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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:


A ROYAL AFFAIR


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


QUARTET


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


AMOUR


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


A LATE QUARTET


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


pm


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


HYDE PARK ON HUDSON


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


entertainment.


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


delights!”


-New York Post


SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN


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.”


-Variety


THE HOUSE I LIVE IN


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


THE IMPOSSIBLE


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


HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA


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


EMPEROR


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


RUST AND BONE


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


BARBARA


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


LORE


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


REALITY


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.”


-Guardian


CHASING ICE


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.”


-Variety


Visit www.dietrichtheater.com or call 570-996-1500 for more information


about the Dietrich’s Spring 2013 Film Festival.




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