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Coming Friday, May 1 to the Waters Edge Cinema
Show times Friday, May 1 thru Thursday, May 7:
The true story of a woman's fight to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for the horrors inflicted on her family by the Nazis. Helen Mirren stars as Maria Altmann, whose aunt, Adele Bloch-Bauer, was painted by Gustav Klimt in a world-renowned painting that was confiscated by the Nazis when her family fled Austria on the eve of World War II. With the help of a young and relatively inexperienced lawyer (Ryan Reynolds), the son of a fellow refugee, she initiates legal action that eventually resulted in a trial the sent shock waves throughout the art world. "A touching film that entertains with warmth and humor while teaching us something about history, law and justice with enormous heart, subtlety and compassion, brilliantly acted and skillfully written. Is there anything Helen Mirren cannot do?" — Rex Reed, The New York Observer. (Rated PG-13, 109 min.)
The Cape Cod Festival of Arab & Middle Eastern Cinema presents
A SPECIAL RECEPTION AND SCREENING of Mitra Farahani's FIFI HOWLS FROM HAPPINESS
Sunday, May 3 @ 12:15 pm (pre-reception; screening @ 1pm)
GUEST SPEAKER: Shiva Balaghi, Visiting Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies at Brown University
This event is co-sponsored by the Provincetown Film Society
Tickets are $35 ($25 for Provincetown Film Society members) and include refreshments
ABOUT THE MOVIE: Mitra Farahani's lyrical documentary explores the enigma of provocative artist Bahman Mohassess, the so-called "Persian Picasso," whose acclaimed paintings and sculptures dominated pre-revolutionary Iran. Irreverent and uncompromising, a gay man in a hostile world, Mohassess had a conflicted relationship with his homeland—he was revered by elites in the art scene and praised as a national icon, only to be censored later by an oppressive regime. Known for his iconoclastic art as well as his scathing declarations, Mohassess abandoned the country over 30 years ago for a simple, secluded life in Italy. While the new Iranian government destroyed many of his works, Mohassess himself obliterated even more—in rage at man's inhumanity to man, environmental destruction, and the futility of idealism. Determined to interview Mohassess, fine artist and filmmaker Farahani discovers him living alone in a hotel room in Rome and begins to craft the perfect final biography, in his own words and on his terms. A lasting tribute to an elusive artistic genius, Fifi Howls From Happiness affirms the power of creative freedom and the right of the artist to create, to destroy, and above all, to have no regrets. Official selection of the Telluride Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, and Outfest 2014. "Stunningly multifaceted... surprising and deeply affecting. Five stars!" —Keith Ulrich, Time Out NY. "Thoughtful, moving.... A portrait of the artist as a refusenik, a recluse, a survivor, and a stubborn question mark, Fifi Howls From Happiness registers, by turns, as a celebration, an excavation, and an increasingly urgent rescue mission." —Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.
ABOUT THE GUEST SPEAKER: Shiva Balaghi is a cultural historian of the Middle East who teaches art history and history at Brown University as the Laya Khadjavi Visiting Professor of Iranian Studies. Balaghi is a contributing editor of Jadaliyya and a trustee of the Ameircan Institute of Iranian Studies. Her books include Saddam Hussein: A Biography (2005); Picturing Iran: Art, Society, and Revolution (co-edited, 2002); and Reconstructing Gender in the Middle East (co-edited,1994). Balahghi has published widely on Iranian visual culture and contemporary Islamic Art. She is currently completing a book on knowledge and power in Iran. Before coming to Brown, she was associate director of the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York Univeirsty for a decade. She has taught at the University of Vermont and the University of Michigan and is also a curator at the Leila Heller Gallery in New York City.
The Cape Cod Festival of Arab & Middle Eastern Cinema is co-sponsored by the Cape Cod Film Society (CapeCodFilmSociety.com), the Cape Cinema, and the Cape Cod Museum of Art. The Provincetown screenings are supported in part by a grant from the Provincetown Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Coming Friday, May 8 to the Waters Edge Cinema
In this new thriller written and directed by Alex Garland (28 DAYS LATER), Domhnall Gleeson stars as a programmer at an Internet-search giant who wins a competition to spend a week with the company's legendary CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac) at his private mountain retreat. There he meets Bateman's new pride and joy, a female robot named Ava (Alicia Vikander), whose aritifical intelligence proves more powerful than her creator intended. "Shrewdly imagined and persuasively made, EX MACHINA is a spooky piece of speculative fiction that's completely plausible, capable of both thinking big thoughts and providing pulp thrills." — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times. (Rated R, 108 min.)
The Provincetown Film Art Series
presented at the Waters Edge Cinema by PAAM and the Provincetown Film Society
Wed, May 13 @ 7pm
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Provincetown Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
What an unusual way to shoot Chekov’s play Uncle Vanya: at a table reading, with scripts open, inside a dark, water-damaged, nonfunctioning 42nd Street theater in Manhattan on a sunny afternoon. No costumes, no props. Director Louis Malle (and playwright David Mamet, adapting Chekov), instead of “opening up” the play, close in on the actors, who fill up the screen. Unusual, yes—but it works, intensely. And what a cast! Julianne Moore, Wallace Shawn, Brooke Smith (revelatory), Larry Pine, among others, and André Gregory, Shawn’s dinner companion, as the director. The shared intimacy of making art feels like a privilege. (Rated PG, 119 min.)
Coming Soon to the Waters Edge Cinema
An internationally beloved actress (Juliette Binoche) is asked to return to the play that made her famous 20 years earlier, but in the role of an older woman. She departs for rehearsals with her assistant (Kristen Stewart), and discovers that in the role she once played is a Hollywood starlet (Chloë Grace Moretz) with a penchant for scandal, who provides an uncomfortable mirror into her younger self. Written and directed by Olivier Assayas (SUMMER HOURS). In English, French and German; subtitled. "Enjoy the virtuoso acting of Binoche and Stewart, and the strange and beautiful artwork Assayas has made of them pinballing around the notion of what it means to be a woman under a microscope." — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. (Rated R, 124 min.)
Coming May 15 to the Waters Edge Cinema
A new documentary by the legendary Albert Maysles, Provincetown International Film Festival honoree in 2011, who died on March 5 at the age of 88. IRIS is a vivid portrait of style and fashion maven Iris Apfel, who at 93 remains as quick-witted and flamboyant as she always was. "Maysels endearingly revelas Apfel's blend of blind passion and keen practicality, her unflagging enthusiasm for transmitting her knowledge to young people, and her synoptic view of fashion as living history." — Richard Brody, The New Yorker. (Rated PG-13, 83 min.)
Coming Soon to the Waters Edge Cinema
This powerful romantic drama, based on the Victorian novel by Thomas Hardy, is the story of headstrong and independent Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) who has attracted three suitors: the sheep farmer Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts); a reckless sergeant, Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge); and an older, prosperous bachelor, William Boldwood (Michael Sheen). Directed by Thomas Vinterberg (THE HUNT). "Carey Mulligan's commanding performance is an easy beacon to follow: her Bathsheba is caught between the vulnerability of youth and the strength of knowing her own value." —David Ehrlich, Time Out. (Rated PG-13, 119 min.)