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Schedule for Thursday, February 20
- The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Live Action
- ROH Live: La boheme
- The Great Beauty
- An American Werewolf in London
- The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Animated
- Oscar Talk with Mark Harris and Janet Maslin
- Like Someone in Love
The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Live Action
Which of the five will win Oscar gold? See the films then cast your ballot in our 2nd Annual Oscar contest!
Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? (Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari, Finland). Mother Sini wakes up in a panic: she has slept in and the family is late for a wedding.
Helium (Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson, Denmark). A hospital’s eccentric janitor helps a young dying boy regain the joy and happiness of life.
Just Before Losing Everything (Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras, France). While her children pretend to go to school, Miriam hurries to pick them up and take them to her work place. She explains to her boss that she has to leave the region in a rush.
That Wasn’t Me (Esteban Crespo, Spain). The story of Paula and Kaney, an African child and a Spanish woman, who could have nothing in common, but will get to join their lives forever through a life‐giving shot.
The Vorrman Problem (Mark Gill and Baldwin Li, UK). Doctor Williams is called in to examine the enigmatic Mr Voorman, a prisoner with a peculiar affliction: he believes he is a god.
Various Directors. 2013. 113 m. NR. Various Countries, English/Various languages with subtitles. Magnolia Pictures.1:00 PM 6:10 PM
In Robert Altman’s boisterous satire of cracker-barrel politics and the country and gospel music industry, the two collide at a benefit concert at the titular city’s Parthenon. Nominated for five Oscars including Best Picture, the film brings together a typically Altman-esque sprawling cast including brilliant work from Lily Tomlin, Shelly Duvall, Ned Beatty, and Ronee Blakely, and a real showstopper from Keith Carradine, who performs the Oscar-winning Best Original Song “I’m Easy.” An American classic.
Robert Altman. 1975. 159 m. R. USA. Paramount Pictures.2:00 PM
ROH Live: La boheme
John Copley's production recreates Paris in the 1830s, from the lively Latin Quarter, where hawkers and traders ply their wares, to a drafty attic where impoverished artists live. Rodolfo and Mimì's love story is given moving expression through Puccini's score, from their first meeting in Act I to their final, poignant scene together in Act IV. These moments of emotional intensity are contrasted with the colourful spectacle of the Café Momus and surrounding streets, which present a cross-section of Parisian society in all its noise and vibrancy.
John Copley. 2014. 165 m. NR. UK, Italian with subtitles. Screenvision.2:00 PM
Tickets: $17.50 (members), $22.50 (nonmembers)
The Great Beauty"A deliriously alive movie, The Great Beauty is the story of a man, a city, a country and a cinema, though not necessarily in that order." (Manohla Dargis, New York Times)
Paolo Sorrentino. 2013. 144 m. NR. France/Italy, Italian/Various languages with subtitles. Janus Films.3:20 PM 8:30 PM
An American Werewolf in London
In one of the only horror comedies to get the formula right and not sacrifice terror for the sake of humor, John Landis (The Blues Brothers) follows a pair of American tourists and their encounter with a bloodthirsty lycanthrope during a hike through the moors. It’s hard to know who gets it worse: David Naughton as the survivor dealing with the transformation into something beastly or Griffin Dunne as the slowly decomposing zombie-ghost. Weird and intense, this is the ne plus ultra of the werewolf genre.
John Landis. 1981. 97 m. R. UK/USA. Universal Pictures.5:10 PM
The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Animated
Experience the year's best animated short films from around the world and then cast your vote in the 2nd Annual JBFC Oscar contest! This program also includes three highly commended shorts that didn't make the Oscar cut, but are must sees!
Get a Horse! (Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim, USA). Mickey Mouse and his friends are enjoying a wagon ride until Peg-Leg Pete shows up with plans to ruin their day.
Mr. Hublot (Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares, Luxembourg/France). The eccentric, isolated Mr. Hublot finds his carefully ordered world disrupted by the arrival of Robot Pet.
Feral (Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden, USA). A wild boy who has grown up in the woods is found by a hunter and returned to civilization.
Possessions (Shuhei Morita, Japan). A man seeking shelter from a storm in a dilapidated shrine encounters a series of household objects inhabited by goblin spirits.
Room on the Broom (Max Lang and Jan Lachauer, UK). A genial witch and her cat are joined on their broom by several friends as they set off on an adventure. Voices by Simon Pegg, Gillian Anderson, Rob Brydon.
HIGHLY COMMENDED additional shorts: A La Francaise, The Missing Scarf, and The Blue Umbrella.
This program is suitable for children ages 6 and older.
Various Directors. 2013. 102 m. NR. Various Countries, English/Various languages with subtitles. Magnolia Pictures.5:15 PM
Oscar Talk with Mark Harris and Janet Maslin
Join Janet Maslin and Mark Harris for a lively, opinionated discussion about this year’s slate of Academy Award nominations. There’ll be plenty of clips, history, gossip, and inside info.
Mark Harris is an uncannily knowledgeable “Oscarologist.” He writes about the Academy Awards in his columns for Entertainment Weekly and the blog Grantland. His noted 2009 book, Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood, is the epic story of the five films nominated for the 1967 Academy Award for Best Picture. New York Times critic Janet Maslin, president of the JBFC board of directors, has more than a few Oscar predictions, opinions, and anecdotes of her own. She interviewed Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby), Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain), Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), and Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) at the JBFC just before each was awarded the Academy Award for Best Director.
n/a. 2013. 90 m. NR. . N/A.7:30 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
Like Someone in Love
Andrew Jupin, Programmer: With a magnificent companion piece to 2010’s Certified Copy, masterful Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami returned early last year giving us this striking, emotional drama that, unfortunately, slipped through the art house cracks. Never black and white, always engaging and featuring an explosive final moment that had me digging my fingers into the arm rests, Like Someone in Love is another impressive achievement in Kiarostami’s already extraordinary oeuvre that I’m excited to share with JBFC audiences.
Abbas Kiarostami. 2013. 109 m. NR. France/Japan, Japanese with subtitles. IFC Films.7:40 PM