Town Center 5
17200 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA 91316
Encino, CA 91316
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Many U.S. arthouse moviegoers were wowed last year when they were introduced to Toni Servillo, one of Italy's finest actors, in The Great Beauty. The film went on to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Next Friday the 28th we are excited to open Mr. Servillo's latest film to make the journey from overseas, VIVA LA LIBERTA. Servillo plays Enrico Oliveri, a politician who realizes that the decline of his party is inevitable and decides to disappear, fleeing to Paris to find peace in the home of his ex-girlfriend Danielle (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) while creating a panic within the party. His top aide and his wife decide to contact his twin broth [...]
The documentary SHADOWS FROM MY PAST, which we open this Friday at the Town Center 5, juxtaposes interviews of prominent contemporary Austrians grappling with their nation’s complicity in the Holocaust with desperate letters written by filmmaker Gita Kaufman’s Jewish family from Vienna, 1939 – 1941, begging to save their children. Both the interviews and the letters reverberate to today. SHADOWS FROM MY PAST co-director Gita Kaufman will participate in Q&A's after the 8 PM screenings on Friday and Saturday and the 1 PM and 3:20 PM screenings on Sunday.
What’s it like to try to get to know a flying dinosaur? In PELICAN DREAMS, Sundance and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Judy Irving (“The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill”) follows a wayward California brown pelican from her “arrest” on the Golden Gate Bridge into care at a wildlife rehabilitation facility, and from there explores pelicans’ nesting grounds, Pacific coast migration, and survival challenges. Newsweek Magazine just published this piece about the film. It begins, "'A friend of mine was in this traffic jam,' Judy Irving recalls. 'She said, 'You'll never guess why I was held up on the bridge.'' It's not unusual for traffic to come to [...]
Indiewire Interview with FORCE MAJEURE Filmmaker: "The tourists dressed up in neon colors, and the goggles, the well-to-do people who don't have problems in their lives. I was fond of the idea of messing things up for those people."
On October 31 we open the Swedish film FORCE MAJEURE, Ruben Östlund’s wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama about a seemingly model married couple who suddenly find themselves in crisis after the husband does something extremely cowardly and selfish. Written and directed by Östlund (Play, Involuntary), the film was a word-of-mouth sensation at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, where it won the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard. Östlund recently sat for an interview with Indiewire's Ryan Lattanzio to talk about this top contender for the Foreign Language Oscar: Indiewire: What initially interested you about a couple in c [...]
In India, a group of boys dream of becoming chess grandmasters. But this is no ordinary chess and these are no ordinary players. ALGORITHMS is a documentary that transports us into the little known world of blind chess. Filmed over three years in different parts of India, ALGORITHMS follows three boys and an adult champion who not only aspires to bring global recognition to India's blind chess players, but also wants to encourage all blind children to play chess. ALGORITHMS director Ian McDonald and producer Geetha J will participate in Q&A's at our Town Center 5 theater after the 7:10 screenings on Friday and Saturday, October 17 and [...]