Schedule for Thursday, December 5
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Philomena"Philomena is remarkably funny, with stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan amiably sharing the comic spotlight." (Inkoo-Kang, Village Voice)
Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith about Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn't allow for any sort of inquiry into the son's whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England, Lee meets Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.
Stephen Frears. 2013. 94 m. R. UK. The Weinstein Company.1:00 PM 3:10 PM 5:20 PM 7:35 PM
Dallas Buyers Club"McConaughey delivers the performance of his career, characterized not just by an astonishing physical transformation but by a wellspring of deep compassion and fearlessness." (Ann Hornaday, Washington Post)
Jean-Marc Vallee. 2013. 117 m. R. USA. Focus Features.2:00 PM 4:50 PM
“...Nebraska blossoms into a study of provincial American absurdity worthy of Preston Sturges." (A.O. Scott, NY Times)
After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America.
Alexander Payne. 2013. 110 m. R. USA. Paramount Pictures.2:05 PM 5:00 PM 7:40 PM
Closer to the Moon
The true account of a group of high-ranking Jewish members of the nomenklatura, who, in 1959, staged what was to become known as the coup of the century: They robbed Romania’s National Bank, making it look like a film shoot. And this is only the beginning. Once arrested and prosecuted, they were forced to reenact their parts in the heist for a propaganda movie. Despite its tragic aspect, this incredible story, forever shrouded in mystery, gets an unexpectedly light treatment. One could even say that Vera Farmiga, Mark Strong, and Game of Thrones’ Harry Lloyd were having fun in the main roles.
Q&A filmmaker Nae Caranfil and join us for a reception following the screening.
Nae Caranfil. 2013. 110 m. NR. Romania.7:30 PM
Q&A w/filmmaker Nae Caranfil. Join us for a reception following the screening.
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)