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45 YEARS UK. 2015. Directed by Andrew Haigh. (95 mins.) Rated R.
Oscar Nominee! Best Actress - Charlotte Rampling
45 YEARS is an intelligent, sensitive, heartfelt drama about the fragility of relationships and romance.
A devastatingly intimate tale about a couple unsettled late-in-life by an unexpected revelation, 45 YEARS is a wonderfully nuanced portrait with powerhouse performances from British acting legends Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay. Geoff and Kate Mercer are a week away from their 45th wedding anniversary when a long-buried secret stirs up hidden tensions and emotions of jealousy and grief. At once restrained and powerful, this moving cinematic gem is a subtle, incisive tale about the complexities of the human heart.
WHERE TO INVADE NEXT United States. 2015. Directed by Michael Moore. (110 mins.) Rated R.
Michael Moore's valuable, patriotic look at our country, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT is a revelatory, powerful documentary wrapped in an amusing and persuasive package!
Academy Award-winning director Michael Moore returns with WHERE TO INVADE NEXT, his most provocative and hilarious film yet. With another Presidential election around the corner, he delivers a fresh surprise that is guaranteed to stir up conversation. This timely documentary explores ways in which The U.S. could change their long history of invading countries and pushing agendas, building momentum that resonates with hard-earned hope. Moore's diatribe is impishly entertaining and an inspirational revival of the American Dream!
OSCAR NOMINATED LIVE ACTION SHORT FILMS 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.
SOUTHBOUND United States. 2015. Directed by Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath, Radio Silence. (89 mins.) Not Rated.
SOUTHBOUND is a crazy, chilling, thrill-seeking open-road anthology with horrific charm! Four showings only!
On a dark desert highway, over one long night, SOUTHBOUND follows the fate of a group of weary travellers confronting their worst nightmares and darkest secrets. These interlocking tales of terror and mayhem are rooted firmly in the logic of Twilight Zone, each one winding seamlessly into the next. Its unique twists deliver a lean, mean ride into the dark corners of a ruthless universe and it's sure to delight anyone brave enough to thumb a ride.
Salem Cinema Age Policy: Due to customer complaints and disruptions from people who have chosen to bring young children with them to inappropriate movies, we have created a policy in which no child under the age of 12 will be admitted to Southbound.
OSCAR NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORT FILMS Oscar Nominees! Best Animated Short
Some additional hand-selected animated shorts round out this package!
ANIMATED SHORTS PROGRAM. (86 mins.) Not Rated. Important note: PROLOGUE, one of the five nominees, will be the last film in the program. A beautiful, hand-drawn depiction of a battle scene, there’s violence and some male nudity in it, and it’s not suitable for young children. We’ll have a Parental Guidance warning prior to this short, so that parents and caregivers can usher children out of the theater if they’d like. Other than PROLOGUE, the program is acceptable for kids of all ages.
Bear Story – dir. Gabriel Osorio, Chile, 11 minutes
Every day, a melancholy old bear takes a mechanical diorama that he has created out to his street corner. For a coin, passersby can look into the peephole of his invention, which tells the story of a circus bear who longs to escape and return to the family from which he was taken.
Prologue – dir. Richard Williams, UK, 6 minutes
Clocking in at six minutes, PROLOGUE describes an incident in the Spartan-Athenian wars of 2,400 years ago. In it, a small girl bears witness as warriors battle to death. The dialog-free project utilizes natural sounds to complement the intense animation (entirely animated by Richard Williams himself). Williams - who is best known for his work as animation director on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, his unfinished feature “The Thief and the Cobbler” and Academy Award-winning “A Christmas Carol “adaptation - has worked on PROLOGUE for many years in between other projects. It was finally completed this year at the Aardman Studios in Bristol, U.K.
Sanjay’s Super Team – dir. Sanjay Patel, USA, 7 minutes
In SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM, the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop-culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions. Sanjay is absorbed in the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into the traditions of his Hindu practice. Tedium and reluctance quickly turn into an awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on a journey he never imagined, returning with a new perspective that they can both embrace.
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos – dir. Konstantin Bronzit, Russia, 16 minutes
Two best friends have dreamed since childhood of becoming cosmonauts, and together they endure the rigors of training and public scrutiny, and make the sacrifices necessary to achieve their shared goal.
World of Tomorrow – dir. Don Hertzfeldt, USA, 17 minutes
A little girl named Emily is taken on a fantastical tour of her distant future by a surprising visitor who reveals unnerving secrets about humanity's fate.
Additional films (not Oscar nominated): If I Was God – dir. Cordell Baker, Canada, 9 minutes
While dissecting a frog in Biology class, a 12-year-old boy who senses the approaching power of adulthood speculates about what he would do if he were God. This darkly whimsical, semi-autobiographical 3D animated short was directed by two-time Oscar®-nominated animator and long-time NFB filmmaker Cordell Barker.
The Short Story of a Fox and a Mouse – France, 7 minutes
A hungry grey fox sets out for a morning hunt, hoping to find a tasty rodent to snack on. But the mouse he finds is no ordinary mouse...
The Loneliest Spotlight – dir. Bill Plympton, USA, 6 minutes
The life and times of a neglected stoplight, voiced by Patton Oswalt.
Catch It – France, 5 minutes
A group of meerkats takes care of its beloved and unique fruit near their burrow, but a vulture intends to disturb their peace of mind. A chase begins in the savannah.
SPOTLIGHT United States. 2015. Directed by Tom McCarthy. (128 mins.) Rated R.
6 Oscar Nominations!
Best Original Screenplay
Best Supporting Actor - Mark Ruffalo
Best Supporting Actress - Rachel McAdams
Best Achievement in Editing
Oscar frontrunner SPOTLIGHT is an exceptionally taut, layered film about a decades-long cover-up in the Catholic Church with stellar performances from its phenomenal, award-winning ensemble cast!
Tom McCarthy, director and screenwriter behind past Salem Cinema favorites THE STATION AGENT, THE VISITOR and WIN WIN, creates a tense investigative dramatic thriller with Oscar Nominee SPOTLIGHT, tracing the emotionally volatile exposure to one of the biggest scandals in modern times. When the Boston Globe's prestigious, tenacious team of 'Spotlight' reporters breaks open the massive child molestation scandal within the local Catholic Archdiocese - and the shocking church cover-up that kept the dirty secret for decades, they discover a story of corruption and betrayal beyond their wildest imaginations. Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Live Schreiber, Brian d'Arcy James and John Slattery are a crackerjack tour de force crew in this revelatory, gripping and fragile masterpiece about hard truths brought into the light and the ripple that built to tsunami proportions.
CAROL United States/UK/France. 2015. Directed by Todd Haynes. (118 mins.) Rated R.
6 Oscar Nominations!
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Actress - Cate Blanchett
Best Supporting Actress - Rooney Mara
Best Achievement in Costume Design
Best Original Score
From Todd Haynes, director of I'M NOT THERE and FAR FROM HEAVEN, CAROL is a stunningly gorgeous and alluring love story set in 1950s New York!
From its first moment, what we experience through the eyes of CAROL's two brilliant leads opens the door to an incredibly rich, moody, cinematic experience, beautifully captured by filmmaker Todd Haynes. It's Christmas, early 1950s, and, in the bustling department store where she works, Therese (Rooney Mara) is drawn to an impeccably dressed woman (Cate Blanchett) who is shopping for her daughter. The two share a brief, unspoken, love-at-first sight moment, opening the door to a taboo romantic connection. Their journey is beautifully paced, perfectly observed, deeply sensitive and its luscious images do grand justice to Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt, the legendary, game-changing book upon which it is based. Exquisite!
ROOM Ireland/Canada. 2015. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson. (108 mins.) Rated R.
4 Oscar Nominations! Best Picture
Best Adapted Screenplay Best Actress - Brie Larson
Golden Globe WINNER! Best Actress - Brie Larson
ROOM, with the sensational Brie Larson and a star-making performance from young Jacob Tremblay, flickers with grace and imagination!
Based on Emma Donoghue's best-selling novel, ROOM is a wondrous, suspenseful, cinematic tale of survival and endurance that unfolds with an unparalleled grace and sensitivity. This visionary drama explores the story of a resilient young woman and her spirited five-year-old son, Jack, who knows nothing of the world beyond the confines of a shed that sits on the property of their captor...until his ma devises a precarious plan for their escape and he is thrust into a strange, dizzying, exhilarating milieu of sights, sounds and sensations. It is extraordinary in its intimacy and is an eye-opening revelation in its marvel of curiosity, imagination and discovery through a young child's eyes.
BROOKLYN Ireland/UK/Canada. 2015. Directed by John Crowley. (105 mins.) Rated PG-13.
3 Oscar Nominations!
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Actress - Saoirse Ronan
In BROOKLYN, Saoirse Ronan lights the way as our guide back in time, to a place where immigrants found opportunity, as well as open arms, in an America that looks oh-so lovely!
In this moving romantic drama, an ambitious young woman (Saoirse Ronan, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL) is lured from Ireland by the American Dream in the wake of World War II and in search of a better life. She staves off loneliness by boarding with an amusing, catty collection of girls in a cramped boarding house with a stern landlady (the scene-stealing Julie Walters) to keep her in line, and she soon finds herself swept off her feet by a sweet Italian boy. But when family news brings her back to Ireland, she finds herself at a vexing crossroads about where to call home. Masterfully adapted by Nick Hornby for the screen, BROOKLYN is a rich, vibrant, stirring tale about finding one's place in the world.
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