Acropolis Cinema

Acropolis Cinema Acropolis Cinema is a nonprofit screening series dedicated to bringing classic and contemporary expermental films to Los Angeles. Our annual festival, Locarno in Los Angeles, takes place every April.
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Acropolis Cinema is a nonprofit screening series and microcinema dedicated to bringing classic and contemporary experimental films to screens across Los Angeles. Founded by Jordan Cronk, Acropolis Cinema's vision for the curation and presentation of film is one of wholly autonomous means, committed to facilitating under-represented film-art throughout the city. Our initial identity as a migrating organization will, we hope, embolden nascent arts communities typically removed from the epicenter of art house and repertory cinema distribution channels in Los Angeles, and in the process foster fresh developments in localized film discourse and dissemination. A topic of seemingly endless debate, the state of the Los Angeles art house scene is, in our view, less something to be fixed than fortified. The strides certain theaters and programmers have taken over the last few years to bridge some of the unfortunate lapses in programming is reflected by an increasingly vibrant local film community. Even so, these organizations can only do so much, leaving entire sectors of international and experimental film without a proper outlet in Los Angeles. Acropolis Cinema's goal is to alleviate at least some of these concerns by bringing important new films to eager Los Angeles audiences. Our focus will remain broad and inclusive, but will largely comprise experimental narratives, avant-garde shorts, nonfiction features, and undistributed films from festivals the world over. Jordan Cronk is a Los Angeles-based programmer, film critic, and regular contributor to Cinema Scope, Film Comment, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Reverse Shot, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Hollywood Reporter. His work has also appeared in the Village Voice, MUBI Notebook, Fandor, Brooklyn Magazine, Little White Lies, Filmmaker Magazine, Indiewire, and the Brooklyn Rail. ​ Acropolis Cinema is a California Nonprofit Corporation with IRS 501(c)3 application pending. Your donation is tax deductible. Acropolis Cinema Tax ID #81-4954649 ​

Here’s the first of two Moviemaker dispatches from Locarno in Los Angeles, this one on our opening night screening of HA...
02/20/2020
Locarno in Los Angeles: Ham on Rye Director on Casting and Costuming

Here’s the first of two Moviemaker dispatches from Locarno in Los Angeles, this one on our opening night screening of HAM ON RYE. 🥪

Last night at the Downtown Independent, the 4th annual Locarno in Los Angeles kicked off with the L.A. premiere of Tyler Taormina's Ham on Rye.

ANNOUNCING: From March 13-19 at the Lumiere Music Hall, we’ll be co-presenting the exclusive Los Angeles theatrical run ...
02/18/2020
Acropolis Cinema presents: Heimat Is a Space in Time

ANNOUNCING: From March 13-19 at the Lumiere Music Hall, we’ll be co-presenting the exclusive Los Angeles theatrical run of Thomas Heise’s landmark documentary HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME!

Tickets/schedule coming soon. More info herein.

Acropolis Cinema presents the Los Angeles premiere of Thomas Heise's Heimat Is a Space in Time (2019)––March 13-19, 2020 at the Lumiere Music Hall.

Some photos from day three of Locarno in Los Angeles and our screening of VITALINA VARELA. Thanks to everyone who came o...
02/17/2020

Some photos from day three of Locarno in Los Angeles and our screening of VITALINA VARELA. Thanks to everyone who came out and helped make it an unforgettable night!

Schedule for the fourth and final day (today!) of Locarno in Los Angeles:• 12:00pm - BIRD ISLAND (Maya Kosa and Sérgio d...
02/16/2020
Locarno in Los Angeles

Schedule for the fourth and final day (today!) of Locarno in Los Angeles:

• 12:00pm - BIRD ISLAND (Maya Kosa and Sérgio da Costa)

• 2:30pm - THOSE THAT, AT A DISTANCE, RESEMBLE ANOTHER (Jessica Sarah Rinland)

• 5:00pm - KRABI 2562 (Ben Rivers and Anocha Suwichakornpong)

• 8:00pm - SPACE DOGS (Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter)

• 10:00pm - Reception at Wolf & Crane

An unprecedented collaboration between Acropolis Cinema and the Locarno Film Festival, the fourth annual Locarno Festival in Los Angeles returns in 2020 to the Downtown Independent cinema, home of the festival’s first two editions. Running from February 13-16, the festival will present a special f...

Here are some photos from the first two days of Locarno in Los Angeles 2020 and our opening night screening of HAM ON RY...
02/15/2020

Here are some photos from the first two days of Locarno in Los Angeles 2020 and our opening night screening of HAM ON RYE. Thanks to everyone who’s made it out so far. We’re only about halfway done!

Locarno in Los Angeles Day 3:• 12pm - THE TREE HOUSE (Trương Minh Quý)• 2:30pm - A VOLUNTARY YEAR (Ulrich Köhler and Hen...
02/15/2020
Locarno in Los Angeles

Locarno in Los Angeles Day 3:

• 12pm - THE TREE HOUSE (Trương Minh Quý)

• 2:30pm - A VOLUNTARY YEAR (Ulrich Köhler and Henner Winckler)

• 5pm - ENDLESS NIGHT (Eloy Enciso)

• 8pm - VITALINA VARELA (Pedro Costa) | Costa in person | Rush line at 7pm.

• 10:30pm - Reception at Señor Fish

An unprecedented collaboration between Acropolis Cinema and the Locarno Film Festival, the fourth annual Locarno Festival in Los Angeles returns in 2020 to the Downtown Independent cinema, home of the festival’s first two editions. Running from February 13-16, the festival will present a special f...

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your cinematic loved ones at Locarno in Los Angeles! Today’s schedule 💞:• 5:00pm — OROSLA...
02/14/2020
Locarno in Los Angeles

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your cinematic loved ones at Locarno in Los Angeles! Today’s schedule 💞:

• 5:00pm — OROSLAN (Dir. Matjaž Ivanišin)

• 8:00pm — A GIRL MISSING (Dir. Kôji Fukada)

• 10:30pm — Reception at Bar Franca

An unprecedented collaboration between Acropolis Cinema and the Locarno Film Festival, the fourth annual Locarno Festival in Los Angeles returns in 2020 to the Downtown Independent cinema, home of the festival’s first two editions. Running from February 13-16, the festival will present a special f...

"A brisk, compact film that could be considered a comedy of manners, although it has a sting in the tail."Not be missed ...
02/14/2020
The Home and the World: Köhler and Winckler’s "A Voluntary Year"

"A brisk, compact film that could be considered a comedy of manners, although it has a sting in the tail."

Not be missed this weekend at Locarno in Los Angeles: A VOLUNTARY YEAR, the new collaborative film by Ulrich Köhler and Henner Winckler. Not convinced? Here's a brand new piece on the film by by the great Michael Sicinski.

A collaboration between two directors associated with the Berlin School has produced a brisk and intimate drama about a father and daughter.

Here we go: Locarno in Los Angeles 2020 opens *tonight* at The Downtown Independent with the L.A. premiere of HAM ON RYE...
02/13/2020
Ham on Rye — Locarno in Los Angeles

Here we go: Locarno in Los Angeles 2020 opens *tonight* at The Downtown Independent with the L.A. premiere of HAM ON RYE, followed by a Q&A with director Tyler Taormina and members of the cast and crew! And be sure to join us for our after party next door at Señor Fish!

Limited tickets are still available to reserve online. We'll see you there!

A bizarre rite of passage at the local deli determines the fate of a generation of teenagers, leading some to escape their suburban town and dooming others to remain.

Update: Saturday’s screening of VITALINA VARELA is officially SOLD OUT. But fear not, there will be a standby line the n...
02/12/2020
Vitalina Varela — Locarno in Los Angeles

Update: Saturday’s screening of VITALINA VARELA is officially SOLD OUT. But fear not, there will be a standby line the night of the screening. More details below.

Vitalina Varela, a 55-year-old woman from Cape Verde, arrives in Lisbon three days after her husband’s funeral. She’s been waiting for her plane ticket for more than 25 years.

“Shot in rural Hungary on fluid, time-blurring 16mm, OROSLAN was an unobtrusive highlight of last year’s Locarno Festiva...
02/12/2020
Every Little Part of Him Existed at Some Point: Matjaž Ivanišin Discusses "Oroslan"

“Shot in rural Hungary on fluid, time-blurring 16mm, OROSLAN was an unobtrusive highlight of last year’s Locarno Festival.”

In a new interview published by MUBI, James Lattimer talks with director Matjaž Ivanišin about his exquisite new film OROSLAN. Screens Friday, 5pm at Locarno in Los Angeles. 💫

The Slovenian director talks about his movie which blends fiction with documentary to tell the story and influence of a dead man.

The 4th annual Locarno in Los Angeles opens in just two days—Thurs, Feb. 13 at the Downtown Independent!Tickets and mult...
02/11/2020
Locarno in Los Angeles

The 4th annual Locarno in Los Angeles opens in just two days—Thurs, Feb. 13 at the Downtown Independent!

Tickets and multi-film packages still available to reserve in advance. Please note: only about a dozen tickets remain for Saturday’s screening of VITALINA VARELA, with director Pedro Costa in person. Act fast! 🎟

An unprecedented collaboration between Acropolis Cinema and the Locarno Film Festival, the fourth annual Locarno Festival in Los Angeles returns in 2020 to the Downtown Independent cinema, home of the festival’s first two editions. Running from February 13-16, the festival will present a special f...

“A haunting, powerfully immersive portrait.”For the LA Times, Justin Chang previews Locarno in Los Angeles and our cente...
02/10/2020
Pedro Costa's haunting 'Vitalina Varela' is the centerpiece of Locarno in Los Angeles

“A haunting, powerfully immersive portrait.”

For the LA Times, Justin Chang previews Locarno in Los Angeles and our centerpiece selection VITALINA VARELA, screening Saturday, Feb. 15 at 8pm. Less than 30 tickets remaining! Don’t miss out! 🎟

Locarno in Los Angeles will screen highlights from last year's Locarno International Film Festival.

A hauntingly off-kilter revision of the end-of-high-school drama.” - Richard Brody, The New YorkerTyler Taormina’s HAM O...
02/07/2020
Ham on Rye — Locarno in Los Angeles

A hauntingly off-kilter revision of the end-of-high-school drama.” - Richard Brody, The New Yorker

Tyler Taormina’s HAM ON RYE opens Locarno in Los Angeles 2020, next Thursday, Feb. 13 at The Downtown Independent, with Taormina and members of the cast and crew in person!

Tickets and multi-film packages still available to reserve in advance! 🎟🎟🎟

A bizarre rite of passage at the local deli determines the fate of a generation of teenagers, leading some to escape their suburban town and dooming others to remain.

The Closing Night selection of this year’s Locarno in Los Angeles is SPACE DOGS, a speculative sci-fi docufiction from d...
02/06/2020
Space Dogs — Locarno in Los Angeles

The Closing Night selection of this year’s Locarno in Los Angeles is SPACE DOGS, a speculative sci-fi docufiction from directors Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter. 🐶

A truly one-of-a-kind work. Must be seen to be believed. Screens Feb. 16, 8pm at The Downtown Independent. Tickets on sale! 🎟

Laika, a stray dog, was the first living being to be sent into space, and thus to a certain death. A legend says that she returned to Earth as a ghost and still roams the streets of Moscow.

The countdown is on: Locarno in Los Angeles opens *one week* from today, Feb. 13 at The Downtown Independent.Featuring n...
02/06/2020
Locarno in Los Angeles

The countdown is on: Locarno in Los Angeles opens *one week* from today, Feb. 13 at The Downtown Independent.

Featuring new films by Koji Fukada, Ben Rivers and Anocha Suwichakornpong, Ulrich Köhler, and Pedro Costa, who will be in person to present VITALINA VARELA! Tickets and multi-film packages are going fast. Don’t miss out! 🎟🎟🎟

An unprecedented collaboration between Acropolis Cinema and the Locarno Film Festival, the fourth annual Locarno Festival in Los Angeles returns in 2020 to the Downtown Independent cinema, home of the festival’s first two editions. Running from February 13-16, the festival will present a special f...

With KRABI 2562, two of the world’s great directors team up for a serio-comedic exploration of cultural tourism in a pic...
02/05/2020
Krabi 2562 — Locarno in Los Angeles

With KRABI 2562, two of the world’s great directors team up for a serio-comedic exploration of cultural tourism in a picturesque coastal Thai town.

Catch the latest from Ben Rivers and Anocha Suwichakornpong at Locarno in Los Angeles, Feb. 16, 5pm at The Downtown Independent. Tickets and multi-film packages available now!

Exploring the landscape and stories within the community, Krabi, 2562 captures the town in this specific moment where the pre-historic, the recent past and the contemporary world collide.

Winner of a Special Mention in Locarno’s Moving Ahead section, Jessica Sarah Rinland’s acclaimed debut THOSE THAT, AT A ...
02/04/2020
Those That, at a Distance, Resemble Another — Locarno in Los Angeles

Winner of a Special Mention in Locarno’s Moving Ahead section, Jessica Sarah Rinland’s acclaimed debut THOSE THAT, AT A DISTANCE, RESEMBLE ANOTHER, which patiently follows the reproduction of an elephant tusk, comes to Locarno in Los Angeles on Feb. 16 at 2:30pm. 🐘🐘

More info and tickets below! 🎟

They say you can tell a lot from a person’s hands: their lifestyle, their job and, if you’re a fortune teller, their future. In Jessica Sarah Rinland’s film, hands carefully guide artefacts and replicas on a cross-continental journey through conservation to display in museums, a space where ti...

One of 2019’s most indelible debuts, BIRD ISLAND, a unique docufiction by the Swiss duo of Maya Kosa and Sérgio da Costa...
02/03/2020
Bird Island — Locarno in Los Angeles

One of 2019’s most indelible debuts, BIRD ISLAND, a unique docufiction by the Swiss duo of Maya Kosa and Sérgio da Costa, screens at Locarno in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 16 at 12:00pm. 🐦

More info and tickets below! 🎟

After a long period of isolation, Antonin rediscovers the world in a bird shelter where, rocked by the noise of planes, troubled souls are saved just as much as the birds.

We’re just 10 days away from the start of Locarno in Los Angeles 2020! Fest opens February 13 with Tyler Taormina’s HAM ...
02/03/2020
Locarno in Los Angeles

We’re just 10 days away from the start of Locarno in Los Angeles 2020! Fest opens February 13 with Tyler Taormina’s HAM ON RYE, and continues with 10 more L.A. premieres, including the highly anticipated arrival of VITALINA VARELA, with director Pedro Costa in person!

Tickets going fast. Don’t miss out! 🎟 🎟🎟

An unprecedented collaboration between Acropolis Cinema and the Locarno Film Festival, the fourth annual Locarno Festival in Los Angeles returns in 2020 to the Downtown Independent cinema, home of the festival’s first two editions. Running from February 13-16, the festival will present a special f...

A journey through three decades of Franco’s dictatorship, Eloy Enciso’s haunting second feature ENDLESS NIGHT channels S...
01/31/2020
Endless Night — Locarno in Los Angeles

A journey through three decades of Franco’s dictatorship, Eloy Enciso’s haunting second feature ENDLESS NIGHT channels Straub, Costa, and mid-century proletariat dramas to explore Spain’s contentious political history.

Screens Saturday, Feb. 15 at 5:00pm at Locarno in Los Angeles. Presented in collaboration with La OLA - Independent Films From Spain. More info and tickets below!

Anxo returns to his home village in the Galician countryside. There, he is greeted with concern by the victorious and the defeated, who see in him the danger of diving back into their silenced memories.

Join us *tonight* at Echo Park Film Center for the Los Angeles premiere of THE WORLD IS FULL OF SECRETS, with director G...
01/31/2020
Review: An unsettling sleepover reveals ‘The World Is Full of Secrets’

Join us *tonight* at Echo Park Film Center for the Los Angeles premiere of THE WORLD IS FULL OF SECRETS, with director Graham Swon and actress Ayla Guttman in person!

Below, check out a rave review of the film in today's LA Times! Tickets still available to reserve online or buy at the door. We'll see you there!

Teen girls discover "The World Is Full of Secrets" as they share terrifying tales during a sleepover.

“Bare-bones in scale but enormous in effect... A bone-chilling exaltation of the subliminal power of storytelling.”For t...
01/31/2020
Review: An unsettling sleepover reveals ‘The World Is Full of Secrets’

“Bare-bones in scale but enormous in effect... A bone-chilling exaltation of the subliminal power of storytelling.”

For the LA Times, Carlos Aguilar reviews THE WORLD IS FULL OF SECRETS, screening tomorrow at Echo Park Film Center with director Graham Swon and actress Ayla Guttman in person! Tickets still available to reserve online! 🎟🎟🎟

Teen girls discover "The World Is Full of Secrets" as they share terrifying tales during a sleepover.

With A VOLUNTARY YEAR, the great German director Ulrich Köhler (IN MY ROOM) teams up with Henner Winckler for an unassum...
01/29/2020
A Voluntary Year — Locarno in Los Angeles

With A VOLUNTARY YEAR, the great German director Ulrich Köhler (IN MY ROOM) teams up with Henner Winckler for an unassumingly insightful father-daughter drama.

Screens Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2:30pm at Locarno in Los Angeles. Tickets on sale now!

Encouraged by her father, who hopes to save her from a life in the provinces, Jette is about to spend a year volunteering overseas. But love stands in the way of her father’s plans, and the girl no longer knows what she wants.

One of the top vote getters in this year’s La Internacional Cinéfila poll for Best First Feature, Graham Swon’s ravishin...
01/29/2020
Acropolis Cinema presents: The World Is Full of Secrets

One of the top vote getters in this year’s La Internacional Cinéfila poll for Best First Feature, Graham Swon’s ravishing debut THE WORLD IS FULL OF SECRETS comes to Echo Park Film Center this Friday at 8pm, with Swon and actress Ayla Guttman in person!

More info and 🎟 below!

Acropolis Cinema presents the Los Angeles premiere of Graham Swon's The World Is Full of Secrets (2019)––January 31, 2020 at Echo Park Film Center.

Exciting news: We’re thrilled to announce that Portuguese master Pedro Costa will be in person for the L.A. premiere of ...
01/28/2020
Vitalina Varela — Locarno in Los Angeles

Exciting news: We’re thrilled to announce that Portuguese master Pedro Costa will be in person for the L.A. premiere of the Golden Leopard-winning VITALINA VARELA at Locarno in Los Angeles—Feb. 15 at The Downtown Independent!

Tickets and multi-film package deals are on sale now! Unmissable.

Vitalina Varela, a 55-year-old woman from Cape Verde, arrives in Lisbon three days after her husband’s funeral. She’s been waiting for her plane ticket for more than 25 years.

Set in 2045, the radical ethnographic science fiction parable THE TREE HOUSE kicks off a full day of essential screening...
01/27/2020
The Tree House — Locarno in Los Angeles

Set in 2045, the radical ethnographic science fiction parable THE TREE HOUSE kicks off a full day of essential screenings at Locarno in Los Angeles—Saturday, February 15, 12:00pm at The Downtown Independent!

Individual tickets and multi-film packages available now! 🎟🎟🎟

In 2045, a filmmaker lands on Mars and tries to make a film. “Home… Far away from home.” He recalls faces of people, thus a collection of moving images emerge.

01/27/2020
THE WORLD IS FULL OF SECRETS | Official HD Trailer (2019) | Film Threat Trailers

This Friday at Echo Park Film Center, join us for the Los Angeles premiere of Graham Swon’s acclaimed debut THE WORLD IS FULL OF SECRETS, with Swon and actress Ayla Guttman in person!

Check out the appropriately hypnotic trailer below, and reserve your tickets today! Limited space available.

An old woman's voice recalls a terrible event from her distant past: on a summer night in 1996, five teenage girls meet in a suburban house, absent of parent...

"Like a Miguel Gomes or Pedro Costa, this kind of cinema is possibly further enriched by a brief drift into dreamland." ...
01/24/2020
Acropolis Cinema presents: The World Is Full of Secrets

"Like a Miguel Gomes or Pedro Costa, this kind of cinema is possibly further enriched by a brief drift into dreamland." - Artforum

Los Angeles premiere of Graham Swon's THE WORLD IS FULL OF SECRETS, one week from today, Jan. 31 at Echo Park Film Center. Swon and actress Ayla Guttman in person! Tickets still available to reserve.

Acropolis Cinema presents the Los Angeles premiere of Graham Swon's The World Is Full of Secrets (2019)––January 31, 2020 at Echo Park Film Center.

Fresh from its premiere at Locarno and its U.S. bow in the NYFF mainslate, Kôji Fukada’s masterful suburban thriller A G...
01/23/2020
A Girl Missing — Locarno in Los Angeles

Fresh from its premiere at Locarno and its U.S. bow in the NYFF mainslate, Kôji Fukada’s masterful suburban thriller A GIRL MISSING is the Spotlight Selection of this year’s Locarno in Los Angeles.

One night only—Feb. 14 at The Downtown Independent. More info and tickets below! 🎟🎟🎟

Ichiko works as a nurse for a family she has almost become a part of. But when the younger sister disappears, the media soon reveal the kidnapper to be her own nephew…

The exquisite small town mystery-drama OROSLAN, from Slovenian director Matjaž Ivanišin, kicks off a full weekend of eve...
01/21/2020
Oroslan — Locarno in Los Angeles

The exquisite small town mystery-drama OROSLAN, from Slovenian director Matjaž Ivanišin, kicks off a full weekend of events at Locarno in Los Angeles 2020—Feb. 14, 5:00pm at The Downtown Independent!

More info and tickets herein. 🎟🎟🎟

When a man known as Oroslan dies, the news quickly spreads through a little village, causing grief and emotion. Later on, actions become words and words become stories. In order to overcome the sorrow and restore the natural flow of life, the villagers start sharing their memories about Oroslan, re-...

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