Isis Theatre

Academy Screenings 2021

Films Listed in Chronological Order

Sunday, December 12


12 PM


JULIA brings to life the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women. Using never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, first-person narratives, and cutting-edge, mouth-watering food cinematography, the film traces Julia Child’s 12-year struggle to create and publish the revolutionary Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961) which has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date, and her rapid ascent to become the country’s most unlikely television star. It’s the empowering story of a woman who found her purpose – and her fame – at 50, and took America along on the whole delicious journey. (US, 2021) 95MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS Telluride Film Festival 202 | Hamptons International Film Festival 2021
DIRECTORS Julie Cohen + Betsy West

Monday, December 13


12 PM 


How did a man in charge of 12 million slaves become the ‘good Nazi’? A cautionary tale about Albert Speer’s 1971 attempt to whitewash his past with a Hollywood adaptation of his bestselling wartime memoir, “Inside the Third Reich.” (ISRAEL, 2021) 97MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS Israeli Academy Awards 2021; Best Documentary | Berlin International Film Festival 2020 |Telluride Film Festival 2021
DIRECTOR Vanessa Lapa
WRITTEN BY Joelle Alexis + Vanessa Lapa


2 PM 


From Academy Award®-winning writer and director Paolo Sorrentino (IL DIVO, THE GREAT BEAUTY, THE YOUNG POPE) comes the story of a boy, Fabietto Schisa, set in the tumultuous Naples of the 1980s. THE HAND OF GOD is a story full of unexpected joys, such as the arrival of football legend Diego Maradona, and an equally unexpected tragedy. Fate plays its part, joy and tragedy intertwine, and Fabietto’s future is set in motion. Sorrentino returns to his hometown to tell his most personal story, a tale of fate and family, sports and cinema, love and loss. (ITALY, 2021) 130MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS Venice Film Festival 2021 | Telluride Film Festival 2021 | Chicago International Film Festival 2021
DIRECTOR Paolo Sorrentino
WRITTEN BY Paolo Sorrentino
WITH Filippo Scotti, Toni Servillo, Teresa Saponangelo

Tuesday, December 14


12 PM 


Directors Rex Miller and Sam Pollard explore the enduring legacy of tennis great and humanitarian Arthur Ashe in a feature documentary as elegant, meaningful, and poignant as the life he lived. Ashe’s widow, brother, friends from his childhood in Richmond to his Grand Slam tournament playing and coaching days, as well as confidantes that nurtured his personal evolution from sports legend to global activist, describe the key events that shaped Ashe’s quiet determination to ‘use what he had to do what he could.’ (US, 2021) 96MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS Telluride Film Festival 2021 | Chicago International Film Festival 2021
DIRECTORS Rex Miller + Sam Pollard
WRITTEN BY T.J. Volgare (story editor)


2 PM 


France,1963. Anne is a bright young student with a promising future ahead of her. But when she discovers she’s pregnant, she sees the opportunity to finish her studies and escape the constraints of her social background disappearing. With her final exams fast approaching and her belly growing, Anne resolves to act, even if she has to confront shame and pain, even if she must risk prison to do so. (FRANCE, 2021) 100MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS Venice Film Festival 2021; Winner – Golden Lion + FIPRESCI Prize | Chicago International Film Festival 2021
DIRECTOR Audrey Diwan
WRITTEN BY Marcia Romano, Audrey Diwan, Annie Ernaux (based on the novel by)
WITH Anamaria Vartolomei, Kacey Mottet Klein, Luàna Bajrami, Sandrine Bonnaire

Wednesday, December 15


2 PM


Interweaving lecture, personal anecdotes, interviews, and shocking revelations, criminal defense and civil rights lawyer Jeffery Robinson draws a stark timeline of anti-Black racism in the United States, from slavery to the modern myth of a post-racial America. (US, 2021) 117MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS SXSW Film Festival 2021; Audience Award | Seattle International Film Festival 2021; Best Documentary
DIRECTOR Emily Kunstler + Sarah Kunstler
WRITTEN BY Jeffery Robinson

Thursday, December 16


1 PM 


Two years after his wife’s unexpected death, Yusuke Kafuku receives an offer to direct a production of Uncle Vanya in Hiroshima, where he meets Misaki Watari, a taciturn young woman assigned to be his chauffeur. As rehearsals progress, Kafuku finally begins to confront the haunting mysteries his wife left behind. (JAPAN, 2021) 179MIN


FESTIVALS | AWARDS Cannes Film Festival 2021; Best Screenplay | Chicago International Film Festival 2021; Audience Award | Toronto International Film Festival 2021 | New York Film Festival 2021 | New York Times Critic’s Pick | New York Film Critics Circle 2021; Best Film | Gotham Independent Film 2021; Best International Feature
DIRECTOR Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
WRITTEN BY Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Haruki Murakami (short story), Takamasa Oe
WITH Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tôko Miura, Masaki Okada