NSFW is the stuff you weren’t supposed to watch as a kid. It’s the stuff you heard someone describe and it sounded so absurd it couldn’t possibly be real. It’s the place where you can see Rowdy Roddy Piper one night and Jack Nicholson the next. Where people in the high-brow got their start in the low-brow. It’s Black & White, Smell-o-Vision, Red, Green, or Purple Tinted, and Technicolor. From Italy, Korea, the UK, North America, Japan. Dubbed, Subtitled, or Barely Audible. This is the Summit City’s showcase of thrillers, horror-shows, comedies, sci-fi head trips, the overshadowed flicks from burgeoning film titans, and the triumphs of the auteurs of sleaze. Welcome to, “Not Safe Fort Wayne”, bringing new and old cult classics to the three rivers!
Southbound - Opens February 12th
One Weekend Only!
On a desolate stretch of desert highway, weary travelers—two men on the run from their past, a band on their way to the next gig, a man struggling to get home, a brother in search of his long-lost sister and a family on vacation—are forced to confront their worst fears and darkest secrets in these interwoven tales of terror and remorse on the open road.
"Loosely centered on a stretch of highway in the American West, this anthology of five horror tales is the rare group effort without a dud, as it cruises through variations on the genre with style and confidence." -Film Comment
"Southbound reminded me of Creepshow in its twisted sense of humor and unpredictability. That's a major compliment." -RogerEbert.com
1 hr 29 min., Unrated
Mustang - Opens February 12th
Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey. Five free-spirited teenaged sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbor passes by and reports what she considers to be illicit behavior to the girls' family. The family overreacts, removing all "instruments of corruption," like cell phones and computers, and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides. As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate. The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives in Deniz Gamze Ergüven's debut, a powerful portrait of female empowerment.
"[A] beautiful, harrowing film." - New York Magazine.
"[Erguven] proves especially skilled with her cast of newcomers, whose powerful individualism as well as their vibrant bond together are perfect vessels for the script's message." - Variety.
"A gripping mix of comedy, tragedy, political anger and, despite everything, hope." - New York Post.
97 min., Rated PG-13.
45 Years - Opens February 19th
There is just one week until Kate Mercer's forty-fifth wedding anniversary and the planning for the party is going well. But then a letter arrives for her husband. The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. By the time the party is upon them, five days later, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate.
"It's a film of small moments and tiny gestures that leaves a very, very big impression." - Time Out.
"45 Years is a perceptive, subtle look at how a relationship, even so many years in, is at root an unknowable thing." - Vanity Fair.
"A moving and absorbing drama featuring two performers offering a lifetime's wisdom and technique in their performances." - Guardian.
93 min., Rated R.
Oscar Nominated Short Films - Opens February 19th
Sanjay’s Super Team – dir. Sanjay Patel, USA, 7 minutes
World of Tomorrow – dir. Don Hertzfeldt, USA, 17 minutes
Bear Story – dir. Gabriel Osorio, Chile, 11 minutes
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos – dir. Konstantin Bronzit, Russia, 16 minutes
If I Was God
The Short Story of a Fox and a Mouse
The Loneliest Spotlight
Prologue – dir. Richard Williams, UK, 6 minutes (contains sensitive subject matter including nudity and violence)
86 mins., Unrated (Approx. rating PG).
Ave Maria – dir. Basil Khalil, Palestine/France/Germany, 15 minutes
Shok – dir. Jamie Donoughue, Kosovo/UK, 21 minutes
Everything Will Be OK – dir. Patrick Vollrath, Germany/Austria, 30 minutes
Stutterer – dir. Benjamin Cleary, UK/Ireland, 12 minutes
Day One – dir. Henry Hughes, USA, 25 minutes
107 mins., Unrated (Approx. rating R)
Son of Saul - Opens March 11th (Date subject to change)
In this searing drama, a concentration camp inmate tasked with burning the dead discovers the body of his young son, and must choose between participating in the clandestine uprising being planned among the prisoners, or securing a proper Jewish burial for his child.
"The opening sequence achieves the outer limits of film art. Movies simply don't get more powerful than this." - San Francisco Chronicle.
"Good movies summon up worlds. "Son of Saul" [is] a great movie ..." - Wall Street Journal.
"A Holocaust drama like you have never seen before." - Arizona Republic.
107 min., Rated R.
Embrace of the Serpent - Opens April 1st
Embrace of the Serpent features the encounter, apparent betrayal and finally life-affirming friendship between an Amazonian shaman (the last survivor of his people) and two foreign scientists.
"A visually mesmerizing exploration of man, nature and the destructive powers of colonialism." - Hollywood Reporter.
"The ravages of colonialism cast a dark pall over the stunning South American landscape in Embrace of the Serpent, the latest visual astonishment from the gifted Colombian writer-director Ciro Guerra." - Variety.
123 min., Unrated.