The Film Festival will kick off at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House on November 4 at 8pm with Anomalisa. Directors Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman (think Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich), bring us his first stop-motion comedy about a motivational speaker puppet. The characters are voiced by David Thewlis and Jennifer Jason Leigh, with producer Dan Harmon (Community) bringing us a comedy that definitely is not for children. One fun fact about this film is that it was funded by a Kickstarter project. My brokerage, Kentwood City Properties, is sponsoring this first night!
Another larger-scale movie in the Festival is Suffragette, from director Sarah Gavron, producers Alison Owen and Faye Ward, and starring Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, and Ben Whishaw. This drama is about the struggles that women in the U.K. faced in fighting for equality in 1912.
There are a number of really interesting panels lined up this year. I’m sure you’ve noticed recently that films “based on a true story” have skyrocketed in popularity. It seems that real life stories make the best on-screen stories as of late. The Based on a True Story Panel will spend 90 minutes talking about movies based on true events and journalistic truth vs dramatic truth in films. They’ll discuss whether the viewer will ever know the “real truth” in these movies. Moderated by Robert Denerstein, these 90 minutes are sure to be interesting.
Other films include: Carol, The Catcher in the Rye, The Boat Builder, Brooklyn, Hitchcock/Truffaut, I Saw the Light, The Lady in the Va, Mediterranea, Mia Madre, My All American, Son of Saul, and Youth. Tickets for regular screenings are $12 for Denver Film Society members and $15 for non-members. Special Presentation tickets are $14 for members and $17 for non-members. Red Carpet packages begin at $60, which include multipacks of tickets, happy hours, and various specials.
Be sure to let us know when you go, and about your experience in the comments below!