The Dairy Arts Center Cinema Blog
The Films and Events at The Boedecker For The Week of July 24th
Lost in Paris
Directed by Fiona Gordon & Dominique Abel, 1hr 23min
From the magical duo behind “The Fairy” and “L’iceberg” comes another loveable farce in the tradition of Chaplin and Tati. Fiona, a small town Canadian librarian, receives a letter of distress from her 88-year-old Aunt Martha living in Paris. Fiona hops on the first plane only to discover that Martha has disappeared. In an avalanche of spectacular disasters, she meets Dom, a seductive egotistical homeless guy who won’t leave her alone. The fun and hectic tale of three peculiar people lost in Paris.
SHOWTIMES: Wednesday July 26 4:30 PM, Thursday July 27 2:30 PM & 7:00 PM, Friday July 28 2:30 PM & 7:00 PM, Saturday July 29 6:00 PM
REVIEW by Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times
Glenn’s Pick of the Week
What makes the Boedecker Boulder’s arthouse gem is the unmatched programming led by the impeccable taste of our Cinema Manager, Glenn. Our members, staff and friends all know that if Glenn recommends a film, you should be there. With that in mind, we give you Glenn’s pick of the week! If you can only see one film out of this week’s lineup, this is the one. Or even if you come to see them all, mark the talkback on your calendar or make a night of it with a friend because this is the film you’ll want to discuss. Check out Glenn’s statement below on why you need to see this week’s pick!
This Week: (You Guessed It) Lost in Paris
“Everything that Fiona Gordon and Dom Abel do together has magic in it. There is something about their physicality and lightheartedness that is infectious. And their lightness hides the high level of craft and skill that goes into their work. Once you see them on screen, you’ll want to watch everything they have done, from “L’Iceberg” to “The Fairy.””
BOE BLOG XTRA! We often don’t think of slapstick comedy and sight gags as “high art.” Many reminisce on a simpler time of comedy and film in general without realizing how complex purely visual humor can truly be. Masters like Chaplin and Keaton make it look easy with a dancer’s like awareness of their body, the world around them, and the way that the camera sees those two forces interact, but their artistic physicality is almost impossible to match- a reason that films like Lost in Paris evoke that “they don’t make ’em like that anymore” kind of feeling. One of our most beloved filmmakers Jacques Tati made a name for himself consistently pushing the envelope with more and more ambitious visual comedy while always making his feats appear effortless and cinematic. Check out the video below — a celebration of the work of Tati and an appreciation of the various elements that go into such a seemingly “simple” form of comedy.
Directed by Cristian Mungiu, 2hr 8min
Acclaimed filmmaker Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days) returns with this searing human saga about a father driven to extremes in order to protect his daughter’s future. Romeo Aldea (Adrian Titieni) is a seemingly honest doctor who regrets having settled in his native Romania, a country still teeming with corruption and back dealings. He channels his ambitions for a better life into his teenage daughter, Eliza (Maria Dragus), who’s just one exam away from securing a scholarship to a prestigious British university. But when Eliza is attacked on the eve of her test, endangering her ability to pass, Romeo takes matters into his own hands.
SHOWTIMES: Wednesday July 26 7:00 PM, Thursday July 27 4:30 PM, Friday July 28 4:30 PM, Saturday July 29 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
REVIEW by Godfrey Cheshire of RogerEbert.com
BOE BLOG XTRA! Speaking of film festivals…director Cristian Mungiu is a huge believer in the power of film festivals. Not only have they been good to him- he won the prize for best director at last year’s Cannes Film Festival with Graduation and the Palme d’Or in 2007 with 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days- but because he believes that festivals are the best way to bring the world cinema to a community and to begin working on the diversity problem in modern cinema. And in that way- we hope the Boedecker can always act almost as a year-long film festival for the Boulder community. In this March 2017 interview, Mungiu speaks specifically on the themes of Graduation and how he most wants audiences to realize they are not specific to Romania- they are universal themes and they are human themes that can speak to everyone in their own lives no matter their geographic location.
Friday Night Weird Sponsored by Terrapin Care Station
Double Feature! Wet Hot American Summer & Meatball
Our MacMillan Family Lobby will serve as the Friday Night Weird “mess hall” with food and drinks from UTurn BBQ and Left Hand Brewing Co. and films playing both in the atrium and on the Palmer Terrace!
Wet Hot American Summer — 9:00 (Atrium)
Set on the last day of camp, in the hot summer of 1981, “Wet Hot American Summer” follows a group of counselors who are each trying to complete their unfinished business before the day ends. The entire summer of pent-up sexual frustrations, unresolved posttraumatic stress, pending separations and of course, the talent show, all weigh heavily on the minds and groins of counselors and campers alike.
(David Wain, 2001, USA, R, 1:37)
Meatballs — 7:15 (Atrium) & 9:15 (Terrace)
Tripper (Bill Murray) is the head counselor at a budget summer camp called Camp Northstar. In truth, he’s young at heart and only marginally more mature than the campers themselves.
(Ivan Reitman, 1979, USA, PG. 1:34)
BOE BLOG XTRA! Friday Night Weird isn’t just Boulder’s cult cinema program,it’s Dairy Center’s opportunity to experiment with our programming and make film more experiential from time to time. Our goal is to give new audiences new experiences at the cinema and create a community of people who know they are always welcome. We hope to make this Friday’s event an opportunity to bring people together to enjoy the summer, some other local businesses like our friends at Uturn BBQ and Left Hand Brewing Co. and to enjoy hanging out with each other- and maybe watch some movies while they’re here too. Check out the videos below from Lefthand and Uturn about why they choose to be a part of the arts in Boulder.
Opera at the Boe
Liceu Opera, 2hr 32min
General of the victorious Scottish armies, Macbeth hears a prophecy from three witches that predict he will be the next King of Scotland. Believing this premonition, his wife encourages him to kill the King. His divine right drives Macbeth to be bloodthirsty with friends and opponents alike but alone and racked with guilt, he faces his last battle and death. Giuseppe Verdi felt inspired by Shakespeare’s work and his devotion led to the first opera based on one of the writer’s texts. Verdi’s enthusiasm gave him the will of achieving “something extraordinary” with the iconic writers work. In this version, Christof Loy directs the action in a classic timeless space with surrealistic touches dominated by blacks and whites, adding to the great dramatic intensity.
SHOWTIMES: Sunday July 30 1:00 PM & Wednesday August 2 1:00 PM
Before starting Macbeth live in cinemas worldwide from the Liceu Opera Barcelona, soprano Ana Puche leads us through the backstage of this production, talking with Ludovic Tézier (Macbeth), Martina Serafin (Lady), Saimir Pirgu (Macduff), Maestro Giampaolo Bisanti, the Chorus Director Conxita Garcia and the Stage Manager Jordi Soler.
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