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Although the Downing Film Center remains closed, film distributors are partnering with us to provide online access to their films, so you can indulge your love of cinema from home. In addition, you’ll be supporting the Downing because a portion of each ticket purchase will go to the film center!

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Acasa, My Home

NR | 1h 26m | In Romanian with English subtitles Documentary

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For two decades, the Enache family—nine kids and their parents—lived in a shack in the wilderness of Bucharest Delta: an abandoned water reservoir, one of the biggest urban natural reservations in the world, with lakes and hundreds of species of animals and rare plants. When the authorities decide to claim back this rare urban ecosystem, the Enache family is evicted and told to resettle in the city—a reality they know nothing about. Kids that used to spend their days in nature have to learn about city life, go to school instead of swimming in the lake, and swap their fishing rods for mobile phones. Their identity has been questioned and transformed, along with their sense of freedom and family ties.

—Sundance Institute

Ciorniciuc, an investigative journalist, does a fine job crafting a compelling and personal story with an investigative eye.

—Film Inquiry

Winner of the Special Jury Award for Cinematography, World Cinema Documentary, at the Sundance Film Festival.

100% Positive Critical Reviews on Rotten Tomatoes


Film about a Father Who

NR | 1h 24m | In English | Documentary

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Includes a Q&A with Lynne Sachs and film critic Ela Bittencourt

Over a period of 35 years between 1984 and 2019, filmmaker Lynne Sachs shot 8 and 16mm film, videotape and digital images of her father, Ira Sachs Sr., a bon vivant and pioneering businessman from Park City, Utah. Film about a Father Who is her attempt to understand the web that connects a child to her parent and a sister to her siblings. With a nod to the Cubist renderings of a face, Sachs’ cinematic exploration of her father offers simultaneous, sometimes contradictory, views of one seemingly unknowable man who is publicly the uninhibited center of the frame yet privately ensconced in secrets. In the process, Sachs allows herself and her audience inside to see beyond the surface of the skin, the projected reality. As the startling facts mount, Sachs as a daughter discovers more about her father than she had ever hoped to reveal.

—Cinema Guild

This film isn’t therefore about righting wrongs, but exposing facts Ira kept locked away. Lynne Sachs captures it with immense compassion.

The Film Stage

Rams

R | 1h 58m | In English | Comedy/Drama

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In remote Western Australia, two estranged brothers, Colin (Sam Neill) and Les (Michael Caton), are at war. Raising separate flocks of sheep descended from their family’s prized bloodline, the two men work side by side yet are worlds apart. When Les’s prize ram is diagnosed with a rare and lethal illness, authorities order a purge of every sheep in the valley. While Colin attempts to stealthily outwit the powers that be, Les opts for angry defiance. But can the warring brothers set aside their differences and have a chance to reunite their family, save their herd, and bring their community back together?

—Samuel Goldwyn Films

Serious and moving but also with a bleaker than bleak Scandinavian sense of humor, Rams is so much its own film that figuring out where its unusual, unpredictable plot will end up is difficult if not impossible.

Los Angeles Times


Rock Camp: The Movie

NR | 1h 27m | In English | Musical documentary

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FYI: there will be a pre-recorded Q&A available to view beginning Saturday, 1/16, for all ticket buyers.

Summer camp meets Spinal Tap as we journey to Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp, where dreamers from across America and around the world gather to shred with their heroes—and learn to rock like the legends. Rock Camp is an institution and cultural phenomenon that has been going on in Los Angeles, New York, and other cities since 1996. The brainchild of music producer David Fishof, Rock Camp boasts a jaw-dropping array of rock star “counselors” that include Roger Daltrey, Alice Cooper, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, Nancy Wilson, Joe Perry, Jeff Beck, Slash and countless other rock legends. The counselors teach, inspire and jam with the campers over the course of four days. Each Rock Camp concludes with all of the counselors and their respective campers, performing together.

—Internet Movie Database

Camp Rock” is cute, fun, and full of positive messages about being true to yourself

-Common Sense Media

Some Kind of Heaven

NR | 1h 23m | In English | Documentary

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Inside the palm-tree-lined streets of The Villages, America’s largest and most utopian retirement community in central Florida, we meet four residents living on the margins, struggling to find happiness. Referred to as the “Disneyland for Retirees,” this preplanned community offers perfectly manicured lawns, singles mixers, bocce ball, and countless activities to re-energize the golden years of life.

While most of “the Villagers” have bought into the packaged positivity, Barbara, Dennis, and couple Anne and Reggie each struggle to find their footing in this fantasy land as they seek new purpose, look for second love, and navigate the extremes of mental deterioration.

—Sundance Institute

Some Kind of Heaven peels back The Villages’ veneer to reveal what the fantasy belies.

New York Times


Beautiful Something Left Behind

NR | 1h 28m | In English | Documentary

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Filmed in New Jersey and winner of the Documentary Feature Competition at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, Katrine Philp’s Beautiful Something Left Behind explores the way in which children process the loss of a parent or sibling. At Good Grief groups, children meet with one another and with counselors to begin to understand the permanence of loss and to find comfort in the experience of others, creating compassionate, moving territory for storytelling. Filled with thoughtful, touching moments of support and a hopeful perspective on the possibilities of moving forward, Beautiful Something Left Behind examines loss with empathy and compassion.

—MTV Films

Philp directs with a light touch, letting her young subjects lead the way. For them, life is full of unknowns and death is just one more. They have a good deal of living to get on with.

—Eye for Film

I Blame Society

NR | 1h 24m | In English | Drama

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A struggling filmmaker senses her peers are losing faith in her ability to succeed, so she decides to prove herself by finishing her last abandoned film….and committing the perfect murder.

—Good Deed Entertainment

The originality of story and filmmaking is a sight to see, and its narrative is an exquisite example of how quickly the thin line between reality and art can blur.

—Film Inquiry


Savage State

NR | 1h 58m| In English | Drama/Romance

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When the American Civil War breaks out, a family of French settlers must abandon their Missouri home to flee and go back to Paris. They’re escorted by a former mercenary whose troubled past soon catches up with him.

—Samuel Goldwyn Films

A moving character study with bruising moral weight.

Guardian


The Reason I Jump

NR | 1h 22m | In English and Krio with English subtitles | Documentary

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An immersive cinematic experience of nonspeaking autistic people across the world, The Reason I Jump is based on a book written by Naoki Higashida when he was just 13. The film follows a young Japanese boy on a journey through an epic landscape. As a maelstrom of thoughts, feelings, impulses, and memories affects his every action, he gradually discovers what his autism means to him, how his perception of the world differs from others’, and why he acts the way he does—the reason he jumps.Fusing Higashida’s revelatory insights with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people, the film opens a door to a magnificent constellation of divergent ways of experiencing reality. Impactful moments in the lives of the characters are woven together with passages from Higashida’s writing, creating a sensually rich tapestry.Award-winning filmmaker Jerry Rothwell utilizes the potential of cinema to evoke these intense sensory worlds, illustrating Higashida’s core message: not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say. With this glorious film, Rothwell speaks volumes.

—Sundance Institute

It’s as emotionally piercing as it is beautiful to behold.

Variety

Welcome to Commie High

NR | 1h 35m| In English | Documentary

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An exploration of Community High-an experiment in public education-from anti-establishment origins in the 70s into the 90s, when demand for this different kind of school led to a craze of lines, camping and lottery systems.      

—7cylinders.com

This is terrific! I loved—LOVED—every second of it. First, it’s just a great story, told really well; it’s structure is sure and confident but not overbearing.…It was funny and moving and topical and interesting. My attention never wavered for a second.

—Ken Burns, Filmmaker


Stand!

NR | 1h 50m| In English | Drama/Musical

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1919. Stefan and his father Mike fled Ukraine for the New World, where they struggle to earn enough to re-unite the family. Stefan is instantly smitten with the Jewish suffragette neighbor, Rebecca—but Rebecca’s brother Moishe and Mike oppose the would-be Romeo and Juliet. Returned soldiers, angry at the lack of jobs after the war, violently threaten the city’s immigrants, including Emma, the refugee from racist violence in Oklahoma. When a movement develops for workers to leave their jobs in protest, AJ Anderson, a wealthy lawyer, pits all parties against each other in a dramatic and inspirational final stand.

—Internet Movie Database

Stand! is worth seeing because of its fact-based depictions of class struggle, working class multi-racial unity, feminist awareness, police brutality and ruling class villainy.

—FreePress.org


10 Days with Dad

NR | 1h 44m| In French with English subtitles | Comedy

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Antoine is the Head of HR at a big company. Managing people is his thing, so when his overwhelmed wife suddenly decides to go on holiday and leave him the responsibility of the house and their four kids, he knows it will be a piece of cake for him. But Antoine has drastically underestimated the mess that four mischievous kids can cause.

—Distrib Films

At once playful and thoughtful, 3 Days with Dad makes room for the deep emotions its subject deserves without ever letting them become overwhelming.

—Eye for Film


Martin Eden

NR | 2h 9m| In Italian with English subtitles

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Brought back by popular demand as a top film of 2020—on many critics’ top ten lists.

—Downing Film Center

Adapted from a 1909 novel by Jack London yet set in a provocatively unspecified moment in Italy’s history, Martin Eden is a passionate and enthralling narrative fresco in the tradition of the great Italian classics. Martin (played by the marvelously committed Luca Marinelli) is a self-taught proletarian with artistic aspirations who hopes that his dreams of becoming a writer will help him rise above his station and marry a wealthy young university student (Jessica Cressy). The dissatisfactions of working-class toil and bourgeois success lead to political awakening and destructive anxiety in this enveloping, superbly mounted bildungsroman. Winner of the Best Actor prize at the Venice Film Festival and the Platform Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival.

—Kino Lorber Films

The film is a masterpiece…see it any way you can.

New York Magazine

The Rabbi Goes West

NR | 1h 17m | In English Documentary

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THE RABBI GOES WEST tells the story of shliach Rabbi Chaim Bruk, who moved from Brooklyn to Bozeman, Montana with his wife Chavie Bruk to bring traditional Judaism to the American west. Part of his mission is to place a mezuzah, an encased prayer offering, on the doorpost of every Montana Jew. That’s less than 2,000 families spread across a state fourteen times larger than Israel.As he travels across this “big sky” landscape, Chaim confronts a terrifying neo-Nazi threat. He also faces objections from some skeptical Jews and the state’s rabbis, both Reform and Conservative.

-therabbigoeswest.com

Peary and Geller observe the rabbi’s progress with humor, acuity, and empathy.

-Boston Globe


Shadow in the Cloud

R | 1h 23m | In English | 2021

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In the throes of World War II, Captain Maude Garrett (Chloë Grace Moretz) joins the all-male crew of a B-17 bomber with a top-secret package. Caught off guard by the presence of a woman on a military flight, the crew tests Maude’s every move. Just as her quick wit is winning them over, strange happenings and holes in her backstory incite paranoia surrounding her true mission. But this crew has more to fear….lurking in the shadows, something sinister is tearing at the heart of the plane. Trapped between an oncoming air ambush and an evil lurking within, Maude must push beyond her limits to save the hapless crew and protect her mysterious cargo.      

—Vertical Films

For a film that takes place mostly within the confines of a warplane cockpit, Shadow in the Cloud plays out as a ferociously entertaining thrill ride. Anchored by a strong performance from Chloë Grace Moretz

—Film Inquiry


Museum Town

NR | 1h 15m | In English

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Museum Town tells the story of a unique museum, the small town it calls home, and the great risk, hope, and power of art to transform a desolate post-industrial city. In 2017, MASS MoCA became the largest museum for contemporary art in the world—but just three decades before, its vast brick buildings were the abandoned relics of a massive shuttered factory. How did such a wildly improbable transformation come to be? A testament to tenacity and imagination, Museum Town traces the remarkable story of how a rural Massachusetts town went from economic collapse to art mecca. Threaded with interviews of a diverse cast—a tattooed curator, a fabricator, former factory worker, and shopkeepers—the film also looks at the artistic process itself, tracking the work and ideas of celebrated artist Nick Cave as he creates his groundbreaking installation at MASS MoCA, Until. With appearances by artists ranging from James Turrell to David Byrne, narration by Meryl Streep, and a soundtrack from John Stirratt of Wilco, Museum Town captures the meeting of small-town USA and the global art world as it tells a tale that is, like any great artwork, soulful, thought-provoking and unforgettable.

—museumtownmovie.com

For those even mildly curious about the story of one of the country’s largest visual and performing arts spaces, Museum Town is worth watching.

New York Times


Through the Night

NR | 1h 30m | In English

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Through the Night is an intimate cinema verité portrait of three working mothers whose lives all intersect at a 24-hour daycare center: a mother working the overnight shift as an essential worker at a hospital; another holding down three jobs just to support her family; and a woman who for over two decades has cared for the children of parents with nowhere else to turn.A tender portrait of titanic strength, love, and selflessness, Through the Night showcases the multiplicity of “women’s work”—paid, underpaid, and unpaid; emotional and physical; domestic and career-oriented—all while negotiating the terms of a dignified existence under the three arrows of racism, sexism, and capitalism in America.

—throughthenight.com

Through the Night is both celebration and indictment. A sympathetic depiction of “women’s work,” in all its unsung dignity, it’s also a quietly damning portrait of a merciless economy’s effect on working-class mothers.

Hollywood Reporter

100% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes


Frida Kahlo

NR | 1h 30m | In English

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Who was Frida Kahlo? Everyone knows her, but who was the woman behind the bright colours, the big brows, and the floral crowns?Take a journey through the life of a true icon, discover her art, and uncover the truth behind her often turbulent life. Making use of the latest technology to deliver previously unimaginable quality, we take an in-depth look at key works throughout her career.Using letters Kahlo wrote to guide us, this definitive film reveals her deepest emotions and unlocks the secrets and symbolism contained within her art. Exhibition on Screen’s trademark combination of interviews, commentary and a detailed exploration of her art delivers a treasure trove of colour and a feast of vibrancy. This personal and intimate film offers privileged access to her works, and highlights the source of her feverish creativity, her resilience, and her unmatched lust for life, politics, men and women.Delving deeper than any film has done before, engaging with world-renowned Kahlo experts, exploring how great an artist she was, discover the real Frida Kahlo.

—Exhibition on Screen

Directed by Ali Ray, [the film] goes beyond the bright colours, bold brows and traditional Tehuana styling for which Kahlo is known and delves deeper into her story, who she was as a person and how her life experiences, loves and losses, influenced her work.

The Independent

To the Ends of the Earth

NR | 2h | In Japanese with English subtitles, and in Uzbek with no subtitles

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Please note that although subtitles are provided when Japanese is spoken, the filmmaker has intentionally not provided subtitles when Uzbek is spoken. You can read more about this decision here.

Yoko (Atsuko Maeda) travels with a small crew to Uzbekistan to shoot an episode of her travel reality show. In front of the camera, her persona is carefree and happy-go-lucky, but behind the scenes she is cautious and introverted. Despite her best efforts, the filming of the television series ends unsuccessfully, and frustrated by the failure, she sets off into the mysterious country. Lost in the streets of Tashkent, she finds herself adrift and alone, confronting her deepest fears and hidden aspirations.

—Kim Stim Films

An insightful and ambivalent interrogation of the strange and often compromised experience that is cultural tourism in the mass media age.

Variety

Louis Van Beethoven

NR | 2h | In German with English subtitles

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1779. Eight-year-old Ludwig van Beethoven, called “Louis,” is already known as a musical prodigy. He learns to go his own way—much to the dismay of the people around him. Some years later, he meets Mozart during times of political upheaval. The unconventional genius and French Revolution are sparking a fire in Louis’ heart; he doesn’t want to serve a master—only the arts. Facing times of family tragedies and unrequited love, he almost gives up. However, Louis makes it to Vienna to study under Haydn in 1792, and the rest is history. Who was this man, whose music has since touched countless hearts and minds? At the end of his life, the master is isolated by loss of loved ones and hearing. Surely though, he was way ahead of his times.

—Film Movement

It’s Louis Van Beethoven’s 250th anniversary of his birth — he was baptized Dec. 17, 1770 and probably born a day or two earlier.

New York Times

Another Round

NR | 1h 57m | In Danish with English subtitles

Winner of the 2020 European Film Awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Mads Mikkelson), and Best Screenplay.

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There’s a theory that we should be born with a small amount of alcohol in our blood, and that modest inebriation opens our minds to the world around us, diminishing our problems and increasing our creativity. Heartened by that theory, Martin and three of his friends, all weary high school teachers, embark on an experiment to maintain a constant level of intoxication throughout the workday. If Churchill won WW2 in a heavy daze of alcohol, who knows what a few drops might do for them and their students? Initial results are positive, and the teachers’ little project turns into a genuine academic study. Both their classes and their results continue to improve, and the group feels alive again! As the units are knocked back, some of the participants see further improvement and others go off the rails. It becomes increasingly clear that while alcohol may have fueled great results in world history, some bold acts carry consequences.

—Samuel Goldwyn Films

A stinging, gorgeously filmed tragicomedy about male insecurity and the power of positive drinking, it’s the latest from the Danish provocateur Thomas Vinterberg.

Boston Globe

Assassins

NR | 1h 44m | In English

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The audacious murder of the brother of North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un in a crowded Malaysian airport sparked a worldwide media frenzy. At the center of the investigation are two young women who are either cold-blooded killers or unwitting pawns in a political assassination. Assassins goes beyond the headlines to question every angle of this case, from human trafficking to geopolitical espionage to the secretive dynamics of the North Korean dynasty.

—Greenwich Entertainment

As you watch the movie, I promise that there are moments when your jaw will drop

Variety

100% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes


Collective

NR | 1h 49m | In Romanian with English subtitles

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In 2015, a fire at Bucharest’s Colectiv club leaves 27 dead and 180 injured. Soon, more burn victims begin dying in hospitals from wounds that were not life-threatening. Then a doctor blows the whistle to a team of investigative journalists. One revelation leads to another as the journalists start to uncover vast health care fraud. When a new health minister is appointed, he offers unprecedented access to his efforts to reform the corrupt system but also to the obstacles he faces. Following journalists, whistle-blowers, burn victims, and government officials, Collective is an uncompromising look at the impact of investigative journalism at its best.

—Magnolia Pictures

No matter the devastation they have to face, Collective demonstrates the potential for moral courage to endure, under even the most dire efforts to snuff it out. No matter who runs the show, the work goes on.

—Indiewire

100% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes


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The Downing Film Center is 501(c)(3) member-supported nonprofit arts organization dedicated to presenting quality films, not always available locally, and providing cinematic programming from around the world in collaboration with and for the benefit of the Hudson Valley’s diverse communities. The Downing is a free-speech theater that neither censors nor endorses.

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The Downing has only 55 seats, so arrive early for the best selection. The screening room opens 30 minutes before showtime. Please don’t save seats for members of your party who have not yet purchased a ticket. 

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