Scottsdale Cinematheque Series premiers international films

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Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will showcase six acclaimed international films during the inaugural Scottsdale Cinematheque series organized by Amy Ettinger, director of Scottsdale International Film Festival.

The new independent, foreign and art films not yet screened at other Valley theaters will be making their Arizona premieres in the Center’s 137-seat Stage 2 theater on select weekends from April through September, according to a press release.

Screenings will have reserved seating and complimentary popcorn and iced tea. The series will also feature occasional guest appearances and live video conversations with filmmakers, when available.

“The Scottsdale Cinematheque film series is a cool and arty cinematic escape for Arizona during our hot spring and summer months,” stated Ms. Ettinger in the release. “I’m delighted that we can showcase distinctive films as an extension of the Scottsdale Film Festival. The soul of the series is similar to the Festival in that we present films of merit that otherwise may not reach the big screen locally.”

Tickets are $7 each and available starting March 8 at or at 480-499-8587.

Scottsdale Cinematheque Film Schedule:

Where the Road Runs Out

  • 7 p.m. Friday, April 8
  • 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., and 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 9
  • 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 10

George Mensah, a respected African scientist living in Rotterdam, is growing weary of the world of academia. The sudden death of an old friend is the incentive he needs to return to his African roots, where he meets an orphan boy whose sunny disposition opens George’s eyes up to the colorful place and possibilities and trials of life.

The Automatic Hate

  • 7 p.m. Friday, May 13
  • 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 14
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15
  • 7 p.m. Friday, May 20
  • 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22

When Davis Green’s alluring young cousin Alexis shows up on his doorstep, he discovers a side of his family that had been kept secret his entire life. As the two get closer, they set out to uncover the shocking secret that tore their families apart.

The Dying of the Light

  • 7 p.m. Friday, June 10
  • 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, June 11
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12
  • 7 p.m. Friday, June 17
  • 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, June 18
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, June 19

For 120 years they brought the light to the screen. Now their light is dying. Largely unchanged for more than a century, the projection of photochemical film faces an uncertain future in the digital age. “The Dying of the Light” explores the history and craft of motion picture presentation through the lives and stories of the last generation of career projectionists resulting in a loving tribute to the art and romance of the movies — and to the unseen people who brought the light to our screens.

My King (Mon Roi)

  •  7 p.m. Friday, July 8
  • 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, July 9
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10
  • 7 p.m. Friday, July 15
  • 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, July 16
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, July 17

Tony is admitted to a rehabilitation center after a serious skiing accident. Through a haze of questions and painkillers, she remembers her tumultuous love story with Georgio, presenting an energized romantic drama overflowing with humor and passion

Next Time I’ll Aim for the Heart

  • 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12
  • 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14
  • 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19
  • 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21

Based on the true story “Un assassin au-dessus de tout soupcon” by Yvan Stefanovitch, this chilling chronicle follows notorious serial killer Alain Lamare as he disturbed the peace and quiet of the Oise region from 1978 to 1979. The evocative period soundtrack includes music by Johnny Thunders and The Velvet Underground.

In Harmony (En Équilibre)

  • 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9
  • 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11
  • 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16
  • 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18

Marc, an equestrian stuntman, suffers traumatic injuries from a serious accident and loses all hope of ever getting back on a horse. Florence works for an insurance company and is in charge of Marc’s case. Although they have nothing in common, their brief interaction will impact them in more ways than they can imagine.

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