62 years of excellence

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER at the STONZEK

This month we feature a range of biographies from the sweeping, epic biopic of Simon Bolivar, The Liberator, in the monumental style of David Lean to 20,000 Days on Earth, one faux day in the life of singer/song writer/actor Nick Cave in a style unique unto itself.

Among the special events this month, we bring back Ruby Tesla and her troupe of modern ecdysiasts with an evening of classic burlesque and music.....girls!  girls!  girls!.  For those of you who prefer your bodies cold, gray and clammy we offer you Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead a comic, campy zombie farce at Midnight on Halloween and the following night as well

MUUAAHHHHH !!!

Don't miss the fascinating, infrequently told story of the Roma in A People Uncounted   or the equally fascinating documentary of 7 of NYC's most exquisitely dressed fashionistas over 60 in Advanced Style.

 

And there are more wonderful movies! The best of the Indies.  Read about the month's complete offerings below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                           

THE TRIP TO ITALY

 

October 3 - October 9

 

Directed by Michael Winterbottom, Comedy, Rated PG-13, UK, 2014, 108 min

                 

In this hilarious sequel to their 2010 film, “The Trip,” also directed by Michael Winterbottom, the great comics Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have been given a tough assignment by the Observer—an all-expenses-paid journey through the most beautiful parts of Italy, where they are required to eat lavishly and stay in exquisite small hotels, all so that one or the other can write highbrow culinary drivel for the paper. As they amble through paradise, the two men take turns topping each other with impressions of famous movie stars. They aren’t interested in anyone’s soul; they see themselves as professionals in an exacting trade that requires getting Christian Bale’s guttural whisper and Roger Moore’s English-butter croon exactly right. This hedonistic japery is shot through with middle-aged melancholy and the fear of death. Both movies, it turns out, are about the impossibility—and the necessity—of male friendship.

 

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THE CONGRESS

 

October 3 - October 9

 

Directed by Ari Folman, Futuristic Drama, Unrated, Israel  Germany, 2013, 122 min

                 

Robin Wright gets an offer from a major studio to sell her cinematic identity: she‘ll be digitally scanned and sampled so that her alias can be used with no restrictions in all kinds of
Hollywood films – even the most commercial ones that she previously refused. In exchange she receives loads of money, and security for her family. A mix of live action and animation,
The Congress is a meditative observation about the future of Hollywood, and a gratification based society.

From a novel by the great Stanislaw Lem.

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A PEOPLE UNCOUNTED

October 10 - October 16

 

Directed by Aaron Yeger, Documentary, Rated PG-13, Canada, some subtitles, 2011, 99 min

                 


Visiting 11 countries and interviewing dozens of Roma artists, historians, musicians and Holocaust survivors, this revealing film documents their culturally rich but often difficult lives, taking us back to ancient times and forward to the little-known story of Roma genocide at the hands of Nazis during World War II. As we watch the incredible story of the Roma unfold, both the people and their history come to life through the interplay of their evocative music and poetry, interwoven with true stories told by the survivors of the camps. As intolerance is on the rise in European politics, this remarkable film reminds us that ethnic minorities all too often fall prey to racism and genocide.


 

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ADVANCED STYLE

October 10 - October 16

 

 

 

Directed by Lina Plioplyte, Documentary, Unrated, US, 2014, 72 min

                 

Advanced Style examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal
style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging. Based on Ari Seth Cohen’s famed blog
of the same name, this film paints intimate and colorful portraits of independent, stylish
women aged 62 to 95 who are challenging conventional ideas about beauty, aging, and
Western culture’s increasing obsession with youth.

Advanced Style is Lina Plioplytes feature directorial debut.

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RETURNING BY POPULAR DEMAND

OCT 31 - NOV 6

 

 

 

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TWO FACES OF JANUARY

October 17 - October 23

 

 

 

Directed by Hossein Amini, Drama, Rated PG-13,  English, US / UK / France, 

2014, 96 min

 

Screenwriter Hossein Amini makes a stylish directing debut with this sleek thriller set in Greece and Istanbul in 1962, and adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s novel. Intrigue begins at the Parthenon when wealthy American tourists, played by Viggo Mortenson and Kirsten Dunst, meet an American expat: a scammer working as a tour guide. A murder puts all three on the run and creates a precarious bond between them as

the trio’s allegiance is put to the test.

 

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20,000 DAYS ON EARTH

 

October 17 thru October 23

 

Directed by Iain Forsyth & Nancy Pollard, Musical / Performing Arts, Unrated,  English, UK, 

2014, 97 min

This innovative drama/documentary features Cave as both subject and coconspirator, intimately documenting his artistic process and combining it with a fictional staged narrative of his 20,000th day on Earth. As a result, the film also explores the creative spirit.  The film weaves two parallel narrative threads. The first is a cinematic portrait of Cave's 20,000th day, created through a series of staged, but not scripted, scenes and encounters. The second looks in depth at his creativity from writing through recording and rehearsal to performance.  This unique blend of documentary essay and cinematic fiction demonstrates the connection between Cave and the filmmakers, visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard; all three are illuminating the search for truth through artifice and myth. Ultimately, 20,000 Days on Earth reaches beyond Cave to ask all of us how many days we've been alive and what use we've made of that time.    

                      Double Sundance Winner for Best Directing and Winner Best Editing

 

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THE LIBERATOR

October 24 - October 30

 

 

 

Directed by Alberto Arvelo, BioPic / Historical Drama, Unrated,  Venezuela / Spain,  Spanish with English subtitles, 2013, 119 min

 

No figure is more revered in South America than Simón Bolívar, the legendary hero who freed the northern half of the continent from the iron grip of Spanish Colonialism. Alberto Arvelo's ambitious, gorgeously produced epic traces his transformation from a dashing 19th century aristocrat, who wooed and won a great Spanish beauty as his wife, into a fiery and embattled revolutionary with a powerful army at this command.


Simon Bolivar fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. He rode over 70,000 miles on horseback. His military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great. His army never conquered -- it liberated.


Rising international star Édgar Ramírez (Carlos) stars in this enthralling epic about Venezuelan political leader Simón Bolívar and his lifelong quest to bring autonomy and democracy to the Americas.

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1,000 TIMES GOODNIGHT

October 24 - October 30

 

 

 

 

Directed by Erik Poppe, Drama, Unrated,  Norway,  in English, 2013, 117 min

 

 

 

While on assignment photographing a female suicide bomber group, top war photographer Rebecca gets badly hurt in an explosion. Back home, her husband and daughters can no longer bear the thought of her dying on assignment in some faraway land. Rebecca is forced to choose between her family and her work.

A Norwegian-made, English-language film set in Ireland, Kenya and Afghanistan, and starring French luminary Juliette Binoche, would seem to wear its internationalism on its sleeve. Yet globe-trotting, at least to war zones, forms the central conflict in  A Thousand Times Goodnight, Erik Poppe's gripping tale of a dedicated photojournalist torn between passionate involvement with her work and commitment to her worried family. Deftly sidestepping both melodrama and family-values messaging, Poppe imbues the film with enormous emotional resonance, brilliantly grounded by his leading lady.

Grand Prize Montreal Film Festival

 

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COMING in NOVEMBER

Cooler weather and ocean breezes bring lots of activity to the Stonzek Theatre.  By popular demand we are bringing back the fabulous NYC fashionistas of a certain age. Advanced Style will return for the week of Oct 31.  Also that week we will re-examine (or for some examine for the 1st time) America's Last Days in Vietnam in this brilliant new documentary. 

 On Nov 7 Blue Room brings to the screen a noir psychological thriller from the novels of the incomparable Georges Simenon.  Listen Up Philip brings together Jason Schwartzman, Elizabeth Moss and Jonathan Pryce in an intimate, idiosyncratic comedy. We conclude the week with 2 special events:  Fri night Nov 7th at 8pm an evening of hand made music, a singer / song writer roundtable with Rod Macdonald, Marie Nofsinger and Amy Carol Webb.

Sat. night Nov. 8 at 7pm our eyes and ears return to Haiti with new movies from that torn island......

Avalanche!!!  Nov 14 - 20  Force Majeure A critical favorite and word-of-mouth sensation at this year's Cannes Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard, is a wickedly funny and precisely observed family drama.

Watchers of the Sky uncovers the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin - the man who created the word "genocide," and believed the law could protect the world from mass atrocities.

Nov 21-27 The world lost a Master filmmaker in March, Alain Resnais gifted us with 6 decades of billiant movies and we are saddened and honored to show his last work Life of Riley.

 

 

 

ADVANCED STYLE

October 31 - November 6

 

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Directed by Lina Plioplyte, Documentary, Unrated, US, 2014, 72 min

                 

Advanced Style examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal
style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging. Based on Ari Seth Cohen’s famed blog
of the same name, this film paints intimate and colorful portraits of independent, stylish
women aged 62 to 95 who are challenging conventional ideas about beauty, aging, and
Western culture’s increasing obsession with youth.

Advanced Style is Lina Plioplytes feature directorial debut.

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LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM

October 31 - November 6

 

 

 

 

 

Directed by Rory Kennedy, Documentary, Not Rated, US, 2014, 98 min

In April of 1975, the North Vietnamese Army was closing in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance was crumbling. Approximately 5,000 Americans remained with roughly 24 hours to get out. Their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends faced certain imprisonment and possible death if they remained behind, yet there was no official evacuation plan in place. Still, over the last days in Vietnam, with the clock ticking and the city under fire, 135,000 South Vietnamese managed to escape with help from a number of heroic Americans who took matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many people as possible.

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Songwriters’ Circle 

Friday November 7, 8 pm


         Songwriters’ Circle features three of south Florida’s most prominent acoustic singer-songwriters on stage together, sharing their original work, in the intimate (62-seat) setting of the Stonzek Theater.
 
Marie Nofsinger moved south from her native Massachusetts in the early 1980s, and for two decades was one of South Florida's busiest performing artists. Since then, she’s reduced her annual calendar to occasional “Dark & Stormy Night” themed shows and Suwanee Stringfest, where she’s been a headliner for several years. Citing her “stellar new Wildlife Rides Again CD,” Palm Beach Pulse wrote: “the disc blends bluegrass and country in sincere, humorous and rootsy ways not often heard since the advent of music video.” Catch this rare oppportunity to see Marie Nofsinger in a concert setting.
   
Rod MacDonald began in Greenwich Village clubs in the 1970s, co-founding the Greenwich Village Folk Festival, before moving to south Florida in 1995. Since then, he’s been named “Best Local Acoustic Artist” and one of “Ten Greatest South Florida Folksingers Of All Time” by New Times, and one of “Ten Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County” by the Palm Beach Post. He’s made 11 cds in the US and Europe and been covered by Dave Van Ronk, Shawn Colvin, Four Bitchin' Babes, Jonathan Edwards, and Garnet Rogers. He also was named 2012 Distinguished Faculty Member in FAU’s Lifelong Learning program. His latest cd is Later That Night. As Fort Lauderdale’s Labyrinth Café says, “Rod’s songs will stay in your heart and mind long after the music has ended.

Amy Carol Webb was named one of South Florida’s “Ten Best Folk Singers of All Time” in 2013 by New Times, and "One to watch in the next millennium" by the Miami Herald. Born into a musical family in Oklahoma, channeling the pioneering spirit of her Native American great-grandmothers and her own spiritual search, she’s appeared at the Kennedy Center and numerous Florida festivals, where her "liquid vocals sing of a better world - and make it a joyful proposition" (Performing Songwriter). Amy’s most recent recording is Moments: Music-Mantra-Music,  “inspired by myriad traditions including Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity and Indigenous People.”

 

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THE BLUE ROOM

November 7 –  November 13

 

directed by Mathieu Amalric, Crime / Thriller, Not Rated, France, French with English subtitles, 2014, 76 min.

Two adulterous lovers go from pillow talk to possible murder in this sexy, brain-teasing thriller. Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Grand Budapest Hotel) directs and stars as Julien, a middle-aged salesman embroiled in a steamy love affair with a married woman who, after a round of kinky sex, makes a startling suggestion. Suddenly Julien is caught up in a police investigation—but just what exactly happened? Based on a novel by celebrated crime writer Georges Simenon, this beguiling cinematic puzzle unfolds in an elliptical style that keeps the audience guessing every step of the way.

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LISTEN UP PHILIP

Nov 7 – 13

 

 

 

directed by Alex Ross Perry, Drama, Not Rated, U.S., English, 2014, 109 min

 

A complex, intimate, and highly idiosyncratic comedy, Listen Up Philip is a literary look at the triumph of reality over the human spirit. Anger rages in Philip (Jason Schwartzman) as he awaits the publication of his sure-to-succeed second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley (Elisabeth Moss), and his indifference to promoting his own work. When Philip's idol Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce) offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject - himself.

Anger rages in Philip (Jason Schwartzman) as he awaits the publication of his sure-to-succeed second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley (Elisabeth Moss), and his indifference to promoting his own work. When Philip’s idol Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce) offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject — himself. A complex, intimate, and highly idiosyncratic comedy, Listen Up Philip is a literary look at the triumph of reality over the human spirit. 

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FORCE MAJEURE

November 14 - November 20

Directed by Ruben Ostlund, Drama, France/Sweden/Denmark/Norway, English, Rated R, 2014, 118 min

 

A critical favorite at this year's Cannes Film Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard, this wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family—handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond children—on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche suddenly bears down on the happy diners. With people fleeing in all directions and his wife and children in a state of panic, Tomas makes a decision that will shake his marriage to its core and leave him struggling to reclaim his role as family patriarch.

Cannes observers were stunned that this provocative and improbably entertaining new film by Swedish director Ruben Östlund wasn’t selected for competition. A sardonic connoisseur of social disintegration, Östlund blends psycho-drama and explosive black humour to potent effect. 

Östlund, who may have never composed a banal image in his life, began his career as a director of skiing films. He returns to the slopes (Les Arcs, in France) for this drama of a model Scandinavian family taking a break in an upmarket ski resort.

“Ruben Östlund’s fourth feature took the Jury prize in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes, but also, more importantly, took the coveted honor of being The Film We’d Heard Nothing About Prior That Gained So Much Buzz While There We Had To See It.” — Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

2014 Cannes Film Festival – Winner:  Un Certain Regard Jury Prize  

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WATCHERS OF THE SKY

November 14 - November 20

 

 

Directed by Edet Belzberg , Documentary, Not Rated, US, 121 min

So timely its cut from todays headlines


Watcher-of-the-sky n. [WoTS]

An individual who recognizes the moral imperative of ending cycles of violence &/or works to improve the quality of life for forgotten populations.

With his provocative question, “why is the killing of a million a lesser crime than the killing of an individual?” Raphael Lemkin changed the course of history.  An extraordinary testament to one man’s perseverance, the Sundance award-winning film Watchers of the Sky examines the life and legacy of the Polish-Jewish lawyer and linguist who coined the term genocide.  Before Lemkin, the notion of accountability for war crimes was virtually non-existent.  After experiencing the barbarity of the Holocaust firsthand, he devoted his life to convincing the international community that there must be legal retribution for mass atrocities targeted at minorities. An impassioned visionary, Lemkin confronted world apathy in a tireless battle for justice, setting the stage for the creation of the International Criminal Court.

Watchers of the Sky links Lemkin’s forgotten legacy with four visionary humanitarians: Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the U.N.; Luis Moreno Ocampo, ICC chief prosecutor; Benjamin Ferencz, Nuremberg prosecutor; and Emmanuel Uwurukundo, U.N. refugee officer. As all of them struggle to prevent future atrocities, their urgent trajectories intertwine with Lemkin’s.

Aesthetically imaginative and intellectually rigorous, Edet Belzberg’s lyrical film illuminates the power of one word and one man’s determination. At the same time, it reveals how the persistence and magnitude of genocide require a tribe of warriors banding together over generations and continents to build  a temple to the law.

The MacArthur Foundation, in selecting Belzberg as a fellow, praised her for her “raw, graceful, and insightful” films.

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIFE OF RILEY

November 21 - November 27

directed by Alain Resnais,  Drama, Not Rated, France, French with English subtitles, 2014, 108 min.

Adapted from Alan Ayckbourn's play Relatively Speaking, LIFE OF RILEY is the ebullient and highly stylized story of the emotional entanglements among three couples living in the English countryside. When the couples learn that their close mutual friend George is terminally ill, their shared bonds are laid bare and Resnais' exquisitely developed characters begin to grapple with their own mortality and romantic vision of life. The brisk and shrewdly articulate encounters between the characters unfold an intimate real life story that bleeds in and out of the theater piece in which they are all cast. Splendid scenes of the English countryside and gorgeously illustrated settings demarcate the turning points in the plot, and the continuously blurred line between fiction and reality. A joyously unsettling meditation on the elasticity of the boundaries of love and affection, LIFE OF RILEY is an entirely unique, ingeniously structured and poignantly jubilant farewell from one of the greatest directors of all time.

The Stonzek Theatre is both saddened and honored to screen this, the last film of the masterful Alain Resnais (1922 - 2014)

 

          

 

            

 

 

 

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