The Lost Leonardo

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THE LOST LEONARDO tells the inside story behind the Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting ever sold at $450 million, claimed to be a long-lost masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci. From the moment it is purchased from a shady New Orleans auction house, and its buyers discover masterful brushstrokes beneath its cheap restoration, the fate of the Salvator Mundi is driven by an insatiable quest for fame, money and power. But as its price soars, so do questions about its authenticity. Is this multi-million dollar painting actually by Leonardo — or do certain power players simply want it to be? Unravelling the hidden agendas of the world’s richest men and most powerful art institutions, THE LOST LEONARDO reveals how vested interests became all-important, and the truth secondary.

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Aquarela

Aquarela takes audiences on a deeply cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water. A visceral wake-up call that humans are no match for the sheer force and capricious will of Earth’s most precious element.
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Border

Academy Award Nominee – Best Makeup and Hair Design
Based on a short story by Let the Right One In author John Ajvide Lindqvist, Border seamlessly fuses social commentary, fantasy, and psychological insight to tell the story of Tina (Eva Melander) — a woman born with a facial “disfiguration,” a strange scar on her tailbone, and the ability to sense or smell how people feel.Read More

The House That Jack Built

Wednesday, November 28th at 8:20 in Rhinebeck
Boundary-pushing cinema-provocateur Lars von Trier’s (BREAKING THE WAVES, DANCER IN THE DARK, MELANCHOLIA, ANTICHRIST, etc) latest, THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT, has its North American premiere Wednesday, November 28, with a special one-night-only show of the director’s cut – the version shown at this year’s Cannes Film Festival where the director was greeted with a 10-minute standing ovation and where the film, the tale of a serial killer, prompted many to walk out. Not for the faint-hearted.
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2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts – Live Action

For the 12th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A hit with audiences around the country, don’t miss this year’s selection of Live Action Shorts – the weekend of February 10th at Upstate Films. Click below for information on the program. (Running Time: 130 mins)
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Oscar Nominated Short Films – Live Action

For the 12th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A hit with audiences around the country, don’t miss this year’s selection of Live Action Shorts – the weekend of February 10th at Upstate Films. Click below for information on the program. (Running Time: 130 mins)
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Nymphomaniac: Volume II

Now showing
in Rhinebeck
 
May 12 
Mon 8:00 (Vol Two) 
(Denmark / 2013 / Directed by Lars von Trier)
Unrated / 122 mins.
From Lars von Trier (Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, Melancholia) comes this poetic drama about a woman’s erotic journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg).
After a hypnotic opening sequence, an older gentleman (Stellan Skarsgård) finds Joe beaten up in an alleyway. Bringing her home to his flat, he tends her wounds and listens intently as she recounts the story of her life, all the while connecting her stories with books he has read. Neither deeply serious nor totally insincere, Nymphomaniac creates its mesmerizing power by floating above specifics of time and place, undercutting its main focus with haunting digressions, highly charged set pieces, and bold flights of fancy. So much more than a ribald tale of sex, von Trier’s erotic epic provokes all manner of philosophical interpretations. Told in 2 parts: Volume I and Volume II.
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The Act of Killing

In Rhinebeck
Last Show Thursday
Sept 20 – 26___
Fri 4:30
Sat 4:30
Sun 8:10
Mon 8:10
Tues 8:10
Wed 5:45
Thur 5:45
 
(Denmark, Norway, UK / 2012 / Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn, Anonymous)
Unrated / 116 mins. 
A revelatory exploration of the line between film and real-life violence, The Act of Killing enlists Indonesian paramilitary leader Anwar Congo and his band of followers to re-enact their lives in the style of the film noirs, musicals and westerns that they love.
When the government of President Sukarno was overthrown by the military in 1965, Anwar and his cohorts joined in the mass murder of more than one million alleged communists, ethnic Chinese and intellectuals. Unlike other nations where the perpetrators of genocide have been brought to justice or disgraced, in Indonesia the killers stayed in power, wrote their own triumphant history and became role models for millions of young paramilitaries to this day.  In a documentary Werner Herzog calls one of the most “powerful, surreal, and frightening” he’s seen in a decade, director Joshua Oppenheimer urges the aging gangsters to recreate their acts on an elaborate scale – using prosthetics, props, drag outfits, and live extras to play their victims. As they grin and mug, movie violence and real-life violence intertwine, and their boastfulness gives way to potent expressions of self-questioning and regret. In English and Indonesian with subtitles.

“It’s often said of documentaries that they deserve to have as wide an audience as possible. This doesn’t deserve; it demands – not for what it says about present-day Indonesia or even about its former horrors. But because almost every frame is astonishing.” – Catherine Shoard, The Guardian

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The Hunt

Ends Thursday  
Oct 7 -10 
Mon 5:45 8:10
Tues 5:45 8:10
Wed 5:45 8:10
Thur 5:45 8:10

 
(Denmark / 2012 / Directed by Thomas Vinterberg)
R / 111 mins. 
With echoes of the Danish filmmaker’s 1998 drama, The Celebration, Thomas Vinterberg’s new film won its star, Mads Mikkelsen, the award for best actor at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Intelligent, ferocious, and meticulously composed, The Hunt reveals the precariousness of some of our most cherished social ideals, particularly the close bond of community, the sanctity of domesticity, and the innocence of childhood.
Lucas (Mikkelsen) is a man whose passivity is both a part of his charm and his undoing. An integral part of his tight-knit community, he works in a daycare where he shares a special bond with his best friend’s young daughter, Klara (Annika Wedderkopp). But when the two have a misunderstanding, Klara invents a story that sparks an investigation. As rumors and innuendo spread through the town, Lucas’s place in his community begins to transform, until it seems there is no way back. Bathed in glorious fall colors that fade into twinkling December snow, Vinterberg’s film is an engrossing, nuanced, and morally complex tale.
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