Cinema Chat: ‘Inu-oh,’ National Theater Live presents ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’, and more



A 2021 Japanese anime film directed by Masaaki Yuasa and based on the novel “Tales of the Heike: INU-OH” by Hideo Furukawa, the film is set in 14th century Japan and focuses on the friendship between Inu-Oh, a dancer born with unique physical characteristics, and Tomona, a blind musician. The film premiered at the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 9, 2021.

In 14th century Japan, political instability reigned. Three hundred years earlier, a terrible civil war between two powerful clans led to the devastation and annihilation of the Heike clan. Over the centuries that followed, Japan was rocked by aftershocks of conflict, and legends began to grow about the ghosts of the Heike, who would curse anyone who inadvertently dishonored their memory. Despite the ever-looming threat of conflict and the danger of ancient ghosts, artistic culture flourished and unique forms of Japanese art, including noh dance and drama, were born. In this cultural context, although ostracized by society due to their physical differences, Inu-Oh and Tomona nonetheless use their artistic abilities to propel themselves to stardom.


National Live Theater Presents “Cyrano de Bergerac” – PLAYS TONIGHT AT 7:30 PM IN MICHIGAN

Featuring james mcavoy (“X-Men”, “Atonement”) and captured live in 2020 from the West End in London. This production can currently be seen on Broadway and, for one night only, at the Michigan Theater!

“Everything, everywhere, at once” — SESSIONS IN MICHIGAN

NEW: The screening includes an introduction from the filmmakers and eight minutes of takes.

Realized by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (“Swiss Army Man”), collectively known as Daniels, the film is a hilarious, big-hearted sci-fi action adventure about an exhausted Chinese-American woman (Michelle Yeo) who can’t finish his taxes.


The film explores the life and music of Elvis Presley (Austin Butler), seen through the prism of her complicated relationship with her enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hank). The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning more than 20 years, from Presley’s rise to stardom to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the changing cultural landscape and the loss of innocence in America. At the center of this journey is one of the most important and influential people in Elvis’ life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia De Jonge). Realized by Baz Luhrmann.

Summer Classics

Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Michigan.

Ghibli summer

A Japanese animation film studio best known for its directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki. Fridays at 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. in Michigan.


Discover the best short films from around the world for ages 7 and up!

Kid Flicks Two audiences are ready for lots of fun, plus more in-depth themes and multilingual movies with English subtitles. Stop motion equals uninterrupted action in “Wild Lea,” as a feral Colombian cat goes from lonely to loved, but can she learn to settle down with her makeshift new family?

And if goofy tales are what you crave, you’ll flip your lid on the hilarious and absurd personalities of “Matilda and the Spare Head.”

In the doc, “Dear Future Me”, 6th graders wrote letters to their future selves; fast forward to 2020 when 12th graders reread them with results that are by turns surprising, bittersweet, and hilarious.

Presented in partnership with New York International Children’s Film Festival.


“Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a journey, a song”

This documentary explores the struggle and artistry of the singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen through his internationally acclaimed anthem “Hallelujah”. her journey from record label rejection to chart-topping performance. Directed by documentary filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine and based on Alan Light’s 2012 book “The Holy or the Broken”.

Besides Cohen himself, various people affiliated with Cohen or associated with the song appear in the film, including Rufus Wainwright, Brandi Carlile, Regina Spektor, Amanda Palm Tree, Eric Church, and other artists who have recorded their own versions. The film draws on many previously unseen conversations with Cohen collaborators Judy Collins, Dominique Issermann and others.

“High-speed train”

It is a 2022 American action-comedy film starring brad pitt as an assassin who has to deal with enemies while driving a Japanese bullet train. The film is directed by David Leitch based on a script by Zak Olkewicz which adapts the Japanese novel “Maria Beetle” by Kotaro Isaka. In addition to Pitt, the film also stars Joey King, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Benito A. Martinez Ocasioand Sandra Bullock.

“My old school”

In 1993, 16-year-old Brandon Lee enrolled at Bearsden Academy, a secondary school in an affluent suburb of Glasgow, Scotland. What followed over the next two years would become legend. Brandon Lee had been tutored in Canada while accompanying his mother, an opera diva, on tour before her tragic death. Brandon found friends at his new school despite his initial awkwardness, taking bullied students under his wing, introducing classmates to seminal retro bands, and even starring in the school’s South Pacific production. But then her incredible secret was revealed. Director Jono McLeod returns to his old school for a nostalgic look at the strange but true story of his former classmate, Brandon Lee. Using playful, period-specific animation, a perfect soundtrack, the memories of students and teachers, and the talents of alan cumming to bring the tale to life, the film offers more than one surprise along the way.


A 2022 American science fiction horror film written, directed, and co-produced by Jordan Pele under its Monkeypaw Productions banner. It features Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmerand steven yeun. The plot follows the inhabitants of a remote town who witness a mysterious and anomalous event.

After random objects falling from the sky with the mysterious ability to affect human and animal behavior, ultimately results in the death of their father. Rancher siblings OJ and Emerald Haywood attempt to capture video evidence of an unidentified flying object with the help of tech salesman Angel Torres and documentarian Antlers Holst.

“Marcel the shell with shoes”

A 2021 American mockumentary directed by Dean FleischerCampwho co-wrote the screenplay with Jenny Slate and Nick Paley. It is based on the 2010 short of the same name written by Slate and Fleischer-Camp. Slate reprises his voice role as Marcel, an anthropomorphic shell living with his grandmother Connie. Rosa Salazar, Thomas Mannand Isabelle Rossellini also star. The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival. Marcel is an adorable, inch-tall seashell who leads a colorful existence with his grandmother Connie and their pet, Alan. Once part of a sprawling seashell community, they now live alone as the sole survivors of a mysterious tragedy. But when a documentary filmmaker discovers them in the clutter of his Airbnb, the short film he uploads brings Marcel millions of passionate fans, as well as unprecedented dangers and new hope of reuniting with his long-lost family. long time. A beloved character makes his big screen debut in this hilarious and heartwarming story about finding connection in every corner.

“Where the Crawdads Sing”

A 2022 American drama film based on the novel of the same name by Delia Owens. It is led by Olivia Newman from a screenplay written by Lucy Alibar and produced by Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter. movie stars Daisy EdgarJones, Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson, Michael Hyatt, Sterling Macer, Jr.and David Strathairn. The film tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who rises to adulthood in the dangerous swamps of North Carolina. For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the strong and resilient Kya from her community. Attracted by two young men from the city, Kya opens up to a new and surprising world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately singled out by the community as the prime suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict on what really happened becomes increasingly hazy, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay in the swamp.

“Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris”

Historical comedy-drama directed and produced by Antoine Fabienfrom a screenplay he co-wrote with Carroll Cartwright, Keith Thompsonand Olivia Hetreed. This is the third film adaptation of the 1958 novel “Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris” by Paul Gallico.

In partnership with Maison Dior, the film tells the story of a widowed housekeeper in 1950s London who falls madly in love with a Dior couture dress and decides she must have one of her own. After working, starving and playing to raise the funds necessary to pursue her dream, she embarks on an adventure in Paris that will change not only her own vision, but the very future of the House of Dior. Featuring Lesley Manville, Isabelle Huppert, Jason Isaacand Anna Chancellor.

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