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Still Alice

Starts Friday
in Woodstock 
Jan 30 – Feb 5
Fri 7:30
Sat *4:30* 7:30
Sun 1:30 4:00
Mon – Thur 7:30 
(US / 2014 / Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland)
PG-13 / 101 mins.
* Saturday at 4:30, the screening will be followed by a q&a with representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association – Hudson Valley Chapter 
* Golden Globe winner for Best Actress, Academy Award nominee for Best Actress 
Based on a best-seller by Lisa Genova and featuring a Golden Globe-winning performance from Julianne Moore, STILL ALICE is a searing, unsparing, portrayal of a professor brought down in mid-career by Early Onset Alzheimer’s.
Alice Howland, happily married to her husband John (Alec Baldwin) and mother to three grown children (Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, and Hunter Parrish), is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested as she struggles to stay connected to who she once was. A tough-minded look at a difficult disease, STILL ALICE is at once heartbreaking and inspiring, as powerful as it is crushing.

At Saturday’s 4:30 screening, representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association – Hudson Valley Chapter will speak about Alzheimer’s disease and the organization, which provides support and assistance to our communities. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

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Mr. Turner

 

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Coming Soon
(UK/2014/Writer/Dir Mike Leigh)
R / 2 hours 29 mins
* Four Academy Award Nominations: Best Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design, Original Score 
Mike Leigh who’s given us some amazing films about contemporary life – SECRETS & LIES, NAKED, LIFE IS SWEET - as well as some captivating period dramas (TOPSY TURVY, VERA DRAKE) here, with Dick Pope, his director of photography, takes us back to the nineteenth century and the last twenty five years of the celebrated, groundbreaking, difficult painter JMW Turner (1775-1851). 
Sad and joyful, ‘Mr Turner’ offers a wonderfully rich tapestry of experience and digs deeply into a complicated, contradictory life. Timothy Spall won Best Actor at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for his performance as the great if eccentric British painter. Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.
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Force Majeure

Coming Soon
 
(Sweden, Norway, Denmark, France / 2014 / Directed by Ruben Östlund)
R / 118 mins
* Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Film
In this beautiful, audacious film, Ruben Östlund turns a keenly analytic eye on the principles we supposedly live by and explores what happens when our codes of conduct are abruptly stripped away.
On a family skiing vacation in the French Alps, Tomas (Johannes Bah Kuhnke) and Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli) are enjoying lunch with their two children when thunderous booms emanating from the mountain above them interrupt their meal. The complacent Tomas initially dismisses the possibility of danger – but when it appears that there may be an avalanche, he grabs his cellphone and bolts, leaving his wife and children to fend for themselves. When nothing catastrophic happens as a result of the avalanche, the film probes the incident’s emotional fallout, as husband and wife debate what actually occurred, and what Tomas’s proper response should have been – a battle that eventually threatens not just Tomas and Ebba’s relationship, but those of the people around them. Psychologically acute and boasting a number of bravura moments that range from terrifying to comic, FORCE MAJEURE is both an insightful probe into gender roles and family dynamics and a clever lampoon of fragile bourgeoisie masculinity. In Swedish with subtitles. 
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Two Days, One Night

 

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Coming Soonish
(France/2014/Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes)
PG-13 / 95 mins
* Academy Award nominee for Best Actress
The latest from the celebrated Dardenne brothers (THE KID WITH THE BIKE, ROSETTA, THE CHILD,LA PROMESSE) Luc and Jean-Pierre, stars Oscar winner Marion Cotillard as Sandra, a working-class wife and mother paralyzed by depression who, about to return to her job, learns her colleagues have just voted to get rid of her so that they can divide up her salary for their bonuses. 
twodaysBecause the vote was not quite proper, Sandra is given one weekend to convince her co-workers to keep her on but lose their bonuses. In the course of her surprisingly suspenseful efforts, Sandra finds out who her friends are, while the Dardennes compellingly map the rocky terrain of worker solidarity in contemporary Europe. Over the weekend, urged on by her husband and a friend, Sandra screws up her courage to confront each co-worker individually in order to win a majority of their votes before time runs out. The brothers Dardennes have turned a relevant social inquiry into a powerful statement on community solidarity, once again delivering a film that is simple on the surface but alive with both compassion and wisdom. In French with subtitles. 
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Human Capital

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Coming 2015
(Italy/2015/dir by Paolo Virzi)
unrated / 110 mins
Italy’s nominee for best foreign language film is a stylish thriller that fuses a whodunit with a tricky dance of status, avarice, and ambition.
It’s the night before Christmas Eve and a cyclist heading home from work is run off the road by a careening SUV. As details emerge of the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the well-to-do Bernaschi family intertwine with the struggling middle-class Rovellis in ways neither could have expected. Dino Rovelli (Fabrizio Bentivoglio), in dire financial straits, anticipates the birth of twins with his second wife (Valeria Golino), and uses his teenaged daughter Serena’s (Matilde Gioli) relationship with hedge-fund manager Giovanni Bernaschi’s playboy son to get a chance to invest money he doesn’t have. Paolo Virzi’s taut character study deconstructs the typical linear narrative, observing transformative events from three character’s perspectives adding and layering relevant details and angles. The result is a nuanced account of desire, greed and the value of human life in an age of rampant capitalism and financial manipulation. In Italian with subtitles. 
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Leviathan

Coming Soon
(Russia / 2014 / Directed by Andrey Zvyaginstev)
R / 141 mins. 
* Golden Globe WINNER for Best Foreign Film
* Academy Award nominee Best Foreign Film
Premiering to unanimous acclaim at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, LEVIATHAN is an eye-opening glimpse into life on the gray-lit Barents sea – with its mordant, vodka-saturated humor, vast skeletons of whales and old fishing boats, and crushing tales of corruption.
Kolia (Alexey Serebriakov) is a car mechanic with a modest property on prime real estate. When a crooked mayor (Roman Madyanov) who wants his land hits Kolia with a compulsory purchase order, Kolia enlists the help of his old friend Dimitri (Vladimir Vzovichenkov), a Moscow lawyer. Dimitri produces an incriminating file that he promises will induce the mayor to back down, but attempting to blackmail Russia’s well-connected gangster class is fraught with danger. With an extraordinary eye for the class-inflected details of intimate small town life, Zvyaginstev has made a film in which the personal and the political are perfectly intertwined. A tragic-drama that dissects the contemporary Russian spirit with immediacy and urgency, LEVIATHAN is visceral, rebellious fare, unraveling with a force that escalates into an annihilating sort of grandeur. In Russian with subtitles. 
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A Tale of Winter

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Coming Soon
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(France/1992/Writer/Director Eric Rohmer)
unrated / 114 mins
Winter begins in summer, on a beach-in a series of swift snippets in which a stunningly sexy young couple, Felicie (Charlotte Very) and Charles (Frederic Van Dren Driessche) romp, make love and leave each other as the season quickly shifts.
For decades writer Eric Rohmer was the guiding light in the French auteur school of cinema. He honed his modest personal cinema making such films as MY NIGHT AT  MAUD’S, PAULINE AT THE BEACH, CLAIRE’S KNEE. in Rohmer love and sex are typically viewed morally and intellectually and discussed in depth. Here however we witness a young couple, Félicie and Charles, who meet while on holiday, have sex on a beach, and fall deeply in love at the end of summer. As they must go their separate ways, she gives him the wrong address, and, as a result, he disappears from her life. Five years later, at Christmas time, Félicie is a hairdresser in the Paris suburbs with a daughter (Charles’) and two lovers: the successful hairstylist Maxence and the Catholic intellectual Loïc. She loves them both, but, as she says, “There’s love and love,” and the love that counts is the one she still holds for the long lost Charles. Félicie is one of the most fascinating in Rohmer’s distinguished line of heroines: impulsive, independent, thoughtlessly frank, disarmingly sincere, at once exasperating and enchanting.
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Rome Open City

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(Italy/1946/dir by Roberto Rossellini)
unrated / 103mins
“Documentary style” narrative filmmaking is unthinkable without Roberto Rossellini’s revelation “Rome Open City” a harrowing drama about the Nazi occupation of Rome and the members of the underground and the others who fought against it.
Conceived amid Rome in ruins at the end of WWII, written in Federico Fellini’s kitchen, the film’s style of filmmaking blends location shooting with non-actors as well as actors - Anna Magnani and Aldo Fabrizi – in leading roles. Unforgettable.

 It’s a street opera, caught on camera during wartime, a story performed by a mixed cast of amazing professionals and earnest non-professionals. When Magnani runs down the street, chasing after her fiance who has been captured by the enemy, the guns come out and cinema history is made before your eyes.”
- Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune 

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Pelican Dreams

In Rhinebeck
Feb 8
Sun 1:00
(USA / 2014 / Directed by Judy Irving)
G / 80 mins.
* In person: Migratory bird rehabilitator Annie Mardiney 
In a story of friendship, survival and the spirit of flight, filmmaker Judy Irving (THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL) follows a wayward, starving California brown pelican from her “arrest” on the Golden Gate Bridge into care at a wildlife rehabilitation facility, and from there explores pelicans’ nesting grounds, Pacific coast migration and survival challenges.
The film is about wildness: How close can we get to a wild animal without taming or harming it? Why do we need wildness in our lives, and how can we protect it? PELICAN DREAMS stars “Gigi” (for Golden Gate) and Morro (a backyard pelican with an injured wing). Like THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL, Irving’s study of brown pelicans is affectionate, at times humorous and reveals a sense of wonder and awe at the birds’ simple beauty. — Shadow Distribution

Mardiney is a licensed New York State rehabilitator and a federally licensed migratory bird rehabilitator. She received her New York and Federal Fish and Wildlife rehab licenses nine years ago. She has had birds of one kind or another since she was 7 (starting with Chirpy, a rooster), and ran the poultry/rabbit 4-H club for 10 years. Her love of birds and wildlife were well-known during those years that whenever someone found an injured or orphaned bird or rabbit, they would bring it to her.

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She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

Coming Soon
(US / 2014 / Directed by Mary Dore)
Unrated / 92 mins. 
SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971.
Taking us from the founding of NOW — with ladies in hats and gloves — to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality and in the process created a world-wide revolution. Instead of romanticizing the early movement, SHE’S BEAUTIFUL dramatizes its exhilarating, quarrelsome, sometimes heart-wrenching glory. Still resonating today for women who are facing new challenges around reproductive rights and sexual violence, the film shows present-day activists creating their generation’s own version of feminism and inspires women and men to work for feminism and human rights. Unrated / 92 mins. 
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The 2015 Oscar Nominated Short Films

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Watch the Oscar-nominated shorts before the Academy Awards on February 22nd! Upstate will screen the following three shorts programs…
ANIMATED SHORTS PROGRAM: (82 mins)
animated shorts

  • ME AND MY MOULTON (Canada / Directed by Torill Kove)
  • FEAST (USA / Directed by Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed) 
  • THE BIGGER PICTURE (UK / Directed by Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees) 
  • A SINGLE LIFE (The Netherlands / Directed by Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins, Job Roggeveen) 
  • THE DAM KEEPER (USA / Directed by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi) 
  • ADDITIONAL ANIMATED SHORTS: Sweet Cocoon, Footprints, Bus Story, Gallant Captain, and/or Duet
LIVE ACTION SHORTS PROGRAM: (118 mins) 
LIVE ACTION SHORTS
 

 

  • PARVANEH (Switzerland / Directed by Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger)
  • BOOGALOO AND GRAHAM (UK / Directed by Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney) 
  • AYA (Israel and France / Directed by Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis) 
  • THE PHONE CALL (UK / Directed by Mat Kirkby and James Lucas) 
  • BUTTER LAMP (France and China / Directed by Hu Wei and Julien Féret)
DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM A: (81 mins)
documentary SHORTS

 

  • JOANNA (Poland / Directed by Aneta Kopacz)
  • CRISIS HOTLINE: VETERANS PRESS 1 (USA / Directed by Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry)
DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM B: (79 mins)

  • OUR CURSE (Poland / Directed by Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki)
  • WHITE EARTH (USA / Directed by J. Christian Jensen)
  • THE REAPER (Mexico / Directed by Gabriel Serra Arguello)
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