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8 Women (Huit Femmes)

Directed by: François Ozon,
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.

80's Prom Party

Directed by: RiverRun, USA, 180 minutes, Rating: MT

John Hughes set the tone of a generation and we are recreating the magic.  Come celebrate the second weekend of RiverRun at our 80’s Prom. This party will feature a DJ playing all your favorite yester-year hits, a medley of sweet treats, 80’s Karaoke, a free photo booth from Mobile Photo and a variety of drinks at our cash bar.  We encourage all guests to dress up a la Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy in Pretty in Pink!  Tickets are $10.

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

French Cancan

Directed by: Jean Renoir,
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.

Kinshasa Symphony

Directed by: Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer,
Germany/Democratic Republic of Congo
95 minutes, Rating: TN

Amid the clamor of downtown Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo and third largest city in Africa, exists the only all-black orchestra in the world.  This uplifting and vibrant film introduces us to its eclectic cast of players—most of whom work full-time jobs and perform on hand-built instruments to boot--as they struggle to stage an open-air performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.  Conductor Armand Diangienda of the Kinshasa Symphony will be in attendance for screenings (4/9 & 4/10)

Opening Night Party

Directed by: RiverRun, USA, 180 minutes, Rating: MT

Please join us for a French-themed celebration of RiverRun’s Opening Night and French Cinema Spotlight.  This party will feature live music from the Django Reinhardt inspired band, One Leg Up, as well as a festive array of cupcakes from Simply Yummy and an assortment of drinks at our cash bar.  Help us welcome our visiting filmmakers and industry guests! The festivities will begin immediately following the Opening Night film screening.  Tickets are $10.

The Red Shoes

Directed by: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, UK, 133 minutes, Rating: MT

Winner of two Academy Awards, this Powell and Pressburger gem follows a gorgeous red-headed ballet dancer who is poised to become a superstar until she falls for the composer of a ballet called “The Red Shoes,” in which she is starring. When a year later she has the chance for stardom again, the struggle between her passion for dance and her heart proves to be too much and leads to a tragic decision.

The Wonder Year

Directed by: Kenneth Price, USA, 78 minutes, Rating: TN

Patrick Douthit, better known to fans as the Grammy Award-winning producer 9th Wonder, has collaborated with a veritable who’s who of the hip hop world—Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Drake, Ludacris, and Lil’ Wayne, just to name a few—and we’re proud to say he was also born and raised right here in Winston-Salem.  The film charts a year in the life of 9th as he continues to push musical boundaries and hone his craft.  Work-in-progress screenings...filmmakers scheduled to be in attendance

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