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Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:

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The theme for the Tacoma Film Club, now in its twelfth year is:

Tango Hotel: Ennui and the World. 

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Well, here we are feet-first into February, enjoying a mild winter as we view epic blizzards on TV for back East. Having stated that, now watch the snowflakes plan their next surprise right here in the placid South Sound.

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TFC is proud to have a screening of Sofia Coppola’s big hit film, LOST IN TRANSLATION (2003), this Friday at CSL. Ms. Coppola, is the daughter of Francis Ford Coppola.

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She appeared in all three GODFATHER film, as an infant in the first one, a walk-on in the second one, & as Mary Corleone in Part III. She was 19 years old, taking over for Winona Ryder. The critics trashed her performance, & her defense was that she had to be talked into taking the part, & she never claimed to be an actress. She is niece to Talia Shire, cousin to Nicolas Cage, & granddaughter to Carmine Coppola. She has been married to director Spike Jonze, & dated Quentin Tarantino. She writes & directs her own films, & in 2004, was the first American woman to ever be nominated for a Best Director Oscar (for LOST IN TRANSLATION). She has given us 9 films to date, including THE VIRGIN SUICIDES (1999), MARIE ANTOINETTE (2006), SOMEWHERE (2010), & THE BLING RING (2013).

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She has said: “I try to make what I want, what I personally want to see, & I don’t think about the audience too much.”

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This film was rated at 7.8 stars on IMDb. It was nominated for 4 Oscars, winning one for Ms. Sofia for Best Original Screenplay. It won 3 Golden Globes (Best Picture-Comedy or Musical, Best Actor, & Best Screenplay).

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The cinematography was done by Lance Acord, who has his own production company & he shoots a ton of commercials.

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He has lensed 24 films since 1994, including BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (1999), ADAPTATION (2003), MARIE ANTOINETTE (2006), & GOD’S POCKET (2013).

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The film music was composed by Kevin Shields. He is a rock & roller, the leader of the band MY BLOODY VALENTINE. He has scored 5 films, including AMATEUR (1994), THINGS BEHIND THE SUN (2001), & MARIE ANTOINETTE (2006).



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Written & Directed by Sofia Coppola @ 101 minutes.

The film stars Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, & Giovanni Ribisi.

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Synopsis: A faded movie star, traveling to Japan to film commercials, & a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.

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Tagline: Everyone wants to be found.

ROTTEN TOMATOES rated the film at 95% Critics approval 86% Audience approval. IMDb rated it at 7.8 stars.

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Richard Corliss of TIME MAGAZINE wrote: “This is a film that revels in its contradictions–for it’s a comedy about melancholy, a romance without consummation, & a travelogue that rarely hits the road,”

Geoff Andrews of TIME OUT wrote: “It’s almost  European in its subtlety & nuance–a cinematic cherry blossom.”

James Mottram of FILM4 wrote: “It transcends its initial culture clash comic riff to evolve into something very moving by the end–making it a work of considerable power & pathos.”

So mark your calendars for this Friday, February 5, 2016 and join the Tacoma Film Club for a screening of LOST IN TRANSLATION. It will be shown at the Center for Spiritual Living (CSL), the church building we rent for our meetings & screenings. It is located at 206 N. J Street, on the corner of Division & J streets.

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Arrive early, around 6:30 pm, & join many of us downstairs in the kitchen area for fun, fellowship, & snacks. It is permitted to bring snacks & beverages to share with others. Clean up after yourselves before coming upstairs to watch the movie. There is no food drink allowed in the sanctuary. There will be a donation box near the entrance; all donated funds go to pay rent & other Club expenses.

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Diane Jensen, new TFC Director, will be on hand to sell annual club membership dues ($20.00). It is the Elizabeth Taylor edition for 2016.

LOST IN TRANSLATION will screen at 7:30 pm & runs 101 minutes. Curtain will fall by 9:340 pm.


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