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|FRIDAY, September 6, 2013 7:30 pm
Dir: Pablo Berger, 2012, Spain, 105 min., PG-13
RECEPTION at 6:00 pm.
A sensual and sophisticated re-telling of the beloved Snow White fairytale re-imagined as homage to European silent cinema. Once upon a time there was a little girl who had never known her mother. She learned the art of her father, a famous bullfighter, but was hated by her evil stepmother. One day she ran away with a troupe of dwarves, and became a legend. Set in southern Spain in the 1920s, it is darker and more authentically Grimm than most interpretations, and puts a slightly unsettling new spin on Prince Charming and the proverbial happily-ever-after ending. Beautifully photographed, wonderfully scored, distinctively Spanish.
Silent with Spanish screen cards and English subtitles.
|FRIDAY, September 20, 2013 7:30pm
THE HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK
Dir: John Mitchell , Jeremy Kipp Walker, 2012, USA, 85 min., Not Rated
Two aliens from the planet Hondo have come to take over our planet. But when they discover an amazing human invention called "music", they immediately abandon their mission, head to a tiny Brooklyn bar, and start the universe's first Hondonian bluegrass duo! But alas, years later Hondo reinstates the mission, and our heroes must again battle to save the earth! This low-budget sci-fi comic thriller folk music musical is the origin story of the real-life alien NYC bluegrass band: Future Folk, and is filled with wit, charm, and shows the intergalactic power of music. In English, but, sorry, no closed captions.
|FRIDAY, October 4, 2013 7:30 pm
Dir: Christian Petzold, 2012, Germany, 105 min., PG-13 In 1980s East Germany, Barbara is a Berlin doctor banished to a country medical clinic for applying for an exit visa. Deeply unhappy with her reassignment and fearful of her co-workers as possible Stasi informants, Barbara stays aloof, especially from the good natured clinic head, Andre. Instead, Barbara snatches moments with her lover as she secretly prepares to defect one day. Despite her plans, Barbara learns more about her life that puts her desires and the people around her in a new light. With her evolving perspective, Barbara finds herself facing a painful moral dilemma that forces her to choose what she values. In German with English Subtitles.
|FRIDAY, October 25, 2013 7:30 pm
Dir: Miguel Gomes, 2012, Portugal and Angola, 118 min., Not Rated Three disparate women dwell in an old building in Lisbon: Aurora, an octogenarian living off her pension, eccentric, talkative and superstitious; Santa, her housemaid from Cape Verde, proficient in the divinatory art of voodoo; and Pilar, their neighbor, a Catholic middle-aged woman, and militant social benefactor. Aurora asks Pilar to find a romantic figure from her past: an old colonist from Mozambique. Then the back story emerges: in 1960s, Aurora and her husband migrate to Portuguese Africa and a romantic triangle develops and emotional turmoil ensues. in Portuguese with English subtitles
|FRIDAY, November 1, 2013 7:30 pm
Dir: Ursula Meier, 2012, France/Switzerland, 97 minutes, Not Rated Simon is a 12-year-old Swiss boy who lives with his sister, Louise, in a large, run-down housing complex below a sky-high ski resort catering to the wealthy. Louise, still in her 20s, perpetually walking out on jobs and men, contributes little to their support. The film follows Simon’s unnerving attempts to get ahead. His chief occupation is stealing from the rich skiers whose bags of unguarded equipment are ripe for the picking, which he then sells as “clearance” items. Simon supports them with his stealing, but one gets the feeling he would steal anyway for the thrill and the sense of entitlement. He justifies his thefts by saying that the resort-goers “are so rich they don’t care and they’ll just buy a new one.” In French & English with English subtitles
|FRIDAY, November 15, 2013 7:30 pm
Dir,: Ken Scott, 2011, French/Canadian, 109 min, R As his lover announces her pregnancy, a forty-something slacker receives other life changing news: 142 people, all of them the result of artificial insemination, have filed a class action lawsuit against him, their biological father. In his youth, he was a sperm donor who was fathered 533 children...his code name was "Starbuck". In English and French with English subtitles
|FRIDAY, November 22, 2013 7:30 pm
THE JEWISH CARDINAL
Dir: Ilan Duran Cohen, 2012, France, 90 min., Not Rated The amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew, even after converting to Catholicism at a young age and later joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the ranks of the Church, Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II - and found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew, earning him both friends and enemies from either group. When Carmelite nuns settle down to build a convent within the cursed walls of Auschwitz, Lustiger finds himself a mediator between the two communities - and may be forced at last to choose his side. French with English subtitles.
|FRIDAY, December 6, 2013 7:30 pm
2 AUTUMNS, 3 WINTERS
Dir,: Sebastien Betbeder, 2013, France, 87 min, Not Rated
Sebastien Betbeder’s 2 Autumns, 3 Winters (2 Automnes 3 Hivers) follows the travails of three 30-something Parisians suffering through the usual love squabbles and existential crises, not to mention some major medical malfunctions. We become involved in their path to adulthood as they narrate their thinking to the camera and directly to us. In French with English subtitles.
|FRIDAY, January 10, 2014 7:30 pm
A ROYAL AFFAIR
Dir.: Nikolaj Arcel, 2012, Denmark, 137 min, R A Royal Affair is the true story of an ordinary man who wins the queen's heart and starts a revolution. Centering on the intriguing love triangle between the ever more insane Danish King Christian VII, the royal physician who is a man of enlightenment and idealism, Struensee, and the young but strong Queen Caroline Mathilda. A Royal Affair is the gripping tale of brave idealists who risk everything in their pursuit of freedom for their people. In Danish, French and German with English subtitles.
|FRIDAY, January 24, 2014 7:30 pm
HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA
Dir: Werner Herzog & Dmitry Vasyukov, 2010, Germany/Russia, 90 min, Not Rated Werner Herzog and Russian co-director Dmitry Vasyukov takes viewers on yet another unforgettable journey into remote and extreme natural landscapes. The acclaimed filmmaker presents this visually stunning documentary about indigenous people living in the heart of the Siberian Taiga. Deep in the wilderness, far away from civilization, 300 people inhabit the small village of Bakhtia at the river Yenisei. There are only two ways to reach this outpost: by the locals, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, live according to their own values and cultural traditions. With insightful commentary written and narrated by Herzog.
|Saturday, February 8, 2014 7:30 pm
Dir: Ziad Doueiri, Israel, 2013, 102 min., R
Amin Jaafari is an Israeli Palestinian surgeon, fully assimilated into Tel Aviv society. He has a loving wife, an exemplary career, and many Jewish friends. But his picture perfect life is turned upside down after a suicide bombing in a restaurant leaves nineteen dead, and the Israeli police inform him that his wife, Sihem, who also died in the explosion, was responsible. Convinced of her innocence, Amin abandons the relative security of his adopted homeland and enters the Palestinian territories in pursuit of the truth. This film is a haunting and heartbreaking meditation on violence, choice, love and duty. In Arabic & Hebrew with English subtitles
|Friday, February 21, 2014 7:30 pm
Dir,: Eric Schwartz, 2013, USA, 85 min., Not rated The true story of the ink revolution follows four tattoo pioneers, Charlie Cartwright, Jack Rudy, Ed Hardy and Freddy Negrete, and shows how a new, fine line technique using detail and shading to achieve a remarkable realism on skin, revolutionized the art. Their victories in competitions brought international recognition to the uniquely American approach known as "Black & Grey". The contributions of Long Beach, East LA, and the Chicano community and culture are well documented. A visually stunning film vividly capturing not only great artistic talent, but also the imagination and heart that forever changed the way we regard tattoos. In English
|FRIDAY, March 7, 2014 7:30 pm
IN THE HOUSE
Dir: François Ozon, 2012, France,105 minutes, R, A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy's intrusion will unleash a series of uncontrollable events. The story darkens, but remains playful—the director decided that the sinister aspect is best conveyed with a light touch. French with English subtitles.
|FRIDAY, March 21, 2014 7:30 pm
Dir: Ron Morales, 2012, Philippines, 84 minutes, Unrated Family man Marlon Villar, a longtime chauffeur to corrupt Filipino politician Manuel Chango, is faced with an unthinkable predicament when he is ambushed while driving both his boss's and his own daughter home from school one afternoon. In the chaos of the kidnapping attempt, things go horribly awry and Marlon's daughter is taken and held for ransom instead. Desperate to save his daughter, Marlon must navigate the conflicting motives between the ruthless kidnappers, untrustworthy Chango and determined detectives eager to name him a suspect. As events spin wildly out of control, Marlon, Chango and their families are forced into a rapid downward spiral of deceit and betrayal that will leave no one innocent. In Tagalog with English subtitles
|FRIDAY, April 4, 2014 7:30 pm
AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY
Dir: Alison Klayman, 2012, USA, 91 min., R A fascinating portrait of the internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei. In recent years, Ai has garnered international attention as much for his ambitious artwork as his political provocations. Using archival footage dating back to his adventures in the New York art world in his 20s, the film traces his evolution as a creator and political activist. We see Ai's artistic process in preparation for major museum exhibitions, his intimate exchanges with family members, and his increasingly public clashes with the Chinese government. He is affable, unpretentious, and has a calm, yet mischievous spirit trying to make a difference within China’s political system. English & Mandarin with English subtitles
|FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 7:30 pm
Dir.:Terry George, 2011, Ireland, 89 min, R Director Terry George's quirky crime comedy stars Brendan Fraser as Joe Maguire, an American running an antique store in an Irish town. He becomes wrapped up in a hostage situation inside the store when a young man who owes thousands to a local crime boss runs into the shop after robbing a local fishery, and Joe then comes into possession of evidence that will put the bad guy away. In English.