A program of

A Polar Year

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Violet Crown Charlottesville
7:30 PM

Anders, a novice teacher, leaves his native Denmark for a teaching position in rural Greenland. As soon as he arrives in the remote costal village of Tiniteqilaaq, he finds himself at odds with tightly-knit indigenous Inuit locals. Only through a clumsy and playful trial of errors can Anders shake his Euro-centric assumptions and connect with the school children in a meaningful way. French filmmaker Samuel Collardey’s documentary displays striking images of the beautiful snow-covered Greenland landscape, as well as intimate scenes of everyday life in the small village.

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December Screening

Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Violet Crown Charlottesville
7:30 PM

To be announced.

Past Screenings

19th Annual Animation Show of Shows

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Violet Crown Charlottesville
7:30 PM

The 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows returns with 16 exceptional and inspiring animated shorts from around the world. At a time of increasing social instability and global anxiety about a range of issues, the works in this year’s show have a special resonance, presenting compelling ideas about our place in society and how we fit into the world. These films include Niki Lindroth von Bahr’s Annecy Grand Prix-winning The Burden, a melancholy, funny and moving film that explores the tribulations, hopes and dreams of a group of night-shift employees, uniquely capturing the zeitgeist of our time. At the other end of the spectrum, David OReilly’s playful and profound Everything, based on the work of the late philosopher Alan Watts, explores the interconnectedness of the universe and the multiplicity of perspectives that underlie reality. Also included is the 1964 classic Hangman, by Paul Julian and Les Goldman, which was recently restored as part of the Animation Show of Shows film preservation program. As a special treat, the Show of Shows will also be presenting Next Door, a 1990 student film made at Cal Arts by the two-time Oscar-winning Pixar director Pete Docter.

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Django

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Violet Crown Charlottesville
7:30 PM

In 1940s Paris, Django Reinhardt electrified audiences with his distinctive style of “hot jazz”. Serving as a tribute to the European Jazz pioneer, the Wartime biopic Django recounts a tumultuous chapter in the life of the legendary Romani guitarist. When Nazism forces Reinhardt to escape German-occupied Paris, the jazz celebrity refuses to become silent as his music is praised as a form of protest. In an effort to overcome the period of suffering, Reinhardt charms admirers, including his muse Louise de Klerk, to aid in the resistance against the Third Reich.

Presented first during the 2017 Virginia Film Festival in November, this reprise screening of Django is supported by WTJU and C-Ville Weekly.

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Geek Girls

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Violet Crown Charlottesville
7:30 PM

Geek Girls is the first feature-length documentary exploring the hidden half of fan culture: nerdy women. Although geeky communities have recently risen to prominence as major cultural contributors, very little attention has been directed towards the women who live and work with nerd culture on a daily basis. Filmmaker Gina Hara addresses this oversight by delving into a world of professional gamers, cute dresses, fake names, and death threats; she follows her subjects through the exhilaration of newfound community and the ennui of ostracization while also exploring her own struggles with her geek identity.

The screening of Geek Girls is supported by C-Ville Weekly.

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Keep the Change

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Violet Crown Charlottesville
7:30 PM

In director Rachel Israel’s unlikely and endearing love story, two adults with autism meet in a support group and embark on a relationship neither could have ever predicted. When aspiring filmmaker David is mandated by a judge to attend a social program at the Jewish Community Center, he is assigned to visit the Brooklyn Bridge with the vivacious Sarah. Sparks fly and David’s convictions are tested, as the couple navigates obstacles ranging from Sarah’s romantic past to David’s judgmental mother and their own preconceptions of what love is supposed to look like. Under the guise of an off-kilter New York romantic comedy, Keep the Change does something quite radical in casting actors with autism to play characters with autism, offering a refreshingly honest portrait of a community seldom depicted on the big screen. Though charming and quite funny, the film‘s warmth and candor brings growth and transformation to the characters.

The screening of Keep the Change is supported by C-Ville Weekly.

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The Judge

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Violet Crown Charlottesville
7:30 PM

The Judge, a documentary from filmmaker Erika Cohn, provides rare insight into Shari’a law, an often misunderstood legal framework for Muslims, told through the eyes of the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East’s religious courts. When she was a young lawyer, Kholoud Al-Faqih walked into the office of Palestine’s Chief Justice and announced she wanted to join the bench. With the help of a progressive Sheik, Kholoud became the first woman judge in the Shari’a courts. The Judge offers a unique portrait of Kholoud—her brave journey as a lawyer, her tireless fight for justice for women, and her drop-in visits with clients, friends, and family. In the process, the film illuminates some of the universal conflicts in the domestic life of Palestine—custody of children, divorce, abuse—while offering an unvarnished look at life for women under Shari’a law.

The screening of The Judge is supported by C-Ville Weekly.

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The Last Suit

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Violet Crown Charlottesville
7:30 PM

The Last Suit, from writer/director Pablo Solarz, is the heartfelt and charming tale of 88-year-old Jewish tailor Abraham Bursztein, who is seeing his place in the world rapidly disappear. His kids have sold his Buenos Aires residence and set him up to move to a retirement home as they disagree on how to handle his failing health. But Abraham survived the Holocaust, made a successful life as a suit maker in a foreign land, and isn’t about to quietly fade away. Instead, he plots a secret one-way trip to Poland, where he plans to find the friend who saved him from certain death at Auschwitz. Comedic and poignant in equal measure, the film follows the sharply-dressed Abraham as he meets many interesting characters that help him along his journey, including the proprietor of a Madrid hotel (Angela Molina). With its klezmer-driven score, evocative cinematography, and quick pacing, The Last Suit approaches its weighty themes with a light touch that illuminates an otherwise serious storyline.

The screening of The Last Suit is supported by C-Ville Weekly.

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El Inca

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Violet Crown Charlottesville
7:30 PM

El Inca is a tragic love story based on the life of two-time World Boxing Champion, Edwin “El Inca” Valero. A charismatic boxer from the Venezuelan Andes, Edwin fights in rings around the world, puts on great shows, and defeats all his rivals with his fulminating knockouts. But as his professional rise begins to sky-rocket, his personal life is put in jeopardy. Trapped in his insecurities, Edwin brings about his own destruction by cheating on his wife and becoming addicted to drugs. Based on powerful true story, this vertiginous film focuses on the life of a talented young man who reaches success, but ends up being the victim of his excesses and his countless fears. This Spanish language film features English subtitles.

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