For over 20 years, the Bay Film Series has celebrated the art of filmmaking, bringing the best in international, documentary, independent and local movies to the southern UP. This semester we continue with another slate of audience- and critically-acclaimed titles.
On Sept. 14th, we begin our season with director Sofia Coppola’s THE BEGUILED. This Civil War thriller unfolds at a Southern girls' boarding school, where the naive young ladies rescue an injured enemy soldier. But providing him refuge and shelter unleashes unexpected tensions and rivalries. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell. RogerEbert.com says the film is “beautifully shot” and that Farrell is “a gifted and fluid actor . . . perfect for this role.”
We continue, on Oct 5th, with the French film THINGS TO COME (L’Averir). Rated a perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, this film stars Isabelle Huppert, who won a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for “Elle” last year. Peter Travers, from “Rolling Stone” magazine raves that her excellent work continues: “Following her triumph in ‘Elle,’ French screen legend Isabelle Huppert scores another bullseye with this delicate tale.” Directed by Mia Hansen-Love, winner of the Best Director award at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, this acclaimed film is a soul-searching look at what it means to create a life of one's own.
We turn our sights to the art of documentary filmmaking in November, showing GENDER REVOLUION: A JOURNEY WITH KATIE COURIC on the 16th. National Geographic, who produced this film, made history in January with “Gender Revolution” covers in over 30 countries. This documentary explores the shifting landscape of gender identity and how science and society navigate these changes.
Finishing up the Fall 2017 roster on December 7th, we end with VICTORIA AND ABDUL starring Dame Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, and Eddie Izzard. The plot is based upon the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship between the long-reigning Queen Victoria and a young Indian clerk, come to London to participate in the Queen's Golden Jubilee. The two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity. As this film will not be released in theaters for a few weeks yet, there are no reviews or ratings.
All Film Series movies are shown on Thursdays in the Besse Center Theater at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available at the box office or can be purchased online. Students with valid ID can get a reduced admission charge of $2.