Screenings will be held primarily at Burns Court Cinemas in downtown Sarasota with special shows at Lakewood Ranch Cinemas. Festival passes will be available for members of Sarasota Film Society online Monday, October 25th. Advance passes will be available to the public beginning Thursday, October 28th. Individual tickets sales will become available for both members and non-members on Monday, November 1st. Red Passes, good for twenty admissions, are $120.00 for members and $160.00 for non-members. Black passes, good for ten admissions, are $62.50 for members, and $87.50 for non-members. Single tickets are $7.00 for members, and $9.50 for non-members. Membership to Sarasota Film Society is $30.00 for one person, or $50.00 for two. Membership entitles patrons to $5.00 regular movie tickets year round as well as discounted Cine-World tickets and advance purchase opportunities.
Filmed over nearly three years, Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of "catadores" -- or self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz's initial objective was to "paint" the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Walker (Devil's Playground, Blindsight, Countdown to Zero) has great access to the entire process and, in the end, offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.
MON, 11/8: 8:00 p.m.
SUN, 11/7: 7:45 p.m. (Lakewood Ranch)
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
D. Tamra Davis, USA, 93m
In his short career, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. He became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker Samo in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side scene, sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for $200, and became best friends with Andy Warhol. Appreciated by both the art cognoscenti and the public, Basquiat was launched into international stardom. However, soon his cult status began to override the art that had made him famous in the first place.Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast. His dense, bebop-influenced neoexpressionist work emerged while minimalist, conceptual art was the fad; as a successful black artist, he was constantly confronted by racism and misconceptions. Much can be gleaned from insider interviews and archival footage, but it is Basquiat's own words and work that powerfully convey the mystique and allure of both the artist and the man.
FRI, 11/5: 3:00 p.m.
THU, 11/11: 6:00 p.m.
Kings of Pastry
D. Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker, USA/France, 84m
Presented in French and English w/English subtitles
Imagine a scene never before witnessed: Sixteen French pastry chefs gathered in Lyon for three intense days of mixing, piping and sculpting everything from delicate chocolates to six-foot sugar sculptures in hopes of being declared by President Nicolas Sarkozy one of the best. This is the prestigious Meilleurs Ouvriers de France competition (Best Craftsmen in France). The blue, white and red striped collar worn on the jackets of the winners is more than the ultimate recognition for every pastry chef – it is a dream and an obsession. The finalists, France’s culinary elite, risk their reputations as well as sacrifice family and finances in pursuit of this lifelong distinction of excellence. Similar to the Olympics, the three-day contest takes place every four years and it requires that the chefs not only have extraordinary skill and nerves of steel, but also a lot of luck.Filmmakers D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus secured exclusive access to shoot this epic, never-before-filmed test of France’s finest artisans. The film follows chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-founder of Chicago’s French Pastry School, as he journeys back to his childhood home of Alsace to practice for the contest. Two other finalists are profiled in the film -- chef Regis Lazard, who was competing for the second time (he dropped his sugar sculpture the first time), and chef Philippe Rigollot, from Maison Pic, France’s only three-star restaurant owned by a woman. During the grueling final competition, chefs work under constant scrutiny by master judges and the critical palates of some of the world’s most renowned chefs evaluate their elaborate pastries. Finally, these pastry marathoners racing the clock must hand carry all their creations including their fragile sugar sculptures through a series of rooms to a final buffet area without shattering them. The film captures the high-stakes drama of the competition – passion, sacrifice, disappointment, and joy – in the quest to become one of the Kings of Pastry.
SUN, 11/7: 3:30 p.m.
WED, 11/10: 6:15 p.m.
Sons of Perdition
D. Tyler Meason and Jennilyn Merten, USA, 87m
In the remote desert of Utah hides Colorado City, the oldest polygamist compound in the United States. Here men have plural wives and raise their children by the strict code of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saint religion (FLDS). Shortly after his rise to power in 2003, the FLDS’ prophet Warren Jeffs began a systematic effortto cleanse his flock for the end of the world. He banned public schooling, gentile books,recreations, and excommunicated prominent men, marrying their women and children to othermen. Hundreds of teenage boys were exiled to the streets of neighboring communities. Many
more followed, giving up their families and salvation in the hope of escape. Sons of Perditionfollows three boys after they leave the isolation of Colorado City and join an underground network of exiled FLDS teens. Condemned to hell by their community, many of the boys turn to drugs and alcohol. With limited educations and rarely a stable address, the obstacles are enormous. All the boys have big dreams—starting with the hope of attending high school—but what they want most is contact with their families. For one teen in the film, this means numerous attempts to help his fourteen-year-old sister escape before an arranged marriage.With unprecedented access, Sons of Perditiontakes audiences on a three-year-journey into the lives of these remarkable teens, providing the inside analysis to make this intimate portrait a big story—a timely, critical look at faith, family and religious exile in mainstream America.
MON, 11/8: 1:15 p.m.
TUE, 11/9: 6:00 p.m.
THU, 11/11: 3:30 p.m.
D. Duane Baughman, USA/UK, 111m
A recent Sundance world premiere, Bhutto tells the epic story of one of the most fascinating characters of our time — Benazir Bhutto, the first woman in history to lead a Muslim nation. A favored daughter of the family often called the “Kennedys of Pakistan,” Benazir was elected Prime Minister after her father was overthrown and executed by his own military. Her two terms in power saw extreme acts of courage and controversy as she tried to clean up Pakistan’s corrupt political culture while quelling the fires of radical Islam that threaten to engulf the region. A fascinating array of archival footage and interviews with family members and leading experts brings life to this tale of Shakespearean dimension in the country the Economist calls "the world's most dangerous place."
MON, 11/8: 5:15 p.m.
TUE, 11/9: 1:00 p.m.
Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields
D. Kerthy Fix and Gail O’Hara, USA, 82m
With his unique gift for memorable melodies, lovelorn lyrics and wry musical stylings that blend classic Tin Pan Alley with modern sounds, Stephin Merritt has distinguished himself as one of contemporary popʼs most beloved and influential artists. Both a prolific recording artist and composer of theater and film scores, he performs most famously as the Magnetic Fields, whose 1999 three-disc opus 69 Love Songs is widely considered a masterpiece of traditional songcraft and irresistible synthpop. Ten years in the making, STRANGE POWERS explores Merrittʼs songwriting and recording process, and focuses on his relationships with his bandmates and longtime manager Claudia Gonson, revealing an artist who has produced one of the most engaging and confounding bodies of work in the contemporary American songbook.
FRI, 11/5: 1:15 p.m.
WED, 11/10: 3:45 p.m.
THU, 11/11: 8:00 p.m.
A Film Unfinished
D. Yael Hersonski, Germany/Isreal, 88m
Presented in German and Polish w/English subtitles
At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film, having sat undisturbed in an East German archive, was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942, and labeled simply "Ghetto," this footage quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. However, the later discovery of a long-missing reel complicated earlier readings of the footage. A Film Unfinished presents the raw footage in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences (including a staged dinner party) falsely showing "the good life" enjoyed by Jewish urbanites, and probes deep into the making of a now-infamous Nazi propaganda film.A Film Unfinished is a film of enormous import, documenting some of the worst horrors of our time and exposing the efforts of its perpetrators to propel their agenda and cast it in a favorable light.
FRI, 11/5: 5:30 p.m.
TUE, 11/9: 7:45 p.m. (Lakewood Ranch)
Enemies of the People
D. Rob Lemkin & Thet Sambath, UK/Cambodia, 94m
Presented in English and Cambodian w/English subtitles
One of the most harrowing and compelling personal documentaries of our time, Enemies of the People exposes for the first time the truth about the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge who were behind Cambodia’s genocide. More than simply an inquiry into Cambodia’s experience, however, Enemies of the People is a profound meditation on the nature of good and evil, shedding light on the capacity of some people to do terrible things and for others to forgive them.Winner of a dozen top documentary festival awards, including a Special Jury Prize at Sundance and the Grand Jury Award at the Full Frame Documentary Festival, this is a riveting film that takes audiences as close to witnessing evil as they are ever likely to get. It is also a personal journey into the heart of darkness by journalist/filmmaker Thet Sambath, whose family was wiped out in the Killing Fields, but whose patience and discipline elicits unprecedented on-camera confessions from perpetrators at all levels of the Khmer Rouge hierarchy. This is investigative journalism of the highest order.
TUE, 11/9: 5:45 p.m.
THU, 11/11: 1:15 p.m.
D. Ken Sons, USA, 67m
Welcome to the high stakes world of the 22 billion dollar toy industry, where fun and fortune awaits those who know how to get inside the mind of a child. Meet the playmakers behind the biggest toys and games in history while following the ups and downs of game designer, Tim Walsh.From prototype to pitch, follow Walsh along his winding road to Toy Fair, one of the largest trade show for toys in the world. Will his toy light up the imagination of kids everywhere or never see the light of day?
WED, 11/10: 8:15 p.m.
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWED BY Q&A WITH DIRECTOR KEN SONS!
D. Jeff Malmberg, USA, 83m
On April 8, 2000, Mark Hogancamp was brutally attacked outside of a bar by five men. Revived by paramedics, Mark had suffered brain damage and physical injuries so severe even his own mother didn’t recognize him. After nine days in a coma and 40 days in the hospital, Mark was discharged with little memory of his previous life.Unable to afford therapy, Mark decided to create his own. In his backyard, he built Marwencol, a 1/6th scale World War II-era town that he populated with dolls representing his friends, family and even his attackers. After a few years, Mark started documenting his miniature dramas with his camera. Through Mark’s lens, these were no longer dolls – they were living, breathing characters in an epic WWII story full of violence, jealousy, longing and revenge. And he (or rather his alter ego, Captain Hogancamp) was the hero.When Mark’s stunningly realistic photos are discovered by an art magazine, and a prestigious gallery comes calling, his homemade therapy suddenly becomes “art,” forcing Mark to make a choice between the safety of his fictional town and the real world beyond it.
SAT, 11/6: 1:15 p.m.
MON, 11/8: 3:15 p.m.
D. Dana Adam Shaprio, USA, 94m CENTERPIECE FILM!
Increasingly anxious about his impending marriage to Nat (Rashida Jones) and thoroughly bored with his day job as a wedding photographer, Theo (Chris Messina) establishes a hobby: he's hired by clients to clandestinely snap voyeuristic photos of them as they go about their days. Things go smoothly until a sexy exhibitionist (Meital Dohan) leads him into an all-consuming obsession. As Theo stalks her day and night, the woman's mysterious public trysts send him reeling, forcing him to confront uncomfortable truths about his sex life at home.Monogamy is an acutely observed portrait of a relationship on the brink, a timely tale of masculinity tested by fantasy and fear of commitment.
FRI, 11/5: 5:15 p.m.
WED, 11/10: 7:45 p.m.(Lakewood Ranch)
Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench
D. Damien Chazelle, USA, 82m
A full-fledged musical written and directed by Damien Chazelle, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench tells the story of two separated lovers, a young jazz trumpeter and an introverted woman, who slowly wind their way back into each other’s lives through a series of romances and near-romances punctuated by song. Recasting the MGM musical tradition in a gritty, near-documentary style, the film stars Jason Palmer, and features all original music recorded by the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra.
SAT, 11/6: 1:00 p.m.
MON, 11/8: 5:45 p.m.
Dear Lemon Lima
D. Suzi Yoonessi, USA, 87m
As sweet and colorful as a snow cone, this delightful happy-sad confection follows an awkward Alaskan teen as she discovers her Eskimo heritage while rallying her fellow misfits to compete in her school's Snowstorm Survivor competition.
SUN, 11/7: 1:15 p.m.
TUE, 11/9: 3:45 p.m.
D. Johan Grimonprez, Belgium/Germany/The Netherlands, 80m
Johan Grimonprez’s ingenious documentary/fiction hybrid — a meditation on identity,
filmmaking, power and paranoia — looks at Alfred Hitchcock’s late 50s and early 60s films against the climate of Cold War-era political anxiety. Using a meticulous array of archive footage – as well as a story by novelist Tom McCarthy (Remainder) about Hitchcock encountering his double during production of The Birds – Grimonprez traces the global rise of fear as a commodity, examining modern history through the lens of mass media, advertising and Hollywood.
FRI, 11/5: 1:00 p.m.
SAT, 11/6: 3:15 p.m.
MON, 11/8: 7:45 p.m.
D. Marc Meyers, USA, 102m
Three generations of a family come together one summer, around the eventual passing of the patriarch of the family, a WWII veteran. Gathered at the family home and in and around their beautiful shoreline town, years of resentment and betrayal within the family surface, and the grandson, a college student, does his part to hold them all together, growing up in the process.Harvest is a poignant story that is ultimately uplifting, with moments of humor anchoring this realistic portrait of a family hanging on to what was, what is, and to each other.The ensemble cast includes Academy Award nominee Robert Loggia, Academy Award nominee Barbara Barrie, Jack Carpenter, Arye Gross, Tony Winner Victoria Clark, Peter Friedman, along with Daniel Eric Gold, Adriana Sevan, Kel O'Neill, and Christine Evangelista.
FRI, 11/5: 3:15 p.m.
WED, 11/10: 6:00 p.m.
D. Derek Cianfrance, USA, 114m
OPENING NIGHT FILM!
Blue Valentine is the story of love found and love lost told in past and present moments in time. Flooded with romantic memories of their courtship, Dean and Cindy use one night to try and save their failing marriage. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams star in this honest portrait of a relationship on the rocks.
FRI, 11/5: 7:30 p.m.
D. Darren Aronofsky, USA, 103m
CLOSING NIGHT FILM!
A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet, Black Swan stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company (Mila Kunis). A Fox Searchlight Pictures release by visionary director Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler), Black Swan takes a thrilling and at times terrifying journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect.Black Swan follows the story of Nina (Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter’s professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
THU, 11/11: 7:45 p.m.
D. Danny Boyle, USA/UK, 94m
127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers (Clemence Poesy), family, and the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet?
SAT, 11/6: 7:30 p.m.
SUN, 11/7: 3:45 p.m.
D. Baltasar Kormakur, USA, 83m
Every day, rising Santa Fe District Attorney Paul Stanton and his wife, Diane, wait for word that there’s a donor for their daughter, Chloe. Diagnosed with a rare degenerative condition, Chloe is on a long list to receive a double lung transplant. As her health worsens, Paul becomes desperate to save his young child…so desperate that he’ll risk everything to organize an operation. When Paul learns of a Dr. Novarro who performs transplants in Juarez, Mexico, he heads south in a frantic search for the only man who may be able to save Chloe. But after arriving, he realizes Dr. Novarro’s medical ring runs deep into a criminal underworld where his patients aren’t donors – they’re victims. With his career, his family and his life on the line, Paul finds himself at a critical crossroads: expose a massive, illegal harvesting operation and save the lives of hundreds of children, or save the life of his daughter.
SAT, 11/6: 5:15 p.m.
SUN, 11/7: 8:00 p.m.
Welcome to the Riley’s
D. Jake Scott, USA, 110m
Welcome to The Riley’s is a moving drama about how taking risks can be a path to healing. When Louis and Doug Riley, an upstanding couple from Indiana are driven apart by the death of their daughter, their marriage seems unsalvageable. That is, until, they meet a troubled young woman that forever changes their lives.
SAT, 11/6: 7:45 p.m.
SUN, 11/7: 5:45 p.m.
D. John Cameron Mitchell, USA, 96m
Rabbit Hole is a vivid, hopeful, honest and unexpectedly witty portrait of a family searching for what remains possible in the most impossible of all situations. Becca and Howie Corbett (NICOLE KIDMAN and AARON ECKHART) are returning to their everyday existence in the wake of a shocking, sudden loss. Just eight months ago, they were a happy suburban family with everything they wanted. Now, they are caught in a maze of memory, longing, guilt, recrimination, sarcasm and tightly controlled rage from which they cannot escape. While Becca finds pain in the familiar, Howie finds comfort. The shifts come in abrupt, unforeseen moments. Becca hesitantly opens up to her opinionated, loving mother (DIANNE WIEST) and secretly reaches out to the teenager involved in the accident that changed everything (MILES TELLER); while Howie lashes out and imagines solace with another woman (SANDRA OH). Yet, as off track as they are, the couple keeps trying to find their way back to a life that still holds the potential for beauty, laughter and happiness. The resulting journey is an intimate glimpse into two people learning to re-engage with each other and a world that has been tilted off its axis.
SAT, 11/6: 3:00 p.m.
SUN, 11/7: 8:15 p.m.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
D. Daniel Alfredson, Sweden/Denmark, 148m
Presented in Swedish w/English subtitles
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is the third and final film adaptation of the best-selling Millennium trilogy written by the late Swedish author, Stieg Larsson (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire). In this last installment, Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge – against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest brings back Noomi Rapace in the starring role of the pierced and tattooed genius computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, Michael Nyqvist as Mikael Blomkvist, the crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, and Lena Endre (Erika Berger) the editor of the magazine and Blomkvist’s occasional lover.
FRI, 11/5: 7:45 p.m.
THU, 11/11: 7:45 p.m. (Lakewood Ranch)
D. Jan Hrebejk, Czech Republic, 100m
Presented in Czech w/English subtitles
A drama about family and politics, the role of memory in relationships, and that of jealousy, arrogance, love, loyalty and betrayal. Pavel, a distinguished psychiatrist is about to receive an award for his life’s work and his role as a dissident; his handsome wife and adoring grown daughter are pleased the honor is coming his way. But Ludek, his son-in-law, employed on a documentary crew filming Pavel, resents that his own family, rooted in Czechoslovakia’s Communist past, ended up on the wrong side of history --- while his wife’s is now la crème de la crème. When Ludek discovers that Pavel may have corroborated with the secret police in order to silence a romantic rival, the plot thickens immeasurably. KAWASAKI’S ROSE considers the ways in which the past never stops informing the present, especially in societies where secrets were the way of life, and professional or personal success could depend upon a single well-placed piece of information, be it true or false.
WED, 11/10: 1:15 p.m.
MON, 11/8: 7:45 p.m. (Lakewood Ranch)
Vision: From the Life of Hildegard Von Bingen
D. Margareth von Trotta, Germany, 94m
Presented in German w/English subtitles
Hildegard von Bingen was truly a woman ahead of her time. A visionary in every sense of the word, this famed 12th-century Benedictine nun was a Christian mystic, composer, philosopher, playwright, poet, naturalist, scientist, physician, herbalist and ecological activist.
In Vision - from the Life of Hildegard von Bingen, New German Cinema auteur Margarethe von Trotta (Marianne and Juliane, Rosa Luxemburg, Rosenstrasse) reunites with recurrent star Barbara Sukowa (Zentropa, Berlin Alexanderplatz) to bring the story of this extraordinary woman to life. In a staggering performance, Sukowa portrays von Bingen’s fierce determination to expand the responsibilities of women within the order, even as she fends off outrage from some in the Church over the visions she claims to receive from God. Lushly shot in the original medieval cloisters of the fairytale-like German countryside, Vision is a profoundly inspirational portrait of a woman who has emerged from the shadows of history as a forward-thinking and iconoclastic pioneer of faith, change and enlightenment.
SUN, 11/7: 5:30 p.m.
SAT, 11/6: 7:45 p.m. (Lakewood Ranch)
Around a Small Mountain
D. Jacques Rivette, France, 84m
Presented in French w/English subtitles
From legendary director Jacques Rivette (Va Savoir, The Duchess of Langeais) comes a tale of lost love, chance encounters and the transformative power of art.On a winding mountain road, Vittorio gallantly helps Kate with her stalled car, and without a single word exchanged, sppeds off. Later in town, he learns that Kate has returned to join her family’s travelling circus after leaving under mysterious conditions years afo. Intrigues by her story, Vittorio stays for the show, and the next one, and little by little, is ingratiated into the circus and the lives of its performers – all the while trying to discover the secret that led to Kate’s sudden departure.
TUE, 11/9: 8:00 p.m.
WED, 11/10: 3:30 p.m.
Over the Hill Band
D. Geoffrey Enthoven, Belgium, 98m
Presented in Flemish w/English subtitles
Upon the death of her husband, Claire (70) decides to reconnect with her estranged son, down and out R&B musician Sid. She asks him to help her restart the old girl group she used to sing in with two of her friends from the old days. The rebel son is hesitant at first but eventually agrees under one condition: the band has to play HIS music.
MON, 11/8: 3:30 p.m.
THU, 11/11: 1:00 p.m.
D. Sophie Deraspe, Canada, 94m
Presented in French w/English subtitles
Les Signes Vitaux (Vital Signs) follows Simone who suddenly finds herself back in Quebec City following her Grand-mother's death. She has no idea her student existence is about to be scuttled… by the discovery of life itself. A switch is mysteriously flicked, and she decides to embark on a journey to help those about to die. Perhaps to fill the emptiness that follows her wherever she goes, from her apartment to the old snowy streets and even with her
lover.Sophie Deraspe walks away from the temptation to fill the awkward moment, while slipping radiantly sly humour into the plot. The director of Rechercher Victor Pellerin transforms this silent quest into a superb wintry poem about life and death and why we reach out to strangers.
SAT, 11/6: 5:30 p.m.
TUE, 11/9: 1:15 p.m.
Samson and Delilah
D. Warwick Thorton, Austrailia, 100m
Aboriginal and English w/English subtitles
Samson, a cheeky 15-year-old boy, and Delilah live in an isolated Aboriginal community in the Central Australian desert. Amongst a tiny collection of houses, everything here happens in a cycle. Day in and day out - nothing changes, everything stays the same and no one seems to care. When tragedy strikes they turn their backs on home and embark on a journey of survival. The two teenagers soon discover that life outside the community can be cruel. Though hungry and rejected Samson and Delilah fall in love. It is all they have. It is real. Lost, unwanted and alone they discover that life isn't always fair, but love never judges.
MON, 11/8: 1:00 p.m.
TUE, 11/9: 7:45 p.m.
Army of Crime
D. Robert Guédiguian, France, 139m
Presented in French w/English subtitles
The poet Missak Manouchian leads a mixed bag of youngsters and immigrants in a clandestine battle against the Nazi occupation. Twenty-two men and one woman fighting for an ideal and for freedom. News of their daring attacks, including the assassination of an SS general, eventually reaches Berlin.
WED, 11/10: 1:00 p.m.
THU, 11/11: 3:15 p.m.
D. Ben Sombogaart, The Netherlands, 130m Presented in Dutch and English w/English subtitles
Eager to escape the damp and suffocating atmosphere of post-war Holland, the three young Dutchwomen Ada, Esther and Marjorie look forward to a better life in New Zealand. They meet on the immigration flight – the “Bride Flight” – to their new country, where they are to join fiancés and marry. During the flight, the three women form a bond of friendship among themselves, and with Frank, an attractive young man who wants to set up a winery. On their arrival, all four part ways to start a new life. Yet their paths continue to cross – Ada will one day leave her children and her puritan husband for Frank, an escape to freedom that is ultimately doomed. And the single career woman Esther will give her unwanted child to Marjorie and her husband after Marjorie suffers a miscarriage and will probably never bear a child again. As the boy grows up, Marjorie fears that Esther might break the pact of silence they made. An outing that reunites all four friends and the boy turns into a near tragedy that destroys one friendship, shatters a loving relationship, and nearly costs the boy’s life. Only 50 years later do they all come together again, perhaps closer now than ever before…
SUN, 11/7: 1:00 p.m.
FRI, 11/5: 7:45 p.m. (Lakewood Ranch)
Disco and the Atomic War
D. Jaak Kilmi, Estonia/Finland, 80m
Presented in Estonian w/English subtitles
Winner of the Best Documentary prize at the Warsaw International Film Festival, this witty, charming, and provocative film recounts how in the mid 1980's, the nation of Estonia still lay firmly in the grip of the Soviet Union, and the repressive authorities controlled virtually all aspects of Estonian life. The totalitarian government's power was derived in no small part from their ability to censor cultural life and keep Western culture on the other side of the border. Rock and Roll was but a rumor and the only television shows on the air were dreary propaganda. But one day everything changed. Just a few miles across the border in Finland, a huge new television antenna was built that broadcast western signals in all directions--including directly into the heart of the Talinn, the capital of Estonia.Filmmakers Jaak Kilmi and Kiur Aarma grew up in Talinn in the 80's, and in Disco and the Atomic War they make use of wonderfully playful but credible recreations to set their true personal coming of age story against the backdrop of the rapid collapse of the Soviet government in Estonia. As illicit television antennas sprung up in Northern Estonia, rumors about the attempted murder of J.R. Ewing spread by word of mouth to the rural south, and the nation of Estonia was as gripped by the saga as the USA had ever been. Teenagers went to their school dances and imitated the disco moves they saw on television, clothing and hairstyles began to change radically, and things would never be the same. The government controlled media scrambled to create western-style soap operas and disco-saturated television programming that vaguely reinforced communist values, but it was far too little, and much too late. The genie was out of the bottle, Estonians were now in the grip of American television, and they began to dream that one day, they too would spend their days working in skyscrapers and their nights drinking fine whiskey by the pool, alongside their robot car.