Duck Butter, 1945, Lean on Pete

 

While many of you have been awaiting the movie about 2 women trying to connect within the Orthodox Jewish community, the distributor replied that they had enough theaters booked in our market  without THE SHOWROOM.  Instead we’ve found another film, DUCK BUTTER that follows a similar relationship with a far lighter tone. This lesbian dramedy about modern relationships from the director of last year’s BEATRIZ AT DINNER is more than meets the eye. But don’t take my word for it, check out the review in Slate

The other film premiering this week, 1945 was the Best Feature Winner at the 2017 Jerusalem Film Festival. Cinematically, it is a stunner. And, in case you missed it last week: The dark horse (pardon the pun,) critical hit, LEAN ON PETE is back for another week.  And since we don’t want to leave out the art lovers… the Exhibitions on Screen film CANALETTO & THE ART OF VENICE will have two screenings, Sunday, May 6 at 12:30 PM and Monday, May 7 at 7:30 PM.

 

MOVIE DETAILS: In DUCK BUTTER, Naima (Alia Shawkat) and Sergio (Laia Costa) meet at a club, where they hit it off instantly, connecting over their disdain for the dishonesty they have experienced in their respective romantic relationships. High on their fast chemistry, the two women concoct a romantic experiment: They plan to spend the next 24 hours together, having sex on the hour. Above all, they commit to perfect honesty with each other, a theoretical remedy to the deceit they believe to be an element of modern relationships. Directed by Miguel Arteta, written by Arteta and Shawkat. LEARN MORE.

 An instant classic… a truly fresh and modern relationship movie, a portrait of two women who collide, spectacularly, for a moment in time. – Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times

 

On a sweltering August day in 1945, villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk’s son. Meanwhile, two Orthodox Jews arrive at the village train station with mysterious boxes labeled “fragrances.” The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village’s deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property back, originally lost during the second World War. Other villagers are afraid more survivors will come, posing a threat to the property and possessions they have claimed as their own. Directed by Ferenc Torok. In Hungarian, with subtitles. LEARN MORE.

 This film adds to a growing list of Holocaust dramas and documentaries that move past the guilt of Nazi Germany to ponder the complicity of smaller communities in eastern Europe.”  – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

 

If you are familiar with the work of director Andrew Haigh, you know that he is capable of bringing a delicate reality to depictions of everyday life – his work on LEAN ON PETE is no exception. Charlie Plummer delivers a startling performance as fifteen-year old Charley Thompson, newly arrived in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray. Charlie takes refuge in a job at a local racetrack caring for an aging horse named Lean On Pete… but there is not much use for an aging horse of any name. Also starring Steve Buscemi and Chloë Sevigny. LEARN MORE.

So much of the success of the film is in the mood, and the sense of constant restraint on the part of Haigh. He’s always holding the reins, forcing us to study the scenarios he places before us through Charley’s innocent eyes. – Katherine Monk, Ex-Press.com

 

ENCORE SCREENING: CANALETTO & THE ART OF VENICE returns for a second run. Many of you were sorry that you had missed the March screening of this film, part of our EXHIBITION ON SCREEN series of art event films about the world’s greatest art exhibitions. You will have two times to visit Venice on film Sunday at 12:30 PM and Monday at 7:30 PM.

Canaletto & the Art of Venice is an immersive journey into the life and art of Venice’s famous view-painter. The remarkable group of over 200 paintings, drawings and prints on display offer unparalleled insight into the artistry of Canaletto and his contemporaries, and the city he became a master at capturing. The film also offers the chance to step inside two official royal residences – Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle – to learn more about the artist, and Joseph Smith, the man who introduced Canaletto to Britain.

Cinema-goers will embark on their very own 21st century Grand Tour, visiting the sites enjoyed by their 18th century counterparts and immortalized in Canaletto’s views – from the Rialto Bridge to the Piazza San Marco, and the Palazzo Ducale to the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo. Guided by Royal Collection Trust curators and the world’s leading experts in Venetian history, the film is not only a wonderful way to see the exhibition, but an opportunity to get closer to Canaletto, the city that inspired him and witness the start of the travel art industry.

Coming up: VINCENT VAN GOGH: A NEW WAY OF SEEING (June 10th and 11th) and I, CLAUDE MONET (June 24th and 25th). Buy your tickets in advance for these special screenings.

 

FUTURE FILMS WE ARE ANTICIPATING: Movies listed as “Coming Soon” are films The ShowRoom Cinema would like to present and is actively trying to book. However, we don’t always know if or when we will be able to actually get them from distributors. We set showtimes on a week-by-week basis and will announce them as soon as we can confirm them. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

We look forward to bringing these films to THE SHOWROOM CINEMA and please help support our theater by seeing them with us: GOLDSTONE;  FINDING YOUR FEET;  HANNAH;  FINAL PORTRAIT;   LOVELESS;  BEAUTY AND THE DOGS;  DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT;    MOUNTAIN;  THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS;   YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE;  RBG;  ISMAEL’S GHOSTS; HEARTS BEAT LOUD.

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEK AND THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE SHOWROOM CINEMA.

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