Frantz

 Fri  Apr 14   7:00 pm
 Sat  Apr 15   4:00 pm
 Sat  Apr 15   7:00 pm
 Wed  Apr 19   4:00 pm
 Wed  Apr 19   7:00 pm
 Thu  Apr 20   4:00 pm
 Thu  Apr 20   7:00 pm


Admission: $8 for RBFS member; $10 for future members. Purchase admission only at the door, starting 30 minutes before screening. You must show your Film Society membership card to receive RBFS discount tickets. Please note: tickets are not refundable.

Location: Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes map 

Cinema Art Theater will present Frantz, a moving historical drama with many twists.

Set in Germany and France in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, (1914-1918), Frantz recalls the mourning period that follows great national tragedies as seen through the eyes of the war’s “lost generation”: Anna (21 year-old Paula Beer in a breakthrough performance), a bereft young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed during trench warfare, and Adrien (Pierre Niney, Yves Saint Laurent), a French veteran of the war who shows up mysteriously in her town, placing flowers on Frantz’s grave. Adrien's presence is met with resistance by the small community still reeling from Germany’s defeat, yet Anna gradually gets closer to the handsome and melancholy young man, as she learns of his deep friendship with Frantz, conjured up in evocative flashbacks.

What follows is a surprising exploration of how Ozon's characters’ wrestle with their conflicting feelings - survivor’s guilt, anger at one’s losses, the overriding desire for happiness despite everything that has come before, and the longing for sexual, romantic and familial attachments. Ozon drew his inspiration from a post-WWI play by Maurice Rostand that inspired the 1932 film adaption by Ernst Lubitsch under the title Broken Lullaby. [2017, USA, Runtime: 113 min, Rated PG-13].

Josh Kupecki of the Austin Chronicle compliments French filmmaker Francois Ozon by stating “Using this moment in history, Ozon has made a quietly powerful film whose ultimate message is one of rebirth. The final shot will leave you breathless.”

 


After the Storm

 Fri  Apr 21   4:00 pm
 Sat  Apr 22   7:00 pm
 Sun  Apr 23   4:00 pm
 Wed  Apr 26   4:00 pm
 Thu  Apr 27   7:00 pm


Admission:
$8 for RBFS member; $10 for future members. Purchase admission only at the door, starting 30 minutes before screening. You must show your Film Society membership card to receive RBFS discount tickets. Please note: tickets are not refundable.

Location: Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes map 

After the Storm is a moving historical drama with many twists. Drawing deeper than ever on his personal memories and experiences, award-winning filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (Our Little Sister, Still Walking, Nobody Knows), returns with a powerful story of family ties and expectations in After the Storm.

Once a successful and celebrated writer, Ryota, struggles to finish his next novel and can barely make ends meet working at a private detective agency. As his gambling addiction spirals out of control, Ryota’s wife Kyoko (Yoki Maki) leaves him, taking their young son with her. When a typhoon strikes, Ryota unexpectedly spends the night with his son, ex-wife, and aging mother (legendary actress Kirin Kiki), allowing the estranged family the opportunity to believe in each other once again. [2017, Japan, Runtime: 117 min. Not Rated]

Glenn Kenny of the New York Times states that the film is “Beautifully acted by a great cast” and one “that sticks with you.” Allyson Johnson of Cambridge Day describes After the Storm as “Delicately woven, warmly portrayed and capturing the balmy and refreshed atmosphere that follows a summer rain, Hirokazu Koreeda's After the Storm is a quiet masterpiece.”