Schedule for Thursday, August 16
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Join us for this rare American screening of one of Ghibli’s least seen and most mature and thoughtful efforts, told through the memories of Taku, a young man growing up in a rural town. The world always seemed too small till the arrival of a beautiful transfer student from Tokyo whose exotic behavior and big-city attitudes challenge Taku’s friendship with classmate Yutaka. A lovely film that proves the trademark Ghibli sense of wonder can translate to everyday stories.
Tomomi Mochizuki. 1995. 72 m. PG. Japan, Japanese with subtitles. GKids.2:00 PM 3:45 PM 5:30 PM 7:15 PM 8:55 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.2:35 PM 5:10 PM 9:20 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 5:00 PM 7:10 PM
The Swell Season
In 2008, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova captivated audiences and earned two Academy Awards for their musical collaboration in the film Once now also a blockbuster Broadway show. As their fictional romance blurred with reality, they fell in love, recorded an album, and embarked on a world tour. Fueled by two years of exhilaration and turmoil, The Swell Season, shot in black and white, is “a poignant commentary on the uneasy commingling of love and fame” (NY Times).
Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins and Carlo Mirabella-Davis. 2011. 90 m. NR. Ireland/USA/Czech Republic. Seventh Art Releasing.7:30 PM 9:30 PM