Gett: The Trial of Viviane Ansalem

ISRAEL 1hr 55min  Drama  Rated NR

An Israeli woman (Ronit Elkabetz) seeking to finalize her divorce from her cruel and manipulative husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country’s religiously-based marriage laws, in this riveting drama from sibling directors Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz (Late Marriage and The Band’s Visit) who is also one of Israeli cinema’s most acclaimed actresses. In Israel there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce; only rabbis can legalize a marriage or its dissolution, which is only possible with the husband’s full consent. Viviane Amsalem has been applying for a divorce for three years but her husband Elisha (Simon Ebkarian of Casino Royale and Persepolis), will not agree. His cold intransigence, Viviane’s determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the judges shape a procedure in which tragedy vies with absurdity, and where everything is brought out for judgment, apart from the initial request

“Gripping cinema from start to finish, almost implausibly so.”  Manohla Dargis, New York Times


Wild Tales

ARGENTINA  115min  Drama/Comedy  Rated R

Inequality, injustice and the demands of the world we live in cause stress and depression for many people. Some of them, however, explode. This is a movie about those people. Vulnerable in the face of a reality that shifts and suddenly turns unpredictable, the characters of Wild Tales cross the thin line that divides civilization and barbarism. A lover’s betrayal, a return to a repressed past and the violence woven into everyday encounters drive the characters to madness as they cede to the undeniable pleasure of losing control.

Academy Award Nominee “Tales of Apocalyptic Revenge. The Year’s Most Fearlessly Funny Film” Richard Corliss, Time Magazine


We Remember

Special Screening at Museum of Ventura County: We Remember Exhibition

MAY 24: Sunday, 2pm WE REMEMBER: Ventura County to Vietnam and Back

Vietnam Veterans from Ventura County look back at their military service during the Vietnam War. Documentary is produced and directed by George J. Sandoval.

Ventura County Vietnam Veterans Tribute


Marshland

SPAIN  105min  Drama  Rated R

Set in 1980 in the wetlands of Rio Guadalquivir in southern Spain, MARSHLAND has a palpable sense of heavy unease. Two teenage girls have disappeared, and two Madrid policemen arrive to investigate – Juan (Javier Gutierrez, winner of the Best Actor Goya) and Pedro (Raul Arévalo). Yet suspicion and hostility from the townspeople, including the victims’ own parents, greet them. Ensnarled in upsetting discoveries and clues that only deepen the confusion and mystery, MARSHLAND explores more than a potential murder – it upends the fearsome heart of a conservative faction of Spain still traumatized by the harsh light of post-Franco liberalism.

Winner of 10 Goya Awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor Chris Columbus, Director