Looking for a mellow evening activity and compelling stories? Movies are the way to go and you don't get any better than this selection from the Park City Film Series. This month features the annual Oscar Nominated Shorts program and crowd pleasers for every age. Check out their fantastic line-up below.
Park City Film Series
Don't miss your chance to catch this year's crop of Oscar Nominated Shorts. This annual event continues to be a hit with PCFS audiences. There are three categories--Animated, Live Action, and Documentary--up for grabs and this is the best way to get an edge on your Oscar pool, plus one of the few times you'll actually be able to watch these films in a theater. Check out the full list of nominees here.
The Whangara people, a Maori tribe on the east coast of New Zealand, trace their ancestry back to Paikea, who escaped death by riding a whale to the shore. Since that then Whangara chiefs have traditionally always been the first-born and male, until the line is broken by a young girl named Pai. Radiating with life and energy, the fiesty Pai challenges tradition in this story of love, rejection, and triumph.
When John Hull lost his vision, he figured blindness would destroy him if he did not find a way to understand it. Starting in 1983, Hull began keeping an audio diary, a project he continued for more than three years during which he recorded 16+ hours of material that culminated in a unique testimony of loss, rebirth, and renewal, showing the interior world of blindness. When the diaries were published in 1990, they were hailed "a masterpiece… The most precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read" by author and neurologist Oliver Sacks. The film is underwritten by the Moran Eye Center and will be followed by a panel.
Set in the post-war glamour of 1950's London, Phantom Thread stars three time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis as Reynolds Woodcock, a renowned dressmaker who, along with his sister, is the epicenter of British fashion, dressing elite royalty and movie stars. Women come and go, providing inspiration and companionship for Woodcock, though he remains a confirmed bachelor. Then he meet a young, strong-willed beauty who becomes a fixture in his life, disrupting his carefully tailored and controlled ways.
Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician, just like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. But his family has a generations-old ban on music. Desperate to prove his talent and follow his heart, Miguel embarks on a journey with a trickster named Héctor, to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. This film will be screened in Spanish with English subtitles.
Winner of this year's U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival, Minding the Gap is a coming-of-age saga that follows three skateboarding friends who come from a Rustbelt town hit hard by the recession. Through his subjects, first time director Bing Liu explores the gap between fathers and sons, between discipline and domestic abuse, and ultimately that precarious chasm between childhood and becoming an adult.
There will be a pre-film reception, starting at 6 p.m. with community organizations providing resources for issues related to interpersonal violence. Refreshments will be provided. In addition, the screening fill be followed by a panel with Renai Bodley, KPCW General Manager, moderator; Jen Oxborrow, Executive Director UDVC; Hilde Koenig, Utah Office for Victims of Crime; Julie Stephenson, UCASA Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault; and, Serena Haas, Teen Council, PCHS Student and Skateboarder.
Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film, The Insult takes place in Beirut where a Lebanese Christian, Tony, and a Palestinian refugee, Yasser, face off in court after a dispute is blown completely out of proportion. In a divided Lebanon, as the media circus around the case threatens a social explosion, Tony and Yasser re-evaluate how values, beliefs, and trauma complicate their view on each other. Closed captioning and audio description devices available.
The University of Saint-Denis hosts an annual "Eloquentia" competition to crown the "Best Orator of 93" ("93" being the area code of greater Paris where Saint-Denis is located). Students from any course can compete and are coached by professionals (from theater directors to lawyers) who prepare the students for public speaking. Equipped with these arms, Leïla, Elhadj, Eddy, and the others confront each other and try to win this competition to be "the Best Orator of 93."
Three of Hollywood's biggest players, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Steven Spielberg, come together for the first time to tell the story of an unlikely partnership between the Washington Post's Katherine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradle (Hanks), as they race The New York Times to expose a massive government cover-up. Nominated for Best Picture, The Post is a thrilling drama featuring stellar performances.
Don't miss Stephen Sondheim's legendary musical for the first broadcast in cinemas. Set in 1971 New York, at party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre, which is scheduled for demolition the following. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. This production is an unmissable event!
Stay tuned for next month!