AWARD-WINNING ART HOUSE FILMS ON THE BIG SCREEN
with reception and discussion following screenings
at The Cornelius Art Center
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Address: Cornelius Art Center, 19725 Oak St. Cornelius, NC 28031
2012 (98 mins) Saudi Arabia
Arabic (English Subtitles)
Sony Pictures Classics
This is the first full-length feature ever filmed entirely inside Saudi Arabia. Even more remarkable, in a country where cinemas are outlawed, and women are forbidden to drive, it was written and directed by a woman filmmaker, Haifaa Al Mansour.
WADJDA is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn’t be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda’s mother won’t allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself. This is a unique depiction of real life for young girls, whose quests for a more meaningful life are not smothered by their repressive culture that they are determined to change.
A simple, solid, deeply affecting film – Village Voice
Buoyant- New York Times
A remarkable film twice over- Los Angeles Times
Funny and touching in equal measure- Wall Street Journal
Venice Film Festival – Best Film
Vancouver Film Festival – Best First Film
Rotterdam International Film Festival – Dioraphte Award
National Board of Review – Freedom of Expression Award
Los Angeles Film Festival – Best International Feature
PG-13 Bring your daughters and sons
2010 (82 mins) USA
Bull Frog Films
“What are the consequences of removing a child from nature?”
This emotionally moving and humorous documentary follows six teenagers who, like the “average American child,” spend five to fifteen hours a day behind screens. Is their connection to nature disappearing down a digital rabbit hole? PLAY AGAIN unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure – no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality. An ideal film for families, this film will be screened as part of Cornelius’ Park and Rec’s Earth Day activities, with a discussion about the plugged-in generations following. Seating is limited, so purchase tickets soon.
1999 (116 mins) Japan
Japanese (English Subtitles)
“Wise, funny, sad, wonderful” -Chicago Tribune
This film is an overlooked treasure of modern Japanese art cinema. It is funny, a social commentary, a philosophical treatise, and a personal statement by prolific filmmaker, Takeshi Kitano. Kikujiro is a bittersweet road movie about two characters who have very little in common. Masao (Yusuke Sekiguchi) is a sensitive nine-year-old boy who has to spend his summer vacation alone with his grandmother. In his boredom, he decides to look for the mother he has never met; with only a photo, an address, and very little money. This does not seem like a good idea, so a friend of his grandmother’s volunteers to send her husband along.
The irresponsible, loudmouthed, and greedy Kikujiro (Kitano), a low-level yakuza, is hardly the ideal companion for a child. Starting with an excursion to the cycle races, this mismatched couple goes through a fanciful journey full of oddball characters and pleasant surprises. The best surprise of all is to discover how much they have in common. By the end of the journey, sullen Masao gains the sense of magic that had been missing from his life. As for Kikujiro, he now has a better understanding of who he is and what has been wrong with his life, although it takes a child to make him realize this. Kitano has declared that his own father, who passed away when he was a little boy, was the inspiration for the character of Kikujiro. The man was a house painter, carpenter, and master of traditional Japanese dance, but also a gambler who let his family down on many occasions.
The haunting musical score by Joe Hishiashi, a masterful fusion of East and West themes and variations, and the stunning cinematography of scenes of Japanese life rarely seen in the U.S. make this film an unforgettable meet-up with modern Japanese culture and the difficulties of growing up in our modern culture, at any age.
Tim’s Vermeer (2013 documentary, USA 2013)
The Lunch Box (2013 drama/romance- India (Hindi-English w/English subtitles)
Inside Llweyn Davis (2013 independent drama/comedy)
Studio-C Cinema presents feature-length independent, documentary, foreign, and art films in the Lake Norman area. Most of our films are recent releases and have their first theatrical run in the area. They have won awards from around the world, and gotten rave reviews. We use a Blu-Ray HD projector on a 16 ft. cinema screen with a professional sound system.
-Doors open at 6:15 pm for a reception, with complementary beer, wine, snacks, and browsing the art gallery.
-Screenings begin at 7:00 pm.
-Informal discussion follows.
-View the current show at the Cornelius Art Center’s Gallery, which is our lobby.
Our screenings include informal social/discussion times, and sometimes visiting experts, filmmakers, and critics. We give 2-3 weeks advance notice for our events, so we can be on top of the newest releases. Ticket sales are on-line, so you can immediately book a seat. Book soon, as seating is limited.
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Where is the Studio-C Cinema?
Is there a membership fee? No. Every screening is open to the public until tickets are sold out.
Do I need a subscription? No. All tickets are sold individually for each screening. A discount package of five tickets is also available.
What about refreshments? Complementary beer and wine tastings and snacks are provided by our sponsors. You may bring your own, except alcoholic beverages.
How do I buy tickets? Our on-line tickets page accepts all credit cards. To pay with check or cash, contact Robert Maier at 704-996-7724. We also accept all forms of payment at the door, if all seats have not been sold in advance.
How much are tickets? Cornelius residents $8.00. Others $9.00. A limited number of student rush tickets are $5.00. Special events priced individually. See Tickets page for specifics.