The Bay Film Series
Enjoy another season of outstanding, international, award-winning cinema!
Here's a brief review of how it works:
- 8 Films - One film per month - September thru April
- Subscribe to the whole Series and get a bargain price - 8 Movies / $50
- Choose a showtime: Sunday @ 2:00, Sunday @ 5:00, Monday @ 6:00, or Tuesday @ 6:00.
- Don't worry, if you can't make it to your showtime, we'll accept your ticket at one of the other times.
- If you'd like to receive a brochure in the mail, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Showtimes for all titles are:
Sunday - 2:00 & 5:00
Monday & Tuesday - 6:00
Non-Subscribers are welcome (per available seating) - Tickets $8.50
S E P T E M B E R 16 - 18
Drama - Iran
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Winner, Best Foreign Language Film - Academy Awards 2012
Set in contemporary Iran, A SEPARATION is a compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage. Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. Simin sues for divorce when Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer-suffering father. Her request having failed, Simin returns to her parents' home, but Termeh decides to stay with Nader.
When Nader hires a young woman to assist with his father in his wife's absence, he hopes that his life will return to a normal state. However, when he discovers that the new maid has been lying to him, he realizes that there is more on the line than just his marriage.
O C T O B E R 14 - 16
Drama - Belgium/France - Rated R
Directors: Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache
A true story of the unlikely pairing of two men who become friends when one is employed by the other. After becoming a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, a Parisian aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker. The two men develop a close friendship despite their different backgrounds.
N O V E M B E R 11 - 13
Documentary - Germany - Rated PG
Director: Wim Wenders
Nominee, Best Documentary – 2012 Academy Awards
Official Selection at numerous film festivals including: Telluride ~ Toronto ~ New York ~ Berlin ~ Rome ~ Vancouver ~ Tokyo
“Dance, dance, or we are lost.” Pina Bausch’s final words summarize her life and provide the inspiration for acclaimed director Wim Wenders’ (WINGS OF DESIRE, BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB) breathtaking tribute to the legendary choreographer. Bausch and her Tanztheater Wuppertal elevated dance into brilliantly subversive new expressive realms, and in this exhilarating film Wenders captures the raw, heart-stopping intensity of the movement.
“Exhilarating…A memorial that is also a defiance of mortality - completely alive in every dimension.” –The New York Times
D E C E M B E R 9 - 11
Drama - Japan - Not Rated
Director: Hirokazu KORE-EDA
Official Selection– 2011 Toronto Film Festival
Twelve-year-old Koichi lives with his mother and retired grandparents in Kagoshima, in the southern region of Kyushu, Japan. His younger brother Ryunosuke lives with their father in Hakata, northern Kyushu. The brothers have been separated by their parents' divorce and Koichi's only wish is for his family to be reunited. When he learns that a new bullet train line will soon open, linking the two towns, he starts to believe that a miracle will take place the moment these new trains first pass each other at top speed. With help from the adults around him, Koichi sets out on a journey with a group of friends, each hoping to witness a miracle that will improve their difficult lives.
“Deceptively modest, utterly lovely, it’s one of the most magical films about childhood I have ever seen.” –New York Daily News
J A N U A R Y 13 - 15
a royal affair
Drama - Denmark - Rated R
Director: Nicolaj Arcel
Cast: Johann Friedrich Struensee – MADS MIKKELSEN ~ Queen Caroline Mathilda – ALICIA VIKANDER ~ King Christian VII – MIKKEL BOE FØLSGAARD
Winner - Best Actor, Best Screenplay - 2012 Berlin Film Festival
Official Selection– 2012 Toronto Film Festival
Nominee - Best Foreign Language Film - 2013 Golden Globes
Official Entry, Denmark - Best Foreign Language Film - 2013 Oscars
A ROYAL AFFAIR is the true story of an ordinary man who wins the queen's heart and starts a revolution. Centering on the intriguing love triangle between the ever more insane Danish King Christian VII, the royal physician who is a man of enlightenment and idealism Struensee and the young but strong Queen Caroline Mathilda, A ROYAL AFFAIR is the gripping tale of brave idealists who risk everything in their pursuit of freedom for their people.
F E B R U A R Y 10 - 12
SHUN LI AND THE POET
Drama - Italy - Not Rated
Director: Andre Serge
Winner - Best First Feature - BFI London Film Festival
Official Selection - Venice Film Festival
Shun Li, a young Chinese immigrant, leaves her job in a textile factory near Rome for a small town along the Venetian lagoon. She's driven by one burning desire - to somehow get her papers and bring her young son from China to join her. The tavern where she works has always been the traditional meeting place of the local fishermen, and for years the handsome old Slav fisherman "The Poet" Bepi, an immigrant who came to the Veneto when he was just a youth, has been among them. A tender, delicate bond grows between Shun Li and Bepi. For both of them, it is a poetic universe that shatters their solitudes, a silent dialogue between their two cultures, so different, yet not at all distant. It is also an odyssey into the deep heart of a lagoon, which can be both the mother and cradle of identities, forever in movement.
"Rapturous...Exquisite....Delicate...Atmospheric...The universal power of poetry." - Variety
"What a debut!...An aesthetic gem...First-class cast, brilliant script, and you have a great film!" - Sight and Sound
M A R C H 3 - 5
RUST AND BONE
Drama - France - Rated R - 120 min
Director: Jacques Audiard
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts
Winner, Best Film - BFI London Festival 2012
Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival 2012
Official Selection - Toronto Int'l Film Festival 2012
Official Selection - Telluride Film Festival 2012
Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) and Matthias Schoenaerts star in Jacque Audiard's (The Prophet) compelling story of two mismatched lovers facing extraordinary obstacles. Alain (Schoenaerts) is an inarticulate thug competing in street fights who can barely keep his son fed, clothed and in school. Stephanie (Cotillard) is a free-spirited, street-wise dolphin trainer who suffers a devastating accident. The story is elevated by the seriousness with which Audiard presents his story, and the deep commitment and physical intensity that these two remarkable actors bring to their roles, and their characters' struggles are deeply felt.
"Romantic but pitiless, fearlessly emotional as well as edgy, Rust and Bone is a powerhouse."
- Los Angeles Times
"Audiard and his two stars deliver the exact opposite: a film thrillingly raw and essential, life-affirming, sublime."
-The Philadelphia Inquirer
A P R I L 14 - 16
Rated PG-13 - 105 min - German with English Subtitles
Director: Christian Petzold
Cast: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock
East Germany, 1980. Barbara is a talented young doctor who has applied for an exit visa from the GDR and, as punishment, has been transferred from her prestigious post in Berlin to a small pediatric hospital in the country. Even though she is constantly aware of the very real shadowy presence of, and overwhelming numbers of, Stasi officers chronicling her every move, every waking hour, she arrives at her new post having already planned a series of dangerous assignations with her lover, with whom she plans to escape to the West, to Poland.
"It's one terrific film, as smart, thoughtful and emotionally involving as just about anything that's out there." - Los Angeles Times
"This wise and incisively crafted drama brings simmering intelligence and a dry, sardonic compassion to bear on its tale of two doctors slowly worming their way into each other's hearts and minds." - Variety