“The Sower”, Wednesday, Oct. 9th- 7 p.m. at Alpine Playhouse

The McCall Film Society presents “The Sower” Wednesday, October 9th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse. Winner of the prestigious New Director competition at the San Sebastian Film Festival, Marine Francen’s debut is a sensual, visually stunning historical romance. Set in 1851, when France’s autocratic President Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte has ordered the arrest of all the men of a remote mountain farming village following a Republican uprising. Leaving the women with no man in town. What happens next is the story of the movie. 

“The Sower”, a French-Belgium production,  which Screen Daily says “The women spend years in total isolation, forced to tend the crops themselves. Some women have lost their husbands; others, like the shy but inwardly strong Violette, suddenly have no chance of experiencing physical love or motherhood. The women take an oath: if a man comes, they will share him as a lover. When a mysterious and handsome stranger arrives, he ignites passions and jealousies that threaten to destroy the tight-knit community. In the vein of THE BEGUILED and THE GUARDIANS, Marine Francen strikingly beautiful first feature is a part of a new wave of female-focused historical drama.”

Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting   next Thursday, October 3 until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free. 

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“Moka”, Wednesday, Sept. 18- 7 pm at Alpine Playhouse

“Moka” is also a first-rate showcase for two of French cinema’s finest actors, Ms. Devos and Ms. Baye, both of whom do career-high work here.

 

The McCall Film Society presents “Moka” Wednesday, September 18th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse. The french film is a classy and classical psychological thriller with a first-rate showcase for two of French cinema’s finest actors, Ms. Devos and Ms. Baye, both of whom do career-high work here, says the New York Times.

“Moka” is adapted from Tatiana de Rosnay’s bestselling novel. The film is a moody, riveting psychological thriller. Overwhelmed with grief and desperate for answers, Diane Kramer (Emmanuelle Devos) travels to Evian, a resort town on Lake Geneva in search of the mocha-colored Mercedes that she believes killed her son in a hit-and-run accident. There, she tracks down Marlene (Nathalie Baye), a beauty salon proprietor and owner of the vehicle. In order to get closer to her, Diane pretends to be a potential buyer for the car, but the path of revenge is more tortuous and complicated than it seems.

Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting   next Thursday, September 12th until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free.

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Double Feature: “Bye Bye Germany” & ; “The Third Murder”, Wednesday, March 13 – 7 pm at Alpine Playhouse

The McCall Film Society presents  a double feature Wednesday, March 13th starting at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse.  Due to last months snow emergency cancellation of “Bye Bye Germany,” we will show it this month. “Bye Bye Germany”, is “a refreshingly original, unpredictable tale about Jews trying to scam their way out of postwar Europe, is part caper, part Holocaust drama, part buddy movie, part romance, and part melancholic comedy” says the San Francisco Examiner.

At 9 pm we will show the second feature “The Third Murder” which runs for 124 minutes.  It is a crime drama like no other by an award winning Japanese film director, Hirokazu Kore-eda. 

“Bye Bye Germany” takes place in Frankfurt in 1946. David Bermann (Moritz Bleibtreu) and his Jewish friends have escaped the Nazi regime and are now dreaming of leaving for America. But how will they get the money in these tough post-war times? The six talented entertainers go from home to home, praising housewives with ashy chutzpah until the flattered ladies have no choice but to buy their fine bed linen.  Business flourishes and a bright new future can be seen in the horizon. But the past is always around the corner for these likable characters and the plot has many twists.  The film was the official selection of the Berlin International Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival.

Hirokazu Kore-eda, Director of “The Third Murder” has been recognized as one of the most important filmmakers in the world with awards to show for it but not very well know in the U.S.  Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal says “The Third Murder” is….hauntingly beautiful…What’s remarkable about “The Third Murder” is its density (so many provocative themes bubbling beneath a placid surface); intensity (conversations between lawyer and client, on opposite sides of the glass, are truly spellbinding); cast of intriguing characters (the factory owner’s wife and daughter, the lawyer’s own daughter, who shocks him by producing tears of ostensible grief on command); shimmering ambiguity…It’s the work of a contemporary master who arrives at the philosophical by way of the playful, ironic and lyrical. “

Tickets for the February showing of “Bye Bye Germany” will be honored at this showing . Tickets for the double feature “The Third Murder” and “Bye Bye Germany” will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting next Thursday, March 7th until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free. 

The McCall Film Society partners with the McCall Public Library in showing  independent and foreign films free of charge throughout the year. The films are unrated and are not recommended for viewers under the age of 18.

Bye Bye Germany Trailer- 7 pm showing
The Third Murder- 9 pm showing

New York Times Review, “The Third Murder”

“Bye Bye Germany, CANCELLED!!! Wednesday, Feb. 13- 7 pm Reschedule, Wednesday, March 13- 7 pm at Alpine Playhouse

Due to heavy snow today, Feb. 13 we have cancelled tonight’s showing. Bye Bye German reschuled to March 13 where we will also show at 7 pm and a second feature, “The Third Murder”. Details on the second movie will be posted later. All tickets for tonights showing will be honored at March showing.

The McCall Film Society presents “Bye Bye Germany”, Wednesday, February 13th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse. “Bye Bye Germany,” is “a refreshingly original, unpredictable tale about Jews trying to scam their way out of postwar Europe, is part caper, part Holocaust drama, part buddy movie, part romance, and part melancholic comedy” says the San Francisco Examiner.

“Bye Bye Germany” takes place in Frankfurt in 1946. David Bermann (Moritz Bleibtreu) and his Jewish friends have escaped the Nazi regime and are now dreaming of leaving for America. But how will they get the money in these tough post-war times? The six talented entertainers go from home to home, praising housewives with ashy chutzpah until the flattered ladies have no choice but to buy their fine bed linen.  Business flourishes and a bright new future can be seen in the horizon. But the past is always around the corner for these likable characters and the plot has many twists.  The film was the official selection of the Berlin International Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival.

Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting   next Thursday, February 7th until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free.

Review San Franscisco Examiner

Review Village Voice

Sold out Crowd for Saving Snow

McCall Film Society starts eighth year of showing independent films

Star News THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2018

McCall Film Society starts eighth year of showing independent films

A visit to a library in Whistler, B.C., led Bill Thomas and Jacki Rubin to decide to bring independent films to McCall. Eight years later, the McCall Film Society continues to host the best in innovative filmmaking.

A scene from the mountain-climbing documentary “Metanoia,” which has been the best attended film of the McCall Film Society’s eight-year tenure when it was shown in 2015.

The society will show the climate-change film “Saving Snow” on Jan. 9, eight years after Thomas and Rubin discovered during a 2011 visit that the Whistler Public Library held monthly showings of new movies.

“We love movies and McCall did not have a movie theater anymore so we were looking for a way to bring movies to McCall,” said Thomas, a retired social worker and health care advocate at St. Luke’s McCall.

The couple connected with Film Movement, a New York City film distributor that had a program for libraries.

The McCall Public Library and then-director Anne Kantola agreed to sponsor the films, and the 100-seat Alpine Playhouse was rented as the venue. The society’s first film, the French comedy “Queen of Hearts,” was shown in January 2012.

Free tickets for the showings are quickly snapped up, but the most popular film was the November 2015 showing of the mountain-climbing documentary “Metanoia.” “We had to turn people away,” Thomas said.

“Inequality for All”, a film by American economist Robert Reich, drew over 100 people when it was shown in In January 2014

Like the Whistler library, the McCall showings tend to stay away from mainstream titles and seeks out independent and foreign films.

“We try to be topical and try to find movies that deal with the issues of the day,” said Rubin, a retired school teacher.

“We look for films that in some ways challenge the audience to think in a different way,” she said.

The group has received grants from the City of McCall tourism local-option tax to support its efforts as well as The Kit Worthington Foundation for the Arts, also known as The Gig.

The McCall library and current director Meg Lojek continues to sponsor the series.

The February film will be the Holocaust survivor movie “Bye Bye Germany,” and the showing in March will be he murder-courtroom mystery “The Third Murder.”

“Saving Snow”, Wednesday, January 9th- 7 pm at Alpine Playhouse

The McCall Film Society presents “Saving Snow” Wednesday, January 9th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse. “Saving Snow,” a 53-minute documentary on the heartbreaking story of our winters on life support. “Saving Snow” focuses on people coming to terms with climate change. But it also presents solutions. The film highlights individuals and organizations who are working to reduce their communities’ impacts on the environment and raise awareness of the need for action.

After the film we will have a panel discussion to comment on the film from local leaders in the ski industry and recreation: Ken Rider, General Manager at Brundage, Brad Larsen, General Manager at Tamarack, Kurt Wolf, founder of the McCall Remaster Nordic Ski Race and Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of McCall. In addition, we will have Hans-Peter Marshall, Associate Professor at Boise State University in the Department of Geosciences and other invited guests. 

“With all of my films, the goal is to make climate change concrete,” says filmmaker Diogo Freire of Adaptation Now. “I try to find specific examples of communities that are being affected—and also show how they’re responding.” A disappearing snow season is more than just a frustration for winter sports enthusiasts. It means lost income for the many towns and small businesses that depend on winter tourism and recreation to stay afloat.

The American Birkebeiner, the premier Cross Country Ski Race in the U.S. was cancelled in 2017 for the second time in its history due to spring like conditions that melted away the snow.  Birkie Executive Director Ben Popp, who features prominently in the film, says “’Saving Snow’ brings to life the realities we face if we don’t start to take climate change seriously at the policy level. I love snow, I love what it enables, I hope it is here like it should be for my grandkids!”.

Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting   next Thursday, January 3rd until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free. 

2017 Birkie XC Ski Race cancelled due to lack of snow



“The Paris Opera”, Wednesday, November 7th, 7 pm at Alpine Playhouse

“The Paris Opera”

The McCall Film Society presents “The Paris Opera” Wednesday, November 7th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse. THE PARIS OPERA is an engaging, behind-the-scenes look at the whirlwind logistics that is needed to put together the breathtaking performances and events at one of the world’s most eminent institution.

This documentary by Jean-Stéphane Bron, a Swiss director, has the pace, the editing, the appearance, and the mood of a big-production drama….There are certain sequences in this doc that will lift your spirits up to the highest states of feeling that this art can reach.” – Charles Mudede, The Stranger. The LA Times say, “Covering an eventful artistic season, Jean-Stéphane Bron’s “The Paris Opera” is a well-observed vérité portrait of a major cultural institution. The fly-on-the-wall cameras peer into executive suite politics, rehearsals and the daily chores of hairdressers and laundry crew, and Bron achieves a rounded account,…” You do not have to be a Opera buff to be mesmerized by the difficulties human beings face in the creative process and team work that is required of us to produce such a highly valued work of art.

Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting   next Thursday, November 1 until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free.

Review Hollywood Reporter

Review LA Times

 

“In Syria”, Wednesday, October 17- 7pm at Alpine Playhouse

“In Syria”, Wed. Oct. 17

“In Syria”, followed by a speaker,

Asmaa Albukaie, a Syrian Refugee

The McCall Film Society presents “In Syria” Wednesday, October 17th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse. The film depicts a Syrian woman who tries to protect her household from the raging war outside her apartment. After the showing Asmaa Albukaie a Syrian refugee will speak and take questions from the audience. 

“In Syria”, shows an extended family which is under siege from gun fire and explosions, and with the constant threat of looting or being discovered by soldiers, Oum Yazan, played by the extraordinary Palestinian actress, Hiam Abbass, tries to maintain a routine schedule of cleaning and meals, even scolding her pre-teen daughter for using too much water to shave her legs for the first time. In the span of 24 hours, we see an increase of danger and the household is forced to make incomprehensible moral decisions to keep each other alive.

Writer and Director, Phillpe Van Leeuw filming almost entirely inside an apartment building in Beruit, with a cast all drawn from war-torn countries, shares what life is like for Syrians living in constant terror of war. The Hollywood Reporter calls “In Syria”, “gripping from start to finish… A chilling, fast-moving study of a Syrian household under siege. 

Asmaa Albukaie who will speak after the film was born in Damascus, Syria. She was a graduate student in Library Science, when the war broke out in Syria in 2011. Asmaa was forced to flee Syria and sought refuge in Egypt with her two sons after her husband was killed in 2013. In Egypt she worked with a Church organization, helping other refugees.  Asmaa in 2014 was resettled in the United States, along with her two sons. She is celebrating the latest addition to her family, a month old son!  She is currently working with the Agency for New Americans as a case manager, assisting newly arrived refugees with their resettlement process.

Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting   next Thursday, October 11 until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free.

Review by Variety

Interview with Director Phillpe Van Leeuw

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“Jasper Jones”, Wednesday, Sept. 19- 7pm at Alpine Playhouse

 

The McCall Film Society’s Fall Series will start on Wednesday, September 19th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse with the film “Jasper Jones”, a film by Rachel Perkins, one of Australia’s leading directors. The film has been described as Australia’s answer to To Kill A Mockingbird, featuring a murder mystery which uncovers the overt and covert racism of a 1960’s Western Australian town.

JASPER JONES is a coming of age story about Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14. On the night that Jasper Jones, the town’s mixed race outcast shows him the dead body of young Laura Wishart, Charlie’s life is changed forever. Entrusted with this secret and believing Jasper to be innocent, Charlie embarks on a dangerous journey to find the true killer. Set over the scorching summer holidays of 1969, Charlie defeats the local racists, faces the breakup of his parents and falls head over heels in love as he discovers what it means to be truly courageous.

The Director, Rachel Perkins is a leading documentary film maker who has expanded her great skills to such breakaway hits as “Bran Nue Day” a 2009 Australian musical comedy-drama film that tells the story of the coming of age of an Aboriginal Australian teenager on a road trip in the late 1960s. Perkins has dedicated her body of work from TV drama series, documentaries like “First Nation” to feature film dramas like “Jasper Jones” to create great art that illuminates the history of Australia’s indigenous people and the discrimination her people have faced in her nation. 

Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting   next Thursday, September 13th until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free. 

 

Guardian Review