Schedule for Friday, November 9
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A Late Quartet
"Centered around four outstanding performances, Yaron Zilberman's fiction-feature debut feels like the work of a filmmaker who knows and appreciates the art form under scrutiny, laying a credible foundation for a story that lays bare the often melodramatic passions of the artistic soul." (Justin Chang, Variety)
When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet receives a life changing diagnosis, the group's future suddenly hangs in the balance. Inspired by and structured around Beethoven's Opus 131 String Quartet in C-sharp minor, the film pays homage to chamber music and the cultural world of New York and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken.
Yaron Zilberman. 2012. 105 m. R. US. Entertainment One.2:35 PM 5:10 PM 7:25 PM 9:50 PM
"The achievement of this simply told, exceptionally fine film is the clarity with which it portrays the drama of a good soul in an inert body." (Ty Burr, Boston Globe)
1 Academy Award Nomination for Actress in a Supporting Role
Based on the autobiographical writings of journalist Mark O'Brien,The Sessions tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality. The Sessions is a heart-warming joyful comedy starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy.
Ben Lewin. 2012. 98 m. R. US. Fox Searchlight.2:40 PM 5:05 PM 7:10 PM 9:15 PM
Big Boys Gone Bananas!*
"A provocative look at what can happen when corporate power takes aim at independent film." (New York Times)
How frightened of criticism is the giant multinational Dole Food Company, purveyor of bananas, pineapple, and other food products to the world? This frightened: When filmmaker Fredrik Gertten made a documentary about a lawsuit filed by Nicaraguan workers against the company, Dole sued to keep it from being seen. This new film, detailing Gertten’s experience of taking on one of the most powerful corporations on the planet, is his riveting, even hopeful response.
Q&A Nov. 12, 7:15: Joe Berlinger, who received an Oscar nomination for Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, joins us to discuss corporate intimidation of filmmakers through the courts.
Fredrik Gertten. 2011. 90 m. NR. Sweden, English/Swedish.2:45 PM
5 Broken Cameras
"A modest, rigorous, and moving work of art." (New York Times)
A Palestinian farmer teams with an Israeli filmmaker to document the fear, friction, and violence that ensue when Israel plans to erect a separation barrier right through his village, effectively confiscating its land. This uniquely affecting look at West Bank protests attaches faces and human consequences to the political dispute. 5 Broken Cameras is a beautiful,important film, winner of the World Cinema Directing Award at Sundance, among other prizes.
Emad Burnat/Guy Davidi. 2011. 90 m. NR. France/Israel/Palestine, Arabic/Hebrew. Kino Lorber Films.5:15 PM
"A gripping and important film for anyone who cares about the future of public education." (Dallas Morning News)
The Texas board of education has vast influence over what is taught to the next generation of children in that state and beyond. Once every decade, members rewrite its teaching and textbook standard —replacing, for example, Thomas Jefferson with St. Thomas Aquinas and the word “slavery” with the more benign-seeming "Atlantic triangular trade." This frightening front-line look at the politicization of education focuses on Don McLeroy, a dentist, Sunday school teacher, and fervent creationist, who presided over the board when this film was shot.
Scott Thurman. 2012. 83 m. NR. US. Kino Lorber Films.7:20 PM
"A detailed, finely edited character study." (New York Times)
Back by popular demand! Director Kevin Macdonald- whose One Day in September won the Oscar for Best Documentary- presents the riveting life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. It's packed with eye-opening information, rare footage, incredible performances, and telling interviews with the people who knew him best.
Kevin MacDonald. 2012. 144 m. PG-13. UK/USA. Magnolia Pictures.9:45 PM