Winter 2013 Film Series
The Furman Film Series previews the best new independent films and studio releases, followed by Q&As with filmmakers and industry professionals.
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Individual tickets are $15 ($10 students) when purchased in advance; tickets $20 at the door.
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.
November 21: PHILOMENA
Directed by Stephen Frears. UK, 2013, 98 min.
Subscriber-only bonus screening!
Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan
“It’s a powerful and heartfelt drama, based on a real case, with a sledgehammer emotional punch and a stellar performance from Judi Dench, along with an intelligently judged supporting contribution from Steve Coogan.” – The Guardian (Four-Star Review)
“A terrifically moving film that has a fitting earthbound feel to it as well as a barely suppressed anger at crimes inflicted on the powerless.” – Time Out
Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, PHILOMENA focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock – something her Irish-Catholic community didn’t have the highest opinion of – and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn’t allow for any sort of inquiry into the son’s whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith (Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.
Winner, Audience Award – 2013 Hamptons Film Festival
Winner Best Script, Winner Queer Lion – 2013 Venice Film Festival
Runner-Up, People’s Choice Award – 2013 Toronto Film Festival
Gala Selection – 2013 BFI London Film Festival
NOTE: This is an EXCLUSIVE screening for Furman Film Series subscribers. Individual tickets are not available.
December 12: JUST A SIGH
Directed by Jérôme Bonnell. France, 2013, 104 min. In English and French with subtitles.
Starring Gabriel Byrne and Emmanuelle Devos
“Admirably written, delicately directed, this ‘boy meets girl’ is also a realistic portrait of a woman at the crossroads of her life.” – Le Monde
In the short break between performances in Calais, stage actress Alix, played by the stunning Emmanuelle Devos (Arnaud’s Desplechin’s Christmas Tale), makes a quick escape to Paris. On the train, she meets a mysterious English stranger. Drawn towards him, she follows him, and ends up spending a few romantic hours with him before having to face what could be a new life.
This quietly observational film (and not without its unexpected bursts of humor) features masterful performances by Devos and her acclaimed co-star Gabriel Byrne. Young, versatile director Jérôme Bonnell (Le Chignon d’Olga) tells a real-time story with a particular sense for detail. Reminiscent of François Truffaut’s The Woman Next Door, the film captures vivid insights of a burning love evolving between two characters, wonderfully brought together by Bonnell’s down-to-earth approach. Just a Sigh captures an irrational, sentimental brief encounter balanced between the extremes of elopement and routine, with breathtaking psychological intrigue.
Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival
Q&A with John Anderson, film critic for the Wall Street Journal, Newsday, and America magazine.
January 9: THE MISSING PIECE
Directed by Joe Medeiros. USA, 2012, 85 min.
“Director Joe Medeiros delves deeply into the most dramatic art theft of the 20th century, telling a long-forgotten tale with wit, vigor and determination to uncover old secrets. This fascinating true story … makes for an unforgettable documentary.” – Margaret Leslie Davis, author Mona Lisa In Camelot: Dark Side Of Fortune
How did an unassuming house painter from Italy pull off “the greatest little known art heist in modern time?” Was his motivation more than money? Writer-director Joe Medeiros traces the path of Vincenzo Peruggia, charged with the 1911 theft of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa from The Louvre, and finds the story of a daughter mourning the father she never knew and a country recovering from old wounds. Combining historical photographs, animation and interviews with Peruggia’s descendants, Medeiros answers why and how the man called “Macaroni” by his French co-workers absconded with and kept the legendary painting for two years. This riveting, often humorous documentary portrays a man struggling to find his way in the world and make his family proud. Most touching are the scenes of Peruggia’s 84-year-old daughter, Celestina, who grew up on stories about her father and longed for the truth. -Mill Valley Film Festival
January 23: THE ZIGZAG KID
Directed by Vincent Bal. Netherlands/Belgium, 2012, 95 min. In Dutch, English and French with subtitles.
Direct from the New York Jewish Film Festival!
“Fast-paced, whimsical coming-of-ager The Zigzag Kid is a charming period picaresque that offers old-fashioned entertainment for tweens and adults.”
A witty, spirited and action-packed adventure about an almost-thirteen-year-old boy named Nono, his world of confusions, fears and fantasies…
Nono longs to be a good detective like his father, a famous police inspector, but his wild nature constantly gets him into trouble. Gaby, his father’s secretary, cherishes Nono and recognizes his anguish, which comes from his lack of knowledge about his mother, who died when he was very little. Two days before his bar mitzvah, he is sent off to his uncle’s to be disciplined yet again. Once on the train, the over-imaginative boy discovers one last chance to prove himself. Together with charming international thief Felix Glick, an old acquaintance of his father’s, he travels to the French Rivera and enters a world of disguises and crazy pursuits, crossing paths with the famous singer Lola Ciperola (played by Isabella Rossellini) and Zohara, a mysterious woman whose secrets will forever change Nono’s life.
Based on the beloved novel by David Grossman, The Zigzag Kid uses wit and humor to explore the most fundamental questions of good and evil and to speak directly to adults and teenagers.
January 30: LE WEEK-END
Directed by Roger Michell. UK, 2013, 93 min.
Starring Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, and Jeff Goldblum
“This is a beautifully executed, fearlessly truthful and droll film on the emotional politics of reinvention” – The Telegraph, Five-Star Review
“As if two towering performances [by Broadbent and Duncan] weren’t enough, along comes the lovably weird Jeff Goldblum to shake things up” – Time Out New York
Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan play a middle-aged, middle-class couple who visit Paris for a long weekend in hopes of rekindling their relationship—or, perhaps, to bring it to an end. Diffident, wistful Nick (Broadbent) and demanding, take-charge Meg (Lindsay Duncan) careen from harmony to disharmony to resignation and back again as they take stock and grapple with love, loss, regret and, disappointment, in their own very English way. When they accept a dinner invitation from Nick’s old friend Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), an American academic superstar with a fancy Parisian address, the film strikes one surprising grace note after another, building to a lyrical ending that is, incidentally, one of the loveliest movie homages (in this case, to Godard’s Band of Outsiders) in years. This magically buoyant, bittersweet comedy drama, starring two of Britain’s national treasures, is a new peak in the ongoing collaboration between screenwriter Hanif Kureishi and director Roger Michell. (New York Film Festival)
Official Selection: 2013 New York Film Festival