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7 BOXES

March 28 thru April 3

Directed by: Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbor

Suspense/Thriller, Not Rated, Paraguay, Spanish w/English subtitles, 105 min

 

It's Friday night in Asuncion, Paraguay and the temperature is sweltering. Víctor, a 17-year-old wheelbarrow delivery boy, dreams of becoming famous and covets a fancy TV set in the infamous Mercado 4. He's offered a chance to deliver seven boxes with unknown contents in exchange for a quick US$100. But what sounds like an easy job soon gets complicated. Something in the boxes is highly coveted and Víctor and his pursuers quickly find themselves caught up in a crime they know nothing about.


 

  

 

 

  

 

JOURNEY TO THE WEST

March 28 thru April 3

Directed by:  Stephen Chow

Adventure/Fantasy/Comedy, NR, Chinese w/English subtitles, 110 min

Based on one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature of the same name, Stephen Chow's Journey To The West  is a contemporary remake of the misadventures of a Buddhist monk as he makes a pilgrimage from China to India.

 

Young demon hunter Xuan Zang, fearlessly guided by his belief in “giving himself for the greater cause”, risks everything and conquers a water demon, a pig demon and the demon of all demons, Sun Wukong. He embraces them as his disciples, and melts them with love. Meanwhile, Xuan Zang discovers the true meaning of Greater Love himself. In order to atone for their own sins and save the common people, the four of them embark on a journey to the West that’s full of challenges.

 

A glorious return to form after the slightly underwhelming CJ7 (2008) and his first ever directorial effort in which he doesn’t also play the lead role, Stephen Chow’s Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons is a thoroughly entertaining action comedy that suggests, a la Woody Allen, a promising new life behind the screen for the actor-director, who found an eager international audience with 2001’s Shaolin Soccer and 2004’s Kung Fu Hustle after having established himself as Hong Kong’s most iconic comedian since the early 1990s.

 

 

 

                    

                           

 

 

          at the Stonzek Theatre    April 4 - 10

 

                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                              

 

 

 

                                                                                                                          

 

 

 

 

Producing Your Own Career: A Case Study in Creative Collaboration for Filmmakers and Actors

Learn from actress Grace McPhillips on how she took her career into her own hands and produced the feature film The Other One, through creative collaboration with director/writer Josef Steiff. This two hour workshop will explore that process between actors and filmmakers, as well as Fiscal Sponsorship, Indie Budgeting, Contracts, Crowdfunding, Press Kits and an honest conversation about distribution from producers of The Other Onee, which makes its World Premiere at the 2014 Palm Beach International Film Festival. Materials to support the above will be included.

 

See the film before the workshop! Screening times & Locations:

 

Friday April 4th 11:15 AM @ Cinemark Palace in Boca Raton

                                             Saturday April 5th 8:30 PM @ Muvico Parisian at CityPlace in West Palm Beach

Monday April 7th 1:30 PM @ Cobb Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens

 

WORKSHOP

Sunday April 6th 1:00 PM @ Lake Worth Play House in Lake Worth

 

TUITION:   $30

 

 

 

 

 

 

        

 

 

 

TWO LIVES

April 11 thru April 17

 

Directed by: George Maas, Drama/Thriller, Not Rated, Norway/Germany, w/English subtitles, 97 min

Europe 1990. The Berlin Wall has just crumbled: Katrine (Juliane Koehler), raised in East Germany, but now living in Norway for the last 20 years, is a “war child" - the result of a romance between a Norwegian woman (Liv Ullmann) and a German occupation soldier during World War II. She enjoys a happy family life with her mother, her husband, daughter and granddaughter. But when a lawyer asks her and her mother to testify in a trial against the Norwegian state on behalf of the war children, she resists. Gradually, a web of concealments and secrecy is unveiled, until Katrine is faced with losing everything, and her loved ones are forced to take a stand: what matters more, the life they have lived together, or the lie it is based on?

  

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

EXPOSED

April 11 thru April 17

 

Directed by: Beth B, Documentary, Nudity, USA, 77 min

The lead characters are part of a unique subculture, yet they come from surprisingly diverse economic, social and political backgrounds. As they peel away their clothes – describing their journeys and commenting on their performances – they peel away our preconceptions and inhibitions. Ancient moral, religious and sexual shibboleths are seen from new perspectives, and a new generation of the cultural avant-garde comes to light.

EXPOSED profiles eight female and male artists who use their nakedness to transport us beyond the last sexual and social taboos.

These cutting edge performers -- operating on the far edge of burlesque – combine politics, satire, and physical comedy to question the very concept of "normal." Through them, we get to examine our own inhibitions. The film creates a unique perspective, taking the audience into the clubs and other hidden spaces where these artists perform.

It’s satire. It’s parody. It’s a populist blend of art and entertainment that gives new meaning to the word “transgression.” This performance art is powerful and enlightening, and it challenges traditional notions of body, gender, and sexuality. The body types of the performers range from statuesque to transgender to disabled, and their personalities from sensational to scintillating.

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

                                                                                                

                                                                                                

 

 

 

 

LIVE Burlesque !

 

Burlesque on the Avenue

at the

Stonzek Theater

Saturday April 12  10 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

LE WEEK-END

April 18 thru April 24

Directed by: Roger Michell, Drama/Romance/Comedy, Rated R, UK/France, 93 min

Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent (IRIS, TOPSY-TURVY, ANOTHER YEAR) and Lindsay Duncan (the forthcoming ABOUT TIME, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, MANSFIELD PARK) give exquisite performances as Nick and Meg, a long-married British couple revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their relationship.

During a two-day escapade, diffident, wistful Nick and demanding, take-charge Meg careen from harmony to disharmony to resignation and back again as they take stock of half a lifetime of deep tenderness -- and even deeper regret.  A surprise invitation from Nick’s old friend Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), an amusingly eccentric American academic with a fancy Parisian address, soon leads them to an unexpectedly hopeful vision of what their love and marriage might still become.

This magically buoyant, bittersweet romantic comedy, starring two of Britain’s national treasures, is a new peak in the ongoing collaboration between screenwriter Hanif Kureishi and director Roger Michell, following VENUS, THE MOTHER and THE BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA.

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

CHILD’S  POSE

April 18 thru April 24

Directed by: Calin Peter Netzer, Drama, Not Rated, Romania, Romanian w/English subtitles, 112 min

The top prize winner at the Berlin Film Festival, Călin Peter Netzer’s sharply crafted Child’s Pose pivots on a riveting performance by Luminita Gheorghiu (Best Supporting Actress, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Los Angeles Film Critics) as a steely, well-to-do Bucharest architect determined to keep her 30-something deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash. How far will she go to convince the police, eyewitnesses and even the victim’s family that her son was not recklessly speeding? A spellbinding drama of social commentary and psychological realism, this caustic look into the corrupt heart of the Eastern European bourgeoisie twists into a brilliantly ambiguous study of obsessive motherly love. Savagely witty and utterly engrossing, Child’s Pose is also the Official Romanian Entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards.

 

 

 

  

    

    

 

   

 

    

 

                                                                

 

 

SPECIAL ONE NIGHT ONLY

420 ON 4/20 at 8 PM

KID CANNABIS

Directed by:  John Stockwell, comedy/drama, NR, USA, English 105 min.

KID CANNABIS is the true story of an Idaho teen dropout who builds a multimillion-dollar marijuana ring by trafficking drugs through the woods across the Canadian border. But his pursuit of the high life - complete with girls, guns, and vicious rival drug lords - may leave this ex-pizza boy in way over his head. This story is based on true events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

  

  

 

 

THE MISSING PICTURE

 

April 25 thru May 1

 

Directed by: Rithy Panh, Drama-Doc, NR, Cambodia, in English, 95 min

THE MISSING PICTURE explores filmmaker Rithy Panh's quest to create the missing images during the period when the Khmer Rouge ruled over Cambodia between 1975 and 1979. Panh uses intricately detailed clay figurines intercut with archival footage he could find to relay what is indelibly recorded in his memory, he creates the missing pictures of what does not exist in photograph or film.

 

  

   

  

  

  

  

 

4000 Miles

April  24 - April 29

A Playhouse Black Box Theatre Production

 

Written by Amy Herzog   Directed by Daniel Eilola

 

After suffering a major loss while he was on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other. 4000 MILES looks at how two outsiders find their way in today's world.

 

2012 Obie Award, Best New Play
2012 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award
Time Magazine's #1 Play or Musical of 2012

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

    

                                  

 

 

HIDE YOUR SMILING FACES

May 2 thru May 8

 

Directed by: Daniel Patrick Carbonne, Drama, USA, 81 min

 

After a neighborhood tragedy, two young brothers confront changing relationships, the mystery of nature, and their own mortality. A dreamlike portrait of adolescence unfolding over one hot, hazy summer.  The devil is not in the details, he’s in the mood, and that creates an unsettling sense of disquiet in this startling debut directorial effort exploring rural American life through the distorted lens of youth; and the heartbreaking frustration and anger that comes when one is too young and inexperienced to properly express and articulate emotion.

After a neighborhood tragedy, two young brothers — nine-year-old Tommy (Ryan Jones) and 14-year-old Eric (Nathan Varnson) — confront changing relationships, the mystery of nature, and their own mortality. A dreamlike portrait of adolescence unfolding over one hot, hazy summer, Hide Your Smiling Faces is a startling debut, exploring rural American life through the distorted lens of youth.

 

 

  

 

IT FELT LIKE LOVE

May 2 thru May 8

Directed by: Eliza Hittman, Drama, NR, USA, 82 min

 

Apathetic 14-year-old Lila (Gina Piersanti) grows envious of her best friend's luck with boys over the course of one particularly uneventful summer in Brooklyn, NY, and begins to insinuate herself into the life of Sammy, a local boy who seems indifferent to her advances. Gradually convincing herself she and Sammy are in a relationship, Lila is confronted by the harsh glare of reality when her delusional stories start to crumble, revealing her true inexperience for all to see.

 

An evocatively shot, rawly unsentimental coming-of-ager from debut director Eliza Hittman, It Felt Like Love follows a vulnerable teen who envies the sexual experience of her confident older friend and determines to have a relationship of her own. The writer-director’s stress on the small, degrading details that attend yearning as well as her protagonist’s desperation and self-deception make it more mood piece than straightforward narrative, but the ultra-confident production proves that Hittman’s a talent to watch.

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

THE ATTORNEY

May 9 thru May15

Directed by: Yang Woo-seok, Drama, Korea, Korean w/English subtitles, 127 min

 


Song Woo-seok has no clients, connections, or even a college degree, but his eye for business and appetite for money turn him into one of the most successful lawyers in town. But right at the peak of his success, a local teenager is falsely accused of a crime, then beaten and tortured while waiting in jail. Shocked by these conditions, Song changes the course of his life, and takes on the case no one else will. This story is based on true events.

 

 

 

 

  

 

THE FRENCH MINISTER

May 9 thru May 15

Directed by: Bertrand Tavernier, Dramedy/Satire, France, French w/English subtitles, 113 miin

                 
Doors slam and papers fly in this off-the-wall comedy about French politics directed by master filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier (The Princess of Montpensier). Tavernier's blistering assault - based on the award-winning graphic novel by Abel Lanzac, a former government speech writer - zeroes in on fictional Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexandre Taillard de Vorms (a tour-de-force comic performance by Thierry Lhermitte). A human whirlwind and a man confident in France's importance on the world stage, de Vorms takes on American neo-cons, corrupt Russians and the opportunistic Chinese while his hapless speech writer (Raphael Personnaz) endures the eccentricities of his megalomaniacal boss and his sycophantic entourage. In the vein of recent political comedies such as In the Loop, The French Minister is a hilarious send-up of diplomacy and international politics with rapid-fire dialogue and a brilliant ensemble cast.

Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is tall and impressive, a man with style, attractive to women. He also happens to be the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the land of enlightenment: France. With his silver mane and tanned, athletic body, he stalks the world stage, from the floor of the United Nations in New York to the powder keg of Oubanga. There, he calls on the powerful and invokes the mighty to bring peace, to calm the trigger-happy, and to cement his aura of Nobel Peace Prize winner-in-waiting.

Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is a force to be reckoned with, waging his own war backed up by the holy trinity of diplomatic concepts: legitimacy, lucidity and efficacy. He takes on American neo-cons, corrupt Russians and money-grabbing Chinese. Perhaps the world doesn't deserve France's magnanimousness, but his art would be wasted if just restricted to home turf.

Enter the young Arthur Vlaminck, graduate of the elite National School of Administration, who is hired as head of "language" at the foreign ministry. In other words, he is to write the minister's speeches. But he also has to learn to deal with the sensibilities of the boss and his entourage, and find his way between the private secretary and the special advisors who stalk the corridors of the Quai d'Orsay - the ministry's home - where stress, ambition and dirty dealing are the daily currency. But just as he thinks he can influence the fate of the world, everything seems threatened by the inertia of the technocrats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALAN PARTRIDGE

May 16 thru May 22

Directed by:  Declan Lowney, Comedy, Rated R, UK, 90 min

 

When famous DJ Alan Partridge's radio station is taken over by a new media conglomerate, it sets in motion a chain of events which see Alan having to work with the police to defuse a potentially violent siege.

 

ALAN PARTRIDGE finds Alan at the center of a siege, when a disgruntled fellow DJ (Colm Meaney) decides to hold their station hostage after learning that he’s getting sacked by the new management.

The character Alan Partridge first appeared over twenty years ago as a BBC sports reporter on the radio show, On The Hour. Since then, this wonderfully conceited, petty, anal, idiosyncratic comic creation has flourished across virtually every medium you can think of. He’s been a sports reporter (again) on the seminal TV news spoof, The Day Today, host of his own TV chat show, Knowing Me, Knowing You, star of the fly-on-the-wall sitcom I’m Alan Partridge, and most recently Mid-Morning Matters.

 

Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) has had many ups and downs in his life. National television broadcaster. Responsible for killing a guest on live TV. Local radio broadcaster. A nervous breakdown in Dundee. His self-published book, 'Bouncing Back', subsequently remaindered and pulped.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

IN BLOOM

May 15 thru May 22

Directed by: Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross, Drama, Germany/France/Georgia, 2013, 102 min

 

Early nineties, in Tbilisi, the capital of the newly independent Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The country is facing violence, war on the Black Sea coast (Abkhazia) and vigilante justice that plague society. But for Eka and Natia, fourteen-year-old inseparable friends, life just unfolds: in the street, at school, with friends or elder sisters who are already dealing with men’s dominance, early marriage and disillusioned love. For these two girls in bloom life just goes on...

 “Built around radiant performances from its two young leads, In Bloom is a beautifully observed slice-of-life drama subtly interwoven with thriller elements and a gently pro- feminist message about young girls defying ancient patriarchal traditions...Even in their least dramatic scenes, Babluani and Bokeria share a natural chemistry and magnetic on-screen presence. The languid camera work of veteran Romanian New Wave cinematographer Oleg Mutu also merits a mention...An eye-pleasing aesthetic for a classy and absorbing debut.” – Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR: SATAN CAME TO EDEN

May 23 thru May 29

Directed by: Dayna Goldfine & Dan Geller, Documentary, Not Rated, USA, 120 min

                                                                                                                                                                       

Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost. The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden is a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself. Fleeing conventional society, a Berlin doctor and his mistress start a new life on uninhabited Floreana Island. But after the international press sensationalizes the exploits of the Galapagos’ “Adam and Eve”, others flock there—including a self-styled Swiss Family Robinson and a gun-toting Viennese Baroness and her two lovers. Clashing personalities are aggravated by the island community’s lusty free-love ethos, and when some of the islanders disappear, suspicions of murder hang in the air leaving an unsolved mystery which remains the subject of local lore today.

To bring this extraordinary story to life, filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller (Ballets Russes) nimbly interweave newly unearthed home movies of these original settlers; testimonies of modern day islanders; stunning HD footage of native flora and fauna; and powerful voice performances by Oscar® winner Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Gustaf Skarsgård and Josh Radnor. Macabre yet inspiring, The Galapagos Affair is a gripping parable of Robinson Crusoe adventure and utopian dreams gone awry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

    

 

  THE DOUBLE

May 30 thru June 5

 

Directed by: Richard Ayoade, Comedy/Drama/Thriller, UK, 93 min

 

Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) is a timid office clerk working in an ominous government organization. He is overlooked by his boss (Wallace Shawn) and colleagues, scorned by his mother, and ignored by Hannah (Mia Wasikowska), the lovely copy room girl he pines for. Undermined and undervalued everywhere he turns, it seems that his directionless life couldn’t get any worse—until the arrival of James Simon, his new co-worker. James is both Simon's exact physical double and his opposite—confident, charismatic and seductive with women. To Simon's horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.

 

British director Richard Ayoade returns with this darkly comic adaptation of Dostoevsky’s novella, featuring a tour de force dual performance from Jesse Eisenberg and co-starring Mia Wasikowska, alongside a strong ensemble cast including Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor and Cathy Moriarty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           
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