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Summer 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.

June 26: Advanced Style>>
July 10: Mood Indigo>>
July 17: BONUS Summer Shorts>>
July 24: A Place in Heaven>>
August 7: Art and Craft>>
August 21:TBA

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
  • CAFE RUSTICA 200 Middle Neck Road: 10% off check (A la carte menu only. Cash only. Not combinable. No Holidays or fundraisers.)
  • 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)

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.

Don’t miss these films this summer!

June 26: ADVANCED STYLE

Directed by Lina Plioplyte. USA, 2014, 72 min.

With special guests, blogger Ari Seth Cohen, and film subjects Lynn Dell Cohen, Tziporah Salamon, Debra Rapoport, and Joyce Carpati!

A hat-obsessed, bike-riding, part-time vintage store employee who trades shifts for clothing items. A mild-mannered lounge singer with the longest, most carefully groomed eyelashes you’ve ever seen. The advice-spouting owner of the popular boutique Off Broadway. These are the subjects of director Lina Plioplyte’s inspiring documentary Advanced Style. Pulled from the strongest entries on renowned fashion photographer Ari Seth Cohen’s popular blog, Advanced Style tells the fabulous true tales of seven of New York’s most stylish elderly women. Ranging in age from 62 to 95, these women refuse to fade into the background of society and instead flaunt their eclectic styles and embrace their individuality through their clothes and personal stories. Thanks to their exposure on Cohen’s blog, they’ve now obtained a devoted by legendary fashion labels, NY Fashion Week and much younger fashion mavens who aspire to pull off clothes with the ease of these ladies. Filled with colorful vitality, each vignette bursts with life, humor and, of course, style. Like the mantra for its characters, Plioplyte’s affirming doc reminds us that age is just a number and beauty is forever.

Official Selection: Hot Docs International Film Festival, Montclair International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival

July 10: MOOD INDIGO

Directed by Michel Gondry. France, 2013, 95min. In French with English subtitles.

Starring Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris

Eminently inventive Michel Gondry (Oscar Winner, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) finds an ideal counterpart in Boris Vian, whose novel Foam of the Daze provides the foundation for this manic, visionary love story. Romain Duris plays wealthy bachelor Colin, whose hobbies include developing his pianocktail (a cocktail-making piano) and devouring otherworldly dishes prepared by his trusty chef Nicolas (Omar Sy). When Colin learns that his best friend Chick (Gad Elmaleh), a fellow acolyte of the philosopher Jean-Sol Partre, has a new American girlfriend, our lonely hero attends a friend’s party in hopes of falling in love himself. He soon meets Chloé (Audrey Tautou) and, before they know it, they’re dancing to Duke Ellington and plunging headfirst into a romance that Gondry rapturously depicts as only he can. Nominated for three 2014 César Awards (French Academy Awards).
- Description adapted from Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Official Selection 2014 Rendezvous with French Cinema
Opening Night Film of the 2013 Karlovy Vary Film Festival

Q&A with Jerome Henry Rudes, curator and director for 25 years of the Avignon Film Festival in France, and director of the Avignon/New York Film Festival in Manhattan.

July 17: SUMMER SHORTS

Short attention span when the temperature climbs above 80? We’ve got just the thing! These short films will make you laugh, cry, or fall in love in less time than it takes to fry an egg on the sidewalk.

*BONUS screening for subscribers.

July 24: A PLACE IN HEAVEN

Directed by Yossi Madmony. Israel, 2013, 117 min. In Hebrew with English subtitles.

A sweeping, deeply allegorical story of an admired war hero and his conflicted relationship with his son. When a retired general lies on his deathbed, bitter and alone, his estranged son, an ultra-orthodox Jew, tries to save his soul from hell. This quasi-Biblical, epic drama spans the history of Israel through 40 years and three wars, yet, like director Yossi Madmony’s previous film Restoration, it is, at its heart, about the relationship between a father and a son.

“The best Israeli film of the year…a masterpiece.” – Cinemascope

“Madmony’s ambitious screenplay masterfully merges the epic and the anecdotal. His protagonist, like the flawed heroes of the Old Testament, registers as recognizably human. The forceful Alon Moni Aboutboul (who also has a successful career in Hollywood with films such as The Dark Knight Rises and Body of Lies) is poignant as the brilliant military man who defeats his enemies on the battlefield, but who fails the daily tests any father must face.” – Variety

Q&A with Dean Movshovitz, Director of Film and Media at the Office for Cultural Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York.


August 7: ART AND CRAFT

Directed by Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman; Co-Directed by Mark Becker. USA, 2014.

Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering a wide range of painting styles and periods that includes 15th Century Icons, Picasso, and even Walt Disney. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn’t in it for money. Posing as a philanthropic donor, a grieving executor of a family member’s will, and most recently as a Jesuit priest, Landis has given away hundreds of works over the years to a staggering list of institutions across the United States. But after duping Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar who ultimately discovers the decades-long ruse and sets out to expose his philanthropic escapades to the art world, Landis must confront his own legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop.

ART AND CRAFT starts out as a cat-and-mouse art caper, rooted in questions of authorship and authenticity – but what emerges is an intimate story of obsession and the universal need for community, appreciation, and purpose.

Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival, AFI Docs, Hot Docs Film Festival

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