KCET's four times a year screening series is back for Fall! Join us as we preview eight major new films prior to their first run local release.
Hosted by nationally recognized film expert Pete Hammond, the KCET Cinema series allows you to review the best of Hollywood, independent and foreign films Tuesday nights at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood. A lively Q & A follows each screening with the filmmakers and top movie talent.
October 25 is our opening night, featuring The Artist. The film is by French director Michel Hazanavicius, a charming story set in Hollywood's silent movie era. The central characters are a fading silent film movie star played by Jean Dujardin, who recently won Best Actor at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for his role, and the beautiful rising starlet of the new talkies portrayed by actress Berenice Bejo. The film is reminiscent of the real love affair of John Gilbert and Greta Garbo. The film itself is silent, shot in black & white and on location in Los Angeles. Q&A immediately follows with stars, Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo, and director Michel Hazanavicius.
From the director of the smash-hit Sideways and About Schmidt, Alexander Payne directs this touching drama starring Academy Award winning actor George Clooney as the aristocratic land baron Matt King who learns that his wife will never recover from the coma she is in from a sudden boating accident. He now must reconnect as the sole parent with his two young daughters and contend with the startling knowledge that his wife was having an affair with a man who he was contemplating an important land deal. Set in the beautiful backdrop of Hawaii, with a musical score of traditional Hawaiian music. Q & A immediately follows with actors Shailene Woodley, Matthew Lillard, Judy Greer and producer Jim Burke.
The stirring true story of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, the courageous woman at the core of Burma's democracy movement is also at heart a sweeping love story of a couple who sacrifice family and personal happiness at great human cost for a higher cause. Director Luc Besson has gotten extraordinary performances from his stars Michelle Yeoh and acclaimed actor David Thewlis sure to be year-end award contenders. Q&A immediately follows with David Thewlis.
My Week With Marilyn
The film is based on two books by Colin Clark, and depicts the making of the 1957 film THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL, and focuses on the week in which Marilyn Monroe spent time being escorted around Britain by Clark, after her husband Arthur Miller left the country. Stars of the film include: Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, and Emma Watson. Q&A immediately follows with director Simon Curtis.
In order to survive in late 19th century Ireland a woman poses as a man so she can work as a butler in one of Dublin's plush hotels. Complications arise when Albert meets a handsome painter and tries to escape the lie she's been telling. Glenn Close stars with an outstanding supporting cast led by Janet McTeer and Mia Wasikowska. A hit at Telluride and Toronto film festivals and major Oscar contender. Q&A immediately follows with director Rodrigo Garcia.
The Iron Lady
Meryl Streep stars in this compelling new drama on the life of Margaret Thatcher, England's former Prime Minister with a special focus on the price she paid for power. Streep, a two-time Oscar winner is the front runner to win a third for this remarkable portrayal. Oscar winner Jim Broadbent co-stars as her husband Dennis. Q&A immediately follows with director Phyllida Lloyd ("Mamma Mia")
Soon after her divorce a fiction writer returns to her small town in Minnesota to rekindle her romance with an old flame, now married with kids. Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking, Up in the Air, Juno) directs from a script by Oscar winner Diablo Cody (Juno) starring Oscar winner Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt and Patrick Wilson. A dark, daring comedy generating lots of awards talk. Q&A follows with Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody.
A sensation from the Telluride, Toronto and New York Film Festivals, the most acclaimed and important foreign language film of 2011 is Iran's official entry into the Academy Awards and winner of the prestigious Berlin Film Festival's Best Film, Actor and Actress prizes as well as the New York Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Language film. 'A Separation' raises crucial questions about family relationships between parents and children, men and women, the condition of women in Iran and how one's beliefs, religious and otherwise, affect our lives. "A Separation could hardly be more concrete, or contemporary or dramatic. Flawlessly crafted, brilliantly performed and elegantly photographed, I find it hard to believe that a relatively unknown filmmaker from a heavily censored nation managed to do what Mr. Farhadi has done - take the measure of Iranian society in a world-class masterpiece" wrote Joe Morgenstern in the Wall St. Journal. Q&A immediately follows with director Asghar Farhadi.
Please check back on this page for further screening updates. More information on films this series will be added below.
Please don't delay in purchasing your membership for the Fall KCET Cinema Series, which runs Tuesday evenings, October, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 and December 6 &13. Screenings start at 7:00 pm.
$168 per person for current KCET Members Only
$185 per person non-members
For reservations and to charge your reservation by phone, call 323-953-5800.
The Fall Season of the KCET Cinema Series was made possible by City National Bank.