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m/embers only picks for November

selected by Quentin Norris

The Complete Jacques Tati

Wes Anderson is a filmmaker who wears his heart on his sleeve and his love for Jacques Tati is no secret, displayed prominently in his meticulous aesthetic and sharp eye for visual comedy. With The French Dispatch, Anderson has created his most loving tribute to the filmmaker yet. See where it all began with this fantastic Criterion Blu-Ray collection that includes PlayTime, Mon Oncle, and Trafic.

Cinema Paradiso

Kenneth Branagh’s latest, the semi-autobiographical Belfast, focuses on the life of impressionable young Buddy, whose life and worldview is influenced and shaped by the wondrous images he sees projected on the silver screen of the theater in the city of Belfast, Ireland. In Giuseppe Tornatore’s personal Academy Award-winning Cinema Paradiso, a similar love letter to cinema is written as it follows a young boy whose life is changed when he befriends the aging projectionist of his local cinema.



sta/rring roles – November

sta/rring roles is our ongoing curated series that ties into the featured article from our monthly Members Only newsletters.

In honor of American Indian Heritage Month, our Starring Roles section is dedicated to films starring, written, and/or directed by Native Filmmakers and actors.

Smoke Signals

Exploding out of the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, winning both the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy for director Chris Eyre, Smoke Signals made history by being the first feature-length film to be written, produced, and directed by Native American filmmakers to reach a wide audience in the United States and abroad. This heartfelt tale of family and friendship follows Victor and Thomas as they travel outside of the Coeur D’Alene reservation to collect the ashes of Victor’s estranged father.

Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Written and directed by Academy Award-winner, Chloe Zhao, this film debut premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and won the Camera D’or Award for Best First Feature at the Cannes Film Festival. Shot on location in South Dakota at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Songs My Brothers Taught Me is an emotionally-charged coming-of-age tale that follows the relationship between a brother and sister after the brother announces his plans to move off of the reservation.

Luminaries – Ramin Bahrani

a/perture cinema launches a new signature series in 2021 – LUMINARIES – to celebrate filmmakers and industry professionals who break down walls, challenge stereotypes and lead with originality. These luminaries are legends in the making. Our featured Luminaries filmmaker this year is Ramin Bahrani. To celebrate Bahrani in our ta/ke out library, we are highlighting two classic films that have influenced Bahrani’s own filmmaking that you can rent today!

Bicycle Thieves

“Endlessly inspiring social humanist film. A great location film. The two hands, in the end, is one of the best shots in cinema.” – Ramin Bahrani in his Top 10 list for The Criterion Collection.


“One of my favorite films of all time. Over the years I have come to respect it even more than L’avventura.” – Ramin Bahrani in his Top 10 list for The Criterion Collection.

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