Leviathan

Now showing
in Woodstock.
Ends this week.
Mar 2 – Mar 5
MON — THURS  7:30
(Russia / 2014 / Directed by Andrey Zvyaginstev)
R / 141 mins. 
* Golden Globe WINNER for Best Foreign Film
* Academy Award nominee Best Foreign Film
Premiering to unanimous acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival, LEVIATHAN is an eye-opening glimpse into life in a small town on the gray-lit Barents sea – with its mordant, vodka-saturated humor, vast skeletons of whales and old fishing boats, and crushing tales of corruption.
Kolia (Alexey Serebriakov) is an everyman, a car mechanic with a modest property perched on prime real estate. When a crooked mayor (Roman Madyanov) who wants his land hits Kolia with a compulsory purchase order, Kolia enlists the help of his old friend Dimitri (Vladimir Vzovichenkov), a Moscow lawyer. Dimitri thinks he can get the mayor to back down, but attempting to blackmail Russia’s well-connected gangster class is fraught with danger. With an extraordinary eye for the class-inflected details of intimate small town life, Andrey Zvyagintsev, director of THE RETURN (the 2003 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion winner and Golden Globe nominee),  has made a film in which the personal and the political are perfectly intertwined. A tragic-drama that dissects the contemporary Russian spirit with immediacy and urgency, LEVIATHAN is visceral, rebellious fare, unraveling with a force that escalates into an annihilating sort of grandeur. In Russian with subtitles. 

 “A grave and beautiful drama, at once intimate and enormous. Pictorially ravishing in the best Russian wide-screen tradition… Mr Zvyagintsev layers social commentary, intense emotion and spiritual allegory without ever losing the human dimension of the narrative.” (Best of 2014 List) – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

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Coming Next...

Human Capital

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Starts Friday
in Woodstock 
Mar 6 – 12
Fri 7:30
Sat 5:00 7:30
Sun 4:30 7:00
Mon 7:30
Tues 7:30
Wed 7:30
Thur 7:30
(Italy/2015/dir by Paolo Virzi)
unrated / 110 mins
Italy’s nominee for best foreign language film is a stylish thriller that fuses a whodunit with a tricky dance of status, avarice, and ambition.
It’s the night before Christmas Eve and a cyclist heading home from work is run off the road by a careening SUV. As details emerge of the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the well-to-do Bernaschi family intertwine with the struggling middle-class Rovellis in ways neither could have expected. Dino Rovelli (Fabrizio Bentivoglio), in dire financial straits, anticipates the birth of twins with his second wife (Valeria Golino), and uses his teenaged daughter Serena’s (Matilde Gioli) relationship with hedge-fund manager Giovanni Bernaschi’s playboy son to get a chance to invest money he doesn’t have. Paolo Virzi’s taut character study deconstructs the typical linear narrative, observing transformative events from three character’s perspectives adding and layering relevant details and angles. The result is a nuanced account of desire, greed and the value of human life in an age of rampant capitalism and financial manipulation. In Italian with subtitles. 
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She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

SBWSA  special shows
Rhinebeck:
March 7 Sat 1:30
Woodstock:
March 8 Sun 1:30
(US / 2014 / Directed by Mary Dore)
Unrated / 92 mins. 
In Person: Sat March 7 (Rhinebeck) 1:30 show with Nancy Kennedy editor/co-producer, and
Sun March 8 (Woodstock) 1:30 show with Sheila Isenberg (NY Radical Feminists) and Carol Hanisch (NY Radical Women – Redstockings)
SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971.
Taking us from the founding of NOW — with ladies in hats and gloves — to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality and in the process created a world-wide revolution. Instead of romanticizing the early movement, SHE’S BEAUTIFUL dramatizes its exhilarating, quarrelsome, sometimes heart-wrenching glory. Still resonating today for women who are facing new challenges around reproductive rights and sexual violence, the film shows present-day activists creating their generation’s own version of feminism and inspires women and men to work for feminism and human rights. Unrated / 92 mins. 
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