Starting March 11, there will be two parallel series – the usual Foreign Film Festival will be every other Wednesday night, AND a new English-language Festival will begin March 19. So a movie every week – Wednesdays one week, Thursdays the next. Here’s the lineup – detailed information below. WEDNESDAYS……………………….THURSDAYS Support SAGA (SAnctuary GAbriola) by… Continue reading New Spring 2020 Season- 2 nights! Wednesdays, AND alternate Thursdays. Starting March 11. All shows are at the Roxy. Still 7 p.m. Admission by donation.
A new film has just been released that will probably be the last of the series – likely the most extraordinary series in the history of cinema, the UP series. Beginning in 1964, British director Michael Apted interviewed 7-year old school children of all classes, from around England. The result was 7-Up, a snapshot of… Continue reading Thursdays, 7pm at the ROXY – The UP Series
1956, Bengal, India. 2nd film in the Apu Trilogy, which critics consider the greatest trilogy of all time. We saw the first film Pather Panchali, last fall. The family’s finances are still precarious. After his father dies there, Apu and his mother Sarbajaya come back to a village in Bengal. Despite unrelenting poverty, Apu manages… Continue reading March 11, APARAJITO (the Unvanquished)
1960 Bengal, India. In many ways, the final chapter of the APU trilogy weaves the most compelling story. The film finds Apu living in a nondescript Kolkata house in near-poverty. Attempting to become a writer, Apu unexpectedly finds himself pressured to marry a girl whose mother rejected her mentally ill bridegroom on the day of… Continue reading March 25, The WORLD of APU
2008, GERMANY/JAPAN A thoughtful meditation on the fragility of life; a celebration of the powerful, enduring strength of love; a tender tale of cultural crossings and a double portrait of grief; an exquisitely acted and visually stunning German film which vividly conveys the beauty and profundity of impermanence. English subtitles
2016. Vanuatu. On the Pacific island of Vanuatu, one of the world’s last true tribal societies was persuaded by documentary filmmakers to recreate a story from their past. These people had never seen a camera, let alone a movie, yet their tale (echoes of Romeo & Juliet) is wonderfully acted amid stunning scenery. English Subtitles
1998 Romania. A Westerner happens upon a Roma (Gypsy) village in Romania. An unusual glimpse into a famously inscrutable culture, made by a Roma, this ground-level look at gypsy life cuts through the stereotypes. Vigorous, noisy, sometimes electrifying, it has a spontaneity and freshness rare in movies. English Subitles Gadjo Dilo – Roma/France/Romania – 1997… Continue reading May 6, GADJO DILO
1990 Russia It’s the last bleak days of the Soviet Union, where 4 women from 3 generations try to coexist in one tiny Moscow apartment. A celebration of Grandma’s birthday transforms melodrama into farce as the women and their men squeeze around the same table. English Subitles.
Sworn Virgin – Albania – 2016 – Drama. The story is based on still-living, centuries-old traditions in remote Albanian villages. A “sworn virgin” is a woman, or more often a girl, who, (out of necessity more often than choice), swears eternal chastity in exchange for life as a man. Although this drama may not reflect… Continue reading Sworn Virgin
The Lunchbox – India – 2014 – Comedy/Romance. “The Lunchbox is the kind of picture that envelopes you like a warm blanket, charming you with its slow-building affection and life-altering curries.” Jess Lomas, Quickflix Middle class housewife Ila hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox… Continue reading The Lunchbox