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Wednesday July 26 2017
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LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD
Wed, Jul 26 3:30 PM (95 min)
This exceptional documentary tells the true story of Gertrude Bell, who in her time was called the “female Lawrence of Arabia,” but who has literally disappeared from history books. Bell was a British explorer, archaeologist and spy, who had traveled widely across Arabia before being recruited by military intelligence during World War I to help draw the borders of Iraq and, as a result, shape the modern Middle East. Using archival footage and images, this look at both a remarkable independent woman and the tangled history of Iraq takes us on a journey into a past that is eerily current. Tilda Swinton gives voice to Bell’s letters and correspondence (as well as serving as an executive producer with Thelma Schoonmaker and others). Directors: Zeva Oelbaum, Sabine Krayenbühl. (UK/US 2016) 95 min.
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MARIE CURIE: THE CURAGE OF KNOWLEDGE
Wed, Jul 26 3:45 PM (95 min)
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THE LITTLE HOURS
Wed, Jul 26 4:00 PM (90 min)
Based loosely (very loosely) on stories from Boccaccio’s The Decameron, and filmed on beautiful Tuscan locations, this bawdy and irreverent medieval farce features a who’s-who of contemporary comic talent. In the 14th century, peasant Masetto (Dave Franco) flees his brutal master (Nick Offerman) and hides in a convent, pretending to be mute to prevent contact with the resident nuns-Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza and Kate Micucci-who pray under the guidance of their abbess (Molly Shannon) and their priest (John C. Reilly). Hormones rage, but they’d better get their act together before the arrival of Bishop Bartolomeo (Fred Armisen). With Jemima Kirke, Paul Reiser, Paul Weitz. Rated R for graphic nudity, sexual content and language…especially language! Writer/Director: Jeff Baena. (US 2017) 90 min.
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MAUDIE
Wed, Jul 26 5:30 PM (115 min)
Sally Hawkins delivers a career-best performance in this drama based on the true story of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis (1903-1970). Growing up in Nova Scotia, and plagued with rheumatoid arthritis, she was regarded as a helpless cripple until, in her mid-30s, she answered a notice for a housekeeper. She went to work for Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke), a laconic fish peddler who lived alone in a 10×12 foot house, and while this gruff man offered her no encouragement, she started decorating their home with charming naïve designs and quaint paintings. Irish director Aisling Walsh celebrates the simple victories in Maud’s unenviable life, and Hawkins creates a portrayal that is intensely moving and often quite funny. Rated PG-13. Writer: Sherry White. Director: Aisling Walsh. (Canada/Ireland 2017) 117 min.
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HAROLD AND LILLIAN: A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY
Wed, Jul 26 5:45 PM (94 min)
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THE LAST DALAI LAMA?
Wed, Jul 26 6:00 PM (81 min)
On July 6, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama turns 82. With Mickey Lemle’s new film premiering theatrically on July 7, we decided to begin our run one day early with a screening and birthday tribute. Filmmaker Lemle will be there, and musician/actor Tsering Dorjee Bawa will perform Tibetan music. We anticipate other guests to be announced. Program approximately 2 hours.
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MARIE CURIE: THE CURAGE OF KNOWLEDGE
Wed, Jul 26 7:45 PM (95 min)
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THE LITTLE HOURS
Wed, Jul 26 8:00 PM (90 min)
Based loosely (very loosely) on stories from Boccaccio’s The Decameron, and filmed on beautiful Tuscan locations, this bawdy and irreverent medieval farce features a who’s-who of contemporary comic talent. In the 14th century, peasant Masetto (Dave Franco) flees his brutal master (Nick Offerman) and hides in a convent, pretending to be mute to prevent contact with the resident nuns-Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza and Kate Micucci-who pray under the guidance of their abbess (Molly Shannon) and their priest (John C. Reilly). Hormones rage, but they’d better get their act together before the arrival of Bishop Bartolomeo (Fred Armisen). With Jemima Kirke, Paul Reiser, Paul Weitz. Rated R for graphic nudity, sexual content and language…especially language! Writer/Director: Jeff Baena. (US 2017) 90 min.
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LOST IN PARIS
Wed, Jul 26 8:15 PM (83 min)
In their whimsically funny films, Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon frequently invoke the spirits of Buster Keaton, Jacques Tati and other greats of visual comedy. Gordon stars as a gangly Canadian who journeys to Paris to assist her aunt Martha, only to discover that the elderly woman is missing. An oddly egotistical vagabond named Dom (Dominique Abel) offers Fiona help, whether she likes it or not, and the pair traverse Paris in inventive scenes of slapstick and dance. Aunt Martha is one of the final performances of Emmanuelle Riva (Hiroshima Mon Amour and Oscar nominee for Amour), and she seems to be having a ball shedding her serious side, particularly in a charming duet with veteran French comic Pierre Richard. In French with English subtitles. Writers/Directors: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon. (France/Belgium 2016) 84 min.
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