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35 Shots of Rum (35 Rhums)

Directed by: Claire Denis, France, 100 minutes, Rating: MT

The relationship between a father and daughter is complicated by the arrival of a handsome young man. A widowed subway conductor, approaching retirement, lives with his beautiful grown daughter—the object of a neighbor’s growing romantic interest. The man’s former girlfriend also lives in their building and plays a role in their closely-knit lives.

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 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.

All the President's Men

Directed by: Alan J. Pakula, USA, 138 minutes, Rating: PG

As a companion piece to These Amazing Shadows, we wanted to screen a seminal work that was recently accepted to the National Film Registry in 2010. This incredible film, winner of four Academy Awards, follows two young journalists, Woodward and Bernstein, as they uncover what seemed to be a minor break-in at the Watergate building in DC but instead turned out to be the downfall of President Richard Nixon.

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

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.

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff

Directed by: Craig McCall, UK, 90 minutes, Rating: TN

Essentially a master’s thesis on the life and work of famed cinematographer Jack Cardiff, Cameraman demonstrates for audiences the stunning work Cardiff created for the screen. Cinematographer of such seminal films as The Red Shoes, African Queen and Last Days of Pompeii, Jack Cardiff’s work in the film industry began in 1918 and has left the world with an unforgettable film legacy.  Director to be in attendance for screenings

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.

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.

Motor Psycho

Directed by: Russ Meyer, USA, 74 minutes, Rating: MT

Chosen as a companion for the documentary American Grindhouse, this Russ Meyer film follows two abused characters as they hunt down the gang of men who terrorized them. Meyer, a hero in the Grindhouse movement, knew how to challenge audiences with his gory films. Absolutely not for the faint of heart or squeamish, this film is a campy and ultra-violent example of the Grindhouse movement.

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