"A rare hybrid that perfectly blends the dazzle of a futuristic action thriller with the intellectual substance of an art film." - Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Politically provocative and visually spectacular Snowpiercer - the best action film of 2014, and probably the best film, period." - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon
In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.
Directed by Joon-ho Bong
(English, 126 minutes)
"Far more than just a tribute to the career of the world's most famous and influential film critic, the often revelatory Life Itself is also a remarkably intimate portrait of a life well lived — right up to the very last moment." - Bruce Ingram, Chicago Sun-Times
In 2013, the world lost Roger Ebert - arguably the nation's best-known and most influential movie critic. Based on his memoir of the same name, Life Itself recounts Ebert's fascinating and flawed journey - from politicized school newspaperman, to Chicago Sun-Times movie critic, to Pulitzer Prize winner, to television household name, to the miracle of finding love at 50, and finally his "third act" as a major voice on the Internet when he could no longer physically speak.
Directed by Steve James
(In English, 115 minutes)
ONE ADDITIONAL SCREENING:
SATURDAY, JULY 26 at 10:10 PM
Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway play by David Ives, which itself was based on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's groundbreaking novella. Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for his new play, writer-director Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) complains that no actress he's seen has what it takes to play the lead female character—until Vanda walks in, an actress who is a whirlwind of erratic - and, it turns out, erotic - energy.
Directed by Roman Polanski
(In French with English subtitles, 96 minutes)
Opening Friday, AUGUST 1, 2014
"A movie that pulls off a couple of impressive feats. It manages to make an entertaining story out of nothing in particular. And just when you get comfortable passively observing a passive observer, the minutest of twists becomes its own call to action. It urges the audience to consider this small story in a broader context." - Stephanie Merry, The Washington Post
Niko (Tom Schilling) lives for the moment as he drifts through the streets of Berlin, curiously observing everyone around him and oblivious to his growing status as an outsider. Then on one fateful day, through a series of absurdly amusing encounters, everything changes.
Directed by Jan Ole Gerster
(German with English subtitles, 88 minutes)
ONE TIME SCREENING
SATURDAY, AUGUST 2 at 2 PM
Post-film discussion with Katie Jackson (administrator of Tiny House Connecticut, professional woodworker, and tiny house-building hopeful) and Luise and Shawn Gleason (currently building their own tiny house in Fairfield County).
What is home? And how do we find it? TINY follows one couple's attempt to build a Tiny House from scratch with no building experience, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into houses smaller than the average parking space. Through homes stripped down to their essentials, the film raises questions about sustainability, good design, and the changing American Dream.
Directed by Merete Mueller, Christopher Smith
(In English, 61 minutes)
EXCLUSIVE EAST COAST PREMIERE
Opening Friday, AUGUST 8, 2014
Director Thomas Riedelsheimer (Rivers and Tides) explores the works of kinetic sculptor and Japanese artist, Susumu Shingu. Creating his artwork in dialogue with nature, Shingu believes that wind is an absolute and that it speaks to him. His sculptures convey the wonder of nature by translating its messages into movement.
The artist dreams of a place where sustainability and art collide, and of creating a wind-powered village where his graceful wind and water sculptures can breathe with the earth. His quest to create an awareness of our planet, our breathing earth, and our human values is documented in this gorgeous film.
Directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer
(In Japanese with English subtitles, 115 minutes)
Friday August 8th - Sunday AUgust 10th
"Ever mindful of the line he straddled between thinker and flamethrower, this "Gore Vidal" is nevertheless a lovingly packaged greatest hits from a legendary rebel of letters."
- Robert Abele, LA Times
Controversial, brilliant, and ever entertaining, the late Gore Vidal recalls his remarkable life as America's most outspoken intellectual superstar in this illuminating, up close and personal documentary.
Directed by Nicholas D. Wrathall
(In English, 83 minutes)
OPENINGS FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 2014
"Mehta explores matters more complex and unsettling than movie-tidy, against-the-odds heroism. In Tailang's fine performance, the enormity of Mahendra's mission registers in all its devastating weight." - Sheri Linden, LA Times
After sending away his 12 year-old son Siddharth for work, Mahendra is relieved that his financial burdens will be alleviated. But when Siddharth fails to return home, Mahendra learns he may have been taken by child-traffickers. With little resources and no connections, he travels across India in pursuit, with the hope that whatever force arbitrarily took his child away will return him unharmed.
Directed by Richie Mehta
(In Hindi with English Subtitles, 96 minutes)
OPENING FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2014
GRAND JURY PRIZE WINNER - SUNDANCE 2014
"A truly moving and edifying film, Rich Hill is the type of media object that could and should be put in a time capsule for future generations." - Katie Walsh, IndieWire
Rich Hill intimately chronicles the turbulent lives of three boys living in an impoverished Midwestern town and the fragile family bonds that sustain them.
Directed by Andrew Droz Palermo
(In English, 91 minutes)
OPENING FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2014
"Dreams of rock stardom become a warped reality in this barking-mad but affecting comedy about the side-effects of being a non-conformist genius." - Damon Wise, Empire
A comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender).
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
(In English, 95 minutes)
OPENING FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 2014
"Like an astutely aching ballad, the film—aptly scored with sweet, strumming beats by Jean-Louis Aubert—is pleased to ambiguously infer the interior logic of its irresolute characters without pigeonholing their motivations."
- Nick McCarthy, Slant Magazine
The film opens with a man leaving his wife and daughter and, in a series of brief conversations, observed gestures, chance encounters and impulsive acts, tells the story of the relationships that flounder and thrive in the wake of this decision.
Directed by Philippe Garrel
(In French with English Subtitles, 77 minutes)
Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks
Mighty Times: The Children's March
A Place at the Table
Bloods and Crips: Made in America
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