Here is our selection of must-see films playing in NYC this week.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Feb. 9; 9 p.m.
Filmmakers Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff let two stray dogs be their guides in a new documentary about Santiago’s skate park, Los Reyes. The result is a film that documents the daily goings-on at Los Reyes and the story of two friends.
For a special treat, arrive at the screening early for a meet-and-greet with adoptable dogs.
“Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story”
NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis
Feb. 11; 6:45 p.m.
Frank Sidebottom and his oversized papier-mâché head caused a sensation in the Manchester music scene in the late ’80s, and now the story of Chris Sievey, the man behind (and under) the enlarged noggin, is being told.
The screening is free and open to the public, with refreshments provided. Writer Jon Ronson, who played keyboards in Frank Sidebottom’s Oh Blimey Big Band, will introduce the film.
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“Picnic at Hanging Rock” (35mm print)
Alamo Drafthouse, Brooklyn
Feb. 13; 6:40 p.m.
In Peter Weir’s mesmerizing interpretation of Joan Leslie’s 1967 novel, three boarding school girls and their teacher disappear from an idyllic Valentine’s Day picnic after being mysteriously drawn to a rock. Admired for its poetic renderings of girlhood at the turn of the 20th century, the film makes the slow-churning undercurrent of horror all the more haunting.
“News from Home”
Through Feb. 13
Chantal Akerman’s portrait of 1970s New York City, “News from Home,” compiles long, static shots of streets, sidewalks and trains to build a memory book of place. Tactile and brown toned, the city serves as a steady backdrop while people flow in and out of frame and Akerman’s voice tracks in to read letters from her mother — a juxtaposition that situates the viewer both in the New York that Akerman saw around her and the home in Brussels that she left.
“Love and Basketball”
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Feb. 14; 4:15 and 9:30 p.m.
The first feature film from writer and director Gina Prince-Bythewood, “Love and Basketball” tells the story of childhood sweethearts who share aspirations to play professional basketball.
Drawn from Prince-Bythewood’s personal experience as an athlete, the film has been praised for its nuanced representation of women and sports. “Growing up, ball was everything to me,” said Prince-Bythewood in an interview. “I’m an athlete first and always have been, and it’s been so much a part of my life. And I just didn’t feel that I ever saw that woman or girl reflected on screen.”
Top Image: Still from "Love and Basketball."