Schedule for Sunday, March 27
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This energetic, completely modern take on the Cinderella story features Drew Barrymore as a girl who is forced to be a servant to her new stepmother (a conniving Anjelica Huston). Growing up to be a strong-willed young woman, she meets the prince, and—well, you think you know the rest, but this version has a few delightful surprises up its sleeve.
Andy Tennant. 1998. 121 m. PG-13. US.12:00 PM
A hilarious feel-good story, The Infidel centers on Mahmud Nasir, a regular guy LA Weekly says is “like Homer Simpson, but Muslim.” When he learns he was actually born Jewish, he turns to a drunken Jewish cabbie (Richard Schiff from The West Wing) as he comes to terms with his double identity and learns to embrace the “Jewishness” that will reconnect him with his roots. It’s “English farce meets Woody Allen,” says Ricky Gervais.
Josh Appignanesi . 2010. 105 m. NR. UK. Tribeca Films.12:05 PM 8:00 PM
Mia Wasikowska (The Kids Are All Right), Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds), Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky), and Dame Judi Dench star in this romantic drama based on Charlotte Brontë's classic novel. A sumptuous production directed by Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre), the film follows the orphaned Jane (Wasikowska) who has fled from her position as governess of Thornfield House, an isolated residence owned by Edward Rochester (Fassbender), who is keeping a terrible secret.
Cary Fukunaga. 2011. 115 m. PG-13. UK. Focus Features.12:10 PM 2:35 PM 5:05 PM 8:05 PM
A riveting drama in the mold of The Lives of Others, this Polish film based on a true story has won many awards in Europe. It’s set in 1968, when the Communist party unleashed a campaign of anti-Semitism to counter the free thinking emerging in Eastern Europe. The alluring Kamila (Magdalena Boczarska, in a spellbinding performance) is forced by her boyfriend, who works for the feared secret service, to get the goods on a well-known writer and “camouflaged Zionist.” A sexy, gripping portrait of a culture of suspicion, where everyone’s motives are unclear.
March 24, 7:00: OPENING NIGHT with Reception!
Jan Kidawa-Blonski. 2010. 118 m. NR. Poland, Polish with subtitles. WFDiF.2:30 PM
The Music Never Stopped
"...[The Music Never Stopped] honors the ability of music to heal even the most damaged soul." (James Greenberg, The Hollywood Reporter)
Based on a case study by Dr. Oliver Sacks, M.D. (Awakenings) The Music Never Stopped chronicles the journey of a father and son adjusting to cerebral trauma in which the past, present, and future become indistinguishable.
In 1967, after his father Henry Sawyer (J.K. Simmons) forbids him to see a Grateful Dead concert, Gabriel Sawyer (Lou Taylor Pucci) runs away from home. Nearly twenty years later, Henry is shocked to learn that the son he thought he had lost has a brain tumor, which has damaged the part of his brain that facilitates the creation of new memories.
Through the music of iconic bands like The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and the Grateful Dead, The Music Never Stopped weaves Henry and Gabriel’s progress as they begin to form an unusual but emotionally vibrant bond through the music that animates Gabriel’s soul.
Jim Kohlberg. 2011. 105 m. USA. Roadside Attractions .2:45 PM 5:10 PM 8:15 PM
The Human Resources Manager
From the director who brought us Lemon Tree (2008) and based on a story by world-famous author A. B. Yehoshua, here’s a poignant black comedy about an unhappy, self-absorbed personnel manager who is forced to escort the body of a suicide-bomb victim in Israel to her Romanian home. Along his eventful roadtrip, he encounters a cavalcade of quirky, affecting characters and rediscovers his own humanity. Lauded by critics and audiences alike, this “humane and observant drama” (The Hollywood Reporter) was Israel’s entry for the Best Foreign Film Oscar.
Q&A MARCH 27, 5:00: A. B. Yehoshua, celebrated Israeli author, whose novel A Woman in Jerusalem inspired the film, will be interviewed by author Ben Cheever.
Eran Riklis. 2010. 103 m. France/Germany/Israel, English/Hebrew/Romanian with subtitles. Film Movement.5:00 PM