Billings Farm & Museum  |  Woodstock Vermont

October 2016——April 2017

October 29 • 3:00 & 5:00 pm

Dark Horse

(UK • 2015 • 1 hr., 25 min.) rated PG

Sundance Film Festival: Audience Award, Nomination Grand Jury Prize.

Set in a former mining village in Wales, an inspirational documentary of a group of friends from a working men’s club who decide to take on the elite “sport of kings” and breed themselves a racehorse.

November 12 • 3:00 & 5:00 pm

Diplomacy

(France / Germany • 2014 • 1 hr., 24 min. • subtitles) NR

Valladolid International Film Festival: Best Actor, Best Director; additional win and three nominations.

A tense battle of wills between a Nazi general and a Swedish diplomat over the fate of Paris in the waning days of World War II gives director Volker Schlöndorff the premise for this compelling historical drama.

November 19 • 3:00 & 5:00 pm

Life Animated

(France/USA • 2016 • 1 hr., 29 min.) rated PG

Sundance Film Festival: Directing Award, Grand Jury Prize Nomination; additional five wins and two nominations.

The inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his 
family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence.

November 26 • 3:00 & 6:15 pm NOTE TIMES

Woodstock

(USA • 1970 • 3 hr., 4 min.) rated R

Academy Awards: Best Documentary Feature; Best Sound and Film Editing Nominations.

Three days of peace, love, and music, captured on film. 500,000 people (with an additional one million on the roads who couldn’t get any closer) gathered in one spot, for a festival that named a generation.

December 3 • 3:00 & 5:00 pm

Taxi Tehran

(Iran • 2015 • 1 hr., 22 min. • subtitles)

Berlin International Film Festival: FIPRESCI Prize, Golden Bear Prize; additional five wins and six nominations.

“With just three tiny cameras, a bunch of roses, and no budget, this enchanting film shot in the back of a taxi shows how little you need to make a great movie.” —David Sexton, The Evening Standard

December 17 • 3:00 & 5:00 pm

Last Man on the Moon

(UK • 2014 • 1 hr., 35 min.)

Newport Beach Film Festival: Audience Award, Best Documentary; additional win and nomination.

When Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan stepped off the moon in December 1972, he left his footprints and his ­daughter’s initials in the lunar dust. Only now is he ready to share his epic, but deeply personal story of fulfillment, love, and loss.

December 31 • 3:00 & 5:00 pm

Sing Street

(Ireland • 2015 • 1 hr., 46 min.) rated PG-13

Nashville Film Festival: Audience Award, Special Jury Prize; additional win and seven nominations.

Irish filmmaker John Carney’s Sing Street isn’t about the rise of a hot new band in Dublin in 1985. No one pays much attention to Sing Street: not club owners, booking agents, or label executives. The story is about 14-year old Conor pulling himself up out of bleak circumstances with the help of his older brother Brendan, who teaches him that the key to greatness in any endeavor is to risk being ridiculed. Ultimately, Carney’s movie uses the real social problems of his home country as the backdrop for inspiration.

January 7 • 3:00 & 5:00 pm

Rams

(Iceland • 2015 • 1 hr., 33 min. • subtitles) rated R

Cannes Film Festival: Un Certain Regard Award; additional 27 wins and eight nominations.

“The big-horned head butters of the title here aren’t just the prized sheep kept in a remote Icelandic valley, but the two heavily bearded brothers who are most competitive about them. This superb film’s ending is so primordial you’ll know it’s about far more than livestock and sibling rivalry.” —Ken Eisner, The Georgia Straight

January 14 • 3:00 & 5:00 pm

He Named Me Malala

(United Arab Emirates • 2015 • 1 hr., 28 min.) rated PG-13

BAFTA Awards: Best Documentary Nomination; additional five wins and 15 nominations.

A look at the events leading up to the Taliban’s attack on Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls’ education—followed by the aftermath.

January 28 • 3:00 & 5:00 pm

Welcome to Leith

(USA • 2015 • 1 hr., 25 min.)

Sundance Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize Nomination; additional seven wins and six nominations.

The story of the attempted takeover of a small town in North Dakota by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. As his behavior becomes more threatening, tensions soar, and the residents desperately look for ways to expel their unwanted neighbor. With incredible access to both longtime residents of Leith and white supremacists, the film examines a small community in the plains struggling for sovereignty against an extremist vision.

February 11 • 3:00 & 5:00 pm

Sherpa

(Australia • 2015 • 1 hr., 36 min. • some subtitles)

BAFTA: Best Documentary Nomination; additional three wins and nine nominations.

What is the moral justification ...“for you to play what is essentially a game of Russian roulette”... with someone’s life? It’s a brutal question posed by a journalist against the breathtaking backdrop of Mount Everest. It’s also one that nags at you throughout Sherpa, an exceptionally absorbing documentary.

February 25 • 3:00 & 5:00 pm

The Band’s Visit

(Israel • 2007 • 1 hr. 27 min. • subtitles) rated PG-13

Cannes Film Festival: Award of Youth, FIPRESCI Prize, Un Certain Regard; additional 46 wins, 13 nominations.

A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves in the wrong town. “The movie is . . . something of a marvel: a precious work of minimalism that grows before your eyes into something profound and profoundly affecting. ”
—Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

March 11 • 3:00 & 5:00 pm

The Missing Piece: Mona Lisa, Her Thief, the True Story

(USA • 2012 • 1 hr. 25 min.)

San Antonio Film Festival: Jury Prize, Best Historical Documentary; one additional nomination.

A man steals the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911. His 84-year old daughter thought he did it for patriotic reasons. A filmmaker spends more than 30 years trying to find the truth.

Meet the filmmakers: Joe and Justine Medeiros will attend the screening and discuss their film.

March 25 • 3:00 & 5:00 pm

Unbranded

(USA • 2015 • 1 hr. 46 min.) rated PG-13

Hot Docs International Film Festival: Audience Award and Best Documentary.

Six mustangs, four young men, one dream: to ride border to border, Mexico to Canada, up the spine of the American West. Their wildness of spirit—in both man and horse—is quickly dwarfed by the wilderness they must navigate: a 3,000-mile gauntlet that is equally indescribable and unforgiving.

April 1 • 3:00 & 5:00 pm

Sonita

(Germany • 2015 • 1 hr. 30 min. • subtitles)

Sundance Film Festival: Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize; additional 14 wins and four nominations.

After her family attempts to sell her into marriage, a young Afghan refugee in Iran channels her frustrations and seizes her destiny through music—writing and performing fiery rhymes in the face of oppressive traditions.