Telluride Mountainfilm Tour- Monday March 6, 2017 at 7 pm- Alpine Playhouse

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Selway Bitteroot Frank Church Foundation will present Mountainfilm travels year-round and worldwide with a selection of current and best-loved films from the annual festival in Telluride, Monday March 6, 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse. Ticket info when know will be posted here. The McCall Film Society will provide the equipment to show this quality show.

 

Tickets are on sale at Hometown Sports, Gravity Sports and Saw-On Sports. Adults $13 dollars, students and youth $10. 

Details on films go to https://www.mountainfilm.org/tour/films

“Blush” Wednesday, February 8th- 7 pm- Alpine Playhouse

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                 Blush- Wed. Feb. 8th

The McCall Film Society presents “ Blush”, Wednesday, February 8th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse, 1210 Roosevelt Ave., McCall. “Blush” is the story of young women who explore their sexuality on the backdrop of the social and political fabric in Israel. This is a full length adaption of her short film which was screened at Sundance Film Festival.

The director/ writer Michael Vinik based in Israel tells the story of 17-year-old Naama who spends most of her free time drinking and partying in the hopes of escaping from her parents’ constant bickering, worsened by the recent disappearance of her AWOL soldier sister. When a free-spirited new girl shows up at school, Naama falls deeply in love for the first time and the intensity of the experience at once confuses her and gives her life new meaning. Jonathan Holland of the Hollywood Report says Blush brings “A freshness of observation and a sparky sense of wonder about its protagonists means that Michael Vinik’s debut feature retains the keen edge of authentic experience.”

Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting Thursday, February 2nd until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Additional tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free.

 

Variety Review

Video Interview with Director  Michael Vinik

“My King”, Wednesday January 11- 7 pm- Alpine Playhouse

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The McCall Film Society presents “ My King”, Wednesday, January 11th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse, 1210 Roosevelt Ave., McCall. “My King,” stars Emmanuelle Bercot, who won best actress at Cannes Film Festival for her role as a accomplished lawyer who gets intertwined in a problematic relationship.

The Hollwood Reporter says “Perhaps what’s really different about this film, unlike the innumerable others where someone falls in love with someone else who turns out to be bad news, is that it’s from a woman’s perspective for a change, and she’s the relatively sane one bewitched by beauty and charm.”

The basic story is about Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot) who is admitted to a rehabilitation center after a serious ski accident. Dependent on the medical staff and pain relievers, she takes time to look back on the turbulent ten-year relationship she experienced with Georgio (Vincent Cassel). Why did they love each other? Who is this man whom she loved so deeply? How did she allow herself to submit to this suffocating and destructive passion? For Tony, a difficult process of healing is in front of her, physical work which may finally set her free.

Vincent Cassel well know in France is know in the U.S. for his role as the sexually manipulative Thomas Leroy in Darren Aronofsky’s 2010 film BLACK SWAN. He also appeared in Ocean Eleven and Ocean Twelve English Language films. “My King” is directed and written by Maïwenn, who won the Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for her first french Movie that was based on her own remarkable life dramas.

Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting Thursday, January 5 until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Additional tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free. Most films are unrated and are not recommended for viewers under the age of 18.

“My Love, Don’t Cross That River”, Wednesday November 16th

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My Love, Don’t Cross That River

The McCall Film Society presents “ My Love, Don’t Cross That River”, Wednesday, November 16th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse, 1210 Roosevelt Ave., McCall. The movie is an intimate portrait of an elderly couple in South Korea. MY LOVE, DON’T CROSS THAT RIVER delicately captures their twilight days with tender moments that reveal simple acts of affection – from a good-natured leaf fight to a gentle caress of the cheek.

Film Ink Australia says,“Go and see MY LOVE, DON’T CROSS THAT RIVER: if, by its ending, it hasn’t moved you to your core, you have an invulnerable heart.” A blockbuster in its native Korea, where it would go on to become the country’s biggest independent film of all time, MY LOVE, DON’T CROSS THAT RIVER presents an unforgettable story of true love that transcends both generations and cultures.

“100-year old Lovebirds” Byong-man Jo and Gye-Yeul Kang, have been inseparable companions for the past 76 years. Living in their small home by the river, they wear traditional Korean clothes, go shopping at the local market, have picnics with neighbors, and enjoy dance parties. Every night they go to sleep holding each other’s hands. Observing this fragile couple for 15 months, director Moyoung Jin acts as a fly-on-the-wall, capturing their twilight days with tender moments that reveal simple acts of affection. They express their love passionately, drawing a heart over their head and saying “I love you”.

Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting Thursday November 10th until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Additional tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free.

New York Times Review

Washington Post Review

An Interview with Director Jin Mo-young of “My Love, Don’t Cross That River”

Girl Rising, Wednesday, October 12th, 7 p.m. at Alpine Playhouse

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The McCall Film Society presents “ Girl Rising”, Wednesday, October 12th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse, 1210 Roosevelt Ave., McCall. The movie tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, the brave girls offer hope and inspiration. By getting an education, they’re able to break barriers and create change. Each girl’s story was written by a renowned writer from her native country.

From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins and the award-winning Documentary Group, in association with Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions comes “Girl Rising” – an innovative new feature film about the power of education to change a girl – and the world. Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchette, Selena Gomez and other A-list actors contribute voice performances to the film, which features original music from Academy Award winner Rachel Portman, in collaboration with Hans Zimmer.

“Girl Rising”, is a film which is part of a global campaign for girls’ education and empowerment. The campaign uses the power of storytelling to share the simple truth that educating girls can transform societies. Go to http://www.girlrising.com to get involved.

Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting Thursday October 6th until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free. Film is rated PG-13.

“Schneider vs. Bax”, Wednesday, September 14th, 7pm at Alpine Playhouse

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The McCall Film Society presents “ Schneider Vs. Bax , Wednesday, September 14 at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse, 1210 Roosevelt Ave., McCall. “Schneider Vs. Bax” is a darkly absurd and darkly funny mystery thriller set in the Netherlands.

Schneider, a hitman, gets a call from Mertens on the morning of his birthday. He has a last-minute assignment for Schneider who refuses the request because it is his birthday. Mertens insists that it is an important matter. When they meet in Mertens’ office, Schneider is told that the target is Ramon Bax, a writer. He lives alone in a secluded place. “It’s an easy job. With a little luck you’re back home before noon.” Schneider accepts the assignment. What was promised to be a simple hit turns out to be more than expected.
Body van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter calls “Schneider Vs. Bax a movie that puts “the dead back in deadpan, the ninth feature of van Warmerdam is his most Coen brothers-like film yet, a western in the Dutch wetlands that’s as unpredictable as it is darkly funny.” Variety says “…the more absurd the circumstances, the more entertaining the movie gets.”

The movie is PG-13, Parents Strongly Cautioned – some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting Thursday September 8th until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free.

 

Save the Dates:

Wed. October 12- Girl Rising

Wed. November 16- My Love, Don’t Cross that River

Review: Variety

Review:IndiWire

Contagion: Monday April 18 at 6:30 pm at McCall Public Library

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The McCall Immunization Coalition and the McCall Library present the award winning movie, Contagion, a realistic medical thriller rated PG-13. Following the film, State of Idaho epidemiologist—Dr. Christine Hahn will discuss the importance of vaccinations and response to the issues raised in the movie.

Contagion, the movie describes a fictional influenza pandemic: the origin of the virus, the human toll, the response of the public health agencies, and the various reactions of people to a public health emergency. The film is a reasonable prediction of what would occur in the event of a moderately lethal influenza pandemic. Contagion is a 2011 American medical thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Marion Cotillard, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, and Jennifer Ehle. The plot of Contagion documents the spread of a virus transmitted by fomites, attempts by medical researchers and public health officials to identify and contain the disease, the loss of social order in a pandemic, and finally the introduction of a vaccine to halt its spread.
After the movie Dr. Hahn will look at the movie from a scientific basis. Dr. Hahn comes with a wealth of knowledge as the state’s lead expert on infective diseases. She has served with the Center of Disease Control and Prevention and has years of training on infectious diseases.

This event is sponsored by the McCall Immunization Committee and the McCall Public Library as part of National Immunization Week, April 16-23, 2016. National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities.

“Breathe”, Wednesday, March 16th, 7 pm at Alpine Playhouse

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The McCall Film Society presents “ Breathe”, Wednesday, March 16th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse, 1210 Roosevelt Ave., McCall. “Breathe” is a coming-of-age tale centered on the friendship of two young girls that quickly turns dark with jealousy and obsession. Scott Foundas of Variety says Director “Mélanie Laurent offers a compelling, superbly acted portrait of an adolescent friendship perched on the brink of obsession.”

A taut, nuanced story about the depths of female friendships and the dark side of teenage infatuations, “Breathe”, directorial effort from Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds, Beginners), is an assured adaptation of the sensational French young adult novel of the same name. Charlie (Joséphine Japy) is seventeen and bored. Her estranged parents are too caught up in their own drama to pay her much attention. School holds no surprises either, and Charlie grows tired of her staid friends. Enter Sarah (Lou de Laâge), a confident and charismatic new transfer student who brings with her an alluring air of boldness and danger. The two form an instant connection, and through shared secrets, love interests and holiday getaways their relationship deepens to levels of unspoken intimacy. But with this intimacy comes jealousy and unrealistic expectations, and soon the teens find themselves on a dangerous trajectory toward an inevitable and unforeseen collapse.

Stephon Holden of the New York Times writes, “Joséphine Japy and Lou de Laâge give phenomenal performances in this tale of a relationship that curdles into an anguished, increasingly vicious power struggle. Their emotions are so intense that watching ‘Breathe’, you may feel trapped inside the relationship that consumes them.” “Breathe” was showcased at Cannes Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival.

Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting Thursday March 10 until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free.

Rotten Tomatoes Review

New York Times Review

Interview with Director Mélanie Laurent

 

 

Second Coming, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m. at Alpine Playhouse

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Nadine Marshall and Idris Elba in Second Coming

The McCall Film Society presents “ Second Coming”, Wednesday, February 17th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse, 1210 Roosevelt Ave., McCall. Second Coming is full of fine performances and subtle observations, particularly on the fragile power balance between parents, children and other family members. …full of emotionally and psychologically complex black characters who are not limited to representing race-defined themes.” – Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

Second Coming, a film by Debbie Tucker Green a new voice in British film making is about a busy, working parents, Jackie and Mark living in London who haven’t been intimate in quite some time. However, Jackie abruptly discovers that she is pregnant. She knows it’s not her husband Mark’s, but claims she hasn’t been with anyone else either. The unnerving side effects of her pregnancy begin to affect her mental state, creating turmoil within the family that is only made worse by Mark’s fury. SECOND COMING follows the close knit family over the course of a year as they navigate their way through family life and cope with an unexplainable pregnancy.

Idris Elba of TV Series Luther and the Wire gives a powerful performance as the husband confronted by his wife declaration of the unexplained pregnancy in an impressive homegrown slice-of-life drama that’s tinged with unease and strangeness. Nadine Marshall who plays his pregnant wife “does astute work with [her] role… her performance always maintaining audience sympathy even as her character does everything possible to repel it.” – says Andrew Barker of Variety.

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

Second Coming Review by Guardian

Marie’s Story, Wednesday, January 6th, 7 pm at Alpine Playhouse

Marie's Story, Wednesday, January 6th

Marie’s Story, Wednesday, January 6th

 

The McCall Film Society presents “ Marie’s Story”, Wednesday, January 6th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse, 1210 Roosevelt Ave., McCall. “Wonderfully intimate…touching and insightful”, says Hollywood Reporter.

At the turn of the 19th century, a humble artisan and his wife have a daughter, Marie, who is born deaf and blind and unable to communicate with the world around her. Desperate to find a connection to their daughter and avoid sending her to an asylum, the Heurtins send fourteen-year-old Marie to the Larnay Institute in central France, where an order of Catholic nuns manage a school for deaf girls. There, the idealistic Sister Marguerite sees in Marie a unique potential, and despite her Mother Superior’s skepticism, vows to bring the wild young thing out of the darkness into which she was born. Based on true events, Marie’s Story recounts the courageous journey of a young nun and the lives she would change forever, confronting failures and discouragement with joyous faith and love..

Sister Marguerite is played by Isabelle Carre who won the French Best Actress Award for “Se souvenir des belles choses”. Marie is played by Ariana Rivoire who is a young resident of the National Institute for Deaf Youth of Chambéry, in France. When touring similar institutes looking to cast the lead role in Marie’s Story, director Jean-Pierre Améris spotted her during lunchtime, since she had forgotten to sign up for an audition. He chose her on the spot. She hopes Marie’s Story will help create a better understanding of the deaf and the deaf- mute.

Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting Wednesday December 30th 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 in partnership with the McCall Public Library will be showing a series of independent and foreign films free of charge throughout the year. All movies are first run films not available on DVD rentals. Most films are unrated and are not recommended for viewers under the age of 18.