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Human Capital

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Starts Friday
in Woodstock 
Mar 6 – 12
Fri 7:30
Sat 5:00 7:30
Sun 4:30 7:00
Mon 7:30
Tues 7:30
Wed 7:30
Thur 7:30
(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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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Starts Friday
in Rhinebeck 
March 6 – 12
Fri 3:00 5:40 8:10
Sat 2:00 4:15 6:50 9:20
Sun 3:00 5:40 8:10
Mon 5:40 8:10
Tues 5:40 8:10
Wed 3:00 5:40 8:10
Thur 5:40 8:10
 (UK/2015/John Madden)
PG / 122 mins
It’s been a few years since we last met up with the folks who retired to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, and it’s time to catch up.
THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself. (c) Fox Searchlight
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Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Coming Soon
March 13 we think
 (Israel 2014 dir by Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz )
Rating / 115 mins
 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award Nominee
Divorce Israeli Style: In this uncompromising, heart-rending portrait, an Israeli woman struggles to overcome an unmoving patriarchy so that she can get divorced and live a life of her own design. Just in time for Women’s History Month.
In Israel marriage and divorce is a religious matter; only rabbis can legalize a union or its dissolution, and this is only possible with the husband’s consent. When, after decades of marriage, Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz) goes to court seeking to get a divorce (gett) from her estranged husband, she finds herself effectively put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws in this powerhouse courtroom drama. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Viviane Amsalem and her lawyer spend years in this quest thwarted by her husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian) who continually refuses. His cold intransigence, Viviane’s determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the rabbinical judges shape a procedure where tragedy vies with absurdity.
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She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

SBWSA  special shows
March 7 Sat 1:30
March 8 Sun 1:30
(US / 2014 / Directed by Mary Dore)
Unrated / 92 mins. 
In Person: Sat March 7 (Rhinebeck) 1:30 show with Nancy Kennedy editor/co-producer, and
Sun March 8 (Woodstock) 1:30 show with Sheila Isenberg (NY Radical Feminists) and Carol Hanisch (NY Radical Women – Redstockings)
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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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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Wild Tales

(Argentina/2014/dir by Damián Szifron)
R / 115 mins
“Hilarious! Each carefully wrought jewel of story is more delicious and outrageous and hilarious than the last” so says ANNE THOMPSON INDIEWIRE
WINNER: National Board of Review Best Foreign Language Film
Inequality, injustice and the demands of the world we live in cause stress and depression for many people. Some of them, however, explode. This is a movie about those people. Vulnerable in the face of a reality that shifts and suddenly turns unpredictable, the characters of Wild Tales cross the thin line that divides civilization and barbarism. A lover’s betrayal, a return to the repressed past and the violence woven into everyday encounters drive the characters to madness as they cede to the undeniable pleasure of losing control. (C) Sony Classics

 A collection of six vignettes all connected by themes of victimhood and vengeance, and spring-loaded with ironic twist endings worthy of O. Henry, the film feels like Pulp Fiction filtered through the baroque pop sensibility of Pedro Almodóvar.
– Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

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Food Chains presented by Woodstock Film Festival

Screens at Upstate Films/Woodstock
March 21st 1:30
(US/2014/dir by Sanjay Rawal)
ur / 86 mins
Panel discussion with Sanjay Rawal, Bob Dandrew, Ric Orlando, Heriberto Gonzalez immediately after the screening.
In this searing exposé, an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners growers and retailers to improve conditions for farm laborers in the U.S.
There is more interest in food these days than ever, yet there is very little interest in the hands that pick it. Farmworkers, the foundation of our fresh food industry, are routinely abused and robbed of wages. In extreme cases they can be beaten, sexually harassed or even enslaved – all within the borders of the United States. FOOD CHAINS reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets. Fast food is big, but supermarkets are bigger – earning $4 trillion globally. They have tremendous power over the agricultural system. Over the past 3 decades they have drained revenue from their supply chain leaving farmworkers in poverty and forced to work under subhuman conditions. Yet many take no responsibility for this.

 “I still believe agriculture is the backbone of America and when you have an industry as big as agriculture you have to pay attention to the labor force. People often look at farmworker issues as an immigration issue but it’s more than an immigration issue, it’s a human rights issue.”
-Eva Longoria (Executive Producer)

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While We’re Young

Coming Soon
 (US/2015/Writer/Director Noah Baumbach)
R / 94 mins
Noah (Squid and the Whale, Greenberg, Frances Ha) Baumbach’s latest foray into modern manners and relationships explores what it means to feel authentic amidst the quest for recognition and success. 
It stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as Josh and Cornelia, a couple in their mid-forties who meet a disarming couple in their twenties, Jamie and Darby, (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) and quickly fall under their spell. Josh is a serious documentary filmmaker, who’s stuck in a rut ten years into the making of his “new” film. His father-in-law (Charles Grodin), the doyen of non-fiction filmmakers, tries to be encouraging, but in this mordant social satire, he’s pushed away by Josh just as Cornelia is. Josh soon dons a pork-pie hipster hat while basking in this new found fawning adoration of Jamie, a wanna-be filmmaker. Meanwhile the childless Cornelia and Josh begin to distance themselves from their peers, many of whom have added a baby to their lives of urban privilege. Cornelia (Watts) is terrific as his supportive yet misunderstood wife who’s willing to go along for the ride. But soon Josh begins to suspect that his young follower’s admiration may mask some serious manipulation to move on up the ladder.
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