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Big Time
 Big Time
Bjarke Ingels started out as a young man dreaming of creating cartoons. Now, he has been named “one of architecture’s biggest stars” by The Wall Street Journal. Big Time follows Bjarke during th course of 5 years (2011-2016), while he struggles to finish his biggest project so far. We are let into Bjarke’s creative processes as well as the endless compromises that his work entails, and we are on the side when his personal life starts putting pressure on him, too. Bjarke Ingels’ company Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has been given the task of designing and building one of the skyscrapers, which will replace the Twin Towers, which collapsed on the 11th of September 2001 in Manhattan. While Bjarke is creating a building, which will change the New York skyline, he is hit by health-related issues. The film offers an intimate look into the innovative and ambitious Danish architect, whom the entire world is celebrating as a genius. (93 mins)

"Somewhat incredibly, the buildings come to life: Kaspar Astrup Schröder puts Ingels's remarkable communication skills to work through a series of sketches and chats, and then shows us the finished products." – Alex Bozikovic, The Globe and Mail

"Director Kaspar Astrup Schröder’s gorgeous film is informed by that same charm and intelligence the way a sailboat is informed by 7 knots of westerly breeze." – Chris Packham, Village Voice

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Faces Places
 Faces Places
89-years young Agnes Varda, one of the leading filmmakers of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33 year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed and shared. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them. The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts and trains revealing the humanity in their subjects, and themselves. In English and French with subtitles. (89 mins)

"Faces Places is a film of sheer joy, its exuberance surpassed only by its tenderness and purity of purpose." – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

"Faces Places reveals itself as a powerful, complex and radical work." – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

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BPM (Beats Per Minute)
 BPM (Beats Per Minute)
In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists goes to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies in bold, invasive actions. The organization is ACT UP, and its members, many of them gay and HIV-positive, embrace their mission with a literal life-or-death urgency. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan falls in love with Sean, the group's radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough. In French with subtitles. (135 mins)

"In spite of its historical specificity, BPM never feels like a bulletin from the past. Its immediacy comes in part from the brisk naturalism of the performances and the nimbleness and fluidity of the editing. The characters are so vivid, so real, so familiar that it’s impossible to think of their struggles — and in some cases their deaths — as unfolding in anything but the present tense." – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"BPM is vital for the history it depicts, but it’s also important in the here and now, as a testament to public action — even messy, not-always-effective public action." – David Edelstein, New York Magazine

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The Square (2017)
 The Square (2017)
Oscar Shortlist for Best Foreign-Language Film

Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum and a devoted single father. His next show is ‘The Square’, an installation which invites passersby to practice kindness toward their fellow man. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum's PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for The Square. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis. Filmmaker Ruben Ostend (Force Majeure) delivers another scathing satirical drama. The international cast includes Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West. In English, Swedish, and Danish. (142 mins)

"The Square means to send you out of the theater arguing, and its success on that front should not eclipse its more lasting, unsettling achievement. It affirms that art, this movie very much included, can tell us things about ourselves that we’d prefer not to know." – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

"The Square is darkly amusing, but it’s also bracingly honest in its absurdity, and that’s what kept me coming back to each one of its wonderfully knotty scenarios even months after seeing it." – David Sims, The Atlantic

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Animal House
 Animal House
** Please note: This event is on Sunday night, Jan 28 at 7:15. The date on our Nov/Dec/Jan program is incorrect.**

The Virginia Festival of Jewish Film proudly presents a tribute to Norfolk native actor and director Stephen Furst with a rare screening of ANIMAL HOUSE. Stephen was born in Norfolk on May 5 1954 as Stephen Fuerstein and passed away on June 16 2017. Stephen's widow Loraine is traveling from California to attend this event. Animal House is Stephen's most well-known and popular movie, which takes place in 1962 Faber College, where Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those troublemakers have other plans for him. (1978, R, 109 mins)

Tickets at the door, and ticket books are valid.

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Cabaret (introduced by Mal Vincent)
 Cabaret (introduced by Mal Vincent)
**Please note: This film event will show Monday, Jan 22 at 7:15. Our Nov/Dec/Jan program has the wrong date listed.**

Come enjoy the classic Hollywood musical Cabaret at the Naro hosted by Mal Vincent.
Cabaret is presented by the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film and the Simon Family JCC.
A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them. This multi-Oscar winner stars Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, and Michael York; directed by Bob Fosse.(1972, Rm 122 mins)

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Naro Minded presents Fargo
 Naro Minded presents Fargo
We’re kickstarting 2018 with this black comedy (and seven-time Oscar nominee) from Naro favorites Joel and Ethan Coen. Set in Minnesota, Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) is a car salesman who has gotten himself into debt and is so desperate for money that he hires two thugs (Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare) to kidnap his own wife. But when the scheme goes sour - and wood chippers get involved - the haphazard kidnapping plot turns deadly serious. Frances McDormand took home the Best Actress Oscar for her performance as the quite pregnant police chief Marge Gunderson. (1996, R, 98mins)

Naro-Minded is a monthly collaboration between Naro Cinema and Naro Video, bringing much-loved classics back to the big screen. Sponsored by O'Connor Brewing Co., beer and wine will be available for purchase at the show, with all proceeds benefiting Naro Video.

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Winner of 4 Golden Globes: Best Picture (Drama), Best Actress (Drama), Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor.

After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated. Directed by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths). (R, 115 mins)

"Traverses a high wire between comedy and tragedy and does so without a safety net. Outside the Coen Brothers, it’s hard to find a filmmaker with that skill and with this production, McDonagh has placed himself in august company." – James Berardinelli

"McDormand is an unstoppable force in a fiercely intelligent, profanely poetic movie that shifts tonal gears at breakneck speed." – Jamie Graham, Total Film

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