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Schedule for Tuesday, February 26

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Amour

New Releases

"A masterpiece about life, death and everything in between, Michael Haneke’s Amour takes a long, hard, tender look at an elderly French couple, Georges and Anne — played by two titans of French cinema, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva — in their final days." ( Manohla Dargis, NY Times)

Oscar Winner–– Best Foriegn Film! The latest from modern master Michael Haneke (The White Ribbon), Amour is a deeply moving but deceptively simple film about love in the face of mortality. Starring screen legends Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva as an elderly couple dealing with life after a stroke, this Palme d'Or and Oscar winner is easily an instant classic.

Official Website / Trailer | NY Times review

Michael Haneke. 2012. 127 m. PG-13. France/Germany/Austria, French. Sony Pictures Classics.

2:00 PM 4:45 PM

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The Thin Man

Pulp Fictions: The Best Crime Novels on Film

Based on Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man

A wealthy heiress is found dead, and oh, who cares? The plot's pretty standard: The real appeal of this classic is the chemistry between socialite sleuths Nick and Nora Charles, whether they're playfully trading one-liners, coolly staring down gun barrels, or coyly inviting the suspects to a dinner in a climax that's half suspense and half slapstick.

W.S. Van Dyke. 1934. 91 m. NR. US. Warner Bros.

2:30 PM 5:00 PM

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The Gatekeepers

New Releases

"It is guaranteed to trouble any one, left, right, center or head in the sand, with confidence or certainly in his or her own opinions. If you need reassurance or grounds for optimism about the Middle East, you will not find it here. What you will find is rare, welcome and almost unbearable clarity." (A.O. Scott, NY Times)

Academy Award Nominee for Documentary Feature

For the first time ever, six former heads of the Shin Bet, Israel's secret service agency, agree to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions. Filmmaker Dror Moreh gets candid answers from a notoriously secretive group of men, the final result-- a fasicinating and penetrating look at five decades of Israeli history.

Official Website / Trailer | NY Times review

Dror Moreh. 2013. 97 m. PG-13. France/Germany/Israel/Belgium, English/Hebrew. Sony Pictures Classics.

2:35 PM 5:05 PM

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The Grifters

Pulp Fictions: The Best Crime Novels on Film

Based on Jim Thompson's The Grifters

Penny ante con games, hasty seductions, and scraps from a sadistic mob boss's table have sustained three low-rung grifters all their lives...but not for much longer. The hustlers find themselves doing what they must to survive, even if it means turning on each other. A modern gem that twists from playful to severe with deft sleight of hand. The screenplay is by Donald Westlake (aka Richard Stark).

Stephen Frears. 1990. 110 m. R. US. Miramax Films.

7:00 PM

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Koch

Special Events

This candid, colorful film is a tribute to the quintessential New Yorker, former Mayor Ed Koch, portraying him with all his charisma and hilarious bluntness. Koch ruled New York from 1978 to 1989—a decade of nonstop grit, graffiti, near-bankruptcy, disease, corruption, and crime. Koch thrillingly chronicles the personal and political story of running the world’s most wondrous city in a time of upheaval and reinvention.

Q&A filmmaker Neil Barsky & cinematographer Tom Hurwitz with JBFC Programmer Karen Sloe Goodman

Official Website / Trailer

Neil Barsky. 2012. 95 m. NR. USA. Zeitgeist Films.

7:15 PM

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Local Element: Sean Dunne and DIY Filmmaking

Local Element: Works from Westchester

Sean Dunne, who graduated from Purchase College, has a talent for introducing us to uniquely fascinating characters and bringing their stories to life. He’ll present four of his eloquent, entertaining documentary shorts in our new series, Local Element: The Archive (which aired on POV and premiered at Sundance), American Juggalo, The Bowler, and Man in Van. For more on Sean Dunne and his films, visit veryapeproductions.com. 

Q&A w/Sean Dunne and JBFC faculty member Sean Weiner will discuss Do-it-yourself filmmaking and social media

FREE EVENT! For tickets, please RSVP to Lori Zakalik at lzakalik@burnsfilmcenter.org 

Sean Dunne. 90 m. NR. USA. Very Ape Productions.

7:30 PM