La Casa Lobo (The Wolf House)

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Combing stop-motion techniques, painting and photography, this exquisitely handcrafted animation feature tells the story of a girl who escapes a cult colony of religious fanatics during Chile’s darkest years under Pinochet.

Maria, a girl finds refuge in a house in the south of Chile after escaping from a sect of German religious fanatics. She is welcomed into the home by two pigs, the only inhabitants of the place. Like in a dream, the universe of the house reacts to Maria’s feelings. The animals transform slowly into humans and the house becomes a nightmarish world. Inspired by the actual case of Colonia Dignidad, “The Wolf House” masquerades as an animated fairy tale produced by the leader of the sect in order to indoctrinate its followers. In Spanish & German with English subtitles. (Via KimStim) 

Either before or after you watch the film, enjoy this Q&A with the filmmakers moderated by film critic Carlos Aguilar.

Chile / 2018 / Directed by Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña / 75 mins.


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“The film surprises, with incredible force, in every one of its 75 minutes.” – Glenn Kenny 
The New York Times
 
“In both concept and execution, The Wolf House will render you awestruck.” – Carlos Aguilar 
              TheWrap
 

Berlinale Forum: Caligari Prize / Monterrey Film Festival: Best International Animated Feature Film

 

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

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Based on the international bestseller by rock-star economist Thomas Piketty (which sold over three million copies worldwide and landed Piketty on Time’s list of most influential people), this captivating documentary is an eye-opening journey through wealth and power, a film that breaks the popular assumption that the accumulation of capital runs hand in hand with social progress, and shines a new light on today’s growing inequalities. Traveling through time, the film assembles accessible pop-culture references coupled with interviews of some of the world’s most influential experts delivering an insightful and empowering journey through the past and into our future. In English and French with English subtitles. (via Kino Lorber)

“Always legible, sometimes reductive, but never condescending, Pemberton’s film offsets a lack of complexity with an abundance of clarity.” – David Ehrlich, IndieWire

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New Zealand / 2020 / Directed by Justin Pemberton / 103 mins.

Spaceship Earth

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SPACESHIP EARTH is the true, stranger-than-fiction, adventure of eight visionaries who in 1991 spent two years quarantined inside of a self-engineered replica of Earth’s ecosystem called BIOSPHERE 2. The experiment was a worldwide phenomenon, chronicling daily existence in the face of life threatening ecological disaster and a growing criticism that it was nothing more than a cult. The bizarre story is both a cautionary tale and a hopeful lesson of how a small group of dreamers can potentially reimagine a new world. (via Neon)

“… it’s an impressive example of basic storytelling techniques refined for maximum impact, each element reinforcing and feeding off every other element, as in the enclosed ecosystem that it depicts.” – Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com

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US / 2020 / Directed by Matt Wolf / 1 hr 53 mins.

 

Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint

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Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term existed, a visionary, trailblazing figure who, inspired by spiritualism, modern science, and the riches of the natural world, produced colorful, sensual, strange works without precedent in painting. The subject of a recent smash retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, af Klint was for years an all-but-forgotten figure in art historical discourse. Director Halina Dryschka’s dazzling, course correcting documentary describes not only the life and craft of af Klint, but also the ways in which the patriarchal art world pushed her into obscurity. BEYOND THE VISIBLE is available now as a virtual cinema offering from Kino Marquee. 

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What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

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Writing for The New Yorker for nearly 25 years, Kael’s charismatic voice transformed not only the field of film criticism, but also, by virtue of her influence over studios, filmmakers, film schools, and audiences, the course of movie history. Nearly 20 years after her death, this documentary summons her indomitable spirit – feisty, witty and above all free-thinking – with interviews, archival clips, and snippets from the movies she loved to write and talk about. Upstate Films presents WHAT SHE SAID as a Virtual Cinema offering with a taped introduction by film critic and Hudson Valley resident Thelma Adams.

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The Booksellers

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A beguiling new documentary offering a tour of New York City through the lens of the passionate and often eccentric individuals who love, collect and sell vintage and antique books. Upstate Films is bringing you The Booksellers as a virtual cinema offering in partnership with Greenwich Films. Tickets are $9.99, and half the gross proceeds will come back to support Upstate Films.

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A White, White Day

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In a remote Icelandic town, an off-duty police chief (a chilling Ingvar Sigurdsson, who received Cannes’ Critics’ Week award for Best Actor for his performance) begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife, who died in a tragic accident two years earlier. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth takes over his life and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones. Combining classic thriller tropes with a distinctly Nordic arthouse sensibility, the second feature from Hlynur Palmason “engages in storytelling that’s both powerful and fresh throughout, marking him as a talent to watch” – Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter. (Film Movement)


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A WHITE, WHITE DAY is available from Film Movement, through the Film Movement Plus platform. Tickets are $12 per household, and you’ll have 72 hours to watch the movie after you purchase your ticket. When you make the purchase, you will receive an email from Film Movement with instructions on how to watch. You can watch on your browser, or stream with the Film Movement Plus App, which is available on most every common digital device (Apple, Roku, Amazon, Android…).

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Saint Frances

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In partnership with Oscilloscope Laboratories, Upstate Films is proud to present SAINT FRANCES – written by and starring Kelly O’Sullivan, a refreshing new female voice, the film is charming and real. Tickets are $10 per household (half of which comes to Upstate Films), and this gives you access to the film for 3 days once you begin watching. Upon clicking the ticketing link, you can create a login, provide your payment details, and begin streaming the film immediately. We recommend that you take a look at our Virtual Cinema FAQ for compatibility information or general inquires. We hope you enjoy it!


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