Winter Film Series
Published on Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 4:01pm
Jan. 4, October Sky, U.S., 1999. 1 hour, 48 minutes.
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the true story of Homer Hickam, a boy who overcame hardships in West Virginia coal country to grow up to be a NASA aerospace engineer. Co-starring Chris Cooper and Laura Dern. Won the Critics Choice Award for Best Family Film in 2000.
Jan. 11, The Night Listener, U.S., 2006. 1 hour, 31 minutes.
Toni Collette and Robin Williams give powerful performances in this chilling story of a radio talk show host who tries to help an abused boy who calls him, based on a true story. Also starring Sandra Oh and Bobby Cannavale.
Feb. 1, Dominick and Eugene, U.S., 1988. 1 hour, 36 minutes.
Tom Hulce, Jamie Lee Curtis and Ray Liotta star in this film about a mentally handicapped man who works to put his twin brother through medical school. Tom Hulce got a Golden Globe Best Actor Award nomination for this role in 1989.
Feb. 8, Welcome to Woop Woop, Australia, 1998. 1 hour, 46 minutes.
Eccentric and unrelentingly over-the-top Australian comedy about an American con artist who gets trapped in a bizarre village in the middle of Australia from which no one escapes. Starring Johnathon Schaech and Rod Taylor. Director: Stephan Elliott. Not for those who are bothered by crude humor.
Feb. 22, Das Leben der Anderen/The Lives of Others, Germany, 2006. 2 hours, 17 minutes.
An East German Stasi agent gets more and more wrapped up in the lives of those he is assigned to spy on. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2007.
March 1, Todo Sobre mi Madre/All About My Mother, Spain, 1999. 1 hour, 41 minutes.
After the death of her son, a woman tries to find the boy’s father in this film by Pedro Almodovar. Starring Cecilia Roth, Penelope Cruz, and Marisa Paredes. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2000.
March 8, The Debut, U.S., 2003. 1 hour, 28 minutes.
Generational conflicts arise between a Filipino American teenager and his father, threatening to spoil the 18th birthday party of his sister. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2000 Hawaii International Film festival. Starring Dante Basco.
March 15. The Cup (Phörpa). Bhutan/Australia, 1999. 1 hour, 33 minutes.
World Cup soccer fever sweeps into a remote Himalayan monastery and centuries-old traditions are threatened the young monks will do just about anything to watch the final match, posing a unique challenge to the venerable lamas in charge. An inspiring tale of colliding cultures, midnight escapades and daring secret plots. Based on a true story.