Explore the origins of modern film, discover influential filmmakers, and discuss the styles and philosophical messages of the films when you become a Film Club Member. La Cinémathèque Film Club screenings feature classic films by renowned foreign filmmakers in the SOPAC Loft.
La Cinémathèque Film Club screenings are curated and hosted by educator, artist, and filmmaker Gerard Amsellem.
Please note: Film Club Memberships are available for sale in advance of a series and through the second film screening of a series as the discussions around each film build upon prior events.
Memberships can be purchased online here, by calling (973) 313-2787 or by visiting the SOPAC Box Office. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 12-6PM.
Fall 2019 Latin American Series
Membership: $60 (4 films)
La Cinémathèque Film Club introduces a new series that explores four important films from Latin America. After each film screening, there will be discussions about the the culture and politics of the country as presented in the films, as well as conversations about the artistic content and human stories
SUN, SEP 15 at 2PM | Central Station (1998)
directed by Walter Salles (Brazil)
Bitter former schoolteacher Dora supports herself by taking dictation from illiterate people in Rio de Janeiro who want to write letters to their families and then pocketing their money without ever mailing the envelopes. One day, Josue, the 9-year-old son of one of her clients, is left alone when his mother is killed in a bus accident. Reluctantly taking him in, Dora joins the boy on a road trip to find his long-missing father.
SUN, OCT 20 at 2PM | Amores Perros (2000)
directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Mexico)
A bold, intensely emotional, and ambitious story of lives that collide in a Mexico City car crash. Inventively structured as a triptych of overlapping and intersecting narratives, Amores Perros explores the lives of disparate characters who are catapulted into unforeseen dramatic situations instigated by the seemingly inconsequential destiny of a dog named Cofi.
SUN, NOV 17 at 2PM | The Secret In Their Eyes (2009)
directed by Juan José Campanella (Argentina)
Hoping to put to rest years of unease concerning a past case, retired criminal investigator Benjamín Espósito begins writing a novel based on the decades-old unsolved mystery of a newlywed’s rape and murder. With the help of a former colleague, Judge Irene Menéndez Hastings, Benjamín attempts to make sense of the past. The journey through his memories sets Benjamín on a thrilling emotional path that leads to a shocking realization.
SUN, DEC 8 at 2PM | Undertow (2010)
directed by Javier Fuentes-León (Peru)
Miguel is happily married to Mariela, who is pregnant with their first child, and the couple are well respected in their community and active in the local church. But Miguel is also in love with Santiago, an artist, and the two have secretly been having an affair. Santiago drowns one evening while swimming, and his ghost visits Miguel, telling him that his spirit will not know peace until Miguel finds the courage to tell the community about their love.
Gerard Amsellem is a French and American citizen. He spent the first 25 years of his life in Paris, France where he studied painting at the University of Paris and earned his Masters Degree in French Literature and Art History. In 1982, Gerard moved to the U.S. and continued to paint and develop his interest in film. His paintings have been exhibited in abroad in Paris and locally at GAS Gallery & Studio and at 1978 Maplewood Arts Center. Gerard has been studying film throughout his life. He currently teaches World Film at Livingston High School and has directed several short films. Gerard’s special interests lie in foreign and independent films from all over the world.
Questions about La Cinémathèque Film Club can be directed to Gerard Amsellem at firstname.lastname@example.org.