Special Events

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The Japanese Dog

"Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema"

Opening Night w/reception! In this understated drama about family reconciliation, Romania’s greatest actor, Victor Rebengiuc (Forest of the Hanged, Niki and Flo) plays Costache, a man who has lost his wife, his house, and everything he owned in a flood. The unexpected return of his son, Ticu, from Japan forces the men to become a family again. Costache becomes a real grandfather to his seven- year-old grandson, while Ticu corrects mistakes from the past. “A Yasujiro Ozu drama done in the Romanian style” (Slant Magazine), this New Directors/New Films selection represents Romania in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. Join us for a reception following the screening.

Tudor Cristian Jurgiu. 2013. 90 m. NR. Romania , Romanian with subtitles.

Fri. Dec 5  7:30 PM
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)


Ron Mann's new documentary is an in-depth look at the life and times of filmmaker Robert Altman. While refusing to bow down to Hollywood's conventions, or its executives, Altman's unique style of filmmaking won him friends and enemies, earned him world-wide praise, and occasionally scathing criticism, and proved that it is possible to make truly independent films. The program will also feature three rarely-screened Altman directed short films: The Party (1966, 3 mins), Pot Au Feu (1966, 9 mins), and The Kathryn Reed Story (1966, 15 mins).

Q&A: Filmmaker Ron Mann, author of Altman Kathryn Reed Altman, and co-writer Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan, with Jonathan Demme

Copies of the first visual biography of Robert Altman, Altman, will be for sale after the screening, courtesy of The Village Bookstore. The book, written by Kathryn Reed Altman and Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan, features a forward from Martin Scorsese and contributions from Altman’s collaborators and contemporaries including Frank Barhydt, E. L. Doctorow, Roger Ebert, Jules Feiffer, Julian Fellowes, James Franco, Tess Gallagher, Pauline Kael, Garrison Keillor, Michael Murphy, Lily Tomlin, Alan Rudolph, Michael Tolkin, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. 

Ron Mann. 2014. 95 m. NR. . Abramorama.

Thurs. Dec 11  7:00 PM
Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)


"After Dark"

A truly original offbeat comedy about a wannabe musician (Domhnall Gleeson) who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by an enigmatic musical genius (Michael Fassbender, who sports a large fake head), and the terrifying Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Funny, strange, and surprisingly touching.

Q&A Reel Talk with JBFC Programmer Andrew Jupin

Lenny Abrahamson. 2014. 95 m. R. Ireland/UK . Magnolia Pictures.

Thurs. Dec 11  7:45 PM
Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

It's a Wonderful Life

Everyone will enjoy this Christmas favorite on the big screen, as it was meant to be seen. Never before has George Bailey’s plight seemed so painful. And never before has the work of his guardian angel Clarence—who shows George the good he has done in the world—been so sweet. It’s as touching and warm now as it was on the day it was released. 

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 12)

Frank Capra. 1946. 130 m. NR. USA . Paramount Pictures.

Sat. Dec 20  12:00 PM
Sun. Dec 21  12:00 PM
Mon. Dec 22  3:00 PM
Tues. Dec 23  3:00 PM
Wed. Dec 24  3:00 PM
Thurs. Dec 25  12:00 PM
Fri. Dec 26  12:00 PM
Sat. Dec 27  12:00 PM
Sun. Dec 28  12:00 PM