Fall 2016 movie lineup

All shows start on Friday at 7:30PM, unless specified otherwise, at Battelle Auditorium on PNNL campus.

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Date Movie Title (release year) Venue
September 9 Pride (2014) Battelle Auditorium
September 23 One Million Dubliners (2014) Battelle Auditorium
October 7 Embrace of the Serpent (2015) Battelle Auditorium
October 21 About Elly (2009) Battelle Auditorium
November 4 The Dark Horse (2014) Battelle Auditorium
November 18 East Side Sushi (2014) Battelle Auditorium
December 2 Swades (2004) Battelle Auditorium
December 16 The Chorus (2004) Battelle Auditorium

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September 9

Set in the summer of 1984 - Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support.

But the activists are not deterred. They decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a mini bus to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership.

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(2014) Director: Matthew Warchus. Writers: Stephen Beresford. Genres: Biography, comedy, drama. Country: UK, France. Language: English, Welsh. Runtime: 119 min. Color: Color. Rated R for language and brief sexual content.

Awards: A total of 8 wins and 17 nominations. Winner of the BAFTA Film Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. Winner of British Independent Film Award for Best British Independent Film, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Supporting Actor. Winner of Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014. Nominated for the Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards.

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The Guardian - Mark Kermode's film of the week
Internet Movie Database
Metacritic
Rotten Tomatoes
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September 23

Glasnevin Cemetery is the final resting place of 1.5 million souls; it is Ireland's national necropolis. One Million Dubliners reveals the often unspoken stories of ritual, loss, love, redemption, emotion, history – and the business of death.

But this is really a film about life: the Saint Valentine's Day rush in the florists; the American visitors eagerly searching for Irish ancestors; lost and longed for love; discovery and bereavement; earthy gravediggers and musicians in celebration. Above all, it's the story of an immensely engaging Tour Guide shepherding his charges - and us - through the headstones and monuments, through opinions and beliefs. Filled with the familiar and the fascinating, this is a documentary that offers a glimpse into the unknown, into a world we will all come to share.

Often humorous, always affecting, One Million Dubliners explores life, death and the afterlife, and ends in a way that will stay with you forever. Even in a cemetery you never quite get used to death.

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(2014) Director: Aoife Kelleher. Writer: James Mitchell. Genres: Documentary, drama, history. Country: Ireland. Language: English. Runtime: 80 min. Color: Color.

Awards: A total of 3 wins and 1 nomination. Winner of Director's Choice Award at the 2015 Boston Irish Film Festival. Winner of the Documentary Award at the 2014 Galway Film Fleadh.

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Internet Movie Database
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October 7

Original title: El abrazo de la serpiente

At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in Embrace of the Serpent, the third feature by Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, Serpent centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.

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(2015) Director: Ciro Guerra. Writers: Ciro Guerra, based on the diaries by Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes. Genres: Adventure, biography, drama, history. Country: Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina. Language: Spanish, Portuguese, Aboriginal, German, Catalan, Latin. Runtime: 125 min. Color: Black and white. Not rated.

Awards: A total of 29 wins and 14 nominations. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year at the 2016 Academy Awards. Winner of awards in different categories at 2015 Cannes Film Festival, 2016 Ariel Awards in Mexico, 2015 Costa Rica Film Festival, 2015 Munich Film Festival, 2016 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

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The Guardian - Mark Kermode's film of the week
Internet Movie Database
Metacritic
Rotten Tomatoes
Movie Review Query Engine

October 21

Original title: Darbareye Elly

With the return of their close friend Ahmad from Germany, a group of old college pals decide to reunite for a weekend outing by the Caspian Sea. The fun starts right away as they quickly catch on to the plan of lively Sepideh, who has brought along Elly, her daughter's kindergarten teacher, in hopes of setting her up with recently divorced Ahmad. But seemingly trivial lies, which start accumulating from the moment the group arrives at the seashore, suddenly swing round and come back full force when one afternoon Elly suddenly vanishes. Her mysterious disappearance sets in motion a series of deceptions and revelations that threaten to shatter everything they hold dear.

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(2009) Director: Asghar Farhadi. Writer: Screenplay by Asghar Farhadi, based on as tory by Azad Jafarian. Genres: Drama, mystery, thriller. Country: Iran, France. Language: Persian, German. Runtime: 119 min. Color: Color. Not rated.

Awards: A total of 13 wins and 9 nominations. Winner of the Silver Bear Award for Best Director at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival, the Jury Award in the Best Narrative category at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. Nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival, the Gold Hugo at the 2009 Chicago International Film Festival.

More details, reviews, and comments can be found at:
The Guardian - Peter Bradshaw Review
Internet Movie Database
Metacritic
Rotten Tomatoes
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November 4

Based upon a powerful true story, The Dark Horse is the uplifting portrait of a man searching for the courage to lead, despite his struggles with mental illness. The film features a stunning, award-winning performance by Cliff Curtis (Whale Rider, Blow, “Fear the Walking Dead”) as Genesis “Gen” Potini, a brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion who finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life.

After years in and out of mental institutions, Genesis is released into the care of his estranged brother Ariki (Wayne Hapi) and thrust into his volatile gang lifestyle. Seeking to escape this toxic environment, Genesis finds solace by volunteering at the Eastern Knights chess club and sharing his gift with the disadvantaged Maori children of his community. Charismatic and impassioned, Gen encourages the group to train for the upcoming National Chess Championships. But his teaching puts him at odds with his brother when Ariki's son Mana (James Rolleston) shows an interest in the game - chess is considered a distraction from the teen's imminent initiation into his father's gang.

Genesis's conflict with his brother and the violent gang, along with his ongoing battle with his illness, threaten to ruin the hopeful progress Gen has made for himself and the young Eastern Knights. But Genesis's positivity leads him to always search for light, even when the world seems at its darkest.

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(2014) Director: James Napier Robertson. Writer: James Napier Robertson. Genres: Drama. Country: New Zealand. Language: English. Runtime: 124 min. Color: Color. Rated R for language throughout, and drug use.

Awards: A total of 22 wins and 16 nominations. Winner of the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Film and Best Actor at the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival, the Audience Award in the Best Narrative Feature category at the 2015 San Francisco International Film Festival, the awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Score at the 2014 New Zealand Film and TV Awards.

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Official Site
The Guardian
Internet Movie Database
Metacritic
Rotten Tomatoes
Movie Review Query Engine

November 18

East Side Sushi introduces us to Juana, a working-class Latina single mother who strives to become a sushi chef.

Years of working in the food industry have made Juana's hands fast-very fast. She can slice and dice anything you throw at her with great speed and precision. Forced to give up her fruit-vending cart in order to find a more secure job, Juana lands a position as a kitchen assistant at a local Japanese restaurant. It is there she discovers a new friendship and a whole new world of cuisine and culture, far-removed from everything she has ever known.

While working in the restaurant's kitchen, Juana secretly observes the sushi chefs and eventually teaches herself to make a multitude of sushi. Her creativity sparked, Juana's re-ignited passion for food drives her to want more from her job and her life.

Eventually she attempts to become a sushi chef, but is unable to because she is the "wrong" race and gender. Against all odds, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery, determined to not let anyone stop her from achieving her dream.

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(2014) Director: Anthony Lucero. Writer: Anthony Lucero. Genres: Drama. Country: USA. Language: English. Runtime: 100 min. Color: Color. Rated PG for brief violence, suggestive content and mild language.

Awards: A total of 9 wins and 2 nominations. Winner of the Special Jury Award for Bridging Cultures at the 2015 Arizona International Film Festival, the Best Feature Film at the 2015 Black Hills Film Festival, the Best Screenplay Award at the 2014 Napa Valley Film Festival.

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Official Site
Internet Movie Database
Metacritic
Rotten Tomatoes
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December 2

Original title: Swades: We, the People

Set in modern day India, Swades is a film that tackles the issues that development throws up on a grass root level. It is to this India, which is colorful, heterogeneous and complex that Mohan Bhargava (Shah Rukh Khan), a bright young scientist working as a project manager at NASA, returns to his home country on a quest to find his childhood nanny.

The film uses the contrast between the highly developed world of US, which has been at the forefront of advances in space research through NASA, and this world back home in India, which is at the crossroads of development. Mohan's simple quest becomes the journey that every one of us goes through in search of that metaphysical and elusive place called "home".

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(2004) Director: Ashutosh Gowariker. Writers: Story by M.G. Sathya and Ashutosh Gowariker, and screenplay Ashutosh Gowariker, Sameer Sharma, Lalit Marathe, Amin Hajee, Charlotte Whitby-Coles, Yashodeep Nigudkar, and Ayan Mukherjee. Genres: Drama. Country: India. Language: Hindi, English. Runtime: 195 min. Color: Color. Not rated.

Awards: A total of 12 wins and 23 nominations. Winner of the Silver Lotus Award for Best Playback Singer, and Best Cinematography at the 2005 National Film Awards, India, the Popular Award for Best Lyricist at the Awards of the International Indian Film Academy in 2005.

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Internet Movie Database
BBC
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December 16

Original title: Les choristes

When he takes a job teaching music at a school for troubled boys, Clement Mathieu is unprepared for its harsh discipline and depressing atmosphere. But with passion and unconventional teaching methods, he's able to spark his students' interest in music and bring them a newfound joy. It also puts him at odds with the school's overbearing headmaster however, locking Mathieu in a battle between politics and the determination to change his pupils' lives.

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(2004) Director: Christophe Barratier. Writers: Christophe Barratier, Georges Chaperot, René Wheeler, Nöel-Nöel, Philippe Lopes-Curval. Genres: Drama, music. Country: France, Switzerland, Germany. Language: French. Runtime: 97 min. Color: Color. Rated PG-13 for some language/sexual references and violence.

Awards: A total of 12 wins and 24 nominations. Winner of the Cèsar awards for Best Music Written for a Film and Best Sound at the 2005 Cèsar Awards in France. Nominated for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song and Best Foreign Language Film of the Year at the 2005 Academy Awards, and for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2005 Golden Globes.

More details, reviews, and comments can be found at:
Official Site
Internet Movie Database
Official Facebook Site
Metacritic
Rotten Tomatoes
Movie Review Query Engine
The Guardian