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Hester Street (4K Restoration)

Fri, Nov 19 / 9:15pm
Sat, Nov 20 / 4:45pm
Sun, Nov 21 / 3pm & 5:10pm
Tue, Nov 23 / 7pm
Fri, Nov 26 / 7pm
Directed by Joan Micklin-Silver
1975, USA, 89 min

A new 4K restoration from the original negative of Joan Micklin Silver’s theatrical feature debut. Gitl (Carol Kane in her Academy Award nominated role) and her son arrive on the lower East side of New York in 1896 to join her husband Jake (Steven Keats). While Jake, who has a job in a sweatshop and an English-speaking girlfriend, has completely embraced America, Gitl clings to her old country ways. Jake is embarrassed to be seen with her as he struggles to assimilate by shedding his ethnic heritage. Gitl finds a way to become victor instead of victim.

Reviews

A magnificent performance by Carol Kane. An unconditionally happy achievement.
- The New York Times
Newly restored in a 4K version that retains the 35mm original’s Jacob Riis-like black-and-white textures of Lower East Side tenement life, it’s a vision of the city on the brink of modernity, willed into existence at the height of the New Hollywood by a woman unaffiliated with any movement.
– Natalie Keogan, Paste Magazine
That performance {Kane's} resonates across so many different lives to me. It’s not just about that one character. She was able to encapsulate the experience of so many different people, marginalized, oppressed. That’s why I think the film lives on.
– Marisa Silver, filmmaker
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