Past Screenings

Past screenings

The Farewell

Director: Lulu Wang
(2019 / Rated PG / English and subtitles)
Starring Awkwafina, Tzi Ma and Gil Perez-Abraham.

The Farewell follows Awkwafina’s Billi, a Chinese-born, U.S.-raised writer who, despite her better instincts, returns to Changchun to take part in her family’s elaborate ruse to expedite a big wedding in order to secretly say their goodbyes to a grandmother who hasn’t been told she’s dying.

In The Farewell, Awkwafina takes a big step forward from Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians, turning in a strong lead performance that blends comedy and drama to tell a story based on a real-life event in the family life of writer-director Wang.

Screened March 23.24 @ The Wash House

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Lars and the Real Girl

Director Craig Gillespie
Starring  Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, Kelli Garner, and Patricia Clarkson.
(2007 / US / 102min / Rated 12)

 

Screened February 24.24 @ The Wash House

The Princess Bride

Director Rob Reiner
Starring
Cary ElwesRobin WrightMandy Patinkin
(1987 / US / 98min / Rated PG)

A high-spirited adventure that pits true love against inconceivable odds, The Princess Bride has charmed legions of fans with its irreverent gags, eccentric ensemble, and dazzling swordplay. A kid (Fred Savage), home sick from school, grudgingly allows his grandfather (Peter Falk) to read him a dusty storybook—which is how we meet the innocent Buttercup (Robin Wright, in her breakout role), about to marry the nefarious Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) though her heart belongs to Westley (Cary Elwes). The wedding plans are interrupted, however, by a mysterious pirate, a vengeful Spaniard, and a good-natured giant, in a tale full of swashbuckling, romance, and outrageously hilarious spoofery. Directed by Rob Reiner from an endlessly quotable script by William Goldman, The Princess Bride reigns as a fairy-tale classic.

Screened February 24.24 @ The Wash House

Babette's Feast

Directed by Gabriel Axel (1987)102min / Rated U / Subtitled
Starring David Naughton, Griffin Dunne, Jenny Agutter

At once a rousing paean to artistic creation, a delicate evocation of divine grace, and the ultimate film about food, the Oscar-winning Babette’s Feast is a deeply beloved treasure of cinema. Directed by Gabriel Axel and adapted from a story by Isak Dinesen, it is the lovingly layered tale of a French housekeeper with a mysterious past who brings quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly pious villagers in late nineteenth-century Denmark. Babette’s Feast combines earthiness and reverence in an indescribably moving depiction of sensual pleasure that goes to your head like fine champagne.

Screened Nov 25.23 @ The Wash House

An American Werewolf in London

Directed by John Landis
Starring David Naughton, Griffin Dunne, Jenny Agutter

David and Jack, two American college students, are backpacking through Britain when a large wolf attacks them. David survives with a bite, but Jack is brutally killed. As David heals in the hospital, he’s plagued by violent nightmares of his mutilated friend, who warns David that he is becoming a werewolf. When David discovers the horrible truth, he contemplates committing suicide before the next full moon causes him to transform from man to murderous beast.

Screened Oct 29.23 @ The Wash House

The Night of the Hunter

Directed by Charles Laughton
Starring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lilian Gish, Billy Chapin Sally Jane Bruce

The Night of the Hunter—incredibly, the only film the great actor Charles Laughton ever directed—is truly a stand-alone masterwork. A horror movie with qualities of a Grimm fairy tale, it stars a sublimely sinister Robert Mitchum as a traveling preacher named Harry Powell (he of the tattooed knuckles), whose nefarious motives for marrying a fragile widow, played by Shelley Winters, are uncovered by her terrified young children. Graced by images of eerie beauty and a sneaky sense of humor, this ethereal, expressionistic American classic—also featuring the contributions of actress Lillian Gish and writer James Agee—is cinema’s most eccentric rendering of the battle between good and evil. (Criterion)

Screened Oct 28 5.23 @ The Wash House

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Directed byTaika Waititi
Starring Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, and Rima Te Wiata

Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family.

Screened Aug 5.23 @ The Wash House

I Know Where I'm Going!

Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger • 1945 • UK
Starring Wendy Hiller, Roger Livesey

In Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s stunningly photographed comedy, romance flourishes in an unlikely place—the bleak and moody Scottish Hebrides. Wendy Hiller stars as a headstrong young woman who travels to these remote isles to marry a rich lord. Stranded by stormy weather, she meets a handsome naval officer (Roger Livesey) who threatens to thwart her carefully laid-out life plans.

Screened February 24.23 @ The Wash House 

Local Hero

Directed by Bill Forsyth
Starring Peter Riegert, Peter Capaldi, Denis Lawson, Fulton Mackay and Burt Lancaster

Local Hero is a 1983 Scottish comedy-drama. An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don’t go as expected. For his work on the film, Forsyth won the 1984 BAFTA Award for Best Direction.

Screened December 9.22 @ Bellfield

Rory's Way

Directed by Oded Binnun, Mihal Brezis • 2018 • USA 143min
Starring Brian Cox, JJ Feild, Thora Birch

Rory MacNeil (Brian Cox) is an ageing Scotsman whose health is deteriorating, leading him to visit his estranged son Ian (JJ Feild) and family. Rory’s boorish manner initially fails to charm San Francisco’s citizens, but then a chance encounter leads to an unconventional relationship with beautiful museum curator Claudia (Rosanna Arquette), revealing Rory’s softer side.

Screened November 11.23 @ Bellfield