8 Film Series to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend

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Our guide to film series and special screenings happening this weekend and in the week ahead. All our movie reviews are at nytimes.com/reviews/movies.

NOAH BAUMBACH IN RESIDENCE at the Metrograph (Nov. 8-Dec. 22). This Lower East Side theater will screen Baumbach’s complicated tragicomedies (“The Squid and the Whale,” on Saturday, and “Margot at the Wedding,” on Sunday) alongside features that he calls “companion films” — movies like the neglected 1970s drama “Chilly Scenes of Winter” (on Friday), directed by Joan Micklin Silver (see “A Fish in the Bathtub,” below). Separately, Baumbach will appear on Friday at the Museum of Modern Art with his new film, “Marriage Story,” for the first weekend of the Contenders 2019, a series dedicated to films that will likely endure — from awards favorites to overlooked gems.
212-660-0312, metrograph.com

DOC NYC at Cinéopolis Chelsea, IFC Center and SVA Theater (through Nov. 15). Now in its 10th year, this annual nonfiction smorgasbord is billed as the largest nonfiction film festival in the United States, with 136 features over 10 days (to say nothing of shorts and other events). Marquee spots have gone to Eva Orner’s “Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator,” which is the centerpiece screening (on Friday at SVA), about the founder of Bikram yoga, who has been accused of multiple instances of rape and sexual harassment; and Ebs Burnough’s “The Capote Tapes” (closing the festival on Thursday at SVA), which draws on unearthed tapes of interviews with friends of Truman Capote. The festival is dedicated to D. A. Pennebaker, who died in August. Showing on Wednesday at Cinéopolis, Pennebaker’s “Town Bloody Hall” — made with Chris Hegedus, his partner in work and life — captured a contentious 1971 panel discussion that pitted Norman Mailer against Germaine Greer, Jill Johnston and other feminists.
docnyc.net

‘A FISH IN THE BATHTUB’ at the Quad Cinema (opens on Nov. 8). The real-life couple and comedy duo Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller play a longtime husband and wife whose petty squabbles finally push Meara’s character to move out. Made in the late 1990s, this film from Joan Micklin Silver (“Crossing Delancey”) never received a formal theatrical release. It also features a young Mark Ruffalo and Missy Yager, paired onscreen shortly after they had appeared together onstage in Kenneth Lonergan’s “This Is Our Youth.”
212-255-2243, quadcinema.com

[Read about the events that our other critics have chosen for the week ahead.]

JESSICA HAUSNER: THE MIRACLE WORKER at Film at Lincoln Center (Nov. 8-10). This Austrian director is poised for her biggest exposure yet in the United States with the forthcoming “Little Joe,” which works a few new variations on the “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” formula (it involves a plant genetically engineered to make people happy) and won Emily Beecham the best actress prize at Cannes; before opening in December, it screens in a sneak preview on Friday at this mini-retrospective at Film at Lincoln Center. The series also showcases Hausner’s earlier films, like “Lourdes” (on Saturday and Sunday), with Sylvie Testud as woman who experiences a modern-day miracle, and the filmmaker’s debut feature, “Lovely Rita” (on Friday).
212-875-5601, filmlinc.org

IN THIS CLIMATE: BRETT STORY SELECTS at BAM Rose Cinemas (Nov. 12-14). As a lead-in to a run of “The Hottest August,” an eye-opening essay film that ponders climate, politics and society in the 21st century, BAM presents a selection of environmentally themed movies selected by that documentary’s director, Brett Story. Some are science fiction (“Children of Men,” on Tuesday); others (the Oscar-nominated “Darwin’s Nightmare,” on economic exploitation in Tanzania) only feel like it.
718-636-4100, bam.org

SOME OTHER LIVES OF TIME: SUBJECTIVE SPACES FOR NONFICTION at the Museum of the Moving Image (Nov. 8-10). The filmmaker and photographer RaMell Ross (“Hale County This Morning, This Evening”) curated this series of the “nonfiction imaginary” — films that straddle the line between documentary and fiction, and that play with the possibilities of time. His selections include “Mysterious Object at Noon” (on Saturday), the debut feature of the great Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and “Le Quattro Volte” (on Sunday), a leisurely, playful collection of rural scenes in Calabria, Italy.
718-784-0077, movingimage.us

TOKYO STORIES: JAPAN IN THE GLOBAL IMAGINATION at Japan Society (Nov. 8-Dec. 7). Sometimes a filmmaker who sees a city from an unfamiliar perspective winds up with a fascinating movie. This retrospective looks at how Tokyo has been filmed by outsiders — a rich tradition that includes Abbas Kiarostami’s fantastically strange “Like Someone in Love” (on Saturday), Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation” (on Nov. 19) and Sam Fuller’s 1955 noir “House of Bamboo” (on Dec. 7), a CinemaScope production that Fuller filmed in postwar Japan. The opening-night feature is Werner Herzog’s “Family Romance, LLC” (on Friday), about a company that rents out substitute family members.
212-715-1258, japansociety.org

‘TOKYO TWILIGHT’ at Film Forum (Nov. 8-14). As a bookend to its Shitamachi series, which highlighted rare portraits of life in working-class Tokyo, Film Forum presents this late Yasujiro Ozu film, first shown in 1957. Setsuko Hara and Ineko Arima play sisters raised by their father (Chishu Ryu). Their lives, and their troubled relationships with men, are complicated by the appearance of a woman who may be their mother.
212-727-8110, filmforum.org

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