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 ​

"(tourism studies) ultimately asks us to reflect on the epistemology for a unifying film form, one that assigns all imag...
12/03/2019

"(tourism studies) ultimately asks us to reflect on the epistemology for a unifying film form, one that assigns all images an equal value, making of them a kind of crypto-currency." - Michael Sicinski, MUBI

The bracing new short film from Joshua Gen Solondz, comprising still and moving images captured in over a half-dozen locations around the globe, highlights Program 2 of Projections: Los Angeles, this Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre!

Must be seen to be believed. Tickets available to reserve in advance! https://www.acropoliscinema.com/projectionsla

Hi all. Today is #GivingTuesday, the perfect opportunity to support Acropolis. We’re a non-profit organization funded ...
12/03/2019

Hi all. Today is #GivingTuesday, the perfect opportunity to support Acropolis. We’re a non-profit organization funded entirely by our loyal audience. 🙏

Help us keep bringing you exciting programs like this weekend’s Projections: Los Angeles, Art of the Real LA, and Locarno in Los Angeles. Donations are tax deductible. You can donate below or by clicking here. —> https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=z9nkYy4BmTDWsbMORg-ZVKlwMV-axtDHilRpypws10e6Qs_NMfOTwrfdR5LSusYvQSRQJ0&country.x=US&locale.x=&Z3JncnB0=

“Beatrice Gibson’s work conveys the fragile, complex and emotional condition of our moment. Her films evoke a sense ...
12/02/2019

“Beatrice Gibson’s work conveys the fragile, complex and emotional condition of our moment. Her films evoke a sense of confusion and anxiety in the face of world events, but they also celebrate the transformative capacity of family and the tenderness of collective living.” - Frieze

Gibson’s new film TWO SISTERS WHO ARE NOT SISTERS comes to Projections: Los Angeles, this Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre! Co-presented by MUBI and the American Cinematheque. Tickets available! 🎟: https://www.acropoliscinema.com/projectionsla

“Few films this year, short or long, display the sheer exuberance of the bracing, exhilarating Black Bus Stop.” - To...
12/01/2019

“Few films this year, short or long, display the sheer exuberance of the bracing, exhilarating Black Bus Stop.” - Tony Pipolo, Artforum

BLACK BUS STOP kicks off Program 2 of Projections: Los Angeles—Dec. 7 at the Egyptian Theatre. Tickets available to reserve today! 🎟 https://www.acropoliscinema.com/projectionsla

Projections: Los Angeles kicks off *one week* from today at the Egyptian Theatre with Patrick Staff’s THE PRINCE OF HO...
11/30/2019

Projections: Los Angeles kicks off *one week* from today at the Egyptian Theatre with Patrick Staff’s THE PRINCE OF HOMBERG, a film Artforum calls “a compelling balance of nocturnal confusion and daylight insight.”

Tickets for both programs are on sale now! https://www.acropoliscinema.com/projectionsla

From our screening last night at REDCAT: Gabriel Abrantes discusses his singular body of work with Acropolis’ Jordan C...
11/26/2019

From our screening last night at REDCAT: Gabriel Abrantes discusses his singular body of work with Acropolis’ Jordan Cronk.

Tonight at REDCAT - Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, we welcome Gabriel Abrantes for his first-ever solo show in Los...
11/25/2019
Playful Perversions: Short Films by Gabriel Abrantes

Tonight at REDCAT - Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, we welcome Gabriel Abrantes for his first-ever solo show in Los Angeles! Program includes five films from across the director's career, followed by a Q&A.

Tickets still available!

Since emerging in 2006, Gabriel Abrantes has carved a unique niche for himself at the vanguard of contemporary cinema.

Happy Sunday, tickets for Projections: Los Angeles are officially on sale!Don’t miss out on a chance to catch new film...
11/24/2019
Acropolis Cinema presents: Projections: Los Angeles

Happy Sunday, tickets for Projections: Los Angeles are officially on sale!

Don’t miss out on a chance to catch new films straight from this year’s New York Film Festival. Includes work by Beatrice Gibson, Tomonari Nishikawa, Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena N. Harold, Joshua Gen Solondz, Ben Russell, Zachary Epcar, and many more!

Acropolis Cinema, Film at Lincoln Center, MUBI, and the American Cinematheque present Projections: Los Angeles––December 7, 2019 at the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian.

On Monday at 8:30pm, Acropolis comes to REDCAT for a very special program of films by the great Gabriel Abrantes, includ...
11/22/2019

On Monday at 8:30pm, Acropolis comes to REDCAT for a very special program of films by the great Gabriel Abrantes, including his latest—fresh from Cannes—THE EXTRAORDINARY MISADVENTURES OF THE STONE LADY. Tickets available 🎟: https://www.acropoliscinema.com/gabrielabrantes

“Abrantes’ bewitching movies interrogate the concept of privilege, cross-examine the privileged perspective and make...
11/21/2019

“Abrantes’ bewitching movies interrogate the concept of privilege, cross-examine the privileged perspective and make it [their] prevailing subject.” - Nick Pinkerton, Sight & Sound

Join us Monday at REDCAT - Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater for Gabriel Abrantes’ first ever solo show in Los Angeles, with Abrantes in person! Tickets available: https://www.redcat.org/event/playful-perversions-short-films-gabriel-abrantes

Announcing:PROJECTIONS: LOS ANGELESOn Dec. 7 at the Egyptian Theatre, Acropolis teams with Film Society Lincoln Center, ...
11/19/2019
Acropolis Cinema presents: Projections: Los Angeles

Announcing:

PROJECTIONS: LOS ANGELES

On Dec. 7 at the Egyptian Theatre, Acropolis teams with Film Society Lincoln Center, MUBI, and the American Cinematheque for a special two-part program of highlights from the 2019 New York Film Festival's Projections section!

Includes new films by Beatrice Gibson, Tomonari Nishikawa, Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena N. Harold, Ben Russell, Zachary Epcar, and more!

Acropolis Cinema, Film at Lincoln Center, MUBI, and the American Cinematheque present Projections: Los Angeles––December 7, 2019 at the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian.

“Abrantes matches an affinity for abstruse, looping narrative with a bawdy sense of humor. Although his work frequentl...
11/18/2019
Acropolis Cinema presents: Short Films by Gabriel Abrantes

“Abrantes matches an affinity for abstruse, looping narrative with a bawdy sense of humor. Although his work frequently draws on sources like Manet or Aristophanes, it’s never hindered by the dictates of good taste.” - MUBI Notebook

Playful Perversions: Short Films by Gabriel Abrantes, one week today at REDCAT - Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater. Tickets on sale!

Acropolis Cinema presents Playful Perversions: Short Films by Gabriel Abrantes––November 25, 2019 at REDCAT.

“A body of work that intoxicates, titillates, tickles, and scandalizes.” - Film CommentJoin us Nov. 25 at REDCAT for...
11/13/2019
Playful Perversions: Short Films by Gabriel Abrantes

“A body of work that intoxicates, titillates, tickles, and scandalizes.” - Film Comment

Join us Nov. 25 at REDCAT for Gabriel Abrantes’ first ever solo show in Los Angeles! This is a rare opportunity to see the DIAMANTINO co-director’s short films on the big screen. Not to be missed.

Since emerging in 2006, Gabriel Abrantes has carved a unique niche for himself at the vanguard of contemporary cinema.

Continuing our #AFIFEST ticket giveaway with Ivana Mladenović’s hilarious and perceptive IVANA THE TERRIBLE, one of o...
11/12/2019

Continuing our #AFIFEST ticket giveaway with Ivana Mladenović’s hilarious and perceptive IVANA THE TERRIBLE, one of our favorites from Locarno.

We have three pairs of tickets for the film’s two screenings—Nov. 17 and 19 at the TCL Chinese 3. Share this post or shoot us a message to claim! https://fest.afi.com/2019/new-auteurs-2019/ivana-the-terrible/#elevent

Our #AFIFEST ticket giveaway continues with one of our favorites, Kazik Radwanski’s ANNE AT 13,000 FT.We have 3 pairs ...
11/11/2019

Our #AFIFEST ticket giveaway continues with one of our favorites, Kazik Radwanski’s ANNE AT 13,000 FT.

We have 3 pairs of tickets to each of the film’s two screenings—Nov. 16 and 17 at the TCL Chinese 5. Share this post or shoot us a message if you’d like to claim the tickets. First come, first served!

The countdown is on: Just two weeks until Acropolis' first show at REDCAT! Join us Nov. 25 as we welcome Gabriel Abrante...
11/11/2019
Acropolis Cinema presents: Short Films by Gabriel Abrantes

The countdown is on: Just two weeks until Acropolis' first show at REDCAT! Join us Nov. 25 as we welcome Gabriel Abrantes for the Los Angeles premiere of five of his playfully perverse short films. Tickets on sale now!

Thanks to the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian for making it possible.

Acropolis Cinema presents Playful Perversions: Short Films by Gabriel Abrantes––November 25, 2019 at REDCAT.

Acropolis is proud to be back at AFI Fest this year as community sponsor for three films: Kiyoshi Kurosawa's TO THE ENDS...
10/31/2019

Acropolis is proud to be back at AFI Fest this year as community sponsor for three films: Kiyoshi Kurosawa's TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, Ivana Mladenović's IVANA THE TERRIBLE (both from Locarno), and Kazik Radwanski's ANNE AT 13,000 FT.

Stay tuned for ticket giveaways and party details, and be sure to subscribe to our mailing list for a discount code good for any regular ticket purchase!

Full program details are now online for our evening with Gabriel Abrantes—Nov. 25 at REDCAT.Includes the Los Angeles p...
10/30/2019
Acropolis Cinema presents: Short Films by Gabriel Abrantes

Full program details are now online for our evening with Gabriel Abrantes—Nov. 25 at REDCAT.

Includes the Los Angeles premiere of five films from across the director’s career, including his latest, THE EXTRAORDINARY MISADVENTURES OF THE STONE LADY. Tickets on sale now!

Acropolis Cinema presents Playful Perversions: Short Films by Gabriel Abrantes––November 25, 2019 at REDCAT.

*Tonight* at 8:00pm at Echo Park Film Center, join us for the Los Angeles premiere of the masterful Serbian war thriller...
10/18/2019
Review: 'The Load’ carries the weight of war on the road from Kosovo to Belgrade

*Tonight* at 8:00pm at Echo Park Film Center, join us for the Los Angeles premiere of the masterful Serbian war thriller THE LOAD, with a special video introduction from director Ognjen Glavonić.

Tickets still available to reserve online or purchase at the door. One night only. Not to be missed!

In Ognjen Glavonic’s brooding thriller and debut fiction feature “The Load," an out-of-work husband and father takes a job driving a truck with a chained-up cargo.

“[A] brooding thriller... The overtly graphic isn’t Glavonic’s visual style, but rather a cold, more powerful imag...
10/17/2019
Review: 'The Load’ carries the weight of war on the road from Kosovo to Belgrade

“[A] brooding thriller... The overtly graphic isn’t Glavonic’s visual style, but rather a cold, more powerful image seepage.”

Here’s Robert Abele previewing our screening of THE LOAD for the LA Times. Los Angeles premiere tomorrow, 8:00pm at Echo Park Film Center. Tickets still available to reserve online!

In Ognjen Glavonic’s brooding thriller and debut fiction feature “The Load," an out-of-work husband and father takes a job driving a truck with a chained-up cargo.

Join us this Friday, Oct. 18 at Echo Park Film Center for the Los Angeles premiere of THE LOAD, featuring a special vide...
10/15/2019

Join us this Friday, Oct. 18 at Echo Park Film Center for the Los Angeles premiere of THE LOAD, featuring a special video introduction by director Ognjen Glavonić recorded exclusively for this screening.

Tickets still available to reserve in advance! Head to our site for more details.

“The story, for me, is a starting point, a skeleton. The meat, the muscles, the brains and the soul of the film, are s...
10/14/2019
Interview: Ognjen Glavonic - Film Comment

“The story, for me, is a starting point, a skeleton. The meat, the muscles, the brains and the soul of the film, are somewhere else. For me, the way you tell the story is more important than the story itself.”

Here’s an excellent interview with director Ognjen Glavonić at Film Comment. Los Angeles premiere of THE LOAD this Friday, Oct. 18 at Echo Park Film Center. One night only! Tickets available to reserve at our site!

Keep the motor running: The Load, showing in Toronto, charts an ominous road trip that shows the universal burden of war

10/11/2019
Acropolis Cinema presents: The Load

“In a year of many impressive debuts, Serbian director Ognjen Glavonić’s first feature proved the most masterful.” - James Quandt, Artforum

Los Angeles premiere of THE LOAD—one week from today, Oct. 18 at Echo Park Film Center. Tickets on sale!

Acropolis Cinema presents the Los Angeles premiere of Ognjen Glavonić's The Load (2018)––October 18, 2019 at Echo Park Film Center.

“Four stars. This is one of the year’s best films. A mesmerizing narrative feature debut.” - RogerEbert.comOn Oct....
10/09/2019
The Load movie review & film summary (2019) | Roger Ebert

“Four stars. This is one of the year’s best films. A mesmerizing narrative feature debut.” - RogerEbert.com

On Oct. 18, Ognjen Glavonić’s THE LOAD comes to Acropolis Cinema at the Echo Park Film Center. One night only. Tickets on sale!

There are no onscreen casualties in Glanović’s film, and yet every frame reeks of death, not just in the sense of fallen civilians, but in the decay of a culture that has become the very thing it once fought against.

“An exceptional war film that never once shows the atrocities of war, never tries to represent the unrepresentable.”...
10/04/2019
Cinema Scope | The Load (Ognjen Glavonic, Serbia/France/Croatia/Iran/Qatar)

“An exceptional war film that never once shows the atrocities of war, never tries to represent the unrepresentable.” - Cinema Scope

Los Angeles premiere of THE LOAD, two weeks from today (Oct. 18) at Echo Park Film Center. Tickets on sale!

The Load (Ognjen Glavonic, Serbia/France/Croatia/Iran/Qatar) By Azadeh Jafari In CS76, Currency, From The Magazine By Azadeh Jafari The debut fiction feature by Ognjen Glavonic is the second time that the Serbian writer-director, who lived through the Yugoslav wars as a child, has explored the same....

10/01/2019
“Harrowing. A willful anti-thriller. An impressive new filmmaker.”Los Angeles premiere of Ognjen Glavonić’s THE L...
09/27/2019
Cannes Film Review: ‘The Load’

“Harrowing. A willful anti-thriller. An impressive new filmmaker.”

Los Angeles premiere of Ognjen Glavonić’s THE LOAD, three weeks from today, Oct. 18, at Echo Park Film Center. Tickets on sale!

Far away, behind the darkened Kosovan hills, bombs fall, sending up columns of sparks into the dusky sky. The rumble and crackle sounds out a moment later, and it’s indicative of Serbian dire…

Here we go: *Tonight* at 8:00pm at Echo Park Film Center join us for the Los Angeles premiere of Ulrich Köhler’s mast...
09/20/2019
Critic’s Choice: Ulrich Köhler's 'In My Room' gives last man fantasy a wry twist

Here we go: *Tonight* at 8:00pm at Echo Park Film Center join us for the Los Angeles premiere of Ulrich Köhler’s masterful last-man-on-earth drama IN MY ROOM.

One night only! Tickets still available online or at the door.

Ulrich Köhler's fourth feature, 'In My Room,' is a wry and wondrous tale of postapocalyptic survival.

“A mysterious and surprising movie about the frustration of the unseen and the poignancy of paths not taken.”Here’...
09/19/2019
Critic’s Choice: Ulrich Köhler's 'In My Room' gives last man fantasy a wry twist

“A mysterious and surprising movie about the frustration of the unseen and the poignancy of paths not taken.”

Here’s the LA Times’ Justin Chang previewing our screening of Ulrich Köhler’s IN MY ROOM. Los Angeles premiere tomorrow night, 8:00pm at Echo Park Film Center. Tickets still available!

Ulrich Köhler's fourth feature, 'In My Room,' is a wry and wondrous tale of postapocalyptic survival.

“Strange, funny, sneakily poignant... A disquieting, wonderfully imagined survivalist drama.”IN MY ROOM, the first n...
09/18/2019
Cannes Film Review: ‘In My Room’

“Strange, funny, sneakily poignant... A disquieting, wonderfully imagined survivalist drama.”

IN MY ROOM, the first new film in seven years from Berlin School master Ulrich Köhler, comes to Echo Park Film Center this Friday, September 20 at 8:00pm. One night only. Limited tickets available!

You can’t call a film “In My Room” if you don’t want Brian Wilson’s spare, melancholic verses for the Beach Boys song of the same title to spring to mind: “Now i…

Announcing: On Oct. 18 at Echo Park Film Center we present the Los Angeles premiere of Ognjen Glavonić’s slow-burning...
09/17/2019
Acropolis Cinema presents: The Load

Announcing: On Oct. 18 at Echo Park Film Center we present the Los Angeles premiere of Ognjen Glavonić’s slow-burning thriller THE LOAD, one of the most critically acclaimed films from last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

One night only. Tickets on sale now!

Acropolis Cinema presents the Los Angeles premiere of Ognjen Glavonić's The Load (2018)––October 18, 2019 at Echo Park Film Center.

Named one of the best films of 2018 by Cinema Scope magazine, Ulrich Köhler’s thought-provoking last-man-on-earth dra...
09/16/2019
Acropolis Cinema presents: In My Room

Named one of the best films of 2018 by Cinema Scope magazine, Ulrich Köhler’s thought-provoking last-man-on-earth drama IN MY ROOM comes to Echo Park Film Center this Friday, Sept. 20.

Our screenings at EPFC often sell out. Consider reserving in advance. More film and ticket info below.

Acropolis Cinema presents the Los Angeles premiere of Ulrich Köhler's In My Room (2018)––September 20, 2019 at Echo Park Film Center.

One week from today, Sept. 20 at Echo Park Film Center, join us for the Los Angeles premiere of Ulrich Köhler’s IN MY...
09/13/2019
Acropolis Cinema presents: In My Room

One week from today, Sept. 20 at Echo Park Film Center, join us for the Los Angeles premiere of Ulrich Köhler’s IN MY ROOM, which Film Comment’s Dennis Lim calls “a film of meticulous details and sly, subtle ironies.”

Limited tickets available. Reserve below.

Acropolis Cinema presents the Los Angeles premiere of Ulrich Köhler's In My Room (2018)––September 20, 2019 at Echo Park Film Center.

“Horrifying, hilarious and deeply humane. The sight of Armin on horseback, a massive rifle strapped to his back, ranks...
09/11/2019
In My Room first look: Ulrich Köhler welcomes the apocalypse | Sight & Sound

“Horrifying, hilarious and deeply humane. The sight of Armin on horseback, a massive rifle strapped to his back, ranks amongst the most inspired images to come out of German cinema in recent memory.” - Giovanni Marchini Camia, Sight & Sound

Just ten days until the Los Angeles premiere of IN MY ROOM—September 20 at Echo Park Film Center. Tickets available!

A thematic constant in the work of Ulrich Köhler, as with many of his peers in the so-called Berlin School, is the oppression of the contemporary condition. The characters in Köhler’s first three features, each afflicted by opaque yet relatable existential crises, rebel against the expectations ...

Two weeks from today, Sept. 20 at Echo Park Film Center, join us for the highly anticipated Los Angeles premiere of Ulri...
09/06/2019
Acropolis Cinema presents: In My Room

Two weeks from today, Sept. 20 at Echo Park Film Center, join us for the highly anticipated Los Angeles premiere of Ulrich Köhler’s unforgettable last-man-on-earth drama IN MY ROOM.

Limited tickets available. We encourage you to reserve in advance.

Acropolis Cinema presents the Los Angeles premiere of Ulrich Köhler's In My Room (2018)––September 20, 2019 at Echo Park Film Center.

Last chance to catch THE PLAGIARISTS on the big screen in Los Angeles—today at 3:00pm and 5:15pm at the Ahrya Fine Art...
09/02/2019
Acropolis Cinema presents: The Plagiarists

Last chance to catch THE PLAGIARISTS on the big screen in Los Angeles—today at 3:00pm and 5:15pm at the Ahrya Fine Arts!

Thanks to everyone who’s already made it out for this very special holiday engagement. And thanks to Laemmle for hosting us!

Acropolis Cinema presents the Los Angeles premiere of Peter Parlow's The Plagiarists (2019)––August 30-September 02, 2019 at the Ahrya Fine Arts by Laemmle.

Two more chances to catch THE PLAGIARISTS today at the Ahrya Fine Arts. Screens at 5:15pm and 7:30pm. Co-presented by Ac...
09/01/2019
Acropolis Cinema presents: The Plagiarists

Two more chances to catch THE PLAGIARISTS today at the Ahrya Fine Arts. Screens at 5:15pm and 7:30pm. Co-presented by Acropolis and Laemmle. Click through for info/tickets.

Acropolis Cinema presents the Los Angeles premiere of Peter Parlow's The Plagiarists (2019)––August 30-September 02, 2019 at the Ahrya Fine Arts by Laemmle.

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