Footcandle Film Society is pleased to announce that we will be screening the 2014 Oscar winner for best foreign language film "The Great Beauty" Wednesday, March 12th & Thursday, March 13th at 7pm at the Carolina Theater. An optional discussion will be held following the film on both nights.
About the film:
Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
Footcandle Film Society will be partnering with the Hickory Internatioal Council for a screening of the Saudi Arabian-German film "Wadjda" Thursday, February 27th at 7pm at the Carolina Theater. We hope you can join us for the film and stay for a discussion afterwards.
About the film:
"Wadjda" is a 2012 Saudi Arabian-German film, written and directed by Haifaa al-Monsour. It is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and is the first feature length film made by a female Saudi director. It tells the story of an 11-year-old girl, Wadjda, living in Riyadh who dreams of owning a bicycle that she passes in a store every day on her way to school.
Exodus Homes and the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Lenoir Rhyne University will present a special showing of “Life of a King” starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. which portrays the life story of local chess mentor Eugene Brown, and his one-man mission to give inner-city kids in Washington D.C. something he never had - a future. He discovered a multitude of life lessons through the game of chess during his 18-year incarceration for bank robbery, and went on to share the game as a strategy for living. The film will be shown on February 24, 2014 at 6:00pm in the Belk Centrum Auditorium.
Brown is a member of Exodus Missionary Outreach Church, and a lifelong friend of the Rev. Reggie Longcrier, founder and executive director of Exodus Homes, a Catawba County United Way agency that provides faith based supportive housing for homeless recovering people returning to the community from treatment centers and prison.
After his release and reentry into the workforce, Brown developed and founded the Big Chair Chess Club in Washington, D.C. to get kids off the streets, and gave them a new vision for their life above their circumstances. The film “Life of a King” tells his story from daring introductory chess lessons to groups of unruly high school students in detention to the development of the club, and the teens' first local chess competitions. The film reveals his difficult, inspirational journey, and how he changed the lives of a group of teens who had no endgame. The film was released in late 2013, and has been showing in theaters around the country.
Exodus Homes and the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Lenoir-Rhyne University decided to bring the film here with Eugene Brown as their special guest for the evening. This event is free and open to the public. There will be a panel discussion after the screening for questions and answers about using chess as a strategy for successful living, and the making of this inspiring film.
Spike Jonze, whose films include “Being John Malkovich”, “Adaptation” and “Where The Wild Things Are”, has an Oscar contender for Best Picture with his latest work “Her”. Alan & Chris give their thoughts on the film and then spend a few moments mourning the passing of Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Also in this episode both hosts pick their favorites to take home Oscar statues in March. To make things interesting they even establish a wager (the loser MUST attend a screening of the lowest rated movie by Rotten Tomatoes and discuss the experience in an upcoming episode). All this plus the fellows close out the episode with their picks for films you might have missed.
Recommendations – “Short Term 12, “Standing in the Shadows of Motown”
Due to the snowfall in the area, tonight's screening of "Inside Llewyn Davis" is CANCELLED.
We will make a decision for Thursday's screening tomorrow and put up a notice ASAP. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you in the theater soon.