Schedule for Thursday, March 21
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Beyond the Hills
"The complexity of the film's moral world makes the movie far more than a simple anti-religious screed." (Dana Stevens, Slate.com)
Cristian Mungiu's new film, inspired by an actual exorcism performed in a Romanian Orthodox church in 2005, is further proof that his Palme d'Or win in Cannes for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days was well deserved. Dealing again with two young women whose strong bond is put to a test, it's a portrait of dogma at odds with personal liberty. There are no easy scapegoats for the consequent tragedy, just the disturbing suggestion that doom lies on the other side of those hills.
Cristian Mungiu. 2012. 155 m. NR. France/Romania, Romanian. IFC Films.2:00 PM
"...a stinging, brutally funny satire of modern politics from Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain that ads up to lesson on how to defeat a despot with a Smile button." (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)
Academy Award Nominee- Best Foreign Language Film
When controversial military dictator Augusto Pinochet's permanence of power is put up to a vote of "yes" or "no", opposition leaders hire a young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra (Gael Garcia Bernal), to spearhead their campaign. With scant resources and under scrutiny by the despot's minions, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and set Chile free.
Pablo Larrain. 2013. 115 m. R. Chile, Spanish with subtitles. Sony Pictures Classics.2:20 PM 5:10 PM 7:35 PM
“Alan Bennett’s sly mocking of leaders, busybodies and the National Trust will thrill us masses.” (The Sunday Times)
People spoil things; there are so many of them and the last thing one wants is them traipsing through one’s house. But with the park a jungle and a bath on the billiard table, what is one to do? Dorothy (Frances de la Tour) wonders if an attic sale could be a solution. Britain’s most celebrated comic playwright, Alan Bennett (The History Boys, Habit of Art), debuts his hilarious new play at the National Theatre. Nicholas Hytner (The History Boys, Habit of Art, One Man, Two Guvnors) directs a cast including Tony and Olivier Award-winner Frances de la Tour (The History Boys, Habit of Art).
Nicholas Hytner. 2013. NR. UK. BYexperience.3:00 PM
"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
Dror Moreh. 2013. 97 m. PG-13. France/Germany/Israel/Belgium, English/Hebrew. Sony Pictures Classics.5:00 PM 7:25 PM