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Thursday, April 10,2014

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ABANDONED

A classic film noir staring Jeff Chandler set in L.A. April 10, VAC Basement Auditorium (1B20). — International Film Festival

CYBER-SENIORS

Proving you’re never too old to learn something new, Cyber-Seniors follows a group of initially reluctant seniors as they discover the wonders of the world-wide-web with the help of their teenage mentors. Boulder County Aging Services co-presents this heartwarming, humorous and candid documentary about the challenges and victories of seniors as they dive into the digital world. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

ERNEST & CELESTINE

Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hard-working mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer — and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn’t long before their friendship is put to the test by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities. Magical and funny, Ernest & Celestine joyfully leaps across genres, propelled with brilliant comic timing, to capture the kinetic possibilities of animated storytelling. At Boedecker Mayan Theatre. — Landmark Theatres

FOLLOWING THE NINTH: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF BEETHOVEN’S FINAL SYMPHONY

Filmed on five continents and in 12 countries, this is the story of four people whose lives have been transformed, repaired and healed by the Ninth’s message: “Alle Menschen werden Bruder (All People Are Connected).” At Tienanmen Square in 1989, students played the Ninth over loudspeakers as the army came in to crush their protests for freedom. In Chile, women under the Pinochet dictatorship sang the Ninth at torture prisons, and those inside took hope when they heard the music. In Japan each December, the Ninth is performed hundreds of times, often with 10,000 people in the chorus. Part road trip, part adventure, Following The Ninth is a story about the power of music and human resilience in dark times. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

DECONSTRUCTING THE BEATLES: A TRIP THROUGH STRAWBERRY FIELDS

In early 1967, the Beatles released a groundbreaking single — John Lennon’s “Strawberry Fields Forever” backed by Paul Mc- Cartney’s “Penny Lane.” In its music, lyrics, arrangement and subject matter, “Strawberry Fields Forever”/”Penny Lane” was a large step forward for the Beatles and for all of popular music. In this film, Scott Freiman explores the creation of these two masterpieces with special attention to the evolution of the songs from demos to final recordings. The presentation also includes an in-depth look at Sgt. Pepper’s “A Day In The Life,” one of the Beatles’ most remarkable achievements. April 12, Muenzinger Auditorium. —International Film Series

GOODBYE WORLD

Living off the grid, James and Lily raise their young daughter in a safe haven of comfort and sustainability. After a crippling, apocalyptic cyber attack crosses the country, their home transitions from peaceful refuge to a fortress for the old friends seeking protection and community. This unexpected community gathering is soon compromised by personal histories and exchanges as well as the threat of a locally grown new world order. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

HISTORY ON SCREEN; THOMAS ANDREWS ON THE LUDLOW MASSACRE, AND “NO GOD, NO MASTER”

University of Colorado history professor and author of Killing for Coal, Thomas Andrews discusses the 100th anniversary of The Ludlow Massacre, the famous attack on striking Colorado coal miners, paired with a screening of No God, No Master. Based on true events of the ’20s, No God, No Master focuses on an investigation of terrorism, involving a series of package bombs showing up on the doorsteps of prominent politicians and business men. The film begins as John D. Rockefeller, who is dealing with the fallout from the Ludlow Massacre, receives one of the bombs. U. S. Bureau of Investigation Agent Flynn (David Strathairn) must find those responsible and ultimately discovers an anarchist plot. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

HONEY (MIELE)

In Honey, Irene lives alone on the coastline outside Rome. To her father and her married lover, she’s a student. In reality, she often travels to Mexico where she can legally buy a powerful barbiturate.

Working under the name of Miele (“Honey”), her clandestine job is to help terminally-ill people to die with dignity by giving them the drug. One day she supplies a new “client” with a fatal dose, only to find out he’s perfectly healthy but tired of life. Irene is determined not to be responsible for his suicide. From this point on, Irene is determined to get the drug back. They become unwillingly locked in an intense and moving relationship which will change Irene’s life forever. Award-winning actress Valeria Golino goes behind the camera to direct this impressive drama. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME II

Nymphomaniac Volume II picks up where Volume I leaves off, with the story of Joe’s (Charlotte Gainsbourg) adulthood, where her journey of self-discovery leads to darker complications. The film also stars Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth and Jean-Marc Barr. Nymphomaniac marks Lars von Trier’s follow-up to his critically acclaimed film Melancholia, and is his third consecutive collaboration with Gainsbourg. A groundbreaking filmmaker for more than two decades, von Trier’s other film credits include Antichrist, Dogville, Dancer in the Dark and Breaking the Waves. Note: Nymphomaniac contains graphic depictions of sexuality to a degree unprecedented in a mainstream feature film. April 16, Muenzinger Auditorium. — International Film Series

PARTICLE FEVER

Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity. For the first time, a film gives audiences a front row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation. As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joined forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. But our heroes confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist? April 15, Muenzinger Auditorium. — International Film Series

THE PAST

Writer/director of the Oscar-winning A Separation returns with this story of an Iranian man who deserts his French wife and her two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife’s request for a divorce. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS: DECONSTRUCTING THE BEATLES REVOLVER

In this film composer/producer and Beatles expert Scott Freiman takes music fans young and old on a journey through this remarkable album.The 1966 album launched a period of studio experimentation for the Beatles that coincided with the end of their concert performances. Using rare audio and video clips, as well as anecdotes about the creation of the songs, Tomorrow Never Knows: Deconstructing The Beatles’ Revolver, explores the groundbreaking production techniques that went into producing this landmark piece of music history.

In addition to many of the tracks from Revolver, Mr. Freiman will also explore the creation of two other songs recorded during the same time period, “Paperback Writer” and “Rain.” April 11, Muenzinger Auditorium. — International Film Series

THE UNKNOWN KNOWN

Using declassified memos, director Errol Morris (The Fog of War, Tabloid) guides former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld through a discussion of his controversial career as a highlevel executive under four different Republican presidents.

Such absorbing topics as Vietnam, the Cold War, Desert Storm and the War on Terror are all examined through the words of one of America’s most divisive and complex public figures. At Boedecker. —Boedecker Theater

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