Few understand the power of the black-and-white movie. Color creates visual noise that can pull the eye in different directions. Black and white forces your eye to the centers of action.
For one night only, tonight at 9 pm, the Frida Cinema will present this year’s hit film. Logan. in beautiful black and white.
Set in a bleakly familiar near-future, the latest installment of the X-Men franchise finds a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) caring for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) at a remote outpost on the Mexican border. His plan to hide from the outside world gets upended when he meets young mutant Laura (Dafne Keen) with whom he finds much commonality. When dark forces set out to capture her, Logan must overcome both physical and emotional pain to save her.
From Monday, May 8 through Sunday, May 14, The Frida Cinema will be joining over 50 cinemas across the U.S. in The Seventh Art Stand, a nationwide screening series presented by cinemas, museums, and community centers in 25 states, as an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia. These films highlight many of the issues faced by the Muslim community, as well as the Middle Eastern community in general, both in the Middle East and in the United States, and will range from dramas to documentaries to short films.
Organized by distribution company Abramorama, independent Seattle film arts center the Northwest Film Forum, and writer/director/political organizer Vivian Hua, the Seventh Art Stand calls on the “seventh art of Cinema” (the other six being Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, Music, Poetry, Dance, and Performance) to do its part to share some of the stories, histories, and culture captured by filmmakers around the world about Middle Eastern communities and the Islamic faith, at a time when the “Muslim Ban” and other policies and political narratives have led to an increase in disinformation, and ultimately, violent actions against Muslims, and individuals from the Middle East in general.
In the bold, genre-defying horror-musical mashup The Lure — the playful and confident debut of Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska — a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters are drawn ashore in an alternate ’80s Poland to explore the wonders and temptations of life on land. Their tantalizing siren songs and otherworldly aura make them overnight sensations as nightclub singers in the half-glam, half-decrepit fantasy world of Smoczynska’s imagining. In a visceral twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s original Little Mermaid tale, one sister falls for a human, and as the bonds of sisterhood are tested, the lines between love and survival get blurred. A savage coming-of-age fairytale with a catchy new-wave soundtrack, lavishly grimy sets, and outrageous musical numbers, The Lure explores its themes of sexuality, exploitation, and the compromises of adulthood with energy and originality.
The smash indie hit that’s storming art house cinemas around the world comes to The Frida as we present KEDI (aka Nine Lives: Cats in Istanbul)!
Kedi is not simply a documentary about house cats, or the strays you occasionally see in your back yard. Kedi is a film about the hundreds of thousands of cats who have roamed the metropolis of Istanbul freely for thousands of years, wandering in and out of people’s lives, impacting them in ways only an animal who lives between the worlds of the wild and the tamed can. Cats and their kittens bring joy and purpose to those they choose, giving people an opportunity to reflect on life and their place in it. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to ourselves.
Friday, March 10 – 7pm, 9pm
Saturday, March 11 – 11:30am, 2pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm
Sunday, March 12 – 11:30am, 2pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm
Monday, March 13 – 5pm, 7pm, 9pm
Tuesday, March 14 – 5pm, 7pm, 9pm
Wednesday, March 15 – 5pm, 7pm, 9pm
Thursday, March 16 – 5pm, 7pm, 9pm