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SEPTEMBER

GAVAGAI

September 14 – September 20

dir. Rob Tregenza, Drama, Not Rated, Germany, English, 2018, 90 min.

 

German businessman Carsten Neuer travels to Norway to finish the impossible translation of some Norwegian poems by Tarjei Vesaas into Chinese, a project of his late wife. He hires Niko, a down-on-his-luck tour guide, to drive him to the poet’s home and places of inspiration to stimulate his own translation. On the road, the ghost of Carsten’s wife appears to him, while Niko struggles with the sudden consequences of his girlfriend’s pregnancy. On this journey, two very different men come to realize the transforming power of love, the limits of language, and the human need for friendship.

Rob Tregenza’s uncompromising cinematic vision and devotion has, among other things, led him to direct such celebrated Independent films as Talking to Strangers, The Arc and Inside Out and to work with Jean-Luc Godard and, as a cinematographer with particular belief in long takes, for Alex Cox and Bela Tarr. Gavagai is his wonderful new film. “In this innovative and moving project, Director Rob Tregenza and screenwriter Kirk Kjeldsen have adapted the poetry of the Norwegian writer Tarjei Vesaas (1897-1970) to the screen. Andreas Lust ( Revanche ) plays Carsten Neuer, a grieving husband whose wife had been translating Vesaas’ poems into Chinese before her death. Neuer travels to Telemark, Vesaas’ home turf, partly in the hopes of finding a fitting resting place, and partly in an attempt to come to terms with his grief. Immense care has been taken to set up a field of resonances between this storyline, Vesaas’ writing, and the Norwegian landscapes invoked by the poems and shot on location in splendid 35mm. Counterpoints between Vesaas’ words and Neuer’s situation invoke the core problems involved in all sorts of translations. (The title, Gavagai , was the philosopher Willard van Orman Quine’s famous term for a word in an imaginary language that, perhaps like life itself, can be interpreted in multiple ways.) This film does not feel like an intellectual game, but rather a slow-burning odyssey in the face of death. Through its subtle treatment of the twists and turns of individual loss, Gavagai stands as both a remarkable homage to an important figure in Scandinavian literature and a humor-tinged journey into the underworld of grief”–

GOOD MANNERS

September 14 – September 20

dir. Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra, Fantasy / Horror / Musical, Not Rated, Germany, Portuguese, 2918, 135 min.

Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of São Paulo, is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana to be the nanny of her soon to be born child. Against all odds, the two women develop a strong bond. But a fateful night marked by a full moon changes their plans.

 

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, THE MUSICAL

SEPTEMBER 20 6PM & SEPTEMBER 23 8PM

Directed and Choreographed by CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON Directed for the screen by ROSS MACGIBBON, Not Rated, UK, ENGLISH, 2018, 160 MIN

This breathtakingly beautiful Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the Oscar® winning MGM film, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the ‘City of Light’. Featuring the gorgeous music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin, stunning designs, and show-stopping choreography. With a record-setting 28 five-star reviews from critics, An American in Paris is coming from London’s West End to a cinema near you. An American GI’s chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer leads Paris to become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war... Experience this “old-fashioned, big-hearted spare-no-expense Broadway romance” (The Wall Street Journal) in the comfort of your local cinema.

LOVE GILDA

September 21 – September 27

dir. Lisa Dapolito, Documentary, Not Rated, USA, English, 2018, 88 min.

In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner looks back and reflects on her life and career. Weaving together recently discovered audiotapes, interviews with her friends, rare home movies and diaries read by modern day comediennes, Love, Gilda offers a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of a beloved performer whose greatest role was sharing her story.

WE THE ANIMALS

September 21 – September 27

dir. Jerimiah Zagar, Drama, Rated ‘R’, USA, nglish, 2018, 94 min.

Us three. Us brothers. Us kings, inseparable. Three boys tear through their childhood, in the midst of their young parents’ volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over. While Manny and Joel grow into versions of their loving and unpredictable father, Ma seeks to shelter her youngest, Jonah, in the cocoon of home. More sensitive and conscious than his older siblings, Jonah increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own.

 

BAD REPUTATION

September 26

ONE NIGHT ONLY

OF KICK ASS ROCK AND ROLL

JOAN JETT

BEFORE SHE EMBARKS ON HER LATEST TOUR!

 

dir. Kevin Kerslake, Documentary, Not Rated, USA, English, 2018. 95 min.

Joan Jett is so much more than “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll.” It’s true, she became mega-famous from the number-one hit, and that fame intensified with the music video’s endless play on MTV. But that staple of popularity can’t properly define a musician. Jett put her hard work in long before the fame, ripping it up onstage as the backbone of the hard-rock legends The Runaways, influencing many musicians—both her cohort of punk rockers and generations of younger bands—with her no-bullshit style. Bad Reputation gives you a wild ride as Jett and her close friends tell you how it really was in the burgeoning ’70s punk scene, and their interviews are laced with amazing archival footage. The theme is clear: even though people tried to define Jett and keep her stuck to one hit, she never compromised. She will kick your ass, and you’ll love her all the more for it.

OCTOBER

THE CAKEMAKER

September 28 – October 4

dir. Ofir Raul Graizer, Drama, Not Rated, Germany, German / Hebrew, 2018, 113 min

Thomas, a young and talented German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who dies in a car crash. Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking answers. Keeping his secret for himself, he starts working for Anat, his lover’s widow, who owns a small café. Although not fully kosher and despised by the religious, his delicious cakes turn the place into a city attraction. Finding himself involved in Anat’s life in a way far beyond his anticipation, Thomas will stretch his lie to a point of no return.

SUPPORT THE GIRLS

September 27 – October 4

dir. Andrew Bujalski, Comedy, Not Rated, USA, English, 2018, 90 min .

Lisa is the last person you'd expect to find in a highway-side 'sports bar with curves',--but as general manager at Double Whammies, she's come to love the place and its customers. An incurable den mother, she nurtures and protects her girls fiercely--but over the course of one trying day, her optimism is battered from every direction...Double Whammies sells a big, weird American fantasy, but what happens when reality pokes a bunch of holes in it?

 

I AM NOT A WITCH

OCTOBER 5 – OCTOBER 11

dir. Rungano Nyoni, Drama, Not Rated, Zambia, English /German, 2018, 93 min

Following a banal incident in her local village, 8-year old girl Shula is accused of witchcraft. After a short trial she is found guilty, taken into state custody and exiled to a witch camp in the middle of a desert. At the camp she takes part in an initiation ceremony where she is shown the rules surrounding her new life as a witch. Like the other residents, Shula is tied to a ribbon which is attached to a coil that perches in a large tree. She is told that should she ever cut the ribbon, she'll be cursed and transformed into a goat.

PICK OF THE LITTER

October 5 – October 11

dir. Dana Nachman and Don Hardy Jr., Documentary, Not Rated, USA, English, 2018, 81 min.

Meet Patriot, Potomac, Primrose, Poppet, and Phil—five spirited puppies who, from the moment they’re born, begin an incredible journey to become guide dogs for the blind. It’s a rigorous two-year process that will take the pups from the care of selfless foster volunteers to specialized trainers to, if they make the cut, a lifelong human companion. At every step of the way, the puppies will be tested, challenged, and evaluated. Only the best of the best will be chosen for the job of guide dog—who has what it takes?

 

 

 

TEA WITH THE DAMES

OCTOBER 12 – OCTOBER 18

dir. Roger Michell, Documentary, Not Rated, UK, English, 2018, 84 min

What happens when four legends of British stage and screen get together? Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Atkins, and Dame Joan Plowright are among the most celebrated actresses of our time, with scores of iconic performances, decades of wisdom, and innumerable Oscars, Tonys, Emmys, and BAFTAs between them. They are also longtime friends who hereby invite you to join them for a weekend in the country as they catch up with one another, reminisce, and share their candid, delightfully irreverent thoughts on everything from art to aging to love to a life lived in the spotlight. Bursting with devilish wit and whip-smart insights, Tea With The Dames is a remarkable opportunity to spend time in the company of four all-time greats—up close and unfiltered.

ALL ABOUT NINA

October 12 – October 18

dir. Eva Vines, Drama / Comedy, Rated “R”, USA, English, 2018 97 min.

Nina Geld (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is an up-and-coming comedian in New York City. She’s funny, smart and has worked hard to build a career for herself in the male-dominated world of stand-up. But when it comes to romantic relationships, Nina’s life is a mess. Random guys in bars, abusive married men (Chace Crawford), and an inability to stand up for herself finally convince Nina it’s time for a change. She packs up and moves to Los Angeles, for a once in a lifetime opportunity to audition for Comedy Prime — the end all, be all of late night comedy. After killing it in Los Angeles, she meets chill contractor Rafe Hines (Common), who tempts the brash New Yorker into considering commitment. Sublimating her own desire to self-destruct, Nina has to answer the question, once and for all, of whether women can indeed have it all.

 

THUNDER ROAD

OCTOBER 19 - OCTOBER 25

dir. Jim Cummings, Drama / Comedy, Not Rated, USA, English, 2018, 92 min.

The Grand Jury prize winner at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival tests the limits of how long one can sit with the unflinching portrait of an angry, broken man whose life is falling apart in every direction, and it turns out it’s about 91 minutes. Writer-director-star Jim Cummings’ adaptation of his acclaimed 2016 short focuses on a wayward police officer who can’t manage to put his life together, largely due to his own simmering rage and sloppy mistakes. Cummings’ unruly performance as the mustachioed anti-hero engenders a paradoxical character study, in which the filmmaker takes to both sides of the camera to beg the audience for empathy, but doesn’t make it easy. From its teary-eyed, cringe-inducing opening eulogy to the tragic finale, “Thunder Road” maintains a beguiling funny-sad balance that’s unique to Cummings’ filmmaking voice, and won him overnight fans at SXSW. Considering the charged image of the police officer in America at the moment, this complex portrait could hit the zeitgeist; more than that, it would put a distributor in business with a filmmaker who’s clearly just getting started.

THE GUILTY

OCTOBER 19 - OCTOBER 25

dir. Gustav Moller, Drama / Thriller / Crime Not Rated, Denmark, Danish w/English subtitles, 2018, 85 min.

When police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) is demoted to desk work, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman who then disconnects abruptly. Asger, confined to the police station, is forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes more clear. The search to find the missing woman and her assailant will take every bit of his intuition and skill, as a ticking clock and his own personal demons conspire against him.

Audience Award Winner Sundance Film Festival

 

 

THE CHILDREN ACT

OCTOBER 26 – NOVEMBER 1

dir. Richard Eyre, Drama, Rated ‘R’, UK, English, 2018, 105 min.

Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) is intensely dedicated to her profession, never finding time to have her own children while fully assuming the immense responsibility of making life-and-death decisions about the children of others. As Fiona is about to embark on one of the most challenging cases of her career, Jack (Stanley Tucci) her neglected and increasingly frustrated husband, makes a shocking revelation, sending her into an emotional tailspin. The case in question concerns seventeen-year-old Adam (Fionn Whitehead), a Jehovah’s Witness suffering from leukemia, whose life could be saved by a simple blood transfusion, but who is refusing on religious grounds. Though just months shy of his eighteenth birthday, when he could legally choose for himself, Adam’s fate instead rests with Fiona, who, uncertain in her decision, makes the unusual move of leaving her courtroom to visit Adam’s hospital bedside. Their encounter forges a profound and unexpected connection, leading them both to challenge their beliefs, evaluate their choices, and grapple with the ultimate question of what constitutes right and wrong.

 

 

FUNNY GIRL

OCTOBER 24 AND OCTOBER 28

Directed by: Michael Mayer

Starring: Sheridan Smith, Darius Campbell

Following its record-breaking, sell-out run in London’s West End and national tour, the critically-acclaimed musical Funny Girl comes to a cinema near you, featuring Sheridan Smith in “an unforgettable star turn” (The Times). Funny Girl is semi-biographical, based on the life and career of Broadway star, film actress and comedienne Fanny Brice (a role made famous by Barbara Streisand on Broadway and in the 1968 film adaptation), and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein. Praised by critics as having “irresistible charm, wit and warmth” (Metro), and hailing Sheridan Smith as “the greatest star by far” (The Daily Telegraph), Funny Girl features a host of iconic and timeless musical numbers including “People,” “I’m the Greatest Star,” and “Don’t Rain On My Parade.” Hilarious, glorious, and ‘exhilarating’ (The Independent), don’t miss this sensational production from the comfort of your local cinema seat.

 

NOVEMBER

PARDON MY FRENCH - CABARET SHOW

NOVEMBER 9-10 8PM | NOVEMBER 11 2PM | $25

“Pardon My French” is an unorthodox French Cabaret Show, in English bien sûr. A one-of-a-kind performance with classic Parisian songs, Gallic humor and just the right amount of jokes that will make you blush.

Pardon my French is filled with classic French songs like “C’est magnifique”, “C’est si bon”, “If you go away” and songs from French related movies like “Gigi”, “An American in Paris”, “Let’s make love” …

But don’t think for a second that it is only another tribute to Colombel’s French heritage, not ! Tangi adds his own flavor, his “Ameri-French” sense of humor and this “je ne sais quoi” that will make you ask for more !