Film line-up for Winter 2017

January 19th – Measure of a Man,
January 26th – The Meddler,
Feb 2nd – Cameraperson,
Feb 9th – The Eagle Huntress,
Feb 16th – Manchester by the Sea,
Feb 23rd – Things to Come.
All films start at 7pm at the Paramount Theatre, Victoria street. See below for more info and film trailers.

Measure of a Man – Jan 19, 7pm

Directed by: Stéphane Brizé, 91min, French with English subtitles

Thierry is an unemployed everyman who must submit to a series of quietly humiliating ordeals in his search for work. Futile retraining courses that lead to dead ends, interviews via Skype, an interview-coaching workshop critique of his self-presentation by fellow jobseekers; all are mechanisms that seek to break him down and strip him of identity and self-respect in the name of the reengineering of a workforce fit for a neoliberal technocratic system.

The Meddler – Jan 26, 7pm

Directed by: Lorene Scafaria, Starring: Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons. 100min, rated PG

With a new iPhone, an apartment near the Grove, and a comfortable bank account left to her by her beloved late husband, Marnie Minervini has happily relocated from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be near her daughter Lori, a successful (but still single) screenwriter. Marnie’s plan? To smother Lori with motherly love. But when the dozens of texts, unexpected visits, and conversations dominated by unsolicited advice force Lori to draw strict personal boundaries, Marnie finds ways to channel her eternal optimism and forceful generosity to change the lives of others – as well as her own – and find a new purpose in life.

Cameraperson – Feb 2, 7pm

Directed by: Kirsten Johnson. 102min

Exposing her role behind the camera, Kirsten Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world.

What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera.

What does it mean to film another person? How does it affect that person – and what does it do to the one who films?

A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home: these scenes and others are woven into Cameraperson, a tapestry of footage captured over the twenty-five-year career of documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. Through a series of episodic juxtapositions, Johnson explores the relationships between image makers and their subjects, the tension between the objectivity and intervention of the camera, and the complex interaction of unfiltered reality and crafted narrative. A work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, Cameraperson is both a moving glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world.

Eagle Huntress – Feb 9, 7pm

Directed by: Otto Bell, 87min, Rated G

This spellbinding documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl who is fighting to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family. Through breathtaking aerial cinematography and intimate verite footage, the film captures her personal journey while also addressing universal themes like female empowerment, the natural world, coming of age and the onset of modernity.

Manchester by the Sea – Feb 16, 7pm

Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan, Starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Gretchen Mol, and Lucas Hedges, 137min,

An Uncle is obliged to return home to care for his nephew after his brother dies. Unknowing he is to be the guardian and struggles with the decision. Throughout the movie he recounts past memories that caused him to leave Manchester and distancing himself from his past.

Things to Come – Feb 23, 7pm

Directed by: Mia Hansen-Løve, Starring: Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka. French with English subtitles. 107min PG

Nathalie teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She is passionate about her job and particularly enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her very possessive mother. One day, Nathalie’s husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With freedom thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent her life.