Cinema Art Bethesda’s 2017-2018 Season

Dedicated to the memory of our founder, Beverly Zeidenberg

While we update the Cinema Art Bethesda Web site, here are the dates and films for our new season.

September 17, 2017: Tanna (Australia). Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film 2017.  Set on a remote Pacific island, covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano, this heartfelt story, enacted by the Yakel tribe, tells of a sister’s loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new.

October 15, 2017: Harmonia (Israel). Winner of three awards at the Jerusalem Film Festival. Sad Sarah, the harpist of the Jerusalem Philharmonic is married to Abraham the conductor of the orchestra. They have no children. When Hagar, a young horn-player from East Jerusalem joins the Western side Orchestra, Sarah’s world changes. The two women are irresistibly attracted to each other, developing a unique friendship that is challenged when Hagar offers Sarah to have a baby for her, from Abraham.

November 12, 2017: Frantz (France). Winner of several awards at various film festivals, including Best Foreign Feature Film and Best Young Actress. In the aftermath of WWI, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiancé’s grave to lay flowers.

December 17 2017: I, Daniel Blake (U.K.).Winner of the Outstanding British Film of the Year 2017 and 22 other winning awards.  After having suffered a heart-attack, a 59-year-old carpenter must fight the bureaucratic forces of the system in order to receive Employment and Support Allowance.

January 14, 2018: Glory (Bulgaria). Winner of 26 awards at 22 International Film Festivals. A reclusive railway worker in Bulgaria finds millions in cash spilled on the tracks and turns them in to the police. When the PR executive for the Transport Ministry decides to use him as a diversion from a corruption scandal, his simple life falls victim to the chaos of bureaucracy.

February 11, 2018: Like Crazy (Italy). Winner of 5 David di Donatella Awards (Italian Oscars) including Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Director. Donatella and Beatrice reside in a psychiatric facility in Tuscany. They have very different life stories, but a chance to escape brings them together in an adventure that will change their lives forever and will help them realize the beauty in imperfection.

March 11, 2018: After the Storm (Japan). Nominated Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes. Winner of Film Critics Society Best Non-U.S. Release. After the death of his father, a private detective struggles to find child support money and reconnect with his son and ex-wife.

April 8 2018: Julieta (Spain).  Winner of 10 International Awards including Best International Film at the San Diego Film Festival.  After a casual encounter, a brokenhearted woman decides to confront her life and the most important events about her stranded daughter.

April 29 2018: The Teacher (Slovakia). Winner of 5 international awards and 7 nominations. Since the arrival of a new teacher to a Bratislava suburban school in the year of 1983, life has turned upside down for students and parents. The teacher’s corrupted behavior and one of the students’ suicide attempt that could be related to that matter, makes the school Principal call the students’ parents for an urgent meeting that will suddenly put the future of all the families at stake.

May 20, 2018: The Midwife (France). Starring Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot. Claire is a midwife in a maternity hospital. She is humane and helpful and gives herself entirely to her patients. But for all that her life is not a bed of roses. It is the moment that chooses Béatrice, her dead father’s former mistress, to resurface. The eccentric, spendthrift, sensual, amoral woman (Claire’s exact opposite in fact) is really the last kind of person with whom she needs to mix.

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