Wednesday, February 16
Persepolis2007. France. Dir: Marjane Satrapi. With Vincent Paronnaud. Animated. 96 min.
outspoken Iranian girl comes of age during the Islamic Revolution and reckons
her identity amidst freedoms and limitations, humor and tragedy. Satrapi
remains faithful to the charming (and striking) visual simplicity of her
renowned autobiographical graphic novels while embracing the dynamic, grand
scale of cinema. Presented as part of
The Tournées Festival.
Thursday, February 17
Eyes Wide Open2009. Israel/France/Germany. Dir: Haim Tabakman. With With Ron Danker, Zohar Strauss. 91 min.
traditions and taboos of Orthodox Judaism, a father of four falls for a young
male student. This BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN of the cloth explores the intersection of
God, love, family, and universal societal confines – an intense, critically-lauded
slice of international cinema. Speaker:
Haim Tabakman, the film’s director and Jewish and Israel Visiting Scholar in
Friday, February 18
Buried2010. USA/Spain. Dir: Dir: Rodrigo Cortes. With Ryan Reynolds. 95 min.
A man wakes up to
find himself buried alive in a box with nothing but a lighter, a flashlight,
and a slowly dying cell phone. Reynolds – yep, that guy – remarkably redeems
himself in this claustrophobic one-man race against time. Is this the career
turnaround we’ve been Waiting for? Definitely, Maybe.
Saturday, February 19
The Last Temptation of Christ1988. USA. Dir: Martin Scorsese. With With Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel. 164 min.
Well before Mel's
PASSION-ate snuff film, Marty hit the Mean Streets of Jerusalem with bold
cinematic spiritualism. A haunting exploration of Christ’s interior struggle
between divinity and the weakness of his flesh, this controversial religious
work stands as a visual testament to the beauty, the challenge, and the
ultimate triumph of the transcendent.