We have scheduled a 4 week mini-series in January, 2016. All four films will be on Sunday, 4:30 pm at Matilija Auditorium.
Jan. 10 The End of the Tour
David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) is the celebrated author of the 1996 novel, Infinite Jest. In the mid-1990s he was the literary man of the hour. Rolling Stone magazine sends reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) to accompany him on a five-day book tour.
Wallace is a brilliant and arresting figure, but with a core of sadness that that no amount of public acclaim can assuage. But, whatever his inner demons, he is a sparkling conversationalist with trenchant observations on almost all aspects of American life. You wish you could take notes on some of his riffs.
“Anchored by a mesmerizing performance by Jason Segel, End Of The Tour is a road trip you do not want to miss.
Jan. 17 Heart of a Dog
It’s been 30 years since New York artist Laurie Anderson created a film. She is better known for her pioneering multimedia installations and avant-garde live stage performances.
At the heart of this engrossing film is family dog, Lolabelle. Anderson’s lyrical voice croons to her beloved pet tales of wonder and delight, love and loss, as the screen flows with a mystical collage of beautifully composed visions from 8mm home movies, contemporary footage and animated drawings.
Heart of a Dog is on the short list for this year’s Oscar nominations for feature documentary. Rather than a film full of stories that inform, this documentary will enchant you.
Jan. 24 Phoenix
Nelly, a Jewish woman badly disfigured in the Nazi concentration camps, returns to Berlin to find the husband from whom she was separated. Find him, she does, though he doesn’t recognize her. But she does look enough like his former wife for him to concoct a chilling scheme: duping her family out of her inheritance.
With outstanding acting performances by Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf, and especially Nina Hoss, and sure-footed direction by Christian Petzold, Phoenix is a cautionary tale of loss and longing.
“Beautiful and mysteriously powerful from beginning to end.”—Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
Jan. 31 Jafar Panahi’s Taxi
What does a filmmaker do when banned by the Iranian government from making movies? If you are Jafar Panahi, you pose as a taxi driver and create a powerful—and, at times, humorous—portrait of Iran’s social challenges.
Internationally celebrated director Panahi has created a neorealist, documentary-like film that takes place in a taxi in Tehran. Nonprofessional actors, whose identities remain anonymous, play the parts of the passengers. In this context, Panahi’s observations and views are presented.
Commonly identified with the Iranian New Wave film movement, Panahi describes his style as “humanitarian events interpreted in a poetic and artistic way.”