The Complete Line-Up for Michael Moore's 2010 Traverse City Film Festival

Please Give
2009 | USA | R | 90 min.

Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt star in this new comedy from Nicole Holofcener (“Friends With Money”), a piercing look at an upper-middle-class woman’s sense of guilt about her privileged position in life. On the one hand, Kate gives regularly to the homeless. On the other, she and her husband indulge a somewhat morbid materialism—their successful vintage furniture store sells pieces inherited by grieving children, and they have their eyes set on expanding their already-spacious apartment once their aging neighbor Andra kicks the bucket. Holofcener is at the top of her game with this bitingly funny and insightful film.

Showtimes: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 3 pm, State Theatre and Saturday, July 31, 2010, 9:30 am, Lars Hockstad    Buy Tickets Now!

The Secret in Their Eyes
2009 | Argentina | R | 129 min.

Winner of the 2010 Best Foreign Film Oscar, this mesmerizing crime drama interweaves a politically charged whodunit with generation-spanning romances, all the elements of classic cinema at its finest. Haunted by the memory of a brutal murder case for over 25 years, a retired court investigator decides to write a novel about the horrific crime to exorcise his inner demons. We follow his relentless pursuit of the killer, aided by his bumbling genius colleague Sandoval and their cautious superior Irene. A true cinematic treat, this labyrinthine legal thriller will leave you talking hours after you leave the theater.

Showtimes: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 3 pm, Lars Hockstad and Sunday, August 1, 2010, 9 pm, State Theatre    Buy Tickets Now!

2010 | Nigeria, UK | NR | 95 min.

Idris Elba gives a riveting central performance as a black ops officer who ends up in a military hospital after being ambushed, captured and tortured while pursuing a black market arms dealer. Years later, he’s living alone in a run-down Brooklyn apartment, plotting to expose a powerful New York Senator who he believes to be the man pulling the strings — a man who also happens to be his brother. The taut script functions almost entirely within Gray’s apartment, working both as a tense psychological chamber drama and a high-stakes political thriller. In Person: Director Thomas Ikimi

Showtime: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 9 pm, City Opera House    Buy Tickets Now!

The Man Next Door
2009 | Argentina | NR | 103 min.

Leonardo is a world-famous interior designer who lives in Le Corbusier’s Casa Curutchet. One day, horror strikes: he awakes to the sound of workmen opening a hole for his neighbor Victor’s new window—and it looks directly into his famous home! Victor just wants a little more sun, but a window is out of the question for Leonardo. As negotiations between the two men grow more and more strained, the film evolves into a class war that pits the refined against the uncouth, offering a sharp critique of the materialistic shallowness that comes with privilege.

Showtimes: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 9 pm, Milliken Auditorium and Saturday, July 31, 2010, 9 pm, Old Town Playhouse    Buy Tickets Now!

Me and Orson Welles
2008 | UK | PG-13 | 114 min.

Orson Welles may be best remembered for his work as director/writer/producer/actor in films like “Citizen Kane” and “The Lady from Shanghai,” but even before hitting it big on the silver screen, he enjoyed a rather successful theater career. This film by Richard Linklater follows a wannabe teenage actor as he somewhat haphazardly gets cast in the Welles-helmed 1937 staging of a modern “Julius Caesar.” Anchored by a phenomenal performance by Christian McKay as Welles, this Manhattan-set period piece is a treat for lovers of stage and screen.

Showtimes: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 9:30 am, Lars Hockstad and Saturday, July 31, 2010, 3 pm, State Theatre    Buy Tickets Now!

When We Leave
2010 | Germany | NR | 119 min.

Trapped in an abusive marriage in Istanbul, Umay decides she’s had enough. With her 5-year-old son Cem, Umay makes a clandestine escape to her family’s home in Berlin. Initially welcoming of their daughter’s “visit,” Umay’s staunchly traditional family soon starts pushing her to return to her husband despite her pleas. Umay is forced to flee with her son once again after her father and brother attempt to kidnap Cem and bring him back to his father. This multi-award winning debut feature may leave you unable to move at its conclusion—it’s a top must-see. In Person: Director Feo Aladag

Showtimes: Friday, July 30, 2010, 3 pm, State Theatre and Sunday, August 1, 2010, noon, Lars Hockstad    Buy Tickets Now!

2008 | France | NR | 110 min.

17-year-old Iraqi refugee Bilal is nearing the end of an arduous 2,500 mile journey, on a mission to reunite with his girlfriend Mina in England. All that stands in his way now is the English Channel—and seemingly insurmountable securitymeasures aimed at deterring illegal immigrants from crossing. Bilal finds an unlikely friend in Simon, a middle-aged swimming coach at a public pool in Calais with his own girl problems. Bilal hatches a plan: with Simon’s help, he’ll swim theChannel. This compelling drama manages to keep its politics at the personal level, offering a chance to step into an immigrant’s shoes.

Showtimes: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 3 pm, Old Town Playhouse and Sunday, August 1, 2010, 9:30 am, Milliken Auditorium    Buy Tickets Now!

Will You Marry Us?
2009 | Switz. | NR | 90 min.

Set in small-town Switzerland, this affectionate, brilliant rom-com centers on Rahel, a civil registrar who performs the town’s marriages. Her life is thrown for a loop when her now-famous former bandmate Ben shows up in the quiet town. Ben is looking for a place out of the limelight to get hitched to his movie star girlfriend, and asks Rahel to perform the ceremony. But the situation gets dicey when Rahel, who is having problems of her own with her cheating husband, realizes that her feelings for Ben are stronger than ever. This irresistible comedy is a joy to watch.

Showtimes: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 6 pm, State Theatre and Sunday, August 1, 2010, 9 pm, Lars Hockstad    Buy Tickets Now!

The Trotsky
2009 | Canada | NR | 114 min.

Privileged 17-year-old Montreal student Leon Bronstein is the reincarnation of celebrated Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky. Or maybe he’s not. But that doesn’t stop him from initiating a hunger strike at his father’s workplace or organizing the student’s union at his new public school. Living his life by flashcards with bullet points from Trotsky’s life (No. 9: Get assassinated), Leon sets off on a campaign to rally his fellow classmates to action. But will they answer the call? This outlandish film plays out as a rare brand of high school comedy that eschews sex (well, not entirely) in favor of political action. In Person: Director Jacob Tierney

Showtimes: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 9 pm, Lars Hockstad and Thursday, July 29, 2010, 3 pm, City Opera House    Buy Tickets Now!

Solitary Man
2009 | USA | R | 90 min.

Michael Douglas stars with Mary-Louise Parker, Susan Sarandon and Danny DeVito in this dark comedy about an aging anti-hero lothario who finds himself mired in a mid-life catastrophe after his wife leaves him and his successful empire of car dealerships crumbles around him in the wake of a self-inflicted scandal. Ben’s compulsive womanizing gets him into even more trouble after his new girlfriend asks him to accompany her teenage daughter to college. But the visit to his alma mater only amplifies Ben’s unreserved behavior in this sharply written story with a top-notch cast.

Showtimes: Thursday, July 29, 2010, noon, State Theatre and Sunday, August 1, 2010, 9 pm, City Opera House    Buy Tickets Now!

Tiny Furniture
2009 | USA | NR | 98 min.

Lena Dunham wrote, directed and starred in this breakout feature, winner of Best Narrative Feature at SXSW, a hotbed for up-and-coming American indie talent. Dunham plays Aura, a college grad who returns home from her liberal arts school to her artistic family’s Tribeca loft with nothing but a useless film theory degree and 357 hits on her YouTube page. Disarmingly funny and self-aware (it’s set in Dunham’s real-life apartment, and her mother and sister play versions of themselves), this refreshingly real portrait of post-college ennui features a sharp, scathingly funny script.

Showtime: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 9 pm, City Opera House    Buy Tickets Now!

12th & Delaware
2009 | USA | NR | 80 min.

An abortion clinic occupies one side of the intersection of 12th and Delaware in the small town of Fort Pierce, FL; just across the street, an anti-abortion center counsels pregnant women against abortion and regularly protests their pro-choice neighbors. With incredible access to both facilities and the women who use their services, this superbly crafted, emotionally charged doc from Oscar-nominated directors Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing places us smack in the middle ofone of America’s most passionately fought ideological wars. In Person (Fri.): Director Heidi Ewing

Showtimes: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 3 pm, Old Town Playhouse and Friday, July 30, 2010, 6 pm, City Opera House    Buy Tickets Now!

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