Dietrich Theater’s Fall Film Festival to feature 22 movies in three weeks


Fall Film Festival starts Sept. 18

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One of two films to be featured in the Dietrich Theater’s Fall Film Festival Opening Night Gala on Sept. 18, ‘A Walk in the Woods,’ directed by Ken Kwapis and starring Robert Redford, Emma Thompson and Nick Nolte, will also be shown at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 23., 4:30 p.m. Sept. 26, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 30, 7 p.m. Oct. 4 and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 8.


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In addition to an Opening Night Gala showing on Sept. 18, ‘Mr. Holmes’ will will hit the Dietrich Theater’s Fall Film Festival screen at 2 p.m. Sept. 20, 7 p.m. Sept. 23, 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27, 7:15 p.m. Oct. 1, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 4 and 5 p.m. Oct. 7. The film is directed by Bill Condon and starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linney and Hiroyuki Sanada.


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TUNKHANNOCK — Once again, this year’s Fall Film Festival will bring winners of major film festivals around the world to the Dietrich Theater screen.

Attendees will be able see films about everything from intriguing mystery to comedy. The event will feature heartwarming tales, art museum journeys, a musical documentary, movies from Sweden, Iran, Germany, and France and even a Woody Allen comedy.

The 22 films to be featured from Sept. 18 to Oct. 8 for the three-week Dietrich Theater Fall Film Festival are a selection of the best foreign and independent movies of the last few months. Matinees and evening showings are scheduled every day of the week.

The festival begins Friday, Sept. 18 with the Opening Night Gala, at $40 a ticket, the only time reservations are required.

Featured on Gala Night are two films. The first, “A Walk in the Woods,” is based on Bill Bryson’s comedic tale, starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, portraying two total novices to hiking the Appalachian Trail. The other, “Mr. Holmes,” stars the incomparable Ian McKellen as the one and only Sherlock Holmes.

Tickets are limited for this night of delectable hors d’oeuvres from Twigs Café, Epicurean Delight, Seasons Restaurant, The Fireplace Restaurant, and Ma Greenley’s BBQ, with wine and beer provided by Nimble Hill, with dessert by Epicurean Delight. Call 570-996-1500 for reservations.

All tickets for matinee and evening showings are $8.50, excluding the Opening Night Gala.

A Post-Festival Discussion is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 at the theater for those who want a chance to discuss the films with others, with film buff Ronnie Harvey leading the discussion. Registration is not required.

Fall Film Festival titles and show times are as follows. All films are in English, unless otherwise noted. For more information about the festival, call 570-996-1500.

“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared”

Show times: 4:30 p.m. Sept. 19, 5 p.m. Sept. 24, 2:15 p.m. Sept. 29 and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 2.

Run time: 114 min.

Rating: R.

Language: Swedish with subtitles.

Directed by: Felix Herngren

Starring: Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, David Wiberg

Based on the internationally best-selling novel by Jonas Jonasson, this is the unlikely story of a 100-year-old man who decides it’s not too late to start over. For most people it would be the adventure of a lifetime, but Allan Karlsson’s unexpected journey is not his first. For a century he’s made the world uncertain, and now he is on the loose again.

“About Elly”

Show times: 7 p.m. Sept. 22, 12 p.m. Sept. 26, 2:15 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2 p.m. Oct. 8.

Run time: 119 min.

Rating: not rated.

Language: Persian and German with subtitles.

Directed by: Asghar Farhadi.

Starring: Golshifteh Farahani, Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti.

“About Elly” was Iran’s official submission for Best Foreign Film at the 82nd Academy Awards. From the Academy Award-winning director of “A Separation” comes this gripping mystery set among a group of old friends on a holiday retreat. A mysterious disappearance of one of their own sets in motion a series of deceptions and revelations that threaten to shatter everything they hold dear.

“Batkid Begins”

Show times: 12 p.m. Sept 19, 5 p.m. Sept. 25 and 2:15 p.m. Oct. 2.

Run time: 87 min.

Rating: PG.

Directed by: Dana Nachman.

This emotionally engaging documentary follows Miles Scott, an American child and cancer survivor. His wish was to be “Batkid,” a sidekick of the eponymous comic book superhero Batman. Once the request went out, thousands of volunteers, city officials, businesses and supporters rallied to turn San Francisco, California into “Gotham City,” the fictional home city of Batman, on Nov. 15, 2013, for one of the largest and most elaborate Make-A-Wish projects ever staged.

“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”

Show times: 2:30 p.m. Sept. 25, 9:15 p.m. Sept. 26 and 7 p.m. Oct. 6.

Run time: 102 min.

Rating: R.

Directed by: Marielle Heller.

Starring: Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Kristen Wiig.

Winner of the Grand Prix Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” tells the story of Minnie Goetze, who is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother’s boyfriend, “the handsomest man in the world,” Monroe Rutherford.

“Gemma Bovery”

Show times: 7 p.m. Sept. 28, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 3 and 12 p.m. Oct. 6.

Run time: 99 min.

Rating: R.

Language: French with subtitles.

Directed by: Anne Fontaine.

Starring: Fabrice Luchini, Gemma Arterton, Jason Flemyng.

Martin, an ex-Parisian with a deep appreciation for Gustave Flaubert, has settled in a village in Normandy as a baker. He sees an English couple moving into an old property across the road. Their names, Gemma and Charles Bovery, echo those of the leading characters in Flaubert’s 1856 masterpiece Madame Bovary. Martin engages with the young couple and observes that Gemma’s behaviour replicates that of her namesake, including a series of romantic and sexual liaisons that suggest she is headed for a tragic finale like that in the novel.

“I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story”

Show times: 12 p.m. Sept. 21 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4.

Run time: 90 min.

Rating: not rated.

Directed by: Dave LaMattina, Chad N. Walker

Caroll Spinney has been Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969; now 78-years-old, he has no intention of stopping. “I Am Big Bird” will peel away the instances in Caroll’s life, inspiring his creation of characters that influenced generations of children.

“I’ll See You in My Dreams”

Show times: 2 p.m. Sept. 21, 2 p.m. Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24, 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28, 12 p.m. Oct. 4 and 7:15 p.m. Oct. 7.

Run time: 92 min.

Rating: PG-13.

Directed by: Brett Haley.

Starring: Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, Mary Kay Place, Sam Elliott.

With an all-star cast, “I’ll See You in My Dreams” follows a widow and former songstress who discovers that life can begin anew at any age. With the support of three loyal girlfriends, Carol decides to embrace the world, embarking on an unlikely friendship with her pool maintenance man, pursuing a new love interest and reconnecting with her daughter.

“The Impressionists – And The Man Who Made Them”

Show times: 12 p.m. Sept. 22, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 27 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 6.

Run time: 91 min.

Rating: not rated.

Directed by: Phil Grabsky

Monet, Cezanne, Degas, Renoir: some of the world’s most popular artists. Their works, and that of their contemporaries, fetch tens of millions of dollars around the globe. But who were they really? Why and how exactly did they paint? What lies behind their enduring appeal? To help answer these questions, this unique film secured unparalleled access to a major new exhibition focusing on the man credited with inventing Impressionism as we know it: 19th century Parisian art collector Paul Durand-Ruel.

“Infinitely Polar Bear”

Show times: 7:15 p.m. Sept. 21, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 26 and 12 p.m. Oct. 1.

Run time: 90 min.

Rating: R.

Directed by: Maya Forbes.

Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky.

Maya Forbes auto-biographically inflected “Infinitely Polar Bear” stars Mark Ruffalo as Cameron, a man who suffers from bipolar disorder. After a breakdown forces him to leave his family and move into a halfway house, he attempts to rebuild a relationship with his two daughters and win back the trust of his wife Maggie. When Maggie decides to go to business school in New York, they decide that he will move back in and take charge of the day-to-day care of the kids. Due to his mercurial nature, this leads to a series of quirky, funny and sometimes frightening episodes.

“Irrational Man”

Show times: 12 p.m. Sept. 23, 7 p.m. Sept. 26, 7 p.m. Oct. 2, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 5 and 12 p.m. Oct. 8.

Run time: 96 min.

Rating: R.

Directed by: Woody Allen.

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey.

“Irrational Man” is the story of a burned-out, brilliant professor – one who believes in lessons from life rather than textbooks – who takes a job at a small college. He becomes involved with a teacher as well as a precocious student, but it takes a dramatic, existential act to turn his life around and make him see the world through a much rosier and more positive perspective.

“Jimmy’s Hall”

Show times: 7 p.m. Sept. 20, 2:15 p.m. Sept. 23, 5 p.m. Sept. 29 and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 6.

Run time: 109 min.

Rating: PG-13.

Directed by: Ken Loach.

Starring: Barry Ward, Francis Magee, Aileen Henry.

During the Depression, Jimmy Gralton, who led the Revolutionary Workers Group, a precursor of the Irish Communist Party, returns home to Ireland after ten years of exile in America. Seeing the levels of poverty and oppression, the activist in him reawakens and he looks to re-open the dance hall that led to his deportation.

“A Little Chaos”

Show times: 9:30 p.m. Sept. 19, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 24, 7 p.m. Sept. 30, 9:15 p.m. Oct. 2 and 12 p.m. Oct. 7.

Run time: 117 min.

Rating: R.

Directed by: Alan Rickman.

Starring: Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci.

This romantic drama follows Sabine, a talented landscape designer, who is building a garden at Versailles for King Louis XIV. She struggles with class barriers as she becomes romantically entangled with the court’s renowned landscape artist.

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”

Show times: 7 p.m. Sept. 19, 2:15 p.m. Sept. 28, 12 p.m. Sept. 30, 2 p.m. Oct. 3, 7 p.m. Oct. 5 and 7 p.m. Oct. 8.

Run time: 105 min.

Rating: PG-13.

Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.

Starring: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke.

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. Drama at the Sundance Film Festival. High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.

“Mr. Holmes”

Show times: Opening Night Sept.18, 2 p.m. Sept. 20, 7 p.m. Sept. 23, 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27, 7:15 p.m. Oct. 1, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 4 and 5 p.m. Oct. 7.

Run time: 104 min.

Rating: PG.

Directed by: Bill Condon.

Starring: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada.

Starring the Academy Award Nominated Sir Ian McKellen in the title role, “Mr. Holmes” is the story of a still vibrant but retired Sherlock Holmes who looks back on his life and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman. It is filled with mystery, intrigue, and humor from start to finish.

“Phoenix”

Show times: 12 p.m. Sept. 25, 7 p.m. Sept. 27 and 12 p.m. Oct. 2.

Run time: 98 min.

Rating: PG-13.

Language: German with subtitles.

Directed by: Christian Petzold.

Starring: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf.

A disfigured concentration-camp survivor, unrecognizable after facial reconstruction surgery, searches ravaged postwar Berlin for the husband who might have betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation’s tragedy and a woman’s search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax.

“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry”

Show times: 12 p.m. Sept. 28 and 12 p.m. Oct. 3.

Run time: 92 min.

Rating: not rated.

Directed by: Mary Dore.

“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” tells the story of the brilliant, often outrageous women who founded the feminist movement of the 1960s. They said ‘the personal is political’ and made a revolution: in the bedroom, in the workplace, in all spheres of life. Called threatening by the FBI, yet ignored in many histories, these women changed the world.

“Testament of Youth”

Show times: 2 p.m. Sept. 19, 4:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 12 p.m. Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 7.

Run time: 129 min.

Rating: PG-13.

Directed by: James Kent.

Starring: Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton.

“Testament of Youth” is a story of young love, the futility of war, and how to make sense of the darkest times. In 1914, Vera Brittain overcomes the restraints on women of the time to become a student at Oxford. When World War I breaks out, her brother, her fiancé, and their friends are sent to serve at the front lines. Brittain follows their sacrifice, leaving college to become a nurse tending the wounded and dying.

“Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing”

Show times: 12 p.m. Sept. 20 and 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30.

Run time: 90 min.

Rating: not rated.

Directed by: Phil Grabsky.

This film about one of the world’s most fascinating and beloved artists gives the audience complete and unprecedented access to the treasures of Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum. Made in collaboration with the experts at the Van Gogh Museum, the film marks the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh’s death. Experience the wonder of seeing Van Gogh’s legendary masterpieces on the big screen, while world-renowned curators and art historians offer their interpretations and explanations of his work.

“A Walk in the Woods”

Show times: Opening Night Sept. 18, 4:30 p.m. Sept. 20, 4:30 p.m. Sept. 23, 4:30 p.m. Sept. 26, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 30, 7 p.m. Oct. 4 and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 8.

Run time: 98 min.

Rating: R.

Directed by: Ken Kwapis.

Starring: Robert Redford, Emma Thompson, Nick Nolte.

Starring the incomparable comedy duo of Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, “A Walk in the Woods” tells the story of celebrated travel humorist Bill Bryson and his return to the United States. In an effort to reconnect with his country, he decides to hike the 2,200 stunning miles of the Appalachian Trail. But while he had envisioned it as a trek of relaxation and tranquility, it becomes something entirely different when his philandering, former friend Stephen Katz joins him on the trip.

“What We Did on Our Holiday”

Show times: 4:30 p.m. Sept. 22, 12 p.m. Sept. 27, 12 p.m. Sept. 29, 7 p.m. Oct. 3.

Run time: 95 min.

Rating: PG-13.

Directed by: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin.

Starring: Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly.

Doug and Abi are taking their three children on a trip to Scotland for a big family gathering. They are in the midst of a difficult divorce, and have asked the kids to keep it a secret from their extended family. But as the inevitable feuds kick in, a completely unexpected turn of events involving the children causes further tensions to rise to the surface. And with the repercussions that ensue – hilarious and emotional in equal measure – the family is forced to put aside its differences and work together or else risk losing what they hold most dear.

“The Wolfpack”

Show times: 9:15 p.m. Sept. 25 and 9:15 p.m. Oct. 3.

Run time: 90 min.

Rating: R.

Directed by: Crystal Moselle.

“The Wolfpack” won the U.S. documentary Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed “The Wolfpack,” the brothers spend their childhood reenacting their favorite films, using elaborate homemade props and costumes. Their world is shaken up when one of the brothers escapes and everything changes.

“The Wrecking Crew”

Show times: 7 p.m. Sept. 25, 5 p.m. Oct. 1 and 12 p.m. Oct. 5.

Run time: 101 min.

Rating: PG.

Directed by: Denny Tedesco.

A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as “The Wrecking Crew.” The film documents the work of studio players who recorded the tracks for such hits as “California Dreamin” “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’”, “Be My Baby”, “The Beat Goes On”, and “Good Vibrations.” Interviews with producers, engineers, and session musicians reveal the warmth and humor that allowed their collective talents to turn a simple chord chart into an international phenomenon.

One of two films to be featured in the Dietrich Theater’s Fall Film Festival Opening Night Gala on Sept. 18, ‘A Walk in the Woods,’ directed by Ken Kwapis and starring Robert Redford, Emma Thompson and Nick Nolte, will also be shown at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 23., 4:30 p.m. Sept. 26, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 30, 7 p.m. Oct. 4 and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 8.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_ABJ-Fall-Film-Fest-1.jpgOne of two films to be featured in the Dietrich Theater’s Fall Film Festival Opening Night Gala on Sept. 18, ‘A Walk in the Woods,’ directed by Ken Kwapis and starring Robert Redford, Emma Thompson and Nick Nolte, will also be shown at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 23., 4:30 p.m. Sept. 26, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 30, 7 p.m. Oct. 4 and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 8. Submitted photos

In addition to an Opening Night Gala showing on Sept. 18, ‘Mr. Holmes’ will will hit the Dietrich Theater’s Fall Film Festival screen at 2 p.m. Sept. 20, 7 p.m. Sept. 23, 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27, 7:15 p.m. Oct. 1, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 4 and 5 p.m. Oct. 7. The film is directed by Bill Condon and starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linney and Hiroyuki Sanada.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_ABJ-Fall-Film-Fest-2.jpgIn addition to an Opening Night Gala showing on Sept. 18, ‘Mr. Holmes’ will will hit the Dietrich Theater’s Fall Film Festival screen at 2 p.m. Sept. 20, 7 p.m. Sept. 23, 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27, 7:15 p.m. Oct. 1, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 4 and 5 p.m. Oct. 7. The film is directed by Bill Condon and starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linney and Hiroyuki Sanada. Submitted photos
Fall Film Festival starts Sept. 18

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