Screenagers:Next Chapter, Feb. 20 & 21, 6:30 pm, Alpine Playhouse

 DO YOU WONDER ABOUT YOUR CHILDREN’S STRESS LEVEL?  The conversation around screens and teens is taken to the next level with Screenagers Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience—a film that examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our homes and schools to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety and depression in our digital age. Parents and kids (age 10+) are invited to view the film Screenagers Next Chapterfollowed by a panel discussion with teens and local experts.
For more info: screenagersmccall@gmail.com
Sponsored by Screenagers McCall

Tickets: $5 at Barn Owl Books or on line click here

“Twin Flower”, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 7 pm at Alpine Playhouse

The McCall Film Society presents “Twin Flower” Wednesday, February 12th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse. Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, the film tells the story of a young woman, on the run and traumatized into silence, and an undocumented immigrant from the Ivory Coast who team up for protection and become stronger as they travel across the island of Sardinia, Italy. The movie is set against the backdrop of a stunningly photographed Sardinia,  while never losing sight of the of the refuge crisis.

Set among the breathtaking landscapes of Sardinia, Twin Flower is a powerful, intense, but intimate portrait of a blossoming love and a violent reality. Anna is a young girl running away from a violent event, Basim is an undocumented immigrant who escaped to Italy on a boat looking for freedom and a new life. They are both outcasts, young and alone, and both pursued: Anna by a human trafficker obsessed with her, Basim by the Italian police. 

Director Laura Luchetti’s approach is realism and simplicity; she cast two first-time actors (Kone arrived in Italy a couple of weeks before shooting began) and used their own stories to mold the narrative and make it real. She addresses the question of immigration in Italy—a massive political issue, exploited by fear-mongering politicians for the past decade—through the stories of Anna and Basim. Visually, Twin Flower relies on the brutal beauty of the Sardinian landscape to highlight the toughness of their lives and their sentimental evolution—a crucial aspect of the film, Luchetti says, because as Anna and Basim become close, their strength grows and their fear disappears: They are stronger together and need each other to survive the harsh reality that tries to crush their love.

Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting next Thursday, February 6th until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free.

Twin Flower Trailer

Review from The Film Stage

Q&A from the Toronto Intermantional Film Festival with Director Laura Luchetti

“Ulysses & Mona”, Wednesday, Jan. 8th, 7 pm at Alpine Playhouse

The McCall Film Society presents “Ulysses & Mona” Wednesday, January 8th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse. A delightful, quirky comedy from French Director Sebastien Betbeder that tells a touching, deadpan portrait of a disheveled French Artist meeting up with a young idealist art student.

Official selection of the Toronto International Film festival, “Ulysses and Mona” tells the story of Ulysses, fifty-five years old, contemporary artist who ran away from his family and put an end to his career. Nowadays, he lives alone, with his dog Joseph, in an old manor in the middle of the forest. Ulysses is bored to death. Mona is twenty year old art student who is finds school too routine and taught by geriatric teachers. Mona decides out of the blue to go and meet Ulysses a well know artist that has dropped out from the art scene.  There interacts are very comical but very touching. Both of them will end up on a journey that will change their lives forever.

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


Review Hollywood Reporter

Over 50 people attended “One Women, One Vote Movie

Sandee Dingman, member of AAUW dresses up as a Suffregate for the movie “One Women, One Vote shown this week at Alpine Playhouse

“The Public”, Wednesday, Nov. 20th, 7 pm at Banyans on the Green (McCall Golf Course)

Sponsored by the McCall Public Library (McCall Film Society has the month off), “The Public” is is a 2018 American drama film directed and written by Emilio Estevez, who also stars in the film alongside an ensemble cast including Alec BaldwinJena MaloneChristian SlaterGabrielle UnionTaylor SchillingJacob VargasMichael Kenneth Williams, and Jeffrey Wright. The film had its world premiere on September 9, 2018, at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The plot: After learning that emergency shelters are at full capacity when a brutal Midwestern cold front makes its way to Cincinnati, a large group of homeless library patrons led by Jackson (Michael Kenneth Williams) refuse to leave the downtown public library at closing time. What begins as a nonviolent Occupy-style sit-in and ragtag act of civil disobedience quickly escalates into a standoff with local riot police, led by a no-nonsense crisis negotiator (Alec Baldwin) and a savvy district attorney (Christian Slater) with lofty political ambitions, all as two librarians (Emilio Estevezand Jena Malone) are caught in the middle.

Join us at Banyans on the Green (McCall Golf Course Clubhouse Restaurant) for a free screening of the PG13 Hollywood blockbuster library movie  

All donations from this evening event will benefit three local non-profit organizations:  Heartland Hunger, Shepherd’s Home, and Cram the Van.

Official Trailer
Question and Answer Session following the screening of The Public at the Toronto Film Festival

“One Women, One Vote”, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 7 pm at Alpine Playhouse

The McCall Film Society presents “One Women, One Vote” Wednesday, December 11th at 7 pm at the Alpine Playhouse and Co-sponsored by Valley County AAUW. The documentary produced by PBS traces the beginnings of the movement for women’s right to vote to the passage of the 19th amendment. 

How could America call itself the world’s greatest democracy, but deny the right to vote to more than half its citizens? Why did so many men and women  vehemently oppose giving women the vote, and how was this attitude overcome?  One Woman, One Vote documents the seventy-year long battle for woman suffrage, which finally culminated in the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution in August of 1920.    

Written and produced by documentarian/writer Ruth Pollak, the film is narrated by Susan Sarandon.  It was originally produced as a part of PBS’s American Experience, and portrays the movement’s leaders, among them Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who held the first gathering of women to publicly demand their rights in Seneca Falls New York in 1848. 100 years ago the Congress passed the 19th amendment and sent it to the states for ramification. Idaho was ahead of the time, approving women’s right to vote, twenty-four years before national women’s suffrage was granted by the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution

Advanced tickets will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting   next Thursday, December 4th until 3 pm Wednesday, the day of the show. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free. 

Trailer for One Women, One Vote
100 years of Progress for Women

“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. 

“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.

REVIEW NEW YORK TIMES

REVIEW PUBLIC RADIO

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