With the ski season winding down, you might be wondering how to fill your days and ward off post-season blues. Perhaps that's why the Park City Film Series has lined up so many films for April. Academy award winners, thought-provoking documentaries, National Theater, and flicks for kids; there’s something for everyone and even beverages on hand for a few of the showings.
Park City Film Series
Mar. 31 - April 2: Toni Erdmann - Fri./Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 6 p.m. @ the Jim Santy Auditorium
The German-Austrian entry for Best Foreign Language Film, Toni Erdmann is a hilarious and touching portrait of a father/daughter relationship. Dressed in a tacky suit, weird wig, and fake teeth, the concerned father barges into his daughter very structured corporate executive life. Through the comic madness, she begins to loosen up and come to understand her father's eccentricities are something to be treasured.
Mar. 31 - Apr. 1: Freaky Friday - 2 p.m. on Mar. 31 @ Summit County Library (Kimball Junction) & 4 p.m. on Apr. 1 @ Jiim Santy Auditorium (Free)
Mother and daughter switch bodies in this classic remake. Tess Coleman and her teenage daughter Anna erupt into another one of their arguments in a Chinese restaurant on Thursday night. Body-switching fortune cookies make the following day “freaky,” but it mother and daughter the chance of understand one another, cultivate mutual self-respect, and try to get back into their own bodies.
Apr. 4: 1984 - 9 p.m. @ the Jim Santy Auditorium (Free)
George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 comes to life in this classic film. Post Atomic War has divided the world into three states, ruled by an omnipotent totalitarian government. Winston Smith, a bureaucrat who works rewriting history, commits a crime by falling in love with Julia. How can they escape the ever-watching and listening Big Brother?
Apr. 6: Death By Design - 6:30 p.m. @ Jiim Santy Auditorium (Free)
Smartphones, tablets, game consoles, laptops, the list of electronic devices we love and live on grows ever longer. But what is the impact of this endless consumerism? The devices promise better communication, instant information, and nonstop entertainment, but the side-effects include deadly environmental and health costs. We are quickly approaching a tipping point between consumerism and sustainability. Filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the dark side of the electronics industry, exploring secretive factories in China, a ravaged New York community, and the Silicon Valley.
This screening is presented as part of the Thin Air Innovation Festival and will be followed by a Q&A with Dr. Brain Moench from Utah physicians for a healthy environment. Wine and beer will also be available for purchase.
Apr. 7 - 9: United Kingdom - Fri./Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 6 p.m. @ the Jim Santy Auditorium
Based on the true story of the King of Botswana and his relationship with a white London office worker, this film takes in 1947 right after apartheid is introduced as policy in South Africa. When the couple marries, they are challenged by South Africa and threatened by the British, who find the biracial couple ruling intolerable. Featuring brilliant performances by Academy Award nominated actor David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, this inspiring film is one to put on your calendar.
Apr. 7 - 8: La Leyenda de Llorana - 2 p.m. on Apr. 7 @ Summit County Library (Kimball Junction) & 4 p.m. on Apr. 8 @ Jiim Santy Auditorium (Free)
Join a group of kids on an adventure to stop the ghost of a woman who drowned her own children and now abducts youngsters who wander into the woods at night. Based on a famous Mexican legend, this animated film will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles.
Apr. 14 - 16: The Salesman - Fri./Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 6 p.m. @ the Jim Santy Auditorium
Winner of this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, The Salesman tells the story of a young Iranian couple who must leave their apartment after a dangerous construction project in a neighboring building. When they resettle in the center of Tehran, however, they soon become embroiled in a life-altering situation involving a previous tenant. This daring, provocative film delves is a true character piece.
Apr. 20: Tomorrow - 6:30 p.m. @ Jiim Santy Auditorium (Free)
Doomsday scenarios abound, especially when it comes to environmental catastrophe. This refreshing documentary, however, takes a more optimistic look as a couple travels around the globe documenting the alternative and creative ways people around the world are taking to sustainable agriculture, economics, energy, and education. More than being just a film, Tomorrow encourages communities to join the movement and do their part to save the planet on the local level.
Apr. 21 - 23: A Sense of An Ending - Fri./Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 6 p.m. @ the Jim Santy Auditorium
The reclusive Tony leads a quiet life until buried secrets resurface from the diary of his first love. Tony must deal with the consequences of his flawed recollections and the decisions he made as a young man. Brought to life by director Ritesh Batra and the Man Booker prize winning novel, this is compelling story about regret, remorse, and redemption.
Apr. 23: Amadeus - National Theater Live 2 p.m. @ the Jim Santy Auditorium
Court composer Antonio Salieri, awestruck by the genius of a young, rowdy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as he arrives in Vienna, must decide if he wants to promote or destroy Mozart. His obsessive jealousy begins a war with Mozart, music, and God. Originally produced in 1979 and later adapted into a play, this iconic Tony Award winning production is recreated with Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, NT Live: The Comedy of Errors) as Salieri and broadcast live from the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.
Prior to the broadcast, live music will be provided by the Utah Symphony Youth Guild from 1:30 to 2 p.m. There will be a 20 min intermission and wine/beer will be available for purchase.
Apr. 24: Fanny's Journey - 7 p.m. @ Jiim Santy Auditorium (Free)
Presented in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, this incredible true story of bravery, strength, and survival follows 13-year old Fanny and her younger siblings, in 1943, are sent from their home in France to a foster home in Italy for Jewish children. When Italy falls to the Nazis, their caretakers desperately send the children on their way to Switzerland. Fanny must lead the troupe of young children to reach the Swiss border and freedom. This film is screened in French with English subtitles.
Apr. 27: Antarctica: Ice and Sky - 7 p.m. @ Jim Santy Auditorium (Free)
When French glaciologist, Claude Lorius joined and expedition to Antarctica in 1955 as a college student discovered his destiny. Virtually untouched by scientific experiments at the time, the land became a second home to Lorius, whose groundbreaking research gave the first clear evidence of man-made climate change. This stirring portrait of Lorius, directed by Oscar®-winning director Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins), shows, through remarkable archival footage and stunning drone cinematography, Antarctica in a tale of scientific pursuit and adventure.
Apr. 28 - 30: Personal Shopper - Fri./Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 6 p.m. @ the Jim Santy Auditorium
A thrilling ghost story about a young American living in Paris and working as a personal shopper. She’s waiting for a sign from her recently deceased twin brother, but when ambiguous messages appear from an unknown source and her employer is found dead, she becomes embroiled in an intriguing mystery.
Spring Break: Free Movies for Kids
If you're wondering how to keep your kids occupied during Park City schools' spring break, the PCFS has you covered for at least part of the day. Every day from April 10 to 14, they're screening a free movie of kids at 3 p.m. at the Park City Library. Put these films on your calendar:
April 10 - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Rated PG-13
Fall back into the wizarding world of Harry Potter with this film set in 1926 New York. A young wizard from England accidently releases a pack of magical creatures on the city, but something much more dangerous is on the loose and threatens to expose the wizarding community.
April 11: Moana, Rated PG
Moana, an adventure about a spirited teenager, sets off on a daring mission to prove herself and complete her ancestors’ unfinished quest.
April 12: Arrival, Rated PG-13
When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) races against time to decipher their intent. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography, among others.
April 13: The Eagle Huntress, Rated G
A young Mongolian girl breaks tradition as she attempts to become the first female eagle in twelve generations of her family. Stunning cinematography of a little known region of the globe and an inspiring tale of determination by a young woman.
April 14: E.T., Rated PG
Steven Spielberg’s classic E.T. tells the tale of 10-year-old Elliot and the lost alien he befriends. Experience the fun and mystery of this iconic movie that’s charmed audiences around the globe.