New and Noteworthy
Senior Cinema Thursday
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.
Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test—charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.
Wed, Apr 29 at 8PM
Azulai is a policeman in Jaffa, whose incompetence is only matched by his soft-heartedness. His superiors want to send him to early retirement, but he would like to stay on the force, and the criminals of Jaffa don’t want to see him leave either… This satirical film confronts social dilemmas from the perspective of a good-hearted, beleaguered Israeli Everyman. On the eve of his retirement, frustrated beat cop Avram Azoulay (Shaike Ophir) encounters religious zealots, comes to the aid of a prostitute, and unwittingly solves a crime staged for his benefit.
In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (BABEL, PACIFIC RIM) stars as Kumiko, a frustrated Office Lady who becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of a popular film she’s mistaken for a documentary, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of North Dakota. Believing this treasure to be real, she leaves behind Tokyo and her beloved rabbit Bunzo to recover it – and finds herself on a dangerous adventure unlike anything she’s seen in the movies.
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.
Lions of Czech Film
Set in 1983 Czechoslovakia, eighteen-year-old sprinter Anna dreams of making the Olympics. In preparation, her coach puts her on a secret “special care” program, through which she receives injections of stromba. After learning that stromba is a dangerous drug, Anna rejects the injections and her performance levels begin to decline. With the Olympics in jeopardy, Anna’s mother decides to secretly administer the drug to her daughter in order for her to have a chance not only for the Olympics but also to escape from behind the Iron Curtain.
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.
Israeli writer-director Nadav Lapid (POLICEMAN) directs his second feature, an ambitious and aesthetically potent drama that is at once bizarre, beautiful and deeply unsettling. A teacher, Nira (Sarit Larry), becomes convinced that her five-year old student Yoav (Avi Shnaidman) is a child prodigy with his talent for composing poetry. Nira begins to write it down and tries to persuade his family to have it published, even taking Yoav to readings and pressing him to join a world that vastly exceeds his understanding.