The Broken Circle Breakdown
2012 | Belgium | NR | 111 min.
Each year we see a couple of films that touch us in a way that will never let us go. This year, a Belgian tale, the Berlin Film Festival audience award winner, won our hearts and minds – and it haunts us still. It’s the story of the glorious, intense, almost mythical love between Elise and Didier, two wild and passionate people who discover that they fit perfectly together, until circumstances beyond their control change everything. Framed around a remarkable bluegrass soundtrack and several performances by Didier’s band, “The Broken Circle Breakdown” will make you laugh, and cry, and will wash you in the power of grand love.
Wed 9 pm State Theatre | Sun 6 pm City Opera House
2013 | Norway | NR | 105 min.
Generally speaking, films from Norway are so great that we scarcely need to watch them first, but we’re very glad we saw this one, and we won’t soon forget it. “Before Snowfall” follows the dangerous journey of a 16-year-old Kurdish boy across Europe from Kurdistan and Turkey to Germany and Norway, as he attempts to restore his family’s honor while moving between neighboring countries that are as different from one another as night and day. On his journey, he is smuggled across the borders with the help of a network of Kurdish immigrants, falls in love, and comes of age in a foreign land. All the while, we watch the subplot of the way two peaceful countries, Norway and Germany, deal with immigrants who are unable to leave their violent pasts behind. Don’t miss this truly incredible film that will stay with you long after you leave the theater.
Thu 6 pm City Opera House | Sun 6 pm Bijou by the Bay
2012 | Spain | NR | 94 min.
In this smartly-written romantic comedy, old college buddies Xabi, Lukas and Jone reunite in Bilbao after learning that their friend Maria is terminally ill with a congenital heart defect. Lukas and Jone confide in Xabi that Maria has been secretly in love with him for years, so he decides to make her last days a bit brighter by pretending to be in love with her as well. But when Maria makes a miraculous recovery thanks to his affections, Xabi has to juggle between keeping up appearances in his new relationship and keeping his pregnant girlfriend in Barcelona out of the loop. We like this movie so much, we chose it for the special screening we do for our valued volunteers.
Thu 6 pm Lars Hockstad Auditorium | Sun 12 noon State Theatre