DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM A (Running time: 72 minutes)
Both programs show Sunday, Feb. 26 Joe’s Violin – dir. Kahane Cooperman, USA, 24 minutes Synopsis: During a drive to donate musical instruments to public schools, 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joseph Feingold offers his beloved violin, which he has played for more than 70 years. The instrument goes to the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls, where young musician Brianna Perez is inspired to become friends with her benefactor.
Extremis – dir. Dan Krauss, USA, 24 minutes Synopsis: At the Intensive Care Unit at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, palliative care specialist Dr. Jessica Zitter treats terminally ill patients. As she and her team provide the best possible care, they try to help the patients and their loved ones make critical, often heartbreaking decisions.
4.1 Miles – dir. Daphne Matziaraki, USA, 22 minutes Synopsis: Kyriakos Papadopoulos, a captain in the Greek Coast Guard, is caught in the struggle of refugees fleeing the Middle East and traveling the short distance from the coast of Turkey to the island of Lesbos. Despite having limited resources, the captain and his crew attempt to save lives during the immense humanitarian crisis.
DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM B (Running time: 81 minutes) Watani: My Homeland – dir. Marcel Mettelsiefen, 39 minutes Synopsis: Four young children live with their mother and father, a Free Syrian Commander, in a warzone in Aleppo, Syria. After their father is captured by ISIS, the children flee with their mother to Goslar, Germany, in a years-long journey that will test them all as they try to find a safe home in a foreign country.
The White Helmets – dir. Orlando von Einsiedel, 41 minutes Synopsis: In the chaos of war-torn Syria, unarmed and neutral civilian volunteers known as "the white helmets" comb through the rubble after bombings to rescue survivors. Although they have already saved more than 60,000 lives since 2013, these brave first responders continue to place themselves in danger every day.
Spain’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. After a chance meeting, middle-aged Julieta (Emma Suarez) learns that her long-lost daughter has resurfaced in Madrid. This begins a complex reflection by Julieta into her checkered past, flashing back 30 years to the moments that defined her current life. This drama, based on the stories Chance, Soon and Silence by Alice Munro, is written and directed by legendary Spanish master Pedro Almodóvar. Here are extended excerpts from San Francisco Chronicle’s Mick La Salle’s ‘Highest Rating’ review: “’Julieta’ stands with the best films of its director, Pedro Almodóvar, but it’s a different kind of Almodóvar film. It’s a film of moment-by-moment virtuosity, and yet it’s without any of the director’s signature flashiness. Here he does a lot with a little, while he usually does a lot with a lot. … It’s a rare film that can burrow deep into your spirit and make you feel, “OK, yes, this is life.” ‘Julieta’ touches the essential.”
Germany’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Winfried doesn't see much of his working daughter Ines, a 30-ish corporate-management exec. The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog. It's an awkward move because serious career woman Ines is working on an important project as a corporate strategist in Bucharest. Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy his daughter with corny pranks. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to return home to Germany. Enter flashy "Toni Erdmann": Winfried's smooth-talking alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and even weirder fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines' professional life, claiming to be her CEO's life coach. As Toni, Winfried is bolder and doesn't hold back, but Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to understand that her eccentric father might deserve some place in her life after all. “If you’re looking for the best and most beguiling foreign-language film of the year, you’ll find it in Maren Ade’s German father-daughter story that will leave you laughing and choking back tears, often simultaneously.” –Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.
Through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, The Red Turtle recounts the milestones in the life of a human being.
Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli explores a new creative direction after the retirement of its founder Hayao Miyazaki with this realistically drawn feature created in partnership with Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit. This tale of a shipwrecked man who establishes a family and a new life on an island inhabited only by majestic animal life is told without dialogue. “Critic’s Choice. A prize-winner at Cannes, this immersive, meditative, stunningly beautiful animated feature is concerned with the rhythms of the natural world and the mysteries and wonders of ordinary life. ‘The Red Turtle’ intends to enlarge our spirit as well as dazzle us, and in this it succeeds.” — Kenneth Turan, L.A. Times.
Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.
Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity. A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.
The Met: Live in HD 2016-17 season presents a broadcast of Dvorák's Rusalka, presented live in select cinemas nationwide on Saturday, February 25. Kristine Opolais stars in a new production of the opera that first won her international acclaim, Dvorák's fairy tale opera about the tragic water nymph Rusalka. Sir Mark Elder conducts Mary Zimmerman's new staging, which also stars Brandon Jovanovich as the human prince who captures Rusalka's heart; Katarina Dalayman as Rusalka's rival, the Foreign Princess; Eric Owens as the Water Sprite, Rusalka's father; and Jamie Barton as the duplicitous witch Jezibaba.
The Met: Live in HD 2016-17 season presents a broadcast of Verdi's La Traviata, presented live in select cinemas nationwide on Saturday, March 11. Sonya Yoncheva brings her acclaimed interpretation of the doomed courtesan Violetta Valéry to Live in HD audiences for the first time, opposite rising American tenor Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo. Thomas Hampson sings one of his most acclaimed Met roles as Giorgio Germont, Alfredo's disapproving father, in a revival of Willy Decker's staging conducted by San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti.
The Met: Live in HD 2016-17 season presents a broadcast of Mozart's Idomeneo, presented live in select cinemas nationwide on Saturday, March 25. James Levine conducts a rare Met revival of Mozart's Idomeneo, set in the aftermath of the Trojan War. Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's classic production, which has its first Met revival in over a decade this season, stars Matthew Polenzani in the title role. The cast also includes Elza van den Heever as Elettra, Nadine Sierra as Ilia, Alice Coote as Idamante, and Alan Opie as Arbace.
The Met: Live in HD 2016-17 season presents a broadcast of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, presented live in select cinemas nationwide on Saturday, April 22. Anna Netrebko reprises one of her most acclaimed roles as Tatiana, the heroine of Tchaikovsky's opera, adapted from Pushkin's classic novel. Dmitri Hvorostovsky stars as the title character, who rejects Tatiana's love until it's too late. Robin Ticciati, Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, conducts the revival of Deborah Warner's staging, which opened the Met's 2013-14 season. Alexey Dolgov sings the role of Onegin's friend-turned-rival, Lenski, with Elena Maximova as Tatiana's sister Olga and Štefan Kocán as Prince Gremin.
Fathom Events, BY Experience and Pathé Live are thrilled to present an event dedicated to modern choreography, A Contemporary Evening, broadcast from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, to select cinemas nationwide on Sunday, March 19.
For the first time, the company performs The Cage by legendary Academy Award-winning choreographer Jerome Robbins, a master of visualizing and translating music to movement. Together with Harald Lander's homage to classical ballet in Études and Alexei Ratmansky's colorful folklore-inspired Russian Seasons, A Contemporary Evening brings some of the best dancers in the world together with masters of contemporary choreography.
Fathom Events, BY Experience and Pathé Live are delighted to present a production signature to the Bolshoi Ballet, A Hero of our Time, broadcast from Moscow, to select cinemas nationwide on Sunday, April 9.
The story based on the larger-than-life hero Pechorin is adapted from Mikhail Lermontov's literary masterpiece in three separate stories recounting his heartbreaking betrayals. Is Pechorin a real hero? Or is he a man like any other? This brand new production by choreographer Yuri Possokhov is a tragic poetic journey that can only be seen at the Bolshoi.