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Fri, Jul 11

A Summer’s Tale

(Conte d’été)

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  114 min • in French with English subtitles • Official SiteBuy Tickets

Worth the wait…, A SUMMER’S TALE has room to focus on Rohmer’s brilliance at revealing human nature through articulate, multidimensional characters, perfectly cast, who in some ways seem to exist outside of time…This gorgeous movie has such an exquisite sensitivity to subtle changes in the light and weather that it makes you feel as if you were living at the beach.

–Stephen Holden, The New York Times

CRITICS’ PICK. A SUMMER’S TALE feels like a great beach read of a movie, that deceptively slender paperback you tuck into your luggage because it’s substantial without weighing much…The Rohmer touch consists of nonchalance and effortless sensuality, not just in the people, but also in the landscape, somehow even in the air.

–Jonathan Kiefer, The Village Voice

Sublime…Rohmer has a genius for taking a seemingly mundane situation and slowly tightening the screws…Think of it as a thriller by Hitchcock—a Rohmer favorite—only with words, not knives, that cut straight to the heart.

–Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

A new HD restoration of Eric Rohmer’s classic film, released for the first time in the U.S.!

Gaspard (Melvil Poupaud), a recent university graduate, arrives at the seaside in Bretagne for three weeks’ vacation before starting a new job. He’s hoping his sort-of girlfriend, the fickle Léna (Aurélia Nolin), will join him there; but as the days pass, he welcomes the interest of Margot (Amanda Langlet, the titular character from Rohmer’s PAULINE AT THE BEACH), a student of ethnology working as a waitress for the summer. Things start to get complicated when the spoken-for Margot encourages
Gaspard to have a summer romance with her friend, Solène (Gwenaëlle Simon), and he complies. When Léna turns up, and scheduling complications abound, Gaspard will have to make a choice…Rohmer’s characteristically light touch allows his characters to discourse on love and friendship, even as their body language complicates and even contradicts their words. Diane Baratier’s cinematography perfectly captures the languor of youth and the feeling of a French beach vacation–the sea, the sunlight and the lovely surroundings convey the openness of a world of possibilities faced by these young people.

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  Big World Pictures

Fri, Jul 18

Ida

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  80 min • in Polish with English subtitles • Official SiteBuy Tickets

CRITIC’S PICK! One of the finest European films in recent memory.

–-- A.O. Scott, The New York Times

A film of exceptional artistry whose emotions are as potent and persuasive as its images are indelibly beautiful.

–-- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes Ida, a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, makes a shocking discovery about her past.

18-year old Anna (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. Naïve, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside, to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar Communism.

 In this beautifully directed film, Pawlikowski returns to his native Poland for the first time in his career to confront some of the more contentious issues in the history of his birthplace. Powerfully written and eloquently shot, Ida a masterly evocation of a time, a dilemma, and a defining historical moment; Ida is also personal, intimate, and human. The weight of history is everywhere, but the scale falls within the scope of a young woman learning about the secrets of her own past. This intersection of the personal with momentous historic events makes for what is surely one of the most powerful and affecting films of the year.

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  Music Box Films

Fri, Jul 18

Life

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  120 min • in English • Official SiteBuy Tickets

[An] absorbing, delightfully entertaining portrait…not only pays homage to Ebert as a champion of emerging filmmakers from Scorsese and Errol Morris to [Director Steve] James himself, but as a fighter to the end.

–-- Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present LIFE ITSELF, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF, explores the legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.

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  Magnolia Pictures

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