Truman

Spain/Argentina   1hr 49mins   Drama/Comedy  PG-1

TRUMAN explores the intimacy and tenderness of a lifelong friendship headed towards its imminent end. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Julián (Ricardo Darin, has decided to forgo treatment, and spend his final days tying up loose ends. When childhood friend Tomás (Javier Cámara) pays his ailing friend an unexpected visit, he quickly realizes he won’t be able to change his mind. In what will be their final reunion, the two friends set out to finalize Julián’s funeral arrangements, settle his accounts and, most importantly, find a home for his beloved dog, Truman, in this heartfelt and surprisingly humorous film.

“Cámara and Darín contribute outstanding work here…a beautifully meshed pair of performances.”The Guardian

 

I Am Not Your Negro

Switzerland 1hr 35min Documentary  PG1

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, “Remember This House.” The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished..

Nominated for Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature

This Film is sponsored by Lauraine Effress

New York Times Critic’s Pick

Happiest Day In The Life of Olli Maki

Finland   Drama/Romance

The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title. Immensely talented and equally modest, Olli’s small town life is transformed when he is swept into national stardom and suddenly regarded as a symbol of his country. There’s only one problem: Olli is falling in love. Inside the ring, it’s Finland vs. the USA, but outside, boxing and romance become unlikely adversaries vying for Olli’s attention. Captured entirely in 16mm black and white film, this widely-celebrated feature debut from Juho Kuosmanen was awarded the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki” is a lovely piece of work, a sweet, warmly observed tale overlaid with just the right amount of Scandinavian melancholy.” Kenneth Turan, LA Times

New York Times Critic’s Pick

 

Glory

Bulgaria  1hr 41min    Drama  Rated PG 13

Tsanko Petrov, a railroad worker, finds millions of leva on the train tracks. He decides to turn the money over to the police, for which the state rewards him with a new wristwatch that soon stops working. Meanwhile, Julia Staikova, head of the PR department of the Ministry of Transport, loses Petrov’s old watch, a family relic. Here starts his desperate struggle to recover both his old watch and his dignity.

An absolutely devastating critique of corporate corruption in post-Communist Bulgaria. Brilliant script and performances single this film out for one of the best of 2017.” – Louis Proyect,Counterpunch.org

New York Times Critic’s Pick

 

Afterimage

Poland 1hr 54mins    Drama/Bio Rated PG

The great Polish director Andrzej Wajda returns with this passionate biopic about avant-garde artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski (brilliantly played by Polish superstar Boguslaw Linda), who battled Stalinist orthodoxy and his own physical impairments to advance his progressive ideas about art.

“Built on a classical narrative structure, Afterimage really puts the emphasis on its remarkable lead actor, Boguslaw Linda, a legendary performer in Poland, who has, in the past, starred in films by the country’s greatest directors.” -Dorota Hartwich, Cineuropa

 

Frantz

Germany   1hr 53mins   Drama/History   PG-13

Anna is a bereft young German woman whose fiance, Frantz, was killed in the trenches of World War I. Adrien, a French veteran of the war, makes a mysterious appearance in her town, placing flowers on Frantz’s grave. Adrien’s presence is met with resistance by the small community still reeling from Germany’s defeat, yet Anna gradually becomes closer to the handsome and melancholy young man, as she learns of his deep friendship with Frantz.

“This sublime mature work by François Ozon borrows liberally from Ernst Lubitsch’s Broken Lullaby (1932) but supplants its fevered melodrama with erotically charged mystery.” – Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader

 

The Women's Balcony

Israel 1hr 36mins Comedy/Drama

An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power When the women’s balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi’s wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis. Charismatic young Rabbi David appears to be a savior after the accident, but slowly starts pushing his fundamentalist ways and tries to take control. This tests the women’s friendships and creates an almost Lysistrata-type rift between the community’s women and men.

Israel’s #1 Film of the Year!