Bay Film Series

The Bay Film Series  2016 / 2017


The Best in World Cinema!  Please scroll down to read about the FILMS.

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Non-Subscribers are welcome to attend - Tickets $9.50 @ Door

General Information....

  • 8 Films - One film per month - September thru April
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Showtimes for all titles unless otherwise noted:

Sunday - 2:00 & 5:00 pm / Monday - 6:00 pm / Tuesday - 6:00 pm




Mongolia/USA /Documentary / G / 87 min

Director:  Otto Bell

13-year-old Aisholpan is the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to train to become an eagle hunter.  Set against the breathtaking landscape of the Mongolian steppe, this girl power story is awe-inspiring both visually and dramatically.

Step aside Katniss!

Sundance Film Festival

“Amazing!...Packed with stunning cinematography…”  - Sundance FF


MARCH 12-14

*Please note: Sunday showtime of 5:00 is changed to 6:00 for this film due to its length.

Sunday March 12 - 2:00 & 6:00
Monday March 13 - 6:00
Tuesday March 14 - 6:00


Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film

Comedy / Drama / Germany / Rated R /  162 min

Director: Maren Ade

Winfried doesn't see much of his working daughter Ines. The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog. It's an awkward move because serious career woman Ines is working on an important project as a corporate strategist in Bucharest. The geographical change doesn't help the two to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy his daughter with corny pranks. What's worse are his little jabs at her routine lifestyle of long meetings, hotel bars and performance reports. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to return home to Germany. Enter flashy "Toni Erdmann": Winfried's smooth-talking alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and even weirder fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines' professional life, claiming to be her CEO's life coach. As Toni, Winfried is bolder and doesn't hold back, but Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to understand that her eccentric father might deserve some place in her life after all.

"Funny, tender, outrageous - this unpredictable movie belongs in a category all its own."  - NEWSDAY

"Sensational.  A work of great beauty, great feeling, and great cinema." - New York Times

"Wildly Imaginative!" - New York Post

APRIL 9-11

April is National Poetry Month!


Biography Drama / Chile / Rated R / 108 minute

Director:  Pablo Larrain

Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal,  Luis Gnecco

Beloved Nobel Prize winning poet Pablo Neruda is also the most famous communist in post-WWII Chile.  When the political tides shift, he is forced underground, with a tenacious police inspector (Gael García Bernal) hot on his trail.

"It reminds us that movies, by their very nature, owe far more to poetry than they ever will to the novel."  - New Yorker

"As in all his movies, Larrain is an expert juggler of tones: by turns antic and lyrical, Neruda is shot with a dark, nocturnal beauty and a mournful orchestral score."  -  NPR

"Not a biopic but a Nerudian take on the famed Chilean politician-poet, "Neruda" is a stunningly inventive take on the function rather than the life of a writer."  - Variety

The Bay Film Series - Movies played earlier in the season


Hunt For the Wilder People 

Director:  Taiki Waititi

New Zealand / Comedy / PG-13 / 101 min

With Sam Neill

A defiant foster kid from the big city and a grouchy bushman are forced to forge an unlikely alliance to survive in the New Zealand wilderness as they evade authorities.

“Warmly funny and deeply delightful...told with such generosity of spirit and consistent good humor…”  - Screen International

Winner - Audience Award - San Fran FF

Winner - Audience Award - Indie FF of Boston


The Music of Strangers:

Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble

USA /Music Documentary / PG-13 / 96 min

Director:  Morgan Neville

Over 16 years an extraordinary group of musicians, vocalists & storytellers has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route, this international collective created by cellist Yo-Yo Ma gathers around the world, exemplifying music’s ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures and inspire hope for both artists and audiences.

“Lovely to watch...even more beautiful to hear.” - New York Times

Winner - Best Doc - Provincetown FF


* Please note - Dates have changed

Previously scheduled for November 13-15                                                                               


Japan / PG / 128 min

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Three sisters who live together travel to their estranged father’s funeral where they meet their new teenage half-sister.  She is invited to live with them and begins a new life.  

Winner - Best Film, San Sebastian Int. FF
Nominee - Palm d’Or - Cannes FF

“A delicate, unforced meditation on the bonds of family and the joys and wonders hidden in everyday life…” - LA Times




Director:  Hannes Holm

Sweden / Drama / PG-13 / 116 min

Ove is a widowed, grumpy condo watchman who prides himself on maintaining order.  When pregnant Parvaneh and her family moves into the house opposite and accidentally backs into Ove's mailbox it turns out to be an unexpected friendship.

“A touching comic crowdpleaser that may call for a tissue or two by the end.”  - Variety

Winner - Best Actor - Seattle Int FF

Winner - Audience Award - Traverse City FF



Sunset Song 

Uk, Luxembourg / Drama / R / 135 min

Director:  Terence Davies

Set in rural Scotland, an intimate epic of hope, tragedy and love. The story is driven by young heroine Chris and her intense passion for life, for love and the unforgiving land. World War I reaches from afar impacting the small community and testing her remarkable strength.

“An art film of uncommon beauty.” - St. Louis Post