Schedule for Monday, August 13
- Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind
- The Queen of Versailles
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Under African Skies
- The Miners' Hymns
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Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind
It’s 1,000 years after the fall of industrial society and colossal insects rule the Sea of Decay, an expanse of polluted wasteland slowly consuming the earth. Only Princess Nausicaä, a fearless wind-rider who shares an empathic bond with the natural world, can find the key to humanity’s salvation as endless war threatens everything she loves. A poignant and action-packed parable of pacifism and acceptance in desperate times.
Hayao Miyazaki. 1984. 116 m. PG. Japan, Japanese with subtitles. GKids.2:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:25 PM 9:50 PM
The Queen of Versailles
Opulence and ignorance are centerstage in The Queen of Versailles, when a billionaire business man and his trophy wife, in the process of building their 90,000 sq.ft. home are hit by the financial crisis of 2008. Lauren Greenfield's documentary reveals a lifestyle of astounding excess and overweening entitlement in this terrific documentary that the NY Times says, "captures the tone of the times with a clear, surprisingly compassionate eye."
Lauren Greenfield. 2012. 100 m. PG. USA. Magnolia Pictures.2:40 PM 5:05 PM 9:55 PM
Beasts of the Southern Wild
"A stunning debut that finds its dandelion-haired heroine fighting rising tides and fantastic creatures in a mythic battle against modernity." (Peter Debruge, Variety)
4 Academy Award Nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Actress in a Leading Role
Winner of the Caméra d'Or award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Beasts of the Southern Wild was one of the most anticipated indie films of 2012. From first-time filmmaker Benh Zeitlin, the film tells the story of an extraordinarily imaginative six-year-old girl who when faced with unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions must learn to survive on her own.
Benh Zeitlin. 2012. 91 m. PG-13. US. Fox Searchlight.2:45 PM 5:30 PM 9:30 PM
Under African Skies
Paul Simon returns to South Africa twenty-five years after his controversial visit in defiance of the UN cultural boycott of the African nation. That first visit gave birth to Simon’s groundbreaking album, Graceland recorded with local South African artists, which changed the face of the international music scene. Directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Brother’s Keeper, Paradise Lost Trilogy), it features plenty of rousing music, as well as interviews with Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, Paul McCartney, David Byrne and Peter Gabriel. A brilliant film that raises tough issues, while ultimately affirming music’s transcendent power to bring people together. Screening of Under African Skies is courtesy of A&E IndieFilms.
with the short film Wimoweh
Joe Berlinger. 2011. 108 m. NR. USA.7:30 PM
The Miners' Hymns
A powerful, visionary blend of music and image without narration, this is a collaboration between Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson and American experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison. Morrison put together exquisite black-and-white archival footage of the extinct mining industry in northeastern England, and Jóhannsson wrote the score, a stately, slow-building, and hauntingly melodic composition for brass band, pipe organ, and electronics. Together they created a uniquely poetic requiem for a vanished way of life.
Bill Morrison. 2012. 52 m. UK. Icarus Films.8:00 PM