Film Movement – Why this film?

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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.

Here’s why we selected IN THE NAME OF:IntheNameOf_lo

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.

2nd Sunday Cinema

This month’s 2nd Sunday Cinema movie is

TANTA AGUA

DIRECTED BY ANA GUEVARA AND LETICIA JORGE

Sunday, May 11 at 3:00pm at historic Potter Auditorium

TantaAgua_DVD_lo resURUGUAY / 2013 / SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 102 MIN

“Absorbing! Uruguayan filmmaking team Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge’s first feature is graced by a disarming lightness of touch.”  – David RooneyThe Hollywood Reporter

SYNOPSIS (from Film Movement)

“What could be worse than being 14 and on vacation with your father, stuck indoors during a seemingly endless rainstorm? Alberto and his two children, Lucia and Federico, set off to a hot springs resort for a short vacation. Alberto, who doesn’t see his kids much since the divorce, refuses to allow anything to ruin his plans. But the springs are closed until further notice due to heavy rains, and Lucia’s adolescent rebellion clashes against her father’s enthusiastic efforts for family quality time. When she meets friends her age, equally bored at the rained-out resort, Lucia’s vacation starts looking up. But flings can be fleeting, and it’s her father’s reliable insistence they spend time together that proves to be the most meaningful part of their unexpectedly enjoyable getaway.”

“The daughter-father relationship and coming-of-age story is engaging, tender and subtly funny, with extremely sensitive performances from its two leads.” – Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

WINNER – Grand Prix and Best Screenplay, Miami International Film Festival

WINNER- Best First Feature, Guadalajara International Film Festival

WINNER – FIPRESCI Award, Cartagena Film Festival

WINNER – Norteado Award, San Sebastian International Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION:

Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama Section)
Seoul International Film Festival (World Cinema)
San Sebastian International Film Festival (Horizontes Latinos)
Montreal International Film Festival
Maine International Film Festival
AFI Latin Film Festival
Vancouver International Film Festival

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTORS (From Film Movement Press Kit)

There comes a point in life in which the love between parents and their children stops being simple and becomes complex and prone to misunderstandings. TANTA AGUA (So Much Water) is about that point in life.

A tiny, cramped house located in a rainy riverside resort is the setting for the characters’ misadventures. Alberto’s displays of enthusiasm are crushed by his 14-year-old daughter. The time they have spent apart makes them feel confused. A week may appear too short a holiday, yet it may be too much.

Amidst stubborn sprints in the rain for closed-down pools, tantrums, and overreactions, the characters keep getting in each other’s way as if trying to figure out their place in all this. A fling with a local woman, a bike accident, and a teenage unrequited love story, end up bringing them closer, unbeknownst to them.

At the beginning the film focuses on Alberto and his worries, plans and frustrations. Then, it slowly turns to Lucía, and eventually closes in on her, who, as she catches glimpses of the storm that comes her way, knows that sooner or later she will have to stick her head out and breathe.

This brief family adventure about people who are a little clumsy but who love each other, in spite of not understanding each other, aims at showing that, in the long run, things may not be as serious as they seem. Every family is a little ridiculous. What troubles us about our family is the fact that it is ours.

2nd Sunday Cinema is brought to you by the library, Chatfield Center for the Arts, Wits’ End Theatre and the Chatfield Lions.  This monthly event is free, ages 17+ welcome, and concessions are available for purchase. Join us for award-winning foreign or independent films on the 2nd Sunday of each month!

Second Sunday Cinema

This month’s 2nd Sunday Cinema movie is

THE IRAN JOB

Sunday, April 13th at 3:00pm at historic Potter Auditorium

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 A film by Till Schauder

United States, Iran and Germany / Documentary / English and Persian with English subtitles / 93 min.

SYNOPSIS When American basketball player Kevin Sheppard accepts a job to play in one of the world’s most feared countries – Iran – he expects the worst. But what he finds is a country brimming with generosity, acceptance, and sensuality. With a charismatic personality that charms everyone he meets, Kevin forms an unlikely friendship with three outspoken Iranian women who share with him their strong opinions on everything, from politics to religion to gender roles. Kevin’s season in Iran eventually culminates in something much bigger than basketball: the uprising and subsequent suppression of Iran’s reformist Green Movement – a powerful prelude to the sweeping changes currently unfolding across the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring.  (Movie synopsis from Film Movement.)

“Sad and hopeful in equal measure, and exceptional in its storytelling.”
—Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

OFFICIAL SELECTION:
Los Angeles Film Festival
Spokane International Film Festival
San Diego Asian Film Festival
Bahamas International Film Festival
Houston’s Iranian Film Festival
Starz Denver Film Festival

Director Schauder says: I wanted to make a documentary that plays like a movie. No “experts,” no talking heads, no political statements. Instead I wanted action, humor and romance. I did want a film that touches on the issues around Iran (political, religious, etc), but purely through the characters and the real-life drama in front of me, as opposed to high-brow intellectualism. For this approach I needed an exceptional protagonist – someone whose personality would create conflict, allow humor and attract other exceptional characters. It was important that “Iran”– which conjures up all kinds of associations – was the backdrop to the film, not the main character. And I needed a platform that’s not about politics or religion. Sports seemed the perfect medium.

2nd Sunday Cinema is brought to you by the library, Chatfield Center for the Arts, Wits’ End Theatre and the Chatfield Lions.

This monthly event is free, ages 17+ welcome, refreshments will be available for purchase.

Join us for award-winning foreign or independent films on the 2nd Sunday of each month!

2nd Sunday Cinema

This month’s 2nd Sunday Cinema movie is
WATCHTOWER 
a Turkish film with English subtitles, by Pelin Esmer
March 9th at 3:00pm         Potter Auditorium

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Running Time: 100 Minutes / Rating: Not Rated
Writer/Director: Pelin Esmer

“Haunted by a tragic incident, Nihat isolated himself by becoming a fire warden in a remote observation tower far out in the wilderness.  Seher lives in a makeshift room at a rural bus station, and she has taken a job as a bus hostess to escape her own traumatic past.  Destined to come to a crossroads, they go about their solitary lives until their fates collide.  Beginning at first as muted antagonism, their relationship quickly turns into tender domesticity as they settle together at Nihat’s mountain-side watchtower.  Yet the weight of the past presses on the silence between them, serving as the ultimate catalyst in their impassioned relationship with each other, and with higher powers that guide their spiritual lives.” (Movie synopsis from Film Movement.)

(A) lovely gem… Original, well-made and dramatically fulfilling”
— Wendy Mitchell, Screendaily

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

WINNER – Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Actress, Best Supporting
Actress, Best Supporting Actor – Adana Golden Boll Film Festival
NOMINATED – Tiger Award – Rotterdam International Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Toronto International Film Festival, Goteborg International Film Festival

2nd Sunday Cinema is brought to you by the library, Chatfield Center for the Arts, Wits’ End Theatre and the Chatfield Lions.

This monthly event is free, ages 17+ welcome, and concessions will be available.

Join us for award-winning foreign or independent films on the 2nd Sunday of each month!