Montclair Film: ‘Hidden Gems of 2017’ Join New Releases & Classic Films in January Cinema505 Lineup

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Montclair Film Cinema505 has a fantastic lineup for January including some incredible foreign films that never made it to Montclair in 2017.

Catch BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE), directed by Robin Campillo, the French submission for the 2018 Academy Awards, Cannes Palme D’Or winner I, DANIEL BLAKE directed by Ken Loach, Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear winner THINGS TO COME, directed by Mia Hansen-Løve and starring the legendary Isabelle Huppert, GRADUATION, directed by Cristian Mungiu and winner of the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival, THELMA, Norway’s submission for the Best Foreign language Film Oscar, directed by Joachim Trier, and the sisal media satire INGRID GOES WEST, directed by Matt Spicer.

January will also feature the new releases KILLING FOR LOVE, directed by Marcus Vetter and Karin Steinberger, and the finale of The Mastery of Miyazaki series, which features the Japanese animation legend’s all ages classic HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE, presented in English for the enjoyment of younger children.

The Films
January 3-7, KILLING FOR LOVE, directed by Marcus Vetter and Karin Steinberger
January 6-7 HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE, directed by Hayao Miyazaki
January 10-14, BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE), directed by Robin Campillo
January 13-14, THELMA, directed by Joachim Trier
January 17-21, GRADUATION, directed by Cristian Mungiu
January 17-21, THINGS TO COME, directed by Mia Hansen-Løve
January 24-28, I, DANIEL BLAKE directed by Ken Loach
January 25-28, INGRID GOES WEST directed by Matt Spicer

HIDDEN GEMS OF 2017

A curated series of some of 2017’s best films making their debuts in
Montclair. This must-see series features hard-to-find, award winning films overlooked by mainstream audiences, but loved by critics and Montclair Film’s programming staff. Think of this series as a personal invitation to come and discover great movies you might have missed!

BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE)
Director: Robin Campillo
Runtime: 140 Min
In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists goes to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies in bold, invasive actions. The organization is ACT UP, and its members, many of them gay and HIV-positive, embrace their mission with a literal life-or-death urgency. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan falls in love with Sean, the group’s radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough. New York Magazine raved that “BPM is vital for the history it depicts, but it’s also important in the here and now, as a testament to public action,” while The Atlantic says that “every second is full of life.” We couldn’t agree more!

GRADUATION
Director: Cristian Mungiu
Runtime: 128 Min
A Romanian doctor takes matters into his own hands when an attack on his daughter jeopardizes her scholarship to a prestigious British university. The Washington Post says “GRADUATION resonates not just as a vivid portrait of a culture at a particular moment in time, but also of the most enduring and confounding contradictions of human nature itself,” and The New York Times raves that the film is “a rigorously naturalistic film that at times feels as claustrophobic and suspenseful as a horror movie.” One of the great films of the year remains virtually unseen by audiences. Here’s your chance.

I, DANIEL BLAKE
Director: Ken Loach
Runtime: 100 Min
Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, the latest from legendary director Ken Loach is a gripping, human tale about the impact one man can make. Gruff but goodhearted, Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a man out of time: a widowed woodworker who’s never owned a computer, he lives according to his own common sense moral code. But after a heart attack leaves him unable to work and the state welfare system fails him, the stubbornly self-reliant Daniel must stand up and fight for his dignity, leading a one-man crusade for compassion that will transform the lives of a struggling single mother (Hayley Squires) and her two children. Variety calls it “a work of scalding and moving relevance.”

Elizabeth Olsen and Aubrey Plaza appear in “Ingrid Goes West” by Matt Spicer, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. © 2016 Sundance Institute. from Image.net

INGRID GOES WEST
Director: Matt Spicer
Runtime: 100 Min
Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) is an unhinged social media stalker with a history of confusing “likes” for meaningful relationships. Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen) is an Instagram-famous “influencer” whose perfectly curated, boho-chic lifestyle becomes Ingrid’s latest obsession. When Ingrid moves to LA and manages to insinuate herself into the social media star’s life, their relationship quickly goes from #BFF to #WTF. Built around a brilliantly disarming performance from Aubrey Plaza, Ingrid Goes West (winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance) is a savagely hilarious dark comedy that satirizes the modern world of social media and proves that being #perfect isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

THELMA
Director: Joachim Trier
Runtime: 116 Min
Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

THINGS TO COME
Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
Runtime: 102 Min
What happens when the life you’ve worked so hard to build falls apart all at once? Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert, in a radiant performance) is a philosophy teacher with a seemingly settled existence, juggling a rich life of the mind with the day-to-day demands of career and family. But beginning with the bombshell revelation that her husband of twenty-five years is leaving her, one by one the pillars of Nathalie’s life start to crumble. For the first time in ages, she finds herself adrift, but also with a newfound sense of liberation. With nothing to hold her back, Nathalie sets out to define this new phase of her life and to rediscover herself. The Washington Post says that “Huppert’s performance captures that delicate period in life during which resignation morphs into graceful, even grateful, acceptance,” while The Guardian raves that “Huppert delivers a note-perfect warm and wry performance as a philosophy teacher whose life is defined by ideas rather than circumstance, a woman of substance – intellectual, emotional, financial – who faces unexpected constraints and freedoms when the assumed certainties of her domestic life unravel.”

First Run

First-run theatrical films receiving their Montclair theatrical release at Cinema505

KILLING FOR LOVE
Directors: Marcus Vetter and Karin Steinberger
Runtime: 130 Min
March 30, 1985: Derek and Nancy Haysom are discovered brutally murdered at their home in Lynchburg, Virginia. The subsequent arrest and conviction of the couple’s daughter Elizabeth, a wealthy scholarship student at the University of Virginia, and her boyfriend Jens Söring, the brilliant son of a German diplomat, set off a media frenzy, becoming the first trial of its kind to be nationally televised. But what if the justice system got it all wrong? This gripping true crime documentary untangles the web of romantic obsession and betrayal that may have led an innocent man to make the ultimate sacrifice for love: take the fall for a murder he didn’t commit.

Classics

The Mastery Of Miyazaki concludes with this beloved family classic:

HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Runtime: 119 Min
Sophie, an average teenage girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. But after this chance meeting, the vain and conniving Witch of the Waste turns Sophie into a 90-year old woman. Embarking on an incredible adventure to lift the curse, she finds refuge in Howl’s magical moving castle. As the true power of Howl’s wizardry is revealed, and his relationship with Sophie deepens, our young grey heroine finds herself fighting to protect them both from a dangerous war of sorcery that threatens their world. HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE was the second Studio Ghibli film to be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards.
Presented in English (dubbed).

The complete lineup, including show times and ticketing information, is now available at montclairfilm.org

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