Schedule for Wednesday, November 21
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"...Knightley embodies Anna as a girlish woman who has never felt erotic love; once smitten, she is raised to heavenly ecstasy before tumbling into the abyss of shame. It’s a nervy performance, acutely attuned to the volcanic changes a naive creature must enjoy and endure on her first leap into mad passion. She helps make Anna Karenina an operatic romance worth singing about." (Richard Corliss, Time)
4 Academy Award Nominations, including Costume Design, Cinematography, and Music.
Tom Stoppard's adaptation of the classic Leo Tolstoy novel of love and tragedy is "intelligently ecstatic" (Time). Directed by Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement), Anna Karenina marks the third time the acclaimed director has worked with Keira Knightley, whose performance in the title role is already generating Oscar buzz.
Joe Wright. 2012. 130 m. R. UK. Focus Features.2:20 PM 5:00 PM 7:40 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.2:30 PM 5:05 PM 7:10 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.2:45 PM
Love Free or Die
"A thoughtful reflection of the divisiveness of homosexuality in organized religion." (Hollywood Reporter)
When the Episcopal Church elevated Gene Robinson to Bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in 2003- the first gay person to attain such a rank in the history of Christendom- he wore a bulletproof vest to his consecration, and he has lived with death threats ever since. This award-winning portrait evokes a brave man in love with both God and his partner, a hero to many around the world, whose church has led the way to real institutional change.
Macky Alston. 2012. 82 m. NR. USA. Wolfe Releasing.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