Love is Strange

Now showing
in Rhinebeck 
in Rhinebeck
Sept 29 – Oct 2 Oct 3 – 9
Mon 5:50 8:10
Tues 5:50 8:10
Wed 3:45 5:50
Thur 5:50 8:15
Fri 6:50 9:10
Sat 4:40 6:50
Sun 5:50
Mon 5:50 8:10
Tues 8:10
Wed 5:50 8:10
Thur 5:50 8:10 
(USA, France / 2014 / Directed by Ira Sachs)
R / 94 mins. 
After 39 years together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when news of their marriage reaches the Catholic school where George works, he is fired from his longtime job, and the couple can no longer afford their New York City apartment.
As a temporary solution, George moves in with two cops next door, while Ben moves to Brooklyn to live with his nephew, Eliot; Eliot’s wife, Kate; and their teenage son. As Ben and George struggle to secure a new apartment, the pain of living apart and their presence in two foreign households test the resilience and relationships of all involved. Propelled by exquisite performances from John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, and Marisa Tomei, this subtle drama is suffused with gentle humor. From distinguished indie filmmaking veteran Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On, Forty Shades of Blue), Love Is Strange blends the romance of New York City’s streets and skyline with a delicate Chopin piano score, poignantly capturing a modern day love story. In English and Russian with subtitles. 
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Black Maria Film and Video Festival: Documentary Shorts

In Rhinebeck 
October 2
Thursday 8pm
Tickets $12/$11/$10
Thursday October 2nd, Upstate Films will host The Black Maria Film Festival, along with three guest speakers — Festival Director Jane Steuerwald and film directors Theresa Loong and Jay Weichun. We will screen four short documentary films, followed by a q&a at the theater and drinks at Liberty Restaurant (cash bar).
The films that form the centerpiece of the Black Maria Film and Video Festival honor the vision of Thomas Edison, New Jersey inventor and creator of the motion picture. The cutting edge work that makes up the festival’s touring program focuses on exceptional short films that are not presented as sidebars to feature length films; they are the heart and soul of the festival.
The program will include the following shorts:

  • A Place of Spirit (Natalie Conn and Jay Weichun, Brooklyn, NY) The story of Andrea Phillips, a Staten Island based artist facing eviction from her home after 44 years.
  • Families Are Forever (Caitlin Ryan and Vivian Kleiman, San Francisco, CA.) Tom and Wendy are devout Mormon parents living in a conservative community when they discover that their son is gay.
  • The Apothecary (Helen Hood Scheer, Palo Alto, CA.) In an impoverished former mining town in the American Southwest, a beloved druggist runs the community’s main hub: the sole pharmacy within 4,000 square miles. He eagerly plays multiple roles as surrogate doctor, life counselor, and community benefactor. His sanguine public persona, however, belies a long-suffered private pain for which there is no drug, no cure, and no relief.
  • Every Day is a Holiday (Theresa Loong, New York, NY.) Growing up in suburban New Jersey, Chinese-American filmmaker Theresa Loong knew little about her father’s past. One day, she discovered his diary, written when he was a teenager and POW in a Japanese work camp during World War II. In it, he vowed to make ‘every day a holiday’ if he survived. “Every Day is a Holiday” tells the painful but life-affirming story of her father’s unlikely journey, from Chinese Malay teenager and Japanese POW, to merchant seaman, Veterans Affairs doctor and naturalized citizen of the country that liberated him: the United States.
This project is made possible in part with public funds from NYSCA’s’ Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (
Click here for the Black Maria Film Festival website

The Trip to Italy

Now showing
in Rhinebeck
Sept 29 – Oct 2
Mon 6:00 8:15
Tues 6:00 8:15
Wed 6:00 8:15
Thur 6:00 (last show)
(UK / 2014 / Directed by Michael Winterbottom)
Unrated / 108 mins.
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon return for another highly entertaining round of sumptuous travel in The Trip to Italy, a most welcome sequel to 2010’s The Trip that follows our intrepid armchair gastronomes on a tour of Italy from northern Piemonte to the sun-drenched Amalfi Coast.
Enlisted to chronicle a tour of high-end restaurants and historical sights along the Italian peninsula, Coogan and Brydon find themselves following in the footsteps British poets Percy Shelley and Lord Byron. Much of the pleasure of this latest “Trip” comes from the way Coogan and Brydon interact with their surroundings. And throughout, director Michael Winterbottom nods lovingly to Italy’s rich history as cinematic locale, setting scenes in the street where Humphrey Bogart shot parts of Beat the Devil, the Napoli catacombs visited by Ingrid Bergman in Voyage to Italy, and the cliff-side mansion immortalized by Godard in Contempt. Whetting our palates, the characters enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings amid much sparkling banter, riffing on subjects as varied as Batman’s vocal register, the artistic merits of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill,” and, of course, the virtue of sequels.
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in Rhinebeck 
Oct 1
Wed 8:10 
(US, Serbia, and Montenegro / 2013 / Directed by the Meerkat Media Collective)
Unrated / 88 mins.
As half a million people descend upon a tiny Serbian village for the 50th anniversary of the world’s largest trumpet festival, every competitor seeks to win. Brasslands chronicles the personal journeys of three competitors participating in the festival for very different reasons.
As 25-year-old master trumpeter Dejan Petrovic – the reigning champion – returns to defend his title, Demiran Ćerimović – a world-class Roma Gypsy trumpeter – struggles against deeply ingrained racism for the opportunity to make money for his family. Through it all, an unlikely American band must also win over an audience that still resents America’s role in the NATO bombings of Serbia two decades earlier. As tensions simmer below the festival’s carnivalesque, alcohol-fueled surface, Brasslands bears witness to deeper resonances. From the staccato snares to the euphoric brass chorales and electrifying trumpet solos, the film attests to the fact that even amidst fractured ethnic and political divides, there remains in Serbia a universal human desire for identity, joy, and belonging that – if only momentarily – can be heard.
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Camouflage – from Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

In Rhinebeck 
October 1
Wednesday 3:00
(Poland / 1976 /Written and Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi)
Unrated / 101 mins.
An ironical and absurd comedy, Camouflage transports us to a university summer school camp where the shallowness and cynicism of the academic milieu becomes apparent through the relationship between a young linguistics professor, Jaroslaw, and his diabolical senior colleague, Jakub.
“All people are conformists just like you and I,” exclaims the latter, protesting against the liberal teaching approach of Jaroslaw. Renowned contemporary Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi presents the deeply troubling premise of academic conformity with witty humor mocking the status quo. Not intended as a political film, Camouflage was harshly received by the Polish government, immediately landing on the year’s list of banned films. 1981 New York Film Critics Circle Awards – Special Award – winner. 1977 Polish Film Festival – Best Screenplay – winner, Best Actor (Zbigniew Zapasiewicz) – winner, Grand Prix Golden Lions – winner. 1978 Rotterdam IFF – Critics Award – winner. 1977 Tehran IFF – Best Directing – winner. 1981 New York Film Critics Circle Awards – Special Award – winner.
Link to the Polish Film Series  

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Land Ho!

Starts Friday
in Rhinebeck 
Oct 3 – 5
Fri 4:40
Sat 9:10
Sun 8:10
(Iceland, USA / 2014 / Directed by Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens)
R / 95 mins.
A road comedy about two aging buddies vacationing in Iceland, Land Ho! is a bawdy, bittersweet ode to friendship’s lasting joys and life’s inevitable regrets.
When two ex-brothers-in-law decide to re-unite on a road trip through Iceland, their plan is to sample the best hotels and finest restaurants in Reykjavik before moving on to the scenic countryside, with its hot springs and hiking spots. Both 60-something men, Mitch (Earl Lynn Nelson) doesn’t seem to mind his age much at all, as he openly flirts with any woman who comes within orbit and freely spends his considerable wealth, while Colin (Paul Eenhorn) is more introspective, perceptive, and weary of the inevitable. As the duo bid farewell to the city, our sense of their individual lives deepens appreciably. We learn about their failed marriages, their relationships with their children, and their professional setbacks. Catching two elderly men in a state of vibrant emotional and existential bloom, Land Ho! is instantly likeable and ultimately loveable.
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Last Days in Vietnam

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Starts Friday
in Rhinebeck 
Oct 3 – 9
Fri 4:45 7:00
Sat 4:45 7:00
Sun 3:45 6:00
Mon 8:15
Tues 8:15
Wed 2:30 6:00
Thur 6:00
(US/2014/Rory Kennedy)
unrated / 98 mins
The endgame of the Vietnam war debacle … you think you know what it’s about–how the U.S. left Saigon in a hurry at the end of the Vietnam War–but it’s more than that. It’s about a group of maverick heroes who went against military authority to save countless lives. It’s about people trying to do good, for a change. 
During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbles. The United States has only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. As Communist victory becomes inevitable and the U.S., under Pres. Nixon who’s about to leave office, readies to withdraw, some Americans begin to consider the certain imprisonment and possible death of their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends. Meanwhile, the prospect of an official evacuation of South Vietnamese becomes terminally delayed by Congressional gridlock and the inexplicably optimistic U.S. Ambassador. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, a number of heroic Americans take matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese lives as possible.
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Starts Friday
in Rhinebeck 
Oct 3 – 9
Fri – Sat 9:15
Sun 8:15
Mon – Tues 6:00
Wed – Thur 8:15
(UK, Ireland /  2014 / Directed by Lenny Abrahamson)
R / 95 mins.
Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) receives a stroke of luck when he’s invited to play a show with an avant-garde band fronted by the musical genius Frank (Michael Fassbender), an eccentric performer who wears a giant expressionless fake head.
After a rocky start, Jon ingratiates himself with the band, and the crew retreats to record an album in the woods. There, the passive-aggressive percussionist (Carla Azar), the aloof French bassist (Francois Civil), and the ice-cold theremin player (Maggie Gyllenhaal) unite around Frank’s creative energy. But as Jon tries to fit into the mix, creative tensions mount and the band’s entire raison d’être is called into question. While film parodies the tortured process of trying to reinvent music from the ground up, it simultaneously critiques those who seek mainstream success while contributing little to the culture at large. Featuring a performance by Fassbender (Hunger, Shame, 12 Years a Slave) as you’ve never seen him before, Frank’s wit, audacity, and thought-provoking observations make it a true original.
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London National Theatre: MEDEA

In Rhinebeck 
Oct 5
Sun 3:30 
(UK / 2014 / Directed by Carrie Cracknell)
Unrated / 105 mins.
Terrible things breed in broken hearts. Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace.
It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear. Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) takes the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell, with music written by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp.
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The Saragossa Manuscript

In Rhinebeck 
Oct 8
Wed 2:15
(Poland / 1965 / Directed by Wojciech J. Has)
Unrated / 184 mins (Part 1: 81 mins, Part 2: 103 mins.)
A favorite film of Jerry Garcia and Luis Buñuel, The Saragossa Manuscript is a brilliant adaptation of one of the greatest works of world literature.
It is a Chinese box tale — a travel story about the supernatural and mystical opposed to the humanist materialism. It is 1739 as Alphonse van Worden crosses the wild range of the Sierra Morena, a land said to be inhabited only by demons — evil spirits and invisible hands that push travellers into chasms. Although he refuses to listen to those tales, his journey will be a sequence of supernatural and frightful events. But maybe they’re only illusions. 1971 Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain – Special Award – winner. 1965 IFF Edinburg – special mention. 1965 IFF San Sebastian – CIDALC prize, Award of the International Journalist’s Club.
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