Narrative Feature Films

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KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER

David Zellner
(USA and Japan, 2014, 104 min)

Kumiko lives in a cluttered apartment in Tokyo and works as an office lady, robotically preparing tea for her nit-picky boss. But on her own time, she obsessively watches a well-known American film, Fargo, on a weathered VHS tape. Rewinding and fast-forwarding repeatedly, she meticulously maps out where a briefcase of money is buried. After hours of research and at the end of her dead-end job, Kumiko heads to the United States and into the harsh Minnesota winter to search for it. Inspired by an urban legend about a Japanese woman who took a similar journey. Rinko Kikuchi gives a fascinating performance as the introspective, visionary Kumiko, whose increasing discomfort with the world leads her to retreat further into isolation. Shot with breathtaking precision, Kumiko soars into transcendence as it reveals the beauty in the quest for reality, even if that reality is just your own. Starring Rinko Kikuchi and David Zellner.

“A subtle masterpiece.”

In Japanese with English subtitles, and English.

This film has been generously sponsored by Carolyn Niesman.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 - 2:30 PM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 - 7 PM - MOUNTAINEER MEDIA THEATER


ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
(USA, 2015, 105 mins)

Greg is coasting through his senior year of high school as anonymously as possible, avoiding social interactions like the plague and making bizarre parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, his only friend. But both his anonymity and friendship threaten to unravel when his mother forces him to befriend a classmate who has just been diagnosed with leukemia.

Starring Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, and Olivia Cooke.

This film has been generously sponsored by Peggy Brody, and by Kathy Cox.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 - 7:30 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 1
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 - 7 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 1


PAWN SACRIFICE

Ed Zwick
(USA, 2015,116 mins)

Directed by Crested Butte resident Ed Zwick. In a gripping, true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire and its chess champion Boris Spassky to a series of matches.  Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, Pawn Sacrifice chronicles Fischer's terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.

This film has been generously sponsored by Jan and Gary Friedland, Barbara Goldburg and Bob Rottman, and by Donna Kindervatter and Berek Novak

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 - 8:30 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 1
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, - 9:30 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 1
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 - 1 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 1


THE END OF THE TOUR

James Ponsoldt
(USA, 2015, 106 mins)

Imagine the greatest conversation you’ve ever had… This story of the five-day 1996 interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) explores the tenuous yet intense relationship that develops between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave, sharing laughs and also concealing and revealing their hidden vulnerabilities. A brilliantly performed and smartly unconventional buddy film,  based on Lipsky's critically acclaimed memoir about this unforgettable encounter.

This film has been generously sponsored by Carolyn Niesman

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 - 12 PM (NOON) - CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 - 7 PM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS


THE SIDEWAYS LIGHT

Jennifer Harlow Reeb, writer and director, (in person)
Annalee Jefferies, Mark Reeb, actors, (in person)

Directed and produced by CBFF favorites Jen and Mark Reeb. An ethereal and creepy mystery, The Sideways Light tells the story of Lily as she cares for her ailing mother, Ruth. While Ruth’s mind unravels, Lily struggles to understand her, the strange happenings in the house her family has called home for generations, and the matrilineal legacy buried deep inside her.

Starring Lindsay Burdge, Annalee Jefferies and Mark Reeb.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 - 5:30 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 2
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 - 1 PM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS

 


THE SUMMER OF SANGAILE

Alante Kavaite
(Lithuania, 2015, 88 mins)

Seventeen year-old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. At a summer aeronautical show, she meets the beautiful Auste, an artist her own age. Over the course of the summer, Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secrets, and in the process, finds the only person that truly encourages her to fly. This year’s Blue Is The Warmest Color.

Starring Aiste Dirziute and Julija Steponaityte. In Lithuanian with English subtitles.  

This film has been generously sponsored by Kathryn Kissam

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 - 5 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 1
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 - 1 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 1


THE TRIBE

Miroslav Slaboshpitsky
(Ukraine, 2014, 131 min)

A once-in-a-lifetime cinematic experience. Crested Butte Film Festival presents the controversial film that took Cannes by storm, The Tribe - with a special talk-back with festival host and film critic, Jack Hanley. Set in a Ukrainian boarding school for the deaf, with a very strict hierarchy among its students, the film’s narrative unfolds entirely in sign language without the need for subtitles or voiceover - and chronicles one student’s rise to power, strictly through its generous and sometimes brutal actions - resulting in a unique, never-before-seen cinematic experience that engages the audience on a new level.

"The Language of Love and Hate Need No Translation"

The Tribe has no spoken dialogue whatsoever, but that doesn’t stop from making a bold and provocatively loud statement. An unprecedented cinematic accomplishment.” - Indiewire

Please note: this film plays only once. Talkback with Jack Hanley afterward.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 - 4PM - MOUNTAINEER MEDIA THEATER


WHITE GOD

Kornél Mundruczó
(Hungary, 2014, 120 mins)

A metaphorical look at modern Europe. When young Lili is forced to give up her beloved dog, Hagen, because its mixed-breed heritage is deemed "unfit" by The State, she and the dog begin a dangerous journey back toward each other.

In Hungarian with English subtitles. Please note: film contains staged scenes of animal cruelty.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 - 9:30 PM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 - 10 AM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS


THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL

Marielle Heller
(USA, 2015, 102 mins)

Like most teenage girls, Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley) is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother's (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, "the handsomest man in the world," Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård). What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl's sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment.

Set in 1976 San Francisco, THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL begins at the crossroads of the fading hippie movement and the dawn of punk rock. News commentary of the Patty Hearst trial echoes in the background, as Minnie's young expressive eyes soak in a drug-laden city in transition— where teenage rebellion and adult responsibility clash in characters lost and longing. Minnie's hard-partying mother and absent father have left her rudderless. She first finds solace in Monroe's seductive smile, and then on the backstreets of the city by the bay. Animation serves a refuge from the confusing and unstable world around her. Minnie emerges defiant— taking command of her sexuality and drawing on her newfound creative talents to reveal truths in the kind of intimate and vivid detail that can only be found in the pages of a teenage girl's diary.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 - 8 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 2
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 - 9:30 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 1