Cinema chat: The Polish film festival Ann Arbor begins, “Spencer”, “Eternals” and more
What’s next in the world of cinema after a Halloween weekend of horror movies? Michael Jewett from WEMU is here to find out. Michael is once again sitting for David Fair to speak to Michigan Theater Foundation executive Russ Collins about anything movie-related.
THE ANN ARBOR POLISH FILM FESTIVAL – 5.-7. NOVEMBER
NOVEMBER 5, FRIDAY – Opening of the 28th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival – 7:00 am
Leave No Traces – 7:45
to you. Jan P. Matuszyński, play, 2021, 160 min.
NOVEMBER 6, SATURDAY
Tarapaty 2 / “Triple Trouble” – 11:00
to you. Marta Karwowska, Adventure, 2020, 87 min.
The hero / “The hero” – 6:00
to you. Milena Dutkowska, short story, 2021, 24 min.
magnesium – 6:45
to you. Maciej Bochniak, Western, 2020, 120min.
Teściowie / “The in-laws” – 9:00
to you. Jakub Michalczuk, comedy, 2021, 81 min.
The film won the Audience Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
NOVEMBER 7 SUNDAY
Another day – 1:30
to you. Monika Meleń, documentary, 2021, 50min.
Zupa nic / “Back then” – 2:30
to you. Kinga Dębska, comedy, 2021, 94 min.
OPENING IN THE DOWNTOWN
“Spencer” – OPENS FRIDAY NOVEMBER 5TH IN STATE WITH AN ADVANCED SCREENING TODAY
A 2021 biographical psychodrama film directed by Pablo Larraín and written by Steven Knight. The film stars Kristen Stewart as Diana, Princess of Wales (née Spencer) and follows Diana’s decision to end her marriage to Prince Charles (played by Jack Farthing) and leave the British royal family. Timothy Spall, Sean Harris and Sally Hawkins also play. Spencer had its world premiere in competition at the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 3, 2021.
The marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles has long since turned cold. Although there are many rumors of affairs and a divorce, peace is called for the Christmas celebrations at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate. People eat and drink, shoot and hunt. Diana knows the game. But this year things will be fundamentally different. This film is an idea of what could have happened in those few fateful days.
“Eternals” – OPENED FRIDAY NOVEMBER 5TH IN THE STATE WITH AN ADVANCED SCREENING TODAY
An American epic superhero film released in 2021 based on the Marvel comic book race of the same name. It is the 26th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Directed by Chloé Zhao, who wrote the script with Patrick Burleigh, Ryan Firpo and Kaz Firpo. An ensemble will play with Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Harish Patel, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie. In the film, the Eternals, an immortal alien race, emerge from their hiding place after thousands of years to protect the earth from their evil counterparts, the Deviants.
Chloé Zhao – who was also in the running to direct Marvel’s Black Widow (2021) – turned to Marvel Studios to direct the film as she was a fan of the MCU. She wanted to work with the studio to bring her own attitude and world education to the franchise.
The latest film from Marvel Studios features an exciting new team of superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have secretly lived on Earth for thousands of years. After the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s oldest enemy, the Deviants.
SPECIAL SCREENINGS IN THE DOWNTOWN
THREE BY BAZ LUHRMANN
“Strictly Ballroom” – PLAYS ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9th at 4.15pm & 7.30pm IN MICHIGAN!
A top ballroom dancer mates with a simple, left-footed local girl when his idiosyncratic style earns him the contempt of his more conventionally-minded colleagues. Together the team gives everything and makes dreams of the championship come true.
“The Great Gatsby” – PLAYS ON TUESDAY NOVEMBER 16TH AT 7:30 PM IN MICHIGAN!
Midwestern Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) came to New York in 1922 in search of the American dream. Nick, a would-be writer, moves in alongside millionaire Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and across from his cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her unscrupulous husband Tom (Joel Edgerton). Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the rich and writes – while witnessing their illusions and deceptions – a story of impossible love, dreams and tragedies.
“Moulin Rouge!” – PLAYS ON TUESDAY NOVEMBER 23rd AT 7:30 PM IN MICHIGAN!
A celebration of love and creative inspiration takes place in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Parisian nightclub on the threshold of the 20th century. A young poet (Ewan McGregor) immersed in the intoxicating world of the Moulin Rouge begins a passionate affair with the club’s most notorious and beautiful star (Nicole Kidman).
LATE NIGHTS – FRIDAYS AT 10 PM
FURTHER IN THE DOWNTOWN
“The French Embassy”
An American comedy-drama anthology film from 2021, written, directed and produced by Wes Anderson based on a story conceived with Roman Coppola, Hugo Guinness and Jason Schwartzman. The film stars an ensemble with Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson. Its plot follows three different storylines as the French international office of a fictional Kansas newspaper prepares its final edition. The shooting took place between November 2018 and March 2019 with cinematographer Robert Yeoman in the city of Angoulême, France. After a delay, the film celebrated its world premiere on July 12, 2021 at the Cannes Film Festival.
“Last Night in Soho”
This is a 2021 British psychological horror film directed by Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Baby Driver”, “The Sparks Brothers”) and scripted by Wright and Krysty Wilson-Cairns. The movie stars are Thomasin McKenzie (“Leave No Trace”, “Jojo Rabbit”, “True History of the Kelly Gang”), Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Witch”, “Split”, “Thoroughbreds”, “Peaky Blinders”, “Emma”, “The Queen’s Gambit”), Matt Smith and Terence Stamp. The film marks the last film appearances of Diana Rigg and Margaret Nolan, who died in September and October 2020, respectively. The film is dedicated to the memory of Nolan. The film had its world premiere on September 4, 2021 at the 78th Venice International Film Festival.
In the psychological thriller from acclaimed director Edgar Wright, Eloise, an aspiring fashion designer, may mysteriously step into the 1960s where she meets the dazzling would-be singer Sandie. But the glamor isn’t all it appears to be, and dreams of the past are starting to break and splinter into something much darker.
From director Denis Villeneuve, a mythical and emotionally charged hero’s journey, this film tells the story of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), a brilliant and talented young man who was born into a great destiny beyond his understanding and the most dangerous planet in the world the universe must travel to secure the future of his family and people. As malevolent forces explode in conflicts over the sole supply of the planet’s most precious resource – a commodity that can unleash the greatest potential of humanity – only those who can overcome their fear will survive.
“No time to die”
A British-American spy film from 2021 and the 25th in the James Bond series shows Daniel Craig in his fifth and final appearance as a fictional British MI6 agent. Directed by Cary Fukunaga based on a script by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and others, including Fukunaga. Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Rory Kinnear and Ralph Fiennes repeat their roles from previous films, with Rami Malek playing a classic Bond opponent. The release of the film was delayed by more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film received strong positive reviews from critics who hailed it as a fitting and compelling farewell to the Craig era of Bond films.
THANK YOU / CHRISTMAS COMING SOON!
Michigan Theater Traditional showing of Warner Bros. Cartoons – FRIDAY AFTER THANK YOU 11:30 AM
Enjoy a laugh with friends and family as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and the Looney Tunes gang take over the canvas of the historic main auditorium with a selection of Warner Bros. cartoons for all ages.
“White Christmas” – PLAYS FRIDAY NOVEMBER 26TH AT 7:30 PM IN MICHIGAN
With texts and comments on the screen, goodie bags and more.
Sing with Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) as they perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont with sister act Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen). There they meet General Waverly (Dean Jagger), the commander of the boys in World War II, who they learn is in financial difficulties; his rustic country inn fails. So what should the foursome do besides planning a Christmas miracle: a fun musical extravaganza that Waverly and its business will surely be in the black!
FREE Christmas Classic Series!
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