I’m often asked how we choose the films we feature in our 2nd Sunday Cinema showings each month. Well, the truth is, we don’t choose them! The library has a paid subscription to Film Movement which provides a foreign or independent film each month. Included with our subscription are public performance rights for one public showing of each of these movies. The movies are added to our library collection and then anyone can check them out whenever they like.
Film movement says:
Each selection is curated by leading voices in film, including Christian Gaines of American Film Institute (AFI), Nicole Guillemet, original programmer of the Sundance Film Festival, and Nate Kohn of Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival.
I stumbled upon an interesting article from Film Movement that explains why they chose the film IN THE NAME OF, which is our 2nd Sunday Cinema movie for June, and thought I’d share it with you.
There is so much to admire, respect and enjoy in this visually stunning, and emotionally sensitive, film about the pain of not being allowed to choose whom you love. In the Name Of is filled with wonderfully detailed and intense scenes, as well as gripping performances. But there is one particular scene that especially grabbed us, that immediately made us realize that we had to acquire this film.
It takes place about halfway through, and stands out as one of the most brilliant sequences we have seen recently in any film. We won’t give too much away for those of you who haven’t seen it yet (because part of the brilliance is that it catches you by surprise), but it involves a drunk priest dancing around to pop group Band Of Horses’ song “The Funeral.” It is funny and touching at the same time, and brings you closer to the solitude and desperation of the character more than any other moment in this film.
Even a mediocre movie would be redeemed by such a scene, but in this case it further confirms director Małgośka Szumowska as a truly exceptional filmmaker.
Sometimes we walk out at the end of a foreign or independent film and wonder, “Hmmm, I wonder why this film was chosen?” It is nice to get an explanation from Film Movement. I will try to find these explanations from Film Movement for future feature movies and share them with you.
If you are interested in a different kind of movie experience, please join us for 2nd Sunday Cinema at Potter Auditorium every 2nd Sunday at 3:00pm. Foreign and independent movies are not to everyone’s taste; and if you go expecting to see the type of movie you usually find at local theaters, you may be disappointed … or … you might be pleasantly surprised. Honestly, having never even considered watching these types of films before, I have to say that personally, I have been pleasantly surprised and look forward to each new movie.
2nd Sunday Cinema is brought to you by the Chatfield Public Library in cooperation with the Chatfield Center for the Arts, Wits’ End Theatre, and the Chatfield Lions.