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Virtual Screening Rooms Open 

CITIZEN K - Postponed

(dOCUMENTARy feature)

Discussion to Follow w/

Director Alex Gibney

Playing Friday, March 27 at 7 pm

Oscar-winning writer/director Alex Gibney’s revelatory CITIZEN K is an intimate yet sweeping look at post-Soviet Russia from the perspective of the enigmatic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former oligarch turned political dissident. Benefitting from the chaos that ensued after the dissolution of the U.S.S.R., Khodorkovsky was able to amass a fortune in financing and oil production and became the richest man in Russia. But when he accused the new Putin regime of corruption, Khodorkovsky was arrested, his assets were seized and following a series of show trials, he was sentenced to more than ten years in prison. Today, as an exile living in London, he continues to speak out against Putin’s two-decade stranglehold on power. Expertly researched and photographed, Gibney uses Khodorkovsky’s story as a way to explore the complex interplay between oligarchy and government and its destructive effect on democracy, in Russia and beyond. 

 

Tickets: $15 in advance, $17 at the door.   

Beanpole - Postponed

Directed By Kantemir Balagov 

(dOCUMENTARy feature)

Discussion to Follow

IN RUSSIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Playing Friday, April 3 at 8 pm

It's 1945, and Leningrad lies in ruins, wartorn and paralyzed. Iya (Viktoria Miroshnichenko), a nurse, and Masha (Vasilisa Perelygina), a soldier, are traumatized from the siege and its aftermath, and struggling to rebuild their lives.

A film about relationships between broken people, living in a ravaged nation after a catastrophic war – BEANPOLE exudes deep empathy for its characters in the face of many obstacles fate has thrown in their path. This is a film about Russian history and the Russian soul, about overcoming loss and inventing new ways to get through each day. Balagov is a major talent who has only just begun to make his mark.Drawing loosely from Nobel Prize–winning author and historian Svetlana Alexievich's 1985 book The Unwomanly Face of War, Balagov creates a world where women's suffering and resilience becomes elliptic — with proactivity and punishment at either side of an ever-swinging pendulum. Their hardships in the face of unspeakable tragedy are palpable through their sunken eyes and shallow gazes, but we are simultaneously pulled along in their perseverance. Survival of the fittest takes on a new meaning, as gains seem tiny and incremental yet everything is at stake. Spiritually bleak, yet rich in colour and remarkably precise in its style, the cinematic language of Balagov speaks to a new generation of Russian filmmakers telling stories of a homeland that has yet to reconcile with its historical cataclysms.

Tickets: $15 in advance, $17 at the door.   

Beanpole trailer

Portrait of a Lady On Fire 

Directed BY Celine sciamma

(Dramatic feature)

Discussion to Follow 

Playing Friday, April 10 at 8 pm

In French w/ English subtitles

A ravishing masterpiece. France, 1760. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Because she is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom. Héloïse's portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their love.

 

Winner of a coveted Cannes prize and one of the best reviewed films of the year, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE solidifies Céline Sciamma as one of the most exciting filmmakers working in the world today. Noémie and Adèle Haenel turn the subtle act of looking into a dangerous, engrossing thrill, crafting the most breathtaking and elegant performances of the year. With contemporary themes in period dress, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE is one of the greatest love stories ever told.

Tickets: $15 in advance, $17 at the door.   

The New Bauhaus: Postponed

Directed By Alysa Nahmias 

(dOCUMENTARy feature)

Discussion to Follow 

Playing Friday, May 1 at 7 pm

An odyssey through the life and legacy of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, the innovative artist and educator whose pioneering approach to integrating technology into design continues to influence and inspire.

In Chicago, The New Bauhaus evolved from its origins at the German Bauhaus into an extraordinary flowering of interdisciplinary design pedagogy premised on the notion that “the whole field of contemporary architecture and design must be based upon an indivisible unification of formerly separated and independent fields.”

Following recent retrospectives of Moholy’s work at major museums, this film offers a more accessible and intimate, emotional journey through Moholy’s life and his work as an artist, designer, visionary, and teacher.

Tickets: $12 in advance, $14 at the door.   

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63 Up

Directed BY Michael Apted

(Documentary feature)

Discussion to Follow 

Playing Friday, May 8 at 7 pm

"Visionary. The noblest project in cinema history." -- Roger Ebert

63 Up continues a groundbreaking documentary series with another gently eye-opening look at the human experience.  

The latest installment of the groundbreaking, award-winning documentary series from director Michael Apted (Gorky Park, Gorillas in the Mist) returns to visit the people whose lives have been followed since they were seven. Featuring more of the original line-up than ever before, we discover what has happened to the group over the last seven years and what life has thrown at them in their sixties. The 'Up' series stands as one of cinema's greatest achievements, a use of the medium that's at once blatantly logical and profoundly affecting.

 

Tickets: $15 in advance, $17 at the door.   

Radium Girls

Directed BY Lydia Dean Pilcher & Virginia Mohler

(Dramatic feature)

Discussion to Follow w/Virgina Mohler

Playing Friday, May 15 at 7 pm

Based on a true story, Bessie and Josephine are sisters employed at American Radium, where they paint glow-in-the-dark watch dials at a New Jersey factory. They take pride in their jobs and Bessie dreams of becoming an actress in the new motion picture industry and having crowds of adoring fans. However, when her younger sister Josephine becomes ill, the sisters uncover the unknown truth about radium: it’s a deadly poison. With Jo’s life dwindling, just as those of her former colleagues have, Bessie becomes determined to bring the horrors of radium poisoning to light and fights not only for her sister, but also for the rest of the women around her; she becomes a powerful advocate as she risks everything to stand up to the corporation that provides her family's livelihood. Starring Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Joey King (“The Act,”, “The Kissing Booth”) and Abby Quinn (“Mad About You” reboot, “Little Women”).

 

The national sensation following the case of the Radium Girls ultimately led to significant and lasting impact in the area of workplace health and safety and the study of radioactivity.

 

Tickets: $15 in advance, $17 at the door.   

In Search of Chopin

Directed BY Phil Grabsky

(Documentary feature)

Live Music to Follow

Playing Friday, May 22 at 7 pm

Phil Grabsky brings us the music and life story of Fryderyk Chopin, considered one of the greatest composers of all time.

 

Chopin’s grave in Paris remains a place of pilgrimage and his music continues to sell out concert halls worldwide – but who exactly was this astonishing man? He was terrified of public performance; he fled his Polish homeland for Paris never to return; took up with the most notorious transvestite in France and, despite a life of ill-health, wrote some of the deepest and most powerful music ever written. How exactly did a young Polish boy rise to such heady heights?

 

For four years, Phil Grabsky has travelled the globe in his quest to lay bare the life and music of Chopin. By talking to acclaimed musical historians such as Jeremy Siepmann and bringing to the screen performances by such esteemed musicians as Leif Ove Andsnes, Daniel Barenboim, Ronald Brautigam, Kevin Kenner and Lars Vogt he hopes to answer those questions.

 

Tickets: $15 in advance, $17 at the door.   

Past Screenings at the Film Society of Summit

 

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