Spring 2017 movie lineup

All shows start on Friday at 7:30PM, unless specified otherwise, at Battelle Auditorium on PNNL campus.

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Date Movie Title (release year) Venue
January 27 Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Battelle Auditorium
February 10 Omar (2013) Battelle Auditorium
February 24 10,000 km (2014) Battelle Auditorium
March 10 Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes - 2014) Battelle Auditorium
March 24 Finding Vivian Maier (2013) Battelle Auditorium
April 7 You Won't Get This Life Again (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara - 2011) Battelle Auditorium
April 21 The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013) Battelle Auditorium
May 12 Toni Erdmann (2016) Battelle Auditorium

January 27

City boy Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison), dubbed a "bad egg" by his caseworker, is given one last chance in a foster home in the New Zealand countryside with the kind "Aunt" Bella and her husband Hec (Sam Neill). After a few attempts at rebellion, Ricky begins to accept the couple and they become a family.

A sudden turn of events upsets Ricky's new-found domesticity and he and Hec escape into the wilderness with the authorities in hot pursuit. Writer/director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) has created an off-beat, smart, and wildly entertaining film - part buddy movie and part coming of age story - that has won a number awards, incluing six film festival Audience Awards for Best Film/Narrative Feature.

Of the film, Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan wrote:

Every once in a while, a small, unheralded film comes along, so smart and funny, such a pleasure to experience, you can't believe your luck. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is such a film. [it] was a surprise audience favorite at Sundance, where everyone who mentioned it smiled at the memory, and with good reason. The film has a gently absurdist quality, a simultaneously sweet and subversive sensibility all its own, mixing warmth, adventure and comedy in ways that consistently surprise.

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(2016) Director: Taika Waititi. Writers: Taika Waititi, based on the book by Barry Crump. Genres: Adventure, comedy, drama. Country: New Zealand. Language: English. Runtime: 101 min. Color: Color. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including violent content, and for some language.

Awards: A total of 13 wins and 14 nominations. Winner of the audience award at the 2016 San Francisco International Film Festival. Winner of audience award for narrative feature at the 2016 Montclair Film Festival. Nominated for Best International Independent Film at the 2016 British Independent Film Award. Nominated for Best Comedy Film at the Denver Film Critics Award. Nominated for the Futurewave Youth Jury Award at the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival. Golden Space Needle Award nominee for best film.

More details, reviews, and comments can be found at:
Official Site
The Guardian - Mark Kermode's film of the week
Internet Movie Database
Metacritic
Rotten Tomatoes
Movie Review Query Engine

February 10

Omar is a Palestinian baker who frequently climbs the West Bank barrier to visit his lover Nadia, a high-school girl whom he intends to marry. After being beaten and humiliated by a group of Israeli soldiers, Omar and his childhood friends Tarek and Amjad stage an attack on an Israeli checkpoint. During the attack, Amjad shoots and kills an Israeli soldier. Later, Omar and his friends are subsequently pursued by the Israeli authorities. During the pursuit, Omar is captured and imprisoned by the Israeli authorities. Facing a lengthy prison term, Omar get an offer from an Israeli agent named Rami to work as a double agent for the Israeli authorities. Will he accept the offer?

Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now) has made a dynamic, action-packed drama about the insoluble moral dilemmas and tough choices facing those on the frontlines of a conflict that show no sign of letting up. The film has been selected as the Palestinian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, and was among the five finalists.

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(2013) Director: Hany Abu-Assad. Writer: Hany Abu-Assad. Genres: Drama, romance, thriller. Country: Palestine. Language: Arabic, Hebrew. Runtime: 96 min. Color: Color.

Awards: A total of 11 wins and 12 nomination. Winner of the Un Certain Regard - Special Jury Prize and nominated for Un Certain Regard Award at the 2013 Cannes Festival. Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year at the 2014 Academy Awards.

More details, reviews, and comments can be found at:
Official Site
Official Facebook Site
The Guardian - Jonathan Romney's review
Internet Movie Database
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February 24

10,000 Km is a tale of love, distance, and technology. Alex and Sergi, a young Barcelona couple are thinking about starting a family when Alex, a photographer, is offered a one-year artistic residency in Los Angeles. The couple decide that Alex should go, though Sergi is unable to join her. Thus begins a long-distance relationship in which they find that modern technology has its limits in bridging the distance between them.

Director Carlos Marques-Marcet's debut film impresses from its first shot, a 23-minute long take introducing us to this couple in their apartment and providing the foundation for the rest of the story, in which Alex is in Los Angeles; Sergi remains in Barcelona; and phone calls, texts, and video calls provide the links between the two. 10,000 Km is an intelligent, honest, and thoughtful film; a skillfully-told examination of one couple's long-distance relationship.

The film won numerous awards including the 2014 Grand Jury Prize for Best New Director at the Seattle International Film Festival. The Jury's statement:

Our unanimous winner is Carlos Marques-Marcet’s 10.000 Km for its ability to simply and creatively convey the complexity and fragility of human relationships with gorgeous attention to detail.

It's disarming and enchanting, and unlike any romance captured on the screen in recent memory. 10,000 Km is a remarkable achievement in filmmaking. (Chris Evangelista, at www.cutprintfilm.com)

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(2014) Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet. Writers: Carlos Marques-Marcet, Clara Roquet. Genres: Comedy, drama, romance. Country: Spain. Language: Spanish, Catalan, English. Runtime: 99 min. Color: Color. Rated R for some strong sexual content including dialogue, language and brief graphic nudity.

Awards: A total of 18 wins and 22 nominations. Winner of the New Director's Showcase Award at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival. Winner of the Special Jury Award for Narrative Feature at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival.

More details, reviews, and comments can be found at:
Official Site
Official Facebook Site
2014 Seattle International Film Festival
Internet Movie Database
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March 10

Original title: Relatos Salvajes

Wild Tales consists of six short stories depicting everyday events that push seemingly normal people to the extremes. Audacious and full of unexpected twists, this award-winning film is also the most-seen Argentinian film of all time.

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(2014) Director: Damiaán Szifrón. Writer: Damiaán Szifrón. Genres: Comedy, drama, thriller. Country: Argentina, Spain. Language: Spanish. Runtime: 122 min. Color: Color. Rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality.

Awards: A total of 44 wins and 53 nominations. Nominated for Best Foreign Language of the Year representing Argentina at the 2015 Academy Awards. Winner of the Best Film not in the English Language at the 2016 BAFTA Awards. Nominated for Palme d'Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

More details, reviews, and comments can be found at:
Official site
Official Facebook page
The Guardian - Peter Bradshaw's Review
Internet Movie Database
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March 24

This film documents the search for the private and enigmatic Vivian Maier, whose astounding photographs from the 1950s and 1960s came to light when a box of her negatives was purchased at a Chicago auction in 2007 and earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.

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(2013) Director: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel. Writer: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel. Genres: Documentary, biography, mystery. Country: USA. Language: English, French. Runtime: 83 min. Color: Color, with archive material in black and white. Not rated.

Awards: A total of 11 wins and 20 nominations. Nominated for Best Documentary, Feature at the 2013 Academy Awards. Nominated for Best Documentary at the 2015 BAFTA Awards. Winner for Best Docmuentary at the 2014 Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the Knight Documentary Competition at the 2014 Miami Film Festival. Winner of the Audience Award for Best New Director and Best Documentary at the Portland International Film Festival.

More details, reviews, and comments can be found at:
Official Site
Official Facebook page The Guardian - Peter Bradshaw's review
Internet Movie Database
Metacritic
Rotten Tomatoes
Movie Review Query Engine

April 7

Original title:Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

You Won't Get This Life Again (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara) is an Indian comedy-drama road film about three young men, who take a holiday that changes their lives forever. Kabir meets Natasha, and six months later they get engaged. He wants to go on an extended bachelor party - a three-week-long road trip with Imraan and Arjun, his two best friends since school. After emotional blackmail and cajoling, the men set off on a journey they were meant to take four years ago - a fantasy holiday they had planned to take after college but never happened; a road trip where each one gets to do the ultimate sport of his choice and the other two have to do it with him whether they want to or not! Kabir, Imraan and Arjun meet up in Barcelona and set off on an adventure that will not only make them iron out their differences, but also face their fears, alter their perceptions, unravel their fabric, force them to break out of the box and teach them to seize the day, in other words - a holiday that will change their lives forever.

With great scenic shots and an evergreen story about friendship, camaraderie and life affirming decision-making, there's nothing not to like about this film that reminds us of the ties that bind.

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(2011) Director: Zoya Akhtar. Writer: Reema Kagti, Zoya Akhtar. Genres: Adventures, comedy, drama, family, romance. Country: India. Language: Hindi, Japanese, Spanish, English. Runtime: 155 min. Color: Color.

Awards: A total of 19 wins and 16 nominations. Winner for Best Scrrenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Picture, Best Director at the Awards of the International Indian Film Academy in 2012.

More details, reviews, and comments can be found at:
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Internet Movie Database
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April 21

An old childless bamboo cutter finds a tiny infant inside a stalk of bamboo. He takes her home to his wife and they raise the child as their own. The girl Kaguya quickly grows into a beautiful young woman. When the bamboo cutter later finds gold coins and exquisite cloths in the base of another bamboo shoot, he takes it as a sign he should move the family to the city and raise Kaguya as a princess. At first resistant, the spritely young woman eventually gives in to her lessons in restrictive womanhood, and multiple suitors come courting. Eventually, Kaguya discovers what she was meant to do with her life, even though it takes her away from the people she loves.

The latest film from director Isao Takahata, founding partner of Studio Ghibli, Japan's acclaimed animation studio, expands on a 10th Century Japanese folk tale, one of Japan's oldest surviving narratives. The distinctive animation style is reminiscent of Japanese watercolors and ink drawings are a perfect fit to the story.

The Critics' Consensus on the Rotten Tomatoes website says

Boasting narrative depth, frank honesty, and exquisite visual beauty, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a modern animated treasure with timeless appeal.

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(2013) Director: Isao Takahata. Writers: Isao Takahata. Genres: Animation, drama, fantasy. Country: Japan. Language: English. Runtime: 137 min. Color: Color. Rated PG for thematic elements, some violent action and partial nudity.

Awards: A total of 12 wins and 36 nominations. Nominated for Best Animated Feature of the Year at the 2015 Academy Awards. Winner of Best Animated Film at the 2014 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards. Winner of the Best Director and Best Art Director at the 2015 Tokyo Anime Award ceremony.

More details, reviews, and comments can be found at:
Official Facebook page
Internet Movie Database
The Guardian - Mark Kermode's film of the week
Metacritic
Rotten Tomatoes
Movie Review Query Engine

May 12

A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach. Director Maren Ade skillfully probes the complexities of father-daughter relationship.

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(2016) Director: Maren Ade. Writers: Maren Ade. Genres: Comedy, drama. Country: Germany, Austria, Romania. Language: German, English, Romanian. Runtime: 162 min. Color: Color. Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use.

Awards: A total of 29 wins and 53 nominations. Nominated for a Golen Globe for Best Motion Pitcure - Foregin Language at the 2017 Golden Globes. Nominated for Best Film not in the English Language at the 2017 BAFTA Awards. Winner of FIPRESCI Prize and nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

More details, reviews, and comments can be found at:
Official Site
Official Facebook Site
The Guardian - Peter Bradshaw's review
Internet Movie Database
Metacritic
Rotten Tomatoes
Movie Review Query Engine