January 28th, 2015 by RichmondBargains

rva 2015 environmental film fest

    “On February 2nd – 8th, 2015, several local organizations will partner to present the Fifth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival at several local venues. The festival will showcase local and national films selected to raise awareness of environmental issues relevant to the Richmond region, our nation, and our planet. This event is free and open to the public.”

View the full film festival schedule here. The most kid-friendly screenings are The Lorax and Disneynature’s Bears starting at 10 a.m. Saturday Feb 7 at the Byrd. Venues include Richmond and Henrico libraries, University of Richmond, Grace Street Theatre, the Science Museum, the Visual Arts Center, and the Byrd Theatre.

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September 3rd, 2014 by RichmondBargains

I’m back! Mostly. Our older son started public school in the first grade this week and so we’re still finding our footing with routines and a return to productivity 🙂 ~Alison

university of richmond free movies
The free University of Richmond International Film Series returns on Fridays and Sundays this fall:

Free and open to the public, all films are shown in the Ukrop Auditorium in the Robins School of Business (except where noted) at the University of Richmond. Friday showings are at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday showings are at 7:30 p.m. The films are shown in the original language with English subtitles.

Parking Information
A limited number of visitor parking spaces are available in lot R10 (adjacent to the Robins School of Business). Visitors can also obtain a guest parking pass by contacting University Parking Services at (804) 289-8703, email parking@richmond.edu or complete the online visitor vehicle registration form.

    Film SCHEDULE:
    Miele
    Friday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 14
    Italy, 2013, directed by Valeria Golino
    95 min., NR
    An Italian woman, who works under the code name Honey, specializes in assisted suicides for the terminally ill. She experiences an acute crisis of conscience after learning that her latest client, an aged man, has manipulated her. They are unwillingly locked in an intense relationship, which will change her life forever.

    Una Noche
    Friday, Sept. 19 and Sunday, Sept. 21
    Cuba, 2012, directed by Lucy Mulloy
    86 min., NR
    Convinced that dilapidated Havana holds no future for them, desperate teens Raul and Elio plot their escape to the dreamland of Miami, only 90 miles away from their families’ lives of poverty, illness, and prostitution. For Elio, leaving Cuba means leaving his twin sister, Lila, the only person who has remained loyal to him. In the colorful, steamy city, pressure mounts as they attempt to disentangle themselves from trouble, family, and Havana.

    Missing Picture
    Friday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 28
    Cambodia, 2013, directed by Rithy Panh
    96 min., NR
    Director Rithy Panh uses his innovative storytelling method in this documentary to create a personal reflection and historical study of the atrocities committed upon the people during the Khmer Rouge regime. Only propaganda footage remains from the recorded artifacts from this era. Panh uses beautifully detailed, sculpted clay figurines and elaborate dioramas to recreate the missing images from his memory. The Missing Picture is the first Cambodian film ever to be nominated for an Academy Award.

    African Film Weekend October 3-4

    Last Days
    Friday, Oct. 17 and Sunday, Oct. 19
    South Africa, 2013, directed by David and Alex Pastor
    100 min., NR
    Barcelona’s streets are empty in the wake of a catastrophic event that keeps humanity physically and psychologically trapped indoors to avoid instant death. Caught at work during the onslaught, Marc survives months living with his coworkers in an office building until he finally decides to venture through the city in search of his girlfriend. He convinces his colleague Enrique to join him. The two pick their way through the city’s underbelly with peril at every turn in this post-apocalyptic thriller.

    Watchtower
    Friday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 26
    *Friday Screen Location: Jepson Hall, Room 118**
    Turkey, 2012, directed byPelin Esmer
    100 min., NR
    This character study follows two haunted individuals determined to escape their troubled pasts. Their lives intersect at an observation tower located in a forest where Nihat treasures his solitude. He comes to know Seher, a bus hostess at a rural station she calls home. Together, they find comfort from their tragedies. “Watchtower is a finely crafted film about love born out of loss, guilt, and a sense of responsibility.” –Chale Nafus, Austin Film Society

    Kid with a Bike
    Friday, Oct 31 and Sunday, Nov. 2
    Belgium, 2011, directed by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
    87 min., NR
    Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes, this film takes an unsentimental view of children. Stubborn Cyril is an orphan who longs to be reunited with his father and cannot accept his circumstances. Cyril’s rebelliousness and search for a father figure takes its toll on those around him, especially Samantha, a salon worker who agrees to keep him weekends. Eventually he falls in with Wes, who has selfish plans for Cyril.

    Lunchbox
    Friday, Nov 7 and Sunday, Nov. 9
    India, 2013, directed by Ritesh Batra
    105 min., Rated PG
    A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famous, efficient lunchbox delivery system connects Ila, a neglected housewife, with Saajan, a government accountant nearing retirement. Their originally tentative notes passed at lunch turn into a virtual relationship. After seeing this feel-good movie, you will long for a lunchbox from Ila’s aromatic kitchen, seasoned with hope, to be delivered to your own desk.

    Aliyah
    Friday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 16
    France, 2012, directed by Elie Wajeman
    90 min., NR
    Alex lives in a working-class Parisian neighborhood and sells drugs for a living, continuously paying off the debts of his brother Isaac. A chance to put this life behind him arises when his cousin announces plans to open a restaurant in Tel Aviv. Torn over leaving, Alex finds his back against the wall and prepares to make the next fateful step toward an uncertain future.

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February 3rd, 2014 by RichmondBargains

Not one but two free film festivals in Richmond this week!

rva enviromental film festvial '14

“On February 5th – 9th, 2014, several local organizations will partner to present the Fourth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival at Tuckahoe Library, VCU’s Grace Street Theater, the Visual Arts Center, and the Byrd Theatre. The festival will showcase local and national films selected to raise awareness of environmental issues relevant to the Richmond region, our nation, and our planet. This event is free and open to the public” – find the full film schedule here.

vcu southern film festival 2014

The theme of this year’s VCU Southern Film Festival is Sports and the South. A highlight is a screening of Remember the Titans on Friday, February 7, at 3 p.m. with special guest Coach Herman Boone. (VCU Campus, Academic Learning Commons, 1000 Floyd Avenue, Room 1107). Other films cover baseball, tennis, stock car racing and roller derby – see the full Friday and Saturday schedule here. The only film with admission cost is Secretariat at the VMFA ($8).

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January 28th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

vcu arts film fest

The VCUarts Cinematheque will show 35mm films at the VCUarts Grace Street Theatre on (many) Tuesday nights this spring. All screenings are 35mm print projections, free of charge, Tuesday nights at 7 PM. The VCUarts Cinematheque also presents Cine-Club screenings every Wednesday evening at 7pm in the Cinema Studio in the Pollak Building.

934 W. Grace St. Richmond, VA 23284-3048
Phone: (804) 828-2020

Tonight’s film is The Earrings of Madame De… by Max Ophuls (France 1953)

    “The most cherished work from French master Max Ophuls, The Earrings of Madame de… is a profoundly emotional, cinematographically adventurous tale of deceptive opulence and tragic romance. When an aristocratic woman known only as Madame de. . . (Danielle Darrieux) sells a pair of earrings given to her by her husband (Charles Boyer) in order to pay some debts, she sets off a chain reaction of financial and carnal consequences that can end only in despair. Ophuls’ adaptation of Louise de Vilmorin’s incisive fin de siècle novel employs to ravishing effect the elegant and precise camera work for which the director is so justly renowned.” (Janus Films)

The rest of the schedule:

    2/4/14
    THE THREE ROOMS OF MELANCHOLIA
    by Pirjo Honkasalo (Finland 2004)

    2/25/14
    EN AVOIR (OU PAS)
    by Laetitia Masson (France 1995)
    (With LA VIS, a short film by Didier Flamand)

    3/4/14
    ASHES OF TIME
    by Wong Kar-wai (Hong Kong 1994)

    3/18/14
    ALMAYER’S FOLLY
    by Chantal Akerman (France, Belgium 2013)

    3/25/14
    HORS SATAN
    by Bruno Dumon (France 2011)

    4/1/14
    SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
    by Stanley Donen (USA 1952)

    4/15/14
    THE ASCENT
    by Larisa Sheptiko (Russia 1977)

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January 22nd, 2014 by RichmondBargains

ur international films

The free University of Richmond International Film Series continues on Fridays and Sundays for the spring semester, starting this weekend –

“Free and open to the public, all films are shown in the Ukrop Auditorium in the Robins School of Business (except where noted) at the University of Richmond. Friday showings are at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday showings are at 7:30 p.m. The films are shown in the original language with English subtitles.

Parking Information: A limited number of visitor parking spaces are available in lot R10 (adjacent to the Robins School of Business). Visitors can also obtain a guest parking pass by contacting University Parking Services at (804) 289-8703, email parking@richmond.edu or complete the online visitor vehicle registration form.”

    January 24-26: Barbara

    Jan 31-Feb 3: Loose Cannons

    February 7-9: The Patience Stone

    February 14-16: Lucky

    March 21-23: Key of Life

    March 28-30: Ilo Ilo

    April 4-6: The Rocket

    April 11-13: Child’s Pose

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September 9th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

lore ur

The free University of Richmond International Film Series returns on Fridays and Sundays beginning September 13 –

“Free and open to the public, all films are shown in the Ukrop Auditorium in the Robins School of Business (except where noted) at the University of Richmond. Friday showings are at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday showings are at 7:30 p.m. The films are shown in the original language with English subtitles.

Parking Information: A limited number of visitor parking spaces are available in lot R10 (adjacent to the Robins School of Business). Visitors can also obtain a guest parking pass by contacting University Parking Services at (804) 289-8703, email parking@richmond.edu or complete the online visitor vehicle registration form.”

    Join us in celebrating our 25th anniversary at a kickoff party at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 13, in Queally Hall in the Robins School of Business. Stay for the Friday matinee at 3 p.m.

Semtember 13-15: Lore
September 27-19: A Hijacking
October 4-6: Where Do We Go Now?
October 18-20: Beyond the Hills
October 25-27: Found Memories
November 1-3: Blancanieves
November 8-10: Korkoro
November 15-17: Shun Li and the Poet

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August 26th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

vcu cinematheque

Beginning tomorrow evening and continuing most Tuesday evenings this fall, the VCUarts Cinematheque presents international films at the VCUarts Grace Street Theatre (934 W. Grace St. Richmond, VA 23284-3048)

    All screenings are 35mm print projections, free of charge, Tuesday nights at 7 PM. The VCUarts Cinematheque also presents Cine-Club screenings every Wednesday evening at 7pm in the Cinema Studio in the Pollak Building.

    8/27/13
    BLANCANIEVES
    by Pablo Berger (Spain – 2012)

    9/3/13
    THE ANGELS’ SHARE
    by Ken Loach (Scotland – 2012)

    9/10/13
    TBA: With Special Guest New York Times Film Critic Dave Kehr

    9/17/13
    THE SEVENTH CONTINENT
    by Michael Haneke (Austria – 1989)

    9/24/13
    THE STRANGE CASE OF ANGELICA
    by Manoel de Oliveira (Portugal – 2010)

    10/8/13
    4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS
    by Cristian Mungiu (Romania – 2007)

    10/15/13
    J.M. TYREE (FILM QUARTERLY CRITIC) presents: SALESMAN
    by Albert and David Maysles & Charlotte Zwerin (USA – 1969)

    10/22/13
    THE CHEKIST
    by Alexandr Rogozhkin (Russia – 1992)
    One of the most violent films ever made. This film is not for the faint of heart or those that are offended by nudity.

    10/29/13
    AMARCORD
    by Federico Fellini (Italy – 1973)

    11/12/13
    KURONEKO (Black Cat)
    by Kaneto Shindo (Japan – 1968)

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January 22nd, 2013 by RichmondBargains

VCU’s and UR’s free film series are kicking off spring sessions in the next week, including a screening of Beasts of the Southern Wild which received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and was produced by Collegiate grad Michael Gottwald.

beast of the sourthern wild

The VCUarts Cinematheque programs are shown Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the VCUarts Grace Street Theatre. (934 W. Grace St)

    1/29/2013 24 CITY
    by Zhang Ke Jia
    Eight characters are affected when the state owned factory 420 shuts down to give way to give way to a complex of luxury apartments called 24 CITY.

    2/5/2013 THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD
    by Joshua Marston
    Rudia and her brother Nik are forced to face adversities beyond their age when their family is shaken up by murder.

    2/26/2013 PINA
    by Wim Wenders
    Dance, dance, or we are lost. Choreographer Pina Bausch’s final words inspired this Wim Wenders documentary on the art and influence of dance.

    3/12/2013 FISH TANK
    by Andrea Arnold
    Fifteen year old Mia’s life is turned on its head when her Mum brings home a new boyfriend.

    3/19/2013 BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
    by Benh Zeitlin
    Six year-old Hushpuppy must desperately repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home in order to survive an unstoppable catastrophe of epic proportions.

    3/26/2013 35 SHOTS OF RUM
    by Claire Denis
    The relationship between a father and daughter is complicated by the arrival of a handsome young man.

    4/2/2013 ALEXANDRA
    by Alexander Sokurov
    An elderly woman takes a train trip to visit her grandson at his army camp inside Chechnya

    4/16/2013 JLG/JLG (DOUBLE FEATURE)
    by Jean-Luc Godard
    Director Jean-Luc Godard reflects in this movie about his place in film history, the interaction of film industry and film as art, as well as the act of creating art.

    4/16/2013 THE COW (DOUBLE FEATURE)
    by Karel Kachyna
    Adam sells his only cow to pay for his mother’s medicine. Meanwhile, a young girl finds a safe place in their home after fleeing sexual abuse.

    5/7/2013 WINGS OF DESIRE
    by Wim Wenders
    An angel tries overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.

    5/14/2013 TURIN HORSE
    by Béla Tarr & Ágnes Hranitzky
    A rural farmer is forced to confront the mortality of his faithful horse.

ur film

University of Richmond International Film Series:

All films are shown in the Ukrop Auditorium in the Robins School of Business (except where noted) at the University of Richmond. Friday showings are at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday showings are at 7:30 p.m. The films are shown in the original language with English subtitles.

    Friday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 27 Nobody Else But You
    France, 2012, directed by Gérald Hustache-Mathieu
    Billed both as a post-noir excursion with a “pulp feel” and a romantic whodunit, this feature was produced as homage to various thriller writers and to Marilyn Monroe. David, a crime author with writer’s block, winds up stranded in snowy Mouthe, a place where the locals all have something to hide. The director toys with the conventions of the traditional thriller while lacing the movie with wit and visual influence from the Coen brothers’ Fargo.

    Friday, Feb. 1 and Sunday, Feb. 3 Craft, aka Riscado
    Brazil, 2010, directed by Gustavo Pizzi
    Bianca is an actress waiting for her big break while working for an event agency that sends her out clothed like Carmen Miranda and Betty Paige. Despite these humiliations, Bianca is a woman who excels at her craft and has the drive and determination to make the camera love her. Will she get her break? And, will that break give her the opportunity to develop her artistry?

    Friday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 10 The Loneliest Planet
    **Friday Location to be Announced, check this website for updates**
    Germany, 2012, directed by Julia Loktev
    An apparently healthy relationship dives into crisis in this drama about a 20-something couple hiking on holiday through the wilderness near the Caucasus Mountains. They cross paths with a group of hunters, leading to a shocking incident after which nothing is the same.

    Friday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 17 Life, Above All
    **Friday screening will be held in Jepson Hall, Rooms 118/120**
    South Africa, 2011, directed by Oliver Schmitz
    A 12-year-old child tries to hold her family together against prejudice, disease, and ignorance in this drama from South Africa. Chanda has already been forced to take on many of the responsibilities of an adult in her household. Despite her dire circumstances, most of her neighbors offer little sympathy and think the best solution is to separate her from her mother. Adapted from a novel by Allan Stratton, Life, Above All was an official selection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

    Friday, March 22 and Sunday, March 24 The Double Hour
    Italy, 2011, directed by Giuseppe Capotondi
    Love and danger unexpectedly meet in this Hitchcockian, offbeat thriller with comic elements. Sonia arrives in Turin looking for a boyfriend. She soon finds Guido, a security guard who shares her belief that when the hour and minute hands of the clock strike the same numbers, it’s a sign of good luck. What do they do when luck takes a turn for the worse? The Double Hour was an official selection at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival.

    Friday, March 29 and Sunday, March 31 The Fat, Bald, Short Man
    Colombia, 2011, directed by Carlos Osuna
    Lonesome, middle-aged, shy Antonio is picked on and ridiculed. Joining a self-improvement group almost by accident, he slowly confirms what this sly and involving animated story illustrates: everything is in motion, and change is all but inevitable. The question becomes what use one might make of it.

    Friday, April 5 and Sunday, April 7 Still Walking
    Japan, 2009, directed by Hirokazu Kore-edaLarrain
    A family drama unfolds over the course of a single summer day as the Yokoyama family gathers for a rare reunion held to commemorate the death of their son and brother who was taken before his time. As the festive gathering commences, and the family matriarch lays out a lavish meal, it gradually becomes obvious that resentment and sorrow bond this family as powerfully as love.

    Friday, April 12 and Sunday, April 14 Corpo Celeste
    Italy, 2012, directed by Alice Rohrwacher
    A girl has her world turned upside down in this comedy-drama when she moves from Switzerland to Calabria, Italy. Desperate to fit in, 12-year-old Marta delves into Catholicism and begins to study for her confirmation. Hoping to win the local priest’s favor, she tags along to help him pick up a cross for an upcoming festival, but the day doesn’t go smoothly for either of them. Corpo Celeste was an official selection at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

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April 11th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

james river film festival

The 19th James River Film Festival is set to unspool April 12-18, 2012 in a variety of venues and locations in Richmond, Virginia. Featured guests include documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee, film critic and educator Scott MacDonald, animator and educator Jodie Mack, filmmaker and Richmonder Rick Alverson, writer Clay McLeod Chapman and more!

For a list of all the films to be shown, view the Events calendar, or PDF at a glance.

You can purchase advance tickets (or here for VMFA showings)

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September 5th, 2011 by RichmondBargains

university of Richmond film series

University of Richmond International Film Series

The 23rd annual University of Richmond International Film Series is free and open to the public. All films are shown in the Ukrop Auditorium, a new 225-seat facility in the Robins School of Business. Friday showings are at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday showings are at 7:30 p.m. The films are shown in the original language with English subtitles.

    Friday, Sept. 9 and Sunday, Sept. 11
    The Headless Woman
    Argentina, 2009, directed by Lucrecia Martel
    87 min., NR

    Director Lucrecia Martel weaves a giddily disorientating film into a work of frenzied genius. The Headless Woman opens with Vero, a privileged, middle-aged dentist, driving along a quiet dirt road. There’s a sudden thud. She’s hit something, but what? Vero stops the car and for a long moment, sits immobile and silent in the car. She returns home, clearly traumatized, and makes quiet efforts to cover her tracks. The Headless Woman is a tantalizing psycho-thriller with an incisive political subtext lurking under its seemingly interior drama.

VCU Cinematheque Tuesday nights at 7pm
The VCUarts Cinematheque regularly programs and presents 35mm films at the VCUarts Grace Street Theatre.

The Grace Street Theatre
934 W. Grace St.
Richmond, VA 23284-3048
Phone: (804) 828-2020

    THE ISLAND (OSTROV)
    by Pavel Lungin – September 6, 2011 – 7pm
    Area: World Cinema/Russia

    In the frozen watery wastelands of Northern Russia, in a small Russian Orthodox monastery, exists a peculiar man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks and encourages others who visit the remote island, to believe he has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the future.

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