Portrait of a Lady on Fire

A sensuous, painterly period drama set in 18th century Brittany about the friendship that develops between two young women, a painter and her subject whose portrait she is commissioned to do without the subject’s knowledge.
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The Silence of Others

Sunday, August 11th, followed by post-screening discussion with Guillermo Fesser
Filmed over six years, The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, as they organize a groundbreaking international lawsuit and fight a “pact of forgetting” around the crimes they suffered. A powerful and poetic cautionary tale about fascism, and the dangers of forgetting the past.
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Non-Fiction

Digital disruption is all around us these days, and Olivier Assayas (Irma Vep, Clouds of Sils Maria, Personal Shopper, Summer Hours) explores this theme in his highly intelligent new examination of what technology means to our lives.
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Sunset

Academy Award Winning writer/director László Nemes (Son of Saul) is back with this suspenseful and absorbing film about a young girl in Budapest in the early 1900s.
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2019 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Animation

For the 14th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A hit with audiences around the country, don’t miss this year’s selection of animated shorts. This year’s program includes the 5 nominees, plus a selection of additional animated shorts.
(Estimated Running time: 75 mins)
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2019 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Animation

For the 14th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A hit with audiences around the country, don’t miss this year’s selection of animated shorts. This year’s program includes the 5 nominees, plus a selection of additional animated shorts.
(Estimated Running time: 75 mins)
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At Eternity’s Gate

Academy Award Nominee – Willem Dafoe (Best Actor)
Golden Globe Nominee – Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama (Willem Dafoe)

Artist/filmmaker Julian (BASQUIAT, THE DIVING BELL & THE BUTTERFLY, BEFORE NIGHT FALLS) Schnabel’s new film is a journey inside the mind of Vincent van Gogh (Willem Dafoe in a magnificent performance), who, in the face of skepticism, ridicule, and illness, created some of the world’s most beloved and stunning works of art..
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The House That Jack Built

Wednesday, November 28th at 8:20 in Rhinebeck
Boundary-pushing cinema-provocateur Lars von Trier’s (BREAKING THE WAVES, DANCER IN THE DARK, MELANCHOLIA, ANTICHRIST, etc) latest, THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT, has its North American premiere Wednesday, November 28, with a special one-night-only show of the director’s cut – the version shown at this year’s Cannes Film Festival where the director was greeted with a 10-minute standing ovation and where the film, the tale of a serial killer, prompted many to walk out. Not for the faint-hearted.
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Back to Burgundy

Three siblings reunite at their home in picturesque Burgundy to save the family vineyard in this tender tale of a new generation finding its own unique blend from acclaimed director Cédric Klapisch (L’Auberge Espagnole, When the Cat’s Away).
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The Leisure Seeker

Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren and two-time Golden Globe-winner Donald Sutherland are a runaway couple who, despite each having serious health problems and medical conditions, go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker, traveling from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West.
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Faces Places

Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary
The late Agnès Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and the acclaimed French photographer JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie.
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2018 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Animation

For the 13th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A hit with audiences around the country, don’t miss this year’s selection of animated shorts. This year’s program includes the 5 nominees, plus 3 additional titles. The selections are suitable for young viewers and most would be rated G, except for GARDEN PARTY, which is suitable for children over 8 years old. Click below for information on the program.
(Running time: 83 mins)
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2018 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Animation

For the 13th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A hit with audiences around the country, don’t miss this year’s selection of animated shorts. This year’s program includes the 5 nominees, plus 3 additional titles. The selections are suitable for young viewers and most would be rated G, except for GARDEN PARTY, which is suitable for children over 8 years old. Click below for information on the program.
(Running time: 83 mins)
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The Unknown Girl

The Dardennes brothers – remember THE KID WITH THE BIKE, THE PROMISE, TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT – have an infallible sense of how to make cinema connect the personal with the political, and their latest, a gripping and profound moral tale is no exception.
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The Midwife

Catherine Deneuve, now 73, is an icon of international cinema who’s worked with many of cinema’s great directors -on film such as The Umbrellas of Cherbourg – Belle de Jour – Indochine – 8 Women – Dancer in the Dark – etc, and brings her formidable acting chops to this story of an unlikely friendship between two women.
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ENGAGE Film Series Presents: Tomorrow

Celebrate Earth Day weekend at Upstate Films! Join us Sunday April 23rd at 10am for a free benefit screening of the award-winning documentary TOMORROW (suggested donation $10). The screening will be followed by a panel discussion anchored by KayCee Wimbish from The Kingston YMCA Farm Project, Sophie D’Anieri from Bard College, PAUSE, and the Coalition Against the Pilgrim Pipeline. Presented by the ENGAGE Film Series (read more on the series below), proceeds will be donated to the groups represented on the panel.
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The Salesman

*Academy Award winner – Best Foreign Language Film
*Golden Globe nominee – Best Foreign Language Film

*Winner: Best Actor and Best Screenplay at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival 
A gripping drama by writer-director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, The Past), The Salesman focuses on an Iranian couple whose life changes in an instant when their apartment begins to crumble around them.
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Elle

*Academy Award nominee – Best Actress
Double Golden Globe winner – Best Actress Isabelle Huppert & Best Foreign Language Film – ELLE is the story of Michèle who heads a successful video game company, and brings a ruthless attitude to her business as well as her love life.
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2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films – Animation

For the 12th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A hit with audiences around the country, don’t miss this year’s selection of animated shorts – the weekend of February 10th at Upstate Films. This year’s program includes the 5 nominees, plus 3 additional titles. The selections are suitable for young viewers until the very last film, which will be preceded by a parental-guidance title card. Click below for information on the program.
(Running time: 86 mins)
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2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts – Live Action

For the 12th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A hit with audiences around the country, don’t miss this year’s selection of Live Action Shorts – the weekend of February 10th at Upstate Films. Click below for information on the program. (Running Time: 130 mins)
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Oscar Nominated Short Films – Animation

For the 12th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A hit with audiences around the country, don’t miss this year’s selection of animated shorts – the weekend of February 10th at Upstate Films. This year’s program includes the 5 nominees, plus 3 additional titles. The selections are suitable for young viewers until the very last film, which will be preceded by a parental-guidance title card. Click below for information on the program.
(Running time: 86 mins)
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My King

Tales of amour fou (mad love) are as French as croissant and potentially as delicious. This one comes alive in the story of Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot) a lawyer, who falls madly for a charming restauranteur, a player who hangs out with models and actors while living the night life.
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The Innocents

Poland, December 1945: the second World War is over and Mathilde Beaulieu (Lou de Laâge), a doctor with the French Red Cross, is busy treating the last of the French survivors of the German camps. Meanwhile not too far away at their convent, austere Benedictine nuns sing sweetly in the quiet stillness of morning—until a piercing scream echoes through the stone hallways. Turns out, it’s coming from an extremely pregnant, young nun who’s on the verge of giving birth—and she’s not alone.
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Dheepan

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the new film from acclaimed director Jacques Audiard (A PROPHET, READ MY LIPS, RUST AND BONE) is a gripping tale of survival.

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Tale of Tales

Sea monsters, monarchs, ogres, and sorcerers: Salma Hayek and John C. Reilly star in this breathtaking Baroque fantasy from the visionary director of Gomorrah.
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The Measure of a Man

Vincent Lindon won this year’s French Cesar award for his role as Thierry, an unemployed everyman who submits to a series of quietly humiliating ordeals to find work in today’s neoliberal, technocratic economy.
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Mustang

Nominated for Best Foreign Language film — This amazing film is set in a Turkish village where five young orphaned sisters live under lock and key after offending a few “pious” neighbors.
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Breathe

Actress-turned-director Melanie Laurent’s second feature is essentially “Mean Girls” for the arthouse crowd. Based on Anne-Sophie Brasme’s novel of the same name, Laurent’s film focuses on a pair of mismatched French schoolgirls who become fast friends in the kind of consuming and obsessive way that should look familiar to plenty of viewers.
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Gemma Bovery

Now showing
in Rhinebeck
June 15 – 18
Mon-Tues 8:15
Wed 6:10 8:15
Thur 6:10 
(France, UK / 2014 / Directed by Anne Fontaine)
R / 99 mins. 
Director Anne (COCO BEFORE CHANEL) Fontaine’s clever adaptation of Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel is at once a cheeky literary mash-up, a sensuous romance, a witty feminist commentary and a heady celebration of French provincial life.
In this vibrant re-imagining of Madame Bovary, life imitates art in uncanny ways when earthy British beauty Gemma Bovery (Gemma Arterton) and her husband Charles (Jason Flemyng) move to a charming ramshackle old farmhouse in the very same Norman village where the novel was written a century earlier.  Their welcoming neighbor, Martin Joubert (Fabrice Luchini), becomes entranced with Gemma and sets out to guide her through her new surroundings. It doesn’t take long before he is drawing parallels between the literary and real life woman, while he insinuates himself into her life. As reality sets in on the fantasy of rural French domesticity, the Boverys’ marriage begins to fray and Gemma finds herself at loose ends. She soon catches the eye of a handsome young playboy and when her magnetic ex suddenly reappears, she finds herself at a crossroads and seems to be fulfilling Joubert’s worst fears that her destiny is linked to that of Flaubert’s doomed heroine. In French and English with subtitles. 
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Saint Laurent

Now showing
in Rhinebeck
June 1 – 4
Mon-Tue 5:20
Wed 2:30 7:45
Thur 7:45 
(France & Blegium / 2014 / Directed by Bertrand Bonello)
R / 150 mins.
A look at the life of French designer Yves Saint Laurent from the beginning of his career in 1958 when he met his lover and business partner, Pierre Berge.
“Featuring an amazing cast of French actors including Gaspard Ulliel, Lea Seydoux and Jeremie Renier, SAINT LAURENT beckons with the promise of an inside look at the hectic and mysterious world of fashion. Shepherding you past security with a flash of a V.I.P. all-access pass, it confers instant insider status made even more alluring by the element of time travel. It’s giddy, intoxicating, decidedly decadent feeling, but SAINT LAURENT is more than merely seductive. YSL’s commitment to elegance was all-consuming, and also represented a kind of transcendental consumerism. His life, or at least this movie’s idea of it, was both sumptuous and empty, hedonistic and sad. He was a creator and, even more, a collector, of attractive people, intense experiences and beautiful things.”—From A.O. Scott’s, New York Times review. In French with English subtitles. 
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Dior and I

Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
May 25 – 28
Mon-Tue 5:45
Wed 3:00 8:10
Thur 8:10 
(France / 2014 / Written and Directed by Frédéric Tcheng)
Unrated / 90 mins. 
Frédéric Tcheng’s solo directorial debut brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director-a true labor of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators.
Melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand’s past, the film is also a colorful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons’ vision. (C) Official Site.
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Clouds of Sils Maria

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Now showing
in Woodstock 
Starts Friday
in Rhinebeck 
May 4 – 7
Mon-Thur 7:30
 (France/2014/dir by Olivier Assayas)
R / 124 mins
Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, and Chloë Grace Moretz light up this exhilarating, behind-the-scenes look at art, acting and aging. 
Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is an actress at the peak of her international career who is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years earlier. Back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young woman who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena. She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria, a remote region of the Alps. A young Hollywood starlet with a penchant for scandal (Chloë Grace Moretz) is to take on the role of Sigrid, and Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, face to face with an ambiguously charming woman who is, in essence, an unsettling reflection of herself. (C) Sundance Selects
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The Salt of the Earth

Now showing
in Rhinebeck
May 4 – 7 
Mon-Tue 5:50
Wed 3:15 5:50
Thur 5:50
(France, Brazil, Italy / 2015 / Directed by Wim Wenders & Juliano Ribeiro Salgado)
PG-13 / 110 mins. 
“For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been traveling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity.
He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation and exodus. He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of wild fauna and flora, and of grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project, which is a tribute to the planet’s beauty. Sebastião Salgado’s life and work are revealed to us by his son, Juliano, who went with him during his last travels, and by Wim Wenders, himself a photographer.” – Sony Pictures Classics. In French, Portuguese, and English with subtitles. 
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