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 2014 SERIES -5 films
Showtimes: 2:30pm & 5:30pm
at The Blue Jay Cinema
Prices: Matinee: $35 / Evening: $35
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Sept. 17
- Like Father, Like Son (Japan, drama/family/class satire) A deeply moving and emotionally complex film of children switched at birth involving two very different families. Winner of Jury prize at Cannes. In Japanese with English subtitles. 2 hrs 1 min NR.
Oct. 1
- Elsa and Fred (Spain, comedy/drama/romance) When retired 77 year old hypochondriac widower moves to an apartment in Madrid, his daughter has an incident with his neighbor, an elderly exuberant Argentinean, Elsa. It's never too late to live! In Spanish, Italian, with English subtitles. 1hr 48 min PG .
Oct. 15
- Nightingale (China, drama/ family) A ravishingly beautiful movie of a road trip through spectacular mountain villages in China by a widower returning to his native village to keep a promise made to his wife. He unexpectedly needed to bring his grand-daughter. In Mandarin, English subtitles. 1hr 48 min NR (G?)
Nov. 5
- Tangerines (Abkhazia, Georgia [Russia] drama/conflict) Only two Estonian men remained in the village in Abkhazia when conflict with Georgia broke out. Ivo felt forced to take in 2 wounded men from opposite sides. It is fascinating to watch the development of relationships among the three. In Estonian, Russian with English subtitles 1 hr 27 min NR.
Nov. 19
- Belle (UK, drama/history/romance) The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic uncle in 18th century England. In English. 1hr 44 min PG.

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