March – April 2014
Directed by Errol Morris | 1997 | USA |82 minutes
Pre-film discussion at 6.00pm.Part of the UVM Lane Film Series.
What do an elderly topiary gardener, a retired lion tamer, a man fascinated by mole rats, and a cutting-edge robotics designer have in common? Both nothing and everything in this unconventional documentary directed by Erroll Morris. Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (Referring to the robot specialist’s strange philosophy of robot design structure, not Erroll Morris’s documentary techniques!) interplays, overlaps, and interrelates these four separate and highly specialized documentary subjects in order to in truth study all of humanity, raising questions about the future of mankind. Written by Matthew F. Griffin.
Main Street Landing Presents
The Broken Circle Breakdown
Directed by Felix Van Groeningen
Screenplay By Carl Joos & Felix Van Groeningen | With Johan Heldenbergh And Veerle Baetens
2012 | 112 Minutes | Dutch w/English subtitles
2013 Oscar Nominee – Best Foreign Film
Panorama Audience Award at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in the Panorama section in the Berlin
International Film Festival, Best Screenplay for a narrative feature -2013 Tribeca Film Festival, Best Actress in a narrative feature (Veerle Baetens)
– 2013 Tribeca Film Festival 9 Ensor Awards of Flemish Cinema including for Best Film,
Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Music.
About the film:
Elise (Veerle Baetens) and Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band.
They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage —
but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. An intensely moving portrait of a relationship from
beginning to end, propelled by a soundtrack of foot-stomping bluegrass, The Broken Circle Breakdown is a romantic melodrama of the highest order.
The New Black is a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar—the black church and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda. The New Black takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community.
An opportunity to see the award winning film The New Black, followed by a panel discussion. Issues of race, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are rarely discussed in our area. This film will give us an opportunity to do that, learn from each other and move forward as a community.
Main Street Landing Presents
A film by Dominique Benicheti
6:00pm reception, 7:00pm screening
Join us before the film for a reception featuring charcuterie with accompaniments by Guild Fine Meats
91 minutes / 2.35:1 Scope / Dolby / France / Not Rated In French with English Subtitles
A rare combination of sophisticated movie-making technique (shot in CinemaScope and recorded in stereo) and content that is a veritable ode to the beauty of rural France, the simplicity of daily peasant life, and the nearly wordless intimacy of a lifelong relationship. Recording over a 5-year period, director Benicheti palpably captures the rhythms and rituals of blacksmith Jules Guiteaux and his wife Félicie as Jules dons wooden clogs and leather apron to begin work in his shop, while Félicie tends a vegetable garden and prepares their meals. Awarded the jury prize at the Locarno Film Festival in 1973 and widely acclaimed around the world, the film nevertheless remained unreleased in the U.S. until now. – (Synopsis Courtesy of Film Forum)
A lost masterpiece of documentary cinema, Cousin Jules was the result of five years of painstaking work by director Dominique Benicheti and renowned cinematographer Pierre-William Glenn (cinematographer of Truffaut’s Day for Night, Tavernier’s Coup de torchon and others). They ambitiously photographed in Cinemascope and recorded in stereophonic sound the lives of Jules and his wife. The result is a ravishing, totally immersive work. The film received extraordinary reviews, won the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno International Film Festival in 1973, and was exhibited at many prominent festivals including Moscow International Film Festival, New Directors/New Films and the Los Angeles International Film Expo (Filmex).
Despite a strong festival response, the film did not find a distributor. This was in part due to the fact that most arthouse theaters of the day did not possess the equipment necessary to screen the film in its native Cinemascope format, and Benicheti refused exhibition of the film under any other format. He believed that the drama f the film was best understood on a monumental scale.
Over the years, the original negative and existing copies of Cousin Jules began to disintegrate. Benicheti was in the early stages of restoring the film himself when he died in 2011; a group of the film’s most dedicated supporters banded together to raise the funds for the remainder of the restoration work. The exquisite 2k DCP was completed by Arane-Gulliver Labs and was premiered at the 2012 New York Film Festival and proceeded to screenings at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival and other venues around the world.
View Trailer HERE
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