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Schedule for Saturday, October 10



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For Ages 9 and Up. Inspired by the true story of the first giraffe to visit France, Zarafa is a sumptuously animated and stirring adventure, and a throwback to a bygone era of hand-drawn animation. Under the cover of darkness a small boy, Maki, loosens the shackles that bind him and escapes into the desert night. Pursued by slavers across the moon-lit savannah, Maki meets Zarafa, a baby giraffe – and an orphan, just like him – as well as the nomad Hassan, Prince of the Desert. And so Maki, Zarafa, and Hassan take off in a hot-air balloon to cross the Mediterranean, setting off on an adventure across Northern Africa, the bustling port of Marseilles, and over the snow-capped peaks of the Alps, arriving at last in Paris. But all the while, Maki is determined to find a way to return Zarafa to her rightful home.

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 14) 
JBFC Family Members - use your Family comp passes at the box office for this event!  

Rémi Bezançon/Jean-Christophe Lie. 2011. 78 m. PG. France/Belgium, French with subtitles. GKids.

12:00 PM  


99 Homes

New Releases

"Engrossing, high-stakes viewing…dynamically acted...undeniably rousing…Bahrani keeps the narrative at a rolling boil throughout." (Guy Lodge, Variety)

In this timely thriller, single father Dennis Nash (Golden Globe nominee Andrew Garfield) is evicted from his home and his only chance to win it back is to go to work for Rick Carver (Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon), the charismatic and ruthless businessman who evicted him in the first place. It’s a deal with the devil that provides security for his family; but as Nash falls deeper into Carver’s web, he finds his situation grows more brutal and dangerous than he ever imagined.


Ramin Bahrani. 2015. 112 m. R. USA. Broad Green Pictures.

12:05 PM   2:30 PM   5:00 PM   7:25 PM   9:50 PM  


He Named Me Malala

New Releases

"The sincere, unassuming, fearlessly direct style for which Malala has become justly beloved...stems from a firm belief in the equality of the sexes, and an anger at the way the devaluation and mistreatment of Muslim women have 'tarnished the beautiful face of Islam.'" (Variety)

An intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who at 15 years old was shot in the head for speaking out on behalf of girls' education in her region. An educational activist in Pakistan, Yousafzai has since emerged as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide and in December 2014, became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

Oct. 14, 5:00: Following the screening, JBFC Executive Director Edie Demas will lead a discussion for families about the film.

This film is a part of our on-going series, Global Watch: Crisis, Culture & Human Rights, which is sponsored by the Louis & Anne Abrons Foundation, Theodore & Renee Weiler Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Group Sales: Discounted tickets are available for groups of 10 or more for this film. Please call 914.773.7663, ext. 6 during office hours (M-F 9:30-5:30) for more information and to book a group sale in advance. 

Variety review

Davis Guggenheim. 2015. 87 m. PG-13. USA. Fox Searchlight.

12:10 PM   2:00 PM   4:00 PM   6:00 PM   8:00 PM   9:55 PM  


Freeheld (2015)

New Releases

"It's a well-made but matter-of-fact account of a gripping story, one made more poignant by the advances made in gay rights in the decade since." (Associated Press)

Decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel (Julianne Moore), is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie (Ellen Page). However, the county officials (freeholders) conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this. Hardnosed detective Dane Wells (Michael Shannon) and activist Steven Goldstein (Steve Carell) unite in Laurel and Stacie's defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality. Based on the true love story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree and their fight for justice. 

Peter Sollett. 2015. 103 m. PG-13. USA. Summit Entertainment.

12:20 PM   2:35 PM   5:05 PM   7:20 PM   9:35 PM  


Learning to Drive

New Releases

"Learning to Drive is a story of companionship, loneliness, resilience. It's a small, artfully crafted thing, but it resonates in big ways." (Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer)

Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley star in this feel-good, coming-of-(middle)-age comedy about a mismatched pair who help each other overcome life's road blocks.

Isabel Coixet. 2015. 105 m. R. USA. Broad Green Pictures.

12:30 PM   2:45 PM   5:15 PM   7:30 PM   9:30 PM  


Pawn Sacrifice

New Releases

"...[A]n enthralling piece of mainstream entertainment that captures the essence of Fischer's mad genius, perfectly re-creates the tenor of the times AND works as a legit sports movie about the great game of chess." (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)

In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, Pawn Sacrifice chronicles Fischer's terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.

Edward Zwick. 2015. 116 m. PG-13. USA. Bleecker Street.

1:50 PM   4:15 PM   6:45 PM   9:15 PM