62 years of excellence

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER at the STONZEK

This month we feature a range of biographies from the sweeping, epic biopic of Simon Bolivar, The Liberator, in the monumental style of David Lean to 20,000 Days on Earth, one faux day in the life of singer/song writer/actor Nick Cave in a style unique unto itself.

Among the special events this month, we bring back Ruby Tesla and her troupe of modern ecdysiasts with an evening of classic burlesque and music.....girls!  girls!  girls!.  For those of you who prefer your bodies cold, gray and clammy we offer you Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead a comic, campy zombie farce at Midnight on Halloween and the following night as well

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Don't miss the fascinating, infrequently told story of the Roma in A People Uncounted   or the equally fascinating documentary of 7 of NYC's most exquisitely dressed fashionistas over 60 in Advanced Style.

 

And there are more wonderful movies! The best of the Indies.  Read about the month's complete offerings below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                           

THE TRIP TO ITALY

 

October 3 - October 9

 

Directed by Michael Winterbottom, Comedy, Rated PG-13, UK, 2014, 108 min

                 

In this hilarious sequel to their 2010 film, “The Trip,” also directed by Michael Winterbottom, the great comics Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have been given a tough assignment by the Observer—an all-expenses-paid journey through the most beautiful parts of Italy, where they are required to eat lavishly and stay in exquisite small hotels, all so that one or the other can write highbrow culinary drivel for the paper. As they amble through paradise, the two men take turns topping each other with impressions of famous movie stars. They aren’t interested in anyone’s soul; they see themselves as professionals in an exacting trade that requires getting Christian Bale’s guttural whisper and Roger Moore’s English-butter croon exactly right. This hedonistic japery is shot through with middle-aged melancholy and the fear of death. Both movies, it turns out, are about the impossibility—and the necessity—of male friendship.

 

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THE CONGRESS

 

October 3 - October 9

 

Directed by Ari Folman, Futuristic Drama, Unrated, Israel  Germany, 2013, 122 min

                 

Robin Wright gets an offer from a major studio to sell her cinematic identity: she‘ll be digitally scanned and sampled so that her alias can be used with no restrictions in all kinds of
Hollywood films – even the most commercial ones that she previously refused. In exchange she receives loads of money, and security for her family. A mix of live action and animation,
The Congress is a meditative observation about the future of Hollywood, and a gratification based society.

From a novel by the great Stanislaw Lem.

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A PEOPLE UNCOUNTED

October 10 - October 16

 

Directed by Aaron Yeger, Documentary, Rated PG-13, Canada, some subtitles, 2011, 99 min

                 


Visiting 11 countries and interviewing dozens of Roma artists, historians, musicians and Holocaust survivors, this revealing film documents their culturally rich but often difficult lives, taking us back to ancient times and forward to the little-known story of Roma genocide at the hands of Nazis during World War II. As we watch the incredible story of the Roma unfold, both the people and their history come to life through the interplay of their evocative music and poetry, interwoven with true stories told by the survivors of the camps. As intolerance is on the rise in European politics, this remarkable film reminds us that ethnic minorities all too often fall prey to racism and genocide.


 

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ADVANCED STYLE

October 10 - October 16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directed by Lina Plioplyte, Documentary, Unrated, US, 2014, 72 min

                 

Advanced Style examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal
style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging. Based on Ari Seth Cohen’s famed blog
of the same name, this film paints intimate and colorful portraits of independent, stylish
women aged 62 to 95 who are challenging conventional ideas about beauty, aging, and
Western culture’s increasing obsession with youth.

Advanced Style is Lina Plioplytes feature directorial debut.

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RETURNING BY POPULAR DEMAND

OCT 31 - NOV 6

 

 

 

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TWO FACES OF JANUARY

October 17 - October 23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directed by Hossein Amini, Drama, Rated PG-13,  English, US / UK / France, 

2014, 96 min

 

Screenwriter Hossein Amini makes a stylish directing debut with this sleek thriller set in Greece and Istanbul in 1962, and adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s novel. Intrigue begins at the Parthenon when wealthy American tourists, played by Viggo Mortenson and Kirsten Dunst, meet an American expat: a scammer working as a tour guide. A murder puts all three on the run and creates a precarious bond between them as

the trio’s allegiance is put to the test.

 

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20,000 DAYS ON EARTH

 

October 17 thru October 23

 

Directed by Iain Forsyth & Nancy Pollard, Musical / Performing Arts, Unrated,  English, UK, 

2014, 97 min

This innovative drama/documentary features Cave as both subject and coconspirator, intimately documenting his artistic process and combining it with a fictional staged narrative of his 20,000th day on Earth. As a result, the film also explores the creative spirit.  The film weaves two parallel narrative threads. The first is a cinematic portrait of Cave's 20,000th day, created through a series of staged, but not scripted, scenes and encounters. The second looks in depth at his creativity from writing through recording and rehearsal to performance.  This unique blend of documentary essay and cinematic fiction demonstrates the connection between Cave and the filmmakers, visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard; all three are illuminating the search for truth through artifice and myth. Ultimately, 20,000 Days on Earth reaches beyond Cave to ask all of us how many days we've been alive and what use we've made of that time.    

                      Double Sundance Winner for Best Directing and Winner Best Editing

 

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THE LIBERATOR

October 24 - October 30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directed by Alberto Arvelo, BioPic / Historical Drama, Unrated,  Venezuela / Spain,  Spanish with English subtitles, 2013, 119 min

 

No figure is more revered in South America than Simón Bolívar, the legendary hero who freed the northern half of the continent from the iron grip of Spanish Colonialism. Alberto Arvelo's ambitious, gorgeously produced epic traces his transformation from a dashing 19th century aristocrat, who wooed and won a great Spanish beauty as his wife, into a fiery and embattled revolutionary with a powerful army at this command.


Simon Bolivar fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. He rode over 70,000 miles on horseback. His military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great. His army never conquered -- it liberated.


Rising international star Édgar Ramírez (Carlos) stars in this enthralling epic about Venezuelan political leader Simón Bolívar and his lifelong quest to bring autonomy and democracy to the Americas.

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1,000 TIMES GOODNIGHT

October 24 - October 30

 

 

Directed by Erik Poppe, Drama, Unrated,  Norway,  in English, 2013, 117 min

 

 

While on assignment photographing a female suicide bomber group, top war photographer Rebecca gets badly hurt in an explosion. Back home, her husband and daughters can no longer bear the thought of her dying on assignment in some faraway land. Rebecca is forced to choose between her family and her work.

A Norwegian-made, English-language film set in Ireland, Kenya and Afghanistan, and starring French luminary Juliette Binoche, would seem to wear its internationalism on its sleeve. Yet globe-trotting, at least to war zones, forms the central conflict in  A Thousand Times Goodnight, Erik Poppe's gripping tale of a dedicated photojournalist torn between passionate involvement with her work and commitment to her worried family. Deftly sidestepping both melodrama and family-values messaging, Poppe imbues the film with enormous emotional resonance, brilliantly grounded by his leading lady.

Grand Prize Montreal Film Festival

 

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COMING in NOVEMBER

Cooler weather and ocean breezes bring lots of activity to the Stonzek Theatre.  By popular demand we are bringing back the fabulous NYC fashionistas of a certain age. Advanced Style will return for the week of Oct 31.  Also that week we will re-examine (or for some examine for the 1st time) America's Last Days in Vietnam in this brilliant new documentary. 

 On Nov 7 Blue Room brings to the screen a noir psychological thriller from the novels of the incomparable Georges Simenon.  Listen Up Philip brings together Jason Schwartzman, Elizabeth Moss and Jonathan Pryce in an intimate, idiosyncratic comedy. We conclude the week with 2 special events:  Fri night Nov 7th at 8pm an evening of hand made music, a singer / song writer roundtable with Rod Macdonald, Marie Nofsinger and Amy Carol Webb.

Sat. night Nov. 8 at 7pm our eyes and ears return to Haiti with new movies from that torn island......

Avalanche!!!  Nov 14 - 20  Force Majeure A critical favorite and word-of-mouth sensation at this year's Cannes Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard, is a wickedly funny and precisely observed family drama.

Watchers of the Sky uncovers the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin - the man who created the word "genocide," and believed the law could protect the world from mass atrocities.

Nov 21-27 The world lost a Master filmmaker in March, Alain Resnais gifted us with 6 decades of billiant movies and we are saddened and honored to show his last work Life of Riley.

 

ADVANCED STYLE

October 31 - November 6

 

THEY ARE BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

 

 

Directed by Lina Plioplyte, Documentary, Unrated, US, 2014, 72 min

                 

Advanced Style examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal
style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging. Based on Ari Seth Cohen’s famed blog
of the same name, this film paints intimate and colorful portraits of independent, stylish
women aged 62 to 95 who are challenging conventional ideas about beauty, aging, and
Western culture’s increasing obsession with youth.

Advanced Style is Lina Plioplytes feature directorial debut.

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LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM

October 31 - November 6

 

 

 

Directed by Rory Kennedy, Documentary, Not Rated, US, 2014, 98 min

In April of 1975, the North Vietnamese Army was closing in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance was crumbling. Approximately 5,000 Americans remained with roughly 24 hours to get out. Their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends faced certain imprisonment and possible death if they remained behind, yet there was no official evacuation plan in place. Still, over the last days in Vietnam, with the clock ticking and the city under fire, 135,000 South Vietnamese managed to escape with help from a number of heroic Americans who took matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many people as possible.

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Songwriters’ Circle 

Friday November 7, 8 pm


         Songwriters’ Circle features three of south Florida’s most prominent acoustic singer-songwriters on stage together, sharing their original work, in the intimate (62-seat) setting of the Stonzek Theater.
 
Marie Nofsinger moved south from her native Massachusetts in the early 1980s, and for two decades was one of South Florida's busiest performing artists. Since then, she’s reduced her annual calendar to occasional “Dark & Stormy Night” themed shows and Suwanee Stringfest, where she’s been a headliner for several years. Citing her “stellar new Wildlife Rides Again CD,” Palm Beach Pulse wrote: “the disc blends bluegrass and country in sincere, humorous and rootsy ways not often heard since the advent of music video.” Catch this rare oppportunity to see Marie Nofsinger in a concert setting.
   
Rod MacDonald began in Greenwich Village clubs in the 1970s, co-founding the Greenwich Village Folk Festival, before moving to south Florida in 1995. Since then, he’s been named “Best Local Acoustic Artist” and one of “Ten Greatest South Florida Folksingers Of All Time” by New Times, and one of “Ten Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County” by the Palm Beach Post. He’s made 11 cds in the US and Europe and been covered by Dave Van Ronk, Shawn Colvin, Four Bitchin' Babes, Jonathan Edwards, and Garnet Rogers. He also was named 2012 Distinguished Faculty Member in FAU’s Lifelong Learning program. His latest cd is Later That Night. As Fort Lauderdale’s Labyrinth Café says, “Rod’s songs will stay in your heart and mind long after the music has ended.

Amy Carol Webb was named one of South Florida’s “Ten Best Folk Singers of All Time” in 2013 by New Times, and "One to watch in the next millennium" by the Miami Herald. Born into a musical family in Oklahoma, channeling the pioneering spirit of her Native American great-grandmothers and her own spiritual search, she’s appeared at the Kennedy Center and numerous Florida festivals, where her "liquid vocals sing of a better world - and make it a joyful proposition" (Performing Songwriter). Amy’s most recent recording is Moments: Music-Mantra-Music,  “inspired by myriad traditions including Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity and Indigenous People.”

 

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