This Month in Movies: February

Your monthly guide to independent cinema and film events in Park City.

By Michaela Wagner January 31, 2017

Sundance is over, but this line-up of films from the Park City Film Series has you covered for fantastic cinema. Use the month leading up to the 89th Annual Academy Awards to catch up on some of the nominees. Here's are the movies you should watch this February.

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Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins

Park City Film Series

Feb. 3 - 5: Moonlight Fri./Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 6 p.m. @ the Jim Santy Auditorium

A contender for the Oscars and already this year's winner of the Golden Globe for Best Picture, Moonlight is the touching, heartbreaking coming of age story of a young man growing up in a broken down and rough neighborhood of Miami. Told in three chapters from young adolescence, mid-teen, and young adult, the film chronicles his life as he experiences pain and ecstasy, grapples with his sexuality, and falls in love. The Washington Post summed it up as "a perfect film, one that exemplifies not only the formal and aesthetic capabilities of a medium at its most visually rich, but a capacity for empathy and compassion." 

Feb. 3 & 4: The Peanuts Movie - 2 p.m. on Feb 3 @ Summit County Library (Kimball Junction) & 4 p.m. on Feb. 4 @ Jiim Santy Auditorium (Free)

Come watch the Peanuts gang as you've never seen them before, in state-of-the-art 3D. This presentation of the Books 2 Movies Series follows Snoopy as he tries to take on his arch-nemesis while Charlie Brown embarks on a quest to win over the love of his life, the new girl in school. 

Feb. 10 - 12: Jackie Fri./Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 6 p.m. @ the Jim Santy Auditorium

In arguably her best performance to date, Natalie Portman portrays First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in this intimate look at one of America's most important and tragic moments. A psychological portrait of the First Lady's struggle to maintain her husband's legacy and deal with her grief, Jackie takes place in the days immediately after the assassination. 

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Las Adventuras de Itxl y Sonia, directed by Fernanda Rivero

Feb. 11: The Adventures of Itzl and Sonia (Las Adventuras de Itzl y Sonia)  2 p.m. on Feb. 10 @ Summit County Library (Kimball Junction) & 4 p.m. on Feb. 11 @ Jiim Santy Auditorium (Free)

Practice your Spanish while watching this charming stop-motion film about Itzel, an 8-year-old girl, and her best friend, Sonia the Frog, on their quest to find the guardians of water when the city's supply is spent. With the aid of her grandmother, they set off on an adventure to the remotest areas of Mexico while being pursued by a faceless man. This film will be screened in Spanish with English subtitles.

Feb. 16 - Decanted7 p.m. @ the Jim Santy Auditorium 

Calling all wine lovers! This documentary is especially for you! Grab yourself a glass and discover what it takes to make it in the eyes of the elite Napa Valley winemakers. The story follows the developments of a brand new winery, Italics Winegrowers, and delves into not only the competitive nature of the winemaking business, but also the type of person it takes to cut it in this biz. Steve Reynold who runs the Italics winery will also be on hand for the wine tasting, which will feature vintages from both Italics and Reynold Family Wines. *Tickets: $35 - includes 3 glasses of wine (21 and over only). Ticket proceeds benefit the National Ability Center.

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Lion, directed by Garth Davis

Feb. 15 - 17: Lion Fri./Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 6 p.m. @ the Jim Santy Auditorium

Based on a true story, Lion follows the tale of Saroo, an Indian boy who gets lost on a train that takes him thousands of miles from his home and family. He manages to survive on the streets of Calcutta and is eventually adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, with only fragmented memories and unwavering determination he sets out to find the family he lost and make it back home. 

Feb. 24 - 26: Oscar Nominated Shorts Fri./Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 6 p.m. @ the Jim Santy Auditorium

Because they aren't released in theaters, it can be difficult to catch short films without attending festivals. Thankfully, ahead of the Academy Awards ceremony, the PCFS is hosting its annual Oscar-Nominated Short Films program. Don't miss your chance to catch this year's selection of amazing shorts and make your predictions for who will take home a statue!

Tickets for movies can be purchased at the Park City Film Series website and are $8 for adults, $7 for students, unless otherwise noted. That's it for this month; now pass the popcorn!


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