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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Teddy Bear

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(Denmark / 2012 / Directed by Mads Matthiesen)
Unrated / 92 mins.
A surprising performance anchors this intimate, empathetic drama about a Danish bodybuilder who looks for love as he nears middle age. 
Blurb: Dennis (played by champion bodybuilder Kim Kold) is a 38 year-old man who lives outside Copenhagen with his controlling mother, Ingrid (Elsbeth Steentoft). Though he longs to find love, his exaggerated appearance is isolating. After being mocked and turned down by women time and again, Dennis travels to Thailand and meets Toi (Lamaiporn Sangmanee Hougaard), a kind widow who sees him for who he really is. But when he brings Toi back home, Ingrid shows her vicious side, and Dennis is forced to choose where his allegiances stand. A gentle soul in a giant’s body, Kold carries the film with his quiet but powerful portrayal of an incorruptibly pure soul. In English, Thai, and Danish with subtitles.
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A Royal Affair

Dec 31 – Jan 3

Mon 7:30
Tues 5:30
Wed 5:30
Thur 5:30 (last show)

(Denmark/2012/dir by Nikolai Arcel)
R / 2 hours & 17 mins
In the late 18th C a young English princess is shipped off and wed, for reasons of statecraft, to the king of Denmark, Christian VII.
Set during the Enlightenment, the well-read Caroline (Alicia Vikander), is surprised to discover that Denmark, for all its wealth, remains mired in an anti-intellectual Dark Age. Worse, her new husband Christian VII (Mikkel Følsgaard). is a petulant simpleton, and possibly mad. Lonely, she turns to Johann Friedrich Struensee (Mads Mikkelse0n) — her husband’s physician, a forward thinker and a man who seems to understand her hopes and dreams. The film is visually lovely; Vikander’s soft face looks right out of an 18th-century oil painting. The three actors at its center make it an intimate, almost modern story centering on the love triangle between the ever more insane Danish King, the royal physician with his very modern ideas, and the young but strong Queen. A gripping tale of two brave idealists who risk everything in their pursuit of freedom.
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Melancholia



Dec 12 – 15
Mon 8:30
Tue 8:30
Wed 8:30
Thu 8:30 (last show)


(Denmark/2011/Dir by Lars von Trier)
R / 135 mins.
As a giant blue planet threatens to collide with Earth, a melancholic bride-to-be (Kirsten Dunst) and her unconventional family host her wedding at a glorious Swedish mansion.
Kirsten Dunst, in one of the finest performances of her career, is stunning as the emotionally complex bride, Justine. Far from ideal, her wedding is punctuated by her own erratic behavior, as well as by the exhortations of her foul-mouthed mother (Charlotte Rampling), who has little use for marriage. As her sister and brother-in-law (Charlotte Gainsbourg & John Hurt) try to smooth over everyone’s loopy behavior, family tensions mount and fray, and the approaching planet (Melancholia) becomes a metaphor for the malaise of the two sisters. Artfully directed by Lars von Trier (Breaking the Waves), the story is an ingenious and operatic mash up of Armageddon and The Celebration, with Ingmar Bergman’s Persona tossed in for good measure.
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