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CORSAGE 
Directed BY Marie Kreutzer
(DRAMATIC feature)
(Discussion to Follow 
Playing Friday, Feb. 10 at 7 pm
at The Oakes Center, Summit

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In a perceptive, nuanced performance, Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread) quietly dominates the screen as Empress Elizabeth of Austria, who begins to see her life of royal privilege as a prison as she reaches her fortieth birthday. Marie Kreutzer boldly imagines Elizabeth’s cloistered, late-19th-century world within the Austro-Hungarian Empire with both austere realism and fanciful anachronism, while staying true and intensely close to the woman’s private melancholy and political struggle amidst a crumbling, combative marriage and escalating scrutiny. Star and director have together created a remarkable vision of a strong-willed political figure whose emergence from a veiled, corseted existence stands for a Europe on the cusp of major, irrevocable transformation. 

With Corsage, Austrian writer-director Marie Kreutzer gives Empress Elisabeth—often referred to, with casual affection, as Sisi—the sympathetic, imaginative and offbeat dream biography she deserves. In German w/ English subtitles.

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TILL 
directed by chinonye chukwu
Discussion to Follow 
Playing Thursday, Feb. 16
at The Woodland Great Hall, Maplewood

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The true story of Mamie Till-Mobley's relentless pursuit of justice for her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till, who was brutally lynched in 1955 while visiting his cousins in Mississippi.

In this powerful biographical film, we see a mother turned activist who fights for justice after the lynching of her 14-year-old son Emmett Till in 1955.  The young Till was visiting family in Mississippi in the summer of 1955 and was accused of allegedly flirting with store cashier Carolyn Bryant during a public outing. Bryant later stated that Till had attempted to touch her and made lude comments towards her. When Bryant’s husband Roy returned from hauling shrimp, he and his brother abducted, tortured, and murdered Till in cold blood. The murderers were eventually acquitted of the crime by an all-white jury, shedding light on systemic racism in the Jim Crow-era South. Emmett Till's ghastly murder was effectively the impetus for the civil rights movement.

In Mamie’s poignant journey of grief turned to action, we see the universal power of a mother’s ability to change the world. 

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Oscar Nominated Short Films (Live Action)
Discussion to Follow 
Playing Friday, Feb. 17 
at The Oakes Center, Summit

For the 18th consecutive year, ShortsTV presents the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. Don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts before

The Academy Awards take place Sunday, March 12th, 2023.

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The Quiet Girl 
directed by Colm Bairéad
Discussion to Follow 
Playing SaturdayMarch 11
at The Oakes Center, Summit

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Rural Ireland. 1981. Nine-year-old Cait is sent away from her overcrowded, dysfunctional family to live with foster parents for the summer. Quietly struggling at school and at home, she has learned to hide in plain sight from those around her. She blossoms in their care, but in this house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one painful truth. In Irish Gaelic, with subtitles.            Best International Feature Academy Award nominee.

LIVING 
directed byOliver Hermanus
Discussion to Follow 
Playing ThursdayApril
at The Woodland Great Hall, Maplewood

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In 1950s London, a veteran civil servant (Bill Nighy) receives a medical diagnosis that inspires him to move to the south coast and cram some fun into his remaining days. He meets a sunny young female colleague who seems to have the pep that had previously escaped him.  Features a career-best performance by Bill Nighy.  Official Selection of Toronto International Film Festival.

Past Screenings at the Film Society of Summit

 

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