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FRIDAY, September 8, 2017 7:30 pm
A Man Called Ove
Dir: Hannes Holm, 2016, Sweden, 116 min, PG-13, in Swedish with English subtitles
Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman's international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door: an isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife's grave, Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove's past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it's shared. This film won the Audience Award at several film festivals, the Best European Comedy at the 2017 European Film Awards and was nominated for the 2017 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

FRIDAY, September 22, 2017 7:30 pm
Their Finest
Dir: Lone Scherfig, 2017, UK, 110 minutes, R
London, 1940: With the nation bowed down by war, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home. Realizing their films could use "a woman's touch," the ministry hires Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue. Although her artist husband looks down on her job, Catrin's natural flair quickly gets her noticed by cynical, witty lead scriptwriter Buckley (Sam Claflin). Catrin and Buckley set out to make an epic feature film based on the Dunkirk rescue starring the gloriously vain, former matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy). As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and their colorful cast and crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation. If you liked the recent Christopher Nolan directed Dunkirk we think you will enjoy this film even more. In English with English subtitles.
FRIDAY, September 29, 2017 7:30 pm
The Salesman
Dir: Asghar Farhadi, 2017, Iran, 125 min, PG-13, in Persian with English subtitles
Forced to leave their apartment due to a dangerous construction project in a neighboring building, a young Iranian couple moves to the center of Tehran where they become embroiled in a life-altering situation involving the previous tenant. The story is intermixed with a subplot of a production of Death of a Salesman and parallels are drawn in multiple ways. Winner of the 2017 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. (This director also directed the Oscar-winning film A Separation which was screened at FLICS in 2012.)
FRIDAY, October 20, 2017 7:30 pm
The Royal Tailor
Dir: Wonsuk Lee, 2014, South Korea, 127 min, Unrated, In Korean with English subtitles
Jo Dol-seok is the king's tailor (circa 16th century) and because of his exceptional services he is soon to be made a noble of the court. A great honor, but Jo believes his future is threatened by the unusually talented young tailor Lee Kong-jin who has recently received royal attention for his creativity. The new tailor is in a precarious position with his bold dresses since his fashion style also has political ramifications-and his rival, Jo, frames him for palace intrigue. The film ends with modern-day press conference during which Jo is extolled as the royal tailor who single-handedly revolutionized the fashion of Korea's Joseon dynasty (13th-19th century). This film is nominated for several Asian film festival awards—including best film, cinematography, costume design and set design. It was not released in the U.S. and is a coup for FLICS to screen.
FRIDAY, November 3, 2017 7:30 pm
Frantz
Dir: Francois Ozon, 2017, Germany/France, 114 min, PG-13, In German and French with English subtitles
Anna, a bereft young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, died during WWI trench warfare, and Adrien, a French veteran of the war, both visit and place flowers on Frantz's grave. Adrien's mysterious presence is met with resistance by the small community still reeling from Germany's defeat, yet Anna gradually gets closer to the handsome and melancholy young man, as she learns of his deep friendship with Frantz, conjured up in evocative flashbacks. The film explores how Ozon's characters' wrestle with their conflicting feelings: survivor's guilt, anger at one's losses, the overriding desire for happiness despite everything that has come before, and the longing for sexual, romantic, and familial attachments. Inspired by Ernst Lubitsch's 1932 drama Broken Lullaby. Frantz was nominated for 11 César Awards. 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
FRIDAY, November 17, 2017 7:30 pm
Julieta
Dir: Pedro Almodóvar, 2016, Spain, 96 min, R, in Spanish with English subtitles
Julieta is a beautiful, sophisticated, middle-aged woman leaving Madrid for Portugal to start a new life with her partner Lorenzo. A chance meeting with a childhood friend of her estranged daughter sideswipes her plans—instead Julieta returns to the apartment block where she lived with her daughter to write the story of their eventful, quasi-mythical odyssey. The film shifts to the 1980s where we meet the younger Julieta. She is a spiky-haired classics teacher for whom a nocturnal train journey provides a fateful brief encounter with love and death, laying the tracks for all that is to come: her relationship with Galician fisherman Xoan, the birth of their beloved daughter and the predestined separation from both. This is a drama littered with characters living an underworld existence, trapped by the great silence that is the true villain of the film.
FRIDAY, December 1, 2017 7:30 pm
Paterson
Dir: Jim Jarmusch, 2017, US, 115 min, R, in English with closed captions
Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey. Every day, he adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; then he goes home to his wife, Laura. By contrast, Laura's world is ever changing—new dreams come to her almost daily. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions and she champions his gift for poetry. The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details. Winner and nominee for both Best Actor and Best Film awards in several film festivals and for several critics' groups. 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
FRIDAY, January 12, 2018 7:30 pm
Bill
Dir: Richard Bracewell, 2015, UK, 94 min, PG, in English with closed captions
This film tells the story of “what really happened” during Shakespeare's “lost years”—how the hopelessly untalented lute player, Bill Shakespeare, thrown out of a Stratford-upon-Avon band, left his family and home to follow his dream, to be a playwright in London. Along the way he encounters murderous kings, spies, lost loves and a plot to blow up Queen Elizabeth. A hilarious telling of the bard’s story by the comedy troupe of BBC’s Horrible Histories. This feature has a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
FRIDAY, January 26, 2018 7:30 pm
Gleason
Dir: Clay Tweel, 2016, US, 110 min, R, in English with closed captions
Toni trains with her brother at a community center in Cincinnati’s West End, but becomes fascinated by the dance team that also practices there. Enamored by their strength and confidence, Toni eventually joins the group, eagerly absorbing routines and mastering drills. As she discovers the joys of dance and of female camaraderie, she grapples with her individual identity in her new social world. Shortly after Toni joins the team, several of the girls have mysterious physical issues. The girls on the team soon embrace these changes as rites of passage. Apprehensive as she is caught between her need for control and her desire for acceptance, Toni must decide how far she will go to embody her new ideals. Great coming-of-age story with 96% approval on Rotten Tomatoes.
Friday, February 9, 2018 7:30 pm
A United Kingdom
Dir: Amma Asante, 2017, UK, 111 min, PG-13, In English with closed captions
In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. They were a perfect match, yet their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families but by the British and South African governments. The latter had recently introduced the policy of apartheid and found the notion of a biracial couple ruling a neighboring country intolerable. South Africa threatened the British: either thwart the couple or be denied access to South African uranium and gold and face the risk of South Africa invading Botswana. Based on extraordinary, true events, this film has excellent performances by British actors David Oyelowo (Selma) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) in the lead roles.
Friday, February 23, 2018 7:30 pm
Maudie
Dir: Aisling Walsh, 2017, Canada, 115 min, PG-13, in English with closed captions
Maud Dowley, afflicted with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, seeks independence from her over-protective relatives by taking the position of housekeeper for a reclusive fishmonger, Everett Lewis. Despite her fragility and Everett’s cruelty, she begins to win his affection with her gentile care. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love with her and they marry. Maude begins to paint and decorates post cards, scrap shingles and even the very walls of their tiny shack. Her work is noticed and in time becomes a source of added income, and celebrity for Maud, as well as challenges to their quiet home life. Based on the true story of Maud Lewis's deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as Canada’s most celebrated folk artist. 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
FRIDAY, March 9, 2018 7:30 pm
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Dir: Steve James, 2016, USA, 88 min, Not Rated, in English with closed captions
The incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves—and their bank's legacy in the Chinatown community—over the course of a five-year legal battle. 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 7:30 pm
The Innocents
Dir: Anne Fontaine, 2016, France/Poland, 115 min, PG-13, in French, Polish, and Russian with English subtitles
Warsaw, 1945: WWII is finally over and Mathilde is treating the last of the French survivors of the German camps. When a panicked Benedictine nun appears at the clinic one night begging her to come to the convent, what she finds there is shocking: a holy sister about to give birth and several more in advanced stages of pregnancy. A non-believer, Mathilde enters the sisters' fiercely private world, dictated by the rituals of their order and the strict Rev. Mother. Fearing the shame of exposure, the hostility of the new anti-Catholic Communist government, and facing an unprecedented crisis of faith, the nuns increasingly turn to Mathilde as their belief and traditions clash with harsh realities. 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 7:30 pm
Our Little Sister
Dir: Hirokazu Koreeda, 2016, Japan, 127 min, PG, in Japanese with English subtitles
Three sisters: Sachi, Yoshino, and Chika live together in a large house in the city of Kamakura. Their father left when they were young, and their mother seems to have been a marginal presence in their lives. The main authority figure seems to have been a great-aunt. When their long-absent father dies, they travel to the a faraway coastal town for his funeral and meet their shy teenage half-sister, 13-year-old Suzu, who seems destined for a pre-ball Cinderella existence with her unsympathetic stepmother. Her half-sisters, agree to rescue her from that fate and ask her to come live with them. Suzu eagerly agrees, and a new life of joyful discovery begins for the four siblings as Suzu enrolls in school, joins a soccer team and becomes a helpful and cheerful member of the household. You are moved, by the end, by how much you care about these women and how sorry you are to leave their company in this delicate and satisfying film. 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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