Dear White People

Now showing
in Woodstock
Oct 31 – Nov 2
Fri 5:30
Sat 8:00
Sun 5:30
Mon – Thur 7:30
(US/2014/wr/dir Justin Simien)
R / 108 mins
Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, this is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama.
With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in what is supposedly ‘post-racial’ America while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world. Writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life – getting ahead vs getting along – at a predominantly white college in a sharp and funny feature film debut that earned him a spot on Variety’s annual “10 Directors to Watch.” Divided into clever chapters, the film follows the stories of four black students at Winchester University where a riot breaks out over a popular ‘African American’ themed Halloween party thrown by a white fraternity. 

As smart and fearless a debut as I have seen from an American filmmaker in quite some time: knowing but not snarky, self-aware but not solipsistic, open to influence and confident in its own originality. – A.O. Scott, NY TIMES

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Borgman

In Woodstock 
Oct 31 – Nov 2
Fri 8:00
Sat 5:30
Sun 8:00 
(Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark / 2013 / Directed by Alex van Warmerdam)
Unrated / 113 mins.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Come celebrate at Upstate Films with the creepy, crafty, and utterly surreal BORGMAN… an awesomely bizarre home-invasion film that rests on a trickster-ish screenplay. 
The title refers to the main character, Camiel Borgman (Jan Bijvoet), a bearded and disheveled vagrant who shows up at a wealthy family’s front door asking for a bath. When her husband Richard (Jeroen Perceval) refuses him entry, Marina (Hadewych Minis) takes pity on the man and offers him a place to stay. But Marina gradually falls under Borgman’s mysterious spell. As the visitor shifts between the roles of victim and aggressor, strange things begin to happen. A pack of potentially shape-shifting dogs roams the property, a dancer in a gray costume spins around in the yard, and a clan of shifty forest-dwellers moves in, toying with the family and uprooting their garden before their eyes. With hints of Michael Haneke’s Funny Games or Giorgos Lanthimos’ Dogtooth, Borgman is a film that will chill and fascinate in equal measure. In Dutch with subtitles.
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