Everyone's in the club! Just by attending the monthly Movie Club film and participating in the conversation, you are in! Each month we invite all audience members to join informal conversations led — but not monopolized — by carefully selected facilitators.
Macaroni and Cheese
2012, Sophie Letourneur, France, 75 min.
With Sophie Letourneur, Camille Genaud
“Demonstrates Ms. Letourneur’s modest yet ferocious talent... wry humor and unrelenting energy." — Miriam Bale, The New York Times
Swift, breezy, and often very funny, MACARONI AND CHEESE gives us a fictionalized glimpse behind the scenes at a real film festival. You may have thought that those festivals were about films, but director/star Letourneur, who evidently knows whereof she speaks, demonstrates that they are really about going to the right parties, getting wasted, and getting laid. Sophie (Letourneur) and her two BFFs descend upon the Locarno Film Festival, where Sophie has a film in competition--and a determination to track down Louis Garrel, who, she is convinced, would be the love of her life, if only she could meet him. Like Lena Dunham, to whom she is frequently compared, Letourneur is a connoisseur of shameless behavior and the highs and humiliations it brings. In French, Italian, and English with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)
Director/star Sophie Letourneur will be present for audience discussion at both screenings. The discussion on Friday is a Movie Club event.
FELIX AND MEIRA
(FÉLIX ET MEIRA)
2014, Maxime Giroux, Canada, 105 min. With Hadas Yaron, Martin Dubreuil
"Distinguishes itself through its subtlety and sensitivity."
— Peter Debruge, Variety
“Shows an outstanding hand at observation and subtlety... Yaron’s lovely performance forms the heart of the film."
— Pat Mullen, Cinemablographer
A naïve young Hasidic wife and new mother chafes under the severity and ritual embraced by her devout husband and his family, rebelling through secret birth control pills and a love of forbidden soul music. In the depths of a Montreal winter, Meira (Yaron of FILL THE VOID) crosses paths with Felix (Dubreuil), middle-aged, spiritually adrift, and without direction in the wake of his father’s death. Against all odds, each finds a new reason for hope in the other, but director Giroux has a more complex goal than crafting a simplistic romance. Cultural differences take their toll on the would-be lovers, and tentative steps toward joy will exact a hefty price. In French, English, Yiddish, Hebrew, and Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
The 6:00 pm screening on Wednesday, June 3, is a Movie Club event, facilitated by Todd Hasak-Lowy, novelist (“Captives”), translator, author of “Here and Now: History, Nationalism, and Realism in Hebrew Fiction,” and teacher of creative writing and literature at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.