I cannot remember the last time that we've had such an amazing line-up of international cinema as we do this week. And no passport required! We're presenting THE WAVE (Norway), BOY AND THE WORLD (Brazil), SON OF SAUL (Hungary), MUSTANG (Turkey), THE LADY IN THE VAN (England), WHERE TO INVADE NEXT (Italy, Germany, Finland, Portugal, Iceland, Slovenia, Tunisia), SWEET LAND (USA). And lest we forget, there's also SPARTACUS from the Bolshoi Ballet (Moscow). This amazing line-up is as diverse thematically as it is geographically. True confession: I am so excited to see THE WAVE, a film that "puts Hollywood disaster movies to shame." (Collider). Also opening this Friday is SON OF SAUL, the prestigious winner of this year's Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. And BOY AND THE WORLD opens this week as well. It was nominated for Best Animated Feature, and is absolutely delightful. (This movie is a great segue to our family-friendly Children's Film Festival coming next weekend, March 19th and 20th).
And Thursday (3/10) is your last opportunity to see MUSTANG on the big screen. Everyone I've spoken to has loved it. And since Tuesday was International Women's Day, it's the perfect movie to see.
If you've never seen SWEET LAND, or if you were one of the many who were turned away from the sold out, tenth anniversary screening at last year's Port Townsend Film Festival, this Saturday at noon we're presenting it once again with director Ali Selim in attendance. This movie is beautiful and timeless, and never more so than in this strange primary season where immigration remains a frequent subject. As it is rated PG, it is that rare film suitable for mature students, parents and grandparents.
If the above international travel leaves you famished, make your way across Taylor Street where the Tin Brick will give you $2 off your pizza when you present your Rose Theatre Membership card.