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Schedule for Thursday, March 28
Hava Nagila (The Movie)
A lively romp through the history, mystery, and meaning of the ubiquitous Jewish party tune with the likes of Harry Belafonte, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, and Regina Spektor. This exuberant, surprisingly fascinating film follows the song from Eastern Europe to the American suburbs, tapping into universal themes about the importance of joy, the power of music, and the resilient spirit of a people.
Roberta Grossman. 2012. 73 m. NR. Israel/Ukraine/USA. International Film Circuit.2:00 PM 3:45 PM 5:30 PM 7:15 PM
On the Road
"...the movie’s real strength is in evoking the feel of the road in a now-vanished America. If there were an award for location scouting, along with production design, this film would be a prime candidate." (Leonard Maltin)
Based on the Jack Kerouac's novel about youth and self-discovery, the latest from Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) is beautifully photographed and well-cast. Starring Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy, Friday Night Lights), and Sam Riley (Brighton Rock, Control) with appearances by Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, and Kirsten Dunst.
Walter Salles. 2012. 124 m. R. France/Brazil. IFC Films.2:10 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
"...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.5:00 PM 7:25 PM
Local Element at the Media Arts Lab!
The Liemba, a ship, is many things: a physical relic of European colonialism; a vital lifeline for otherwise isolated communities; the principle means of transport for cargo and people traveling throughout Africa -- a floating microcosm of the continent. Narrated by Chiwoniso Maraire, a rising star in African music, and featuring an entirely original, locally recorded soundtrack, this documentary brings Liemba's colorful history to life and celebrates her role in this region of Africa. Compelling passenger narratives, breathtaking footage and upbeat music combine to take the audience on an unforgettable trip down Lake Tanganyika, the longest lake in the world.
Q&A filmmakers John Billingsley and Andrew Subin with JBFC faculty Sean Weiner
John Billingsley/Andrew Subin. 2010. 50 m. NR. USA.7:30 PM