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Comedy

8 Women (Huit Femmes)

Directed by: François Ozon,
France/Italy
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111 minutes, Rating: R

Set in the 1950s, this musical comedy murder-mystery explores the death of the master of a country house by one of the eight women who were in the house at the time of the murder. The film features eight of France’s most celebrated actresses, including Catherine Deneuve, Fanny Ardant, Emmanuelle Béart and Isabelle Huppert.  This film will be presented by film critic Farihah Zaman of The Huffington Post and Reverse Shot magazine.

A Beginner's Guide to Endings

Directed by: Jonathan Sobol,
Canada/USA
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92 minutes, Rating: MT

Harvey Keitel, Scott Caan (Hawaii Five-O), and The Daily Show’s Jason Jones star in this frenetic comedy about a group of ne’er-do-well brothers who learn upon their father’s death that they may only have a few weeks left to live.  Director to be in attendance for screenings.

A Christmas Tale (Un Conte de Noël)

Directed by: Arnaud Desplechin, France, 150 minutes, Rating: MT

The Vuillard family is no stranger to physical/mental illness, loss and familial disagreements. However, when the matriarch becomes in need of a transplant, the whole family is forced to come together, emotional baggage and all, just in time for Christmas. Featured as the Best Film of 2008 on many critics’ top ten lists, A Christmas Tale features incredible performances from Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Devos.  This film will be presented by film critic Farihah Zaman of The Huffington Post and Reverse Shot magazine.

American Grindhouse

Directed by: Elijah Drenner, USA, 80 minutes, Rating: MT

Spiritedly recounting the genealogy of American Exploitation Cinema, from early classics like Freaks and Reefer Madness to the days of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Blaxploitation and beyond, the film is a subversive crash course on a lesser-known but equally influential side of American film history and features testimony from filmmakers including Joe Dante, John Landis and Larry Cohen.  Director to be in attendance for screenings

Babioles

Directed by: Matray, France, 5 minutes, Rating: MT

Lost in a garbage dump and looking for some human attention, Little Rabbit tries to reach the city with his new mate, Little Indian.

Best In Show

Directed by: Christopher Guest, USA, 90 minutes, Rating: PG-13

Bring your canine companion and watch one of the best comedic films of the last decade, sponsored by Ruff Housing and PetSmart. This clever mockumentary focuses on five different groups of dog owners as they prepare for the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show. We will also be promoting and encouraging animal welfare though a partnership with the Forsyth Humane Society. Suggested donation of a can of pet food and/or $2 for the Forsyth Humane Society. Dogs only.

Cars

Directed by: John Lasseter and Joe Ranft, USA, 117 minutes, Rating: G

In celebration of the soon to be released Cars 2, we are screening one of Pixar Studio’s best films, the original Cars.  This animated gem focuses on a hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen who, thanks to his arrogant ways, finds himself stuck in a small town called Radiator Springs having to help fix up the road he ruined.  But, along the way, he learns to adjust his attitude and discovers the true meaning of friendship.

Esterhazy

Directed by: Izabela Plucinska, Poland, 25 minutes, Rating: TN

A young bunny from the Esterhazy dynasty in Vienna is sent to Berlin in 1989 to find a bunny woman and save the family line.

French Cancan

Directed by: Jean Renoir,
France/Italy
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102 minutes, Rating: MT

Peter Bogdanovich will present this Technicolor wonder from French luminary Jean Renoir (Grand Illusion). The film chronicles the revival of Paris’ most notorious dance as it tells the story of a theater producer who turns a humble washerwoman into a star at the Moulin Rouge.

Gabi on the Roof in July

Directed by: Lawrence Michael Levine, USA, 99 minutes, Rating: MT

Still smoldering after her parents’ recent divorce, Gabi forays to NYC to regroup with her brother after finishing the semester at Oberlin, expecting a bohemian summer full of artistic collaboration among like-minded souls.  The big city respite she experiences, however, reveals a harsher, more fractured psyche of her cultural coterie than they draw up in the pages of savvy DIY zines.  Filmmakers to be in attendance for screenings

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