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    Oxnard Film Society Streams The Audition, House of Hummingbird, Shanghai Triad and Hill of Freedom

     

    Monday Night Foreign Film Series
    VIRTUAL CINEMA
    FOUR NEW TITLES to STREAM directly to your home with unlimited viewing for 3 to 5 days for $4.99/$12 per film.
    LINKS are ACTIVE HERE or www.oxnardfilmsociety.org
    Thanks and stay safe.
    George J. Sandoval, Executive Director
    NOW STREAMING ($12)
    The Audition
    2020 Germany 1hr 39min
    Drama NR
    In German and French with English Subtitles

    Anna Bronsky is a violin teacher at a music-focused high school. Despite the opposition of all other teachers, Anna drives through the admission of a student, Alexander, in whom she detects a remarkable talent. Committed, she prepares him for the intermediate exam and neglects her family – her son Jonas, whom she brings into competition with her new student, and her husband Philippe. Her colleague Christian, with whom she has an affair, persuades her to join a quintet. When she fails during their joint concert, the pressure mounts and she focuses all her attention on her student Alexander. Come the day of the exam, events take a tragic turn.

    Reviews
    “A treat that becomes a chilling enthrallment, one of those closely observed dramas you love — for its intimacy, calm authority and mystery — even before you begin to get what it’s really about.” – – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

    NOW STREAMING ($12)
    House of Hummingbird
    2020 South Korea 2hr 18min
    Drama NR
    In Korean with English Subtitles

    Set against the backdrop of a rapidly expanding Seoul in 1994, a lonely 14-year-old Eun-hee moves through life like a hummingbird searching for a taste of sweetness wherever she may find it. Deprived of attention from her family, she roams the neighborhood with her best friend, attempts romantic relationships with both girls and boys alike and is sent to the hospital with an unclear diagnosis. When Young-ji, a new teacher, arrives, she becomes the first adult Eun-hee feels really understands her.

    Reviews
    “Sensitive and lived-in and strong in ways that a more forceful version of this story could never have been, Bora’s debut sketches a portrait of a girl coming into her own strength.” – David EhrlichindieWire

    NOW STREAMING ($12)
    Hill of Freedom
    2014 South Korea 1hr 7min
    Drama NR
    In English, Korean and Japanese with English Subtitles

    Kwon (Seo Young-hwa) returns to Seoul from a restorative stay in the mountains. She is given a packet of letters left by Mori (Ryo Kase, Like Someone In Love), who has come back from Japan to propose to her. As she walks down a flight of stairs, Kwon drops and scatters the letters, all of which are undated. When she reads them, she has to make sense of the chronology… and so must we. Shot in the narrow alleys, petite cafes and beautiful hanok inns of Seoul’s historic Jong-ro district, a favorite Hong location, Hill of Freedom is a masterful, alternately funny and haunting, tale of love and longing from the great director.

    Review:
    “Critic’s Pick! Hong Sang-soo’s film, structured as a letter with the pages out of order, is one of his most daring gambits… The ingenuity of the movie’s structure is stimulating and delightful.” — Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

    NOW STREAMING ($10)
    Shanghai Triad
    1995 China/France 1hr 48min
    Drama/Crime Rated R (for some language and images of violence)
    In Mandarin with English Subtitles

    Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee, SHANGHAI TRIAD is a thrilling and sumptuously stylized potboiler about the Chinese criminal underworld of the 1930’s from legendary director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, House of Flying Daggers).
    Hired to be a servant to pampered nightclub singer and mob moll Xiao Jinbao (Gong Li, Ju Dou, Farewell My Concubine), naive teenager Shuisheng (Wang Xiaoxiao) is thrust into the glamorous and deadly demimonde of Shanghai’s crime syndicates. Over the course of seven days, Shuisheng observes mounting tensions as triad boss Tang begins to suspect traitors amongst his ranks and rivals for Xiao Jinbao’s affections.

    Reviews
    “It has impeccable flow and balance. And Gong Li’s performance – a portrait of a capricious and indulgent woman who gains depth as we watch her – is one of her finest.” –Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
    “Some of the most stunning screen images ever.”
    –Jack Matthews, Newsday

    Click on Link for Shanghai Triad

    NOW STREAMING ($6.99)
    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 ($12)
    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 ($4.99)
    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 ($4.99)
    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 ($4.99)
    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 ($12)
    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
     


    George J. Sandoval, Executive Director
    The Oxnard Film Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. (#20-5734347)
    Oxnard Film Society | PO Box 606Oxnard, CA 93032

     

     

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