Schedule for Sunday, November 18
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Tales of the Night
Acclaimed filmmaker Michel Ocelot (Kirikou and the Sorceress ) is a master of silhouette animation. This collection of five exotic fables from around the world (and one from another world entirely) blends history with fairytale, whisking us off to colorful enchanted lands inhabited by dragons, captive princesses, and enormous talking bees.
Michael Ocelot. 2011. 84 m. NR. France, French with subtitles. GKids.12:00 PM
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.12:00 PM 2:40 PM 5:05 PM 7:20 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.12:15 PM 2:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:05 PM
In December 2008 a young man named Tim DeChristopher committed a stunning act of civil disobedience: He derailed a Bush Administration’s controversial auction for oil and gas leases, effectively safeguarding thousands of acres of pristine Utah land. When his actions thrust him into the spotlight, he became a folk hero and spokesman for the need for bold action to create a just and healthy world. He is currently serving time for two felony convictions.
Beth and George Gage. 2011. 74 m. NR. US. Gage & Gage Productions.2:00 PM
The Green Wave
"That Ahadi and his team were able to safely compile, let alone edit together, this much ground-level footage is a feat in and of itself; that it comes together in such a compelling manner makes it almost vital." (Village Voice)
How to cover a burgeoning revolution in a nation where pointing a camera the wrong way can mean a ticket to prison? Ali Samadi Ahadi’s solution: Take on-the-ground reporting from Twitter feeds, blogs, and cell-phone cameras; add interviews with protest organizers for context; and create vivid animation to depict events that could not be captured live. The result is a lively, and deeply human portrait of a people who will not abandon hope.
Ali Samadi Ahadi. 2010. 80 m. NR. Germany, English/German/Persian. Red Flag Releasing.3:45 PM
"I want to ask why there is one justice for men and another for women." (Akhtar Beevi, member of the Tamil Nadu Women's Jamaat)
In South India, justice is meted out by jamaats, all-male councils that rule on family crimes- even spousal abuse and murder- via Islamic sharia law. In the face of their draconian decisions, a group of women establish their own jamaat- a brave effort that takes hold and spreads across the region. Danraj's intimate, deeply touching film follows several cases while exploring how the tenacious and compassionate women’s jamaats (which have settled 10,000 cases so far) have changed the face of justice in their homeland.
Q&A Nov. 18, 7:00: filmmaker Deepa Danraj via Skype from India, with Senior Programmer Christopher Funderburg
Deepa Dhanraj. 2011. 85 m. NR. India. Women Make Movies.7:00 PM