Oxnard Film Society Streams Academy Award Nominee I Am Not Your Negro and Scottish Comedy/Drama BEATS

 

Monday Night Foreign Film Series
VIRTUAL CINEMA
SEVEN TITLES to STREAM directly to your home.with unlimited viewing for 3 to 5 days for $9.99/$12 per film.
LINKS are ACTIVE HERE or www.oxnardfilmsociety.org
Thanks and stay safe.
George J. Sandoval, Executive Director

NOW STREAMING
I Am Not Your Negro
2017 USA 1hr 33min
Documentary  PG-13 (for disturbing violent images, thematic material, language and brief nudity.)
In English
2018 Academy Awards Nominee® for Best Documentary

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends-Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

Reviews
“Thrilling…A portrait of one man’s confrontation with a country that, murder by murder, as he once put it, “devastated my universe”…
One of the best movies you are likely to see this year.”– The New York Times
“A striking work of storytelling….One of the best movies about civil rights era ever made…This might be the only movie about race relations that adequately explains – with sympathy- the root causes.” The Guardian

NOW STREAMING
Beats
2020 Scotland 1hr 35min
Drama/Comedy/Music
NR (profanity)
In English with English Subtitles

A universal story of friendship, rebellion, and the irresistible power of music set against the backdrop of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994, which banned unlicensed raves across the UK, BEATS follows best friends and polar opposites Johnno and Spanner who, realizing they are destined for different futures, sneak out to an illegal party in pursuit of one last crazy night together.

A look at Scottish youth in 1994 raving it up in marvelous Black and White. These Scots do swear a lot so be ready. George

Reviews
“Euphoric Brit Grit. Infectiously enjoyable” – Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter
“Terrific! A druggy, mind-blowing, eye-opening, open-air, law-defying rave” – Amy Taubin, Film Comment


NOW STREAMING
Diana Kennedy
Nothing Fancy
2020 USA 1hr 21min
Documentary  NR
In Spanish and English with English Subtitles

Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy is an intimate, candid perspective into the curious world of 95-year-old cookbook author and British ex-patriot Diana Kennedy, widely regarded as the world’s academic expert on Mexican cuisine. Standing barely five feet tall with a thick English accent, Diana is a formidable critic of anyone who doesn’t agree with her views on Mexican culinary traditions, or, God forbid, doesn’t recycle. The author of nine acclaimed cookbooks, Diana has spent nearly seventy years exploring Mexico (typically solo in her truck), and researching the country’s varied and complex cuisines. A two-time James Beard Award winner, Diana was decorated with an Order of the Aztec Eagle from the Mexican government in 1982 and became a Member of the Order of the British Empire from the UK in 2002. Despite her notable achievements, Diana is difficult to categorize; often referred to as the “Julia Child of Mexico”. Given her ediger style, however, Diana prefers a different title: “The Mick Jagger of Mexican Cuisine”.

Reviews
“What remains is a lively and uncritical portrait of a woman as passionate about composting as chilaquiles, one who will pitch a fit if you put garlic in your guacamole.” – Jeannette Catsoulis,The New York Times

Click on Link for DIANA KENNEDY: Nothing Fancy

NOW STREAMING
Beanpole
2020 Russia 2hr 19min
Drama   NR
In Russian with English Subtitles

2020 Academy Awards® Best International Feature Film – Official Selection of Russia
In post-WWII Leningrad, two women, Iya and Masha (astonishing newcomers Viktoria Miroshnichenko and Vasilisa Perelygina), intensely bonded after fighting side by side as anti-aircraft gunners, attempt to readjust to a haunted world. As the film begins, Iya, long and slender and towering over everyone—hence the film’s title—works as a nurse in a shell-shocked hospital, presiding over traumatized soldiers. A shocking accident brings them closer and also seals their fates. The 28-year-old Russian director Kantemir Balagov won Un Certain Regard’s Best Director prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for this richly burnished, occasionally harrowing rendering of the persistent scars of war.

Reviews
“Critic’s Pick. Dazzling… a brilliantly told, deeply moving story about love… from the sensationally talented Russian director Kantemir Balagov.”
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

NOW STREAMING
Bacurau
2019 Brazil 2hr 11min
Drama/Sci-Fi/Action  NR
In Portugese and English with English Subtitles

A few years from now… Bacurau, a small village in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to be 94. Days later, its inhabitants (among them Sônia Braga) notice that their village has literally vanished from online maps and a UFO-shaped drone is seen flying overhead. There are forces that want to expel them from their homes, and soon, in a genre-bending twist, a band of armed mercenaries led by Udo Kier arrive in town picking off the inhabitants one by one. A fierce confrontation takes place when the townspeople turn the tables on the villainous outsiders, banding together by any means necessary to protect and maintain their remote community. The mercenaries just may have met their match in the fed-up, resourceful denizens of little Bacurau.

“Critic’s Pick! Exhilarating. A heart-thumping political allegory that tips its hat to masters like John Carpenter.” – Manohla Dargis, The NYTimes
“A genre-busting entertainment that is at once a portrait of a community, a horror thriller and a timely piece of political filmmaking. Bacurau is one of those movies like Parasite… where you’re never quite sure which way it’s heading.” – John Powers, NPR

NOW STREAMING
Mephisto
1981 Hungary 2hr 26min
Drama NR
In German and Hungarian with English Subtitles

The 1981 Academy Award-winning (Best Foreign Language Film) 
Mephisto concerns a passionate, but struggling actor (Klaus Maria Brandauer) who remains in Germany during the Nazi regime and reaps the rewards of this Faustian pact by finally achieving the stardom he has long craved.
“This film is a work of art. The film transmits its messages so forcefully that no one can remain unaffected.” – Ingmar Bergman

“One of the greatest movie performances I’ve ever seen. A performance of electrifying power.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

NOW STREAMING
Corpus Christi
(Boze Cialo)
2019 Poland 1hr 54min
Drama   NR
In Polish with English Subtitles

2020 Academy Awards® Best International Feature Film – Official Selection of Poland
After spending years in a Warsaw prison for a violent crime, 20-year-old Daniel is released and sent to a remote village to work as a manual laborer. The job is designed to keep the ex-con busy, but Daniel has a higher calling. Over the course of his incarceration he has found Christ, and aspires to join the clergy – but his criminal record means no seminary will accept him. When Daniel arrives in town, one quick lie allows him to be mistaken for the town’s new priest, and he sets about leading his newfound flock. Though he has no training, his passion and charisma inspire the community. At the same time, his unconventional sermons and unpriestly behavior raise suspicions among some of the townsfolk – even more so as he edges towards a dark secret that the community hasn’t revealed in the confessional booth.

Film Sponsor: Keith Powell and Michela Feli

 

“Directed by Jan Komasa in only his third feature and starring a complexly compelling Bartosz Bielenia, this is a blistering drama, intense, disturbing and inescapably thought-provoking, a film that gets its power from a merging of potent opposites.”
 

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George J. Sandoval, Executive Director

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