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CINEMA ARCHIVES - 2015



Deli Man

March 13 - March 26, 2015

"You will see better documentaries this year, but none more mouth-watering." —Roger Moore, Tribune News Service

At last, the deli documentary you’ve been waiting for! Erik Greenberg Anjou’s film explores Jewish culture as it reflects the heart of a vital ethnic history. In Houston, Texas, third-generation deli man Ziggy Gruber has built arguably the finest delicatessen restaurant in the U.S, Kenny & Ziggy’s. His story – augmented by the stories of iconic delis such as Katz’s, 2nd Avenue Deli, Nate ‘n Al, Carnegie, and the Stage – embodies a tradition indelibly linked to its savory, nostalgic foods. Indulge in the deli foods you love and learn about the traditions that make deli one of America’s great cuisines.

1 hr 31 min | Documentary | PG-13

Directed by: Erik Greenberg Anjou


The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

March 6 - March 21, 2015

  • Best Animated Feature Oscar Nominee — Academy Awards

"'The Tale of the Princess Kaguya' is a marvel of Japanese animation, a hand-drawn, painterly epic that submerges us in a world of beauty." —Los Angeles Times

"Like all fairy tales worth their salt, the movie trusts children to take on the big themes of life, death and despair included, and thus removes the sting." —NPR

Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko) revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady (Chloë Grace Moretz). The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

From the studio that brought you Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and The Wind Rises comes a powerful and sweeping epic that redefines the limits of animated storytelling and marks a triumphant highpoint within an extraordinary career in filmmaking for director Isao Takahata. (GKids)

2 hr 17 min | Japan | PG

Directed by: Isao Takahata

Featuring: Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Lucy Liu


Two Days, One Night

February 27 - March 12, 2015

  • Best Actress Nominee — Academy Awards

"The Dardennes once again find a richness of human experience that dwarfs most movies made on an epic canvas." —Variety

"This is a small, compassionate gem of a movie, one that’s rooted in details of people and place but that keeps opening up onto the universal." —Boston Globe

For the first time, Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne team up with a major international star, Marion Cotillard, to create a universal story about working-class people living on the edges of society. Sandra (Cotillard) has just returned to work after recovering from a serious bout with depression. Realizing that the company can operate with one fewer employee, management tells Sandra she is to be let go. After learning that her co-workers will vote to decide her fate on Monday morning, Sandra races against time over the course of the weekend, often with the help of her husband, to convince each of her fellow employees to sacrifice their much-needed bonuses so she can keep her job. With each encounter, Sandra is brought into a different world with unexpected results in this powerful statement on community solidarity.

1 hr 35 min | French | PG-13

Directed by: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Featuring: Marion Cotillard


Timbuktu

February 20 - March 5, 2015

  • Best Foreign Language Film Nominee — Academy Awards
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury — Cannes Film Festival

"[Sissako] has made a film of unforgettable anger, yet tempered his outrage with humor, compassion and visual poetry." —NPR

"The film throbs with humanity, and abounds in extraordinary images..." —Wall Street Journal

Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, proud cattle herder Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed aka Pino) lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima (Toulou Kiki), his daughter Toya (Layla Walet Mohamed), and Issan (Mehdi Ag Mohamed), their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes abruptly in this stunningly rendered film from a master of world cinema. (C) Cohen Media

1 hr. 37 min. | PG-13

Directed by: Abderrahmane Sissako


Match

February 13 - February 26, 2015

"Sir Patrick Stewart gives one of his greatest performances yet in 'Match.'" —The Huffington Post

A Seattle couple travel to New York to interview former dancer Tobi for research on a dissertation about the dance landscape of 1960s New York City. Now a beloved but somewhat hermitic ballet instructor, Tobi eventually warms to the strangers sitting in his Inwood apartment, regaling them with wild anecdotes from his colorful past. But when the line of questioning veers away from his career and becomes uncomfortably personal, the true motive behind the couple’s visit begins to emerge. Based on the Tony-nominated play of the same name, Director Stephen Belber weaves effortlessly between riotous wit and delicate poignancy, unraveling the story of three people forced to confront ideas of responsibility, artistic commitment, and love. (C) Tribeca Film Festival

1 hr 34 min | English | R

Directed by: Stephen Belber

Featuring: Patrick Stewart


Song of the Sea

February 6 - February 22, 2015

  • Nominated for Best Animated Feature — Academy Awards

"In a worthy follow-up to 'The Secret of Kells', Moore applies his dazzling hand-drawn style to another tale inspired by Irish legend." —Variety

"'Song of the Sea' is another satisfying smack in the face of computer-generated 3D animation from Irish director Tomm Moore." —The Hollywood Reporter

Song of the Sea tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land. Song of the Sea features the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny. Music is by composer Bruno Coulais and Irish band Kíla, both of whom previously collaborated on The Secret of Kells. (C) GKids

1 hr.  33 min. | Irish (in English) | PG

Directed by: Tomm Moore

Featuring: Brendan Gleeson


2015 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary B

January 31 - February 12, 2015

Hippodrome Cinema presents the Oscar Nominated Shorts of 2015. The shorts will feature live action, animation and documentary shorts. Experience the most creative shorts of the year before a winner is chosen in this year’s Academy Awards!

See also: Live Action Shorts, Animated Shorts, and Documentary Shorts A

Our Curse (Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki)
The film is a personal statement of the director and his wife, who have to deal with a very rare and incurable disease of their newborn child – the Ondine’s Curse (also known as CCHS, congenital central hypoventilation syndrome). People affected with this disease stop breathing during sleep and require lifetime mechanical ventilation on a ventilator.
Poland/Polish | 27 minutes

White Earth (J. Christian Jensen)
Thousands of souls flock to America’s Northern Plains seeking work in the oil fields. “White Earth” is the tale of an oil boom seen through unexpected eyes. Three children and an immigrant mother brave a cruel winter and explore themes of innocence, home and the American Dream.
USA/English and Spanish | 20 minutes

The Reaper (La Parka) (Gabriel Serra Arguello)
Efrain, known as the Reaper, has worked at a slaughterhouse for 25 years. We will discover his deep relationship with death and his struggle to live.
Mexico/Spanish | 29 minutes


2015 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary A

January 31 - February 12, 2015

Hippodrome Cinema presents the Oscar Nominated Shorts of 2015. The shorts will feature live action, animation and documentary shorts. Experience the most creative shorts of the year before a winner is chosen in this year’s Academy Awards!

See also: Live Action Shorts, Animated Shorts, and Documentary Shorts B

Joanna (Aneta Kopacz)
With great visual poetry, “Joanna” portrays the simple and meaningful moments in the life of her family. Diagnosed with an untreatable illness, Joanna promises her son that she will do her best to live for as long as possible. It is a story of close relationships, tenderness, love and thoughtfulness.
Poland/Polish | 40 minutes

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 (Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry)
The timely documentary “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” spotlights the traumas endured by America’s veterans, as seen through the work of the hotline’s trained responders, who provide immediate intervention and support in hopes of saving the lives of service members.
USA/English | 39 minutes


2015 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action

January 30 - February 11, 2015

Hippodrome Cinema presents the Oscar Nominated Shorts of 2015. The shorts will feature live action, animation and documentary shorts. Experience the most creative shorts of the year before a winner is chosen in this year’s Academy Awards!

See also: Animated Shorts, Documentary Shorts A, and Documentary Shorts B

Aya (Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis)
Two strangers unexpectedly meet at an airport. He mistakenly assumes her to be his assigned driver. She, enchanted by the random encounter, does not hurry to prove him wrong.
Israel and France/English, Hebrew, Danish | 39 minutes

Boogaloo and Graham (Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney)
Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their soft-hearted dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for. Raising their tiny charges, declaring themselves vegetarian and dreaming of running a chicken farm, the two boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family.
UK/English | 14 minutes

Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak) (Hu Wei and Julien Féret)
A young itinerant photographer and his assistant offer to photograph some Tibetan nomads in front of various backgrounds.
France and China/Tibetan | 15 minutes

Parvaneh (Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger)
A young Afghan immigrant travels to Zurich where she encounters a punk named Emily.
Switzerland/Dari and German | 25 minutes

The Phone Call (Mat Kirkby and James Lucas)
“The Phone Call” follows Heather, (played by Oscar® nominee Sally Hawkins), a shy lady who works at a helpline call center. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man (played by Oscar winner Jim Broadbent) she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever.
UK/English | 21 minutes


2015 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animation

January 30 - February 18, 2015

Hippodrome Cinema presents the Oscar Nominated Shorts of 2015. The shorts will feature live action, animation and documentary shorts. Experience the most creative shorts of the year before a winner is chosen in this year’s Academy Awards!

See also: Live Action Shorts, Documentary Shorts A, and Documentary Shorts B

The Bigger Picture (Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees)
‘You want to put her in a home; you tell her; tell her now!’ hisses one brother to the other. But Mother won’t go, and their own lives unravel as she clings on. Innovative life-size animated characters tell the stark and darkly humorous tale of caring for an elderly parent.
UK/English | 7 minutes

The Dam Keeper (Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi)
Set in a desolate future, one small town’s survival is solely due to a large windmill dam that acts as a fan to keep out poisonous clouds. Despite bullying from classmates and an indifferent public, the dam’s operator, Pig, works tirelessly to keep the sails spinning in order to protect the town. When a new student, Fox, joins Pig’s class, everything begins to change. Made up of over 8,000 paintings, “The Dam Keeper” blends traditional hand-drawn animation with lush brushstrokes to bring Kondo and Tsutsumi’s celebrated painting-style to life like never before.
USA/Non-dialogue | 18 minutes

Feast (Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed)
“Feast”, a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (Head of Animation, “Paperman”) and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.
USA/Non-dialogue | 6 minutes

Me and My Moulton (Torill Kove)
One summer in mid-60s Norway, a seven-year-old girl asks her parents if she and her sisters can have a bicycle. “Me and My Moulton” provides a glimpse of its young protagonist’s thoughts as she struggles with her sense that her family is a little out of sync with what she perceives as “normal”.
Canada/English | 14 minutes

A Single Life (Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins, Job Roggeveen)
When playing a mysterious vinyl single, Pia is suddenly able to travel through her life.
The Netherlands/Non-dialogue | 2 minutes

Sweet Cocoon
A caterpillar about to undergo her metamorphosis finds her cocoon is much too small to squeeze into. Two helpful insects come to her aid.
6 minutes/France/Non-dialogue

Footprints (Bill Plympton)
A gullible man goes on a quest to find a mysterious, destructive monster, only to arrive at a surprising revelation.
4 minutes/USA/Non-dialogue

Duet (Glen Keane)
Duet tells the story of Mia and Tosh and how their individual paths in life weave together to create an inspired duet.
4 minutes/USA/Non-dialogue

Bus Story
Our protagonist dreams of becoming a bus driver in order to cruise down quiet country lanes and connect with nature, her young charges and their parents. But her idyllic view of her new job is sorely tested after she meets her surly boss, named Killer, and discovers that winding roads can prove treacherous in winter, especially with a faulty clutch.
11 minutes/Canada/English


The Babadook

January 23 - February 4, 2015

"This is a dark and shivery story about motherhood, a common subject for horror movies, but one that's rarely treated with such intelligence or seriousness of intent." —The Miami Herald

"'The Babadook' is urgent, uncanny and entirely disturbing, a dream within a dream within a nightmare. It is the best English language supernatural film of this new century." —Minneapolis Star Tribune

#1 rated horror film and #5 rated overall film of the year on Rotten Tomatoes!

Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real. (C) IFC

Australian | 1 hr. 34 min. | NR

Directed by: Jennifer Kent


Listen Up Philip

January 16 - January 29, 2015

  • Special Jury Prize — Locarno International Film Festival

"Why would anyone want to spend time with these people? Because they're fools with great gifts, and Perry almost lovingly explores the gulf between the beauty with which they create and the smallness with which they live." —Boston Globe

"Words do more than hurt, they also slash and burn in this sharp, dyspeptic, sometimes gaspingly funny exploration of art and life, men and women, being and nonbeing, and the power and limits of language." —The New York Times

A complex, intimate, and highly idiosyncratic comedy, Listen Up Philip is a literary look at the triumph of reality over the human spirit. Anger rages in Philip (Jason Schwartzman) as he awaits the publication of his sure-to-succeed second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley (Elisabeth Moss), and his indifference to promoting his own work. When Philip’s idol Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce) offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject — himself. (Tribeca Films)

109 min. | Unrated

Directed by: Alex Ross Perry

Featuring: Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss


Zero Motivation

January 9 - January 22, 2015

  • Best Narrative Feature — Tribeca Film Festival
  • Six Ophir Awards (Israeli Oscars) — Israeli Film Academy

“UNIQUE, SHARPLY OBSERVED AND HILARIOUS! The discovery of an exciting new original voice in cinema. —The Playlist

"A great mixture of Girls, M*A*S*H and Office Space.” —Twitch

Winner of the Best Narrative Feature Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, Zero Motivation is a unique, sharply observed, sometimes dark and often hilarious portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female soldiers in a remote Israeli desert outpost. Playing out like M*A*S*H meets Orange is the New Black, Talya Lavie’s brilliant debut details the power struggles of three women with different agendas and very little to do. Pencil-pushers in the Human Resources Office, best friends Zohar (Dana Ivgy) and Daffi (Nelly Tagar) spend their time playing video games, singing pop songs, jousting with stationery and dreaming of Tel Aviv. The indolent twosome are watched over by their aspiring senior officer, Rama (Shani Klein), who dreams of a higher position and a significant military career, but with a platoon of unskilled, idle, female soldiers without any drive under her charge, her ambitions for promotion are constantly thwarted. With shifts of tone that go from slapstick to satiric to horrifying with fluid ease, and with a superb supporting cast of characters, Zero Motivation is destined to be one of the most talked about films of the year. (c) Zeitgeist Films

1 hr. 40 min. | Israel | R

Directed by: Talya Lavie


Force Majeure

January 2 - January 15, 2015

  • Un Certain Regard Jury Prize — Cannes Film Festival

"'Force Majeure' leaves the audience squirming - in all the very best ways." —Washington Post

"Filmmaker Ruben Östlund shifts gears from humor to psychological thriller, redefining courage and family in the process. Force Majeure is a jolt. You won't know what hit you." —Rolling Stone

A critical favorite and word-of-mouth sensation at this year’s Cannes Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard, this wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family-handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond, pre-teen children-on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With panicked diners fleeing in all directions, Ebba calls out for her husband as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, however, makes a decision that will shake the family’s world to its core. Although the anticipated disaster fails to occur, his marriage now hangs in the balance as he struggles to reclaim his role as family patriarch. (C) Magnolia Pictures

2 hrs. | French | R

Directed by: Ruben Östlund


Cinema Closed for the Holidays

December 22 - January 1, 2015

The Hippodrome Cinema will be closed from December 22 through January 1.
We will reopen with Force Majeure on January 2.