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The Dietrich Theater is ushering in the Spring Film Festival on Friday, April 5. It will continue

through Thursday, April 18. All 15 of the films are acclaimed foreign and

independent masterpieces.

Some of them are : Quartet, starring Maggie Smith

and directed by Dustin Hoffman; Hyde Park on the Hudson, starring Bill

Murray as FDR; Amour, Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. Searching

for Sugar Man, a musical detective story. Chasing Ice, a photographic

study of the disappearing glaciers in the Arctic. There are 10 more

acclaimed films that will be shown between Friday, April 5, and Thursday,

April 18. There will be 2 p.m. matinees every day of the festival in

addition to evening showings. Film festival tickets excluding opening night

are $8 each for matinee shows (before 6 p.m.) and $9 each for evening shows

(after 6 p.m.).

There also will be an Opening Night Gala on Friday, April

5, at the Dietrich. This is the event that ushers in two weeks of

foreign and independent films, 15 films you would otherwise have to go to

New York City or Philadelphia to see. Gala Night features two

films: Quartet and Hyde Park on the Hudson. The night begins with

hors d’oeuvres by Twigs Restaurant, Epicurean Delight and Be Life Café and

Marketplace, and wine by Nimble Hill Vineyard and Winery. Then comes your

choice of first movie, followed by dessert by Epicurean Delight. Your

second movie ends the spectacular evening. Gala tickets are $35 and

reservations are required for the Opening Night. Tickets can be reserved by

calling 570-996-1500.

The following are film festival movie show times and summaries:


Show times: Sun., April 7 (no time specified), Tues., April 9 4:30 pm, Mon., April 15

7:30 pm

Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, Mikkel Boe Folsgaard

Directed By: Nikolaj Arcel

Run Time: 137 min

Language: Danish w/ subtitles

Rating: R

This engaging Danish costume drama was nominated for a Golden Globe and

Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. It is the true story of a man who

unexpectedly wins the heart of his queen and starts a revolution. A ROYAL

AFFAIR is the gripping tale of brave idealists who risk everything in their

pursuit of freedom for their people.

“A Royal Affair is historical drama of the highest order - teeming with big

ideas, and anchored by the nicely nuanced performances.”

-Philadelphia Inquirer


Showtimes: Friday, April 5 (Opening Night Gala – reservations required),

Sun., April 7 4:30 pm, Thurs., April 11 5:00 pm, Sat., April 13 7:00 pm,

Fri., April 14 2:15 pm, Thurs., April 18 7:30 pm

Starring: Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly

Directed By: Dustin Hoffman

Run Time: 98 min.

Language: English

Rating: PG13

This is Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut and a light and lively confection

it is. The irrepressible Maggie Smith (famed for her latest role in Downton

Abbey as the Dowager Countess) knocks it out of the park in this moving and

boisterous comedy. An opera company filled with retired performers reunite

once a year to stage a fundraiser for their theater and must deal with big

egos and romances from the past.

“Quartet shows us how art illuminates our lives, and shows us artists and

performers who can still, after all these years, do some illuminating.”

-Philadelphia Inquirer


Showtimes: Sat., April 6 7:00 pm, Tues., April 9 7:30 pm, Thurs., April 11

7:30 pm, Sun., April 14 12:00 pm, Thurs., April 18 4:00 pm

Starring: Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert

Directed By: Michael Haneke

Run Time: 127 min

Language: French w/ subtitles

Rating: PG13

This is one of the most honored films of the year, having won the top prize

at the Cannes Film Festival and three Oscar nominations including Best

Actress, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Picture. An octogenarian

couple find their love put to the ultimate test when one of them suffers a

stroke, and the other must assume the role of the caretaker in this

compassionate yet unsentimental drama from director Michael Haneke.

“Transfixing and extraordinarily touching, perhaps the most hauntingly

honest movie about old age ever made.”

-Entertainment Weekly


Showtimes: Sat., April 6 4:45 pm, Sat., Mon., April 8 7:45 pm, April 13 2:15


Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener

Directed By: Yaron Zilberman

Run Time: 105 min

Language: English

Rating: R

The all-star cast of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and

Catherine Keener makes this film a complete delight. A LATE QUARTET pays

homage to the professional music and cultural world of New York City. When

the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet can no longer perform

to demanding standards, the group’s future suddenly hangs in the balance.

Suppressed emotions and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of

friendship and collaboration. As they are about to play their 25th

anniversary concert, quite possibly their last, only their intimate bond and

the power of music can preserve their legacy.

‘”A Late Quartet’ provides distinct and uncommon satisfactions.”

-San Francisco Chronicle


Showtimes: Fri., April 5 (Opening Night Gala –reservations required), Sun,

April 7 2:30 pm, Wed., April 10 4:30, Fri., April 12 7:30 pm, Tues., April

16 7:30 pm,

Starring: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Samuel West

Directed By: Roger Michell

Run Time: 95 min

Language: English

Rating: R

Bill Murray proves himself to be a character actor of unexpected depth and

charm in his remarkable portrayal of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The always

reliable Laura Linney portrays a distant cousin, working as a personal

assistant, who has an affair with the president. Based on historical

records, the story unfolds in June 1939, when the president hosts the King

and Queen of England at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park in upstate New York.

International affairs, the running of a presidential estate, and summer

night dalliances all combine to make for wonderful, humorous and moving


“Bill Murray’s spectacular Oscar-caliber performance is one of the year’s


-New York Post


Showtimes: Fri., April 12 2:00 pm, Wed., April 17 7:00 pm

Starring: Malik Bendjelloul, Rodriguez

Directed By: Malik Bendjelloul

Run Time: 85 min

Language: English

Rating: PG13

This Oscar-nominated documentary focuses on Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, who had

the kind of musical career that every aspiring rock star fears — praised by

critics but overlooked by the public. He released two albums before

unceremoniously disappearing from the spotlight. But while sales of

Rodriguez’s debut CD fell flat in the U.S., overseas fans couldn’t get

enough. When his second album became a hit in South Africa, a pair of

devoted fans took it upon themselves to uncover the facts surrounding the

mysterious musician, and got the surprise of a lifetime.

“A winning musical detective story.”



Showtime: Mon., April 8 5:30 pm

Starring: Nannie Jeter, David Simon

Directed By: Eugene Jarecki

Run Time: 108 min

Language: English

Rating: NR

In the four decades since the War on Drugs commenced, over 45 million

addicts have been arrested - and for each one jailed, another family is

destroyed. Meanwhile, the prisons in America are growing overcrowded with

non-violent criminals, and illegal drugs are still being sold in

schoolyards. By examining just where it all went wrong, Jarecki reveals that

a solution is possible if we can just find it in ourselves to be

compassionate, and see past the decades of paranoia and propaganda.

“..A compelling, thought-provoking look at a highly relevant and

controversial topic.”

-San Francisco Chronicle


Sat., April 6 2:15 pm, Wed., April 10 7:00 pm, Sat., April 13 9:15 pm, Wed.,

April 17 4:30 pm

Starring: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor

Directed By: Juan Antonio Bayona

Run Time: 114 min

Language: English

Rating: PG13

Naomi Watts earned an Oscar nod for her portrayal of a mother facing

extraordinary circumstances. A British family on Christmas holiday at a

beach resort in Thailand is torn apart when a deadly tsunami devastates the

area. The film follows the seriously wounded Maria and her eldest son Lucas

as they struggle to safety, not knowing whether Maria’s husband and their

two younger sons are dead or alive.

“A nimbly acted drama that is at once a stellar visual achievement

and a life-affirming story of familial love and courage.”

-USA Today


Showtimes: Thurs., April 11 2:00 pm, Mon, April 15 2:00 pm, Thurs., April 18

2:00 pm

Directed By: Werner Herzog, Dmitry Vasyukov

Run Time: 94 min

Language: English and Russian w/ subtitles

Rating: NR

With HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA, Werner Herzog and Russian

co-director Dmitry Vasyukov take viewers on yet another unforgettable

journey into remote and extreme natural landscapes. The acclaimed filmmaker

presents this visually stunning documentary about indigenous people living

in the heart of the Siberian Taiga. Deep in the wilderness, far away from

civilization, 300 people inhabit the small village of Bakhtia at the river

Yenisei. With insightful commentary written and narrated by Herzog, the

film follows one of the Siberian trappers through all four seasons of the

year to tell the story of a culture virtually untouched by modernity.

“…Inspired… by the rugged independence of these resourceful trappers, who

seem stoic about everything but their faithful dogs.”

-New York Times


Showtimes: Sat., April 6 9:30 pm, Fri., April 12 9:30 pm, Sun., April 14

4:30 pm, Thurs., April 18 12:00 pm

Directed By: Peter Webber

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Matthew Fox

Run Time: 94 min

Language: English and Japanese w/ subtitles

Rating: PG13

This fascinating historical drama brings to life the American occupation of

Japan in the perilous and unpredictable days just after Emperor Hirohito’s

World War II surrender. As General Douglas MacArthur (Oscar winner Jones)

suddenly finds himself the de facto ruler of a foreign nation, he assigns an

expert in Japanese culture - and psychological warfare - General Bonner

Fellers (Fox), to covertly investigate the looming question hanging over the

country: should the Japanese Emperor, worshiped by his people but accused of

war crimes, be punished or saved?

“A grand historical drama of the kind too rarely seen these days.”

-Toronto Film Festival


Showtimes: Tues., April 9 2:00 pm, Mon, April 15 4:00 pm

Directed By: Jacques Audiard

Starring: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts

Run Time: 120 min

Language: French w/subtitles

Rating: R

The luminous Oscar-winner, Marion Cotillard, stars in this moving, delicate

romance. A struggling single father helps a beautiful whale trainer recover

her will to live following a terrible accident that leaves her confined to a

wheelchair. Shot in southern France, this is a story of courage, strength,

and the power of love.

“A gripping French romance about the body and the soul.”

-Chicago Reader


Showtimes: Mon., April 8 2:00 pm, Sat., April 13 4:00 pm, Tues., April 16

2:00 pm

Directed By: Christian Petzold

Starring: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock

Run Time: 105 min

Language: German w/subtitles

Rating: PG13

Winner of the Best Director prize at last year’s Berlin Film Festival, the

latest film from Christian Petzold (Yella, Jerichow) is a simmering,

impeccably crafted Cold War thriller. A Berlin doctor has been banished to a

rural East German hospital as punishment for applying for an exit visa. As

her lover from the West carefully plots her escape, Barbara finds herself

falling for a colleague who may be a spy. A film of glancing moments and

dangerous secrets, BARBARA paints a haunting picture of a woman being slowly

crushed between the irreconcilable needs of desire and survival.

“It’s one terrific film, as smart, thoughtful and emotionally involving

as just about anything that’s out there.”

-LA Times


Showtimes: Sat., April 6 12:00 pm, Fri., April 12 4:30 pm, Wed., April 17

2:15 pm

Directed By: Cate Shortland

Starring: Saskia Rosendal, Nele Trebs, Andre Frid

Run Time: 109 min

Language: German w/ subtitles

Rating: NR

Left to fend for themselves by their SS officer father and mother at the end

of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that

exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents’ actions. Led

by the eldest sibling, 14-year old Lore, they set out across a devastated

country to reach their grandmother at her farm. Lush cinematography and an

evocative, haunting mood infuse this unconventional take on the Holocaust

legacy that you will find unforgettable.

“Riveting stuff, start to finish.”

-Chicago Sun-Times


Showtimes: Wed., April 10 2:15 pm, Sun, April 14 7:00 pm, Sun., April 17

12:00 pm,

Starring: Aniello Arena, Loredana Simioli, Nando Paone

Directed By: Matteo Garrone

Run Time: 116 min

Language: Italian w/ subtitles

Rating: R

From acclaimed director Matteo Garrone, REALITY is a darkly comic look at

Luciano, a charming and affable working man whose unexpected and sudden

obsession with being a contestant on the reality show “Big Brother” leads

him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and fanciful delusions. So

overcome by his dream of being on reality TV, Luciano’s own reality begins

to spiral out of control, making this film an indelible portrait of a

sympathetic comic everyman.

“A likable film played with gusto and heart.”



Showtimes: Sun., April 7 7:00 pm, Wed., April 10 12:00 pm, Sat., April 13

12:00 pm, Tues., April 16 5:30 pm

Starring: James Balog

Directed By: Jeff Orlowski

Run Time: 74 min

Language: English

Rating: NR

Traveling with a team of young adventurers across the brutal Arctic,

acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog risks his career and

his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity. As the

climate change debate polarizes America, and the intensity of natural

disasters ramps up globally, ‘Chasing Ice’ depicts a heroic photojournalist

on a mission to deliver hope to a fragile planet. Through his Extreme Ice

Survey, Balog, once a skeptic, discovers undeniable evidence of our changing

planet. The film employs revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a

multi-year record of the world’s glaciers. Hauntingly beautiful videos

compress years into seconds and show ancient mountains of ice in motion as

they disappear at a breathtaking rate.

“Visually breathtaking.”


Visit or call 570-996-1500 for more information

about the Dietrich’s Spring 2013 Film Festival.

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