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64 years of excellence

 

 

 

 

LDUB FILM FESTIVAL

2016 L-DUB FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS

 

 

JANUARY AT THE STONZEK THEATRE

 

 

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

January 13 – January 19

 

dir. Kenneth Lonergan, Drama, rated ‘R’, USA, English 2016, 137 min.

 


After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 15-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. Bonded by the man who held their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him.

 

 

 

           

 

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NATIONAL BIRD

January 13 – January 19

 

 

dir. Sonia Kennebeck, Documentary, Not Rated, USA, English, 2016, 92 min.


National Bird follows the harrowing journey of three U.S. military veteran whistleblowers determined to break the silence surrounding America’s secret drone war. Tortured by guilt for their participation in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries, and despite the threat of being prosecuted under the Espionage Act, these three veterans offer an unprecedented look inside this secret program to reveal the haunting cost of America’s global drone strikes

             

 

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THINGS TO COME

 

January 20 – January 27

 

dir. Mia Hansen-Love, Not Rated, Drama France, French w/ English subtitles, 2016, 102 min.


What happens when the life you’ve worked so hard to build falls apart all at once? Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert) is a philosophy teacher with a seemingly settled existence, juggling a rich life of the mind with the day-to-day demands of career and family—including frequent visits to her drama queen mother (Édith Scob). But beginning with the bombshell revelation that her husband of twenty-five years is leaving her, one by one the pillars of Nathalie’s life start to crumble. For the first time in ages, she finds herself adrift, but also with a newfound sense of liberation. With nothing to hold her back, Nathalie sets out to define this new phase of her life and to rediscover herself.

 

Starring the Incomperable Isabelle Huppert

 

               

 

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HOGTOWN

 

January 20 – January 27

 

 

dir. Daniel Nearing, Drama / Mystery / Romance, Not Rated, USA, English, 2015, 95 min.

 

HOGTOWN is set in 1919 Chicago against the backdrop of the race riots of that year. The story follows an investigation into the disappearance of a millionaire theatre owner during a snowstorm. HOGTOWN is a murder mystery that celebrates the most American of American cities while exploring the intimate lives of many of its people. This period piece is much more a period-less piece, shot in black and white in the often undisguised contemporary city. The film involves a multi-racial, ensemble cast of more than 70 characters, a full symphony orchestra score, and evolves directly from the ensemble process of the making our previous feature, Chicago Heights (now The Last Soul on a Summer Night).

 

            

 

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FIRE AT SEA

January 27 – February 2

 

dir. Gianfranco Rossi, Documentary, Not Rated, France / Italy, English / Italian, 2016, 114 min


Samuele is twelve and lives on an island in the Mediterranean, far away from the mainland. Like all boys of his age he does not always enjoy going to school. He would much rather climb the rocks by the shore, play with his slingshot or mooch about the port. But his home is not like other islands. For years, it has been the destination of men, women and children trying to make the crossing from Africa in boats that are far too small and decrepit. The island is Lampedusa which has become a metaphor for the flight of refugees to Europe, the hopes, hardship and fate of hundreds of thousands of emigrants. These people long for peace, freedom and happiness and yet so often only their dead bodies are pulled out of the water. Thus, every day the inhabitants of Lampedusa are bearing witness to the greatest humanitarian tragedy of our times

           

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OFF THE RAILS

January 27 – February 2

 

dir. Adam Irving, Documentary, Not Rated, USA, English, 2016, 86 min.


Off the Rails tells the remarkable true story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s syndrome whose overwhelming love of transit has landed him in jail 32 times for impersonating New York City bus drivers and subway conductors and driving their routes. As a boy in Queens, NY, Darius found sanctuary from school bullies in the subway. There he befriended transit workers who taught him to drive trains. By age 8, he memorized the entire subway system. At 15, he drove a packed train 8 stops by himself, making all the stops and announcements. Over the next three decades, Darius commandeered hundreds of trains and buses, staying en route and on schedule, without ever getting paid. He attended transit worker union meetings, lobbying for better pay and working conditions for a union he didn’t belong to. Although Darius has never damaged any property or hurt anyone in his decades of service, he has spent 23 years in maximum security prison. Darius’ recidivism embodies the criminal justice system’s failure to channel the passions of a harmless, mentally challenged man into a productive career and purposeful life.

 


             

 

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RETURNING TO THE STONZEK DUE TO POPULAR ACCLAIM

MOONLIGHT

 FEBRUARY 3 - FEBRUARY 9

 

dir.  Barry Jenkins, Drama, Not Rated, USA, English, 2016, 111 min.

A young man deals with his dysfunctional home life and comes of age in Miami during the "War on Drugs" era. The story of his struggle to find himself is told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love while grappling with his own sexuality. A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, MOONLIGHT chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

At once a vital portrait of contemporary African American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship, and love, MOONLIGHT is a groundbreaking piece of cinema that reverberates with deep compassion and universal truths. Anchored by extraordinary performances from a tremendous ensemble cast, Jenkins’s staggering, singular vision is profoundly moving in its portrayal of the moments, people, and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are.

 

               

 

WINNER OF 2017 GOLDEN GLOBE BEST MOTION PICTURE

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PATHS OF THE SOUL

FEBRUARY 3 – FEBRUARY 9

 

dir. Zhang Yang, Drama, Not Rated, China, Tibetan w/ English titles, 2016, 115 min.

 

Filmmaker Zhang Yang (Shower, Getting Home) blurs the border between documentary and fiction to follow a group of Tibetan villagers who leave their families and homes in the small village of Nyima to make a Buddhist "bowing pilgrimage"-laying their bodies flat on the ground after every few steps-along the 1,200 mile road to Lhasa, the holy capital of Tibet. Though united in their remarkable devotion, each of the travelers embarks on this near impossible journey for very personal reasons. One traveler needs to expunge bad family karma, a butcher wants to cleanse animal bloodstains from his soul, another nearing his life's end, hopes that the prostrations will break the chain of cause and effect determined by his life's actions.

Stunningly photographed over the course of an entire year, with non-professional actors and no script, PATHS OF THE SOUL is a mesmerizing study of faith that will inspire viewers to reflect on their own journey through life.

 

 

         

 

 

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OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS

LIVE ACTION / ANIMATED / DOCUMENTARY

 

FEBRUARY 10 - FEBRUARY 23

 

 

NO FURTHER DETAILS AT THIS TIME

HUSH HUSH

 

COME SEE THE NOMINEES AND VOTE YOUR FAVORITES

BEFORE THE ACADEMY CHOOSES

 

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NERUDA

February 24 – March 3

dir. Pablo Larrain, Biography / Drama, Rated ‘R’, Argentina, French / Spanish w/ English titles, 2016, 107 min.

 

Beloved poet Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) is also the most famous communist in post-WWII Chile. When the political tides shift, he is forced underground, with a perseverant police inspector (Gael García Bernal) hot on his trail. Meanwhile, in Europe, the legend of the poet hounded by the policeman grows, and artists led by Pablo Picasso clamor for Neruda’s freedom. Neruda, however, sees the struggle with his police inspector nemesis as an opportunity to reinvent himself. He cunningly plays with the inspector, leaving clues designed to make their game of cat-and-mouse ever more perilous. In this story of a persecuted poet and his obsessive adversary, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become a symbol for liberty, as well as a literary legend.

         

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COMING TO THE STONZEK SOON

                 

                                            

DATE TBA       I, DANIEL BLAKE  by Ken Loach

 

                                       

   

 

            

 

 

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