Producer’s Film Picks for October 2016
The theme for this month – Women and the Wind
Theatrical Release
Queen of Katwe (2016)
Written by William Wheeler and directed by Mira Nair.
The film stars Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo and Madina Nalwanga.
Synopsis/review: “‘Queen of Katwe,’ a Disney movie directed by Mira Nair about a real-life dirt-poor Ugandan girl who becomes a national chess champion, sounds like the kind of shameless heart-tugger that usually sends me heading for the hills (and I don’t mean the Hollywood Hills). Well, it is shameless, and it tugs the heart in all the obvious places, but it has a winning vivaciousness and a trio of performances by its lead actors that transcend its ‘inspirational’ niche.” Peter Rainer

The White Balloon (1995)
Written by Abbas Kiarostami and directed by Jafar Panahi.
The film stars Aida Mohammadkani.
“Another small triumph for the Iranian New Wave of the 1990s, The White Balloon is the simple story of a young girl’s quest to get from home to the market with her mother’s money in order to buy a goldfish. Similar to the 1948 neorealist masterpiece The Bicycle Thief, Balloon achieves a quiet momentum, centering on a specific, obsessive task. Director Jafar Panahi styles his film much like Vittorio De Sica’s, achieving universal emotion through a fable-like plot, naturalistic acting and realistic scenes of street life.” B. Hanley

Ten (2003)
Written and directed by Abbas Kiarostami.
The film stars Mania Akbari.
Synopsis/review: “Dispensing with a traditional film crew, Abbas Kiarostami wrote, directed, shot and edited this sequence of 10 vignettes, which provided a fascinating insight into gynocentric attitudes in post-millennial Iran. Recalling the simple immediacy of neo-realism, yet exploiting the latest digital technology, it confined the action to the inside of a car, much as The Taste of Cherry had done. But whereas Homayoun Ershadi had circled the outskirts of Teheran in search of someone to assist in his suicide, chic divorcée Mania Akbari seems stuck in the city in a fate that many would consider worse than death.” David Parkinson

Queen of Katwe is showing now at the Grand Cinema.
Ten will screen at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, October 7 in the Center for Spiritual Living (206 N. J St).
The White Ribbon will screen at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, October 14 in the CSL.
The TFC Discussion Night for these three films is Wednesday, October 19 in the CSL.

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