As temperatures dip below freezing, here are our suggested screenings to keep you warm through the week.
“Merce Cunningham Centennial: Program 5”
Anthology Film Archives
Feb. 4; 7:30 p.m.
Presented in celebration of the Merce Cunningham Centennial, “Program 5” features documentary and performance recordings of “CRWDSPCR” — a dance developed by Cunningham to mimic technology’s influence on language. Pronounced “Crowd Spacer,” Cunningham derived the work’s name from the way that “computer technology is changing our language, condensing words.” Patricia Lent, who danced with the Merce Cunningham Company from 1984 to 1993, will hold a Q&A.
“Goodbye First Love”
Feb. 4; 9:30 p.m.
“All the films that I have written are about love,” said director Mia Hansen-Løve in a Film Comment interview about her 2012 film “Goodbye First Love.” “It is something that plays a central role in them. It is what weakens my characters but also what gives them strength.”
This sense of love as a catalyst drives the narrative of “Goodbye First Love,” pushing its main character through a series of life-altering revelations as she comes to terms with the loss of a pivotal adolescent relationship. Hansen-Løve will be on hand to introduce the film.
“Cinema of Trauma: The Films of Lee Chang-dong”
The Museum of Modern Art
Through Feb. 9
The films of Lee Chang-dong provide a masterclass in desire inhibited by the traumatic reality of social and cultural restrictions. In “Burning,” based on the 1992 short story “Barn Burning” by Haruki Murakmi, Chang-dong curbs lust and ambition with class structures; in “Secret Sunshine,” the protagonist, a widow and mother who moves to her deceased husband’s hometown, discovers that the “sunshine” she expects to find in her new residence is darkened by the town’s past.
MoMA’s retrospective will include all six films that Chang-dong has created over his 20-year career, with the director in attendance for select screenings of “Burning,” “Secret Sunshine” and “Peppermint Candy.”
The Goldblum Variations
Jeff Goldblum fans rejoice. The Quad Cinema will present a 16-film series built from the oeuvre of the man who brought Dr. Ian Malcolm to life. The program kicks off next Friday with “The Big Chill” and “The Fly.”
“Valentine’s Day at Metrograph”
With Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, Metrograph has programmed a series dedicated to amour. While the slate continues well into the month, love devotees can check out Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “Querelle” and David Cronenberg’s “Crash” (not to be confused with the 2005 version by Paul Haggis) starting on Feb. 8.
Top Image: Still from "Jurassic Park." Courtesy of Quad Cinema.