Laramie Film Society
Promoting Cinema in Laramie, Wyoming
Sundries of the World Foreign Film Series
The Albany County Public Library's free winter-spring film series features 19 award winning foreign language films. All films will be shown on Sunday nights at 7 p.m. at the library, Eighth and Grand from January 8 through May 14, 2017. The films, which are open to the public, are all shown on a big screen with a surround sound system. Admission is free to all films, and so are the snacks. Here is the schedule:
January 8, 2017 — Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois - 2013 - France)— A 40-year-old divorced father of two cannot cope with his children moving to New York with their mother, so he moves there to be close to them. Rated R, 157 minutes. Languages, French, English, Spanish, Chinese and Yiddish.
January 15 — Illégal (2010 - Belgium, Luxembourg, France)— This intense drama follows a former Russian teacher living illegally in Belgium who is captured and is fighting against a brutal system trying to deport her. This film won seven international film awards including the SACD (Directors' Fortnight) Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Rated PG-13, running time 90 minutes, languages, French, English and Russian.
January 22 — Son of Saul (Saul fia - 2015 - Hungary)— In the horror of Auschwitz, a Jewish prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral purpose in a dangerous attempt to properly bury the body of a boy he takes to be his son. This film won many awards, including both the Oscar and Golden Globe awards for best foreign film. Rated R, running time 81 minutes. Languages: Hungarian, Yiddish, German, Russian, Polish, French, Greek, Slovak and Hebrew.
January 29 — Of Horses and Men (Hross í oss - 2013 - Iceland)— Vignettes of life in a rural Icelandic community show the intertwined lives of humans and equines. This film won 19 film awards. Rated UK-15 (similar to PG-13), running time one hour and 47 minutes. Languages: Icelandic, Swedish, English, and Spanish.
February 5 — Victoria (2015 - Germany)— A two hour, 20 minute thrill ride shot in one take, this story centers on a woman recruited to be a getaway driver for bank robbers. Winner of 17 international film awards. Movie content rating, 12 and older in Germany, running time 138 minutes. Languages: German, English, Spanish and Turkish.
February 12 — 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007 - Romania and Belgium)— In Communist Romania in 1987, a young girl seeks an abortion, which is illegal. Winner of 35 international film awards. Unrated, running time 113 minutes. Language: Romanian.
February 19 — Big Bad Wolves (2013 - Israel)— This extremely dark comedy about two men illegally torturing a murder suspect in an attempt to get the truth out of him raises important moral issues. It contains graphic scenes of murder and torture. Winner of 16 international film awards, including the Fangoria Chainsaw Award. Unrated, running time 110 minutes. Languages: Hebrew, Arabic.
February 26 — The Dinner (I nostri ragazzi - 2014 - Italy)— In this finely observed drama, a civilized dinner between brothers and their wives simmers with uncomfortable tension as they face the truth of their children's awful crime against a homeless man. Winner of seven international film awards. Unrated, running time 92 minutes. Language: Italian.
March 5 — Samsara (2011)— Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, this is a visual feast with wonderful images, and some disturbing scenes, too. There is no spoken dialog in this film. Nominated for a number of awards and winner of the best documentary award at the Dublin Film Festival. Rated PG-13, running time 102 minutes.
March 12 — You the Living (Du levande - 2007 - Sweden)— This is a film about humankind, its greatness and its baseness, joy and sorrow, its self-confidence and anxiety, its desire to love and be loved. Winner of 10 international film awards. Unrated, running time 95 minutes.
March 19 — Sin Nombre (2009 - Mexico)— A Honduran teen, her father and uncle are on a desperate journey to the United States, hoping for a better life. Their quest is complicated by a pair of Mexican gang members who board the same American-bound train. Winner of 14 international film awards. Language: Spanish, rating, R, running time 96 minutes.
March 26 — The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Moartea domnului Lãzãrescu - 2005 - Romania)— A film about inherent inhumanity and indifference in a modern health care system. Winner of 28 international film awards. Language: Romanian, rating, R, running time two hours and 33 minutes.
April 2 — City of God (Cidade de Deus - 2002 - Brazil)— Shot on location in the crime-ridden slums of Rio, this flashy, energetic film tells the story of two youths growing up there. One chooses the way of the camera, the other, the way of the gun. Winner of over 60 international film awards. Language: Portuguese, rating, R, running time, two hours, 10 minutes.
April 9 — Reprise (2006 - Norway)— Two friends with similar literary ambitions have quite different life experiences as they grow older. Winner of 15 international film awards. Language: Norwegian, rated R, running time, 105 minutes.
April 16 — Juan of the Dead (Juan de los Muertos - 2011 - Cuba)— Juan starts a zombie-extermination business during a zombie apocalypse in a film that has been described as a hilarious satire of life in post-revolution Cuba. Winner of seven international film awards. Language: Spanish, unrated, running time, 92 minutes.
April 23 — Of Horses and Men (Hross í oss - 2013 - Iceland)— Vignettes of life in a rural Icelandic community show the intertwined lives of people and horses. Winner of 21 international film awards. Language: Icelandic, unrated, running time, 81 minutes.
April 30 — Lebanon (2009 - Israel)— Israeli soldiers operating a tank in enemy territory during a 1982 war in Lebanon begin to quarrel amongst themselves inside the hot, cramped quarters of the vehicle. Winner of 15 international film awards. Languages: Hebrew, Arabic, French and English, rated R, running time, 93 minutes.
May 7 — Schneider vs. Bax (2015 - Netherlands)— A hit man reluctantly takes on the task of killing a writer, only to find the job a lot more difficult than he expected. Nominated for numerous awards. Winner of the Prix Nouveau Genre award at the Festival D Cinema De Paris. Language: Dutch, unrated, running time, 96 minutes.
May 14 — The Intouchables (2011 - France)— An unlikely friendship develops between a wealthy quadriplegic and his caretaker, who was just released from prison. Winner of 33 international film awards. Languages: French and English, rated R, running time, one hour and 52 minutes.
This film series is sponsored by the Albany County Public Library and co-sponsored by the Laramie Film Society.
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Wyo Theatre news
Laramie's historic Wyo Theatre, 309 S. Fifth St. in Laramie, is still closed, but there may be some films shown there in the future. The membership plan apparently fell short of the goal of 100 memberships. For more information, visit the Wyo Theatre's website: http://www.wyolaramie.com/.
LFS shows summer films outdoors
The Laramie Film Society presented “Easy Street,” “The Goat” and “An Eastern Westerner” during Jubilee Days in 2015. These films were not shown in 2016 for the first time in 16 years, due to an absence of volunteers. Thanks to the cooperation of Music Box building owner for letting LFS use its wall. Thanks to the Cross Country Connection for agreeing to letting us use electricity for the projector.
“Easy Street,” released in 1917 is one of Charlie Chaplin's early comedy classics. This 19-minute Mutual studio silent film pits the diminutive Chaplin, who plays a policeman, against a huge street thug played by Eric Campbell. Chaplin also wrote and directed this film. Chaplin creates humor from the unlikely subjects of poverty and violence in some mean city streets.
“The Goat” is a classic 1921 comedy. It is about a man (played by the legendary Buster Keaton) who is mistakenly identified as a murderer in newspapers and posters. He desperately dodges the police, and a variety of other pursuers, displaying incredible acrobatic skills and ingenuity. This film was selected by the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences as one of Keaton's two best short films (the other was “The Boat”). Keaton, a legendary movie actor, writer and director, also co-directed and scripted this film with Malcolm St. Clair. Keaton (1895-1966) was one of the true comic geniuses of film, with a brilliant career that spanned decades. His acrobatic physical style of comedy is similar to that of Charlie Chaplain, Harold Lloyd and Jackie Chan.
“The Goat” is the first film purchased by the Laramie Film Society. “Easy Street” was purchased in the summer of 2004. In the past we have rented all of the films we have shown. By shopping around on the Internet, LFS found a source of 16 millimeter films for a reasonable price. We can buy a film for about the same amount of money it costs to rent one.
“An Eastern Westerner” is a 1920 film starring Harold Lloyd, one of the biggest stars of silent films. The print we bought in 2010 is essentially the second half of this 20-minute film (which is O.K., because it is the funnier half and we got it at half price). The first half of the film takes place in a large city, probably New York. The half of the movie we have takes place in a town in the west populated by bad guys and crooked card sharks. There is also a group of hooded riders who look a lot like the KKK, menacing people in the town. The nimble Lloyd outsmarts the bad guys and gets the girl, of course.
All Laramie Film Society events are sponsored by The Alibi Pub, Mizu Sushi restaurant and The Pedal House.
Report on the 501 (c)(3) status of LFS
The IRS has determined that the Laramie Film Society is exempt from federal income tax as described in section 501 (c)(3) of the tax code. The LFS received the determination letter in 2002. For more about this, including the IRS determination letter and IRS rules related to tax free donations to the Laramie Film Society, click on this link to see these documents.
More About the Group
Join, Donate to LFS
You can join LFS by sending $15 to the Laramie Film Society, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to: The Laramie Film Society, 3019 Pope Springs Road, Laramie, WY, 82070. Donations to LFS can be sent to the same address. Donations are tax deductible. IRS rules on tax deductible donations can be found here.
Join the LFS E-Mail Lists
The best way to keep up with the group's activities is to join the LFS
e-mail lists. To do this, visit https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/laramie-film-society-announcements
and sign up. This is an announcement list only. Notices will include upcoming films, polls, meetings and other LFS announcements. There is no discussion among list participants. We expect an average of less than one announcement per week. You can also view all of the messages that have already been posted to the list at this location.
We also have a discussion list. You can subscribe to the discussion list by visiting this website http://groups.google.com/group/laramie-film-society-discussions?hl=en. As with most Google features, these sites work best when you are using a Google Chrome browser. If all else fails, e-mail Robert Roten (address at bottom of page) and ask him to send you invitations to either list.
Our Mailing Address
Laramie Film Society
3019 Pope Springs Road
Laramie, WY 82070
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