New and Noteworthy
WOMAN IN GOLD is the remarkable true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s famous painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I.
Hadas Yaron returns to the big screen in Maxime Giroux’s FÉLIX and MEIRA, a story of an unconventional romance between two people living vastly different lives mere blocks away from one another. Meira (Yaron), a young Hasidic housewife and mother, and Félix (Martin Dubreuil), a man lost in mourning the death of his father, unexpectedly meet at a local bakery in Montreal. What starts as an innocent friendship becomes more serious as the two wayward strangers find comfort in one another.
Forty years ago, Alex and Ruth Carver (Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton) bought a run-down apartment in a sketchy part of Brooklyn. Today, their neighborhood is hip and their apartment worth a small fortune. The now-retired Ruth and Alex haven’t changed, but they list their property to see what the market might bear. On the eve of their open house, a series of events upends the world around them and tests their relationship.
Set in 1992, during the conflict between Georgia and Abkhazian separatists, TANGERINES focuses on two Estonian immigrant farmers who decide to remain in Georgia long enough to harvest their tangerine crop. When the war comes to their doorsteps, Ivo (played by legendary Estonian actor Lembit Ulfsak) takes in two wounded soldiers from opposite sides. The fighters vow to kill each other when they recover, but their extended period of recovery has a humanizing effect that might transcend ethnic divides.
Contemporary art cinema is often characterized by long takes, a static camera, minimal editing, and extensive periods of silence. In an age dominated by an increasingly frenetic pace and the 24/7 flow of information, filmmakers from diverse cultures have adopted...
Wed, Jun 3 at 8PM
For the last half-century, James “The Amazing” Randi has entertained millions of people around the world with his remarkable feats of magic, escape and trickery. Randi saw his tricks being used by faith healers, fortune-tellers, and psychics — not for entertainment, but to steal money from innocent people. Enraged by this, Randi embarked on a mission for truth by perpetrating a series of elaborate hoaxes. But when dealing with a master deceiver, the truth can often be hard to find. A sudden and shocking truth in Randi’s personal life is brought to light, and Randi – who spent his life exposing deception – may have perpetrated another grand hoax or become the victim of a very personal one.
LOVE & MERCY presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era defining catalog of Wilson’s music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost.
Wed, Jun 10 at 8PM
Eleven-year-old Tomas receives a camera for his birthday. Wanting to become the next acclaimed director like Miloš Forman, he decides to secretly record his father, who he suspects is having an affair. With the camera as his tool, he becomes a detective intent on finding truth. In the process, he finds out more about himself and the world around him than he ever imagined. His best friend Haris also borrows the camera, putting a lens to the stark reality of his violent father.
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.
Wed, Jun 24 at 8PM
Avi, Kobi, and Yaniv, young working-class zealots, have appointed themselves enforcers of the Torah in their neighborhood of Bat Yam. Calling themselves “The Supervisors,” this hot-headed trio of yeshiva boys ensures that women are dressed appropriately, that business owners respect Shabbat, and that the Arabs passing through from Jaffa don’t overstay their welcome. The group’s dynamic is challenged when their leader, Avi, threatens a young woman who defies their rules, yet awakens his desire.