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Così_fan_tutte_webNational Theatre LIve

Tuesday, September 26 - 7:00pm
Saturday, October 14 - 11:00am

$15 Adults | $13 Seniors/Students
$10 Friends of the Tivoli Cardholders


A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Federico Garcia Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph). Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax.

Please note that this broadcast does not have an intermission and that the performance includes strobe lighting.

Tivoli Town Hall Screening
The SensItives

Thursday, September 28 - 7:00pm


For the increasing number of people who are suffering from environmental illnesses, the modern world is full of unseen threats. Pesticides, perfumes, cell phones—any of these can send a “sensitive” into a debilitating downward spiral. Stunningly cinematic, THE SENSITIVES documents three families struggling with these issues.

In Kansas City, a loving grandfather is struck down by a debilitating illness with mysterious, environmental origins, and faces an agonizing decision: an uncertain, unhealthy future with his family or the lure of an isolated, "safe" community built for "sensitives" like him. As his wife and daughter struggle to find a way to keep their family together, we meet others that have faced the same impossible choices: an aging mother and her two adult sons living in self-imposed quarantine deep in the Arizona desert, and an activist, in fragile recovery, who haunts the hallways and conference rooms of disability advocates to build support for a malady that no one seems to understand. The stories of THE SENSITIVES will raise empathy and awareness for those struggling with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) and many others with misunderstood disabilities.item35

Unknown Girl

Opens Friday, September 29

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The new film from acclaimed directors the Dardenne brothers (Two Days, One Night) is a searing saga of guilt and redemption. One evening after work hours, Jenny (Adele Haenel), a young doctor, allows the door buzzer at the small clinic where she works to go unanswered. ItÕs only later that she learns that the person ringing was an unidentified African woman found dead shortly after by the side of a road. Consumed by the thought that she is to blame, Jenny embarks on an obsessive crusade to discover who the anonymous woman was and to see to it that she is not forgotten. Shot through with low-key suspense and the heart-stopping realism that has become the directors' trademark, THE UNKNOWN GIRLl is both a gripping mystery and a profoundly human moral tale.item24


Opens Friday, September 29

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Rigorously trained from an early age by a perfectionist instructor, Polina (played by Anastasia Shevtsova, a professional dancer who has performed with Saint Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre) is a promising classical ballet dancer. She is just about to join the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet when she discovers contemporary dance, a revelation that throws everything into question on a profound level. Diverting from her plan, she leaves all her exacting preparation behind and moves to France to work with famous choreographer Liria Elsaj (played by Academy Award¨-winner Juliette Binoche who has danced with London-based dancer/choreographer Akram Khan). But once there she is quickly forced to grapple with the realization that determination and hard work don't always lead to success. Other members of the cast include Niels Schneider (Xavier Dolan' HEARTBEATS and I KILLED MY MOTHER) and Jeremie Belingard (a star dancer with the Ballet de l'Opera de Paris, SAINT LAURENT). item31

Best Foreign Film Golden Globe Nominee
The Fencer
Opens Friday, September 29

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This touching 1950s-set drama based on a true story is about love and a man who finds meaning in his life through the children who need him. A young man, Endel Nelis, arrives in Haapsalu, Estonia, in the early 1950s. Having left Leningrad to escape the secret police, he finds work as a teacher and founds a sports club for his students. Endel becomes a father figure to his students and starts teaching them his great passion - fencing, which causes a conflict with the school's principal. Envious, the principal starts investigating Endel's background... Endel learns to love the children and looks after them; most are orphans as a result of the Russian occupation. Fencing becomes a form of self-expression for the children and Endel becomes a role model. The children want to participate in a national fencing tournament in Leningrad, and Endel must make a choice: risk everything to take the children to Leningrad or put his safety first and disappoint them.item10

California Typewriter

Coming Soon

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CALIFORNIA TYPEWRITER is a documentary portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, the late Sam Shepard, and others. It also movingly documents the struggles of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking. In the process, the film delivers a thought-provoking meditation on the changing dynamic between humans and machines, and encourages us to consider our own relationship with technology, old and new, as the digital age's emphasis on speed and convenience redefines who's serving whom, human or machine?item5

Tivoli Performing Arts Series
Jonas Kaufmann in

Encore Broadcast
Saturday, September 30 - 11:00am


Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in special encore broadcast of Keith Warner's 2017 production of Verdi's thrilling Shakespeare-inspired opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano. Iago sows the seeds of jealousy in Otello's mind, fabricating a story of an affair between Iago's rival Cassio and Otello's young wife Desdemona. Iago's trickery cements Otello's suspicion into mistaken certainty. Otello is Verdi's final tragedy. After astonishing productivity in his early career, the composer slowed in later life; more than fifteen years separate Otello and its predecessor, Aida. As the latest utterance from the master of Italian opera, the 1887 premiere was an instant success - but, more than that, Otello has been an important part of the international opera repertory ever since. item49

Exclusive Kansas City Area Event
New York
Two All New Programs

"Outdoor Adventures with Dogs"
Sunday, October 1 - 1:00pm
All Seats $10
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MY TRAIL DOG - Dean Leslie’s lyrical look at a man who is a loner who runs the Alps for the joy of it, with his dogs, who are his closest companions; DENALI - Ben Moon honors Denali, his husky-pit mix; WALKIES IN THE WIND harming animated film by Toby Mattison; BISCUIT - The most fearlessly athletic little dog you’ll ever meet; ONE MAN & HIS DOG - Dean Saffron’s look at one Australian man’s joyous skate boarding lifestyle with his Samoyed; THE MYSTERY OF THE ARCTIC CAIR - John Huston’s thrilling 54 minute documentary that follows a team of intrepid explorers and their 4 tempestuous Inuit sled dogs as they set out into the icy wilderness of the Canadian Arctic.


DogFFProgram2"Who Rescued Who?"
Sunday, October 1 - 2:45pm
All Seats $10
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FOR THE LOVE OF DOG - Kylie Cushman’s charming documentary that stylishly looks at the various ways British dog owners describe their love for their dogs; THE PRESENT - Jacob Frey’s animated story about a boy and his dog that will take you by surprise; NOBODY’S PERFECT - a touching documentary about an Australian couple whose pack of dogs each his own disability but “carries on regardless;” AWESOME LIVING WITH ANDY - made by sisters Patricia Denys & Mary Holmes, a documentary tribute to their darling disabled dog Andy, who does just fine in his canine “wheelchair;” DOGS IN THE PEN - Penelope Laurence’s documentary of a special program offered to female inmates to train shelter dogs as service animals; STEADFAST STANLEY - John Kim’s powerful animated film about canine loyalty; PUP CULTURE - Elle Marsh’s documentary about the delightfully odd ways that dogs are part of life in Melbourne, Australia; LOVE UNLEASHED - a happy-endings documentary by Kacey Klonsky about senior dogs; IF I COULD TALK - Ben Moon on the appreciation of a rescued dog.


Così_fan_tutte_webKansas City Area Exclusive
A Portrait of the Avett Brothers

Special Encore Screening
Tuesday, October 3 - 7:00pm

$10 All Seats

Filmed with extraordinary access over more than two years, MAY IT LAST: A PORTRAIT OF THE AVETT BROTHERS is a deeply intimate and revealing look at the Grammy Award-nominated North Carolina band fronted by Seth and Scott Avett. Directors Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio chart the Avett Brothers' decade-and-a-half rise, while chronicling their 2016 collaboration with famed producer Rick Rubin on the critically-acclaimed album ÒTrue Sadness,Ó released on American Recordings/Republic Records. Using the recording process as a backdrop, the film depicts a lifelong creative partnership put to the test as band members undergo marriage, divorce, parenthood, illness, and the challenges of the music business. More than just a concert documentary, MAY IT LAST is a meditation on family, love, and the passage of time.

Così_fan_tutte_webConcert on Screen
Pearl Jam: "Let's Play Two"

One Night Only
Thursday, October 5 - 7:00pm

$15 Adults | $13 Seniors/Students
$10 Friends of the Tivoli Cardholders



Let’s Play Two is a documentary film that chronicles Pearl Jam’s legendary performances at Wrigley Field during the Chicago Cubs historic 2016 season. With Chicago being a hometown to Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam has forged a relationship with the city, the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field that is unparalleled in the world of sports and music.

From Ten to Lightning Bolt, the documentary film shuffles through Pearl Jam’s ever-growing catalog of originals and covers - spanning the band's 25-year career. Through the eyes of renowned director/photographer Danny Clinch and the voice of Pearl Jam, the film showcases the journey of this special relationship.


The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards

Opens Friday, October 6

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An in-depth portrait of legendary fashion designer Manolo Blahnik and how his extraordinary dedication to his craft led him to become the world’s most famous luxury shoemaker, revered by celebrities, stylists, and industry icons for generations. Growing up on a remote Spanish Canary island, Manolo made shoes out of sweet wrappers for lizards that he caught in his family’s garden. After opening his first store in London in 1973 and coming of age in fashion capitals such as Paris and New York, Manolo now has shops and department store concessions in over 20 countries and retains full control of the business, still creating every shoe, even hand-carving the wooden forms himself. Director and longtime fashion journalist Michael Roberts presents this never-before-seen peek into Mr. Blahnik’s world, featuring a ‘who’s who’ of the fashion and entertainment industries including Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Paloma Picasso, Iman, Naomi Campbell, Rupert Everett, Karlie Kloss, Isaac Mizrahi, and André Leon Talleyitem22

Victoria & Abdul
Opens Friday, October 6

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The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen's Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.item33

Ex Libris
Opens Friday, October 13

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In this, the 42nd documentary by Frederick Wiseman (recipient of an Honorary Oscar in 2016), the legendary filmmaker brings his incisive vision behind the scenes of one of the world's greatest institutions of learning, capturing the vast programmatic scope of NYC's library system. The NYPL is blessed with uniformly passionate staff and deeply devoted, appreciative bibliophiles and beneficiaries across its 92 branches.The library is committed to being a resource for all the inhabitants of this multifaceted and cosmopolitan city, and beyond. The New York Public Library exemplifies the deeply rooted American belief in the individual's right to know and be informed. It is one of the most democratic institutions in America — everyone is welcome. The The film reveals a venerable place of welcome, cultural exchange, and intellectual creativity. that inspires learning, advances knowledge and strengthens communities. item13

UMKC Department of Film & Media Arts presents


Italian cinematographer-turned-director Mario Bava developed a reputation as a master celluloid illusionist in addition to creating some of the most gothic and haunting films in cinema history. His work influenced that of Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Francis Ford Coppola, among a score of others. Credited with spawning the slasher film craze of the '80's, Bava's skill at matte painting and camera trickery earned him revered status as one of the most resourceful directors of his generation whose cinematic compositions are lush and gorgeous as any portrait.

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Free Admission for UMKC Students/Staff at the Door with ID.

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October 12 - 7:00

October 19 - 7:00

October 26 - 7:00

November 9 - 7:00


Opens Friday, October 13

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Acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch's directorial debut is at once a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton as well as a meditation on mortality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection. LUCKY follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment. Starring: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Skerritt and Beth Grant.item28

Loving Vincent
Opens Friday, October 20

Opening Weekend Shows - ON SALE NOW
Friday, October 20 - 1:30, 4:30 & 7:30
Saturday, October 21 - 1:30, 4:30 & 7:30
Sunday, October 22 - 1:30, 4:30 & 7:30


Additional opening week shows will go on sale on Monday, October 16th.

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LOVING VINCENT, the world's first fully oil painted feature film, brings the artwork of Vincent Van Gogh to life in an exploration of the complicated life and controversial death of one of history's most celebrated artists. More than six years in the making with the help of 125 specially trained painters, LOVING VINCENT is a uniquely animated film composed of 65,000 painted frames. Drawn from meticulous research and inspired by Van Gogh's masterpieces, subjects, and 800 personal letters, LOVING VINCENT captures the world of Van Gogh in a cinematic experience like no other.


Al Weiwei's
Human Flow

Opens Friday, October 20

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Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. HUMAN FLOW, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration.The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey. HUMAN FLOW is a witness to its subjects and their desperate search for safety, shelter and justice: from teeming refugee camps to perilous ocean crossings to barbed-wire borders; from dislocation and disillusionment to courage, endurance and adaptation; from the haunting lure of lives left behind to the unknown potential of the future. HUMAN FLOW comes at a crucial time when tolerance, compassion and trust are needed more than ever. This visceral work of cinema is a testament to the unassailable human spirit and poses one of the questions that will define this century: Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity?


Goodbye Christopher Robin

Opens Friday, October 27

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GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Will TIlston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?item15

Todd Haynes'
Opens November 10

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Based on Brian Selznick's critically acclaimed novel, Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry.item9

The Square
Opens November 17

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Winner Palme d'Or - 2017 Cannes Film Festival

Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is "The Square", an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian's foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for "The Square". The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisisitem20

Upcoming Screenings
Alphabetical by Title

Mondo Bava Film Series

California Typewriter

Dog Film Festival

Ex Libris

The Fence

Goodbye Christoper Robin

Human Flow - Al Weiwei

Loving Vincent


Manolo: The Boy Who
Made Shoes for Lizards

May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers

National Theatre Live

Pearl Jam: Let's Play Two


Royal Opera House

The SensItives

The Square

The Unknown Girl

Victoria & Abdul



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