Friday, March 3rd 2017

Shalom Italia

Israel/Germany, Feature Documentary, 2016, 70 min



This sweet, funny film follows three elderly brothers as they eat, drink and bicker their way across the wilds of Tuscany, searching for the cave in which they hid out from the Nazis—along with their extended family—for six years. The oldest, Emmanuel, a hard-working 84-year-old anthropology professor, remembers some of the deprivation and constant terror of being discovered. Andrea, an 82-year-old thrill-seeking physicist, recalls that he actually had fun during those years in hiding. Sensible Bubi, the film’s storyteller, organized the trip. This is a survival story told with enthusiasm, humor and a zest for life. Subtitled

Directed by Tamar Tal Anati

Friday, 3:00pm, Stewart Auditorium @ Longmont Museum

Short Films 1

Thirty Hours

Across the Sea

Timecode

Sing!

Pickle

Friday, 7:00pm, Stewart Auditorium @ Longmont Museum

Saturday, March 3 2017

Short Films 2

Vorticity

Rated

Bon Voyage

Joe’s Violin

High Chapparal

Just a Song

Saturday, 10:00am, Stewart Auditorium @ Longmont Museum

Saturday, 12:15pm, Stewart Auditorium @ Longmont Museum

“There’s a question every famous person wonders, like, has The New York Times already written my obituary?”

Variety

Obit

USA, Feature Documentary, 2016, 93 min



Vanessa Gould and Jack Kadden, an obituary editor featured in the film, in person

Although nobody speaks to them at [arties, the legendary obituary writers at The New York Times are a pretty fun bunch. Yes, they have pre-written your obituary if you are famous, old, have made big contributions to your field or if you’re young and daring. They intensely dislike surprises, like the sudden deaths of famous people under 60 years old (2016 was a bad year). It’s truly amazing what goes on in the obit room at the paper, where obits have become some of the best writing in world journalism. This film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time.

Directed by Vanessa Gould
Executive Produced by Pam Boll
Boulder Premiere

Maurizio Cattalan: Be Right Back

USA, Feature Documentary, 2016, 95 min


Italian sculptor Maurizio Cattelan has become a superstar in the art world, with a major retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum. His sculptures—for example, an oversized Pinocchio floating face down in a pool—sell for millions of dollars. In this funny, mind-bending and visually beautiful film, director Maura Axelrod tries to find the “real” Cattelan, a task that is complicated by the fact that the artist is elusive, to say the least. His 2011 retirement? Not so permanent. Because here he is, back at the Guggenheim, installing a solid-gold working toilet that will be available for use by the general public.

Directed by Maura Axelrod

“…a captivating excavation of Maurizio Cattelan‘s disruptive career as the art world’s superior prankster of our time…”

Vogue

Saturday, 2:45pm, Stewart Auditorium @ Longmont Museum

Saturday, 5:15pm, Stewart Auditorium @ Longmont Museum

Frantz

France/Germany, Feature Film, 2016, 113 min



11 César nominations (France’s equivalent of the Oscars)
Official selection at Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals 2016

It’s 1919, and every day Anna visits the grave of her beloved fiancé, Frantz (killed in the Great War), in a small German town cemetery. Occasionally, she would catch a glimpse of Adrein, a tall, mysterious man standing at Frantz’s grave. A Frenchman, Adrein and Frantz were violin students at the Sorbonne before the war and were great friends. Astounded by this connection to Frantz, Anna brings Adrein to meet and stay with her and Frantz’s grief-stricken parents. She begins to fall in love with Adrein, but all is not as it seems in François Ozon’s masterful study of grief, illusion and forgiveness. Subtitled

Directed by François Ozon

The Last Laugh

USA, Feature Documentary, 2016, 85 min

​A group of famous Jewish comedians got together to help make a movie about the outer limits of comedy. The question is: Has enough time gone by to make it okay to tell a joke about the Holocaust? It's probably alright to tell a joke about the Inquisition, but the Holocaust? This ​humorous film ​features interviews ​​and performances with Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried, Louis CK, Joan Rivers and Chris Rock​, ​plus Holocaust ​survivor Renee Firestone, who offers a bitterly funny anecdote involving ​an encounter with the real Josef Mengele. The Last Laugh offers fresh insights into the outer limits of comedy in a way never seen before.

Directed by Ferne Pearlstein

Saturday, 7:45pm, Stewart Auditorium

Sunday, March 5 2017

Short Films 4

All That I Had

Nocturne in Black

Edges

5 Films About Technology

Brillo Box

Sunday, 11:00am, Stewart Auditorium @ Longmont Museum

Sunday, 1:30pm, Stewart Auditorium @ Longmont Museum

California Typewriter

USA, Feature Documentary, 2016, 103 min

In this film, Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough and Sam Shepard extol the tactile pleasure and artistic inspiration of writing with a manual typewriter. The film also movingly documents the struggles of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking. In the process, the film delivers a thought-provoking message on the changing dynamic between humans and machines, and encourages us to consider our own relationship with technology, old and new, as the digital age’s emphasis on speed and convenience redefines who’s serving whom: human or machine?

Directed by Doug Nichol

“The unorthodox and delightful documentary California Typewriter is one of the major discoveries at this year’s Telluride Film Festival.”

Hollywood Reporter

Following Seas

USA, Feature Documentary, 2016, 94 min



Bob Griffith sailed into Honolulu Harbor in 1960 and met fellow iconoclast Nancy Hirsch. From that moment, they were wedded to the sea. Steering their 53-foot cutter Awahnee to places no small boat had been before, they spent decades navigating the relentless pull of family and adventure. They captured all of it on Nancy’s hand-cranked Bolex camera, and here their footage comes to life. Combining recent interviews with exquisitely textured archival footage shot on location in the ‘60s and ‘70s, Following Seas is not only a story of world records and sailing feats, but also of a family who truly lived a self-determined life and made the sacrifices their dream demanded.

Directed by Tyler J. Kelley and Araby Williams

Sunday, 4:00pm, Stewart Auditorium @ Longmont Museum

Short Films 3

Panic Attack!

And the Whole Sky Fit In

La Femme et le TGV

The Dead Cow’s Eye

Happy End

Dodo’s Delight

Sunday, 6:30pm, Stewart Auditorium @ Longmont Museum