Schedule for Tuesday, November 20
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"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.2:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:05 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.2:40 PM 5:05 PM 7:20 PM
"Don't expect to look at a catwalk in quite the same fashion again." (Daily News)
A wrenching but deeply humane portrait of a dark, little-known corner of the modeling world. Complex, conflicted former model Ashley Arbaugh serves as a "talent scout," locating barely pubescent Russian girls and sending them to Japan in an arrangement that more closely resembles human trafficking than anything else. Nadya, the 13-year-old Siberian girl who is the focus of Arbaugh's efforts, stands in for thousands of other girls seeking fame, fortune, and a better life- and finding something far different.
David Redmon/Ashley Sabin. 2011. 78 m. NR. France/Japan/Russia/USA. First Run Features.2:45 PM 5:15 PM
"Filmmaker Betts delicately crafts an astute depiction of difficult lives in the middle of an epidemic." (New York Magazine)
By turns heartbreaking and filled with hope, this exceedingly intimate documentary is about Mutinta, a Zambian woman who is pregnant, HIV-positive, and married to a polygamous husband. Seeking help, she signs up with an innovative health program working to break the chain of transmission between “carriers” and their babies. Her courageous, lonely story of maternal love and sacrifice is captured in this delicate, atmospheric film.
Maggie Betts. 2010. 88 m. NR. US.7:30 PM