Posted: December 13, 2012
TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR LCCC’S STOCKER ARTS CENTER WINTER/SPRING 2013 FILM SERIES
Film lovers will enjoy the excitement and variety of the Stocker Arts Center Winter/Spring 2013 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 2013 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 2013 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 2013 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.
2013 Winter/Spring Film Series
A ROYAL AFFAIR
Friday, January 4 - 7:30 p.m.
2012 (R) 137 min. Denmark/subtitles Director: Nikolaj Arcel Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, Mikkel Boe Folsgaard
Winner of the Best Actor and Best Screenplay awards at the Berlin Film Festival, “A Royal Affair” is an epic tale of a passionate and forbidden romance that changed an entire nation. Denmark, 1766, English Princess Caroline Mathilde is married to the mad and politically ineffectual King Christian VII. Ignored by the wild king who chooses to live scandalously, Caroline grows accustomed to a quiet existence in oppressed Copenhagen. When the King returns from a tour of Europe accompanied by Struensee, his new personal physician, Queen Caroline finds an unexpected ally within the kingdom. The attraction between the two is initially one of shared ideals and philosophy, but soon turns into a passionate and clandestine affair that would divide a nation. Committed to the ideals of the Enlightenment that are banned in Denmark, Struensee convinces the King to assert his previously untapped power to remove the conservative political council and implement drastic social changes to Danish society. As the court plot their return to power and the downfall of the queen and Struensee, the consequences of their affair are made clear and the entire nation will be changed forever. This is a magnificent historical drama, universally praised by film critics from around the world.
ROBOT AND FRANK
Friday, January 11 - 7:30 p.m.
2012 (PG-13) 90 min. USA Director: Jake Schreier Cast: Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Liv Tyler
Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone. They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank's son chooses a different option: against the old man's wishes, he buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. What follows is an often hilarious and somewhat heartbreaking story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places. The film is a warm, clever satire on the loss of personality in the digital age, and the disposable nature of modern life. The more we come to rely on technology for everything, the less we ourselves are practically capable of, giving rise to a generation of limited, purposeless people. What “Robot and Frank” highlights is not just the fragility of aging, but also the value of a mind filled with life experience and skills.
THE BIG PICTURE
Saturday, February 2 - 7:30 p.m.
2010 (Not Rated) 114 min. France/subtitles Director: Eric Lartigau Cast: Romain Duris, Catherine Deneuve, Marina Fois
Based on the hit novel by Douglas Kennedy, “The Big Picture” follows Paul, who seemingly has it all: a great job at an exclusive law firm, a glamorous wife and two wonderful sons. But his perfect life unexpectedly falls apart disastrously, and he finds himself on the run, starting over with a new identity in scenic, isolated Montenegro. In his new life he begins to build the existence he once dreamed of in his youth and discovers what might be the opportunity to redeem himself. The film's exploration of identity, and how people construct their lives based on what they think is expected of them, sets it apart from other stolen identity thrillers. The film's exploration of what it means to discover one's true identity, and how much is worth sacrificing in order to do so, makes “The Big Picture” a very suspenseful and uniquely thought provoking journey.
Friday, February 8 - 7:30 p.m.
2012 (PG) 128 min. Japan/subtitles Director: Hirokazu Kora-eda Cast: Koki Maeda, Ohshiro Maeda, Nene Ohtsuka, Joe Odagiri
Twelve-year-old Koichi lives with his mother and retired grandparents in Kagoshima, in the southern region of Kyushu, Japan. His younger brother, Ryunosuke, lives with their father in Hakata, northern Kyushu. The brothers have been separated by their parents' divorce and Koichi's only wish is for his family to be reunited. When he learns that a new bullet train line will soon open linking the two towns, he starts to believe that a miracle will take place the moment these new trains first pass each other at top speed. With help from the adults around him, Koichi sets out on a journey with a group of friends, each hoping to witness a miracle that will improve their difficult lives.
SIMON AND THE OAKS
Friday, February 15 - 7:30 p.m.
2012 (not rated) 122 min. Sweden/subtitles Director: Lisa Ohlin Cast: Jonatan Wachter, Bill Skarsgard, Helen Sjoholm, Karl Eriksson, Karl Linnertorp, Jan Liefers
This stirring, philosophically minded Swedish drama “Simon and the Oaks” covers 13 years during which the title character grows from a boy to a man. In the process, young Simon Larsson weathers some significantly profound storms, puberty not included. That World War II is one of those storms is mitigated by the fact that Simon is living in a country, Sweden, which managed to maintain its neutrality, while neighboring Norway and Denmark were occupied by the Nazis. In 1939, when the story begins, and in the years following, Sweden became a haven for Jews fleeing persecution. This is not to say there was no anti-Semitism. One of the earliest scenes shows Simon punching a bigoted schoolmate in the face, in defense of his new Jewish friend, Isak. That friendship, between a boy from a working-class Christian family and the son of wealthy Jewish immigrants from Berlin, forms the movie's framework. Based on the best-selling novel by Swedish author Marianne Fredriksson, “Simon and the Oaks” is not merely the story of two boys from opposite sides of the tracks. It's also a larger meditation on life's hardships and what endures: love, art and civilization. Beautifully shot on the west coast of Sweden, overlooking the North Sea, “Simon and the Oaks” is a taut, absorbing tale of destiny and survival. The film received a record 13 nominations for the Swedish equivalent of the Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography.
SHUN LI AND THE POET
Friday, February 22 - 7:30 p.m.
2011 ( PG ) 100 min. Italy/subtitles Director: Andrea Segre Cast: Tao Zhao, Rade Serbedzija, Marco Paolini
The unlikely bond between a young Chinese immigrant woman, Shun Li, and a Slav fisherman, Bepi, develops when the mysterious young woman is sent from her job in a textile factory near Rome to the small town of Chioppio along the Venetian lagoon where she is to work in a tavern. She is driven by one secret burning desire: to somehow pay off the broker who brought her from China to Italy, and to get her papers to bring her young son left in China to Italy to join her. The tavern is the hang-out of the local fishermen, including Bepi, nicknamed “the poet,” who came to Veneto as a youth. A tender, delicate relationship grows between Shun Li and Bepi. For both of them, it is a poetic universe that shatters their solitudes, providing a silent dialogue between their two cultures as they realize that they have the same problem of being outsiders. Relying more on poetry than reality, they try to comfort and reassure each other. A dream-like refuge, suggested by the charm of Chioggia, the lagoon and the high Adriatic waters is, however, hampered when gossip soon threatens their innocent relationship and the bond that has transcended two very different, distant cultures.
Friday, March 1 - 7:30 p.m.
2012 (Not Rated) 109 min. Australia/Germany/subtitles Director: Cate Shortland Cast: Saskia Rosendahl, Nele Trebs, Andre Frid, Kai Malina, Mika Seidal
A DISCUSSION SESSION WILL FOLLOW THE FILM
Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and mother, a staunch Nazi believer, are interred by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents' actions. Led by the eldest sibling, 14-year-old Lore, they set out on a harrowing journey across a devastated country to reach their grandmother in the north. After meeting the charismatic Thomas, a mysterious young refugee, Lore soon finds her world shattered by feelings of both hatred and desire as she must learn to trust the one person she has always been taught to hate in order to survive.
Friday, March 15 - 7:30 p.m.
2012 (PG-13) 105 min. Germany/subtitles Director: Christian Petzold Cast: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Mark Waschke
Winner of the Best Director prize at this year's Berlin Film Festival, the latest film from Christian Petzold is a simmering, impeccably crafted Cold War thriller, starring the gifted Nina Hoss as a Berlin doctor banished to a rural East German hospital as punishment for applying for an exit visa. As her lover from the West carefully plots her escape, Barbara waits patiently and avoids friendships with her colleagues – except for Andre the hospital's head physician, who is warmly attentive to her. But even as she finds herself falling for him, Barbara still cannot be sure that Andre is not a spy. As her defensive wall slowly starts to crumble, she is eventually forced to make a profound decision about her future. A film of glancing moments and dangerous secrets, “Barbara” paints a haunting picture of a woman being slowly crushed between the irreconcilable needs of desire and survival.
Friday, March 29 - 7:30 p.m.
2012 ( R ) 98 min. USA Director: Ben Lewin Cast: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy
A DISCUSSION SESSION WILL FOLLOW THE FILM
Since age 6, Berkeley journalist and poet Mark O'Brien has spent most of his life confined to an iron lung after being stricken with polio. In the few hours a day he can manage outside of the hulking life-sustaining apparatus, he is pushed around on a gurney and subject to nearly 24-hour in-home care. In “The Sessions,” we meet Mark in 1988 at age 38 when he has outlived many prognoses already. Despite having bouts of feeling extremely sorry for himself and the burden he creates, Mark keeps a keen wit and delightful sense of humor about his circumstances. He shares that creativity in his writing and keeps a cheeky, yet devout relationship, with his local priest and kindred spirit, Father Brendan. They challenge each other like true friends and beleaguered Catholics. Mark confides in Father Brendan that he is determined to lose his virginity. He seeks the help of a sexual therapist, Cheryl, played by Helen Hunt, who specializes in helping the disabled to achieve sexual fulfillment. Mark and Cheryl begin a series of sessions that explore Mark's physical capabilities and mental blocks when it comes to intimacy and sexual confidence. With each encounter with Cheryl and the support of Father Brendan, Mark's life improves as he comes to feel more like a man. “The Sessions” shows an honest portrayal of what sexual satisfaction and conquest can mean to a person, especially to someone who is physically disabled. The movie pulls no punches with both humor and drama when it comes to sexual content.