VFF at Violet Crown

Join us for our second annual VFF at Violet Crown Series, a year-round co-curated selection of films, presented in partnership with Violet Crown Charlottesville. All screenings in the series will start at 7:30 PM, and tickets will be available one month prior to the screening date at VioletCrown.com.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Virginia Film Festival by embarking on this year-round series, and we look forward to working with the Festival team to bring VFF and Violet Crown audiences a dynamic series of memorable movie going experiences.”
- Violet Crown Cinema Marketing Director David Gil

Past Screenings

See below for an archive list of our previous VFF at Violet Crown screenings for 2017.

Footnotes

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Violet Crown Charlottesville
7:30 PM

Inspired by the films of Jacques Demy and Stanley Donen, Footnotes is a whimsical and original musical comedy about Julie, a young woman struggling to make ends meet in France’s radically changing economy. Living out of a backpack, Julie spends her days jumping from job to job until she’s finally offered a temporary stockroom position at a women’s luxury shoe factory. But Julie’s dreams of stability collapse when management threatens to close down the factory. Julie and her intrepid group of female coworkers must band together on strike to thwart the company’s scheming CEO. This debut feature film from writer-directors Paul Calori and Kostia Tesut was described as “La La Land meets Norma Rae” when it screened at the Seattle International Film Festival.

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David Lynch: The Art Life

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Violet Crown Charlottesville
7:30 PM

David Lynch: The Art Life explores Lynch’s art, music, and early films, shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world and giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist. In candid interviews, David Lynch reflects on his early years, recalling the events and people that have had a lasting effect on him. Through this documentary, the audience tours Lynch’s private compound and painting studio in the hills high above Hollywood. His personal stories unfold like scenes from his films, including strange characters that come into focus only to fade again into the past. The film discovers how Lynch’s art and films are colored by the journey he took as a young artist and the internal struggles that still shape him today.

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The Teacher

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Violet Crown Charlottesville
7:30 PM

From the renowned Czech writer/director team of Petr Jarchovsky and Jan Hrebejk (Kawasaki’s Rose) comes The Teacher, a Slovak-language dramedy set in a 1983 in Bratislava, where a new middle school teacher is turning life upside down for parents and students. It slowly becomes clear that perhaps the pupils’ grades are related to how willing their parents are to help her with her errands, her housecleaning, and other random services. The teacher’s corrupted behavior and one of the students’ suicide attempt lead the school Principal call the students’ parents for an urgent meeting that will suddenly put the future of all the families at stake. The teacher’s high connections within the Communist Party makes everyone feel threatened, but at this point they have no choice but to make a decision: will they dare to go against Miss Drazdechova and stand up for what they believe in at any risk, or will they just remain silent and let things be? This darkly comedic drama premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and has been a critical and audience favorite of the international festival circuit.

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I, Olga Hepnarová

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Violet Crown Charlottesville
7:30 PM

I, Olga Hepnarová takes a haunting look at the real-life story of a young, lesbian outsider whose mistreatment at the hands of her family and alienation from the world at large sends her over the edge of humanity and leads her to commit a horrendous crime at the age of only 22. The film, from director Petr Kazda and Tomás Weinreb, paints a portrait of the human being behind the mass murderer without glorifying or downplaying the terrible crime she committed. Using her own letters, the film takes audiences deep into Olga’s psyche and unveils her spiraling loneliness and alienation as it re-constructs the events that led up to the disastrous actions that made her the last woman to be executed in Czechoslovakia. This artful and stylish film aesthetically echoes the French New Wave, and premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it was nominated for Best First Feature Film.

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The 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Violet Crown Charlottesville
7:30 PM

The Animation Show Of Shows returns for its second year with 17 extraordinary films created by animators from Belgium, Canada, France, Israel, Korea, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Scotland, the U.K., and the U.S. Featuring animation techniques ranging from hand-drawn to stop-motion to the latest computer-generated imagery, the films have garnered many awards from festivals around the world. The collection includes two Oscar-nominated shorts, the family-friendly Piper from Pixar’s Animation Studios and Pearl from creator Patrick Osbourne. Mirror, a collaboration between The New Yorker, This American Life’s Ira Glass, and cartoonist Chris Ware, is also featured.

The 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows is unrated. There’s a 5 minute-intermission after the 13th film, this allows children 13 years and under to leave as the last four films (Corpus, Blue, Manoman, and All Their Shades) contain mature themes.

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Fire at Sea

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Violet Crown Charlottesville
7:30 PM

Kicking off the series is a reprise screening of the Oscar-nominated Fire at Sea. The documentary, which was an audience favorite at the 2016 Virginia Film Festival, brings to light relevant discussions on current immigration issues.

Each year hundreds of thousands of African immigrants journey to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa in search of a better life. The film presents the stark contrast between the daily life of young local boy, Samuele, and the tragic fate of the refugees who make the crossing in boats that are far too small or decrepit. The people of Lampedusa are witness to tragedy each day as they recover the bodies of the dead from the water. Countless other refugees arrive to find that the island does not have the resources or infrastructure to support them. Director Gianfranco Rosi’s (El Sicario, Room 164) observations of everyday life bring us closer to this place that is as real as it is symbolic, and to the emotional world of some of its inhabitants who are exposed to a permanent state of emergency.

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