July 25 through 31 @ 7:30 p.m. (except Monday @ 5:30 p.m.)
CLOSED CURTAIN by Jafar Panahi. One of Iran’s most celebrated filmmakers, Jafar Panahi has been under house arrest since 2011 after the Iranian government banned him from making any films for 20 years. Closed Curtain marks Panahi’s second time defying the ban placed upon him by the government – the first was with the 2011 documentary This is Not a Film (which screened theatrically at Zeitgeist). With Closed Curtain, Panahi returns to the narrative feature form. The film centers on a screenwriter living in seclusion with his dog. His life is turned upside down when a young woman fleeing from the authorities arrives on his doorstep. The film won the Best Screenplay at the Berlin Film Festival.
July 25 through 31 @ 9:30 p.m.
VENUS IN FUR (La Venus a la fourrure) by Roman Polanski. An actress (the ravishing Emmanuelle Seigner) attempts to convince a director (Mathieu Amalric) how she’s perfect for a role in his upcoming production in Roman Polanski’s screenplay adaptation of the infamous play by David Ives, which is inspired by the notorious Victorian era novel about a man’s desire to be the slave of a woman by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (whom masochism is named after). Thomas Novachek is the writer-director of a new play opening in New York City, an adaptation of the 1870 novel VENUS IN FUR which inspired the term masochism. He is on the telephone lamenting the inadequacies of all the actresses who showed up that day to audition for the lead character, Wanda von Dunayev. Suddenly, at the last minute, a new actress, Vanda Jordan, bursts in, the exemplar of every fault he has decried: needy, crude, compliant, desperate. She convinces him to read through his play, she as Wanda and he as Severin von Kushemski. During this reading, Vanda shows astonishing insights into the novel and her character and the balance of power shifts as the actress establishes total dominance over the director, exactly as in the novel. Winner – Best Director – Cesar Awards and Best Screenplay – Lumiere Awards.
Monday, July 28 @ 7:30 p.m.
DAIGHTERS OF DOLMA
This feature-length documentary brings to the screen not just Buddhist spirituality and qualities like compassion and kindness, but Tibetan Buddhist nuns as full individuals beyond their monastic vows and religious practices. Daughters Of Dolma reveals how gender and modernity are moulding contemporary spiritual practices in Nepal. ALIVE MIND CINEMA SERIES. $12 / $10.
Opening August 1:
THE GRAND SEDUCTION by Don McKellar. Welcome to Tickle Head, Canada, population: 120 terrible liars. How far would you go to save your town? Murray French, played by the always-versatile Brendan Gleeson (The Guard, Calvary), is willing to do just about anything – even play cricket. In order to secure a factory contract for his down-on-its-luck town, Murray and the residents of Tickle Head conspire to convince Dr. Lewis, a big-city, cricket-loving doctor played by John Carter’s Taylor Kitsch, to stay for good. If that means the entire town has to pretend to love a sport they know nothing about, then so be it! Directed by acclaimed Canadian filmmaker, writer and actor Don McKellar (Last Night, Highway 61, Red Violin) and adapted by Michael Dowse (Goon, The F Word) and Ken Scott (Starbuck), The Grand Seduction is a completely charming look at how far one man will go to protect the town and people he loves. Also starring the great Gordon Pinsent (Away From Her). This screens as part of our on-going series CANADA IS BIGGER THAN THE U.S.
Zeitgeist is proud to partner with the BBC to help commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War One by presenting three free screenings of acclaimed new films created by the BBC, 37 DAYS, ROYAL COUSINS AT WAR and CHURCHILL’S FIRST WORLD WAR (see below).
Saturday, August 2 @ 4:00 p.m.
37 DAYS by Justin Hardy. A miniseries about the various political, military and especially diplomatic machinations that took place in the title time between the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and Germany’s declaration of war. A typically British all star cast headed by Ian McDiarmid, Tim-Piggot Smith and Sinead Cussack. This three hour BBC mini-series screens for free to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.
Opening August 8:
MOOD INDIGO by Michel Gondry. Eminently inventive auteur Michel Gondry (The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind, The Green Hornet) finds inspiration from french novelist Boris Vian’s cult novel to provide the foundation for this visionary and romantic love story starring Audrey Tautou (Amélie, Coco Before Chanel) and Romain Duris (The Beat My Heart Skipped). Set in a charmingly surreal Paris, Duris plays wealthy bachelor Colin, whose hobbies include developing his pianocktail (a cocktail-making piano) and devouring otherworldly dishes prepared by his trusty chef Nicolas (Omar Sy, The Untouchables, X-Men: Days Of The Future Past). When Colin learns that his best friend Chick (Gad Elmaleh, The Valet), a fellow acolyte of the philosopher Jean-Sol Partre, has a new American girlfriend, our lonely hero attends a friend’s party in hopes of falling in love himself. He soon meets Chloé (Tautou) and, before they know it, they’re dancing to Duke Ellington and plunging headfirst into a romance that Gondry rapturously depicts as only he can. Their whirlwind courtship is tested when an unusual illness plagues Chloe; a flower begins to grow in her lungs. To save her, Colin discovers the only cure is to surround Chloe with a never-ending supply of fresh flowers. Mood Indigo was Nominated for three 2014 César Awards: Étienne Charry (Best Original Music), Florence Fontaine (Best Costume) and Stéphane Rozenbaum (Best Production Design) and also stars Charlotte Le Bon (Yves Saint Laurent, To Reach the Clouds) and Aïssa Maïga.
Opening August 8:
MOEBIUS by Kim Ki-Duk (Pieta, 3 Iron and Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter). A husband. A wife. Their son. The atmosphere at home is ice cold – the husband distracted by an affair with a young woman, the wife sick of her husband’s debauchery, and the teenage son indifferent to them both. Overwhelmed with hatred, the wife attempts to remove from the husband the organ driving his desires; thwarted, she instead takes out the violent act on the son and then disappears into the night with his severed penis. At the hospital, the husband is distraught with guilt, severing his own manhood in solidarity and setting out to recover his son’s happiness, sacrificed to his parents’ conflict. Disfigured in such a radical way, the son slowly deviates from normal life, even falling for the husband’s young mistress as the husband discovers strange and severe ways to help his son find pleasure again. With both husband and son damaged and living in grief, the wife returns as the family heads towards destruction even more horrific than before. This Korean film is so wonderfully sick and unpredictable. It simply has to be seen to be believed.
Saturday, August 9 @ 5:30 p.m.
ROYAL COUSINS AT WAR by Richard Sanders. This fascinating account of the three first cousins,; The Tsar, The Kaiser and King of England whose relationship helped fuel the World War One. This acclaimed BBC documentary screens for Free to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of World War One.
Opening August 15:
RICH HILL by Tracy Droz Tragos & Andrew Droz Palermo. An examination of challenges, hopes and dreams of three young residents of the rural American town, Rich Hill, Missouri. Off the highway, across from the railroad track, you’ll find Andrew, 13, working on his bike, talking dreams with his dad or practicing dance moves with his twin sister. He’s just like a lot of American kids, except that his days are also about survival. Harley, 15, lives with his grandma now, and eight other members of his extended family, because his mom is in prison. He misses her deeply – but he’s still the first guy in the room to crack a joke and make you laugh when you least expect it. Appachey, 12, dreams of becoming an art teacher in China and finds solace in skateboards – and, despite his smarts, has had to repeat the 6th grade, which doesn’t fix all the things that are broken in his life. Rich Hill, Missouri is Seventy miles south of Kansas City, fifteen miles east of the Kansas border. Once a thriving mining town, shortly after World War II, the coal was gone – mined out. Stores closed, people moved away, farms were sold. It’s a story that could be told in hundreds of towns across America. But people still live here: 1,393 of them at last count. Deep potholes line the gravel roads, and property tax is almost nonexistent. The town center is littered with piles of bricks, and crumbling buildings are all that remain of the original bank, the corner pharmacy, a cafe. Yet there is still the dream of transformation on the horizon: if only the citizens could attract more business or Rich Hill could be home to an industry once again. Every year on the 4th of July, like many communities across America, the town puts on a grand celebration, with a carnival and a parade. Rich Hill has a record-setting pie auction to raise the funds for the fireworks. It is a once-a-year time to be part of something larger and grander – the way things used to be – for even a few days. And then the carnival pulls out. Grand Jury Prize Winner – Sundance 2014.
Opening August 15:
COLDWATER by Vincent Grashaw. Brad Lunders (New Orleans native PJ Boudousque) is a teenager forcefully abducted from his home in the middle of the night by his mother’s consent to a harsh wilderness reform facility. There is no contact with the outside world and the retired war colonel in charge (James C. Burns) prides himself on breaking an inmate’s spirit in order to correct delinquent behavior. As we learn of the tragic events that led to Brad’s arrival, unforeseen circumstances threaten to tear the already eroding reform facility apart, forcing Brad to confront not only his fellow inmates and the personnel in charge, but finally his own sense of what is right and what is wrong.
Saturday, August 16 @ 5:15 p.m.
CHURCHILL’S FIRST WORLD WAR, Drama-documentary about Winston Churchill’s extraordinary experiences during the Great War, with intimate letters to his wife Clementine allowing the story to be told largely in his own words. Just 39 and at the peak of his powers running the Royal Navy, Churchill in 1914 dreamt of Napoleonic glory, but suffered a catastrophic fall into disgrace and humiliation over the Dardanelles disaster. The film follows his road to redemption, beginning in the trenches of Flanders in 1916, revealing how he became the ‘godfather’ of the tank and his forgotten contribution to final victory in 1918 as Minister of Munitions. Dark political intrigue, a passionate love story and remarkable military adventures on land, sea and air combine to show how the Churchill of 1940 was shaped and forged by his experience of the First World War. This acclaimed BBC documentary screens for Free to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of World War One.
Monday, August 25 @ 7:30 p.m.
Recognized as the reincarnation (‘yangsi’) of one of the most revered Tibetan Masters of the 20th century, Ugyen Tenzin Jigme Lhundrup must train to perpetuate this legacy, ultimately assuming his full responsibilities at age 18. YANGSI follows this unfolding story over fourteen years, bringing to light with unusual intimacy the experience of being “recognized”, both on the part of the young child, and for his family, his teachers, and his future disciples. A narration by the Yangsi himself adds poignant candor to this question, as he gives voice to his doubts and concerns, as well as his determination and conviction. ALIVE MIND CINEMA SERIES. $15 / $10
Monday, September 29 @ 7:30 p.m.
To respect his father’s wish, the Indian filmmaker Pan Nalin travels to the biggest gathering on earth, the Kumbh Mela. His cinematic writing narrates encounters with remarkable people of mind and meditation; a runaway kid, a Sadhu, a mother who has lost her son, a Yoga Guru who found an abandoned baby, and a Ganja (cannabis) supplying Holy man. A meditation on time and faith expressed in words and images, “Faith Connections” explore the power of devotion. ALIVE MIND CINEMA SERIES. $15 / $10