Get ready to place your Holds! Along with our usual Blockbusters, Comedies, and Indie films, such as, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, And So It Goes, Gaurdians of the Galaxy, If I Stay, Let's Be Cops, The One I Love, What If, Life Of Crime, and Life After Beth, I'd like to draw your attention to these films arriving at Oakland Public Library in November, 2014:
From Rotten Tomatoes: Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway play by David Ives, Venus In Fur is the latest film from master filmmaker Roman Polanski. Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for his new play, writer-director Thomas (Amalric) complains that no actress he's seen has what it takes to play the lead female character: a woman who enters into an agreement with her male counterpart to dominate him as her slave. Thomas is about to leave the theater when actress Vanda (Seigner) bursts in, a whirlwind of erratic - and, it turns out, erotic - energy. At first she seems to embody everything Thomas has been lamenting. She is pushy, foul-mouthed, desperate and ill-prepared - or so it seems. When Thomas finally, reluctantly, agrees to let her try out for the part, he is stunned and captivated by her transformation. Not only is Vanda a perfect fit (even sharing the character's name), but she apparently has researched the role exhaustively, learned her lines by heart and even bought her own props. The likeness proves to be much more than skin-deep. As the extended "audition" builds momentum, Thomas moves from attraction to obsession until, with Vanda taking an ever more dominant role, the balance of power shifts completely.
Director: Roman Polanski
Writers: David Ives (play), Roman Polanski (screenplay), 2 more credits »
Stars: Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric |
From Rotten Tomatoes: Robert, a loner whose sole passion in life is the analog sound equipment in his basement, stumbles upon a frequency that allows him to hypnotize other people. Testing it on his attractive new neighbor and her unassuming husband, he soon realizes the power he now wields. But as Robert indulges in the increasingly twisted possibilities of having complete control over others, things quickly get out of hand. In this critically acclaimed, darkly humorous science fiction thriller, director Antonio Tublen examines one man's determined quest for power.
Director: Antonio Tublen
Writer: Antonio Tublen
Stars: Patrik Karlson, Izabella Jo Tschig, Per Löfberg
From The Dove Foundation: Bible Quiz follows seventeen-year-old Mikayla Irle as she memorizes thousands of Bible verses in her quest to win the National Bible Quiz Championship and the heart of JP, her quiz team captain. This John Hughes-esque documentary explores coming of age in the midst of faith, doubt, fierce competition, and, of course, teenage love.
Director: Nicole Teeny
From IMDB: Winner 2013 Silver Bear (Alfred Bauer Prize) Berlin International Film Festival. Vic + Flow Saw a Bear is a darkly mysterious tale of two lesbian ex-cons, Victoria and Florence, trying to make a new life in the backwoods of Quebec. Seeking peace and quiet, the couple the slowly begin to feel under siege as Vic's probation office keeps unexpectedly popping up and a strange woman in the neighborhood soon turns out to be an increasingly menacing shadow from Flo's past. With its collection of complex and eccentric characters, unexpected plot twists and unsettling humor, director Denis Cote (Curling, Bestiaire) has created an original film that is as once traumatizing, uplifting, and utterly breathless.
Director: Denis Côté
Writer: Denis Côté (screenplay)
Stars: Pierrette Robitaille, Romane Bohringer, Marc-André Grondin
From Variety: Ali and Mathias are planning an orgy, but before the fun can begin, the participants must get to know each other first. One by one, they tell their stories in director Yann Gonzalez’s “You and the Night,” transporting audiences to artificial spaces that stand in for fantasy and memory. Though this alternately sensuous and silly pastiche borrows more than it invents, indications suggest Gonzalez may be the next Almodovar or Ozon (a budding Araki, at least), heralding the arrival of a new gay-cinema darling amid his cast of pretty young things, which includes the feature debut of Alain Fabien Delon.
Director: Yann Gonzalez
Writers: Yann Gonzalez (screenplay), Rebecca Zlotowski (scenario consultant)
Stars: Kate Moran, Niels Schneider, Nicolas Maury
From Rotten Tomatoes: High schooler Jason has found his dream girl-the gorgeous Anastacia. There's just one problem: she doesn't know he exists. If he can win a spot on the school's hottest dance crew, Jason might have a shot. But before he does, he'll have to overcome his battle-ax of a mother, survive Anastacia's gangsta brother, and pass the crew's initiation-in this fresh, sexy, and outrageously funny comedy.
Director: Nick Cannon
Writers: Nick Cannon, Nile Evans
Stars: Bobb'e J. Thompson, Luenell, Mike Epps
From Rotten Tomatoes: Oscar-nominated director Jan Troell, one of Sweden's most acclaimed filmmakers, directs the biopic The Last Sentence. Set against the backdrop of WWII, The Last Sentence is based on the life of crusading journalist Torgny Segerstedt, editor-in-chief of one of Sweden's leading newspapers, highlighting his one-man battle against Nazism and his country's policy of appeasement to Hitler. With Sweden caught between Nazi Germany and Stalin's Russia, the country's elites chose a policy of neutrality and compliance, with few daring to speak up against the evil around them. Among those who did, nobody was as loud and as uncompromising as Segerstedt (Danish star Jesper Christensen, Nymphomaniac: Volume 1, Melancholia), one of the most prominent Swedish journalists of the 20th century. In the eyes of many of his countrymen, his pen was far more dangerous than the Nazi sword. Amidst the political turmoil of the era, Segerstedt's own personal life took a dramatic and scandalous turn as he entered into a very public affair with Maja Forssman, the Jewish wife of his close friend, the newspaper's publisher. Maja Forssman is played by Pernilla August, winner of the Cannes Best Actress Award for Bille August's Best Intentions.
Director: Jan Troell
Writers: Kenne Fant (book), Klaus Rifbjerg (screenplay),
Stars: Jesper Christensen, Pernilla August, Ulla Skoog
From Rotten Tomatoes: Inspired by horrifying true events, Nothing Bad Can Happen follows Tore a young lost soul involved with an underground Christian punk movement who falls in with a dysfunctional family who test his seemingly unwavering faith. After a chance encounter helping stranded driver Benno, where Tore manages to start his car with an apparent miracle, he is invited back to Benno's home and becomes friendly with him, his wife and two children. Before long, Tore moves into a tent in the garden and gradually becomes part of the family. However, Benno can't resist playing a cruel game designed to challenge Tore's beliefs. As his trials become more and more extreme, Tore finds his capacity for love and resilience pushed to its limits and beyond.
Director: Katrin Gebbe
Writer: Katrin Gebbe
Stars: Julius Feldmeier, Sascha Alexander Gersak, Annika Kuhl
From IMDB: A feminist 1980s slasher film written by best-selling novelist Rita Mae Brown. An eighteen-year-old high school girl is left at home by her parents and she decides to have a slumber party. There is friction between some of the invited guests and the new girl, who is better at basketball than they are, so the new girl decides to stay at home (which is conveniently across the street from the host's house). Meanwhile, a murderer of five people with a propensity for power tools has escaped and is at large, and eventually makes his way to the party, where the guests begin experiencing an attrition problem, with only the new girl to help them.
Director: Amy Holden Jones
Writer: Rita Mae Brown
Stars: Michelle Michaels, Robin Stille, Michael Villella