Film Series Winter Spring 2014

Press Release

Posted January 22, 2014

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR LCCC’S STOCKER ARTS CENTER WINTER/SPRING 2014 FILM SERIES

Film lovers will enjoy the excitement and variety of the Stocker Arts Center Winter/Spring 2014 Film Series at Lorain County Community College.

Patrons, except LCCC students/faculty/staff with valid ID, must purchase an annual membership in the LCCC Film Society for $3 each, which is good through the end of the 2014 Film Series. The admission price for each film is $6 with the membership card. In addition to tickets to individual shows, anytime tickets are available for $6 each and may be used at any film from now through the end of the 2014 film series.

The Stocker Arts Center box office is open Mondays through Fridays from 12-6 p.m. and one-and-one-half-hours before ticketed events, including films. For more information, call the box office at (440) 366-4040 or go to www.stockerartscenter.com

The Stocker Arts Center Film Series is truly an alternative cinema, as most of these films have not played in Lorain County and are often not readily available on video. Audiences have the opportunity to sample the gourmet flavor of prize-winning foreign films, and the exciting energy and originality of contemporary independent American and international cinema.

The Stocker Arts Center’s Film Series focuses on human relationships, moral and social issues, cultural and religious diversity, and universal human emotions and aspirations, including humor, disappointment and tragedy.

Below is a listing of films in the LCCC Stocker Arts Center Film Society’s Winter/Spring 2014 Film Series.
For more information on the Film Series or to be added to the mailing list, please call the Box Office at (440) 366-4040.

2014 Winter Film Series Dates

LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER
Friday, January 31 - 7:30 p.m.

2013  (PG-13)  126min.  USA
Director: Lee Daniels
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alan Rickman

Cecil Gaines was a sharecropper’s son who grew up in the 1920’s as a domestic servant for a white family who casually destroyed his family. Eventually striking out on his own, Cecil becomes a hotel valet of such efficiency and discreteness in the 1950’s that he becomes a butler in the White House itself. There, Cecil would serve numerous US Presidents over the decades as a passive witness of history, with the American Civil Rights Movement gaining momentum even as his family has troubles of its own. As his wife, Gloria, struggles with her addictions, and his defiant eldest son, Louis, strives for a just world, Cecil must decide whether he should take action in his own way. Inspired by a true story, this is a compelling, powerful, emotional historical film beautifully acted by a strong impressive cast, including Oscar winners Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and Jane Fonda.
  
LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED
Friday, February 14, 2014 - 7:30pm

2013  (R)  116min.  Denmark/some subtitles Director: Susanne Bier
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, Paprika Steen

Philip, an Englishman living in Denmark, is a lonely, middle-aged widower and estranged single father. Ida is a Danish hairdresser, recuperating from a long bout of illness, who’s just been left by her husband for a younger woman. The fates of these two bruised souls are about to intertwine as they embark for a trip to Italy to attend the wedding of Patrick and Astrid, Philip’s son and Ida’s daughter. With warmth, affection and confidence, director Susanne Bier has shaken a cocktail of love, loss, absurdity, humor, and delicately drawn characters that will leave only the hardest heart untouched. It is a film about the simple yet profound pains and joys of moving on - and forward - with your life. A perfect Valentine’s Day treat.


THE OTHER SON
Friday, February, 21, 2014 - 7:30pm

2012  (PG-13)  105 min.  Israel/France subtitles
Director: Lorraine Levy
Cast: Pascal Elbé, Jules Sitruk, Mehdi Dehbi, Emmanuelle Devos

A DISCUSSION SESSION WILL FOLLOW THE FILM
Joseph is an 18-year-old musician hoping to join the Israeli air force, though his real goal is to be a folk singer along the lines of Dylan. His parents, France-born physician, Orith, and Israeli-born army commander Alon, live in a comfortable suburb of Tel Aviv, and all seems fine until a blood test for Joseph’s military service reveals that he’s not, in fact, their son. A meeting with a doctor in Haifa quickly resolves the mystery: during the Gulf War, Joseph was evacuated from a clinic along with another baby and then they were mixed up and given to the wrong families. While the Palestinian Joseph went home with the Silbers, their actual Jewish son, Yacine, followed Arab couple Said and Leila back to the West bank. Once the truth is out, the film explores the rippling effect it has on the two families, with each trying to cope with the fact that their own flesh and blood has been raised across enemy lines.  So when the mistake is discovered, how do the families react? What disturbs them more: that their son has been raised as an enemy or that he has been raised in another religion? That’s where “The Other Son” gets complicated. This revelation turns the lives of these two families upside down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, their values, their beliefs, and the human costs of the decades-long conflict.


THE INTOUCHABLES
Friday, February, 28, 2014 - 7:30pm

2012  (R)  112 min.  France/subtitles
Director: Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache
Cast: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot

In Paris, the aristocratic and intellectual Philippe is a quadriplegic millionaire who is interviewing candidates for the position as his caretaker. The rude Driss, an African, cuts the line of candidates with his document from Social Security and asks Philippe to sign it so Driss can prove that he is applying for a job in order to receive his unemployment benefit. Philippe challenges Driss, offering him a trial period of one month to gain experience helping him. Driss accepts the challenge and moves into the mansion. An irreverent, uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility, THE INTOUCHABLES is based on a true story of friendship between a handicapped millionaire and his street smart ex-con caretaker. The film depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor between two individuals who, on the surface, would seem to have nothing in common. The film has broken box office sales records in its native France and all across Europe.


THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 7:30pm

2010  (R)  104 min.  USA
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Cast: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson

“The Kids are All Right” is an ode to the virtues of family, in this case a surprisingly conventional one even with its two moms, two kids and one sperm donor. At its heart, this is a movie about how families, whatever their composition, stay together, love each other through difficult times, and weather the particularly storm-tossed seas that come when the kids hit their teenage years.

THE PATIENCE STONE
Friday, March 21, 2014 - 7:30pm

2013  (R)  98 min.  France/subtitles
Director: Atiq Rahimi
Cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Hamidrez Javdan, Hassina Burgan 

A DISCUSSION SESSION WILL FOLLOW THE FILM
In a country torn apart by war, Afghanistan or elsewhere, a young woman in her thirties watches over her older husband in a decrepit room. A bullet in the neck has reduced him to a comatose state. He has been abandoned by his fellow combatants and even by his own brothers. One day, the woman’s vigil changes. She begins to speak truth to her silent husband telling him about her childhood, her suffering, her frustrations, her loneliness, her dreams, desires, and secrets. After years of living under his control, with no voice of her own, she says things she could never have spoken before, even though they have been married for 10 years. Her husband has unconsciously become syngue sabour (The Patience Stone) – a magical black stone that according to Persian mythology, absorbs the plight of those who confide in it. The woman’s confessions are extraordinary and without restraint: about sex and love, her anger against a man who never understood her, who mistreated her, who never showed her any respect or kindness. Through the words she delivers so audaciously to her husband the woman seeks to free herself from suffering. But after weeks of looking after him, she begins to act, discovering herself in the relationship she starts with a young soldier. The legend of The Patience Stone also says that when it has absorbed all that it can handle, it explodes, causing the world to end. But, for one brave Afghan woman, it is a risk she is willing to take to unburden herself and be free. “The Patience Stone” is adapted from the bestselling novel by Atiq Rahimi, co-writer and director of the film. The novel has been translated into 33 languages and was winner of the 2008 Goncourt Prize, the most prestigious book award in France.


THE GREAT BEAUTY
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 7:30pm

2013  (R)  142min.  Italy/subtitles
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Cast:   Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Serena Grandi

Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his 65th birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafes to find Rome in all its glory; a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. Many film critics’ selection for Best Foreign Film of the year, and Italy’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming 96th Academy Awards.


WADJDA
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 7:30pm

2012  (PG)  98min  Saudi Arabia/subtitles
Director: Haiffa Al-Mansour
Cast: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Sultan Al Assaf

Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend, Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn’t be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda’s mother won’t allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself. It won’t be easy, especially for a troublemaker like herself, but she refuses to give in and is determined to fight for her dreams. “Wadjda” is a movie of firsts: the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker.


For more information on the Film Series or to purchase tickets, call (440) 366-4040 or visit www.stockerartscenter.com.


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