Schedule for Tuesday, May 8
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"The film is crisp, evenly paced, its colors bright, as sharp as the winter cold." (David Edelstein, New York Magazine)
After the shocking and abrupt death of an elementary school teacher, Bachir Lazhar is quickly hired as a replacement. Bachir, an Algerian immigrant living in Montreal after his own personal tragedy, finds himself at the center of a shaken and dysfunctional education system. An understated, poignant drama, Monsieur Lazhar was one of the most talked about films at Sundance and Toronto, and recently received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
Philippe Falardeau. 2011. 94 m. PG-13. Canada, French. Music Box Films.2:30 PM 5:10 PM
When Beth's (Diane Keaton) distracted and self-involved husband (Kevin Kline) loses her beloved dog, she enlists her friends (played by Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins and Mark Duplass) and a mysterious woman to help find her darling companion. Directed by Lawrence Kasdan (The Big Chill), Darling Companion features strong performances from legendary actors portraying characters grappling with their own aging and the changes that come along with it.
Lawrence Kasdan. 2012. 103 m. PG-13. US. Sony Pictures Classics.2:40 PM 5:00 PM 9:50 PM
AW: “John Cassavetes is always an inspiration. When I am tired, I think about his mad energy and about this hypercharged family drama that threatened to collapse the theater while I was watching it. A storm.”
An exhilarating, enormously moving roller-coaster ride about a tough-guy writer (John Cassavetes) and his fiery, unstable sister (Gena Rowlands) who lands on his doorstep. Winner of the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival.
John Cassavetes. 1984. 141 m. PG-13. USA. Park Circus.3:30 PM 7:00 PM
Films from Purchase College: 2012
See the work of today’s up-and-coming filmmakers! The Purchase Film Program is one of the most renowned in the country. A full 85 percent of alumni—including Oscar-winner Chris Wedge, Hal Hartley, Alexander Koch, Abel Ferrara, and Nick Gomez, along with Times critic Manohla Dargis—are working in film and television.
In these two programs, we present the thesis films made by this year’s graduating senior class. The shorts run the gamut from thrilling and funny to moving and provocative. Each evening features a different program.
Q&A student filmmakers from Purchase College’s School of Film and Media Studies and Visiting Associate Professor of Film Tim McCann, a writer, director, and cinematographer with several award-winning feature films to his credit
Various Directors. 2012. NR. US.7:15 PM