Cinema 10 begins 10-film spring series Feb. 10 in Potsdam with ‘In a World…’
Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 8:29 am

POTSDAM -- Cinema 10 begins its spring season of 10 films Monday, Feb. 10 with a showing of “In a World…,” a 2013 U.S. film directed by Lake Bell.

Films are shown on Monday evenings at 7:15 in the Roxy Theater, Main Street.

Tickets are $4.50 general admission, $3.50 for students and seniors; season tickets are $35, $25 for students and seniors.

The spring lineup:

• Feb. 10, “In a World…,” 2013, U.S., directed by Lake Bell, 93 min., rated R. This film riffs on the iconic line by announcer Don LaFontaine that has been the hook for countless movie trailers. But how many are there that feature a female voice? When a movie company plans to bring back the famous line for an upcoming trailer, Carol finds herself in competition against not only her father, a famous voiceover artist, and his heir-apparent protege, but also an industry that’s not quite ready for a feminine voice to lure them into the theater. Writer, director and star Lake Bell and her many comedic costars deliver a film that NPR calls “a moving story about female empowerment.” (language including sexual references)

• Feb. 24, “More Than Honey,” 2012, Switzerland/Germany/Austria, directed by Markus Imhoof, 95 min., not rated. This “magically beautiful film” (Farran Nehme, New York Post) focuses on honey bee colonies and how human interaction has affected their growth. Depicting bees, a small family-owned apiary, and an industrial level bee keeper with “eye popping photography” (Hollywood Reporter), this is “a delightful, informative, and suitably contemplative study of the bee world and the bee-population crisis” (Stephanie Zacharek, The Village Voice.) (bee deaths)

• March 3, “Wadjda,” 2012, Saudi Arabia/Germany, directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour); 98 min., PG. In this first feature-length film made entirely inside Saudi Arabia and written and directed by the kingdom’s first female filmmaker, 10-year-old Wadjda pushes cultural gender boundaries to achieve her dream of owning a beautiful green bicycle. Peter Keough of the Boston Globe says, “More than a critique of Saudi society, ‘Wadjda’ offers a character with universal resonance and appeal.” (thematic elements, brief mild language, smoking)

• March 10, “35 Shots of Rum” (35 rhums), 2008, France, directed by Claire Denis, 100 mins., not rated. In this drama of shifting relationships, a middle-aged widower finds his relationship with his adult daughter changing as he contemplates retirement and she moves toward a romantic relationship with a family friend. Steven Rea of the Philadelphia Enquirer says, “’35 Shots of Rum’ is visual poetry, but poetry that examines the human condition with insight and illumination.” Cinema 10 dedicates this showing to the memory of long-time Cinema 10 board member, Celine Philibert. (language, brief sexual contact, a near-riot)

• March 17, “Inequality for All,” 2013, U.S., directed by Jacob Kornbluth, 89 mins, PG. This documentary follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich in what aims to be a non-partisan exploration of the effect of the increasing income gap on the economy of the United States. Simon Houpt of the Globe and Mail calls the film “enlightening, entertaining and seriously alarming.” (thematic elements, some violence, language, smoking images)

• March 31, “The Place Beyond the Pines,” 2012, U.S., directed by Derek Cianfrance, 140 mins., rated R. “A Place Beyond the Pines” is a story in three parts about the ripple effect inherent in a life of crime. When stunt motorcyclist Luke (Ryan Gosling) finds out that a one-night stand years ago has fostered a baby, he turns to bank robbery to provide for the boy and his mother. But things take a turn for a worse when a rookie cop (Bradley Cooper) makes a split-second decision that will forever alter Luke’s family and his own. This film features stellar performances by Eva Mendes and Ray Liotta, The film has been compared to “Rebel Without a Cause” and has been heralded as a piece of “great American cinema of the type we keep worrying we’ve already lost” (Robbie Collin, The Telegraph.) The movie is completely engaging from its electric opening to its subtle close. (scenes of violence)

• April 7, “A Place at the Table,” 2012, U.S., directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, 84 mins., PG. Since 1980, food banks have grown in number from 200 to 40,000, and hunger continues to rise in a country demonstrably capable of feeding all its citizens. Hunger is a crisis “our own government is ashamed of acknowledging,” argues Jeff Bridges, actor and founder of the End Hunger Network, speaking in the film. “If another country was doing this to our kids, we would be at war.” The documentary pays tribute to the influential CBS program “Hunger in America,” broadcast in 1960, which prompted Richard Nixon to declare an ultimately successful “war on hunger.” With facts and figures and, more compellingly, interviews with individual children and adults across the country, the film documents the reversal of that success. After the film, Gardenshare will lead a panel discussion on local hunger and food security issues. (thematic elements, brief mild language)

• April 14, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” 2012, U.S./U.K./Qatar, directed by Mira Nair, 130 mins., rated R. A Pakistani man, Changez (Riz Ahmed), has traveled a long way toward achieving his version of the American Dream with a budding career on Wall Street, an American girlfriend, and many of the trappings of success. When the Twin Towers are attacked, everything changes for him. Tom Huddleston, writing for Time Out, says this thriller by Mira Nair (Mississippi Masala, Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake) offers much to enjoy: “fine photography, juicy supporting turns from Keifer Sutherland and Om Puri, and a powerfully sustained sense of a man adrift in a world going mad.” (language, some violence, brief nudity)

• April 21, “The Wind Rises” (Kaze tachinu), 2013, Japan, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 126 mins, PG-13. In what he declares to be his final animated film, Hayao Miyazaki takes on the story of Jiro Horikoshi, engineer and aviation pioneer, who dreams of airplanes rising on the wind, but who created the Mitsubishi Zero planes, used at Pearl Harbor and for kamikaze missions during World War II. Unlike Miyazaki’s more child-oriented stories, The Wind Rises deals with adult conflicts and choices, but from the perspective of a filmmaker whose hope has always been for a future with no battle planes. “Miyazaki is at the peak of his visual craftsmanship here,” says Scott Foundas of Variety, “alternating lush, boldly colored rural vistas with epic, crowded urban canvases, soaring aerial perspectives and test flights both majestic and ill-fated.” (some disturbing images, smoking)

• April 28, “The Act of Killing, 2012, Denmark/Norway/U.K., directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn; 115 mins., not rated. Joshua Oppenheimer’s film has received near universal accolades for its probing look at mass killings in 1960s Indonesia, both through the death squad perpetrators’ descriptions of what they did and (most strangely) the surreal movie extravaganzas they construct to re-enact their killings. Critics describe the film as simultaneously horrific and the best movie of the year. “But every time you think the documentary might be going too far or flirting with filmmaking that feels exploitative,” writes Janice Page in The Boston Globe, “you realize it’s opened your eyes a little wider.” “The Act of Killing morphs, in ways both ghastly and glorious, into an examination of institutionalized violence, guilt on individual and national scales, and the role of cinema to both shape and reflect our darkest impulses” (Nick Schager, The Village Voice.) (staged historical acts of torture and murder, language).

Cinema 10 is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.