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Thursday, April 17,2014

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Stanley Hotel: Home of the Stanley Film Festival, April 24-27

BALLET: MOULIN ROUGE — ROYAL WINNIPEG BALLET

TheBallet has been seen by over 110,000 people across North America, eliciting cheers and ovations wherever it tours. Along with a rousing French-inspired soundtrack, the ballet features high-kicking choreography by Jorden Morris and a passionate story of love, ambition and heartbreak. Turn of the century Paris … a city of exquisite contradiction. The heady elixir of personal freedom bred lifestyles both reckless and addictive. Drawn to Paris by the city’s passion, a flame fuelled by the hearts of lovers and the souls of poets, Mathieu and Nathalie tempt fate as they seek love and destiny at the infamous cabaret – The Moulin Rouge®. This vibrant cinematic presentation of Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet is directed by brothers Pierre & François Lamoureux of Cinemusica, the duo behind Grammy Award-winning concert film Zappa Plays Zappa and the Emmy Award-winning Harry Connick Jr., In Concert – On Broadway. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

BEST OF THE INTERWEBS ON THE BIG SCREEN

You spend your life staring at your computer, your laptop or your phone. Regardless of the device, one thing is for sure: you’re watching some pretty incredible things on a small screen. Tonight we crowdsource amazing shorts from the interwebs and seamlessly project them onto the big screen. Sun April 20 only, Muenzinger Auditorium. International Film Series

BLAST OF SILENCE

This 1961 film noir in which Allen Baron stars, wrote and directed is about a Cleveland hitman hired to knock off a New York mobster. April 17 only, VAC Basement Auditorium (1B20). International film Series

CHILD’S POSE

Seeing a way to reassert control over her adult son’s life when he faces manslaughter charges, an affluent Romanian woman sets out on a campaign of emotional and social manipulation to keep him out of prison, navigating the waters of power, corruption and influence. Child’s Pose is based on the sense of loss of parents who have to send their children away-physically and psychologically. The parent-child relationship is re-assessed through a son in his 30s that wants to escape from his mother, who in turn wants to keep her adult son by her side. The mother’s character is quite familiar, but this film is unique in that the director delicately portrays how the controlling mother wants to deny that her son is destined to leave her by following the characters’ emotional flows and gazing at their twisted desires. Luminita Gheorghiu turns in an extraordinary performance in playing a mother struggling to “save” her son. Heading to the conclusion, the film shows that the unhealthy mother-son relationship is not that simple when it comes to matters of humane duty. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

ELAIN STRITCH: SHOOT ME 

Now in her late 80s, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch remains as ferociously funny as ever. In this bold, hilarious and poignant portrait, the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is revealed both on and off stage. Candid reflections about her life are punctuated with words from friends (including James Gandolfini, Tina Fey, John Turturro, Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane and Cherry Jones) and archival footage that showcases some of the great moments from her career. Whether dominating the stage, tormenting Alec Baldwin on the set of “30 Rock,” or sharing her struggles with aging, diabetes and alcoholism, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me reaches beyond the icon’s brassy exterior and reveals an inspiring portrait of a complex woman and artist. 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. — Boedecker Theater

A FIELD IN ENGLAND 

It’s a violent comedy that could just be a new movie classic. This film from mad man Ben Wheatley and his script-writing wife Amy Jump is set during the English Civil War and follows a group of deserters and an an alchemist. April 18 and 19, Muenzinger Auditorium. International Film Series

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. Awardwinning actress Valeria Golino goes behind the camera to direct this impressive drama. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

LETS BE COPS (actors will be at this screening) 

IFS will be showing an advance screening of this comedy. In addition, the stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans, Jr will also be in attendance! Click the link http://l.gofobo.us/h4GpO8VN for your chance to download printable passes for you and a guest. Also, text the keyword COPS to 43549 to win a private meet and greet with Jake and Damon before the screening. This comedy opens in theaters August 13. April 23, 8 p.m., Muenzinger Auditorium. International Film Series

OBVIOUS CHILD 

For aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her incredibly relatable brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. But when Donna gets dumped, loses her job, and finds herself pregnant just in time for Valentine’s Day, she has to navigate the murky waters of independent adulthood for the first time. As she grapples with an uncertain financial future, an unwanted pregnancy, and a surprising new suitor, Donna begins to discover that the most terrifying thing about adulthood isn’t facing it all on her own. It’s allowing herself to accept the support and love of others. And be truly vulnerable. Never failing to find the comedy and humanity in each awkward situation she encounters, Donna finds out along the way what it means to be as brave in life as she is on stage. April 21 only, Muenzinger Auditorium. International Film Series

SCIENCE ON THE SCREEN: “THE LOST WORLD” AND KARIN CHIN ON VISUALIZING DINOSAURS 

 Karen Chin, an associate professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and curator of paleontology at the University of Colorado Boulder, will discuss how our understanding of dinosaurs has changed since the first discoveries of dinosaur bones hundreds of years ago. How have scientists and artists endeavored to reconstruct the extinct dinosaurs, and why have they remained so popular? Film Screening: The Lost World (1925) is a silent film adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1912 novel of the same name. Starring Wallace Beery as Professor Challenger and directed by Harry O. Hoyt, the film features pioneering stop motion special effects by Willis O’Brien who worked on the original King Kong. It is a film of many firsts: first film to be shown to airline passengers on a 1925 London-Paris flight; first feature length film to feature model animation as the primary special effect; and first dinosaur-oriented film hit. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater

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 high-level 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

WHEN COMEDY WENT TO SCHOOL 

After three sell-outs, Boulder Jewish Film Festival joins us in bringing back this documentary about the birth of modern stand-up comedy in the Catskill Mountains, a boot camp for the greatest generation of Jewish-American comedians. Includes Sid Ceasar, Jerry Stiller, Dick Gregory, Jerry Lewis, Jackie Mason, Woody Allen, Jerry Seinfeld, and more. Sponsored by the Boulder Jewish Film Festival. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater 

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