Constructed by top real estate developers in New York City, The IFC Center, located on Sixth Avenue in the heart of Greenwich Village, opened its doors in 2005 after a four-year renovation of the historic Waverly Theater. The IFC Center is one of the premier art house movie theaters in the country, and now features five state-of-the-art cinemas with luxurious seating, and High-Def digital and 35mm projection. Its program is devoted primarily to new independent, foreign, and documentary features. The IFC Center also hosts special events for fans including Weekend Classics, Waverly Midnights (cult movies Fridays and Saturdays at midnight), Short Attention Span Cinema (short films screening before every feature) and the “Posteritati Gallery at IFC Center” featuring exhibitions of vintage movie posters from around the globe. The concession stand serves organic popcorn with real, natural butter – something you’re unlikely to find at the local Cineplex.
This Summer, the IFC Center will present a mix of new and vintage titles from the US and abroad. Roman Polanski’s “Venus in Fur,” adapted from David Ives’s hit Broadway play, opens Friday, June 20. Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s 1999 classic “The Wind Will Carry Us” has been digitally restored for its 15th anniversary. “The Wind Will Carry Us” is set in a small village in Iran, where the inhabitants’ routine is interrupted by the arrival of a small group of outsiders. It turns out that the strangers are a television crew sent from Tehran who are awaiting the death of an elderly village woman in order to capture the traditional funeral practices of the town. But the village operates on its own schedule, and the leader of the TV crew must adapt to a slower pace, and ends up spending much of his time becoming acquainted with the locals. Petra Costa’s “Elena,” which opens May 30th, tells the tale of a young Brazilian woman who travels to New York with the same dream as her mother, to become a movie star. “Lucky Them,” directed by, Megan Griffiths, stars Toni Collette as a veteran rock journalist seeking to revive her career by telling the story of a long-lost rock god who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend.
The Center’s website will keep you up to date on the latest openings and events: http://www.ifccenter.com
Photo courtesy of: David Boyle