IFC Films has launched The Indie Theater Revival Project and curated 20 retrospective programmes for US theatres when they emerge from lockdown, offering library titles for free during the first month they open.
The selections comprise approximately 200 films spanning IFC Films’ 20-year history – the company celebrates its anniversary this year – and IFC Films said on Tuesday (21) it will make them available to cinemas starting on May 29.
Theatres will be able to book any number of the retrospective programmes, in part or in total, any time through the first month after they reopen. No film rental will be due for any of the special engagements in that period. A selection of the programmes will also be presented at IFC Center, IFC Films’ cinema in New York City, when it reopens.
The Indie Theater Revival Project includes the “Yes We Cannes!” selection of Cannes Film Festival award-winners including 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days and The Wind That Shakes The Barley; family-driven documentaries “Discover Together” including Cave Of Forgotten Dreams and Pick Of The Litter; genre favorites including Antichrist, The Babadook, and The Human Centipede); and IFC Films’ greatest hits.
A preliminary line-up is available here where theatres can sign up and get more information. A complete list of the programmes will be announced in the coming weeks.
“Independent theatres across the country have been essential partners for us at IFC Films, and we would not be where we are today without their support,” the company said in a statement. “We wanted to take the first step and let theatres know that we are committed to helping them reopen their doors by providing a selection of films to programme while the new release landscape gets back to normal.”
The first three retrospective programmes in full:
Greatest Hits: Indie Blockbusters from IFC Films
Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)
Y Tu Mama Tambien (Alfonso Cuaron, 2002)
The Death Of Stalin (Armando Iannucci, 2018)
Cave Of Forgotten Dreams (Werner Herzog, 2011)
Touching The Void (Kevin Macdonald, 2004)
45 Years (Andrew Haigh, 2015)
Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach, 2013)
Buck (Cindy Meehl, 2011)
Me And You And Everyone We Know (Miranda July, 2005)
The Man Who Knew Infinity (Matt Brown, 2015)
Phoenix (Christian Petzold, 2014)
Blue Is The Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013).
Yes We Cannes!
I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach, 2016; Palme d’or winner)
Dheepan (Jacques Audiard, 2015; Palme d’or winner
Blue Is The Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013; Palme d’or winner)
4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007; Palme d’or winner)
The Wind That Shakes The Barley (Ken Loach, 2006; Palme d’or winner)
Me And You And Everyone We Know (Miranda July, 2005; Camera d’or winner)
Hunger (Steve McQueen, 2008; Camera d’or winner)
Gomorrah (Matteo Garrone, 2008; Grand Prix winner)
The Kid With A Bike (Dardennes Brothers, 2011; Grand Prix winner)
Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009; jury prize)
Like Father Like Son (Hirokazu Kore-Eda, 2013 jury prize)
Personal Shopper (Olivier Assayas, 2016; best director)
Antichrist (Lars von Trier, 2009; best actress prize for Charlotte Gainsbourg)
Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010; best actress prize for Juliette Binoche)
Che (Steven Soderbergh, 2008; best actor prize for Benicio Del Toro).
The Autopsy Of Jane Doe (André Øvredal, 2016)
The Babadook (Jennifer Kent, 2014)
Cold In July (Jim Mickle, 2014)
Depraved (Larry Fessenden, 2019)
Following (Christopher Nolan, 1998)
The House That Jack Built (Lars Von Trier, 2018)
The Human Centipede (Tom Six, 2009)
Kill List (Ben Wheatley, 2011)
Sightseers (Ben Wheatley, 2012)
Valhalla Rising (Nicholas Winding-Refn, 2009)
Witching And Bitching (Alex De La Iglesia, 2013).