Cinema Archives - 2013
The Broken Circle Breakdown
December 6 - December 19, 2013
- Best Actress, Best Screenplay — Tribeca Film Festival
- Panorama Audience Award — Berlin International Film Festival
- Audience Award — Norwegian International Film Festival
"'The Broken Circle Breakdown' is a film that will likely stick with them long after the credits roll." —The A.V. Club
"You couldn't ask for a more appropriate genre of music to carry a movie. As Didier explains the bluegrass appeal, "the banjo sort of snarls," bringing a primal form of energy that even he can't put into words." —indieWIRE
"This movie has one of the finest final scenes in a movie this year and, if there were justice, Baetens would break out as an international star." —New York Daily News
The moment Elise laid eyes on Didier, it was love at first sight. He was an atheist banjo player in a spirited bluegrass band, and she was the devout owner of a small tattoo shop. Although their personalities and belief systems were hopelessly at odds, Elise and Didier somehow managed to establish a deeply spiritual bond. Shortly after moving into a picturesque farmhouse, the couple welcome a beautiful baby daughter named Maybelle. For the next six years, everything seemed perfect. When young Maybelle falls gravely ill, however, her disparate parents clash in the ways they choose to confront their grim reality. Now, just when Elise and Didier must come together to fight for their daughter’s future, they realize that the differences that once made them strong may ultimately become their downfall.
1hr 52mins | Belgium/Netherlands (in Flemish) | NR
Directed by: Felix Van Groeningen
December 6 - December 19, 2013
- Golden Lion — Venice Film Festival
"Forget Marlowe, Goethe, Gounod and Murnau, or rather, lay them aside, since the idiosyncratic helmer Alexander Sokurov adds his own spin on the classic legend." —Variety
"This is far from a dull, academic work and the fast-paced talk is matched by swiftly changing scenes full of vibrant visuals." —The Hollywood Reporter
"'Faust' is not your great-granddaddy's selling-your-soul fable, but something new, a dreamy immersion into the messiness of myth, where hubris and desire can get lost in the chaos of time and retelling." —Village Voice
Employing elaborate camera movements, a dense soundscape, intricate production design and spectacular locations, FAUST conjures up a unique and phantasmagoric vision of the Faustian legend. Faust, played by Johannes Zeiler, is a man in search of the ideals of the Enlightenment but he becomes obsessed with the lovely Magarethe and eventually sells his soul to the Devil also known as the Moneylender, so that he may possess her. Comic, cosmic, painterly and stunningly beautiful scenes abound as the Devil takes Faust on a strange, unforgettable journey that ends in Hell itself. (c) Leisure Time Features
2hr 14mins | Russia (in German) | NR
Directed by: Aleksandr Sokurov
20 Feet from Stardom
November 22 - December 4, 2013
- Best Documentary — Seattle International Film Festival
- Best Documentary — San Francisco International Film Festival
"'20 Feet From Stardom' may possibly be the happiest time you’ll have at the movies all summer, but it comes with a heavy load of frustration. The joy...is in the sound of women singing their big, beautiful hearts out. The pain comes from the anonymity they’ve spent their lives working under and fighting against." —Boston Globe
"Just about everything in this movie is right. And anybody who gives a rip about unsung heroines of popular music and giving credit when credit's overdue had better come up with a good excuse not to see it." —Chicago Tribune
"A moving and joyous behind-the-scenes documentary about a world filled with big, bold personalities and the music they make." —Los Angeles Times
Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, 20 Feet from Stardom boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film. (c) TWC-Radius
1hr 29 mins | USA | PG-13
Directed by: Morgan Neville
When I Walk
November 22 - December 4, 2013
- Best Canadian Feature — Hot Docs 2013
- Audience Award — Vancouver Int'l Film Festival
“By any measure, "When I Walk" is extraordinarily accomplished, poignant, and wise.” —Los Angeles Times
“Absorbing and moving.” — Village Voice
“Mr. DaSilva's experience behind a camera shows in his brisk pacing, clear narrative structure and the awareness that a story of sickness needs lighthearted distractions.” —New York Times
In 2006, 25-year-old Jason DaSilva was on vacation at the beach with family when, suddenly, he fell down. He couldn’t get back up. His legs had stopped working; his disease could no longer be ignored. Just a few months earlier doctors had told him that he had multiple sclerosis, which could lead to loss of vision and muscle control, as well as a myriad of other complications. Jason tried exercise to help cope, but the problem only worsened. After his dispiriting fall on the beach, he turned to his Mom, who reminded him that, despite his disease, he was still a fortunate kid who had the opportunity to pursue the things he loved most: art and filmmaking. Jason picked up the camera, turned it on his declining body, and set out on a worldwide journey in search of healing, self-discovery, and love.
1hr 25min | USA/Canada | in English | Unrated
In a World…
November 8 - November 21, 2013
- Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award — Sundance Film Festival
- Grand July Prize Nominee — Sundance Film Festival
"It's an exhilarating comic rush called In a World... and in it Lake Bell spins inspired lunacy around the subject of, among other things like family dysfunction, sexual healing and female empowerment, voiceovers." —Rolling Stone
"A clever, likable comedy that sends up sexism, satirizes Hollywood, examines family ties and features a surprisingly tender romance at its core " —USA Today
Lake Bell (“Children’s Hospital”) stars in In a World…, a hilarious romantic comedy about a struggling vocal coach who strikes it big in the cutthroat world of movie-trailer voiceovers, only to find herself in direct competition with the industry’s reigning king-her father. Written and directed by Bell, In a World… also stars Fred Melamed (A Serious Man), Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), Demetri Martin (“Important Things with Demetri Martin”), Michaela Watkins (“Enlightened”), Ken Marino (“Burning Love”), Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”), Alexandra Holden (The Hot Chick) and Tig Notaro (“The Sarah Silverman Program”). (c) Roadside Attractions
1 hr. 33 min. | USA | R
These Birds Walk
November 8 - November 21, 2013
- Special Jury Prize – Vigilance in Filmmaking — Nashville Film Festival 2013
"The filmmakers record the flash of youth's headlong energies, its bumps and bruises, and its melancholies and brilliant chaos." —New York Times
"Remarkably unsentimental footage offers a rare glimpse into a childhood experience leagues removed from even the toughest American upbringing, but still not without hope or play." —Variety
In Karachi, Pakistan, a runaway boy’s life hangs on one critical question: where is home? The streets, an orphanage, or with the family he fled in the first place? Simultaneously heart-wrenching and life-affirming, THESE BIRDS WALK documents the struggles of these wayward street children and the samaritans looking out for them in this ethereal and inspirational story of resilience. (c) Oscilloscope
Unrated | 1 hr. 12 min. | Urdu
God Loves Uganda
November 1 - November 7, 2013
- Best Documentary — Ashland Independent Film Festival
"God Loves Uganda" approaches this intersection of faith and politics with some fairness and a good deal of outrage.” —Jeannette Catsoulis, NY Times
“You'd never guess the subject matter of "God Loves Uganda" from its innocuous-sounding title.” —Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams (Music by Prudence) explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fueling Uganda’s terrifying turn towards biblical law and the proposed death penalty for homosexuality in this enlightening but shocking exposé. Thanks to charismatic religious leaders and a well-financed campaign, these draconian new laws and the politicians that peddle them are winning over the Ugandan public. But these dangerous policies and the money that fuels them aren’t coming from Africa, they’re being imported from some of America’s largest megachurches. Using vérité, interviews, and hidden camera footage, the film allows American religious leaders and their young missionaries that make up the “front lines in a battle for billions of souls” to explain their positions in their own words. (c) Variance
1 hr. 23 min. | USA | Unrated
Directed by: Roger Ross Williams
Spooktakular Stories:The Witches
October 30 - October 30, 2013
The Witches – 5:30PM
*Children and young adults who dress up in costume will receive $2 off their ticket!
Escape from Tomorrow
October 25 - October 31, 2013
"One of the most daring motion pictures I've encountered in a very, very long time. ... An emotionally walloping experience that, for all its flaws, I wouldn't have missed for the world." —CraveOnline
"A remarkable piece of filmmaking" —Film.com
In a world of fake castles and anthropomorphic rodents, an epic battle begins when an unemployed father’s sanity is challenged by a chance encounter with two underage girls on holiday. Like nothing you’ve ever seen, Randy Moore’s directorial debut is a bold and ingenious trip into the happiest place on earth. An epic battle begins when a middle-aged American husband and father of two learns that he has lost his job. Keeping the news from his nagging wife and wound-up children, he packs up the family and embarks on a full day of park hopping amid enchanted castles and fairytale princesses. Soon, the manufactured mirth of the fantasy land around him begins to haunt his subconscious. An idyllic family vacation quickly unravels into a surrealist nightmare of paranoid visions, bizarre encounters, and an obsessive pursuit of a pair of sexy teenage Parisians. Chillingly shot in black and white, ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW dissects the mythology of artificial perfection while subversively attacking our culture’s obsession with mass entertainment.(c) FilmBuff
90mins | USA | Unrated This film is NOT suitable for children
Directed by: Randy Moore
Featuring: Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber
Inequality for All
October 18 - October 29, 2013
- Special Jury Prize — Sundance Film Festival
"Robert Reich, a secretary of labor under President Clinton, leads us through a sharp-eyed essay-meditation on the rising trend of income.” inequality." —Entertainment Weekly
“Any politician hoping to redistribute America's wealth should screen it before every stump speech.” —Washington Post
“That a documentary about economics could be so personally emotional and affecting is remarkable. And to learn from Reich in this film, as his students at Berkeley do, is a treat and a privilege.” —The Playlist
At the heart of the film is a simple proposition: what is a good society, and what role does the widening income gap play in the deterioration of our nation’s economic health? We are endeavoring for INEQUALITY FOR ALL to be a paradigm-shifting, eye-opening experience for the American public. We want to accurately show through a non-partisan perspective why extreme income inequality is such an important topic for our citizens today and for the future of America.
1 hr 25mins | USA | PG
October 4 - October 17, 2013
"Wilde & Johnson have such palpable chemistry that simple scenes of drinking, playing cards and joking around become filled with the suspense of whether or not they're going to make a move on each other. It helps that the pair are also really funny..." —The Playlist
"Swanberg once again shows a capacity for capturing small moments that exist outside the direction of the plot. At the same time, the effective fragments of 'Drinking Buddies' take his oeuvre in a new direction by accumulating into a reworking big picture." —indieWIRE
"Swanberg gets to the heart of the matters of the heart with disarming doses of both charm and wisdom." —Film.com
Luke and Kate are co-workers at a Chicago brewery, where they spend their days drinking and flirting. They’re perfect for each other, except that they’re both in relationships. Luke is in the midst of marriage talks with his girlfriend of six years, Kate is playing it cool with her music producer boyfriend Chris. But you know what makes the line between “friends” and “more than friends” really blurry? Beer.
1hr 30mins | USA | R
Directed by: Joe Swanberg
Featuring: Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson, Roy Livingston
October 4 - October 17, 2013
"The film’s vision of a long-married couple keeping each other going with mutual love and support, and a shared resistance to outside interference, is more vital than a thousand movies populated by hot, squirming teenagers." —New York Times
"'Still Mine' resonates in all the right ways." —Philadelphia Inquirer
"The bond between Craig and Irene is beautifully illuminated by McGowan's script and by acting that feels rich and real." —Washington Post
OPENS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4
Academy Award nominee James Cromwell gives a tour de force performance in STILL MINE, an exquisitely crafted and deeply affecting love story about a couple in their twilight years. Based on true events and laced with wry humor, STILL MINE tells the heartfelt tale of Craig Morrison, who comes up against the system when he sets out to build a more suitable house for his ailing wife Irene. Although Morrison uses the same methods his father, an accomplished shipbuilder, taught him, times have changed. He quickly gets blindsided by local building codes and bureaucratic officials. As Irene becomes increasingly ill - and amidst a series of stop-work orders - Craig races to finish the house. Hauled into court and facing jail, Craig takes a final stance against all odds in a truly inspirational story.
1hr 42mins | Canada | PG-13
Directed by: Michael McGowan
Short Term 12
September 25 - September 29, 2013
"'Short Term 12' is a roller coaster of every emotion, managing to be both heartwarming and heartrending at once." —The Playlist
"This compelling human drama finds fresh energy in the inspirational-teacher genre, constantly revealing new layers to its characters." —Variety
"A genuinely moving look at life in a group foster home that avoids most of the usual routes into viewers' hearts." —The Hollywood Reporter
"Magical. A shining example of what cinema is all about." —Slash Film
Director Destin Daniel Cretton expands his 2008 short of the same name into a feature film depicting the struggles of a compassionate twenty-something contending with some unexpected life developments while working as a supervisor at a home for at-risk teens. Grace has dedicated her life to helping kids who have slipped through the cracks of the system. Committed to her job and in love with her kindhearted co-worker, Mason, she’s still struggling to make sense of her own troubled past when she learns that her life is about to change forever. Meanwhile, into the facility walks a young girl who’s been constantly shifted between group homes due to dangerous behavior. Almost immediately, Grace forges a powerful connection with her new charge. Now if Grace can just open up to Mason the way she encourages her kids to open up to her, she may find a way to make peace with the future while still providing support to the kids who depend on her the most.
1hr 36mins | USA | R
Join us for a special event with the Child Advocacy Center during the Wednesday screening at 7:30PM! Bring a juice pack or a pack of snacks to receive a dollar off your ticket for that screening. (The discount will be offered only for tickets purchased at the box office.)
Directed by: Destin Cretton
September 20 - September 28, 2013
"Tautou, eschewing her usual smiley charm, is a revelation, and Miller's final film a fine testimony to his art." —This Is London
"Tautou's central performance [is] utterly mesmerising as her implacable inner demons push her into conflict with everything around her." —Radio Times
"An exquisite portrait of a free spirit, stifled in a marriage of convenience, Thérèse D. plays like a beautiful melody whose main voice is the silent counterpoint that reflects the yearning of a woman quashed." —Urban Cinefile
François Mauriac’s legendary 1927 novel of French provincial life has been gloriously brought to the screen by the inestimable Claude Miller in his final film. Sumptuously photographed to capture the full beauty of the pine-forested Landes area in southwest France, THÉRÈSE is a beautifully conceived drama of exquisite taste. Marvelously played by the luminous Audrey Tautou, Thérèse is a heroine hewn from the same stock as Madame Bovary or Anna Karenina, suffocated by her provincial marriage. Thérèse has married less for love than for convenience, but it is not long before the casual disinterestedness shown her by her arrogant husband, Bernard, sets her mind in motion. Life is easy at first, as Bernard’s pinewood estates keep them both in the lap of luxury. But when Thérèse’s best friend Anne, who also happens to be Bernard’s younger sister, falls madly in love with a handsome young Portuguese man, Thérèse begins to see what she has been missing in her life. Corralled by Bernard’s family into persuading Anne to forego her planned nuptials, she begins to see first-hand the awesome power of passionate love, as Anne will go to any length to keep her lover by her side. Soon, Thérèse begins her own fight against the oppressive Desqueyroux family.
1hr 50mins | France | NR
Directed by: Claude Miller, Georges Franju
Featuring: Audrey Tautou
Much Ado About Nothing
September 6 - September 15, 2013
"From its very first scenes, Mr. Whedon’s film crackles with a busy, slightly wayward energy that recalls the classic romantic sparring of the studio era." —New York Times
"The magic holds. It holds from beginning to end...'Much Ado About Nothing' is one of the best films of the year." —RogerEbert.com
"...a profound trifle that reminds you how close Shakespeare’s comedies verge on darkness before pirouetting back into the light." —Boston Globe
"Finally! A romantic comedy that works. And not just because of Shakespeare...'Much Ado About Nothing' is the romantic comedy for the ages." —Chicago Tribune
Shakespeare’s classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon’s film, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Shot in just 12 days (and using the original text), the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love.
1hr 49mins | USA | PG-13
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Cutie and the Boxer
September 6 - September 19, 2013
- Directing Award — Sundance Film Festival
"Heinzerling's beautifully shot, painfully intimate look at the aging couple's struggle to survive amid personal and financial strain is both heartbreaking and intricately profound. This is a story about creative desire so strong it hurts." —indieWIRE
"Viewed in its entirety, 'Cutie and the Boxer' is more than a great documentary. It's a great film." —Wall Street Journal
"Mr. Heinzerling is an artist too. The window he has opened onto the lives of his subjects is a powerful and beautiful visual artifact in its own right. " —New York Times
"Because 'Cutie and Boxer' resists easy sentimentality, its view of life and love is all the more powerful." —The Hollywood Reporter
Once a rising star in the ‘70’s New York art scene, 80-year-old “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara is prepping for his latest show, hoping to reinvigorate his career. His wife and de facto assistant, Noriko, seeks her own recognition through her “Cutie” illustrations, which depict their chaotic 40-year marriage. CUTIE AND THE BOXER captures two lives united by a dedication to art-making for a touching meditation on the eternal themes of love and sacrifice.
1hr 22mins | USA | R
Directed by: Zachary Heinzerling
August 28 - September 5, 2013
"Righteous, captivating and entirely successful as single-issue-focused documentaries go, Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s film draws on startling video footage and testimonies from former orca trainers, building an authoritative argument on behalf of this majestic species." —Variety
"Impassioned and disturbing, this documentary matches "The Cove" for marrying cool intellect with real fire." —Empire
"'Blackfish', named after the Native American term for orcas, remains decidedly one-sided. But when that "side" is such a vital, convincing proponent for the greater protection and understanding of such evolved and majestic creatures, it can't help but win." —Los Angeles Times
Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000-pound orcas, or “killer whales,” soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet, in our contemporary lore this mighty black-and-white mammal is like a two-faced Janus-beloved as a majestic, friendly giant yet infamous for its capacity to kill viciously. BLACKFISH unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who-unlike any orca in the wild-has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what exactly went wrong? Shocking, never-before-seen footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades, and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.
1hr 20mins | USA | PG-13
We will have a skype Q&A with John Hargrove, one of the former Sea World trainers featured in “Blackfish”, following the 7:30 screening on August 28!
Directed by: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
August 23 - September 5, 2013
- Best Director — Sundance Film Festival
"On paper, this all sounds like a nightmare for any sober viewer. But Silva keeps things on the right path, deftly digging into overlooked corners of the American psyche." —New York Daily News
"Part drug comedy, part psychological drama, the movie is slight, but only superficially so. As the closing credits role, we’re left not with a sense of a day at the beach, but of what might be swimming out there, in the dark of the abyss." —Washington Post
"One of the most satisfying things about Crystal Fairy is that even though the lead character prefers to keep an ironic distance from things, the film itself is completely sincere. It’s about being good to people even when they’re kind of ridiculous." —The Playlist
In this freewheeling comedy from the director of The Maid, Michael Cera stars as Jamie, a shaggy, boorish young American traveling through Chile. While searching for a rare hallucinogen-the famed San Pedro cactus-with a trio of Chilean brothers, Jamie invites a mysterious hippie along for the ride, but her free-spirited personality quickly clashes with his self-absorption. When they head for the beach, Jamie’s big trip starts taking surprising turns.
1hr 38mins | Chile | NR
Directed by: Sebastián Silva
Featuring: Michael Cera
Shooting for Home
August 23 - August 25, 2013
- Audience Choice Winner — All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 - SUNDAY, AUGUST 25
Driven to escape his troubled childhood home in Gainesville, Kevin Bradshaw became the greatest basketball player never known. After choosing to play at tiny Bethune-Cookman College rather than for the hometown University of Florida, he was essentially banished from Gainesville. In college, his path of self-destruction was paved with cocaine, alcohol, guns, sex, and violence against whites. He eventually got kicked out of school and ended up joining the Navy, where his out-of-control behavior landed him in the ship’s jail and he could only languish as witness to his best friend Vernon Maxwell’s apparent rise to stardom. Inspired by playing on Navy teams with future NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson, Bradshaw eventually began to discover his true love of the game – and the value of friendship - before returning to college where he went on to break Pete Maravich’s NCAA single-game scoring record. He also led the nation in scoring that year, all while the school was going bankrupt. Denounced for breaking the record of a legend, and shockingly undrafted by the NBA, Bradshaw slept in alleys and on park benches, leaving many back in Gainesville to think he was dead. This until he answered his one call to play professionally: in Israel. There, he scored 101 points in a game and became that country’s first African American professional coach. He also lived in a kibbutz. Bradshaw hadn’t died; he had fallen in love with a woman - and a country - and would discover the strength to reunite with his family for the first time in twenty years. While Shooting for Home has all the elements of a sports story, its core is much more so about human transformation, family, love, and redemption.
Directed and produced by former Gainesville resident Greg Kappy, Shooting for Home is a 73-minute feature documentary whose story is told through a blend of rare archival footage and interviews with Kevin Bradshaw, his family members, former coaches, and players including NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson. In addition to the film’s historical aspect, the movie features – on camera – Kevin’s emotional return to Gainesville where he reunites with his family for the first time in twenty years. This climactic portion of the film is accentuated by music from Gainesville native Ken Block of the acclaimed band Sister Hazel. Shooting for Home won the Audience Choice Award at the 2012 All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival.
August 9 - August 22, 2013
"Given all the ways a project like this could have gone wrong, the result is surprisingly good on several fronts, beginning with a shrewd structure that fosters an intelligent dual perspective on the public and private aspects of the 'Deep Throat' phenomenon." —The Hollywood Reporter
In 1972-before the internet, before the porn explosion, Deep Throat was a phenomenon: the first scripted pornographic theatrical feature film, featuring a story, some jokes, and an unknown and unlikely star, Linda Lovelace. Escaping a strict religious family, Linda discovered freedom and the highlife when she fell for and married charismatic hustler Chuck Traynor. As Linda Lovelace she became an international sensation-less centerfold fantasy than a charming girl-next-door with an impressive capacity for fellatio. Fully inhabiting her new identity, Linda became an enthusiastic spokesperson for sexual freedom and uninhibited hedonism. Six years later she presented another, utterly contradictory, narrative to the world-and herself as the survivor of a far darker story.
1hr 32mins | USA | R
Directed by: Rob Epstein , Jeffrey Friedman
Featuring: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, James Franco, Juno Temple, Sharon Stone, Adam Brody, Chloe Sevigny
August 9 - August 22, 2013
- Best Actor (Mads Mikkelson), Prize of the Ecumenical Jury — Cannes Film Festival
- Best International Independent Film — British Independent Film Awards
"4 STARS. GRIPPING, UNBEARABLY TENSE, yet capable of great subtlety and nuance. Thomas Vinterberg has come storming back." —The Guardian
"RIVETING, propelled by a shattering performance by Mads Mikkelsen as the blameless man whose life threatens to be destroyed. Vinterberg’s best film since 'The Celebration.'" —The Hollywood Reporter
"Engrossing and provacative. A devastating portrait of society's tenuous structure under the pressures of fear." —Indiewire
THE HUNT is a disturbing depiction of how a lie becomes the truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish and ignite a witch-hunt that soon threatens to destroy an innocent man’s life.
Mads Mikkelsen plays Lucas, a highly-regarded school teacher who has been forced to start over having overcome a tough divorce. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered. An untruthful remark throws the small community into a collective state of hysteria. The lie is spreading and Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity.
1hr 46mins | Denmark | R
Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg
Featuring: Mads Mikkelson
The Kings of Summer
July 27 - August 8, 2013
"Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and writer Chris Galletta bring a fresh and sympathetic eye to the story, evoking the pleasure of what feels - for a little while - like endless possibilities." —Chicago Sun-Times
"The coming-of-age film is poignant and comical, sitting squarely on that threshold, focusing on the time when a teen is part boy, part man and all adolescent." —USA Today
Premiering to rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, THE KINGS OF SUMMER is a unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends - Joe, Patrick and the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio - who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Free from their parents’ rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family - whether it is the one you’re born into or the one you create - is something you can’t run away from.
1hr 35mins | USA | R
Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Featuring: Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Alison Brie
July 26 - August 8, 2013
"'Byzantium', like all good vampire stories, is a romance, and Jordan opens himself up to its atmospheric lushness." —Village Voice
"This full-blooded epic is Jordan at his most gloriously ambitious." —New York Magazine
"Contemporary cinema has featured a fair share of young, attractive vampires in recent years, but Neil Jordan's 'Byzantium' stands out for exploring that subject with a mixture of intelligence and gravitas." —indieWIRE
BYZANTIUM is director Neil Jordan’s (Interview with the Vampire, The Crying Game) sexy and stylish fantasy thriller about mother and daughter vampires dealing with the pitfalls of eternal life. Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret: They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence.
1hr 58mins | UK, USA, Ireland | R
Directed by: Neil Jordan
Featuring: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arerton, Jonny Lee Miller
July 18 - July 25, 2013
"Barbara Sukowa's performance in the title role is the kind that reverberates long after the screen goes black." —Los Angeles Times
"Hannah Arendt conveys the glamour, charisma and difficulty of a certain kind of German thought.... The movie turns ideas into the best kind of entertainment." —New York Times
“Margarethe von Trotta’s extraordinary film...has managed to make thrilling cinematic drama out of its protagonist’s lifelong engagement with ideas.” —The Daily Beast
The sublime Barbara Sukowa reteams with director Margarethe von Trotta for her brilliant new biopic of influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt. Arendt’s reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker-controversial both for her portrayal of Eichmann and the Jewish councils-introduced her now-famous concept of the “Banality of Evil.” Using footage from the actual Eichmann trial and weaving a narrative that spans three countries, von Trotta beautifully turns the often invisible passion of thought into immersive, dramatic cinema.
1hr 49mins | Germany, Luxembourg, France | NR
Directed by: Margarethe von Trotta
July 17 - July 25, 2013
"Arresting... subtly engrossing... smart, darkly funny... Will Rogers delivers a perfectly calibrated performance as the slowly unraveling Paul; Eleonore Hendricks provides just the right touch of ambiguous menace as his adversary." —The Hollywood Reporter
"A funny, outlandish, and ultimately horrifying portrait of a man who would rather lose everything than confront his inner demons." —The L Magazine
NANCY, PLEASE tells the story of Paul Brawley, a young, gifted, aimless PhD candidate at Yale University. Paul has just moved into an apartment with his pragmatic girlfriend Jen and is struggling to complete his dissertation before embarking on a career in academia. There’s just one snag: as Paul is unpacking his belongings, he discovers that something has been left behind. A seemingly inconsequential object, but one Paul feels is of great importance to his dissertation and, therefore, to his future: a battered, personally annotated copy of ‘Little Dorrit’ by Charles Dickens. He will have to retrieve it from his former roommate - the obstinate, casually sinister Nancy. Paul contacts Nancy, but she will not cooperate. She blithely thwarts Paul’s clumsy and increasingly frantic efforts to retrieve his book. Caught between an impatient girlfriend and an equally impatient thesis advisor, Paul starts to lose his grip. His life will get much, much worse before it gets better.
1hr 24mins | USA | NR
Directed by: Andrew Semans
June 28 - July 11, 2013
- Official Selection – Un Certain Regard, Best Actress (Suzanne Clement), Queer Palm — Cannes Film Festival
- Best Canadian Feature — Toronto International Film Festival
"It's hard to imagine that the prodigiously gifted Dolan is still in his early twenties. This is another work of marvellous maturity and assurance." —Empire
"A sumptuously orchestrated love story...Dolan excels as a visual stylist, framing almost every shot like a classic modern art canvas." —The Hollywood Reporter
"...Confidently directed, stylishly shot, passionately acted and evocatively scored." —Total Film
LAURENCE ANYWAYS begins by introducing Laurence, an average 35-year-old man, who is an award-winning novelist and literature teacher in Montreal. He is very much in love with his girlfriend, the fiery and passionate Frédérique. On the day of his birthday, he reveals to Fred his biggest secret: he has felt for his entire life that he was born in the wrong body and says that he has been living a lie. He wishes to rectify his situation and restart his life as a woman. Set during the late 1980s and early 1990s, the story spans a decade, chronicling the doomed love of Fred and Laurence, as well as the trials and tribulations that they face.
2hr 41mins | Canada, France | NR
Directed by: Xavier Dolan
June 28 - July 11, 2013
"A brilliant, deliciously wicked, and thoroughly enjoyable road film" —Philadelphia Inquirer
"Very British blend of quirky character-comedy and homicidal violence has all the makings of a midnight-movie cult classic." —Hollywood Reporter
"Funny, disturbing, sly and sharp. An uproarious murdering crime-spree comedy." —Los Angeles Times
Chris wants to show Tina his world and he wants to do it his way - on a journey through the British Isles in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan. Tina’s led a sheltered life and there are things that Chris needs her to see - the Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Keswick Pencil Museum and the rolling countryside that separates these wonders in his life. But it doesn’t take long for the dream to fade. Litterbugs, noisy teenagers and pre-booked caravan sites, not to mention Tina’s meddling mother, soon conspire to shatter Chris’s dreams and send him, and anyone who rubs him the wrong way, over a very jagged edge.
1hr 38min | UK | NR
Directed by: Ben Wheatley
June 21 - June 27, 2013
"RUSHLIGHTS - A superb, tense, and mind-blowing thriller." — INFLUX MAGAZINE
An official selection of the 2012 Montreal International Film Festival and the 2013 Dallas International Film Festival, RUSHLIGHTS stars Golden Globe© and Emmy© winner Beau Bridges and Aidan Quinn. RUSHLIGHTS revolves around Billy Brody (Josh Henderson) and Sarah (Haley Webb), two delinquent young lovers from the suburbs of Los Angeles, traveling to a small Texas town to falsely claim a dead friend’s inheritance. The two teens, haunted by their own dubious pasts while pursuing their scam, wind up in a nightmare of greed and betrayal when confronted with the twisted and bizarre underworld of Tremo, TX - population 2870.
RUSHLIGHTS will be playing at the Hippodrome Cinema from Friday, June 21st, through Thursday, June 27th.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
June 14 - June 27, 2013
“The Reluctant Fundamentalist provides just enough answers while leaving us with more than enough questions. It's a film that demands discussion afterward.” —Chicago Sun Times
“The film not only functions well as a thriller and an exploration of post-9/11 paranoia and prejudice, but a thoughtful look at fickle, knee-jerk human psychology of judgment in the wake of tragedies.” —TheMovieReport.com
“This sure-handed adaptation of Mohsin Hamid's international best seller shows Nair at her best.” —Chicago Reader
We begin in 2011 in Lahore. At an outdoor café a Pakistani man named Changez tells Bobby, an American journalist, about his experiences in the United States. Roll back ten years, and we find a younger Changez fresh from Princeton, seeking fortune and glory on Wall Street. The American Dream seems well within his grasp, complete with a smart and gorgeous artist girlfriend, Erica. But when the Twin Towers are attacked, a cultural divide slowly begins to crack open between Changez and Erica. Changez’s dream soon begins to slip into nightmare: profiled, wrongfully arrested, strip-searched and interrogated, he is transformed from a well-educated, upwardly mobile businessman to a scapegoat and perceived enemy. With time, he begins to hear the call of his own homeland. Taking us through the culturally rich and beguiling worlds of New York, Lahore and Istanbul, THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST is a story about conflicting ideologies where perception and suspicion have the power to determine life or death.
2hr 8mins | USA/UK/Qatar | R
Directed by: Mira Nair
Featuring: Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland
The Angels’ Share
June 14 - June 27, 2013
- Jury Prize — Cannes Film Festival
"Like the spirit it celebrates, 'The Angel's Share' is a neat little jolt of pleasure - and guaranteed to leave you feeling just a mite warmer." —Newark Star-Ledger
"There is love, laughter and whisky galore in Ken Loach's unusually joyful comedy drama about delinquent Scottish youths defying the odds society has stacked against them." —Hollywood Reporter
THE ANGELS’ SHARE is a comic fable about wasted talent and what happens when we are given a chance in life. It would be hard to see Robbie as a man worthy of redemption. He’s constantly watching out for a gang of thugs looking to settle a family grudge, his girlfriend is giving birth to a baby while her father offers him money to leave Glasgow, and he’s serving 300 hours of community service. But when Robbie meets Harry, the gruff but benevolent man in charge of his sentence, he finds a hidden talent for Scotch whiskey – and a new chance at life. For distillers, the angels’ share is the whiskey lost to evaporation each year, and that little fact makes a rare cask of whiskey the perfect target for a heist. A hilarious story about second chances, The Angels’ Share is tender crowd-pleaser from legendary filmmaker Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty.
1h 46mins | UK, France, Belgium, Italy | NR
Directed by: Ken Loach
May 31 - June 13, 2013
"You could call it an Aussie 'Dreamgirls.' I'd call it a blast of joy and music that struts right into your heart." —Rolling Stone
"The harmonies they strike in this reality-inspired charmer are sweetly sublime." —Denver Post
Inspired by a true story, THE SAPPHIRES follows four vivacious, young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote mission as they learn about love, friendship and war when their all girl group The Sapphires entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. Cynthia, Gail, Julie and Kay are discovered by Dave, a good-humored talent scout with a kind heart, very little rhythm but a great knowledge of soul music. As their manager, Dave books the sisters their first true gig giving them their first taste of stardom, and travels them to Vietnam to sing for the American troops.
1hr 39mins | Australia | PG-13
Directed by: Wayne Blair
Featuring: Chris O'Dowd
Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition
April 30 - April 30, 2013
One night only!
Tuesday, April 30th
6:00 and 8:15 pm
Regular tickets are $10 and VIP tickets are $25 that include entrance in to the film, reception in the Art Gallery from 7:00-8:00 pm, and one drink ticket at our full bar. Proceeds benefit the Conservation Trust of Florida (http://www.conserveflorida.org/) and the Legacy Institute for Nature and Culture (http://linc.us).
“For me, a filmmaker, the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition was a once in a-life-time opportunity to showcase the landscapes, wildlife habitats, winding waterways and conservation legacies of Florida. The Wilds of Florida was like an epic dream come true. I guess it is as Dr. E.O. Wilson says, ‘[our] love for nature [is an] innate and genetically determined affinity of human beings with the natural world,’ that piques my continual interest in exploring and experiencing an in-depth connection with nature.
As we traversed Florida’s landscape we collected a lot of pictures, video, and interviews. We discovered what brings us together, what we have in common. We all want to preserve the environment for current and future generations. We want to continue to see habitat restoration, endangered species protection, and cross-agency cooperation become a part of Florida’s landscape. During our expedition we experienced the real Florida. And this is what we have learned: Our journey is really just beginning. With your continued support we have the opportunity to bring this idea of the Florida Wildlife Corridor into reality. May our decibels increase as we express our concerns in a unified message. Like many journeys this will be one that is into the wind, against the current, and off the beaten trail.” -Elam Stoltzfus
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April 12 - April 18, 2013
- Audience Award for the Best Documentary — UK Jewish Film Festival
- Best Documentary — Montreal World Film Festival 2011
- Audience Award — Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2011
"Go see this one... True heroes do exist." —Movie Night Traffic Light
"A Miracle...Called 'Britain's Schindler', Winton easily could be the subject of a big-screen Spielberg epic. 'Nicky's Family' shows his incredible journey, and best of all, the very happy ending. Like those scrapbooks, it's just waiting to be discovered." —S.C. Journal
"Bravo! On the top of my list of films to see in 2013. The best testament to family brought to the silver screen." —The Movie Gal
South Florida’s smash hit, Nicky’s Family starts Friday, April 12th in Gainesville! Discover the phenomenon spreading through the country!
NICKY’S FAMILY tells the nearly forgotten story of Sir Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. Winton, now 103 years old, did not speak about these events with anyone for more than half a century. His exploits would have probably been forgotten if his wife, fifty years later, hadn’t found a suitcase in the attic, full of documents and transport plans.
Today the story of this rescue is known all over the world. Winton was knighted by Queen Elisabeth II and the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 583 recognizing his remarkable deed. Dozens of Winton’s “children” have been found and to this day his family has grown to almost 6,000 people, many of whom have gone on to achieve great things themselves.
It is incredible that all these people live due to the heroic deeds of one man – Sir Nicholas Winton. Filmmakers Matej Mináč and Patrik Pašš set out to ensure the facts of this rescue mission are not lost to time, and show the unique phenomenon that has emerged from Winton’s story - how his courageous acts many years ago continue to influence people from all over the world and motivate them to do good.
Nicky’s Family is already a phenomenon in the United States! Critics and audiences nationwide are unanimous in their praise - Nicky’s Family is “a miracle.”
1hr 36mins | Czech Republic, Slovakia, UK | NR
Czech students have initiated a petition to nominate Sir Nicholas Winton for the Noble Peace Prize, and news of it is spreading around the world!
“Czech students want Winton Nobel-awarded, promote him abroad”
České Noviny, Czech Republic - March 12th, 2013
“Youth campaign for Nobel Prize to go to British Schindler”
The Jewish Chronicle, Great Britain - March 11th, 2013
“Czech Petition Advocates Peace Prize for Sir Nicholas Winton”
JSpace, USA - February 7th, 2013
Directed by: Matej Mináč
Featuring: Nicholas Winton, The Dalai Lama, Elie Wiesel
Ginger & Rosa
April 5 - April 11, 2013
"Elle Fanning is simply extraordinary as a budding teen in 1962 London who takes the whole weight of the world on her small shoulders in Ginger & Rosa, Sally Potter’s sharply observed tale of growing up amid the turmoil the nuclear threat and familial discord." —The Hollywood Reporter
"Lovely and devastating, challenging yet worthwhile..." —Indiewire
"Ms. Fanning, who is younger than her character, shows a nearly Streepian mixture of poise, intensity and technical precision. It is frightening how good she is and hard to imagine anything she could not do...Ms. Englert is as adept at blurring Rosa’s feelings as Ms. Fanning is at clarifying Ginger’s. Between them they illuminate an intimate, volatile cosmos." —NY Times
Set in London in the 1960’s, Ginger & Rosa follows two inseparable teenagers coming of age during the Cold War and the sexual revolution. The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and garnered many accolades for its powerful story and stellar cast.
1hr 29mins | Denmark/UK | PG-13
Directed by: Sally Potter
Featuring: Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Annette Bening
Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives
April 2 - April 2, 2013
"A disarming example of documentary filmmaking that stakes out an opinion with plain-spoken, commonsensical wisdom." —Variety
"A fascinating history lesson and a raucous celebration of life…you'll shed tears of joy at the sight of babies being born with a sense of wonder, awe, and joy." —KCRW
A CINEMA LOUNGE EVENT
One Night Only!
Tuesday, April 2 - 5:30PM and 7:30PM
One Night Only!
Tuesday, April 2 - 5:30PM and 7:30PM
A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery.
BIRTH STORY: INA MAY GASKIN & THE FARM MIDWIVES tells the story of counterculture heroine Ina May Gaskin and her spirited friends, who began delivering each other’s babies in 1970, on a caravan of hippie school buses, headed to a patch of rural Tennessee land. With Ina May as their leader, the women taught themselves midwifery from the ground up, and, with their families, founded an entirely communal, agricultural society called The Farm. As word of their social experiment spread, their methods created a model of care for women and babies that changed a generation’s approach to childbirth. Forty years ago Ina May led the charge away from isolated hospital birthing rooms, where husbands were not allowed and mandatory forceps deliveries were the norm. Today, as nearly one third of all US babies are born via C-section, she fights to preserve her community’s hard-won knowledge. The film not only captures the unique sisterhood at The Farm Clinic-from its heyday into the present-but shows childbirth the way most people have never seen it-unadorned, unabashed, and awe-inspiring.
1hr 35mins | USA | NR
A Talkback by the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery will follow the 7:30 pm screening.
Directed by: Sara Lamm, Mary Wigmore
March 22 - March 28, 2013
- Best Foreign Language Film — Academy Awards
- Best Foreign Language Film — Golden Globes
- Best Film Not in the English Language, Best Leading Actress (Emmanuelle Riva) — BAFTA Awards
"'Amour' arrives with plaudits and praise. But this is not hype, it is all deserved. This is a masterpiece." —Philadelphia Inquirer
"Transfixing and extraordinarily touching, perhaps the most hauntingly honest movie about old age ever made." —Entertainment Weekly
Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack, and the couple’s bond of love is severely tested.
2hr 7mins | France/Germany/Austria | PG-13
Directed by: Michael Haneke
2013 Oscar Shorts - Live Action
March 1 - March 7, 2013
"...they compassionately illuminate the state of our world, our frailties and foibles, and our capacity to survive the challenges that life throws at our feet." —Chicago Sun-Times
Live Action Shorts
Death of a Shadow (dirs. Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele, France and Belgium/Dutch, 20 minutes)
A soldier attempts to ransom his soul from Death and return to the girl he loves.
Henry (dir. Yan England, Canada/English, 21 minutes)
Henry, an elderly concert pianist, undergoes a series of confusing experiences as he searches for his wife.
Curfew (dir. Shawn Christensen, USA/English, 19 minutes)
A young man on the verge of committing suicide receives a call from his sister asking him to babysit his niece.
Buzkashi Boys (dirs. Sam French and Ariel Nasr, Afghanistan/Persian, 28 minutes)
Two boys in Afghanistan, a blacksmith’s son and an orphan living on the streets, dream of winning a popular and fierce polo match.
Asad (dirs. Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura, South Africa/Somali, 18 minutes)
A boy from a poor Somali village must decide between piracy and life as a fisherman.
2013 Oscar Shorts - Animation
March 1 - March 7, 2013
"All five of the animated nominees are a joy to experience.... these shorts are masterworks that will stand the test of time." —Chicago Sun Times
"...the animated category is full of whimsical marvels.... All 10 nominees are best appreciated on the big screen..." —Seattle Times
"...if you're primed for the sudden shifts in tone, style, story and look, the payoff is one provocative and evocative film after another." —Los Angeles Times
Animated Shorts (Family-Friendly!)
The Longest Daycare (dir. David Silverman, USA/English, 5 minutes)
Maggie Simpson attends the Ayn Rand Daycare Center, where she finds a caterpillar and faces off against her nemesis.
Adam & Dog (dir. Minkyu Lee, USA/non-dialogue, 16 minutes)
A playful dog exploring the newly created world comes upon the first man.
(Parents, there is some minor cartoon nudity in this short. Adam & Eve appear “au naturale” and are not covered by leaves or vegetation.)
Fresh Guacamole (dir. PES, USA/English, 2 minutes)
An unseen cook uses a series of unusual ingredients to prepare a bowl of guacamole.
Head Over Heels (dirs. Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, UK/English, 11 minutes)
The emotional distance between a long-married husband and wife has resulted in an unusual living arrangement.
Paperman (dir. John Kahrs, USA/English, 7 minutes)
A young man working in an office tries desperately to attract the attention of a girl in the building across the street.
The Gruffalo’s Child
Rust and Bone
February 15 - February 28, 2013
- Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama (Marion Cotillard) — Golden Globes
“One of the most transportingly romantic movies of the year!” —Washington Post
“Marion Cotillard delivers a tour-de-force of unleashed emotions. She’s astonishing!” —Rolling Stone
From acclaimed director Jacques Audiard, director of the Cannes Grand Prix winner and Oscar-nominated A Prophet, comes Rust and Bone. The film follows 20-something dropout Alain and his 5-year-old son as they fall on hard times and move in with family. Alain meets Stephanie (Cotillard), a whale trainer at the local Marineland, and is fascinated by her, but she isn’t interested. After a tragic accident leaves her handicapped, an unusual relationship develops between them. Audiard delivers a film that is both mesmerizing and unforgettable, and features a brilliant performance by Cotillard, rivaling anything she’s done before.
1hr 58min | France | R
Directed by: Jacques Audiard
Featuring: Marion Cotillard
Night Across the Street
February 15 - February 28, 2013
"Ruiz's final film is one of the cinema's grandest, most graceful farewells to life. " —New Yorker
"...elegiac, enigmatic and mischievous... the present commingles with the past, and seeming is another way of being... charming..." —New York Times
"Proof that Raúl Ruiz was still teeming with ideas... a characteristic work of surreal wit and circuitousness -- and the filmmaker's winking but mournful goodbye." —Village Voice
On the verge of a forced retirement, Don Celso, an elderly office worker begins to relive both real and imagined memories from his life - a trip to the movies as a young boy with Beethoven, listening to tall tales from Long John Silver, a brief stay in a haunted hotel. Stories hide within stories and the thin line between imagination and reality steadily erodes, opening up a marvelous new world of personal remembrance and fantastic melodrama. In this playfully elegiac film, loosely adapted from the fantastical short stories of Chilean writer Hernán del Solar, Raúl Ruiz has crafted a final masterwork on his favorite subjects: fiction, history and life itself.
1hr 41mins | Chile | NR
Directed by: Raúl Ruiz
A Royal Affair
January 18 - January 31, 2013
- Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film — Oscar, Critics Choice Awards & Golden Globes
- Best Actor (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard ), Best Screenplay — Berlin International Film Festival
"With its sumptuous settings, urgent romance and intellectual substance, 'A Royal Affair' is a mind-opener crossed with a bodice-ripper." —Wall Street Journal
"A slam dunk in the genre, satisfying every period piece craving: torrid affair, mad king, bastard child, throngs at the palace gates and a history lesson that will be fresh to many." —TIME
"Historical drama of the highest order - teeming with big ideas, and anchored by the nicely nuanced performances of Vikander and Mikkelsen." —Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
2hrs 17mins | Denmark | R
Directed by: Nikolaj Arcel
January 18 - January 30, 2013
- Silver Bear — Berlin International Film Festival
"A cool yet compassionate look at two people bound by love and shared struggles in a world of haves and have-nots." —New York Times
"A work of precocious depth by Ursula Meier ("Home"), who's nervy enough to enlist the Alps as a metaphor, and inject a story of family dysfunction with just enough politics to make it a parable." —Wall Street Journal
Simon lives with his older sister in a housing complex below a luxury Swiss ski resort. With his sister drifting in and out of jobs and relationships, twelve-year-old Simon takes on the responsibility of providing for the two of them. Every day, he takes the lift up to the opulent ski world above, stealing equipment from rich tourists to resell to the local kids down in the valley. He is able to keep their little family afloat with his small-time hustles and his sister is thankful for the money he brings in. But, when Simon partners with a crooked British seasonal worker, he begins to lose his boundaries, affecting his relationship with his sister and plummeting him into dangerous territory.
1hr 37min | France | NR
Directed by: Ursula Meier
The Loneliest Planet
January 4 - January 17, 2013
- Grand Jury Prize — AFI Fest
"Loktev's staging of a crucial moment is expert; her look at the aftermath is poignant and nuanced, culminating in a nocturnal sequence that condenses a world of bitter and incommensurable experience into a single shot." —New Yorker
"A strikingly successful piece of daring." —The Wall Street Journal
"...a piece of art even without Bernal and Furstenberg, who are like moving portraits of themselves in this film. —Los Angeles Times
Alex and Nica are young, in love and engaged to be married. The summer before their wedding, they are backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. The couple hire a local guide to lead them on a camping trek, and the three set off into a stunning wilderness, a landscape that is both overwhelmingly open and frighteningly closed. Walking for hours, they trade anecdotes, play games to pass the time of moving through space. And then, a momentary misstep, a gesture that takes only two or three seconds, a gesture that’s over almost as soon as it begins. But once it is done, it can’t be undone. Once it is done, it threatens to undo everything the couple believed about each other and about themselves.
1hr 53mins | USA | NR
Directed by: Julia Loktev
Featuring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Hani Furstenberg
The Other Son
January 4 - January 17, 2013
- Best Director Award & Tokyo Grand Prix — Tokyo International Film Festival
"The actors are all excellent, the storytelling compassionate, and the overall sense one takes from the film is more humane than political." —Austin Chronicle
The moving and provocative tale of two young men — one Israeli, the other Palestinian — who discover they were accidentally switched at birth, and the complex repercussions facing them and their respective families. The revelation turns the lives of the two families upside-down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, values, and beliefs.
1hr 45mins | France | PG-13
Directed by: Lorraine Levy