May's best special film screenings

Away from the mainstream, Melbourne's cinema culture looks healthy

Indian Film Festival

This year brings breezy romance The Lunch Box, philosophical drama The Ship of Theseus, as well as special events and masterclasses. Hoyts, May 1-11.

Spanish Film Festival

The fest opens with the coming-of-age tale Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed and ends with bank-robbers-versus-witch-coven Witching and Bitching. Between the two are more in the year’s best Spanish and Spanish-language films. Various, Apr 30-May 18.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Andrew Dominik is one of Australia’s best filmmakers. This 2007 western is spare, lyrical, and haunting, with achingly gorgeous cinematography and music. Astor, Thu May 1.

Delicatessen + The City of Lost Children

Before Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amelie conquered the world with whimsy, his two films with Marc Caro were ’90s arthouse hits. All tickets $12. Astor, Thu May 15.

Roman Holiday at Outside-In Cinema

“It’s always open season on princesses.” Outside-In continues to celebrate Rome on screen with this 1953 romance between a rebellious princess (Audrey Hepburn) and tough newspaperman (Gregory Peck). State Library of Victoria, Thu May 15.

Cruising

William Friedkin’s 1980 thriller sends a young cop (Al Pacino) into New York’s gay S&M community to find a serial killer. Plays with a short doco about the attempts to stop the film’s release. The Backlot Studios, Sat May 17.

First published on 24 Apr 2014. Updated on 21 May 2014.

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