June 2015

The Farewell Party

ISRAEL  95min  Comedy/Drama  Unrated

THE FAREWELL PARTY is a unique, compassionate and unlikely funny story of a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home who decide to help their terminally ill friend. When rumors of their assistance begin to spread, more and more people ask for their help, and the friends are faced with a life and death dilemma.


1001 Grams

NORWAY 88min  Comedy Unrated

In his new film, 1001 Grams, Hamer shifts his focus to urbane urbanite Marie (Ane Dahl Torp, from Pioneer and Cold Lunch), a thirtysomething scientist whose life is as rigorously controlled as those of any of Hamer’s male heroes. Recently divorced, Marie devotes her life to measurements, spending her days inspecting ski slopes while studiously avoiding her ex. The pride of the institute where she works is a perfect kilogram weight, a model for all measurements in the country, which Marie is supposed to take to a big conference in France. It’s her first time going, and the first time her father, a fellow scientist and a legend in their field, will not be attending. When a family emergency jolts Marie even further out of her element, she finds herself introduced to whole new worlds.

“1001 Grams” achieves a charming equipoise of levity and gravity, of formal rigor and soulful sentiment.”  A.O.Scott, New York Times