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What’s Up In April

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By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

[Photo: Fassbinder’s “Berlin Alexanderplatz,” TeleCulture, 1983]

Fassbinder in the Collection

Apr. 2 – 22

To mark the acquisition of the remastered version of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “Berlin Alexanderplatz” (which will also be screening, its 919 minutes spread out over four days), NYC’s MoMA presents a selection of Fassbinder films from their vast collection. The series also includes the North American premieres of two documentaries by Juliane Lorenz, director of the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation, about the restoration of “Alexanderplatz.”

The 14th New York African Film Festival

Apr. 4 – 12

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the independence of Ghana, NY’s Walter Reade Theater presents this annual film festival of titles meant to dismantle previous notions and prejudices about African society. This year’s festival includes a special feature focusing on rarely seen archival footage, ranging from colonial propaganda films to newsreels made shortly after independence.

Fares to Remember: Seven Movies for Taxi 07

In honor of the modern-day taxicab’s 100th anniversary and the upcoming “Taxi Week” in New York, the IFC Center presents a seven-film tribute to taxis in film. Films to be screened include Martin Scorsese’s iconic “Taxi Driver” (of course!), the Harold Lloyd silent comedy “Speedy,” Neil Jordan’s “Mona Lisa” and others. Films not to be screened include the Jimmy Fallon/Queen Latifah “comedy” “Taxi” and any selections from HBO’s “Taxi Cab Confessions” series.

Noir City: Film Noir at the Aero and Egyptian Theaters

Apr. 12 – May 2

Two series are presented at the Aero and Egyptian Theaters in Santa Monica and Hollywood, beginning with “Noir City: Ocean View” at the Aero, highlighting the city’s film noir history, beginning with a screening of Billy Wilder’s classic “Double Indemnity.” To the Egyptian comes a film festival pitting both classic and obscure noirs set in the cities of Los Angeles and New York, when noir was at its blackest. Each double bill offers one film set in New York and the other in LA.

Thai Takes 3: Independent Film Festival

Apr. 13 – 15

This indie film fest highlights emerging and established Thai and Thai-American filmmakers and will be held at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. Be sure to catch “The Unseeable,” the latest from director Wisit Sasanatieng (“Tears of the Black Tiger”), and the semi-autobiographical “The Tin Mine” from director Jira Maligool.

Sarasota Film Festival

Apr. 13 – 22

This annual film festival descends upon balmy Sarasota for the ninth year in a row, establishing this small Florida city as home to one of the fastest growing film festivals in North America. This year’s highlights include the presentation of a Humanitarian Award to actor Edward Norton, discussions with Oscar-nominated actress Marcia Gay Harden and former “Sopranos” mobster Joe Pantoliano about their new movie “Canvas,” and an international street fair following a day of screenings of films from around the world.

Recent Films by Hong Sang-soo

Apr. 16 – 21

The Brooklyn Academy of Music hosts screenings of three of Korean master Hong Sang-soo’s latest films, including 2004’s “Woman is the Future of Man,” 2005’s “Tale of Cinema” and 2006’s “Woman on the Beach.”

“Leave Her to Heaven”

Apr. 20

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science in Beverly Hills presents this rare screening of 1945’s “Leave Her to Heaven,” John M. Stahl’s nearly forgotten noir starring “Laura”‘s Gene Tierney in her only Oscar-nominated role as a dangerously jealous wife. It’s a rare chance to enjoy this film in all of its lurid Technicolor beauty.

Great to Be Nominated

Apr. 23 – May 7

This series, sponsored by Beverly Hills’ Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, features a picture from each Academy Award year that received the most nominations without winning the Best Picture award. The films of April focus on the late 1970s and include a 30th anniversary screening of “Star Wars,” a newly restored print of the Fred Zinnemann-directed “Julia,” Warren Beatty’s directorial debut “Heaven Can Wait,” and the Bob Fosse bio-musical “All That Jazz.”

9th Annual Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival

Apr. 25 – 29

Chicago Sun-Times critic, Pulitzer Prize winner and “thumbs up” creator Roger Ebert hosts this film festival based out of Champaign, IL, on a group of hand-selected critically overlooked films. This year’s festival includes screenings of the sci-fi thriller “Gattaca,” Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita” and the Ebert-penned “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.” Ebert, still recuperating from surgery, will be there watching the film and introducing the festival.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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