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2016 Festival Films List

For individual show tickets, click on the film you’d like to see in the film list.   That will take you to the ticketing site.  Please be sure to choose the correct showtime.  As always, tickets are available at the door for each film.  Please bring cash or check.  Not all locations are able to process credit card transactions. 

45 Years

45 yEARS

UK, 2015, Drama, 95 min, R

Friday, November 11 - Pit & Balcony (11:00 a.m.)

Saturday, November 12 - Pit & Balcony (2:00 p.m.)

Sponsored by Kathryn Konn & Doug and Marilyn Leffler


Synopsis: A married couple preparing to celebrate their wedding anniversary receives shattering news that promises to forever change the course of their lives. Dir. Andrew Haigh. Starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay. 2015 Academy Awards Best Actress nomination for Charlotte Rampling.

 

45 Years is quietly explosive film, a potent drama with a nuanced feel for subtlety and emotional complications.

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

 

April and the extraordinary world

April and the Extraordinary World

France, 2015, Animation, 106 min, PG

Saturday, November 12 - Hoyt Library (5:00 p.m.)

Sunday, November 13 - Hoyt Library (11:00 a.m.)

Sponsored by Goodrich Quality 10 GDX


Synopsis:  In an alternative world in 1941 France, the country is ruled by steam and Napoleon V, scientists and scholars go missing and the world is bogged down with outdated technology. April and a search party (including Darwin, the talking cat) go to find her parents, two of the missing scientists

 

April and the Extraordinary World will have your imagination doing somersaults and cartwheels.

Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer

 

Buffalo

Buffalo

USA, 2015, Drama, 78 min, NR

Saturday, November 12 - Pit & Balcony (5:00 p.m.)

Sponsored by Delta College Radio and Otto & Colette Sonefeld

 

Synopsis: Roger, a lonely cab driver, is diagnosed with a terminal disease.¬†Shaken by the sudden death of his ex-wife, he steals a cab from his job and sets out to find the son he hasn’t seen in more than 30 years. Dir. Michael McCallum. Starring William C. McCallum, Barb Dalman and Erik J. Keener. Winner, Festival Prize for Best Dramatic Feature, at the 2015 Los Angeles DIY Film Festival.

Director Michael McCallum will be present for a Q & A.

 

Captain Fantastic

Captain Fantastic

USA, 2016, Comedy/Drama/Romance, 116 min, R

Friday, November 11 - Temple Theatre 3rd Ballroom (8:00 p.m.)

Saturday, November 12 - Temple Theatre 1st Lounge (2:00 p.m.)

Sponsored by Barb Doran

 

Synopsis: In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a single dad, devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education, is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent. Starring Viggo Mortensen. Best Film: Seattle 2016 International Film Festival.

 

Fiercely original and pleasantly unpredictable.”

Helen O'Hara, Empire

 

The dark horse

The Dark Horse

New Zealand, 2014, Drama, 124 min, R

Friday, November 11 - Saginaw Club 2nd Floor (5:00 p.m.)

Sponsored by Pat Bourdow & Wogast Corp.

 

Synopsis: Struggling with bi-polar disorder and seeking a new purpose in life, former chess prodigy Genesis Pontini volunteers to coach the young members of a local chess club. Based on a true story.

 

There are heroes to root for in "The Dark Horse," and you'll feel mostly good about humanity walking out the door.

Peter Hartaub, San Francisco Chronicle

 

Don't think twice

Don't Think Twice

USA, 2016, Comedy/Drama, 92 min, R

Friday, November 11 - Pit & Balcony (5:00 p.m.)

Sunday, November 13 - Pit & Balcony (11:00 a.m.)

Sponsored by Fabiano Brothers

 

Synopsis: A popular improv group performs at a struggling comedy club in NYC and life is good until one of them gets a big break and the rest realize that they will not be included in the deal. This is an honest and hilarious look into the lives of comics. Starring Keegan-Michael Key,

 

Draws its audience in with the promise of laughs, and then reaches into deeper and more rewarding emotional territory from there.

Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly

 

Embrace of the serpent

Embrace of the Serpent

Columbia (subtitles), 2015, Adventure/Drama, 123 min, NR

Friday, November 11 - Hoyt Library (11:00 a.m.)

Saturday, November 12 - Hoyt Library (2:00 p.m.)

Sponsored by Gene & Shirley Knuckolls and Tanya Blehm

 

Synopsis: Story of the relationship between and Amazonian shaman (last survivor of his people) and two scientists who work together over 40 years in search of a sacred healing plant. A feast for the senses, shot in black-and white.

 

Blistering and poetic

Best foreign film nominee 2016

 

everybody wants some

Everybody Wants Some

USA, 2016, Comedy, 117 min, R

Friday, November 11 - Saginaw Club 3rd Floor (2:00 p.m.)

Saturday, November 12 - Saginaw Club 3rd Floor (5:00 p.m.)

Sponsored by Fabiano Brothers

 

Synopsis: The freedom and responsibility of college life are experienced by a team of young baseball players. Richard Linklater directs a talented cast in this sweetly nostalgic story with a “killer classic rock” soundtrack.

 

Another love letter to the magic hour of adolescence from director Richard Linklater.

Rafer Guzman, Newsday

 

Hunt for the wilderpeople

hunt for the wilderpeople

New Zealand, 2015, Adventure/comedy, 101 min, PG-13

Friday, November 11 - Temple Theatre 1st Lounge (5:00 p.m.)

Saturday, November 12 - Temple Theatre 3rd Ballroom (2:00 p.m.)

Sponsored by Riverview Brownstones on Hamilton

 

Synopsis: Drama about an unloved 13 year old boy whom nobody wants until someone says, “yes I’ll love him”. He and his foster uncle become subjects of a manhunt after they go missing in the wild New Zealand bush. Starring Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. Audience award winner: Edinburgh Film Festival

 

Has heart and is genuinely funny.

New York Times

 

The lady in the van

The lady in the van

UK, 2015, Comedy/Drama, 104 min, PG-13

Friday, November 11 - Pit & Balcony (8:00 p.m.)

Saturday, November 12 - Pit & Balcony (11:00 a.m.)

Sponsored by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at SVSU

 

Synopsis: Author and playwright Alan Bennett befriends Mary Shepherd, a homeless woman, and allows her to park her van in his driveway. She eventually stays there for 15 years. He finds out that she is Margaret Fairchild, student of a famous pianist, who leads a relatively checkered life. A good cast is headed by Maggie Smith and Jim Broadbent as well as Alex Jennings as Alan Bennett.

 

The joy of the film comes in watching Smith work her magic.

Linda Barnard, Toronto Star

 

Love and friendship

Love & friendship

USA/UK, 2016, Comedy/Drama, 92 min, PG

Friday, November 11 - Pit & Balcony (2:00 p.m.)

Sunday, November 13 - Pit & Balcony (2:00 p.m.)

Sponsored by Second Friday Book Club

 

Synopsis: Lady Susan Vernon comes to her in-laws' estate to give rumors of her many dalliances a chance to die down. While she is there, she goes husband hunting for herself and her reluctant daughter. Based on Lady Susan by Jane Austen. Starring Kate Beckinsale.

 

The snappy dialogue... rewards a finely tuned ear and will thrill all lovers of language.

Adam Graham, Detroit News

 

A man called Ove

A Man Called ove

Swedish (subtitles), 2015, Drama, 116 min, PG-13

Thursday, November 10 - Pit & Balcony (7:00 p.m.)

Sponsored by Mondays @ 7 Book Club

 

Synopsis: Curmudgeonly widower Ove Lindahl is focused on reuniting with his recently deceased wife Sonja. The best way to achieve that is by ending his life. But when you are as inept at suicide as Ove, Sonja might have a long wait ahead. A couple of kids, an Iranian immigrant and a shaggy cat wear down his resistance.

Opening reception prior to film with book/film discussion following the show.

 

Touching comic crowd pleaser.

Variety

 

The man who knew infinity

The man who knew infinity

UK, 2015, Biopic, 108 min, PG-13

Friday, November 11 - Hoyt Library (8:00 p.m.)

Saturday, November 12 - Hoyt Library (11:00 a.m.)

Sponsored by David and Audrey Lewis

 

Synopsis: Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) portrays mathematician Srinivasa Ramanijan who, after growing up poor in India, earns admittance to Cambridge University during WWI where he becomes a mathematics pioneer under his mentor, played by Jeremy Irons.

 

Outshines Good Will Hunting in almost every way

London Mathematics Society

 

Microbe and gasoline

Microbe and gasoline

France, 2016, 103 min, PG-13

Friday, November 11 - Saginaw Club 3rd Floor (11:00 a.m.)

Saturday, November 12 - Saginaw Club 3rd Floor (2:00 p.m.)

Sponsored by Glastender

 

Synopsis: Microbe, a shy, aspiring artist has trouble making friends at school, until he meets Gasoline, a like-minded outcast. Together they hatch a plan to build a car and spend their summer on an epic road trip across France. Director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). Starring Audrey Tautou, Theophile Barquet and Ange Dargent.

 

Gondry beings a sense of heartfelt nostalgia, pathos, and humor to this portrait of a short, unique adolescent moment.

Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times

 

Mustang

Mustang

Turkey, 2015, Drama, 97 min, PG-13

Friday, November 11 - Temple Theatre 3rd Ballroom (11:00 a.m.)

Friday, November 11 - Temple Theatre 3rd Ballroom (5:00 p.m.)

Sponsored by Rose Nickodemus & Mary Ellen Vaydik

 

Synopsis: On a summer day, in a village in Turkey, five girls walking home from school engage in innocent banter with some boys. As a result of these actions, the girl's home is changed into a prison, homemaking classes take the place of schoolwork. Marriages are arranged. The sisters, who all have a passion for freedom, look for ways to get around the new regime.

 

Part of a welcome international wave of films made by women directors that focus on girls growing up in worlds of men - and on what they look like when no one's looking.

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

 

Pele, Birth of a legend

PelÉ: Birth of a legend

USA, 2016, Bio/Sports, 107 min, PG

Friday, November 11 - Temple Theatre 1st Lounge (2:00 p.m.)

Saturday, November 12 - Temple Theatre 1st Lounge (11:00 a.m.)

Sponsored by Judy Johnson, Jordan Johnson and Kim White

 

Synopsis: Pelé, a kid from the slums of Sao Paolo, was so poor he couldn't afford his own soccer ball. The chronicle of his meteoric rise from scrubbing floors to leading the Brazilian national team to its first World Cup victory at age 17 is one of the greatest sports stories of the 20th Century.

 

“Pelé is hagiography. But appealing hagiography.”

Soren Anderson. Seattle Times

 

Rams

Rams

Icelandic (subtitles), 2015, Drama, 92 min, R

Friday, November 11 - Saginaw Club 2nd Floor (8:00 p.m.)

Saturday, November 12 - Saginaw Club 2nd Floor (2:00 p.m.)

Sponsored by Floyd Kloc and A&D Home Healthcare

 

Synopsis: In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven’t spoken in 40 years have to come together to save what is dearest to them both - their sheep. Award winner: Cannes Festival 2015.

 

Involving and curiously exciting.”

Roger Ebert.com

 

Sing street

Sing Street

Ireland, 2015, 106 min, PG-13

Friday, November 11 - Temple Theatre 3rd Ballroom (2:00 p.m.)

Saturday, November 12 - Temple Theatre 3rd Ballroom (11:00 a.m.)

Sponsored by The Listening Room

 

Synopsis: A boy growing up in Dublin in the 1980’s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes. Dir. John Carney. Starring Ferdio Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boyton and Aiden Gillen.

 

With its intriguing characters and exhilarating music, Sing Street is the best film about being young, gifted, and Irish since The Commitments.”

Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post Dispatch

 

 

Documentaries

Dark horse

Dark Horse

UK, 2016, Documentary, 85 min, NR

Friday, November 11 - Saginaw Club 2nd Floor (2:00 p.m.)

Saturday, November 12 - Saginaw Club 2nd Floor (11:00 a.m.)

Sponsored by David and Audrey Lewis

 

Synopsis: An inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men’s club who decide to take on the elite “sport of kings” and breed themselves a racehorse. Director: Louise Osmond.

 

It would be hard for any fictional treatment to beat the pleasures of Osmond’s genial, enthralling documentary.

Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com

 

Land grab

Land Grab

USA, 2016, Documentary, 76 min, NR

Saturday, November 12 - Pit & Balcony (8:00 p.m.)

Sponsored by Allen Supply

 

Synopsis: Story of an eccentric finance mogul who dreams of investing $30 million to create the world’s largest urban farm in one of Detroit’s most economically depressed neighborhoods. The project has strong backers and equally strong critics.

Saginaw native, Sean O’Grady will discuss his three-year journey producing his debut film.

 

 

Landfill harmonic

Landfill harmonic

Paraguay, 2016, Documentary/Music, 84 min, NR

Friday, November 11 - Hoyt Library (5:00 p.m.)

Saturday, November 12 - Hoyt Library (8:00 p.m.)

Sponsored by Irene Hensinger

 

Synopsis: The Recycled Orchestra, made up of materials save from the trash heap, is the subject of this film which highlights two vital concerns of our time: poverty and pollution. Following the lives of a garbage picker, a music teacher and a group of children from a Paraguayan slum, we watch them create instruments and music. When their story becomes known, they go on tour and fulfill a dream: to play with heavy metal band, Megadeth.

 

Like recycled garbage used to create symphonic-quality musical instruments, Brad Allgood and Graham Townsley's Landfill Harmonic is a secret treasure

Kate X Messer, Austin Chronicle

 

Life Animated

Life Animated

U.S. 2016, Documentary, PG, 89 minutes USA/UK, 2016, Comedy/Drama, 92 min, PG

Friday, November 11 - Hoyt Library (2:00 p.m.)

Sunday, November 13 - Hoyt Library (2:00 p.m.)

Sponsored by Delta College Radio and Jackie Doig and Peter Bagley

 

Synopsis: A coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship, and brotherhood. Dir. Roger Ross Williams. 2016 Sundance Film Festival winner for Best Director.

 

It’s the best Disney movie that Disney didn’t make.

Eric Kohn, indieWIRE

 

Phil's Camino

Phil's Camino

USA, 2016, Documentary, 26 min, NR

Friday, November 11 - Hoyt Library (5:00 p.m.)

Saturday, November 12 - Hoyt Library (8:00 p.m.)

Sponsored by Marie Guimond and Dave Tuskey

 

Synopsis:A free spirit wants to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain, while facing Stage 4 cancer in his hometown of Seattle.¬† Told he shouldn’t do the walk, he builds his own camino in the forest behind his house and ends up walking the same 500 mile distance. Directors: Annie O’Neil. Audience Award winner, Palm Springs International Short Film Festival 2016.

A Skype conversation with the Director is planned for the Friday show.

 

Speed sisters

Speed Sisters

Israeli, 2015, Documentary, 78 min, R

Friday, November 11 - Temple Theatre 1st Lounge (11:00 a.m.)

Friday, November 11 - Temple Theatre 1st Lounge (8:00 p.m.)

Sponsored by Envision Eye Care and Martha Ann Joseph

 

Synopsis: Checkpoints set up by the Israeli military and social expectations don’t stop members of the first Middle East all-women race car driving team as they tear up tracks all over Palestine.

 

A muscular, unapologetic and surprisingly feel-good documentary.”

London Times

 

Our last tango

Our last tango

Argentina, 2015, Documentary/Music, 85 min, NR

Saturday, November 12 - Saginaw Club 2nd Floor (5:00 p.m.)

Saturday, November 12 - Saginaw Club 3rd Floor (8:00 p.m.)

Sponsored by Leslie and Sherri Gregory

 

Synopsis: Maria Rego and Juan Carlos Copes met as teenagers and were dance partners for almost 50 years. They tell their story to a group of young tango dancers and choreographers who turn their memories into tango-choreographies.

 

“Our Last Tango" is a combination of things, all fascinating...”

Andy Webster. NY Times

 

Taxi

Taxi Tehran

Iran, 2015, Documentary, 82 min, NR

Friday, November 11 -Saginaw Club 3rd Floor (8:00 p.m.)

Saturday, November 12 - Saginaw Club 3rd Floor (11:00 a.m.)

Sponsored by Allen Supply and Burris & Kathie Smith

 

Synopsis: The celebrated director Jafar Panahi is banned from making movies by the Iranian government. He poses as a taxi driver and makes a movie about his country’s social challenges. Director: Jafar Panahi

 

A film of quiet and profound outrage, laughing on the surface, but howling in anger just beneath.”

Scott Foundas, Variety

 

Weiner

Weiner

USA, 2016, Documentary, 96 min, R

Friday, November 11 - Saginaw Club 2nd Floor (11:00 a.m.)

Saturday, November 12 - Saginaw Club 2nd Floor (8:00 p.m.)

 

Synopsis: Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-NY) run for mayor of New York City is detailed in this behind-the-scenes film. A widely publicized new sexting scandal during the race ruins his attempt at a political comeback.

 

Infuriating and depressing but rivetingly watchable

NYTimes Winner Grand Jury Prize- Sundance 2016

 

The woman with the five elephants

The woman with the five elephants

Germany, 2009, Documentary, 93 min, NR

Friday, November 11 - Saginaw Club 3rd Floor (5:00 p.m.)

Sponsored by Pat Evans and Les & Marion Tinknell

 

Synopsis: 65 years after being imprisoned in a German camp during World War II, Svetlana Gier is now a renowned translator of the great works of Dostoevsky. For the first time in years, she returns to her hometown of Kiev with her granddaughter. Director: Vadim Jendreyko.

 

Jendreyko elegantly sketches out the details of his subject's life and the historical events surrounding her coming of age out of which emerges a fascinating subtext about the malleable powers of language.”

Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York