The Dairy Arts Center Cinema Blog
The Films and Events For The Week Of June 26th At The Boedecker Theater
Directed by Petar Valchanov & Kristina Grozeva, 1hr 41min
A reclusive railway worker in Bulgaria finds millions in cash spilled on the tracks and turns them in to the police. When Julia Staikova, the PR executive for the Transport Ministry, decides to use him as a diversion from a corruption scandal, his simple life falls victim of the chaos of bureaucracy.
SHOWTIMES: Wednesday June 28 7:00 PM, Thursday June 29 4:30 PM, Friday 30 1:30 PM & 6:45 PM, Saturday July 1 5:30 PM
REVIEW by Glenn Kenny of the New York Times
BOE BLOG XTRA! Glory is the second feature length film from the directing team of Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov who graduated together from the National Film School in Sofia, Bulgaria. With only seventeen feature films to come out of the country in 2016, Grozeva and Valchanov have become two of the most prominent Bulgarian filmmakers with Glory being by and large Bulgaria’s most successful and recognized film of the year internationally. Glory is the second film in their proposed “newspaper clipping trilogy” of narrative films written from the headlines of Bulgarian newspapers. Their films are meant to be satirical reflections of post-communist, contemporary Bulgaria and the working class. Themes of corruption and injustice underlie their dark comedies.Their first feature film and first film of this trilogy, The Lesson, stars the same principal actors, Stefan Denolyubov and Margita Gosheva, in a hero/villain role reversal, and like Glory, the plot creates the story surrounding a newspaper headline- in this case a school teacher who robs a bank. Glory is the first film by the directing duo to be backed by state funding with hopes to raise more for the final film of the trilogy, which is yet to be announced. With a larger budget, they may try to film a period piece for the third film on the dawn of democracy in Bulgaria as reported by Cineuropa in this 2016 interview with the directors. In the meantime, catch up on the work of these two prominent filmmakers with Glory, playing all week at the Boe, and The Lesson, available on iTunes- trailer below!
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!
Glenn Webb, Cinema Manager
This Week: Glory
“This Bulgarian social satire is getting 94% positive critic ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. A pointed tale of government corruption and a publicity smokescreen, it has some low-key humor while slowly building tension towards an inevitable collision. Incredibly well crafted, it portrays the gritty reality of a system where you choose between being either disenfranchised or complicit. This movie has lots of substance.”
Directed by Julian Rosefeldt, Starring Cate Blanchett, 2hr 10min
From acclaimed visual artist Julian Rosefeldt, MANIFESTO features two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett in 13 distinct, must-see vignettes that incorporate timeless manifestos from 20th century art movements. From anchorwoman to homeless man, from Pop Art to Dogma 95, a chameleonic Blanchett gives a tour-de-force performance as she transforms herself like never before. Rosefeldt weaves together history’s most impassioned artistic statements in this stunning and contemporary call to action. Originally a video installation exhibition with all 13 sections playing simultaneously on repeat at 13 different screens. The original exhibition took place in ACMI, the Australian Centre of the Moving Image, in Melbourne, the hometown of Cate Blanchett.
Join Deborah Haynes, an Emerita Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado, for a talkback on Thursday June 29 following the screening at 7:00 PM.
SHOWTIMES: Wednesday June 28 4:30 PM, Thursday June 29 2:30 PM & 7:00 PM, Friday June 30 4:00 PM, Saturday July 1 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM
REVIEW by Sheila O’Malley of RogerEbert.com
BOE BLOG XTRA! Director Julian Rosefeldt is a German visual artist who primarily works in video installation with his works being featured in museums and galleries internationally including in New York, Berlin, Paris and Hong Kong. Originally a simultaneous, multi-screen video installation, Manifesto was co-commissioned by the ACMI — Australian Centre for the Moving Image Melbourne, the Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney, the Nationalgalerie — Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the Sprengel Museum Hanover, drawing on the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus artists, Suprematists, Situationists, Dogma 95 and other artist groups to create each vignette. Rosefeldt’s website features his own statements describing the vision and purpose behind manifesto with beautiful photographs of the installation the way is was originally viewed from New York, Munich and Berlin as well as outlines of each scene and its associated manifesto. You can also view his other work, including his most recent film, In the Land of Drought- a 43-minute piece that looks back from an imagined future upon the post-Anthropocene: the aftermath of significant human influence on Earth.
Julian Rosefeldt. Manifesto, Park Avenue Armory, New York, December 2016–January 2017 Photo: James Ewing Photography © Park Avenue Armory, 2016
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City on Fire (1987)
Directed by Ringo Lam, Starring Chow Yun-fat, 1hr 41min
An undercover cop (Chow Yun-Fat) infiltrates a gang of jewel thieves, but things go terribly wrong during a heist.
SHOWTIMES: Friday June 30 8:45 PM
REVIEW by Kim Newman of Empire
BOE BLOG XTRA! This month’s series of Friday Night Weird has revolved around the underrated, international art house cinema that has influenced the more famous works of director Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino’s breakout film, Reservoir Dogs premiered in 1992, and its excessive stylistic violence and pop culture reference laden dialogue instantly put Tarantino on the map. However, amongst the praise of originality, have been a number of murmurs that Reservoir Dogs’ most iconic moments seemed a bit familiar. While Tarantino has often been criticized for his homages that may be a bit too on the nose (as we’ve argued all month with films like revenge thriller, Lady Snowblood and the 1966 Spaghetti Western, Django) this Friday’s 1987 Hong Kong action film, City on Fire, has been arguably the most cited “steal” of Tarantino’s career. While the film has remained criminally obscure, fans and critics have endlessly argued the similarities. Youtube movie fanatic channel, The Film Theorists created this video drawing attention to the comparisons with Reservoir Dogs: Stolen or Homage? — Frame by Frame.
Theatre at the Boe
Recorded at The Old Vic, Starring Richard Armitage, 3hr 38min
Captured live at The Old Vic in London, Olivier-nominated Richard Armitage stars in Arthur Miller’s classic American drama The Crucible, brought vividly to life in this visceral five-star production by internationally acclaimed director Yaël Farber (Mies Julie, Nirbhaya). Based on Salem’s infamous witch trials, The Crucible takes place in a small tight-knit community, where personal grievances collide with lust and superstition, fueling widespread hysteria. Miller’s timeless parable attacks the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusations.
SHOWTIMES: Sunday July 2 1:00 PM & Wednesday July 5 1:00 PM
REVIEW by Susannah Clapp of the Guardian
BOE BLOG XTRA! Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is arguably one of the most important and cited American plays, using the Salem Witch trials as an allegory for the age of McCarthyism when it was written in 1953. English television, film, and theatre star (best known in the U.S. for roles in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit adaptation and the Hannibal TV series), Richard Armitage plays the principal role of John Proctor in this production from The Old Vic in London. In this interview clip with the Old Vic, Armitage gives his take on the relevance of The Crucible and the way that it asks its audience to face themselves.
Additional Screenings for the Week of June 26 — July 2
Opera at the Boe
Cosi fan tutte: Paris National Opera
Wednesday June 28 1:00 PM
Back by Popular Demand!
Sunday July 2 5:00 PM, Monday July 3 4:30 PM & 7:00 PM, Tuesday July 4 4:30 PM & 7:00 PM
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