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HUDSON FILM FESTIVAL 2014

May 9, 10 & 11

Passes available at Pure Art in Hudson, the Village Theatre box office (not by telephone or internet) or call 450 424 2893

 


 

Friday, May 9, 2.00 pm
The Lady in Number 6 and
Philomena
40 min
93 min

 

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Academy Award winner for Documentary Short Subject, The Lady in Number 6 is a most inspirational and uplifting story about the world’s oldest pianist and holocaust survivor, 109 year-old Alice Herz Sommer who shares her views on how to live a long and happy life. She discusses music, laughter and how to remain optimistic come what may. The film features beautiful photographs and rare film footage that truly brings Alice’s extraordinary story to life. Filmed in a single week, the documentary profiles Herz-Sommer, an accomplished classical pianist who lost most of her family when she was sent to a Nazi concentration camp in 1943. Sadly, Herz-Sommer died on Feb. 23, a week before the Oscars. Her passing made the win bittersweet.

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Based on a powerful true story and led by note-perfect performances from Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, Philomena offers a profoundly affecting drama for adult filmgoers of all ages. Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, Philomena focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock - something her Irish-Catholic community didn't have the highest opinion of - and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn't allow for any sort of inquiry into the son's whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith (Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son. Best Actress Oscar nomination


 

Friday, May 9, 7.30 pm
Gravity
91 min

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Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity is an eerie, tense sci-fi thriller that's masterfully directed and visually stunning. Gravity stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone - tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space. 7 Oscars including Best Director


 

Saturday, May 10, 1.00 pm
Gloria
110 min

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Marvelously directed by Sebastian Lelio and beautifully led by a powerful performance from Paulina Garcia, Gloria takes an honest, sweetly poignant look at a type of character that's all too often neglected in Hollywood. Gloria is a "woman of a certain age" but still feels young. Though lonely, she makes the best of her situation and fills her nights seeking love at social dance clubs for single adults. Her fragile happiness changes the day she meets Rodolfo. Their intense passion, to which Gloria gives her all, leaves her vacillating between hope and despair -- until she uncovers a new strength and realizes that, in her golden years, she can shine brighter than ever. Gloria was Chile's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards (did not make the short list), and stars Paulina García in a tour de force performance that captured the Silver Bear Best Actress Award at this year's Berlin Film Festival. Oscar nomination from Chile – Best Foreign Language Film


 

Saturday, May 10, 4.00 pm
Wadjda
98 min

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Transgressive in the best possible way, Wadjda presents a startlingly assured new voice from a corner of the globe where cinema has been all but silenced. Wadjda is a movie of firsts. This first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia is the story of a young girl living in a suburb of Riyadh determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. Even more impressive, Wadjda is the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker. In a country where cinemas are banned and women cannot drive or vote, writer- director Haifaa Al Mansour has broken many barriers with her new film. A 10-year-old Saudi girl is determined to have a bicycle — a parable in its way of the writer-director Haifaa al-Mansour’s capacity to get her movie made. The film is circumspect about putting forth any overt criticisms of mosque or state, Instead, the movie presents the facts of its heroine’s life — and also, more obliquely, the lives of her mother, classmates and teachers — with calm authority and devastating effectiveness. Oscar nomination from Saudia Arabia – Best Foreign Film


 

Saturday, May 10, 7.30 pm
Dallas Buyers Club
117 min

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Dallas Buyers Club rests squarely on Matthew McConaughey's scrawny shoulders, and he carries the burden gracefully with what might be a career-best performance. Matthew McConaughey stars as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. These were the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and the U.S. was divided over how to combat the virus. Ron, now shunned and ostracized by many of his old friends, and bereft of government-approved effective medicines, decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments. Oscar for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor


 

Sunday, May 11, 1.00 pm
Nebraska
110 min

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Elegant in its simplicity and poetic in its message, Nebraska adds another stirringly resonant chapter to Alexander Payne's remarkable filmography. Director Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) takes the helm for this black and white road trip drama starring Bruce Dern as a tempestuous Missouri father who's convinced he's won a million dollar magazine sweepstakes, and Will Forte as the son who grudgingly agrees to drive him to Nebraska to claim his winnings. Bob Odenkirk and Stacy Keach costar. Bruce Dern won the best actor laurels at the Cannes Festival and received an Oscar Nomination


 

Sunday, May 11, 4.00 pm
Blue Jasmine
98 min

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Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine finds the director in peak form, and benefiting from a superb cast led by Cate Blanchett. Jasmine French used to be on the top of the heap as a New York socialite, but now is returning to her estranged sister in San Francisco utterly ruined. As Jasmine struggles with her haunting memories of a privileged past bearing dark realities she ignored, she tries to recover in her present. Unfortunately, it all proves a losing battle as Jasmine's narcissistic hangups and their consequences begin to overwhelm her. In doing so, her old pretensions and new deceits begin to foul up everyone's lives, especially her own. Won Oscar for Best Actress and an Oscar nomination for Supporting Actress

 

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