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CAPERNAUM Lebanon. 2018. Directed by Nadine Labaki. (120 mins.) Not Rated. in Arabic with English subtitles
Without judgement, CAPERNAUM brims with charm and sheer love for life despite portraying the hard-knock, rough-and-ready world of a poverty-stricken family.
NOMINEE!Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film
"It's a fairy tale and an opera, a potboiler and a news bulletin, a howl of protest and an anthem of resistance." - A.O. Scott, New York Times
Capturing the true, heartbreaking stories of Lebanese children, writer/director Nadine Labaki holds up a mirror to a torn country that has tragically forgotten its own. With numerous children to care for, 12-year-old Zain's parents resort to some inventive, seedy scams. Resentful of his very existence, Zain decides to sue his parents for bringing him into the world without any means to care for him, let alone pay for his citizenry papers, making him an undocumented ghost among the shanty neighborhoods of Beirut. CAPERNAUM is a passionate, galvanizing portrait of family as seen through one young boy's eyes.
MIRAI Japan. 2018. Directed by Mamoru Hosoda. (98 mins.) Rated PG. showing in English Friday, Saturday, Sunday & in its original Japanese with English subtitles Monday
An absolute delight from start to finish,MIRAI is a fantastical tale about a young boy adjusting to a new baby with the help of his ancestors!
NOMINEE!Academy Awards: Best Animated Feature
"Expands into a lyrical realm that is both very Japanese and entirely universal."
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
Reminding us of all the little things that make a family special, this spectacular animated feature is a light-hearted and fantastical wonder about kin and connections. Four-year-old Kun finds his role in his family has changed when his parents come home with a new addition to the family. Unsure how to fit into these new dynamics, Kun escapes into a magical garden gateway which propels him through time to meet his relatives at different points in their lives. These visitations define for the young boy what it means to be a family, and most importantly, what it means to be a big brother. MIRAI is an irresistible and captivating child's-eye view of the world!
THE WIFE United States. 2018. Directed by Bjorn Runge. (99 mins.) Rated R. [CC,AD]
Oscar frontrunner Glenn Close absolutely shines in THE WIFE, a nuanced rumination about a woman who sacrifices everything for her husband and their marriage!
NOMINEE! Academy Awards: Best Actress (Glenn Close)
WINNER! Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress (Glenn Close)
WINNER! Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role (Glenn Close)
WINNER! Critics' Choice Awards: Best Actress (Glenn Close)
NOMINEE! Film Independent Spirit Awards: Best Female Lead (Glenn Close)
"Close is a marvel of twisty understatement here, delivering emotions that conceal as much as they reveal, and offering onion-like layers that invite repeat viewings in light of some of the film's later revelations." - Andrew Barker, Variety
Glenn Close gives a tour-de-force performance as Joan, the elegant, self-effacing wife of soon-to-be Nobel Prize winning writer Joe Castleman (Jonathan Pryce). With grace and humor, Joan has spent forty years relinquishing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to fan the flames of her charismatic husband and his skyrocketing literary career. But their fateful pact has built a marriage on uneven compromises and Joan is finally ready to find a new balance. Interweaving the story of the couple’s youthful passion and ambition with a lifetime of shared secrets, betrayals and love, THE WIFE is a poignant and prolific portrait ofmarriage and loyalty.
Oscar Nominated Short Films
For the 14th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners and have the edge in your Oscar pool! The Academy Awards take place Sunday, February 24th.
Documentary Short Films
Not Rated, but treat as R. (137 mins.)
A NIGHT IN THE GARDEN
United States. 2018. Directed by Marshall Curry. (7 mins.)
In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism – an event largely forgotten from history. 'A Night at the Garden' transports audiences to this chilling gathering and shines a light on the power of demagoguery and anti-Semitism in America.
UK. 2018. Directed by Ed Perkins. (27 mins.)
After the high-profile killing of Damilola Taylor, Cornelius' family move out of London. But when they discover their new town is run by racists, Cornelius takes a drastic step to survive.
United States. 2018. Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. (40 mins.)
Where will loved ones spend their last days? Who will be in the room? What feelings and secrets need to be shared with family before it is too late? ‘End Game’ probes these questions and more as it follows visionary medical practitioners who are working on the cutting edge of life and death.
United States. 2018. Directed by Skye Fitzgerald. (34 mins.)
Volunteers from a German non-profit risk the waves of the Mediterranean to pluck refugees from sinking rafts pushing off from Libya in the middle of the night.
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India. 2018. Directed by Rayka Zehtabchi. (26 mins.)
In a rural village outside Delhi, India, women lead a quiet revolution. They fight against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation. Period. End of Sentence tells their story.
Animated Short Films
Not rated, but treat as PG. Suitable for ages 10+. (75 mins.)
Canada. 2018. Directed by Alison Snowden and David Fine. (14 mins.)
Dealing with what comes naturally isn’t easy, especially for animals. In 'Animal Behaviour', five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist.
United States. 2018. Directed by Domee Shi. (8 mins.)
An aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy.
Ireland. 2018. Directed by Louise Bagnall. (10 mins.)
Emily is an elderly woman who lives between two states, the past and the present. She journeys into an inner world, reliving moments from her life. She searches for a connection within her vivid, but fragmented memories.
ONE SMALL STEP
United States/China. 2018. Directed by Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas. (8 mins.)
Luna is a vibrant young Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. From the day she witnesses a rocket launching into space on TV, Luna is driven to reach for the stars. As Luna grows up, she enters college, facing adversity of all kinds in pursuit of her dreams.
United States. 2018. Directed by Trevor Jimenez. (15 mins.)
Weekends is the story of a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal dream-like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken up family in this hand-animated film set in 1980’s Toronto.
PLUS THESE SPECIAL EXTRA SHORTS TO ROUND OUT THE PROGRAM!
THE WISHING BOX
United States. 2018. Directed by Wenli Zang and Nan Li. (6 mins.)
When his food-obsessed sidekick monkey is the only one who can use a magic treasure box, a greedy pirate does everything he can to make his wishes of fortune come true.
Russia. 2018. Directed by Zhanna Bekmaambetov. (11 mins.)
Our life is like walking on a tightrope. In times we are scared or lost we lose balance. When we are happy and excited, we forget we walk on a rope. We can even fly!
Live Action Short Films
Not Rated, but treat as R. (109 mins.)
Ireland. 2018. Directed by Vincent Lambe. (30 mins.)
Two ten year-old boys are detained by police under suspicion of abducting and murdering a toddler. A true story based on interview transcripts from the James Bulger case which shocked the world in 1993 and continues to incite public outrage across the UK today.
FAUVEGold Medal Winner for Best Actor in the Manhattan Short Film Festival!
Canada. 2018. Directed by Jeremy Comte. (17 mins.)
Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer...
Canada. 2018. Directed by Marianne Farley. (19 mins.)
An aging woman and her nurse develop a friendship that inspires her to unearth unacknowledged longing and thus help her make peace with her past.
Spain. 2018. Directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen. (19 mins.)
A single mother receives a call from her seven-year-old son who is on vacation with his father in the French Basque Country. At first the call is a cause for joy, but soon it becomes a horrible nightmare when the child tells her that he is alone and cannot find his father who left a while ago.
United States. 2018. Directed by Guy Nattiv. (20 mins.)
A small supermarket in a blue collar town, a black man smiles at a 10 year old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash.
COLD WAR Poland/UK/France. 2018. Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. (88 mins.) Rated R. in Polish, French, German, Italian, Russian & Croatian with English subtitles
Deftly weaving the personal and political, COLD WAR is a sumptuous, gorgeous and captivating love story set in post-war Poland!
NOMINEE!Academy Awards: Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Foreign Language Film
WINNER!National Board of Review: Best Foreign Language Film
NOMINEE!Film Independent Spirit Awards: Best Foreign Language Film
"Cold War is a near-perfect film, an artfully crafted, flawlessly acted meditation on love, memory and invented history that's both deeply personal and politically attuned." - Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
Unfolding against the backdrop of the Cold War years in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, this breathtakingly beautiful film achingly depicts a complicated and disruptive love affair during impossible times. During an audition, a talented, refined musician and musicologist discovers an ambitious and resilient young woman from the wrong side of the tracks. She captivates him at first sight with her beauty and cool composure, but personal demons and historical forces persist in tearing them apart. Based loosely on the story of director Pawel Pawlikowski’s own parents, COLD WAR is a riveting and bittersweet tale of fate that sizzles with passion and prowess.
STAN & OLLIE UK/Canada/United States. 2018. Directed by Jon S. Baird. (97 mins.) Rated PG. [CC,AD]
A nostalgic, affectionate tribute to beloved entertaining duo Laurel and Hardy, STAN & OLLIE bubbles with imaginative comic energy and stellar performances from Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly!
"It is simply terrific - an understated but smartly told crowd-pleaser about the legendary comedy duo in their last act, with wonderful production value, a sharp and surprisingly poignant script and brilliant performances." - Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press
The true story of Hollywood’s greatest comedy duo, Laurel and Hardy, is brilliantly brought to life in STAN & OLLIE, a warm, witty and poignant look at the last chapter in the legendary comic team’s iconic career. In 1953, far from their heyday as the reigning clowns of the 30s, Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly) are hard up for money and hoping to land a film deal to jumpstart their careers. They embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland – re-enacting their famous routines before small audiences – but it’s fraught with old grudges that pose a threat to their life-long friendship. It’s a glorious glimpse into the heart of a remarkable and resonating relationship.
THE FAVOURITE UK/Ireland/USA. 2018. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. (120 mins.) Rated R. [CC,AD]
A spectacular, sharp-witted, cynical tale of jealousy, survival and power, THE FAVOURITE and its trio of brilliant actresses are the talk of the season!
NOMINEE!Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress (Olivia Colman), Best Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz), Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Film Editing
WINNER!Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in Musical or Comedy (Olivia Colman)
WINNER!Critics' Choice Awards: Best Acting Ensemble, Best Actress in a Comedy (Olivia Colman)
WINNER!British Independent Film Awards: Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Olivia Colman), Best Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz), Best Casting, Best Costume Design, Best Cinematography, Best Make Up & Hair Design, Best Production Design
WINNER!Gotham Awards: Best Ensemble Performance
NOMINEE!Film Independent Spirit Awards: Best International Film
"An uproarious send-up of the aloofness of royals, and comes alive thanks to its sterling ensemble cast and Lanthimos' pristine direction." - Adam Graham, Detroit News
Turning the tropes of the powdered-wig period piece upside down and playing what would normally be taken deadly serious for laughs, director Yorgos Lanthimos (THE LOBSTER, KILLING OF A SACRED DEER) continues his superbly crafted dissection of the human condition with this darkly humorous and clever comedy. Set in the sumptuous court of Queen Anne (as played, hilariously, by a rouge-cheeked Olivia Colman) in 18th-century England, the semi-mad ruler frivolously spends her days conducting duck races even though her country is in the midst of a war. Her close friend and advisor, the wickedly witty Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz), finds herself competing for the queen’s attention with an exceptionally fiendish new servant (Emma Stone) who is determined to worm her way into the queen’s heart. THE FAVOURITE is a complex, daring and exhilarating romp!
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