Bob Marley: One Love
Celebrating the life and music of an icon who inspired generations through his message of love and unity. On the big screen for the first time, discover Bob’s powerful story of overcoming adversity and the journey behind his revolutionary music. (PG-13, 1h 44m)
The Boy and the Heron
Returns Weekend of March 1st!
Oscar Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film!
From the legendary Studio Ghibli and Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) comes a new critically-acclaimed fantasy adventure. After losing his mother during the war, young Mahito moves to his family’s estate in the countryside. There, a series of mysterious events lead him to a secluded and ancient tower, home to a mischievous gray heron. When Mahito’s new stepmother disappears, he follows the gray heron into the tower, and enters a fantastic world shared by the living and the dead. As he embarks on an epic journey with the heron as his guide, Mahito must uncover the secrets of this world, and the truth about himself. (PG-13, 2h 4m)
“A triumphant film that, as expected, is as enthralling as it is occasionally confounding. I have seen The Boy and the Heron twice, yet I still cannot fully explain it to you.” – Odie Henderson, Boston Globe
“Filled with elegantly rendered imagery that few other animated features could approach, it’s another lovely, lively fable that weaves a magical spell and is filled with ache and layered meaning.” – Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News
Monday, February 26th at 7:15pm
A Feature Event of the 2024 Virginia Festival of Jewish Film
Photographed in a shtetl (a small Jewish village in eastern Europe) that the production team constructed outside Kyiv, this single-shot film is entirely in Yiddish. Set in the twenty-four hours before the Nazi invasion of Ukraine, Shttl tells a story about life, love, and hope set in an unnamed Yiddish Ukrainian village at the border of Poland. Amid communal tensions between tradition and modernity, two young men fight over a woman they both desire to marry. In Yiddish with English subtitles. Advance tickets available through the Festival website or at the door. Naro ticket books will be accepted. In Yiddish with English subtitles. (1h 54m)
In modern-day Helsinki, two lonely souls in search of love meet by chance in a local karaoke bar. However, the pair’s path to happiness is beset by numerous obstacles — from lost numbers to mistaken addresses, alcoholism, and a charming stray dog. A quirky tale of star-crossed lovers, Fallen Leaves is a life-affirming gem from Finnish filmmaker Kaurismäki. In Finnish with English subtitles. (1h 21m)
“This film is so damn funny, and not in a laugh-out-loud way, though there are some of those moments, too. The humor in a Kaurismäki film is deadpan; it sneaks up on you and always tells you something about the characters.” – Odie Henderson, Boston Globe
“‘Fallen Leaves is thoroughly entertaining, completely unpredictable and one of the best films I’ve seen this year” – Leonard Maltin, leonardmaltin.com
“Modestly scaled and tonally perfect, Fallen Leaves opens in a fluorescent hell-on-earth and ends with a vision of something like paradise.” – Manhola Dargis, New York Times
98% RT Critics Consensus!