Park City Film Series offers an eclectic mix
The Park City Film Series has a strong lineup that will run through mid April, said executive director Katharine Wang.
In addition to the documentary screenings of "The Crash Reel" tonight and "In Organic We Trust" tomorrow, the series will continue Friday, March 15, through Sunday, March 17, with Juan Antonio Bayona’s feature "The Impossible," which stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor.
"The film is based on a true story about a family that was in Thailand when the tsunami hit in 2004," Wang said. "Naomi was nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award and Ewan’s performance is just a powerful. The trailer shows the wave coming over and it’s so disturbing."
"The Impossible" isn’t the only film that will screen on Saturday and Sunday, Wang said.
"We are teaming with the Utah Film Center, that helped us bring ‘The Crash Reel’ in with the Sundance Institute, for some Tumbleweeds Film Festival screenings on Saturday and Sunday afternoon," she said. "We will screen two sessions on Saturday and one on Saturday that will be fun for the kids."
The weekend of March 20, the film series will continue its regular screenings with
Nicolaj Arce’s "The Royal Affair."
"This is one of two foreign films that we have in our calendar," Wang explained. "It is a Danish film with subtitles that is about a king who takes an English woman for his queen. His doctor, who is trying to help the king with his mental sickness falls in love with the queen and starts to control the king"
The other foreign film on the schedule for is Michael Hanneke’s Academy Award-winner "Amour."
It’s a German film about and elderly couple and the trials they go through after the wife has a stroke and will screen April 19 through April 21.
"It won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film this year," Wang said.
While the Park City Film Series is known for screening films, such as "Amour" and "The Royal Affair" and documentaries such as "Chasing Ice" and "The Crash Reel" that address social issues and are thought provoking, it also has special place for interesting documentaries about popular culture.
Dave Grohl’s "Sound City," which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival is one of these types of films, Wang said.
The film, which will screen March 29 through March 31, is a documentary about the famed Sound City Studios where Fleetwood Mac, Nirvana and other artists and musicians created some of their best-selling albums.
"We’ve always talked about bringing in films about the entertainment world, such as music and the music industry," Wang said. "And this film seemed to fit exactly what we wanted."
Another film about music, "Quartet," is also in the lineup, but while "Sound City" is a documentary, "Quartet" is a feature-length comedy about an opera fundraiser that stars Maggie Smith, who is known for her role as the Dowager Countess in "Downton Abbey."
"That will be amazing," Wang said.
On April 11, the film series will team with The Summit Land Conservancy for The Wild and Scenic Film Festival.
"We do this each year as a fundraiser for the conservancy," Wang said. "It has been very successful."
Then getting back to the more gritty style of film, the series will present Stephen Soderberg’s "Side Effects" on April 12, 13 and 14.
Soderberg is best known for his 1989 Sundance film "Sex, Lies and Videotape."
Side Effects’ is about the unforseen side effects of psychiatric drugs, Wang said.
"We have an eclectic calendar, through April, but people seem to be super excited for these films," she said. "We are happy to present such a mixed bag of films."
For more information about the Park City Film Series, visit http://www.parkcityfilmseries.com.
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