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Film Guide

The Room
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 99 minutes
Rating: R
Start Date: April 23, 2022
Bust out those plastic spoons! Tommy Wiseau's The Room is returning in all its football-throwing glory!

Wiseau's peerless magnum opus finds the auteur who shaped a generation taking on the arts of acting, writing, casting, directing, editing and more. What's even more remarkable: he's mastered them all. The multi-talented director stars as Johnny, a big-time banker working in gorgeously shot San Francisco. His fiancée Lisa, seemingly a happy part of a successful relationship, has wandering eyes… for Tommy's best friend Mark. Cinema has never witnessed such betrayal!

An intense, sensual thriller, The Room is an intricately knit web of sweet secrets and bitter lies that interrogates the very form of drama itself as well as a truly unforgettable piece of cinema.

Petite Maman
Genre: Fantasy
Runtime: 72 minutes
Rating: PG
Start Date: May 13, 2022
From Portrait of a Lady on Fire director Céline Sciamma comes Petite Maman, a tender and fantastical tale of childhood and grief.

Eight-year-old Nelly's beloved grandmother has just passed away. As her parents clear out her mother's childhood home, Nelly finds solace playing on her own in the woods. One day, she meets a girl her own age who, strangely, looks exactly like Nelly and has the same name as her mother. They become fast friends, and as the days pass, Nelly's newfound friendship brings her an understanding of both herself and her bond with her mother.

Petite Maman was shot in Sciamma's hometown of Cergy and premiered at the 71st Berlin International Film Festival in March 2021 to widespread critical acclaim.

“The result is at once both the most ordinary and most enchanted thing that Sciamma has made so far, a wise and delicate wisp of a movie […]” – David Ehrlich, IndieWire

“Sciamma seems to understand childhood better than any filmmaker out there save perhaps [Hayao] Miyazaki (to whose work this has rightly drawn comparisons) […]” – Helen O'Hara, EmpireOnline

“Heart-warming and sincere, the film is a true balm to the soul.” – Josefine Algieri, One Room with a View

Lux AEterna
Genre: Foreign
Runtime: 51 minutes
Rating: NYR
Start Date: May 13, 2022
Neon Nightmares continues with Gaspar Noe's Lux Æterna, a genre-defying, stroboscopic addition to his dark and disconcerting body of work.

Béatrice Dalle and Charlotte Gainsbourg star as themselves, a director and a lead actor (respectively) in the process of shooting a film about witches. As the time approaches to shoot the film's climactic witch-burning scene, tensions among cast and crew start to boil over. Minor spats and on-set drama spin out of control, and the production descends into screaming chaos.

Produced by Yves Saint Laurent, Lux Æterna is a psychedelic essay on the art of filmmaking.

“[…] as dark and distressing as great horror films can be.” – Chloé Gold, Dread Central

“[…] an enjoyable snippet of rambunctious formalism that puts Noé in a category of his own.” – Eric Kohn, IndieWire

“[…] another unexpectedly fascinating sensory experience from Noé […]” – Nicholas Bell, IonCinema.com

Trivia Night!
Genre: Trivia
Runtime: 150 minutes
Rating: NR
Start Date: May 17, 2022
Join us for The Frida Cinema's next Trivia Night!

Grab some of your fellow trivia lovers, sign up to six team members, and flex your brain muscle as we grill you through six challenging rounds of trivia! The topics will vary (slightly), but will be almost entirely entertainment industry-based! Sign up your team in the form below. Participation is free, but we do need you and your team to RSVP!

THE RULES

1) Doors open at 7pm, and we'll aim to start trivia promptly at 7:30pm. Please give yourself time to make your food and drink purchases before start time!

2) You do not talk about Fight Club.

3) When we are in rounds, cell phones must be put away.

4) We will be utilizing the big screen for some of the rounds, so bring your glasses if ya need 'em!

5) Correct spelling on the answer sheets is not required — but legibility is!

6) We'll have clipboards for your teams — please select the most legible writer in your group!

7) Unless otherwise specified, we are looking for full titles if the answer is a sequel (i.e., “Harry Potter Part 2” or “Friday the 13th Part 7” would not count…)

8) Shhh! As you discuss with your team, keep your voice down so another team doesn't hear your answer!

9) If you must use your cell phone for a call, leave the group and make your call in the lobby. You will not be able to rejoin your group until the next round.

10) In the event of a tie, tying teams will go into a Sudden Death speed round!

Winning team gets Frida Cinema film and concession passes!

See you at Trivia Night!

Suspiria
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 99 minutes
Rating: R
Start Date: May 19, 2022
Our Neon Nightmares series continues with Dario Argento's giallo masterpiece Suspiria!

When young dancer Suzy (Jessica Harper) travels to attend a prestigious ballet school in Germany, she arrives on a late, stormy night. Instead of being let inside, she witnesses fellow student Pat (Eva Axén) fleeing from the school in a panic before she is mysteriously murdered. As more people die, Suzy finally uncovers the long, terrifying secret history of the place.

Bright, bloody, and vivid, Suspiria is a dazzling thriller that is as colorful as it is chilling.

"A beautiful bright fantasy that lives off its aesthetic." - Evan Dossey, Midwest Film Journal

"Though 'witch-run dance academy' is certainly one of the best ideas for a movie ever to put to paper, it's not the plot of Suspiria that makes it so wonderful so much as it is the look." - Eliza C. Thompson, Cosmopolitan

"Suspiria is a baroque piece of esoteric expressionism that you enter - and exit - without understanding so much as feeling." - Anton Bitel, Little White Lies

Tootsie
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 116 minutes
Rating: PG
Start Date: May 19, 2022
Join us for a special screening of 1983 comedy hit Tootsie!

Struggling actor Michael (Dustin Hoffman) is branded in the New York acting world as being too difficult to work with, so he decides to take a new approach. He disguises himself as a woman and winds up getting cast in a role on a hit soap, where he has to maintain his new female persona indefinitely. While gaining fame and newfound insight into the plight of the opposite sex, he starts to develop an interest in his beautiful co-star Julie (Jessica Lange, in an Oscar-winning performance) — but how long will he be able to keep up this charade?

An 80s spin on Some Like It Hot, Tootsie was nominated for ten Academy Awards and also features supporting turns by Bill Murray, Teri Garr, and Geena Davis in her first film role.

"Tootsie's finely balanced writing is one of the film's greatest strengths, being consistently funny without ever turning the central premise into a gag." — Christopher Machell, CineVue

"'Tootsie' is the kind of Movie with a capital M that they used to make in the 1940s, when they weren't afraid to mix up absurdity with seriousness, social comment with farce, and a little heartfelt tenderness right in there with the laughs." — Roger Ebert, www.rogerebert.com

"What makes Tootsie a smart, enduring comedy instead of a silly, momentary one is its real sympathy for women." — Tasha Robinson, The Dissolve

Jurassic Park: Free Outdoor Screening–Classics on French Street
Genre: Outdoor
Runtime: 127 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Start Date: May 19, 2022
Grab your blankets, coolers, and low-back chairs, and join us on Thursday, May 19th, 2022 as we convert a Downtown Santa Ana street into an outdoor cinema to present Steven Spielberg's sci-fi blockbuster Jurassic Park! Film starts at 8:30pm; street will be open to guests at 7:30pm!

A wealthy entrepreneur (Richard Attenborough) secretly creates a theme park featuring living dinosaurs drawn from prehistoric DNA. Before opening day, he invites a team of experts and his two eager grandchildren to experience the park and help calm anxious investors. However, the park is anything but amusing as the security systems go off-line and the dinosaurs escape.

This will be the fifth of six outdoor screenings which will be presented the Third Thursday of every month from January to June, on Downtown Santa Ana's French Street and Calle Cuatro Plaza, between 4th and 5th Streets, right around the corner from The Frida! Our Classics on French Street is being provided to our community free-of-charge thanks to generous support from the City of Santa Ana and Community Engagement!

Let us know you're coming! Please RSVP!

PARKING

Parking is available in the City of Santa Ana's four-story parking structure located at 300 E. 5th Street. Standard parking rates will apply.

WHAT TO BRING

Bring a blanket, towel, LOW-BACK chair, or anything else you need to get comfy and enjoy a movie under the stars! Picnic baskets and outside food are welcome, though keep in mind that there are several fantastic neighboring restaurants that will be open to get your food needs handled! NOTE: Due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we will not have concessions or vendors present at this first Classics on French Street event, so make sure to bring all your favorite movie-going snacks with you!

WHAT NOT TO BRING

Alcohol and smoking are prohibited. Please be courteous to your fellow audience members — if you are planning to bring chairs, bring LOW-BACK chairs so as to not block the folks behind you.

WHAT TIME TO ARRIVE

The street will be open to guests at 7:30pm, one hour before the film starts!

COVID/MASK POLICY

If you have not been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, we ask that you protect yourself and those around you by wearing a mask at this event. If you have been vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus, defined as having received the full and final dose of your selected vaccine over two weeks ago, you are not obligated to wear a mask at this outdoor event — though you are welcome and highly encouraged to do so. If you are not feeling well, or have a fever, stay home, rest, and get well! Keep posted -- we'll be announcing the rest of the titles in our series shortly!

Pleasure
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 108 minutes
Rating: NR-18
Start Date: May 20, 2022

18+ Audience Only

Winner of three Guldbagge Awards (Swedish Academy Awards), including Best Actress, and nominated for the Sundance Film Festival's World Cinema - Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, Pleasure is the much-buzzed-about feature film debut by Ninja Thyberg.

Elaborating on Thyberg's award winning short film of the same name, Pleasure stars Sofia Kappel as Bella Cherry, a young woman who sets out to establish herself as a powerhouse in the global adult cinema scene.  Leaving behind her native Sweden for Los Angeles, Bella must adjust to the cultural and industrial demands of her newly chosen profession in a city full of transplants just like her. Desperate not to burn out and fade away, Bella must also navigate the minefield of modern-day porn production as a newcomer without sacrificing her dignity, or her safety.

Due to graphic content, no under under the age of 18 will be admitted to this film.

“Grounded in years of meticulous research into the porn scene and cast with actors drawn entirely from that world except for Kappel herself, Pleasure is very persuasive in its evocation of the milieu.” - Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter

"Thyberg keeps her cards close throughout Pleasure, using the film's verité framing to obscure the extent of her involvement as a director. The film feels even-handed, in the sense that its fly-on-the-wall style lets situations speak for themselves." - Katie Rife, RogerEbert.com

"A far more interesting, gripping and refreshing film than its subject matter might suggest." - Adrian Horton, Guardian 

Vortex
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 135 minutes
Rating: NR
Start Date: May 20, 2022
Legendary provocateur Gaspar Noé takes on a more somber key with Vortex, starring Françoise Lebrun and Dario Argento in a rare onscreen appearance.

The Father (Argento) lives peacefully with his wife (LeBrun) in their Paris apartment. One day, the Father becomes worn down by a heart condition, rendering his health in a dire state. As his wife begins to succumb to her own suffering under dementia, the couple begin to sense finality in their togetherness, reaffirming their love as often - and as strongly - as they can.

Shot entirely in split-screen, Vortex is an emotionally searing and achingly personal detour for Noé, with performances from its lead couple containing immeasurable power.

"Noé's extraordinary film unfolds as a tale of murmured terrors and nameless dread, creeping softly around a cramped Paris apartment like a cinematic Grim Reaper.”?- Xan Brooks, The Guardian

"Doubtless, due to Noé's own real-world experiences, “Vortex” is a success [...]: a dignified, sometimes desperate tribute to, as the dedication reads, “all those whose minds will decompose before their hearts.”?- Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

"With its uncommonly human touch and restless, unflinching visual aesthetic, Vortex</I< might well be Noe's finest and most thoughtful work.”?- Jason Solomons, The Wrap

HorrorBuzz’s Horror Movie Night: Phantasm
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 89 minutes
Rating: R
Start Date: May 20, 2022
HorrorBuzz returns with 1979's Phantasm, Don Coscarelli's surreal magnum opus! Be sure to arrive early for a special preshow before the film!

The residents of a small town have begun dying under strange circumstances, leading young Mike (Michael Baldwin) to investigate. After discovering that the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), the town's mortician, is killing and reanimating the dead as misshapen zombies, Mike seeks help from his older brother, Jody (Bill Thornbury), and local ice cream man Reggie (Reggie Bannister). Working together, they try to lure out and kill the Tall Man, all the while avoiding his minions – and a deadly silver sphere…

A staple of 70s horror cinema, Phantasm is as delightfully weird as it is chilling.

"Phantasm is wildly imaginative and legitimately creepy, confronting death and mourning as part of the coming-of-age process while also delivering nutty Jawa-type critters and blood spurting out of peoples' faces." - Katie Rife, AV Club

"It retains its power to make you stay the hell away from your closet after dark." - Charles Mudede, The Stranger

"...a pre-adolescent's pre-Lynchian fugue from mortality's mourning side..." - Anton Bitel, VODzilla.co