BALL OF FIRE
Feb 17th, 2018 – 7:30 PM
Hoping to update his chapter on modern slang, encyclopedia writer Professor Bertram Potts (Gary Cooper) ventures into a chic nightclub. Inside, he meets the snarky burlesque performer “Sugarpuss” O’Shea (Barbara Stanwyck). Fascinated by her command of popular jargon, Potts invites her to stay with him. But, unknown to Potts, she is the fiancée of a mobster (Dana Andrews) and wanted by the police. In the ensuing mayhem, Potts must stay on his toes or be swallowed up by bigger fish.
Ball of Fire was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Barbara Stanwyck), Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture, Best Sound, Recording (Thomas T. Moulton) and Best Story.
CHICO AND RITA
Feb 21th, 2018 – 7:30 PM
Chico and Rita is a 2010 American-Spanish adult animated music romantic film with Spanish and English languages directed by Tono Errando, Fernando Trueba, and Javier Mariscal. The story of Chico and Rita is set against backdrops of Havana, New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Paris in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unite them, but their journey—in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero—brings heartache and torment.
It won the Goya Award for Best Animated Film at the 25th Goya Awards and was nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the 84th Academy Awards (the first nomination for a Spanish full-length animated film).
2018 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS
Feb 24th, 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM
THE ANIMATED SHORTS WILL SCREEN AT 4:00 PM – THE LIVE ACTION SHORTS WILL SCREEN AT 8:00 PM
THE SEDUCTION OF MIMI
The Seduction of Mimi (1972) is an Italian language film directed by Lina Wertmüller. Mimi (Giancarlo Giannini) is a Sicilian dockworker who inadvertently becomes embroiled in an increasingly complicated array of personal conflicts. When he loses his job after voting against a Mafia kingpin in an allegedly secret election, Mimi leaves his wife to find new work. He moves to Turin, where he engages in an affair with a Communist organizer. Soon Mimi finds himself juggling two demanding relationships while plotting to take revenge against the corrupt forces that ruined his life.
Nominated for best director in the 1972 Cannes Film Festival.
LOVE IS STRANGE
March 2nd, 2018 – 7:30 PM
After nearly four decades together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job soon after, the couple must sell their apartment and – victims of the relentless New York City real estate market – temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home. While George moves in with two cops (Cheyenne Jackson and Manny Perez) who live down stairs, Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew (Darren Burrows), his wife (Marisa Tomei), and their temperamental teenage son (Charlie Tahan), with whom Ben shares a bunk bed. While struggling with the pain of separation, Ben and George are further challenged by the intergenerational tensions and capricious family dynamics of their new living arrangements.
March 9th, 2018 – 7:30 PM
When filmmaker Bryan Fogel sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller. Dirty urine, unexplained death and Olympic gold are all part of the exposure of the biggest scandal in sports history.
The ruthless worlds of international sports and politics rarely collide as spectacularly on screen as they do in Bryan Fogel’s thriller that is sure to set off convulsions of controversy.
TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY
March 10th, 2018 – 7:30 PM
A cellist (Alan Rickman) returns from the hereafter to a grieving London pianist (Juliet Stevenson) to comfort her.
From Anthony Minghella, writer/director of The English Patient.
THIS FILM IS FREE OF CHARGE
March 17th, 2018 – 7:30 PM
Paterson (Adam Driver) is a hardworking bus driver in Paterson, N.J., who follows the same routine every day. He observes the city and listens to fragments of conversations while picking up and dropping off his passengers. Paterson also writes heartfelt poems in a notebook, walks his dog and drinks one beer in a bar after his shift is over. Waiting for him at home is Laura (Golshifteh Farahani), his beloved wife who champions his gift for writing.
MEMORIES OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT
Memorias del Subdesarrollo is a 1968 Cuban film written and directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. In the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Sergio (Sergio Corrieri), an affluent writer, chooses to stay behind in Cuba while his wife and family escape to neighboring Miami. Sergio is pessimistic about the revolution’s promise to bring sweeping change to his country, and he squanders his days prowling the streets of Havana looking for female companionship. Trouble erupts when his fling with chaste Elena (Daysi Granados) nearly ruins him after her family accuses Sergio of rape.
PAST SCREENINGS 2018↓
THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG
Feb 14th, 2018 – 7:30 PM
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg is a 1964 French-German romantic musical film directed by Jacques Demy, starring Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo. The music was written by Michel Legrand.
A young woman separated from her lover by war faces a life-altering decision.
“The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is unexpectedly sad and wise, a bittersweet reflection on the way true love sometimes does not (and perhaps should not) conquer all” -Roger Ebert.
Feb 10th, 2018 – 7:30 PM
This silent film from 1927 is an allegorical tale about a man fighting the good and evil within him. Both sides are made flesh – one a sophisticated woman he is attracted to and the other his wife.
Directed by German director F. W. Murnau and starring George O’Brien, Janet Gaynor, and Margaret Livingston.
Mordaunt Hall of The New York Times hailed Sunrise as “A Film Masterpiece”.
Sunrise is now widely considered by film critics and historians to be one of the greatest films ever made.
Feb 7th, 2018 – 7:30 PM
1995 American romantic drama film directed by Richard Linklater and written by Linklater and Kim Krizan. The film follows Jesse (Ethan Hawke), a young American man, and Céline (Julie Delpy), a young French woman, who meet on a train and disembark in Vienna, where they spend the night walking around the city and getting to know each other.
The film was entered into the 45th Berlin International Film Festival where Linklater won the Silver Bear for Best Director. Review for the Los Angeles Times, Peter Rainer wrote, “It’s an attempt to make a mainstream youth movie with a bit more feeling and mysteriousness than most, and, in this, it succeeds.”
Feb 2nd- 3rd, 2018 – 7:30 PM
THERE WILL BE TWO SCREENINGS OF THIS FILM
Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own
Jan 13th, 2018 – 3:00 PM
Nothing else has ever looked or felt like director René Laloux’s animated marvel Fantastic Planet, a politically minded and visually inventive work of science fiction. The film is set on a distant planet called Ygam, where enslaved humans (Oms) are the playthings of giant blue native inhabitants (Draags). After Terr, kept as a pet since infancy, escapes from his gigantic child captor, he is swept up by a band of radical fellow Oms who are resisting the Draags’ oppression and violence. With its eerie, coolly surreal cutout animation by Roland Topor; brilliant psychedelic jazz score by Alain Goraguer; and wondrous creatures and landscapes, this Cannes-awarded 1973 counterculture classic is a perennially compelling statement against conformity and violence.
Jan 13th, 2018 – 7:30 PM
Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of JANE, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Jane Goodall – a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.
THE RED BALLOON
Jan 27th, 2018 – 3:00 PM
Jan 27th, 2018 – 7:30 PM
In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.
Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 125 painters. The film premiered at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. It was awarded Best Animated Feature Film Award at the 30th European Film Awards in Berlin.
Curated by Independent Film Producer and Chair of the Producers Guild of America on the East Coast, William Horberg, FilmYard offers a diverse program of first-run and independent films, documentaries and overlooked gems, and invites filmmakers and musicians to accompany the films for lively post-screening Q and A sessions and live performances.