Ladies And Gentlemen; May I Introduce You To – LOST WEEKEND IV

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This idea of Lost Weekend started two years ago.  Here Steve and I were, an abundance of great independent cinema on our hands, but just not enough time during the week to gather as a group to watch them (that is, unless our Film Club was interested in daily screenings), so we came up with this idea of taking our missed opportunities and literally putting them all into the same basket – er, well – weekend!  This, my friends, is how Lost Weekend was born.

We have watched it grow.  From eight films over three days to now, this unprecedented 18 FILMS over four days, this little “festival” continues to prove that our community desires more than just masks, franchises, and bloated comedies.  We want better, stronger, more unique storytelling – and Lost Weekend helps make that dream come true!

This is our full line-up of our Lost Weekend IV schedule arriving to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester on September 24th-27th, 2015.

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Thursday, September 24

7 pm

99 HOMES

Advance Screening

USA, 2015. Language: English. Rated R.

A father struggles to get back the home that his family was evicted from by working for the greedy real estate broker who’s the source of his frustration. Andrew and star

“As it is, Bahrani has still created an urgent work, the burning anger of which will viscerally connect with many viewers, who will recognize themselves or people they know up on the screen.” – Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

Winner: Best Film, Vittorio Veneto Film Festival Award / Venice Film Festival 2014

Friday, September 25

11 am

1001 GRAMS

Sponsored by The Piccadilly Printing Company

Norway, 2014. Language: Norwegian / German / English. Unrated.

When Norwegian scientist Marie attends a seminar in Paris on the actual weight of a kilo, it is her own measurement of disappointment, grief and, not least, love, that ends up on the scale.

“Quietly moving and exquisitely made, suffused with a depth of feeling that belies its minimalist construction.” – Justin Chang, Variety

Winner: Best Cinematography, Chicago International Film Festival

12:55 pm

QUEEN OF EARTH

Sponsored by Four State Slasher Con

USA, 2015. Language: English. Unrated.

In the new film from director Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip), two women who grew up together discover they have drifted apart when they retreat to a lake house together. Prepare for amazing performances from Elisabeth Moss (TV’s Mad Men), Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous) and Kentucker Audley (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints).

“This is vigorous, frightening, electrifying stuff. Even minor Perry outclasses most contemporary majors.” – Calum Marsh, Village Voice

2:50 pm

THE WINDING STREAM

Advance Screening

Sponsored by Edward Jones – The Office of Mike Cesnik

USA, 2014. Language: English. Unrated.

The Winding Stream tells stories through narrator-less interviews; this saga is punctuated with studio performances by celebrated roots music practitioners like Johnny and June Carter Cash, George Jones, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson and others. The film’s goal is to illuminate the foundation-forming history of this multi-generational musical family. Country music would not be what is without them.

“Quite simply, the greatest documentary about musicians I have ever seen. Informed historically and sociologically, it is also the ultimate hootenanny.” – Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews

Winner: Best Narrative Feature, Tribeca Film Festival

4:45 pm

THE KEEPING ROOM

Advance Screening

Sponsored by D. Krauss

USA, 2014. Language: English. Rated R.

Left without men in the dying days of the American Civil War, three Southern women – two sisters and one African-American slave – must fight to defend their home and themselves from two rogue soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army. Brit Marling (Another Earth) and Oscar-nominated Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) star.

“This is a film that deserves to be seen for its visual touches and for Marling, who continues to expand her range and show why she’s bound to end up with a major award on her mantle sooner rather than later.” – Jim Vorel, Paste Magazine

 

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Break! Photo booth, silent auction, massage chairs from Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, and Devils Backbone tasting

 

7:30 pm

MERU

Sponsored by Devils Backbone Brewing Company

USA, 2015. Language: English. Rated R.

Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing.

“The movie is a packed 90 minutes and the familiar critical superlatives don’t capture it. Just go to Meru. The movie, I mean, not the climb. It’s a peak experience.” – David Edelstein, NPR

Winner: Audience Award / Documentary, Sundance Film Festival

9:25 pm

ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL

Sponsored by Independent School of Winchester

USA, 2015. Language: English. Rated PG-13

High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer. Starring Thomas Mann (Welcome to Me, The Stanford Prison Experiment), Olivia Cooke (The Signal), Nick Offerman and Molly Shannon.

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl has those handkerchief moments, but the laughs far outnumber the hard and sad punches. This is a movie that’s grounded in reality, has just enough whimsy and soars to the stars. It’s one of the best films of 2015.” – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

Winner: Grand Jury Prize / Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival

 

11:30 pm

TURBO KID

Sponsored by Sakura Tattoo & Psycho Cinema

Canada/New Zealand, 2015. Language: English. Unrated.

Set in a post apocalyptic year of 1997, this retro-futuristic and nostalgic tribute to 80’s action-adventure films follows an orphaned teenager who goes on an adventure to save his female-robot companion from the hands of an evil warlord who controls the only water supply.

“A pitch-perfect pastiche that never mocks its inspirations, the picture is silly fun to warm the hearts of aging fanboys and delight hipsters who weren’t yet born the first time Mel Gibson donned Max’s leathers.” – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

Winner: Audience Award, SXSW

 

Saturday, September 26

11 am

Kahlil Gibran’s THE PROPHET

Sponsored by Tin Top Art & Handmade

USA / Qatar / France / Canada / Lebanon, 2014. Language: English. Rated PG.

Exiled artist and poet Mustafa embarks on a journey home with his housekeeper and her daughter; together the trio must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in Mustafa’s words will incite rebellion.

“For audiences interested in an earnest, inspirational story, full of timeless messages and beautiful animation, this is a lovely reminder of how to live life with purpose and joy.” – Sandie Angulo Chen, Washington Post

 

1 pm

FINDERS KEEPERS

Advance Screening

Sponsored by Water Street Design

USA, 2015. Language: English. Rated R

Recovering addict and amputee John Wood finds himself in a stranger-than-fiction battle to reclaim his mummified leg from Southern entrepreneur Shannon Whisnant, who found it in a grill he bought at an auction and believes it to therefore be his rightful property.

“An easy contender for one of the funniest docs of all time…It’s gut-busting, can’t-breathe funny, but introspective and knowing as well.” – John Gholson, Movies.com

Nominated: Grand Jury Prize / Documentary, Sundance Film Festival

Winner: Best Comedy, Traverse City Film Festival

3 pm

MANHATTAN SHORT

Sponsored by Jimmy Stafford Realty

International, 2015. Unrated.

A group of 10 finalists in a shorts competition that features 678 entries from 52 countries. Vote for a winner after watching the ten short films from countries including Finland, France, Turkey, Chile, Germany, and Switzerland.

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Break! Kernstown Commons prize wheel, silent auction, massage chairs from Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, and Devils Backbone tasting

6:30 pm

MOJAVE

Advance Screening

Sponsored by Web Strategies Internet Solutions, LLC

USA, 2015. Language: English. Rated R.

A suicidal artist goes into the desert, where he finds his doppelgänger, a homicidal drifter. Written by William Monahan (The Departed) and starring Mark Wahlberg (Prisoners, The Fighter) and Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina, Inside Llewyn Davis)

8:30 pm

PHOENIX

Sponsored by Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Germany / Poland, 2014. Language: German/English

Nelly Lenz, a Jewish singer, has survived the Nazi concentration camps but at what cost? She is disfigured and has had to undergo facial surgery. Back in what is left of Berlin, accompanied by her faithful friend Lene, she has only one thing in mind, finding Johnny, her musician husband in the ruins of the city.

“Borrows tension, look and conventions from postwar film noir, and the Hitchcockian doubles, reversals and atmosphere of suspicion unbalance expectations of which character (if either) is cat or mouse.” – Nathalie Atkinson, Globe and Mail

Winner: Best Supporting Actress, German Film Awards 2015

 

10:30 pm

COOTIES

Sponsored by Murphy Beverage Company

USA, 2015. Language: English. Rated R

A mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the kids into a feral swarm of mass savages. An unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives. The all-star comedic cast includes Rainn Wilson, (TV’s THE OFFICE), Nasim Pedrad (SNL), Jack McBrayer (TV’s 30 ROCK) and Elijah Wood.

“COOTIES is blithely bonkers in a way that feels new and unexpected.” – Meredith Borders, birth.movies.death

Sunday, September 27

11 am

AMY

Sponsored by Nutrition Naturally Now

UK / USA, 2015. Language: English. Rated R.

The story of Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks.

“This lengthy but immersive portrait will hit hard with viewers who regard Winehouse among the great lost voices not just of a generation, but of an entire musical genre.” – Guy Lodge, Variety

1:45 pm

A HARD DAY

Sponsored by Miller Honda

South Korea, 2014. Language: Korean. Unrated.

After trying to cover up a car accident that left a man dead, a crooked homicide detective is stalked by a mysterious man claiming to have witnessed the event.

“[When was the last time you saw a modern thriller with so much narrative and visual wit that you were simultaneously laughing and crying out in fear – the kind the Coen brothers often make and Spielberg when he’s in a Hitchcockian mood?” – David Edelstein, New York Magazine

4:15 pm

PEOPLE PLACES THINGS

Sponsored by Advance Planning Associates

Will Henry (Jemaine Clement) is a newly single graphic novelist balancing parenting his young twin daughters and a classroom full of students while exploring and navigating the rich complexities of new love and letting go of the woman who left him.

“Small, smart and inescapably independent, “People Places Things” has its own offbeat and charmingly low-key way of seeing the world.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Nominated: Grand Jury Prize / Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival

6:15 pm

THE END OF THE TOUR

Sponsored by Lorne Bair Rare Books

USA, 2015. Language: English. Rated R.

The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter (and novelist) David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest.

“An illuminating meditation on art and life with Jason Segel giving the performance of his career, potently catching the internal conflicts of celebrated novelist David Foster Wallace.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

 

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