Until the time when Detroit Film Theatre reopens its doors and helps restore the pleasure of experiencing great films together, DFT audiences can still have a ticket to the opening weekend of the world’s best international film releases. We'll premiere a new DFT @ Home selection every week, with simple options for streaming at home and participating in special online events. Every admission will contribute support to the DIA and the tradition of presenting the art of cinema in a historic showcase.
Opening April 13
Best of Catvideofest: Creature Comforts Edition!
For the first time ever, CatVideoFest is available to screen virtually outside of theaters! Long time CatVideoFest curator extraordinaire, Will Braden, has crafted a 40-minute "treat" of a reel that includes the very best videos from CVF's illustrious history. At 40 minutes, this reel of classic moments from CatVideoFest is less than feature-length, so Oscilloscope Films is making it available to DFT audiences for a ticket price of just 99 cents (or more! Pay what feels good knowing a portion goes to support the DFT).
Corpus Christi (Poland/2019—directed by Jan Komasa)
After years of incarceration, 20-year-old Daniel (an astonishing performance by newcomer Bartosz Bielenia) is relocated to a remote village as a laborer. But having found religion in his Warsaw prison, Daniel doesn’t protest when he’s mistaken for the town’s new priest. The community accepts him, and he sets about leading his newfound flock. Though untrained, Daniel’s passion and charisma inspire the community, yet his unconventional sermons and behavior can’t help but raise suspicions – especially as he edges toward a secret about the village that his parishioners have never mentioned in the confessional booth. Venice and Toronto Film Festivals; 2020 Academy Award® Nominee for Best International Film.
“A powerful, deservedly Oscar-nominated drama… Stunning, striking and compelling.” —Peter Debruge, Variety
Opening April 13
What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (USA/2019--directed by Rob Garver)
In a field that historically embraced few women film critics, Pauline Kael (1919-2001) was not only controversial, witty and fiercely discerning, she was, as Roger Ebert wrote, “The most powerful, loved, and hated film critic of her time.” Her decades of reviews at The New Yorker energized fans and infuriated detractors on a weekly basis – while inspiring a generation of young filmmakers. Her turbo-charged prose championed the New Hollywood directors of the 1960s and ’70s (Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Brian de Palma) and her insightful analyses brought a transcendent new passion to film criticism, a fearless voice at a revolutionary moment in movie history. In this long-overdue documentary tribute, Sarah Jessica Parker voices Kael’s reviews; Quentin Tarantino, Paul Schrader, Francis Ford Coppola and critics Camille Paglia, Molly Haskell and David Edelstein speak to her enormous gifts and lasting influence.
“Arguably the greatest film critic who ever lived. You got addicted to her freedom of thought, and the film does a fantastic job of channeling it.” —Owen Gleiberman, Variety