LCCC FILM SOCIETY
LCCC's Film Series screens the world's finest art, independent, classic and foreign films to educate and enrich the greater Lorain County community and beyond. For more information on the Film Series or to be added to the mailing list, please call the Box Office at (440) 366-4040. Click here to complete our online survey.
Film Admission: Patrons, except LCCC students/faculty/staff with valid ID, must purchase an annual membership in the LCCC Film Society for $3.00/each, good through the final film of the 2015 Winter/Spring Film Series. The admission price for each film is $6.00/ticket with your membership card.
2015 Winter/Spring Film Series
Friday, January 30, 2015 at 7:30pm
1995 (R) 131 min. USA
Director: Taylor Hackford
Cast: Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer, David Strathairn
Dolores Claiborne work s as a maid for a wealthy woman in remote Maine. When she is indicted for the elderly woman’s murder, Dolores’ daughter, Selena, returns from New York, where she has become a big-shot reporter. In the course of working out the details of what has happened, as well as some shady questions from the past and Selina’s troubled childhood, many difficult truths are revealed about their family’s domestic strife. This is cleverly portrayed with present reality shot in cold blue tones blending seamlessly into flashbacks shot in vivid color. As small town justice relentlessly grinds forward, surprises lie in store for the viewers. DOLORES CLAIBORNE is a riveting screen adaptation of a 1992 Stephen King novel. Kathy Bates puts in a towering performance as Dolores Claiborne, a feisty, long-suffering, Maine mother who has spent most of her life working as a housekeeper for Vera, a rich, domineering, and finicky woman. She is now suspected of killing her employer for an inheritance. The film speaks volumes about the subjugation of women and the hellish nightmare of living in dysfunctional family.
“Vivid and Engrossing!” – Janet Mashin, NEW YORK TIMES
“ DOLORES CLAIBORNE is just about a perfect movie.” – Joe Blake, SACRAMENTO BEE
“Two thumbs up! “ – Siskel & Ebert
“The best movie of 1995!” – JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA TIMES UNION
Friday, February 20, 2015 at 7:30pm
"Bride and Prejudice"
2004 (PG-13) 111 min. UK/USA
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Cast: Aishwary Rai, Martin Henderson, Anupam Kher, Noveen Andrews
From Director Gurinder Chadha and the team that created BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM comes a classic romance not just retold, but reinvented in a new globally connected world. BRIDE AND PREJUDICE puts an entirely different spin on Jane Austen’s story of spirited courtship – Bollywood-style. Music, dance and spectacle merge with love, vanity and social pressures, as Chadha transports the comic tale of a witty young woman trying to find a suitable husband to a cross-cultural setting that spans 21st century India, London and America. It all begins in a modest Indian village when the determined Mrs. Bakshi sets out to find marriage matches for her four beautiful daughters while there’s a lavish wedding party in town. Right away, the smart and headstrong Lalita announces she will only marry for love, giving her mother nightmares. Then Lalita meets the wealthy American Will Darcy and sparks immediately fly. But is it love or hate? Darcy comes off to Lalita as an arrogant California snob. Lalita looks to Darcy like a small-town Indian beauty who knows nothing of the world. This movie is as gorgeous to look at as is its cast. A rollicking good time at the movies. It must be seen on the big screen to appreciate the vibrant colors, great scenery, song and dance, improbably handsome men, unscrupulous villains, and marriage-obsessed mothers with their tragically unmarried ethereal beauties. Spectacular, romantic, funny and sexy. Bollywood meets Hollywood, and it’s a perfect match.
“Purists who think Austen will be spinning in her grave will be wrong. She’ll be dancing.” – Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE
“Good, clean fun, and the view is fabulous.” – Jack Mathews, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
“Aside from the singing and dancing, it is the color and pageantry of India as filtered through the work of cinematographer Santosh Sivan that captivates us.” – Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7:30pm
2014 (PG) 104 min. India/some subtitles
Director: Ritesh Batra
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Denzil Smith, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
A DISCUSSION SESSION WILL FOLLOW THE FILM.
Mumbai, a city of miracles. One of Mumbai’s miracles is Mumbai’s Dabbawallahs – a community of 5000 dabba (lunchbox) deliverymen. It is a hereditary profession. Every morning the Dabbawallahs deliver hot meals from the kitchens of housewives to the offices of their husbands, and then return the empty lunchboxes back to the homes in the afternoon. For 120 years they have provided Mumbaikars with a taste of home in the office. They navigate through the overcrowded local trains and chaotic streets – that often have a namesake or more than one name. The Dabbahwallahs are illiterate, and instead rely on a complex coding system of colors and symbols to deliver dabbas in the labyrinth that is Mumbai. Harvard University analyzed their delivery system, concluding that just 1 in 8 million lunchboxes is ever delivered to the wrong address. THE LUNCHBOX is the story of that one lunchbox. Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day’s lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams. Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities. THE LUNCHBOX is the story of the life we dream of versus the life we live in, and of the courage it takes to turn our fantasies into reality.
“THE LUNCHBOX is feast of delight, one of the best stories about the connection between food and love the movies have ever seen.” – Colin Covert, MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
“This is a charming crowd-pleaser that is made with love – just like the food in the titular lunchbox. Better yet, it’s just as delectable.” – Mike Scott, TIMES-PICAYUNE
Friday, March 6, 2015 at 7:30pm
2004 (PG-13) 114 min. France/subtitles
Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Cast: Isabelle Adjani, Gérard Depardieu, Peter Coyote
The setting is 1940 Paris, where rumblings of an imminent invasion by German forces are growing louder, but few want to believe it will actually happen. Even after the Nazis invade and Paris is deserted, reality has yet to set in for the glamorous starlet Viviane, who is more worried about the truth regarding her recently deceased lover hitting the newspapers. Frederic, a young writer smitten with the actress, is obsessed with confronting her about the death. A high-ranking politician, who does recognize the severity of the situation, is pulling strings to get himself and Viviane out of the country. They – along with a mysterious journalist, an escaped convict, and a nuclear scientist’s assistant guarding a secret experiment – all unite at an overcrowded hotel in Bordeaux, and the crisscrossing plotlines begin.
“A rousing, well-crafted romp packed with ingenuity, duplicity, close calls and heroic gestures...Ambitious, multi-layered tale, comfortably awash in old-fashioned gloss and theatrical archetypes, is suspenseful fun from start to finish…Crowd scenes are impressive, chases and fist fights nicely staged. Gabriel Yared’s score is atmospheric but never overbearing. Production design is evocative, and both lensing and editing are aces. In fact, entire package is ultra-pro.” – VARIETY
“With its large cast, multiple plots and period sets, not to mention its commingling of genres, BON VOYAGE is an ambitious, indeed audacious, film, as clever a piece of filmmaking as we’ll likely get this year. Director Jean-Paul Rappeneau combines comedy, romance, thriller, pastiche and parody, choreographs an invasion and an exodus, stage-manages multiple infatuations and love affairs, and orchestrates a noir-ish tale of espionage. All of this, plus smart social satire and a heartfelt homage to the golden age of Hollywood…” – Rex Roberts, FILM JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL
Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:30pm
2004 (R) 150 min. Czech Republic/subtitles
Director: Ondrej Trojan
Cast: Anna Geislerová, György Cserhalmi, Jaroslova Adamova
A DISCUSSION SESSION WILL FOLLOW THE FILM.
Two very different people meet and fall in love in ZELARY, the Oscar-nominated (Best Foreign Language Film, 2003) romantic epic from director Ondrej Trojan. Eliska, a sophisticated medical student, first meets Joza at a Prague hospital, where her blood saves the injured sawmill worker’s life. But Eliska also works with the Czech resistance and when she’s betrayed to the Gestapo, Joza agrees to hide the young woman in his remote mountain village of ZELARY. Forced to marry the rough-hewn peasant and pose as his wife, ELISKA is at first defiant and angry. But with the passing of time, she comes to realize that there’s more to Joza than first meets the eye. And so, even as the war rages around them, Eliska and Joza soon find themselves deeply and passionately in love, until an unexpected twist of fate threatens to put their extraordinary romance to the ultimate test. ZELARY tells the story of a clash between two different worlds and two different people. It is the story of an extraordinary relationship, of fear, misgivings, suspicion and especially of a love that forms out of antagonism, a love born of the common will to survive. ZELARY is also the story of a beautiful corner of the Earth where everything lives in accordance with nature and her often cruel and timeless laws that humans must adapt to and honor. Eliska, in spite of setbacks, but with great fervor, tries to learn this. Last but not least, ZELARY is also a dramatic story filled with unexpected twists of fate that take place in a forgotten part of Europe surrounded by the storm of war.
“This foreign import is more than just a suspenseful wartime story; there’s a lack of cynicism, a willingness to embrace human possibility that’s as old-fashioned as it is refreshing.” – Erica Abeel, FILM JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL
“Epic, Absorbing, Strong. I’d recommend ZELARY to anyone.” – David Ansen, NEWSWEEK
Friday, April 3, 2015 at 7:30pm
"The Beautiful Country"
2005 (R) 125 min. USA/some subtitles
Director: Hans Petter Moland
Cast: Damien Nguyen, Bai Ling, Nick Nolte, Tim Roth
One of the consequences of the U.S. – Viet Nam war was the children of G.I.s by their Vietnamese wives and lovers. For years, women who were involved with U.S. soldiers were social outcasts, treated as collaborators while their children, even when living with grandparents, endured taunts and abuse. This is the story of one such child, Binh, being forced from his village at seventeen years, going to Saigon to find his mother, then trying to escape to the U.S. with his much younger half-brother, Tam, in 1990. The film lingers on the rigors of the voyage: the sampan, the Malaysian detention camps, the illegal refugee ship, and the underground economy with near-slavery in New York City. It then opens up when Binh leaves New York for Houston to find his father. This is a very powerful film wherein the plight of Asian refugees is movingly and sensitively rendered, and the movie builds, with the help of Nolte, to a wrenchingly poignant conclusion.
“Its epic tale of two cultures tragically entwined is anchored by deep and elemental emotions.” – J. R. Jones, CHICAGO READER
“Generous in spirit and fearlessly observant, this tale of an outcast Vietnamese man’s journey to freedom deserves a place of honor among the great films portraying emigrant tenacity.” – Bill Gallo, DALLAS OBSERVER
“The most stunning beauty comes in human connections, physical touch, unconditional acceptance, familial love – in the treacherous and tender terrain of the human heart.” – Camerin Courtney, CHRISTIANITY TODAY
“The BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY touches on many thorny social issues about the way the world works, but it’s ultimately Binh’s story, a truthful and heartening one.” – Rob Thomas, CAPITAL TIMES
Film Admission (the same as the last three seasons!)
Patrons, except LCCC students/faculty/staff with valid ID, must purchase an annual membership in the LCCC Film Society for $3.00/each, which is good through the final film of the 2015 Winter/Spring Film Series. The admission price for each film is $6.00/ticket with your membership card.
- Films start at 7:30pm and are shown in the Hoke Theatre of Stocker Arts Center.
- $3/each - Annual memberships, remain the same price they have been and are good for the entire season!
- AND BEST OF ALL...Any Time Tix are available for the entire year! You can purchase as many Any Time tickets as you think you'll need all at once and use them for any of the films that play during the 2014-2015 Film Series. Buy 10 and use 2 per film for 5 films, or buy 5 and use 1 per film for 5 films -- it's your choice. Any Time Tix will expire as of the last film of the 2015 Winter/Spring series, so don't buy too many. There are NO REFUNDS for Any Time Tix that you purchase but don't use...so make sure you use them all!
*You must hold a valid 2014-2015 annual membership in the LCCC Film Society (or be an LCCC student/faculty/staff member with a current validated ID) in order to purchase Film or Any Time Tix.
*Any Time Tix are good for the FILM SERIES ONLY and cannot be transferred or used for any live events occurring at Stocker Arts Center.
All films begin at 7:30 pm and are shown in the Hoke Theatre of Stocker Arts Center.
Sorry you missed these great fall films:
Friday, August 29, 2014 - "Philomena"
Friday, October 3, 2014 - "Saving Mr. Banks"
Friday, October 10, 2014 - "August: Osage County"
Friday, October 17, 2014 - "Ida"
Friday, October 31, 2014 - "Lantana"
Friday, November 7, 2014 - "The Contender"
Friday, November 14, 2014 - "Outsourced" ("Outsourced" replaced the originally scheduled "Monsoon Wedding," which was cancelled by the film distributor because of the lack of a good 35mm print.)
Friday, November 21, 2014 - "What's Cooking?"
Sorry you missed these great winter/spring films:
Friday, January 16, 2015 - "In A Better World"
Friday, January 23, 2015 - "The Road Home"
Help Save the LCCC Film Series
Stocker Arts Center needs a digital projector in order to keep the LCCC Film Series going since new films will no longer be distributed in 35mm format. To learn about the “Don’t Let Us Go Dark” campaign led by the LCCC Foundation, please click here.
The Stocker Box Office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 6 pm and 90 minutes prior to ticketed events, including films. You can reach the Box Office at (440) 366-4040.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE STOCKER ARTS CENTER FILM SOCIETY
The Stocker Arts Center Film Society is truly an alternative cinema, as most of these films have not played in Lorain County and are not always readily available on video. Audiences have the opportunity to sample the gourmet flavor of prize-winning foreign films as well as the exciting energy and originality of contemporary independent American and international cinema.
The LCCC Film Society's series focuses on human relationships, moral and social issues, cultural and religious diversity and universal human emotions and aspirations, including humor, disappointment and tragedy.
The first Film Series film was premiered on campus more than 40 years ago by Professor Emeritus Robert Dudash (who is still the LCCC Film Society Director!), making it the longest running non-academic activity at LCCC.