OUT IN THE DARK director Michael Mayer will participate in Q&A’s at the NoHo after the 7:10 screenings on Friday and Saturday, September 27 and 28.
To mark Laemmle Theatres 75th anniversary as a local, family-owned business, Film Journal International just published a very informative piece about us: our history, philosophy about our place in L.A. County communities, and plans for the future.
Film Journal International reports: “What has remained unchanged from our last report is the “community commitment” of the company. Owned and operated in the second and third generations by Greg and his father, Robert Laemmle, the circuit was established in 1938, when Bob’s father Max and his uncle Kurt Laemmle took over a neighborhood theatre in Highland Park. (In case you are noticing the family resemblance, Carl Laemmle, the founder of Universal Pictures, was a second cousin to circuit founders Max and Kurt.)”
Come see the timely pro-privacy documentary TERMS AND CONDITIONS this weekend and participate in the discussion during one of several post-screening Q&A’s. Friday 7/19 after the 7:40 PM screening there will be a Q&A with director Cullen Hoback, John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog, and Yaman Salahi of the ACLU in Southern California.
Saturday 7/20 @ 7:40 PM show – Immediately following show, there will be a Q&A with director Cullen Hoback.
Sunday 7/21 @ 3:20 PM show – Immediately following show, there will be a Q&A with director Cullen Hoback.
Fill the Void by first time writer/director Rama Burshtein has been playing at Laemmle for a while now. And there’s a simple reason for that – it’s an exquisite piece of filmmaking.
The movie is foremost a loving portrayal and homage to haredi culture in Israel (ultra-religious Jews). Burshtein brings her hasidic community to life in rich, warm tones. Everything, specially interior space, is suffused in a welcoming, other-worldly light, as if she and talented cinematographer Asaf Sudry had uncovered a place where heaven and earth meet.
With such clear affection for her subject (Burshtein is deeply religious herself), you might think the film is one long sop to Ultra-Orthodox Judaism. You’d be wrong. In fact, Burshtein illuminates this world with nary a comment. The role of women, for instance, comes into clear focus, including the many aspects that would normally scandalize a modern, liberal audience – persistent segregation, cumbersome modesty rules, arranged marriages, etc. But Burshtein neither endorses such practices nor critiques them. This approach holds true for the film as a whole. Judgment is put to the side; in its place, the director gifts us with a profound sense of grace and acceptance.
If that’s not all, Burshtein has a knowingly deft and gentle touch when it comes to interpersonal relations. Though not lacking in passion or conviction, her characters bring us into the story with remarkable subtlety and restraint. It’s one of those films that you can see three times (and I have!) and discover it anew each time; an unseen gesture, a motivation not previously considered, an underlying theme freshly revealed. Still, despite repeat viewing, Fill the Void stubbornly defies pat summations, preserving a delicious sense of ambiguity up until (literally) the very last instant.
The sublime performance of Hadas Yaron, who won Best Actress at the Awards of the Israeli Film Academy for her lead role as the younger sister Shira, is emblematic of the cast as whole. It’s hard to imagine anyone not being moved by her performance, especially in the final scenes.
Sometimes a film shines such an intense, brilliant light upon its subject that all we can do as an audience is open our mouths in grateful wonder and appreciation. Fill the Void is such a film. You may see it (for the first or third time) at the Royal or Town Center 5 through July 11.
– Marc Horwitz
THE ROOM director/star Tommy Wiseau and co-star Greg Sestero in person at the NoHo 7 June 28 and 29 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this midnight movie phenomenon.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY director Cullen Hoback will participate in a Q&A after the first evening screening at the NoHo on Friday, July 19.
SOME GIRL(S) filmmaker Daisy von Scherler Mayer will participate in a Q&A after the 7:40 PM screening at the NoHo 7 on Friday, June 28.