DARKSIDE CINEMA
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    The only independent, locally owned movie theater in Corvallis, Oregon             a DBA of 24FPS Inc.    


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Link to PRIVATE SCREENINGS DETAILS at Darkside Cinema Check out our virtual streaming films (below) to watch from the comfort of your home. When you rent a film using the link on our site, 50% of your ticket purchase goes to Darkside Cinema.

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VIRTUAL FILMS STARTING FRIDAY, JUNE 11

TAZZEKA movie poster
Darkside Cinema and ArtMattan Productions present:
TAZZEKA
June 11 through July 1
Comedy. Subtitled French and Moroccan Arabic.
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Growing up in the Moroccan village of Tazzeka, Elias learned the secrets of traditional Moroccan cuisine from his grandmother who raised him. Years later, meeting a top chef and a young woman named Salma, both from Paris, he becomes inspired to leave home. In Paris, Elias faces unstable work and financial hardship as an undocumented immigrant. But he also finds friendship with Souleymane, who helps him revive his passion for cooking. As Elias regains his sense of hope, he decides to reach out to that famous Parisian chef.

The film divides into two distinct parts that are linked by their simultaneously comedic and dramatic tone. Tazzeka engages with the humanity of a story about a young, talented man who, in spite of himself, gets caught in a spiral of clandestine immigration. He escapes thanks to his unique talent but also thanks to Souleymane’s friendship and support.

"Tazzeka has a lot to say about the passion that fuels people, the way society treats immigrants, and how those two elements interrelate." -Film Threat

Directed by Jean-Philippe Gaud.

Rent for 2 days
$12 (50% of your purchase goes to the Darkside. Thank you!)

Watch on your computer, cast the film to your big screen, or watch via iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, or Chromecast devices.


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GERHARD RICHTER PAINTING movie poster
Darkside Cinema and Kino Lorber present:
GERHARD RICHTER PAINTING
June 11 through July 1
Documentary. Subtitled German.
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This gorgeous documentary offers unprecedented insight into the life and work of one of the greatest artists of our time, and is a "gorgeously rendered work of art" (Variety) in its own right.

Legendary German painter Gerhard Richter granted filmmaker Corinna Belz access to his studio in the spring and summer of 2009, where he was working on a series of large abstract paintings. In quiet, highly concentrated images, the documentary provides a fly-on-the-wall perspective of the very personal, tension-filled process of artistic creation. Richter is his own worst critic, destroying multiple canvases before his remarkable creative spirit takes hold, and the astonishing final compositions emerge.

Directed by Corinna Belz.

"Painting is another form of thinking," Richter once said, and GERHARD RICHTER PAINTING takes that premise seriously, exposing for the first time how he translates his thoughts onto a blank canvas. Beautifully shot and endlessly revealing, it "artfully and convincingly immerses us into the world of one of the greatest [painters], painting." - Village Voice

Rent for 7 days
$8 (50% of your purchase goes to the Darkside. Thank you!)

After unlocking the film, you can watch it here or on our apps for Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire.


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SLOW MACHINE movie poster
Darkside Cinema and Grasshopper Films present:
SLOW MACHINE
June 11 through July 1
Drama/Suspense.
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Stephanie, a restless and vibrant actress, meets Gerard, an NYPD counter-terrorism specialist who’s an aficionado of experimental theater (and maybe out of his mind). Flirtation ensues, ends disastrously, and forces Stephanie to the ramshackle upstate home of musician Eleanor Friedberger, yet this supposed escape is infected by violent memories of her past life.

Starring Stephanie Hayes, Chloë Sevigny, Scott Shepherd and Eleanor Friedberger, SLOW MACHINE is a miniature epic of paranoia, espionage, subterfuge, music, and performance captured on lush and invigorating 16mm.

Directed by Paul Felten and Joe DeNardo

“Entrancing. A world of thrumming, conspiratorial menace. Stephanie Hayes is bewitching.” - Beatrice Loayza, Reverse Shot

“Seductively disorienting. Wild and mesmerizing. Kind of like a lo-fi, Brooklyn variant of Inland Empire.” - Giovanni Marchini Camia, Filmmaker Magazine

"A tour de force." - Tony Pipolo, Artforum

Rent for 3 days
$12 (50% of your purchase goes to the Darkside. Thank you!)

After paying the rental fee, you can watch the film on your computer or on our apps for Roku, Apple TV, or Amazon Fire.


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HELD OVER THROUGH THURSDAY, JUNE 24
NIGHT OF THE KINGS movie poster
Darkside Cinema and NEON present:
NIGHT OF THE KINGS
June 4 through June 24
Drama/Fantasy. Subtitled French. (Ivory Coast.)
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A young man is sent to “La Maca,” a prison in the middle of the Ivorian forest ruled by its inmates. As tradition goes, with the rising of the red moon he is designated by the Boss to be the new “Roman” and must tell a story to the other prisoners. Learning what fate awaits him, he begins to narrate the mystical life of the legendary outlaw named “Zama King” and has no choice but to make his story last until dawn.

A Film by Philippe Lacôte.

Rent for 3 days
$5.99 (50% of your purchase goes to the Darkside. Thank you!)

After you pay the rental fee, you'll have 30 days to start watching. Once you press Play, you'll have 72 hours to watch as many times as you want.

You can use Chromecast to watch on your TV with Chromecast built in or with a Chromecast dongle, or use AirPlay to watch on your Apple TV. If Airplaying via Mac, we strongly recommend using Safari. You can also connect an HDMI cable from your laptop/desktop to TV. Roku and FireStick are not supported. Mirroring is not supported. Chromebook is also not supported due to lacking the DRM support required.


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A TOWERING TASK movie poster
Darkside Cinema and First Run Features present:
A TOWERING TASK
June 4 through June 24
Documentary.
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Narrated by Annette Bening, A TOWERING TASK tells the remarkable story of the Peace Corps and takes viewers on a journey of what it means to be a global citizen.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave young Americans the opportunity to serve their country in a new way by forming the Peace Corps. Since then, more than 200,000 of them have traveled to more than 60 countries to carry out the organization's mission of international cooperation. Nearly 60 years later, Americans—young and old alike—still want to serve their country and understand their place in the world; current volunteers work at the forefront of some of the most pressing issues facing the global community.

Yet the agency has struggled to remain relevant amid sociopolitical change. More than once it had to fight for its very existence, and now—between COVID, a rise in nationalist sentiment and deep cuts to governmental-agency budgets—the Peace Corps is again confronting a crisis of identity: What role should it play around the world and in the lives of engaged citizens?

Directed by by Alana DeJoseph.

"Enlightening and uplifting. 'A Towering Task' puts a human face on the Peace Corps and makes sense of its history of idealism, improvisation, politics, and at times its failings. It is the most coherent and satisfying documentary I know of the Peace Corps, and I can't imagine a better one."  - Paul Theroux, Travel Writer & Novelist

Rent for 3 days
$10 (50% of your purchase goes to the Darkside. Thank you!)

After you purchase a ticket, you'll have 7 days to start watching. Once you begin, you'll have 72 hours to finish watching.

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MONUMENTS movie poster
Darkside Cinema and Row House Cinema present:
MONUMENTS
June 4 through June 24
Comedy.
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A young widower sidesteps grief, loss, and familial dysfunction when he steals his wife’s ashes and sets off on an impulsive odyssey through America’s heartland in the charming new road trip comedy, MONUMENTS. Ted (David Sullivan) encounters a cast of eccentric characters, including his rival Howl (Javier Muñoz), who direct and misdirect him on his mission to find something he’d lost long before the death his wife Laura (Marguerite Moreau).

MONUMENTS infuses humor and hope into a story of mourning, loss, and marriage to create one of the best feel-good indie films of 2021.

Directed by Jack C. Newell

Rent for 3 days
$11.99 (50% of your purchase goes to the Darkside. Thank you!)

You can watch on your computer, phone, or most tablets. You can also mirror to your big screen if your operating system includes those capabilities.


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HELD OVER THROUGH THURSDAY, JUNE 17
NEW FRENCH SHORTS 2021 movie poster
Darkside Cinema and Kino Lorber present:
NEW FRENCH SHORTS 2021
May 28 through June 17
Drama. Subtitled French.
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This lineup of seven of the most exciting new cinematic voices from France includes the Oscar-nominated animated short GENIUS LOCI and César Award winners AND THEN THE BEAR and SO WHAT IF THE GOATS DIE? Boasting festival favorites from Cannes, Sundance, Berlinale, and beyond, this feature-length program of delightful, funny, charming, and provocative French shorts is sure to fill you with joie de vivre.

GENIUS LOCI
One night, Reine, a young loner, sees within the urban chaos a mystical oneness that seems alive, like some sort of guide. Directed by Adrien Mérigeau, 16m.

BY A HAIR
In three days, Élodie will sit the hair removal exam of her beautician diploma. Her father, Francis, a butcher, would prefer it if she helped him more in his butcher's shop. Directed by Lauriane Escaffre and Yvonnick Muller, 21m.

HAUTE CUISINE
Since Marie has joined the team at multi-starred chef Bruno Mercier's restaurant, all she thinks about is improving herself. But Thomas, the sous-chef who manages the kitchen on a day-to-day basis, is wary of this possible rival. During her shift, Marie cuts herself, letting a few drops of blood fall into and mix with her sauce. Bruno tastes Marie's dish and considers it perfect. Directed by Merryl Roche, 24m.

SO WHAT IF THE GOATS DIE?
High in the Atlas Mountains, the young shepherd Abdellah and his father are hemmed in by snow at their goat pen. Their animals are wasting away. Abdellah must go to find supplies at a market village more than a day's walk away. When he arrives with his mule, he finds the village abandoned due to a strange event that has wreaked havoc on the lives of all believers. Directed by Sofia Alaoui, 23m.

AND THEN THE BEAR
That very night, houses will burn. Men and women will tremble. Hordes of children will come together and howl as they dance alone on the ashes like wild bears. It only takes one shout to wake them all from their slumber! Directed by Agnès Patron, 14m.

SUKAR
On the beach of Casablanca, the desire of two adolescents keeps a low profile. Children like adults keep an eye out. A fight distracts attention. Directed by Ilias El Faris, 10m.

OLLA
Olla replied to an advertisement on a dating website for women from Eastern Europe. She has just moved in with Pierre who lives with his elderly mother. But nothing goes as planned. Directed by Ariane Labed, 27m.

Rent for 5 days
$12 (50% of your purchase goes to the Darkside. Thank you!)

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DEAD PIGS movie poster
Das Filmfest with Das Filmfest and Film Movement present:
DEAD PIGS
May 28 through June 17
Comedy/Drama. In English and subtitled Chinese (Mandarin and Shanghainese).
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Based on remarkable true events, DEAD PIGS is a bitingly humorous social satire about the trials and tribulations connecting a disparate group of characters in the midst of a baffling nationwide mystery.

Shifting between Shanghai and the neighboring provincial town of Jiaxing, the film centers on the intersecting stories of five characters, whose loose connections begin to fatefully intertwine: a down-on-his-luck pig farmer; a feisty home-owner defending her property; a lovestruck busboy; a rudderless rich girl; and an American expat pursuing the Chinese Dream. Their fates converge and collide as thousands of dead pigs are found floating down the Huangpu River.

“This has everything. It’s hilarious. It’s charming. The characters are striking and poignant. The ending is satisfying. And its message is crystal clear, timely, and impactful. Yan places her characters into a petri dish of capitalism and we watch as they build a full and vibrant ecosystem; connected to the land and the water and the birds...and the pigs. It brings a surprise at every turn, but still allows those soft moments to breathe in the atmosphere and soak up the energy oozing from every frame. Totally unique yet also somehow comfortingly classic. A masterpiece of a debut from Yan. I cannot WAIT to see more from her.” — Caitlin Stow, who can be found at the Darkside and on Instagram @caitlinstow

Directed by Cathy Yan (BIRDS OF PREY).

Rent for 3 days
$10 (50% of your purchase goes to the Darkside. Thank you!)

After you purchase a ticket, you'll have 7 days to start watching. Once you begin, you'll have 72 hours to finish watching.

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THREE SUMMERS (Tres Veroes)
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Darkside Cinema and Distrib Films present:
THREE SUMMERS (Três Verões)
May 28 through June 17
Comedy/Drama. Subtitled Portugeuse.
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Over a trio of summers, a caretaker for luxury condominiums relies on her resourcefulness and her eye for opportunity to take advantage of whatever comes her way. Brazilian acting legend Regina Casé—star of THE SECOND MOTHER and TIFF ’00 selection ME YOU THEM lights up this comedy about gross class disparity and the infinite resourcefulness of those who can never take anything for granted.

Casé plays Madá, the fifty-something caretaker for a cluster of luxury beachside condos owned by a wealthy Rio de Janeiro family. Unfolding over the course of three consecutive summers—2015 to 2017—the film follows Madá as she invests in a roadside snack kiosk while tending to the every need of her condescending employers, becomes a bystander in a major money-laundering scandal, and eventually launches a whole new career. With every dizzying new turn of events, Madá manages to retain her high spirits, her sense of loyalty to those who deserve it—and her eagle eye for opportunity.

This modern picaresque with its tripartite structure allows us to track its heroine’s roll-with-the-punches pluck while bearing witness to an epoch-defining scandal based on the real-life criminal investigation "Operation Car Wash."

Buoyed by masterful comic timing and striking an irresistible balance of naïveté and ceaseless cleverness, Madá is one of charismatic Casé’s most endearing characters, a beacon of tenacious optimism and vivacity in a time when affluent malfeasance seems ubiquitous.

Directed by Sandra Kogut (CAMPO GRANDE, TIFF ’15).

Rent for 3 days
$10 (50% of your purchase goes to the Darkside. Thank you!)

After you purchase a ticket, once you begin watching, you'll have 72 hours to finish.

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LES NOTRES - with Oscilloscope - 6/18
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YOUSSOU N'DOUR: RETURN TO GOREE - with ArtMattan Productions - 6/18
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TRUMAN AND TENNESSEE: AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION - with Kino Lorber - 6/18
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AGAINST THE CURRENT - with Zeitgeist Films/Kino Lorber - 6/25
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LOURDES - with Distrib Films - 6/25
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TAKE ME SOMEWHERE NICE - with Dekanalog - 6/25
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AHEAD OF THE CURVE - with Together Films - 7/2
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ROCKFIELD: The Studio on the Farm - with Kino Lorber - 7/2
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SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD - with Kino Lorber - 7/2
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DACHRA - with Dekanalog - 7/9
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WHO WILL START ANOTHER FIRE - with Das Filmfest, Dedza Films and Kino Lorber - 7/16
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CAN YOU BRING IT: BILL T. JONES AND D-MAN IN THE WATERS - with Kino Lorber - 7/16
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NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN - with Kino Lorber - 7/30
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WHAT WE LEFT UNFINISHED - with Dekanalog - 8/6
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ABOUT DARKSIDE CINEMA
Open since April 1, 2005, Darkside Cinema is the only independently owned and operated movie theater in Corvallis. Except for this COVID-19 mandated closure, WE ARE USUALLY OPEN EVERY NIGHT, playing independent, foreign, and art films you won't find at the local megaplex.

We are more responsive than our website design! Because We Suck Less. Every Day.

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215 SW 4th Street, Corvallis, OR 97333