Monthly Archives: August 2012
McCall Film Society presents the McCall Summer Film Festival, three nights of foreign, independent films. starting. Tuesday. August 21 with “King of Devil’s Island”, followed by “Hospitalite” on Thursday, August 23 and ending with “Foreign Letters” on Saturday, August 25. All showings will be at 8 pm at the Alpine Playhouse.
Tuesday, August 21-“King of Devil’s Island” is the true story of the infamous Bastøy Boys Home in Norway in 1915, begins with the arrival of seventeen-year-old Erling, who immediately clashes with the island facility’s governor played by the well know actor, Stellan Skarsgård, who believes manual labor, rigid discipline, and harsh punishment are the only methods that can turn the boys into honorable members of society. Erling leads his comrades in a courageous and vicious rebellion that will bring them head to head with no less than the Norwegian Army. A movie that reminds you why big children homes are a thing of the past. Directed by Marius Holst, Norwegian w/ English subtitles. 93% rating on rottentomatoes.com
Thursday August 23- “Hospitalite”, winner of Best Independent Debut TOKYO Int’l Film Festival is about Mikio Kobayashi who lives quietly with his wife, daughter, and divorced sister in downtown Tokyo, where xenophobic neighbors insist they attend community watch meetings, and the only recent excitement is the disappearance of a pet parrot. One day Kagawa appears who soon ingratiates himself as a live-in employee and proceeds to comically turn the Kobayashi’s monotonous life upside down with his odd behavior, unexpected visitors, and bizarre schemes. Directed by KOJI FUKADA in Japanese with English subtitles and English dialogue. Variety calls Hospitalite “a gleeful farce where Fukada maintains a marvelous tension between a prim comedy of manners and unbridled slapstick.”
Saturday, August 25- “Foreign Letters” is a bittersweet coming-of-age film by Director Ela Thier. Based on the filmmaker’s own experience of immigrating experience, Foreign Letters is a story about prejudice, poverty, shame, and the power of friendship to heal us. Ellie is a 12-year-old immigrant girl from Israel, who is lonely and homesick. Life brightens when she meets Thuy, a Vietnamese refugee her age. Trust slowly builds as the two teach each other about life in America. As Ellie and Thuy become inseparable, they eventually hurt and betray each other. Ellie must give up her most prized possession, in order to save their friendship. The film features the music of iconic Israeli musician Chava Alberstein, who was the director’s favorite musician when her family immigrated to the US in 1982. Director and writer, Ela Thier, based in NYC has won numerous awards for her screenplays, including including four Best Feature and four Audience Choice awards at the Tribeca Film Festival. Details go to
Advanced tickets for all films will be available at the McCall Public Library, starting next Thursday August 16, until the day of the show. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are free. The films are unrated and are not recommended for viewers under the age of 18.