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Spring 2014 Film Series

The Furman Film Series previews the best new independent films and studio releases, followed by Q&As with filmmakers and industry professionals.

March 6: Touch of the Light >>
March 20: Breathe in >>
April 3: Dancing in Jaffa >>
April 24: Ida >>
May 8: Chinese Puzzle >>

Subscriber benefits include priority seating and the following movie night deals and discounts at these local restaurants (upon presentation of your subscriber card):

  • BURGER VILLAGE 66 Middle Neck Road: 15% off check
  • GREAT NECK DINER 14 Grace Ave.: 15% off entire check, plus one complimentary glass of wine per person (one voucher per table only)
  • LOLA 113A Middle Neck Road: Complimentary glass of wine with dinner
  • SHISH KEBAB 132 Middle Neck Road: 20% off entire check (valid at Great Neck location only)

Individual tickets are $15 ($10 students) when purchased in advance; tickets $20 at the door. Call (516) 829-2570 or purchase online.

Screenings take place at Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, 115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck (Click here for directions) at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7:00pm for subscribers and 7:15pm for individual ticket holders.

March 6: TOUCH OF THE LIGHT

Presented by Furman Film Series and the ReelAbilities Film Festival

Directed by Rong-ji Chang. Taiwan, 2013, 110 minutes. In Mandarin with English subtitles.
Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, Great Neck

Based on the true life story of Huang Yu-Siang, who stars as himself, Touch of the Light tells the story of a blind piano prodigy from rural Taiwan who moves to the big city to attend university. At university he finds himself competing on the same playing field as sighted students and struggling to find his own way. When Siang meets Jie, a beautiful beverage vendor who dreams of being a dancer, they form a quick friendship. Jie’s wretched home life stands in the way of her dreams but Siang’s determination becomes her own inspiration and drive.

Golden Horse Film Festival 2012 – FIPRESCI Prize, Best New Director, Best Actress
Busan International Film Festival 2012 – Audience Award

Q&A with Fr. John R. Sheehan. Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ is a Jesuit priest, and Chairman of the Xavier Society for the Blind. A member of Actors’ Equity since 1972, he worked in professional theatre and broadcasting for ten years before joining the Jesuits.

ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. Initiated in NY in 2007, the festival presents award winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout each hosting city. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience. For more about ReelAbilities and accessibility information, visit ny.reelabilities.org.

March 20: BREATHE IN

Directed by Drake Doremus. USA, 2013, 98 minutes.
Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, Great Neck

Starring Guy Pearce, Amy Ryan, Felicity Jones, and Kyle MacLachlan

“A finely calibrated piece of work from one of the more talented US film-makers to emerge in recent years.” – The Guardian

BREATHE IN pairs writer/director Drake Doremus once again with his incandescent LIKE CRAZY star, Felicity Jones. Soulful and musical British exchange student Sophie Williams (Jones) comes to New York in search of inspiration. On the surface, Sophie’s host family seems happy enough, but with her arrival to the Reynolds’ Upstate New York home, the private struggles of each family member begin to bubble. In particular, frustrated musician-turned-piano- teacher Keith Reynolds (Guy Pearce) finds long suppressed dreams and desires reignited by Sophie’s talent and inquisitive nature. While Keith’s wife, Megan (Amy Ryan) and daughter, Lauren (breakout talent, Mackenzie Davis) focus on Lauren’s final year of high school, Sophie and Keith are drawn ever closer by their mutual longing for creative expression. Ultimately, Sophie and Keith must confront how much they are willing to sacrifice and what they truly want out of life.

Doremus, winner of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for LIKE CRAZY, reunites with co-writer Ben York Jones and producers Jonathan Schwartz, Andrea Sperling, Steven M. Rales and Mark Roybal for this revealing family drama.

Official Selection: 2013 Sundance Film Festival

Q&A with Bill Thompson, Vice President-Theatrical Sales for Cohen Media Group

April 3: DANCING IN JAFFA

Directed by Hilla Medalia. USA/Israel, 2013, 88 min. In English, Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles.
Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, Great Neck

Back by popular demand, please join us for a special encore screening of Gold Coast International Film Festival hit Dancing in Jaffa!

Pierre Dulaine, four-time ballroom dancing world champion, is fulfilling a life-long dream when he takes his program, Dancing Classrooms, back to his city of birth, Jaffa. For generations, Jaffa has been a city divided by two communities that continue to grow increasingly apart. Over a ten-week period, Pierre teaches Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance and compete together. The film explores the complex stories of three children, all of whom who are forced to confront issues of identity, segregation, and racial prejudice as they dance with their enemy. We watch Pierre transform their lives, confirming his belief that dance can overcome hatred and provide the first steps towards real change.

Official Selection: 2013 Tribeca Film Festival

Q&A with Yvonne Marceau, an internationally renowned ballroom dancer and teacher. With Pierre Dulaine, she is Artistic Director of Dancing Classrooms, a social dance program in 200 NYC elementary and middle schools with 25 sites nationally and internationally.

April 24: IDA

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. Poland, 2013, 80 min. In Polish with English subtitles.
Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, Great Neck

“It haunted me. I can’t wait to see it again.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Absolutely stunning, one of the year’s best films” – Oliver Lyttleton, The Playlist

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, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation.

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 is a masterly evocation of a time, a dilemma, and a defining historical moment; IDA is also personal, intimate, and human.

Winner, International Critics Award – Toronto International Film Festival 2013
Winner, Best Film – London Film Festival 2013

Q&A with Laura Blum, a curator, journalist and producer based in Manhattan.

  Tickets $15 ($10 students – please call); $20 at the door

May 8: CHINESE PUZZLE

Directed by  Cédric Klapisch. France, 2013, 117 minutes. In French and English with subtitles.
Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, Great Neck

Starring Audrey Tautou (Amelie, The Da Vinci Code), Romain Duris (L’Auberge Espagnole, Heartbreaker), Kelly Reilly (Flight, Sherlock Holmes)

Famed French director Cedric Klapisch brings his long-time collaborating cast of characters, first introduced in L’Auberge Espagnole, to the streets of New York in this wildly inventive, charming, and ever-so-dysfunctional romantic comedy. A 40-year-old father of two still finds life very complicated. When the mother of his children moves to New York, he can’t bear them growing up far away from him and so he decides to move there as well. Along for the ride is the lesbian couple he fathered a child with, his shotgun green-card wife, his ex-wife’s new husband, and a seemingly endless stream of entertaining strangers, precocious children, and a bevy of internationals that adds a fullness of life barely contained within the screen.

  Tickets $15 ($10 students – please call); $20 at the door

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