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Thursday, August 27

Irrational Man

New Releases

"[Woody] Allen has crafted a suspenseful mind-teaser that might feel too much like an intellectual exercise if [Joaquin] Phoenix and [Emma] Stone didn't infuse it with such raw humanity." (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)

Philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) is at rock bottom emotionally, unable to find any meaning or joy in life. He feels that everything he's tried to do, from political activism to teaching, hasn't made any difference. But Abe's prespective becomes rosier when an existential act gives him a reason to live.

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Woody Allen. 2015. 97 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

1:00 PM 3:00 PM 5:00 PM 9:25 PM

The End of the Tour

New Releases

"In Segel's performance, [the film] captures the quandary of an immensely gifted and immensely troubled writer who disdained the celebrity he also, without fully fessing up to it, sought." (Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor)

The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel, in a career-defining performance), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. The film is based on Lipsky's critically acclaimed memoir about the encounter, written following Wallace's 2008 suicide, and is expertly directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, Smashed).

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New York Times review


James Ponsoldt. 2015. 106 m. R. USA. A24 Films.

1:05 PM 3:20 PM 5:40 PM 7:55 PM 10:05 PM

Phoenix

New Releases

"The director's last film was the superb 2012 Barbara, also starring Hoss and Zehrfeld, another romance with a mystery built in; Phoenix is an even finer piece of work, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception, Phoenix evokes the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. Opening night film of the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

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Village Voice


Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. PG-13. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

1:10 PM 3:15 PM 5:35 PM 7:50 PM

Mistress America

New Releases

"If Ben Hecht or Preston Sturges ever wrote gags about Twitter or literary magazines or Brooklyn bistros, they would sound like this." (Jordan Hoffman, Guardian)


Noah Baumbach reteams with Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) in this smart, delightful comedy. Tracy (Lola Kirke, Gone Girl) is a lonely college freshman in New York. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig), she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes. Both Kirke and Gerwig shine and "if nothing else, Mistress America confirms Gerwig as one of the great, fearless screen comediennes of her generation—a tall, loose-limbed whirligig who careens through scenes with the beatific ditziness of a Carole Lombard or Judy Holliday." (Variety)

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Noah Baumbach. 2015. 86 m. R. USA. Fox Searchlight.

1:15 PM 3:05 PM 5:05 PM 7:05 PM 9:00 PM

Listen to Me Marlon

New Releases

"I was torn watching this film. You feel Brando's pain, and yet it is the fundament of all those great performances." (Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor)

Marlon Brando--who remained deliberately mysterious to the press and the world at large for his entire professional life--created a vast archive of personal audio and visual materials over the course of his lifetime that have never been revealed publicly, until now. Charting his exceptional career as an actor and his extraordinary life, the film allows Brando to tell his story in his own words, and only his own words, revealing a man more humane and compelling than anyone ever could have imagined.

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Stevan Riley. 2015. 102 m. NR. UK. Showtime.

2:00 PM 5:30 PM 10:00 PM

Salad Days

Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015

“A sweat-drenched, scream-sung ode to D.I.Y. empowerment.” (Mass Appeal)

Reagan-era Washington, D.C., was home to one of the most influential underground music scenes in America. Seminal punk bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Marginal Man, and Fugazi released their own records and booked their own shows—freeing themselves of major record label constraints and mainstream media scrutiny. This is their raucous story, filled with insiders’ voices and plenty of energy, rage, and creativity. 

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Scott Crawford. 2014. 90 m. NR. USA. New Rose Films.

7:30 PM

Say the Word: Deconstructing the Beatles' Rubber Soul

Sounds of Summer: New Music Documentaries 2015

NEW! In Oct. 1965, the Beatles were given a month to pro- duce an album of original music for a Christmas release. They emerged with one of their greatest, Rubber Soul. In this lively program Freiman uses rare audio and video to walk fans through the creation of such classic tracks as “Norwegian Wood,” “In My Life,” and “Nowhere Man.” 

Presented by composer/producer Scott Freiman, world renowned Beatleologist.

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Scott Freiman. 2015. 120 m. NR. USA.

8:00 PM

 Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)



Friday, August 28

Meru

New Releases

"A high-tech, high-octane, high-fiving addition to the venerable 'Mountain Film' sub-genre, Meru is an engaging and cumulatively exhilarating debut from wife-and-husband team Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin." (The Hollywood Reporter)

In October 2008, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle the Shark's Fin. What was meant to be a seven-day trip became a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures. Their journey was not a successful one, but they had reached further than anyone else. The trio returned to their everyday lives, swearing never to attempt the journey again. But they faced challenges back home, too, challenges only exacerbated by the siren song of Meru. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two lifelong friends to undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than the first time around. Winner of the 2015 Sundance Audience Award in the documentary section. 

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Jimmy Chin/Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. 2015. 87 m. R. India/USA. Music Box Films.

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

The End of the Tour

New Releases

"In Segel's performance, [the film] captures the quandary of an immensely gifted and immensely troubled writer who disdained the celebrity he also, without fully fessing up to it, sought." (Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor)

The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel, in a career-defining performance), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. The film is based on Lipsky's critically acclaimed memoir about the encounter, written following Wallace's 2008 suicide, and is expertly directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, Smashed).

close

New York Times review


James Ponsoldt. 2015. 106 m. R. USA. A24 Films.

12:05 PM   7:15 PM  

Mistress America

New Releases

"If Ben Hecht or Preston Sturges ever wrote gags about Twitter or literary magazines or Brooklyn bistros, they would sound like this." (Jordan Hoffman, Guardian)


Noah Baumbach reteams with Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) in this smart, delightful comedy. Tracy (Lola Kirke, Gone Girl) is a lonely college freshman in New York. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig), she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes. Both Kirke and Gerwig shine and "if nothing else, Mistress America confirms Gerwig as one of the great, fearless screen comediennes of her generation—a tall, loose-limbed whirligig who careens through scenes with the beatific ditziness of a Carole Lombard or Judy Holliday." (Variety)

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Noah Baumbach. 2015. 86 m. R. USA. Fox Searchlight.

12:10 PM   2:10 PM   4:10 PM   6:10 PM   8:10 PM   10:10 PM  

Phoenix

New Releases

"The director's last film was the superb 2012 Barbara, also starring Hoss and Zehrfeld, another romance with a mystery built in; Phoenix is an even finer piece of work, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception, Phoenix evokes the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. Opening night film of the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

close

Village Voice


Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. PG-13. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

12:15 PM   2:35 PM   5:10 PM   7:25 PM   9:40 PM  

Rosenwald

New Releases

In the early 1900s, during the Jim Crow era, Chicago philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, a prominent businessman and chairman of Sears, Roebuck and Company, partnered with Booker T. Washington to build 5,400 southern schools in African American communities throughout the south. The son of an immigrant peddler and committed to the Jewish concept of tikkun olam, "repairing the world," Rosenwald also built YMCAs and housing for African Americans to address the pressing needs of the Great Migration. This film features interviews with civil rights leaders Julian Bond, Ben Jealous, and Congressman John Lewis, and Rosenwald school alumni Maya Angelou and George C. Wolfe.

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Aviva Kempner. 2015. 96 m. NR. USA. Ciesla Foundation.

12:20 PM   2:20 PM   5:05 PM   7:10 PM   9:15 PM  

Listen to Me Marlon

New Releases

"I was torn watching this film. You feel Brando's pain, and yet it is the fundament of all those great performances." (Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor)

Marlon Brando--who remained deliberately mysterious to the press and the world at large for his entire professional life--created a vast archive of personal audio and visual materials over the course of his lifetime that have never been revealed publicly, until now. Charting his exceptional career as an actor and his extraordinary life, the film allows Brando to tell his story in his own words, and only his own words, revealing a man more humane and compelling than anyone ever could have imagined.

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Stevan Riley. 2015. 102 m. NR. UK. Showtime.

2:25 PM   5:00 PM  

The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

After Dark

These indelible chronicles of L.A.’s outrageous music scenes of the ’80s are as “entertaining, heartbreaking, and iconic” (Rolling Stone) as they were decades ago. The first film focuses on the punk music scene circa 1980 (with performances and interviews with Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, and others). The second covers glam-metal icons Poison and Faster Pussycat, as well as superstars Motörhead, Alice Cooper, Kiss, and Aerosmith. After being a VHS cult classic for decades, The Decline is now being released in this glorious 2K restoration overseen by director Penelope Spheeris. All the music, sweat, blood, and booze has never looked—or sounded—better.

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Penelope Spheeris. 1988. 93 m. NR. USA. Bleeding Light Film Group.

9:30 PM  



Saturday, August 29

Meru

New Releases

"A high-tech, high-octane, high-fiving addition to the venerable 'Mountain Film' sub-genre, Meru is an engaging and cumulatively exhilarating debut from wife-and-husband team Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin." (The Hollywood Reporter)

In October 2008, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle the Shark's Fin. What was meant to be a seven-day trip became a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures. Their journey was not a successful one, but they had reached further than anyone else. The trio returned to their everyday lives, swearing never to attempt the journey again. But they faced challenges back home, too, challenges only exacerbated by the siren song of Meru. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two lifelong friends to undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than the first time around. Winner of the 2015 Sundance Audience Award in the documentary section. 

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Jimmy Chin/Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. 2015. 87 m. R. India/USA. Music Box Films.

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

The End of the Tour

New Releases

"In Segel's performance, [the film] captures the quandary of an immensely gifted and immensely troubled writer who disdained the celebrity he also, without fully fessing up to it, sought." (Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor)

The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel, in a career-defining performance), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. The film is based on Lipsky's critically acclaimed memoir about the encounter, written following Wallace's 2008 suicide, and is expertly directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, Smashed).

close

New York Times review


James Ponsoldt. 2015. 106 m. R. USA. A24 Films.

12:05 PM   7:15 PM  

Mistress America

New Releases

"If Ben Hecht or Preston Sturges ever wrote gags about Twitter or literary magazines or Brooklyn bistros, they would sound like this." (Jordan Hoffman, Guardian)


Noah Baumbach reteams with Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) in this smart, delightful comedy. Tracy (Lola Kirke, Gone Girl) is a lonely college freshman in New York. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig), she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes. Both Kirke and Gerwig shine and "if nothing else, Mistress America confirms Gerwig as one of the great, fearless screen comediennes of her generation—a tall, loose-limbed whirligig who careens through scenes with the beatific ditziness of a Carole Lombard or Judy Holliday." (Variety)

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Noah Baumbach. 2015. 86 m. R. USA. Fox Searchlight.

12:10 PM   2:10 PM   4:10 PM   6:10 PM   8:10 PM   10:10 PM  

Phoenix

New Releases

"The director's last film was the superb 2012 Barbara, also starring Hoss and Zehrfeld, another romance with a mystery built in; Phoenix is an even finer piece of work, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception, Phoenix evokes the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. Opening night film of the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

close

Village Voice


Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. PG-13. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

12:15 PM   2:35 PM   5:10 PM   7:25 PM   9:40 PM  

Rosenwald

New Releases

In the early 1900s, during the Jim Crow era, Chicago philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, a prominent businessman and chairman of Sears, Roebuck and Company, partnered with Booker T. Washington to build 5,400 southern schools in African American communities throughout the south. The son of an immigrant peddler and committed to the Jewish concept of tikkun olam, "repairing the world," Rosenwald also built YMCAs and housing for African Americans to address the pressing needs of the Great Migration. This film features interviews with civil rights leaders Julian Bond, Ben Jealous, and Congressman John Lewis, and Rosenwald school alumni Maya Angelou and George C. Wolfe.

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Aviva Kempner. 2015. 96 m. NR. USA. Ciesla Foundation.

12:20 PM   2:20 PM   5:05 PM   7:10 PM   9:15 PM  

Listen to Me Marlon

New Releases

"I was torn watching this film. You feel Brando's pain, and yet it is the fundament of all those great performances." (Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor)

Marlon Brando--who remained deliberately mysterious to the press and the world at large for his entire professional life--created a vast archive of personal audio and visual materials over the course of his lifetime that have never been revealed publicly, until now. Charting his exceptional career as an actor and his extraordinary life, the film allows Brando to tell his story in his own words, and only his own words, revealing a man more humane and compelling than anyone ever could have imagined.

close


Stevan Riley. 2015. 102 m. NR. UK. Showtime.

2:25 PM   5:00 PM  

The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

After Dark

These indelible chronicles of L.A.’s outrageous music scenes of the ’80s are as “entertaining, heartbreaking, and iconic” (Rolling Stone) as they were decades ago. The first film focuses on the punk music scene circa 1980 (with performances and interviews with Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, and others). The second covers glam-metal icons Poison and Faster Pussycat, as well as superstars Motörhead, Alice Cooper, Kiss, and Aerosmith. After being a VHS cult classic for decades, The Decline is now being released in this glorious 2K restoration overseen by director Penelope Spheeris. All the music, sweat, blood, and booze has never looked—or sounded—better.

close


Penelope Spheeris. 1988. 93 m. NR. USA. Bleeding Light Film Group.

9:30 PM  



Sunday, August 30

Meru

New Releases

"A high-tech, high-octane, high-fiving addition to the venerable 'Mountain Film' sub-genre, Meru is an engaging and cumulatively exhilarating debut from wife-and-husband team Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin." (The Hollywood Reporter)

In October 2008, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle the Shark's Fin. What was meant to be a seven-day trip became a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures. Their journey was not a successful one, but they had reached further than anyone else. The trio returned to their everyday lives, swearing never to attempt the journey again. But they faced challenges back home, too, challenges only exacerbated by the siren song of Meru. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two lifelong friends to undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than the first time around. Winner of the 2015 Sundance Audience Award in the documentary section. 

close


Jimmy Chin/Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. 2015. 87 m. R. India/USA. Music Box Films.

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

The End of the Tour

New Releases

"In Segel's performance, [the film] captures the quandary of an immensely gifted and immensely troubled writer who disdained the celebrity he also, without fully fessing up to it, sought." (Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor)

The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel, in a career-defining performance), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. The film is based on Lipsky's critically acclaimed memoir about the encounter, written following Wallace's 2008 suicide, and is expertly directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, Smashed).

close

New York Times review


James Ponsoldt. 2015. 106 m. R. USA. A24 Films.

12:05 PM   7:15 PM   9:30 PM  

Mistress America

New Releases

"If Ben Hecht or Preston Sturges ever wrote gags about Twitter or literary magazines or Brooklyn bistros, they would sound like this." (Jordan Hoffman, Guardian)


Noah Baumbach reteams with Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) in this smart, delightful comedy. Tracy (Lola Kirke, Gone Girl) is a lonely college freshman in New York. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig), she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes. Both Kirke and Gerwig shine and "if nothing else, Mistress America confirms Gerwig as one of the great, fearless screen comediennes of her generation—a tall, loose-limbed whirligig who careens through scenes with the beatific ditziness of a Carole Lombard or Judy Holliday." (Variety)

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Noah Baumbach. 2015. 86 m. R. USA. Fox Searchlight.

12:10 PM   2:10 PM   4:10 PM   6:10 PM   8:10 PM   10:10 PM  

Phoenix

New Releases

"The director's last film was the superb 2012 Barbara, also starring Hoss and Zehrfeld, another romance with a mystery built in; Phoenix is an even finer piece of work, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception, Phoenix evokes the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. Opening night film of the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

close

Village Voice


Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. PG-13. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

12:15 PM   2:35 PM   5:10 PM   7:25 PM   9:40 PM  

Rosenwald

New Releases

In the early 1900s, during the Jim Crow era, Chicago philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, a prominent businessman and chairman of Sears, Roebuck and Company, partnered with Booker T. Washington to build 5,400 southern schools in African American communities throughout the south. The son of an immigrant peddler and committed to the Jewish concept of tikkun olam, "repairing the world," Rosenwald also built YMCAs and housing for African Americans to address the pressing needs of the Great Migration. This film features interviews with civil rights leaders Julian Bond, Ben Jealous, and Congressman John Lewis, and Rosenwald school alumni Maya Angelou and George C. Wolfe.

close


Aviva Kempner. 2015. 96 m. NR. USA. Ciesla Foundation.

12:20 PM   2:20 PM   5:05 PM   7:10 PM   9:15 PM  

Listen to Me Marlon

New Releases

"I was torn watching this film. You feel Brando's pain, and yet it is the fundament of all those great performances." (Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor)

Marlon Brando--who remained deliberately mysterious to the press and the world at large for his entire professional life--created a vast archive of personal audio and visual materials over the course of his lifetime that have never been revealed publicly, until now. Charting his exceptional career as an actor and his extraordinary life, the film allows Brando to tell his story in his own words, and only his own words, revealing a man more humane and compelling than anyone ever could have imagined.

close


Stevan Riley. 2015. 102 m. NR. UK. Showtime.

2:25 PM   5:00 PM  



Monday, August 31

Meru

New Releases

"A high-tech, high-octane, high-fiving addition to the venerable 'Mountain Film' sub-genre, Meru is an engaging and cumulatively exhilarating debut from wife-and-husband team Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin." (The Hollywood Reporter)

In October 2008, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle the Shark's Fin. What was meant to be a seven-day trip became a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures. Their journey was not a successful one, but they had reached further than anyone else. The trio returned to their everyday lives, swearing never to attempt the journey again. But they faced challenges back home, too, challenges only exacerbated by the siren song of Meru. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two lifelong friends to undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than the first time around. Winner of the 2015 Sundance Audience Award in the documentary section. 

close


Jimmy Chin/Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. 2015. 87 m. R. India/USA. Music Box Films.

1:00 PM   3:00 PM   5:00 PM   7:00 PM   9:00 PM  

Listen to Me Marlon

New Releases

"I was torn watching this film. You feel Brando's pain, and yet it is the fundament of all those great performances." (Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor)

Marlon Brando--who remained deliberately mysterious to the press and the world at large for his entire professional life--created a vast archive of personal audio and visual materials over the course of his lifetime that have never been revealed publicly, until now. Charting his exceptional career as an actor and his extraordinary life, the film allows Brando to tell his story in his own words, and only his own words, revealing a man more humane and compelling than anyone ever could have imagined.

close


Stevan Riley. 2015. 102 m. NR. UK. Showtime.

1:05 PM   3:15 PM  

Mistress America

New Releases

"If Ben Hecht or Preston Sturges ever wrote gags about Twitter or literary magazines or Brooklyn bistros, they would sound like this." (Jordan Hoffman, Guardian)


Noah Baumbach reteams with Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) in this smart, delightful comedy. Tracy (Lola Kirke, Gone Girl) is a lonely college freshman in New York. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig), she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes. Both Kirke and Gerwig shine and "if nothing else, Mistress America confirms Gerwig as one of the great, fearless screen comediennes of her generation—a tall, loose-limbed whirligig who careens through scenes with the beatific ditziness of a Carole Lombard or Judy Holliday." (Variety)

close


Noah Baumbach. 2015. 86 m. R. USA. Fox Searchlight.

1:10 PM   3:10 PM   5:10 PM   7:10 PM   9:10 PM  

Phoenix

New Releases

"The director's last film was the superb 2012 Barbara, also starring Hoss and Zehrfeld, another romance with a mystery built in; Phoenix is an even finer piece of work, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception, Phoenix evokes the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. Opening night film of the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

close

Village Voice


Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. PG-13. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

1:15 PM   3:25 PM   5:35 PM   7:50 PM   10:00 PM  

Rosenwald

New Releases

In the early 1900s, during the Jim Crow era, Chicago philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, a prominent businessman and chairman of Sears, Roebuck and Company, partnered with Booker T. Washington to build 5,400 southern schools in African American communities throughout the south. The son of an immigrant peddler and committed to the Jewish concept of tikkun olam, "repairing the world," Rosenwald also built YMCAs and housing for African Americans to address the pressing needs of the Great Migration. This film features interviews with civil rights leaders Julian Bond, Ben Jealous, and Congressman John Lewis, and Rosenwald school alumni Maya Angelou and George C. Wolfe.

close


Aviva Kempner. 2015. 96 m. NR. USA. Ciesla Foundation.

1:20 PM   3:20 PM   5:20 PM   7:25 PM   9:30 PM  

The End of the Tour

New Releases

"In Segel's performance, [the film] captures the quandary of an immensely gifted and immensely troubled writer who disdained the celebrity he also, without fully fessing up to it, sought." (Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor)

The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel, in a career-defining performance), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. The film is based on Lipsky's critically acclaimed memoir about the encounter, written following Wallace's 2008 suicide, and is expertly directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, Smashed).

close

New York Times review


James Ponsoldt. 2015. 106 m. R. USA. A24 Films.

5:25 PM   7:40 PM   9:55 PM  



Tuesday, September 1

Meru

New Releases

"A high-tech, high-octane, high-fiving addition to the venerable 'Mountain Film' sub-genre, Meru is an engaging and cumulatively exhilarating debut from wife-and-husband team Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin." (The Hollywood Reporter)

In October 2008, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle the Shark's Fin. What was meant to be a seven-day trip became a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures. Their journey was not a successful one, but they had reached further than anyone else. The trio returned to their everyday lives, swearing never to attempt the journey again. But they faced challenges back home, too, challenges only exacerbated by the siren song of Meru. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two lifelong friends to undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than the first time around. Winner of the 2015 Sundance Audience Award in the documentary section. 

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Jimmy Chin/Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. 2015. 87 m. R. India/USA. Music Box Films.

1:00 PM   3:00 PM   5:00 PM   7:00 PM   9:00 PM  

Listen to Me Marlon

New Releases

"I was torn watching this film. You feel Brando's pain, and yet it is the fundament of all those great performances." (Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor)

Marlon Brando--who remained deliberately mysterious to the press and the world at large for his entire professional life--created a vast archive of personal audio and visual materials over the course of his lifetime that have never been revealed publicly, until now. Charting his exceptional career as an actor and his extraordinary life, the film allows Brando to tell his story in his own words, and only his own words, revealing a man more humane and compelling than anyone ever could have imagined.

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Stevan Riley. 2015. 102 m. NR. UK. Showtime.

1:05 PM   3:15 PM   5:25 PM  

Mistress America

New Releases

"If Ben Hecht or Preston Sturges ever wrote gags about Twitter or literary magazines or Brooklyn bistros, they would sound like this." (Jordan Hoffman, Guardian)


Noah Baumbach reteams with Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) in this smart, delightful comedy. Tracy (Lola Kirke, Gone Girl) is a lonely college freshman in New York. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig), she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes. Both Kirke and Gerwig shine and "if nothing else, Mistress America confirms Gerwig as one of the great, fearless screen comediennes of her generation—a tall, loose-limbed whirligig who careens through scenes with the beatific ditziness of a Carole Lombard or Judy Holliday." (Variety)

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Noah Baumbach. 2015. 86 m. R. USA. Fox Searchlight.

1:10 PM   3:10 PM   5:10 PM   7:10 PM   9:10 PM  

Phoenix

New Releases

"The director's last film was the superb 2012 Barbara, also starring Hoss and Zehrfeld, another romance with a mystery built in; Phoenix is an even finer piece of work, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception, Phoenix evokes the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. Opening night film of the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

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Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. PG-13. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

1:15 PM   3:25 PM   5:35 PM   7:50 PM   10:00 PM  

Rosenwald

New Releases

In the early 1900s, during the Jim Crow era, Chicago philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, a prominent businessman and chairman of Sears, Roebuck and Company, partnered with Booker T. Washington to build 5,400 southern schools in African American communities throughout the south. The son of an immigrant peddler and committed to the Jewish concept of tikkun olam, "repairing the world," Rosenwald also built YMCAs and housing for African Americans to address the pressing needs of the Great Migration. This film features interviews with civil rights leaders Julian Bond, Ben Jealous, and Congressman John Lewis, and Rosenwald school alumni Maya Angelou and George C. Wolfe.

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Aviva Kempner. 2015. 96 m. NR. USA. Ciesla Foundation.

1:20 PM   3:20 PM   5:20 PM   7:25 PM   9:30 PM  

The End of the Tour

New Releases

"In Segel's performance, [the film] captures the quandary of an immensely gifted and immensely troubled writer who disdained the celebrity he also, without fully fessing up to it, sought." (Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor)

The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel, in a career-defining performance), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. The film is based on Lipsky's critically acclaimed memoir about the encounter, written following Wallace's 2008 suicide, and is expertly directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, Smashed).

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New York Times review


James Ponsoldt. 2015. 106 m. R. USA. A24 Films.

7:40 PM   9:55 PM  



Wednesday, September 2

Meru

New Releases

"A high-tech, high-octane, high-fiving addition to the venerable 'Mountain Film' sub-genre, Meru is an engaging and cumulatively exhilarating debut from wife-and-husband team Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin." (The Hollywood Reporter)

In October 2008, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle the Shark's Fin. What was meant to be a seven-day trip became a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures. Their journey was not a successful one, but they had reached further than anyone else. The trio returned to their everyday lives, swearing never to attempt the journey again. But they faced challenges back home, too, challenges only exacerbated by the siren song of Meru. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two lifelong friends to undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than the first time around. Winner of the 2015 Sundance Audience Award in the documentary section. 

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Jimmy Chin/Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. 2015. 87 m. R. India/USA. Music Box Films.

1:00 PM   3:00 PM   5:10 PM   7:10 PM   9:10 PM  

Rosenwald

New Releases

In the early 1900s, during the Jim Crow era, Chicago philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, a prominent businessman and chairman of Sears, Roebuck and Company, partnered with Booker T. Washington to build 5,400 southern schools in African American communities throughout the south. The son of an immigrant peddler and committed to the Jewish concept of tikkun olam, "repairing the world," Rosenwald also built YMCAs and housing for African Americans to address the pressing needs of the Great Migration. This film features interviews with civil rights leaders Julian Bond, Ben Jealous, and Congressman John Lewis, and Rosenwald school alumni Maya Angelou and George C. Wolfe.

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Aviva Kempner. 2015. 96 m. NR. USA. Ciesla Foundation.

1:05 PM   3:05 PM   7:35 PM  

Mistress America

New Releases

"If Ben Hecht or Preston Sturges ever wrote gags about Twitter or literary magazines or Brooklyn bistros, they would sound like this." (Jordan Hoffman, Guardian)


Noah Baumbach reteams with Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) in this smart, delightful comedy. Tracy (Lola Kirke, Gone Girl) is a lonely college freshman in New York. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig), she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes. Both Kirke and Gerwig shine and "if nothing else, Mistress America confirms Gerwig as one of the great, fearless screen comediennes of her generation—a tall, loose-limbed whirligig who careens through scenes with the beatific ditziness of a Carole Lombard or Judy Holliday." (Variety)

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Noah Baumbach. 2015. 86 m. R. USA. Fox Searchlight.

1:10 PM   3:10 PM   5:20 PM   7:20 PM   9:20 PM  

Phoenix

New Releases

"The director's last film was the superb 2012 Barbara, also starring Hoss and Zehrfeld, another romance with a mystery built in; Phoenix is an even finer piece of work, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception, Phoenix evokes the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. Opening night film of the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

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Village Voice


Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. PG-13. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

1:15 PM   3:20 PM   5:25 PM   7:45 PM  

The End of the Tour

New Releases

"In Segel's performance, [the film] captures the quandary of an immensely gifted and immensely troubled writer who disdained the celebrity he also, without fully fessing up to it, sought." (Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor)

The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel, in a career-defining performance), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. The film is based on Lipsky's critically acclaimed memoir about the encounter, written following Wallace's 2008 suicide, and is expertly directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, Smashed).

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New York Times review


James Ponsoldt. 2015. 106 m. R. USA. A24 Films.

2:00 PM   4:50 PM   9:55 PM  

Listen to Me Marlon

New Releases

"I was torn watching this film. You feel Brando's pain, and yet it is the fundament of all those great performances." (Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor)

Marlon Brando--who remained deliberately mysterious to the press and the world at large for his entire professional life--created a vast archive of personal audio and visual materials over the course of his lifetime that have never been revealed publicly, until now. Charting his exceptional career as an actor and his extraordinary life, the film allows Brando to tell his story in his own words, and only his own words, revealing a man more humane and compelling than anyone ever could have imagined.

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Stevan Riley. 2015. 102 m. NR. UK. Showtime.

5:15 PM   9:40 PM  

Sleeping with Other People

Special Events

"Headland's script is so hilarious, so full of achingly well-observed one-liners on sex and relationships and parenting, that it qualifies as a sparkling new rethink of a beloved film we've all seen too many times." (New York Post)

Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie star as two romantic failures whose years of serial infidelity and self-sabotage have led them to swear that their relationship will remain strictly platonic. But can love still bloom while you’re sleeping with other people? Writer/director Leslye Headland’s (Bachelorette) sexy romantic comedy co-stars Amanda Peet, Adam Scott, and Natasha Lyonne.

Q&A filmmaker Leslye Headland and JBFC Board President Janet Maslin. She made her directorial debut with Bachelorette, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to become one of the most successful VOD releases to date. Headland’s script About Last Night grossed over $50 million domestically.

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Leslye Headland. 2015. 92 m. R. USA. IFC Films.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)



Thursday, September 3

Meru

New Releases

"A high-tech, high-octane, high-fiving addition to the venerable 'Mountain Film' sub-genre, Meru is an engaging and cumulatively exhilarating debut from wife-and-husband team Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin." (The Hollywood Reporter)

In October 2008, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle the Shark's Fin. What was meant to be a seven-day trip became a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures. Their journey was not a successful one, but they had reached further than anyone else. The trio returned to their everyday lives, swearing never to attempt the journey again. But they faced challenges back home, too, challenges only exacerbated by the siren song of Meru. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two lifelong friends to undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than the first time around. Winner of the 2015 Sundance Audience Award in the documentary section. 

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Jimmy Chin/Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. 2015. 87 m. R. India/USA. Music Box Films.

1:00 PM   3:00 PM   5:00 PM   7:50 PM   9:20 PM  

Listen to Me Marlon

New Releases

"I was torn watching this film. You feel Brando's pain, and yet it is the fundament of all those great performances." (Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor)

Marlon Brando--who remained deliberately mysterious to the press and the world at large for his entire professional life--created a vast archive of personal audio and visual materials over the course of his lifetime that have never been revealed publicly, until now. Charting his exceptional career as an actor and his extraordinary life, the film allows Brando to tell his story in his own words, and only his own words, revealing a man more humane and compelling than anyone ever could have imagined.

close


Stevan Riley. 2015. 102 m. NR. UK. Showtime.

1:05 PM   3:15 PM  

Mistress America

New Releases

"If Ben Hecht or Preston Sturges ever wrote gags about Twitter or literary magazines or Brooklyn bistros, they would sound like this." (Jordan Hoffman, Guardian)


Noah Baumbach reteams with Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) in this smart, delightful comedy. Tracy (Lola Kirke, Gone Girl) is a lonely college freshman in New York. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig), she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes. Both Kirke and Gerwig shine and "if nothing else, Mistress America confirms Gerwig as one of the great, fearless screen comediennes of her generation—a tall, loose-limbed whirligig who careens through scenes with the beatific ditziness of a Carole Lombard or Judy Holliday." (Variety)

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Noah Baumbach. 2015. 86 m. R. USA. Fox Searchlight.

1:10 PM   3:10 PM   5:10 PM   7:10 PM   9:10 PM  

Phoenix

New Releases

"The director's last film was the superb 2012 Barbara, also starring Hoss and Zehrfeld, another romance with a mystery built in; Phoenix is an even finer piece of work, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception, Phoenix evokes the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. Opening night film of the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

close

Village Voice


Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. PG-13. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

1:15 PM   3:25 PM   5:35 PM   9:40 PM  

Rosenwald

New Releases

In the early 1900s, during the Jim Crow era, Chicago philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, a prominent businessman and chairman of Sears, Roebuck and Company, partnered with Booker T. Washington to build 5,400 southern schools in African American communities throughout the south. The son of an immigrant peddler and committed to the Jewish concept of tikkun olam, "repairing the world," Rosenwald also built YMCAs and housing for African Americans to address the pressing needs of the Great Migration. This film features interviews with civil rights leaders Julian Bond, Ben Jealous, and Congressman John Lewis, and Rosenwald school alumni Maya Angelou and George C. Wolfe.

close


Aviva Kempner. 2015. 96 m. NR. USA. Ciesla Foundation.

1:20 PM   3:20 PM   5:20 PM   7:25 PM   9:30 PM  

The End of the Tour

New Releases

"In Segel's performance, [the film] captures the quandary of an immensely gifted and immensely troubled writer who disdained the celebrity he also, without fully fessing up to it, sought." (Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor)

The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel, in a career-defining performance), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. The film is based on Lipsky's critically acclaimed memoir about the encounter, written following Wallace's 2008 suicide, and is expertly directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, Smashed).

close

New York Times review


James Ponsoldt. 2015. 106 m. R. USA. A24 Films.

5:25 PM   7:40 PM   9:55 PM  

Grandma

New Releases

"Grandma is both smart and sweet, mature and bawdy, knowing its characters’ flaws yet open to the possibilities of people acting upon their best instincts. It is without a doubt one of the year’s best films." (Alonso Duralde, TheWrap.com)

Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. 

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TheWrap.com review


Paul Weitz. 2015. 80 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

7:30 PM  

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Friday, September 4

Grandma

New Releases

"Grandma is both smart and sweet, mature and bawdy, knowing its characters’ flaws yet open to the possibilities of people acting upon their best instincts. It is without a doubt one of the year’s best films." (Alonso Duralde, TheWrap.com)

Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. 

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TheWrap.com review


Paul Weitz. 2015. 80 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

12:00 PM   1:00 PM   2:00 PM   3:00 PM   4:00 PM   5:00 PM   6:00 PM   7:00 PM   8:00 PM   9:00 PM   10:00 PM  



Saturday, September 5

Grandma

New Releases

"Grandma is both smart and sweet, mature and bawdy, knowing its characters’ flaws yet open to the possibilities of people acting upon their best instincts. It is without a doubt one of the year’s best films." (Alonso Duralde, TheWrap.com)

Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. 

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TheWrap.com review


Paul Weitz. 2015. 80 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

12:00 PM   1:00 PM   2:00 PM   3:00 PM   4:00 PM   5:00 PM   6:00 PM   7:00 PM   8:00 PM   9:00 PM   10:00 PM  



Sunday, September 6

Grandma

New Releases

"Grandma is both smart and sweet, mature and bawdy, knowing its characters’ flaws yet open to the possibilities of people acting upon their best instincts. It is without a doubt one of the year’s best films." (Alonso Duralde, TheWrap.com)

Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. 

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TheWrap.com review


Paul Weitz. 2015. 80 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

12:00 PM   1:00 PM   2:00 PM   3:00 PM   4:00 PM   5:00 PM   6:00 PM   7:00 PM   8:00 PM   9:00 PM   10:00 PM  



Monday, September 7

Grandma

New Releases

"Grandma is both smart and sweet, mature and bawdy, knowing its characters’ flaws yet open to the possibilities of people acting upon their best instincts. It is without a doubt one of the year’s best films." (Alonso Duralde, TheWrap.com)

Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. 

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TheWrap.com review


Paul Weitz. 2015. 80 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

1:00 PM   2:00 PM   3:00 PM   4:00 PM   5:00 PM   6:00 PM   7:00 PM   8:00 PM   9:00 PM   10:00 PM  



Tuesday, September 8

Grandma

New Releases

"Grandma is both smart and sweet, mature and bawdy, knowing its characters’ flaws yet open to the possibilities of people acting upon their best instincts. It is without a doubt one of the year’s best films." (Alonso Duralde, TheWrap.com)

Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. 

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TheWrap.com review


Paul Weitz. 2015. 80 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

1:00 PM   2:00 PM   3:00 PM   4:00 PM   5:00 PM   6:00 PM   7:00 PM   8:00 PM   9:00 PM   10:00 PM  



Wednesday, September 9

Grandma

New Releases

"Grandma is both smart and sweet, mature and bawdy, knowing its characters’ flaws yet open to the possibilities of people acting upon their best instincts. It is without a doubt one of the year’s best films." (Alonso Duralde, TheWrap.com)

Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. 

close

TheWrap.com review


Paul Weitz. 2015. 80 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

1:00 PM   2:00 PM   3:00 PM   4:00 PM   5:00 PM   6:00 PM   7:00 PM   8:00 PM   9:00 PM   10:00 PM  

Single, Married, Divorced

Contemporary Arab Cinema

Four smart, funny, and successful 30-something single women are searching for love in Beirut. Lebanon’s answer to “Sex and the City,” this popular film offers real insight into a number of issues and taboos Lebanese woman face while showing—hilariously and touchingly—how hope, fantasies, and heartache are universal. Based on a Lebanese best-seller. North American premiere.

Opening Night with reception: Join us for a reception in the Jane Peck Gallery after the screening.

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Elie Khalifé. 2015. 94 m. NR. Lebanon, Arabic with subtitles.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)



Thursday, September 10

Grandma

New Releases

"Grandma is both smart and sweet, mature and bawdy, knowing its characters’ flaws yet open to the possibilities of people acting upon their best instincts. It is without a doubt one of the year’s best films." (Alonso Duralde, TheWrap.com)

Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. 

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TheWrap.com review


Paul Weitz. 2015. 80 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

2:00 PM   4:00 PM   6:00 PM   8:05 PM   10:00 PM  

Theeb

Contemporary Arab Cinema

This stirring drama is about a young Bedouin boy on a perilous journey to guide a British officer across the desert in 1916 Arabia, when World War I was raging in Europe and the Ottoman Empire was coming undone. Shot entirely on location in the ravishing desert landscape—including at some of the same locations that David Lean used for Lawrence of ArabiaTheeb is turning heads and winning awards on the festival circuit. 

Q&A Theeb writer/producer Bassel Ghandour, director Naji Abu Nowar (via Skype) with series curator Lina Matta.

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Naji Abu Nowar. 2014. 100 m. NR. Various Countries, Arabic with subtitles. Film Movement.

5:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

Food Chains

Special Events

FILM. DISCUSSION. RECEPTIONThere is more interest in food these days than ever, yet there is very little interest in the hands that pick it. Food Chains exposes the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of the supermarket industry. In this exposé, an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farm laborers in the United States. 

Q&A filmmaker Sanjay Rawal with moderator Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., Director, Consumer Safety and Sustainability at Consumer Reports. Sanjay Rawal spent over a decade working in the non-profit and government sectors while running a small agricultural genetics company with his father, Dr. Kanti Rawal. After working as a consultant on the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008), he was bit by the film bug. Food Chains is his first feature. Dr. Rangan serves as a primary, national spokesperson for Consumer Reports in the areas of sustainable production/consumption practices, food safety, and product safety issues related to chemical and contaminant hazards.

Presented in partnership with Consumer Reports.

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Sanjay Rawal. 2014. 83 m. NR. USA.

7:15 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)

The Beekeeper

Contemporary Arab Cinema

In the mid-1990s, a Kurd named Ibrahim Gezer was living in Turkey with his family, making a good living producing honey with his 500 bee colonies. But he lost everything in the turmoil of the Turkish-Kurdish war. After living on the run for seven years, he arrived in Switzerland as a refugee. This moving documentary tracks the story of how this good man was able to rebuild his life—with nothing more than his faith in humanity and his love of bees.

Introduction by series curator Lina Matta. A Lebanese-American based in Dubai, Lina Matta is the Senior Channel Manager of the Middle East Broadcast Company (MBC) channels 2, 4, Max, and Variety. She has programmed this series for the JBFC since 2012.   

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Mano Khalil. 2013. 107 m. NR. Switzerland, German/Kurdish with subtitles. Frame Film.

8:00 PM  



Friday, September 11

A World Not Ours

Contemporary Arab Cinema

A World Not Ours is an intimate, bittersweet documentary portrait of three generations of exile in Ain el-Helweh, the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. Set up in 1948 as a temporary haven, today it is home to more than 70,000 people living in limbo. Filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel, who grew up there and visits every year, presents this sensitive, passionate study of belonging and increasing desperation. A World Not Ours premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and has picked up awards at many international film festivals.

Introduction by series curator Lina Matta. A Lebanese-American based in Dubai, Lina Matta is the Senior Channel Manager of the Middle East Broadcast Company (MBC) channels 2, 4, Max, and Variety. She has programmed this series for the JBFC since 2012.   

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Mahdi Fleifel. 2012. 93 m. Luxembourg/UK/Lebanon, Arabic/English.

5:00 PM  

I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced

Contemporary Arab Cinema

Inspired by the real life story of Nujood Ali, which made international headlines, this wrenching, inspiring film is about a 10-year-old Yemeni girl who was forced to marry a man three times her age—and after enduring a new life of rape and beatings, broke with tradition and took matters into her own hands. US premiere. Best Fiction Film, Dubai International Film Festival.

Q&A filmmaker Khadija al-Salami with series curator Lina Matta. A child bride in her native Yemen, al-Salami escaped that abusive marriage. At 16, she received a scholarship to finish secondary school in the United States and went on to earn a master’s degree at American University. As well as making documentaries, al-Salami is Press and Cultural Attaché and Director of the Yemeni Information Centre at the Embassy of Yemen in Paris.

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Khadija Al-Salami. 2014. 96 m. NR. France/UAE/Yemen, Arabic with subtitles. WIDE Management.

8:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)



Saturday, September 12

From A to B

Contemporary Arab Cinema

Just days before the birth of his first child—and much to his wife’s dismay—Omar persuades two estranged high school buddies to accompany him on a road trip from Abu Dhabi to Beirut in memory of another friend. Their journey is filled with laughs as well as breakdowns, wrong turns, shady mechanics, and a camel or two. An enjoyable blockbuster inspired by American road movies.

Introduction by series curator Lina Matta. A Lebanese-American based in Dubai, Lina Matta is the Senior Channel Manager of the Middle East Broadcast Company (MBC) channels 2, 4, Max, and Variety. She has programmed this series for the JBFC since 2012.  

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Ali F. Mostafa. 2014. 108 m. NR. Various Countries, Arabic/English. Highland Film Group.

5:00 PM  



Sunday, September 13

Excuse My French

Contemporary Arab Cinema

Twelve-year-old Hany tries to fit in at his new public school after his father’s sudden death, which leaves his family unable to afford his private education. Not only is Hany clearly from a more privileged background than the others in his new class, but he is also the only Christian in a room full of Muslims. Based on the filmmaker’s own experience, Excuse My French is a sociopolitical critique wrapped in a family comedy. It was rejected twice by the Egyptian censorship board, which claimed it would provoke Christians and spark a civil war. New York premiere.

Introduction by series curator Lina Matta. A Lebanese-American based in Dubai, Lina Matta is the Senior Channel Manager of the Middle East Broadcast Company (MBC) channels 2, 4, Max, and Variety. She has programmed this series for the JBFC since 2012.  

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Amr Salama. 2014. 99 m. NR. Egypt, Arabic with subtitles. FilmRise.

3:00 PM  

The Wanted 18

Contemporary Arab Cinema

“Highlighting the ridiculous without losing track of the seriousness of all acts of resistance, the film should open minds.” (Variety)

Through a clever mix of stop-motion animation and interviews, The Wanted 18 re-creates an astonishing true story: the Israeli army’s pursuit of 18 cows, whose independent milk production on a Palestinian collective farm had been declared “a threat to the national security of the state.” An enchanting tribute to ingenuity and activism.

Q&A The Wanted 18 co-director Amer Shomali (via Skype) with series curator Lina Matta.

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Paul Cowan & Amer Shomali. 2014. 75 m. NR. Various Countries, Various languages with subtitles. Kino Lorber Films.

6:00 PM  



Monday, September 14

Pirates of Salé

Contemporary Arab Cinema

Special Sneak Preview. On Morocco’s old pirate coast, in the city of Salé, hundreds of teenagers audition every year to become students at the Cirque Shems’y, the country’s first professional circus. The circus school sits on the edge of the city’s slums, and represents the one hope for a different future for many of its students. Pirates of Salé follows four young Moroccans on a tough journey of transformation as they learn to live independently, express themselves, challenge convention, and embrace a totally alien concept: artistic freedom. 

with Zaina’s Cake. Zaina is a new college graduate struggling to start her own cake business without her father’s approval. When she meets Ma’an, she has an opportunity to change her life. Set in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, this short film was mainly shot in LA with a Saudi cast and mostly Saudi crew. Nada AlMojadedi. 2015. 17 m. NR. Saudi Arabia, in language with subtitles.

Q&A filmmaker Nada AlMojadedi with series curator Lina Matta. A young filmmaker from Makkah, Saudi Arabia, AlMojadedi was born and raised in Jeddah. She worked in video production there before coming to LA to acquire an MFA in filmmaking. Zaina’s Cake is her first short film. 

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Rosa Rogers & Merieme Addou. 2014. 79 m. NR. Various Countries, Arabic with subtitles.

5:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

The Man from Oran

Contemporary Arab Cinema

A drama about Algerian independence, seen through the relationship of two friends, Djaffar and Hamid, one a modest idealist, the other a consummate wheeler-dealer. From the heady times of the revolution and the euphoric first years after independence, The Man from Oran is a soul-searching, biting critique of a nation’s psyche, and an exploration of the secrets and betrayals that drive friends apart.

Introduction by series curator Lina Matta. A Lebanese-American based in Dubai, Lina Matta is the Senior Channel Manager of the Middle East Broadcast Company (MBC) channels 2, 4, Max, and Variety. She has programmed this series for the JBFC since 2012.   

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Lyès Salem. 2014. 128 m. NR. France/Algeria, Arabic/French. Films Distribution.

8:00 PM  



Tuesday, September 15

Timbuktu

Contemporary Arab Cinema

A dazzling, heartbreaking masterpiece, Timbuktu was nominated for an Oscar and has won multiple prizes around the world. It’s a story about the many effects that a regime of terror, led by a group of dogmatic fundamentalists, imposed on a devout, peace-loving community. “In providing audiences a chance to bear witness to unspeakable suffering as well as dazzling defiance and human dignity, Sissako has created a film that’s a privilege to watch,” says the Washington Post. 

Introduction by series curator Lina Matta. A Lebanese-American based in Dubai, Lina Matta is the Senior Channel Manager of the Middle East Broadcast Company (MBC) channels 2, 4, Max, and Variety. She has programmed this series for the JBFC since 2012.   

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Abderrahmane Sissako. 2014. 97 m. PG-13. France, Various languages with subtitles. Cohen Media Group.

5:00 PM  

Ghadi

Contemporary Arab Cinema

In an insular Lebanese town, the town’s beloved music teacher, Leba, learns that the neighbors are scared of his young son, who has Down syndrome. When they circulate a petition to have the boy institutionalized, Leba jumps into action, concocting a fanciful scheme to convince them that his son is an angel who holds all the answers to their problems. This deft, playful crowd-pleaser was selected to represent Lebanon at the Oscars.

Q&A filmmaker Amin Dora with series curator Lina Matta. Born in Lebanon, Amin Dora received his degree from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts, ALBA, where he now teaches. His Arabic web drama series “Shankaboot,” the first of its kind, won him an International Digital Emmy for directing. Dora is known for dry comedy and intimate narrative. Ghadi is his first feature film. 

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Amin Dora. 2013. 100 m. NR. Lebanon, Arabic. Fortissimo.

8:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)



Wednesday, September 16

Haze

Special Events

Free Community Event. HAZE centers on the story of 18-year old Lynn Gordon Bailey Jr., who tragically died following an alcohol fueled hazing incident. The documentary will be followed by an in-depth conversation about teenage alcohol use, abuse, and how we should intervene in an alcohol emergency. 
 
Q&A Ellen Morehouse, Executive Director of Student Assistant Services, New York State Senator Terrence P. MurphySusan Brownbill-Vega, Director of Community Affairs for the Westchester County District Attorney with JBFC Executive Director Edie Demas

Presented in partnership with Pleasantville STRONG (Safe Teens, Real Opportunities, New Goals) a community coalition dedicated to reducing underage drinking and drug use by involving all sectors of the community to create and support ongoing substance abuse prevention and reduction strategies. 

This Community Event is free and open to the public, on a first-come, first-served basis. To attend the event, please RSVP via email to Didi Kirtley at dkirtley@burnsfilmcenter.org with the subject “Pleasantville Event.”

 
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Pete Schuermann. 2008. 36 m. NR. .

7:30 PM 



Thursday, September 17

Elevator to the Gallows

Classic French Cinema: Breakout Roles

“As beautifully fatalistic as its title, this classic thriller is a consummate entertainment rich with the romantic atmosphere of Paris in the 1950s…. It made a major film star of Moreau, whose work remains completely bewitching.” (LA Times)

Scheming lovers Florence (Jeanne Moreau) and Julien (Maurice Ronet) engineer the perfect murder of her husband, but things get complicated. Not only was this classic film noir Moreau’s ticket to international stardom, it was a stunning debut for 24-year-old director Louis Malle. The legendary Miles Davis score, still one of the most famous of all jazz soundtracks, is as seminal as the film itself.

Sep. 17, 7:30 OPENING NIGHT with FRENCH FOOD AND WINE FÊTE:  Introduced by Anne Kern, associate professor of cinema studies at Purchase College and curator of the college’s Focus on French Cinema festival. Join us upstairs in the Jane Peck Gallery for a postscreening celebration featuring French wine generously donated by Wine Enthusiast.

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Louis Malle. 1958. 88 m. NR. France, French/German with subtitles. Rialto Pictures.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)



Friday, September 18

The Story of Adele H.

Classic French Cinema: Breakout Roles

“Only 19 when the film was shot, Isabelle Adjani is much younger than the woman she’s playing. She hardly seems to be doing anything, yet you can’t take your eyes off her… She knows how to alert us to what Adele conceals; she’s unnaturally quiet and passive, her blue eyes shining too bright in a pale flower face.” (Pauline Kael, The New Yorker)

François Truffaut was quoted as saying that he wouldn’t have made this film without Isabelle Adjani, whom he snatched from the stage of the Comédie-Francaise. Based on the memoirs of Victor Hugo’s youngest daughter, it’s a story of unrequited love and the slow descent into madness. With this sensitive performance, Adjani earned her first nomination for the Best Actress Oscar, among other nods, making her the youngest nominee ever at the time. 

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François Truffaut. 1975. 96 m. PG. France, in French/English, with subtitles. Film Desk.

12:10 PM   5:10 PM   9:10 PM  

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Classic French Cinema: Breakout Roles

“Touching and knowing and, like Deneuve, ageless.” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)

A staggeringly beautiful Catherine Deneuve was launched to stardom by this candy-colored musical heart-tugger. She plays a shop owner’s delicate daughter, incandescent with first love. Her handsome garage mechanic lover (Nino Castelnuovo) is drafted, and they spend the night together on the eve of his departure for the war in Algeria. Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colors, and told entirely through the lilting songs of composer Michel Legrand, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of the most cherished and unorthodox movie musicals of all time. Remastered in 2014. 

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Jacques Demy. 1964. 91 m. NR. France/West Germany, French with subtitles. Janus Films.

2:05 PM   7:10 PM  



Saturday, September 19

Best of the Fest: Kid Flix Mix

Special Events

Perfect for ages 3 to 8. A group of musically inclined ants face off against a lumberjack threatening to take down their tree in Pik Pik Pik. Being different isn’t so bad in Bunny New Girl and Zebra. Sometimes even our family members can feel like strangers in My Big BrotherEyes, and Oscar-nominated Me and My Moulton. Fantasies create new worlds and endless possibilities in 5.80 MetersLarisa Can Fly, and Submarine Sandwich. One special object can inspire anyone, big or small, in The Elephant and the Bicycle and Cookie-Tin Banjo, and a fly and a spider go to war in a common bathroom in Minuscule: The Private Life of Insects – Brushing.

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Various Directors. 2015. 60 m. G. Various Countries. GKids.

12:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

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

Jean de Florette

Classic French Cinema: Breakout Roles

“Irresistible. All of the performances, like the characters, are rich.” (New York Times)

Stepping away from his previous roles as a modern urbanite, Daniel Auteuil shot to fame as Yves Montand’s “sub-intelligent nephew” (Variety) in this hugely successful historical drama set in the idyllic prewar French countryside. The two men play shifty, unscrupulous farmers conspiring to gain access to a spring on land owned by novice homesteader Gérard Depardieu, who moves there with his wife and young daughter. Auteuil’s magnificent performance earned him a César (a French Oscar), and together with the follow-up, Manon of the Spring, the film was a huge commercial success.

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Claude Berri. 1986. 120 m. PG. France/Italy/Switzerland, French with subtitles. Park Circus.

12:00 PM   5:00 PM   9:50 PM  

Manon of the Spring

Classic French Cinema: Breakout Roles

“Essential viewing for anyone who enjoyed Jean de Florette.” (Time Out)

In the second half to the story started in Jean de Florette (both based on a Marcel Pagnol novel) Emmanuelle Béart plays the beautiful 18-year-old shepherdess Manon, who untangles the story of her family’s ruin years before at the hands of Daniel Auteuil and Yves Montand’s unprincipled farmers—and wreaks vengeance. Béart is powerful in a role made indelible by the scene in which she dances nude in the fields. It earned her a César for Best Supporting Actress.

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Claude Berri. 1986. 113 m. PG. France/Italy/Switzerland, French with subtitles.

2:25 PM   7:30 PM  



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