Mountain Cinema Club: Foreign Films & Select Films

Recommended Films:
Available at the Blue Jay Library

The Decalogue (1989) by Krzysztof Kieslowski

"One of the great movie achievements of our time" Krzysztof Kieslowski's Decalogue explores the timeless moral issues of human existence through ten contemporary tales, each based on one of the Ten Commandments.
(watch trailer) -(Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune)

The Decalogue was originally created for Polish Television in 1988-1989, garnering much attention for its ambition and craftsmanship. It then played at Venice and at other film festivals, gradually attaining a kind of legendary status. However, it was unavailable to most of the world for years, because it was held up in distribution limbo. When first released by Facets in 2001 for the very brief window remaining in its original contract, The Decalogue garnered instant praise, including being named the number-one film of the year by both The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly. In its limited theatrical run, The Decalogue played the major U.S. markets to sell-out audiences and universal critical acclaim.

At each step of its release--first at festivals, then in limited theatrical runs, then on video, and now on DVD - many reviewers and critics weighed in on the significance of this important series.


Fall 2015 SERIES -5 films
Showtimes: 2:30pm & 5:30pm
at The Blue Jay Cinema
All 5 films for: Matinee: $35 / Evening: $35
Printable pdf flyer

Sept. 16
- The Forgotten Kingdom (Lesotho, So Africa drama) Atama leaves the slums of Johannesburg to return his father's remains to his ancestral village in Lesotho, a remote mountainous region. A road trip of mystical beauty to a land of hardships.
In Sesotho w/Eng subtitles NR (PG?) 1hr. 37 mins
October 07
- The Liberator (Venezuela, Spain history, drama) Simon Bolivar's campaigns to liberate twice the territory of Alexander the Great's conquests. Born to privilege, raised by a family slave, taught by a socialist professor, he took up the cause of the down trodden and common people. A fighter, a lover, a scholar.
In Spanish w/Eng subtitles R 1hr 59mins.
October 21
- The Butterfly (France comedy, drama) A heartwarming film with a crusty old man who collects butterflies and a brash 8 year old girl.
In French w/Eng subtitles NR (G? or PG?) 1hr. 19 mins.
November 04
- Samba (France comedy/drama) Entertaining chronicle of a kitchen worker from Ethiopia who meets Alice, a burned-out executive temporarily working in an overwhelmed social service office to help the undocumented. The lead male and the writers/directors also did the well-received
Intouchables film from a former series.
R In French w/Eng subtitles. 1hr. 58 mins.
November 18
- The Puzzle (Argentina drama ) The path of a housewife to a jigsaw puzzle master is traceable to a broken dinner plate. Rich in imagery and metaphor NR (PG?)
In Spanish w/Eng subtitles 1hr 14 min

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