Spring 2015 Film Series

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

Mar 12: Marie’s Story »
Mar 26: 5 to 7 »
Apr 9: Gemma Bovery »
Apr 23: Iris »
May 7: The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers »
Plus BONUS screening!

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
  • ETHOS 25 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)

When available, 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.


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Directed by Jean-Pierre Améris. France, 2014, 95 min. In French with English subtitles.

Based on real-life events that took place in the late nineteenth century, Marie’s Story follows the story of a deaf and blind fourteen-year-old girl who can’t communicate with the outside world. Despite the advice of a doctor who believes she is “dumb,” Marie’s father, a humble artisan, cannot bring himself to commit her to an asylum. Out of despair, he takes her to the Larnay Institute near Poitiers where nuns take care of young deaf women. Her Mother Superior’s skepticism notwithstanding, Sister Marguerite, a young nun, takes Marie under her wing and does everything she can to bring her to open up to her surroundings.

Variety Piazza Grande Award - Locarno Film Festival
Winner World Cinema Audience Favorite - Mill Valley Film Festival

Advance tickets $15 ($10 students – CLICK HERE) | $20 at the door

Guest Speakers: Susan Ruzenski and Chris Woodfill of the Helen Keller National Center

Part of the 7th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival
March 12-18, 2015
In venues throughout NY
For full festival program and information visit: NY.REELABILITIES.ORG

Mar 26: 5 TO 7

Directed by Victor Levin. USA, 2014, 95 min.

Outside the Manhattan St. Regis Hotel, aspiring young writer Brian (Anton Yelchin) first meets Arielle (Bérénice Marlohe), the sophisticated wife of a French Diplomat. Though she’s older, married, and the mother of two, Brian can’t help but be drawn to her and the two begin a cinq-a-sept affair. It’s a clash with his traditional values and his parents (Frank Langella and Glenn Close) can barely handle the news, but Brian couldn’t be more smitten. As the two fall deeper in love, Brian begins to wish for more than just the hours of five to seven and soon the two must face the most significant decision of their lives. An emotionally powerful debut from writer and director Victor Levin, who shows how hard you will fight for love when the odds are stacked against you. – Tribeca Film Festival

Winner, Audience Award – Traverse City Film Festival
Official Selection - Tribeca Film Festival
Official Selection - Hamptons International Film Festival

Guest Speaker: Jordan Raup, Editor-in-Chief and Founder of The Film Stage, a leading resource for independent film

Advance tickets $15 ($10 students) | $20 at the door
Call 516-829-2570 to purchase tickets


Directed by Anne Fontaine. France, 2014, 99 min. In French with English subtitles.

In this vibrant seriocomic re-imagining of Flaubert’s literary classic Madame Bovary, life imitates art in uncanny ways when earthy British beauty Gemma Bovery (Gemma Arterton) and her furniture restorer husband Charles (Jason Flemyng) move to a charming ramshackle old farmhouse in the very same Norman village where the novel was written a century earlier.  Their welcoming neighbor, local baker and Flaubert expert Martin Joubert (Fabrice Luchini) becomes entranced with Gemma and sets out to be her guide and mentor to her new surroundings. It doesn’t take long before he is drawing parallels between the literary and real life woman, while he insinuates himself into her life.

As reality sets in on the fantasy of rural French domesticity, the Boverys’ marriage begins to fray and Gemma finds herself at loose ends. She soon catches the eye of a handsome young playboy and when her  magnetic ex suddenly reappears, she finds herself at a crossroads and seems to be fulfilling Joubert’s worst fears that her destiny is linked to that of Flaubert’s doomed heroine.  Director Anne Fontaine’s (COCO BEFORE CHANEL) clever adaptation of Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel Gemma Bovery is at once a cheeky literary mash-up, a sensuous romance, a witty feminist commentary and a heady celebration of French provincial life.

“A breezy and enjoyable update of the classic novel.” - Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

Official Selection - Toronto International Film Festival

Guest speaker: Delphine Selles-Alavarez, film curator at the French Institute/Alliance Française

Advance tickets no longer available | Tickets $20 at the door


Apr 23: IRIS

Directed by Albert Maysles. USA, 2014, 78 min.

The last documentary by the great Albert Maysles profiles Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed, one-of-a-kind 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even in Iris’ dotage, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. “I feel lucky to be working. If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows.”

“A joyous celebration of creativity and razor-sharp wit sustained into old age, as evinced by outspoken nonagenarian fashion icon Iris Apfel, “Iris” also offers proof of Albert Maysles’ continued vitality as a documentarian.” – Ronnie Schieb, Variety

Winner, Best Documentary - Hamptons International Film Festival
Official Selection - New York Film Festival

Q&A with Producer Laura Coxson

Advance tickets $15 ($10 students – CLICK HERE) | $20 at the door


Directed by Richard Trank.

Based on the best-selling book by Ambassador Yehuda Avner, The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers takes the audience inside the offices of Israel’s Prime Ministers through the eyes of an insider, Yehuda Avner, who served as a chief aide, English language note-taker and speechwriter to Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, and Shimon Peres. This second part in a two-film series examines Ambassador Avner’s experiences with Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin and Shimon Peres as well as his service as Israel’s Ambassador to England. The early efforts at negotiating agreements with Egypt, the raid on Entebbe, Anwar Sadat’s historic visit to Jerusalem, the Camp David Accords, the bombing of Iraq’s nuclear facility, the war in Lebanon, the Oslo Accords and the ongoing struggle to make peace with Israel’s Arab neighbors and the Palestinians are some of the topics covered as The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers builds to its dramatic and emotional conclusion.

Weaving a rich tapestry of history and personal testimonies, The Prime Ministers brings some of the most important events of the 20th and 21st centuries to life. Featuring the voices of Sandra Bullock as Golda Meir, Michael Douglas as Yitzhak Rabin, Leonard Nimoy as Levi Eshkol and Christoph Waltz as Menachem Begin, The Prime Ministers is written, produced and directed by Academy Award winner Richard Trank and co-written and produced by two-time Academy Award winner Rabbi Marvin Hier.

Guest Speaker: Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York

Advance tickets $15 ($10 students – CLICK HERE) | $20 at the door

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