Are you a fan of playwright Anton Chekhov? Pope Francis? Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg?
Do you like films that make you laugh? Cry? Cheer for the human spirit?
Can you imagine a 102-year-old father trying to send his 75-year-old son to an old folks’ home?
If any of this intrigues you, organizers of the Summer Fest at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock invite you to see any or all of 22 independent and foreign movies they’ll be showing over 21 days.
You can whet your appetite at noon and at 6 p.m. on Thursday, when the Dietrich will offer free showings of the trailers for all 22 films.
“You’ll see what we saw, what made us choose these movies,” film booker Ronnie Harvey said, predicting the trailers will make you want to return and watch more films that you expected.
The three-week Summer Fest will open on July 13 with a gala featuring two “refreshingly comic” films, Harvey said. “Finding Your Feet” follows a British woman who joins a dancing club, and “The Seagull” is based on Chekhov’s 19th-century play, adapted for the screen by Scranton native Stephen Karam.
“Unfortunately, he won’t be able to join us at the festival,” Harvey said of Karam. “He has a conflict.”
Other movies promise to transport viewers to the vineyards of Burgundy, the American rodeo circuit and the horrors of the Holocaust.
“I just read an article that said people are slowly beginning to forget the Holocaust,” Harvey said. “We think it’s important not to forget.”
The theme of the festival is “bringing the world closer,” Harvey added. “We’re all complex and we’re different, yet we’re all the same.”
The films include:
102 Not Out, PG, in Hindi with English subtitles. A 102-year-old wants to break the record of oldest living man, while his decades-younger son has already resigned himself to dreary old age. Showtimes are 7:15 p.m. July 15, 2:30 p.m. July 20, 2:15 p.m. July 26, 2 p.m. Aug. 1.
After Auschwitz, not rated. Jon Kean’s documentary follows six extraordinary women as they move past tragedy and trauma to life in America. Showtimes are noon July 17, 7:15 p.m. July 24, 2:30 p.m. July 29, noon July 31.
Back to Burgundy, not rated, in French with English subtitles. Three siblings reunite to save the family vineyard. Showtimes are 7 p.m. July 17, 4:30 p.m. July 19, 2:30 p.m. July 23, 2 p.m. July 30.
A Bag of Marbles, not rated, in French and German with English subtitles. Two Jewish boys struggle to escape the Nazi roundup. Showtimes are 2:15 p.m. July 14, 7 p.m. July 19, noon July 23, 2:15 p.m. July 27, 4:15 p.m. July 31.
Beast, rated R, a psychological thriller about a 27-year-old woman and a free-spirited stranger who may be a serial killer. Showtimes are 9:15 p.m. July 21, 2:30 p.m. July 26, 7 p.m. July 29.
Bye Bye Germany, not rated, in German with English subtitles. Jewish survivors of the Nazi regime sell bed linens door-to-door, praising housewives until the ladies find the items irresistible. Showtimes are 5 p.m. July 14, noon July 18, 7 p.m. July 22, 4:30 p.m. July 27.
Disobedience, rated R, follows a woman as she returns to the staunch Orthodox community that shunned her decades earlier. Showtimes are 9:15 p.m. July 14, 4:30 p.m. July 17, 2 p.m. July 19, noon July 20, 2:15 p.m. July 24, 9:15 p.m. July 27, noon July 30, 7 p.m. Aug. 1.
Final Portrait, rated R, a look at the offbeat friendship between writer/art lover James Lord and artist Alberto Giacometti, set in 1964 on a short trip to Paris. Showtimes are 5 p.m. July 18, noon July 21, noon July 27, 7 p.m. July 30.
Finding Your Feet, PG-13. When Sandra discovers her husband’s infidelity, she seeks refuge with her sister and a community dance class. Opening night gala July 13, 2:45 p.m. July 15, noon July 19 and July 23, 2:30 p.m. July 24 and July 27, 4:30 p.m. July 30, 5 p.m. Aug. 2.
The Gardener, not rated, documentary filmed on lush, 20-acre English-style garden in Quebec. Showtimes are noon July 16, 2:15 p.m. July 20, 2 p.m. July 31.
The Guardians, rated R, in French with English subtitles. World War I women handle the farm workload while the men are away. Showtimes are noon July 15, 2:15 p.m. July 18, 4:15 p.m. July 20, 4:30 p.m. July 24, 2:30 p.m. July 30, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2.
Hereditary, rated R. A family unravels increasingly terrifying secrets after the matriarch’s death. Showtimes are 9:15 p.m. July 20, 7 p.m. July 23, 9:15 p.m. July 28, 2:15 p.m. Aug. 2.
Lean on Pete, rated R. A teenager tries to save an aging horse that is bound for slaughter. Showtimes are 4:30 p.m. July 16, 2 p.m. July 21, noon July 29.
Let the Sunshine In, not rated, in French with English subtitles. A divorced painter searches for another shot at love. Showtimes are 2:30 p.m. July 17, noon July 20 and July 24, 7 p.m. July 26 and July 28, noon July 31.
Little Pink House, not rated. A nurse leads her neighbors in a struggle to save their homes from eminent domain, based on a true story. Showtimes are 7 p.m. July 16, noon July 24 and July 26, 4:30 p.m. July 29.
On Chesil Beach, rated R. A young couple from very different backgrounds meet in 1962. Showtimes are noon July 16, 2:30 p.m. July 19, noon July 22, 7 p.m. July 25, 2:30 p.m. July 31.
Pope Francis: A Man of His Word, rated PG. In English, Italian, Spanish, German. Documentary follows Pope Francis’ work of reforms and his answers to global questions. Showtimes are 2:15 p.m. July 16, noon July 19, 4:30 p.m. July 23, 7 p.m. July 31.
RBG, rated PG. This documentary follows the personal journey of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Showtimes are 7 p.m. July 14, 2:30 p.m. July 17, 7 p.m. July 20, 5 p.m. July 22, noon July 26, 4:30 p.m. July 28, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 2.
The Rider, rated R. Based on the true story of a rodeo rider who seeks a sense of purpose after a tragic accident. Showtimes are noon July 14 and July 17, 2:30 p.m. July 22, 7 p.m. July 27, 4:15 p.m. Aug. 1.
The Seagull, PG-13. Family and friends gather for a weekend; everyone loves someone who loves someone else. Opening night gala July 13; 5 p.m. July 15; 7 p.m. July 18; 2:30 p.m. July 23; 4:30 p.m. July 26; noon July 28, July 30 and Aug. 2.
Summer 1993, not rated, in Catalan with English subtitles. Six-year-old Frida gets used to a new home after losing her mother. Showtimes are 2:30 p.m. July 16, 4:30 p.m. July 21, 2:15 p.m. July 25, noon Aug. 2.
Tully, rated R. Charlize Theron stars as a mother of three, including a newborn, who forms a unique bond with a nanny. Showtimes are 7 p.m. July 21, noon July 25, 2:15 p.m. July 28, noon Aug. 1.
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