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Special Screenings

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.

Another Earth

Directed by: Mike Cahill, USA, 92 minutes, Rating: MT

Rhoda Williams, a bright young woman accepted into MIT's astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos.   A brilliant composer, John Burroughs, has just reached the pinnacle of his profession and is about to have a second child with his loving wife.  On the eve of the discovery of a duplicate Earth, tragedy strikes and the lives of these strangers become irrevocably intertwined. Estranged from the world and the selves they once knew, the two outsiders begin an unlikely love affair and reawaken to life.

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.

I Will Follow

Directed by: Ava DuVernay, USA, 88 minutes, Rating: MT

When Maye (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), a successful African-American artist and musician, sees her world turned upside down by a family tragedy, she must struggle to keep her balance. Co-starring Blair Underwood, the film chronicles a day in the life of a woman at a crossroads, and the twelve people who help her move forward into a brave new world.  Director in attendance for screenings

Meek's Cutoff

Directed by: Kelly Reichardt, USA, 104 minutes, Rating: MT

Michelle Williams and Paul Dano star in this gorgeous period piece about a wagon train of weary travelers who are led astray along the Oregon Trail, circa 1845.  Director Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy) took great pains to ensure the throwback aesthetic of the film, even insisting it be shot in fullscreen (4:3) aspect ratio a la the classic John Ford westerns of early Hollywood.  Starring actor Will Patton to be in attendance for screenings

Miss Representation

Directed by: Jennifer Siebel Newsom, USA, 89 minutes, Rating: TN

Filled with interviews with journalists, scholars and politicians including Katie Couric, Gloria Steinem and Condoleeza Rice, this revealing documentary addresses the harsh reality of the representation of women in modern society. Miss Representation studies the norms forming the message that a woman’s value lies in her youth, beauty and sexuality.

Note: The 4/17 screening showtime is actually 12:45, not 12:30 as it appears in the schedule grid

Potiche

Directed by: François Ozon, France, 103 minutes, Rating: MT

French stalwarts Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu anchor this wry and vibrant satire from Francois Ozon (also featured in our Contemporary French Masters spotlight with 8 Women).  Deneuve charms as a bourgeois matriarch who takes over the family umbrella business when her husband takes ill, challenging all the 1970s gender role taboos in the process.  Closing Night Film

Queen To Play

Directed by: Caroline Bottaro,
France/Germany
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96 minutes, Rating: MT

In his first completely foreign language performance (French), Oscar-winner Kevin Kline is a reclusive American expat who befriends his disillusioned chambermaid on the island of Corsica.  Their initially strained relationship begins to thaw when she enlists him to tutor her in the finer points of chess.

Rio Sex Comedy

Directed by: Jonathan Nossiter,
France/Brazil
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124 minutes, Rating: MT

2008 RiverRun Master of Cinema honoree Bill Pullman stars in this comedy set amid the lively port city of Rio de Janeiro. The film charts the misadventures of several expatriates in Rio in their bungled search for both personal pleasures and social justice.  

The Tree

Directed by: Julie Bertuccelli,
France/Australia
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100 minutes, Rating: MT

Devastated after her husband’s death, Dawn and her four children struggle to live without him. One of the children, Simone, is convinced her father is speaking to her through the fig tree that stands over their home. At first a comfort, the tree begins to encroach on their home. Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg (The Science of Sleep), this selection from the Cannes Film Festival hauntingly portrays grief and coming-of-age against the stark and stunning Australian outback.

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