Film Selections 2019

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AGA

Director: Milko Lazarov
Country: Bulgaria
Running time: 1 Hour 36 Minutes
Language: Yakut with English subtitles

AGA

Screening date, time, venue (TBA)

In a yurt on the snow-covered fields of the North, Nanook and Sedna live following the traditions of their ancestors. Alone in the wilderness, they look like the last people on Earth.

Nanook and Sedna's traditional way of life starts changing – slowly, but inevitably. Hunting becomes more and more difficult, the animals around them die from inexplicable causes, and the ice has been melting earlier every year.

Chena, who visits them regularly, is their only connection to the outside world – and to their daughter Ága, who left the icy tundra long ago due to a family feud.

When Sedna's health deteriorates, Nanook decides to fulfil her wish. He embarks on a long journey in order to find Ága.

(Synopsis: IMDb)

“A winning combination of the cozily intimate and the sublimely epic.”

- The Hollywood Reporter

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Balloon

Director: Michael Herbig

Country: Germany

Running Time: 2 Hours 5 Minutes

Language: German with English subtitles

BALLOON

SCREENING DATE, TIME, VENUE (TBA)

 Balloon is a German thriller that deals with the crossing of the inner German border of the families Strelzyk and Wetzel from the GDR to West Germany with a homemade hot-air balloon.

In the summer of 1979, in Thüringen, in East Germany, two families put together a crazy plan. They are desperate to leave the DDR for the 'West' and plan to flee in a homemade hot air balloon. After sewing and tinkering for weeks, the amateurs make their first attempt. Meters from the West German border, their balloon suffers from the rain and crash lands. Luckily, they manage to avoid being caught by the police. However, the wreckage from their escape attempt is found and that triggers a desperate manhunt. The tension rises as the families determine to try again, and a race against time ensues. On the one hand, the authorities, desperate to track down the traitors, become aware that a second attempt is being planned. On the other, the would-be escapees, conscious of the search drawing ever nearer, need to build a more robust, weatherproof balloon - and avoid leaving too many clues.

(Synopsis: IMDb)

“The fact that Balloon was chosen as the film to open the 2019 German Film Festival in Australia is significant." - Editor, Global Media Post

German Film Awards 2019

Nominee
Film Award in Gold / Best Sound
Best Film Score


Washington DC Filmfest 2019

Winner
Audience Award - Best Feature Film

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SPECIAL SCREENINGS - PROGRAMS - GUESTS

Stalag Luft III - One Man’s Story

Director: Louise Woehrle

Country: United States & France

Run Time: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

Language: English

STALAG LUFT III - ONE MAN’S STORY

SCREENING DATE, TIME, VENUE (TBA)

Director & Producer Louise Woehrle (and niece of Charles Woehrle) will be our Special Guest during the screening, and joining us for a panel discussion afterwards.

Told by WWII U.S. Eighth Air Force Bombardier Lt. Charles Woehrle, one of 10,000 prisoners in Stalag Luft III, depicted in the iconic film ‘The Great Escape.’ At age 93, this remarkable man and gifted storyteller take us from Pine City, Minnesota to war-torn Europe as he relives his experiences with vivid detail that include, his B-17 getting shot down, capture by the Nazis, and surviving two long years of uncertainty and tremendous hardship as a prisoner of war. A saga filled with grit and grace, Charles Woehrle of the 'The Mighty Eighth' is one of the countless heroes from the Greatest Generation who has much to teach us about war and about life.

(Synopsis: Whirlygig Productions)

“I would bill Stalag Luft III - One Man’s Story this way — a love letter from a niece who wants future generations to know how much we owe the Greatest Generation.”

— Tom Brokaw, Broadcaster, Author of The Greatest Generation

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The Great Escape

Director: John Sturges

Country: United States

Run Time: 2 Hours 52 Minutes

Language: English

THE GREAT ESCAPE

SCREENING DATE, TIME, VENUE (TBA)

It seemed fitting that we screen the 1963 classic film, The Great Escape, based on the story of Lt. Charles Woehrle and other prisoners in Stalag Luft III.

Based on a true story, a group of allied escape artist-type prisoners-of-war are all put in an "escape proof" camp. Their leader decides to try to take out several hundred all at once. The first half of the movie is played for comedy, as the prisoners mostly outwit their jailers to dig the escape tunnel. The second half is high adventure as they use planes, trains, and boats to get out of occupied Europe.

(Synopsis: IMDb)

“With accurate casting, a swift screenplay, and authentic German settings, Producer-Director John Sturges has created classic cinema of action. There is no sermonizing, no soul probing, no sex. The Great Escape is simply great escapism.” - TIME Magazine

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Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein

Director: Charles Barton

Country: United States

Run Time: 1 hour 23 minutes

Language: English

ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN

SCREENING DATE, TIME, VENUE (TBA)

Chris Costello, daughter of Lou Costello will be our Special Guest during the screening. She will join us for a panel discussion afterwards, moderated by Tom Meyers, Executive Director Ft. Lee Film Commission & Barrymore Film Center.

Program Underwriters: Ft. Lee Film Commission & Barrymore Film Center

The world of freight handlers Wilbur Grey and Chick Young is turned upside down when the remains of Frankenstein's monster and Dracula arrive from Europe to be used in a house of horrors. Dracula awakens and escapes with the weakened monster, who he plans to re-energize with a new brain. Larry Talbot (the Wolfman) arrives from London in an attempt to thwart Dracula. Dracula's reluctant aide is the beautiful Dr. Sandra Mornay. Her reluctance is dispatched by Dracula's bite. Dracula and Sandra abduct Wilbur for his brain and recharge the monster in preparation for the operation. Chick and Talbot attempt to find and free Wilbur, but when the full moon rises all hell breaks loose with the Wolfman, Dracula, and Frankenstein all running rampant.

(Synopsis: IMDb)

“A masterpiece filled with raucous laughs, great spooks, and a wicked final scene.”

— Felix Vasquez, Jr., Cinema Crazed

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LOCAL HERO

Director: Bill Forsyth

Country: United Kingdom

Run Time: 1 hour 51 minutes

Language: English

LOCAL HERO

SCREENING DATE, TIME, VENUE (TBD)

Peter Riegert will be our Special Guest during the screening and join us for a discussion afterwards, moderated by Nelson E. Page, Chairman of the Adirondack Film Society (Lake Placid Film Festival), Chairman of the Ft. Lee Film Commission & Chairman of the Barrymore Film Center.

Bill Forsyth’s whimsical tale of sweet-natured corporate rapacity features standout performances by Burt Lancaster and Peter Riegert. Lancaster plays Texas billionaire Felix Happer, who would rather gaze at the stars than worry about his multi-national oil company.

Happer dispatches Mac MacIntyre (Peter Riegert) and Danny Oldsen (Peter Capaldi) to the small Scottish fishing village of Ferness to negotiate buying the entire town so Happer can drill for oil in the North Sea.

Much to Mac's surprise, the entire town is happy to sell itself for big money, and the local innkeeper, Gordon Urquhart (Denis Lawson) -- who is also the town's accountant and mayor -- works with Mac on the negotiations.

But a wrinkle appears in the deal when Ben Knox (Fulton Mackay), an old man who lives in a shack on the beach which has been owned by his family for centuries, refuses to sell. His reasons? Who'd look after the beach then? It would go to pieces in a short manner of time.

The deal stalls so seriously that Happer travels to Ferness to oversee negotiations as Mac and Danny are seduced by the charm of the Scottish town.

(Synopsis: Showtime)

"…Local Hero" never drags: Nothing is more absorbing than human personalities, developed with love and humor.”

— Rogert Ebert

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