Open Friday, February 12th! Oscar Nominees! Best Live Action Short
LIVE ACTION SHORTS PROGRAM. (107 mins.) Not Rated.
Ave Maria – dir. Basil Khalil, Palestine/France/Germany, 15 minutes
Five nuns living in the West Bank find their routine disrupted when the car of a family of Israeli settlers breaks down outside the convent. Unable to use the telephone due to Sabbath restrictions, the family needs help from the nuns, but the sisters' vow of silence requires them to work with their visitors to find an unorthodox solution.
Day One – dir. Henry Hughes, USA, 25 minutes
On the heels of a painful divorce, an Afghan-American woman joins the U.S. military as an interpreter and is sent to Afghanistan. On her first mission, she accompanies troops pursuing a bomb-maker, and must bridge the gender and culture gap to help the man's pregnant wife when she goes into labor.
Everything Will Be OK – dir. Patrick Vollrath, Germany/Austria, 30 minutes
Michael, a divorced father devoted to his eight-year-old daughter, Lea, picks her up for their usual weekend together. At first it feels like a normal visit, but Lea soon realizes that something is different, and so begins a fateful journey.
Shok – dir. Jamie Donoughue, Kosovo/UK, 21 minutes
In Kosovo in 1998, two young boys are best friends living normal lives, but as war engulfs their country, their daily existence becomes filled with violence and fear. Soon, the choices they make threaten not only their friendship, but their families and their lives.
Stutterer – dir. Benjamin Cleary, UK/Ireland, 12 minutes
For a lonely typographer, an online relationship has provided a much-needed connection without revealing the speech impediment that has kept him isolated. Now, however, he is faced with the proposition of meeting his online paramour in the flesh, and thereby revealing the truth about himself.
45 Years Opens Friday, February 12th! UK. 2015. Directed by Andrew Haigh. (95 mins.) Rated R.
Oscar Nominee! Best Actress - Charlotte Rampling
There is just one week until Kate Mercer's forty-fifth wedding anniversary and the planning for the party is going well. But then a letter arrives for her husband. The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. By the time the party is upon them, five days later, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate.
Where To Invade Next Opens Friday, February 12th! United States. 2015. Directed by Michael Moore. (110 mins.) Rated R.
This is an expansive, rib-tickling, and subversive comedy in which Moore, playing the role of "invader," visits a host of nations to learn how the U.S. could improve its own prospects. The creator of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine is back with this hilarious and eye-opening call to arms. Turns out the solutions to America's most entrenched problems already existed in the world - they're just waiting to be co-opted.
Southbound Opens Friday, February 12th! Four showings only!
United States. 2015. Directed by Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath, Radio Silence. (89 mins.) Not Rated.
Five interlocking tales of terror follow the fates of a group of weary travellers who confront their worst nightmares - and darkest secrets - over one long night on a desolate stretch of desert highway.
Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Films!
Check back! Dates & showtimes have not yet been determined! Oscar Nominees! Best Documentary Short
DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM A. (87 mins.) Not Rated.
Body Team 12 – dir. David Darg, Liberia, 13 minutes
BODY TEAM 12 is tasked with collecting the victims at the height of the Ebola outbreak. These body collectors have arguably the most dangerous and gruesome job in the world. Yet despite the strain they emerge as heroes while the film explores their philosophy and strength. The story is told on the ground in Monrovia, Liberia through the eyes of the only female member of the team, who reveals the heartbreaking, lifesaving work of removing bodies from loved ones in order to halt transmission of the disease.
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness – dir. Sharmen Obaid-Chinoy, Pakistan, 40 minutes
Synopsis: Every year, more than 1,000 girls and women are the victims of religiously motivated honor killings in Pakistan, especially in rural areas. Eighteen-year-old Saba, who fell in love and eloped, was targeted by her father and uncle but survived to tell her story.
Last Day of Freedom – dirs. Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman, USA, 32 minutes
Synopsis: When Bill Babbitt realizes his brother Manny has committed a crime, he agonizes over his decision; should he call the police? LAST DAY OF FREEDOM is a richly animated personal narrative that tells the story of Bill’s decision to stand by his brother, a veteran returning from war, as he faces criminal charges, racism, and ultimately the death penalty. This film is a portrait of a man at the nexus of the most pressing social issues of our day; veterans’ care, mental health access and criminal justice.
DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM B. (76 mins.) Not Rated.
Chau, Beyond the Lines – dir. Courtney Marsh, USA/Vietnam, 34 minutes
Chau, a teenager living in a Vietnamese care center for children born with birth defects due to Agent Orange, struggles with the difficulties of realizing his dream to become a professional artist and clothing designer. Despite being told that his ambitions are unrealistic, Chau is determined to live an independent, productive life.
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah – dir. Adam Benzine, USA, 40 minutes
Thirty years after the release of the documentary SHOAH, filmmaker Claude Lanzmann discusses the personal and professional difficulties he encountered during the more than 12 years it took to create the work. Lanzmann also discusses his relationships with Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, and his teenage years spent fighting in the French Resistance during World War II.
Son of Saul Check back! Dates & showtimes have not yet been determined! Hungary. 2015. Directed by Laszlo Nemes. (107 mins.) Rated R. in Hungarian, Yiddish, German and Polish with English subtitles
Oscar Nominee! Best Foreign Language Film
Golden Globe WINNER! Best Foreign Language Film
In this searing drama, a concentration camp inmate tasked with burning the dead discovers the body of his young son, and must choose between participating in the clandestine uprising being planned among the prisoners, or securing a proper Jewish burial for his child.
The Lady In The Van Check back! Dates & showtimes have not yet been determined! UK. 2015. Directed by Nicholas Hytner. (104 mins.) Rated PG-13.
Golden Globe Nominee! Best Actress - Maggie Smith
This film tells the true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) and the singular Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins who 'temporarily' parked her van in Bennett's London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.
Mustang Check back! Dates & showtimes have not yet been determined! Turkey/France/Qatar/Gemany. 2015. Directed by Deniz Gamze Erguven. (97 mins.) Rated PG-13. in Turkish with English subtitles
Oscar Nominee! Best Foreign Language Film
Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey. Five free-spirited teenaged sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbor passes by and reports what she considers to be illicit behavior to the girls' family. The family overreacts, removing all "instruments of corruption," like cell phones and computers, and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides. As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate. The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives in Deniz Gamze Ergüven's debut, a powerful portrait of female empowerment.
I Saw The Light Check back! Dates & showtimes have not yet been determined! United States. 2015. Directed by Marc Abraham. (123 mins.) Not Yet Rated.
This is the story of legendary country western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music.
About Ray Check back! Dates & showtimes have not yet been determined!
United States. 2015. Directed by Gaby Dellal. (87 mins.) Not Yet Rated.
Family living under one roof in New York must deal with a life-changing transformation by one that ultimately affects them all. Ray is a teenager who has come to the realization that she isn't meant to be a girl and has decided to transition from female to male. His single mother, Maggie, must track down Ray's biological father to get his legal consent to allow Ray's transition. Dolly, Ray's lesbian grandmother, is having a hard time accepting that she now has a grandson. They must each confront their own identities and learn to embrace change and their strength as a family in order to ultimately find acceptance and understanding.
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