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Now Showing and Upcoming Films
Silent Shorts with Live Piano
Again this year it’s three silent shorts: Harold Lloyd’s NEVER WEAKEN (1921), Charlie Chaplin’s A DOG’S LIFE (1918), and Buster Keaton’s THE HAUNTED HOUSE (1921), all featuring the original live musical accompaniment of Chris Kypros. (80 mins)
This is a romantic adventure that crosses the ocean from a remote island in the English Channel to New Zealand, where there occurs both a native uprising and an earthquake. Winner of the Academy Award for its special effects, the film stars Lana Turner making her long overdue debut at our festival. Lana is at the center of a doomed 1840s romance featuring sumptuous costumes, and a cast that includes Donna Reed, Van Helfin, Richard Hart, Edmund Gwenn, Gladys Cooper, Frank Morgan, and Dame May Whitty, all under the direction of Victor Saville. The film's musical theme, "On Green Dolphin Street," has become one of the most famous of jazz standards—recorded by everyone from Miles Davis to Tony Bennett and the Modern Jazz Quartet. (1947, 141 mins)
The quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven Iris Apfel has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, Albert Maysles’ loving documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. "I feel lucky to be working. If you're lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows.” (83 mins)
"What is clear is that while there are several stories folded into Iris — a marriage tale, an ode to multiculturalism and a fashion spectacular — it is also about the insistent rejection of monocultural conformity." – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
Set in late-’70s Boston, a bipolar father (Mark Ruffalo) is overwhelmed when he takes over sole responsibility for his two spirited daughters while his wife (Zoe Saldana) attends graduate school in New York. Writer-director Maya Forbes draws on her own childhood in this moving story of a mixed-race family struggling to survive. (90 mins)
"Mark Ruffalo is yet again a revelation in Infinitely Polar Bear, and he’s not the only one. This is a first feature by Maya Forbes, yet many of its accomplishments put far more experienced filmmakers in the shade." – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
Amy tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy winner Amy Winehouse—in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few can. A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world’s attention. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense—she wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyze her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of the modern era. Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless and invasive media attention which, coupled with Amy’s troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle, saw her life tragically begin to unravel. Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27. Directed by Asif Kapadia (Senna). (R, 128 mins)
"It is the achievement of Amy, Asif Kapadia's accomplished, quietly devastating documentary, that it makes the story of this troubled and troubling individual surprisingly one of a kind by allowing us to, in a sense, live her life along with her." – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
Set in Normandy, France, this is the new adaptation based on the classic novel by Gustav Flaubert. Emma (Mia Wasikowska) is a young beauty who impulsively marries small-town doctor Charles Bovary, to leave her father's pig farm far behind. But after being introduced to the glamorous world of high society, she soon becomes bored with her stodgy husband and mundane life, and seeks prestige and excitement outside the bonds of marriage. The novel was considered scandalous at the time of its initial release in the middle 1800s. (R, 118 mins)
"Handsomely mounted, period perfect and starring the empathetic Mia Wasikowska in the title role, the new Madame Bovary narrows the scope and finds a different focus within Gustave Flaubert’s novel." – Roger Moore, Tribune News Service
Wednesday, Aug 5 at 7:15pm – 'New Non-Fiction Film'
Presented with Virginia Chapter of Sierra Club
This film is a searing investigation into the economic and environmental injustices that have resulted from decades of exploitation by the coal industry in Appalachia. It delivers a striking portrait of a fractured population who must now organize and find their own way after being abandoned by the powers elected to represent them. (76 mins)
Speakers and discussion:
Film producer Deborah Wallace will be in attendance to introduce her film.
Journalist and author Peter Galuszka who appears in the movie will be in attendance.
Woody Allen’s 45th film stars Joaquin Phoenix as tormented philosophy professor Abe Lucas who finds a will to live when he commits an existential act. Soon after arriving to teach at a small-town college, he gets involved with two women: Rita Richards (Parker Posey), a lonely professor who wants him to rescue her from her unhappy marriage; and Jill Pollard (Emma Stone), his best student, who becomes his closest friend. When she tries to make their relationship a romantic one, he rebuffs her. Pure chance changes everything when Abe and Jill overhear a stranger’s conversation and become drawn in. Once Abe makes a profound choice, he is able to embrace life to the fullest again. (R, 97 mins)