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This month’s Film Club selection is 1944, Estonia’s 2016 official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film, which Variety called a “gritty war epic” and The Hollywood Reporter said was filled with “grand-scale spectacle.”
There is something innately fascinating about the war film. While epic in scope, it can present massive conflict on an incredibly personal level – making you feel as though you actually are experiencing the events. Such is the case with 1944. Upon seeing the film, we were immediately struck by how quickly and effectively it threw us into the thick of battle. But, as the dust settled, we were even more impressed by how the film presented fully realized characters and their individual struggles against the compelling backdrop of historical events.
This month’s selection is BLUSH, a Film Club premiere that Variety called “a fresh, frank look at coming out and coming of age” and AfterEllen said “bleeds cool in a way a lot of American indies only wish they could.”
Michal Vinik’s debut feature, Blush, revels in the conventions of coming-of-age dramas. It finds joy in the classic transgressions of teenage rebellion while reimagining the cinematic tropes of the genre. Still, Blush reaches beyond the short-term aspirations of its fierce protagonists. Its subtle yet deliberate screenplay paints an intimate portrait of contemporary Israel and fearlessly engages the politics of a divided state as they manifest in familial gestures and color expressions of love. The film’s ultimate rejection of the escapist and hedonistic impulses of youth makes it an enduring tale sure to carve its distinct place in the heart of audiences young and old.
THE ARDENNES is NOW PLAYING in #NYC at Village East Cinema and critics are raving! “ROUGH BEAUTY… LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF A GRISLY STORYBOOK” (The Village Voice), “A KICK ASS LITTLE NOIR” (Unseen Films), “CHILLY AND BROODING” (Ion Cinema), “DEFTLY MIXES HARD-CORE DRAMA WITH BITING BLACK HUMOR” (IndieWire)