42 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure

“Delightful tale of self-discovery and heroism from Mr. Miyazaki, it feels like Disney one moment, Truffaut the next.”

– New York Times

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Special Showing

Studio Ghibli: Ponyo

Saturday, October 19 + Sunday, October 20

Daytime shows will be in English. The Sunday 8pm show will be in Japanese with English subtitles

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Ponyo

Shown as a part of Studio Ghibli Celebration. Images Cinema will show one Studio Ghibli classic Japanese Anime per month March through November 2019.

Perfect for audiences of all ages, Ponyo centers on the friendship between five-year-old Sosuke and a magical goldfish named Ponyo, the young daughter of a sorcerer father and a sea-goddess mother. After a chance encounter, Ponyo yearns to become a human so she can be with Sosuke. As to be expected with Miyazaki, the film is awash in pure unbridled imagination and visual wonder — but it is the tender love, humor, and devotion exhibited by Ponyo and Sosuke that form the emotional heart of the film.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Rating: G
  • Runtime: 1 hour 41 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure

“To watch the image of a young girl burbling with laughter as she runs atop cresting waves in “Ponyo” is to be reminded of how infrequently the movies seem to express joy now, how rarely they sweep us up in ecstatic reverie. It’s a giddy, touchingly resonant image of freedom — the animated girl is as liberated from shoes as from the laws of nature — one that the director Hayao Miyazaki lingers on only as long as it takes your eyes and mind to hold it close, love it deeply and immediately regret its impermanence.”

– New York Times

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Special Showing

Studio Ghibli: From Up on Poppy Hill

Saturday, November 2 + Sunday, November 3

Daytime shows will be in English. The Sunday 8pm show will be in Japanese with English subtitles

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From Up On Poppy Hill

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and The Secret World of Arrietty, comes another animated triumph. Yokohama, 1963. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics. Against this backdrop of hope and change, a friendship begins to blossom between high school students Umi (Sarah Bolger) and Shun (Anton Yelchin) – but a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart. From a screenplay by Academy Award® winner Hayao Miyazaki and featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson, Sarah Bolger, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Jeff Dunham, Isabelle Fuhrman, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, Emily Osment, Aubrey Plaza, Charlie Saxton, Alex Wolff and Anton Yelchin.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

  • Director: Goro Miyazaki
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 31 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Drama, History

“From Up on Poppy Hill is frankly stunning, as beautiful a hand-drawn animated feature as you are likely to see. It's a time-machine dream of a not-so-distant past, a sweet and honestly sentimental story that also represents a collaboration between the greatest of Japanese animators and his up-and-coming son.”

– Los Angeles Times

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.