Thanks so much for your support of our fifth year sponsoring the Rosa Goddard International Film Festival!  For the last half of the month we’re showing some exciting contemporary films:

September 23: HEARTBEATS (LES AMOURS IMAGINAIRES) (2010, dir. Xavier Dolan)

Stylish and extravagant, this French-Canadian film is a beautifully shot, candy-colored take on a modern day Jules et Jim style love triangle.  Heartbeats writer, director, editor, and lead actor Xavier Dolan says of the film,“It involves creation and imagination, superficial visions and yes—colors and Chanel bags and marshmallows. This is intentional. This is a story about love imagery, the way we get infatuated with concepts and ideas more than individuals…conceptual love…choosing an impossible target so [we] won’t have to get involved in real things.”

September 30: A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT (2014, dir. Ana Lily Amirpour)

Stark black and white cinematography lends a rough elegance to this debut feature by Iranian-American filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour.  A vampire flick set in Bad City, a fictional, mostly deserted Iranian town patrolled nightly by a mysterious figure known as the Girl, this film draws on such disparate influences as John Hughes, Alejandro Jodorowsky, David Lynch, spaghetti westerns, and comic books to create a very cool and oddly romantic tale.

All films show at the Kentucky Theater at 7:15pm on Wednesday evenings in September.


SQecial Media is proud to announce the films for this year’s Rosa Goddard International Film Festival: 

September 11: L'Atalante/Zéro de conduite (double-feature)  

Jean Vigo completed only four films before his death at age 29.  L'Atalante, the 1934 masterpiece of French poetic realism, is his only feature length work.  Critic Roger Ebert said, “This is the kind of movie you return to like a favorite song, remembering where you were and how it made you feel…” The playful and anarchistic Zéro de conduite, first shown in 1933 and subsequently banned in France until 1946, is a short piece that was a direct influence on, amongst others, Lindsay Anderson’s If…. and Truffaut’s The 400 Blows.  

September 18: Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro)  

Set in Rio de Janeiro amidst the excitement of Carnival, Black Orpheus is Marcel Camus’ 1959 gorgeous Technicolor take on the classical Greek Orpheus/Eurydice myth. Based on the play Orfeu da Conceicao by Vinicius de Moraes, the film includes a soundtrack that would introduce the incredible Samba/Bossa Nova compositons of Luiz Bonfa and Antonio Carlos Jobim to an international audience.

September 25: Orphée  

Jean Cocteau’s 1950 magical cinematic excursion, Orphée, casts the mythic figure afloat in dream-like cinematography and musings on the darker obsessive side of creativity.  Starring Cocteau’s partner Jean Marais and set in Paris’ post-WWII Left Bank, the film includes a stunning array of brilliant, albeit simple, special effects and amazing camera trickery.

The movies will show on Wednesday nights at 7:15 in the Kentucky Theater.  Tickets will cost $5.  Spread the word!

Posters designed by Ed Franklin.