WED JUNE 1, 2022 7:30 PM


$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction to RATCATCHER by film critic Katie Walsh. Introduction to VAGABOND by Gwen Deglise, Deputy Director of the American Cinematheque.

Los Angeles Premiere of New 4K Restoration of RATCATCHER. BLEAK WEEK: Cinema of Despair’ Series 


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RATCATCHER, 1999, Janus Films, 94 min, UK, Dir: Lynne Ramsay. 

Writer-director Lynne Ramsay’s bracing feature debut offers a look at growing up in squalor in Scotland in the 1970s. Set during a garbage strike, RATCATCHER follows James Gillespie (William Eadie), a 12-year-old boy living in one of Glasgow’s poorer slums, where local gangs and an isolated canal are constant perils. Superbly shot and featuring a mostly nonprofessional cast, this raw, yet poetic drama peppers its bleak social realism with occasional humor to create a soul-crushing portrait of childhood.

FORMAT: DCP – 4K Restoration

VAGABOND, 1985, Janus Films, 107 min, France, Dir: Agnès Varda. 

Sandrine Bonnaire won the Best Actress César for her portrayal of the defiant young drifter Mona, found frozen to death in a ditch at the beginning of VAGABOND. Agnès Varda pieces together Mona’s story through flashbacks told by those who encountered her (played by a largely nonprofessional cast), producing a splintered portrait of an enigmatic woman. With its sparse, poetic imagery, VAGABOND is a stunner, and won Varda the top prize at the Venice Film Festival.

FORMAT: 35mm