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Academy Awards Big Winner (director, picture, screenplay, international)! Also took the Cannes Film Fest’s top prize, the Palme D’or, here’s a film its director calls “a comedy without clowns and a tragedy without villains,” a film that keeps us delightfully off balance as it mixes pathos and satire with thrills and drama as it nails the dichotomy between the struggling poor and the wildly rich.
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The 38th Annual Black Maria Short Film Festival

The Black Maria Film Festival returns to Upstate Films Friday August 2nd! Named after Thomas Edison’s film studio, dubbed the “Black Maria” because of its resemblance to the black-box police paddy wagons of the same name, the program features a collection of award-winning works — including animation, narrative, and documentary films chosen by the festival jury. Immediately following the screening, Festival Director Jane Steuerwald will conduct a Q & A with the audience, along with filmmaker Seth Kramer & writer/performer Ann Talman. The show begins at 8:15pm and will take place at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck.
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The Handmaiden

From Park Chan-wook, the celebrated director of OLDBOY, LADY VENGEANCE and STOKER, comes a ravishing new crime drama. Park presents a gripping and sensual tale of two women – a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but is secretly plotting with a conman to defraud her of a large inheritance.
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