The Films for the 2015 Aspen Film Academy Screenings
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2015 ASPEN FILM ACADEMY SCREENINGS

The Films

Two Ways to Sort

45years

45 Years

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

8:00 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

On the eve of their 45th anniversary, a couple receives startling news that plunges them into the past, forcing them to face hard truths about their marriage and themselves. Featuring two beloved Brit actors at their best (Tom Courtenay and silver-screen grand dame Charlotte Rampling), up- and-coming writer/director Andrew Haigh’s understated, deeply affecting adaptation of David Constantine’s short story reveals a wiser-than-his-years understanding of human longing and the complexity of memory, reminding us just how fragile even our seemingly most reliable relationships can be. Every bit as compelling as Haigh’s narrative and moving as Rampling and Courtenay’s chemistry is the misty English countryside, captured beautifully by cinematographer Lol Crawley that serves less as moody backdrop and more as a quiet, constant third lead. (U.K.)

 

Director/Writer: Andrew Haigh
Producer: Tristan Goligher
Cinematographer:
Lol Crowley
Editor:
Jonathan Alberts
Cast:
Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay
Special Thanks: Juliet Shield-Taylor
Run Time: 95 min.

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99 Homes

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

3:00 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

At the height of the American housing crisis Dennis Nash, a hard-working single father, looses his home to a ruthless Florida real estate magnate, brilliantly played by the chameleon-like Michael Shannon. The two soon enter an unlikely and risky partnership that eventually pushes Nash to question everything about himself.

 

Director/Writer/Producer/Editor: Ramin Bahrani
Writers:  Amir Naderi, Bahareh Azimi
Producers:  Ashok Amritraj, Kevin Turen, Justin Nappi
Cinematographer:  
Bobby Bukowski
Cast:  
Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Noah Lomax
Run Time: 112 min.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by James McCauley/REX (679380o)

Amy Winehouse

Vodafone Summer Series, Somerset House, London, Britain - 20 Jul 2007

Amy

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

8:15 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Acclaimed for his moving 2010 film Senna, Asif Kapadia presents yet another stunning all-archival portrait whose impact lingers long after the credits roll. In Amy, we meet a witty, sharp young Londoner whose extraordinary vocal and lyrical gifts were plain as day to anyone within earshot, perfectly evoking the pain and heartbreak of the jazz standards she revered. Along with her golden throat and wiser-than-her-years insights came a vulnerability that would leave Amy Winehouse ill-equipped to deal with the challenges of international superstardom and the unblinking eye of an insatiable tabloid press that would follow her quite literally to her grave. Kapadia’s brilliantly crafted, emotionally riveting portrait poses stiff questions to those closest to Amy and to the audience – forcing us to consider our expectations of the artists we criticize and worship whose lives, as delicate as our own, can crumble under the glare of the spotlight. (U.K.)

 

Director: Asif Kapadia 
Producer:
James Gay-Rees
Editor: Chris King
Featuring:
Amy Winehouse, Tony Bennett, Yasiin Bey
Special Thanks: Tom and Darlynn Fellman
Run Time: 128 min.

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Anomalisa

Saturday, January 2, 2016

5:30 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

In groundbreaking films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich, writer Charlie Kaufman showed his uncanny grasp on our lifelong quest for human connection and his ability to zero in on the flashpoints where our existential anxieties clash with the needs of our hearts. With Anomalisa, alongside co-director Duke Johnson, he has created a work that could only exist in stop-motion animation: the tale of a married, traveling sales guru suffering a midlife crisis based on a disorder in which everyone sounds exactly the same, until he meets the one woman capable of piercing the dull roar in his head. Anomalisa is the year’s most original film and yet another powerfully insightful and emotional triumph for Kaufman.

 

Director/Writer/Producer: Charlie Kaufman
Director/Producer: Duke Johnson
Producers:  
Dino Stamatopoulos, Rosa Tran   
Cinematographer:
Joe Passarelli
Editor:
Garret Elkins
Cast:
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan, David Thewlis
Run Time: 90 min.

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Best of Enemies

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

3:00 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

The year is 1968, and an uneasy America – already fiercely divided by the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War – fixes its gaze upon the Democratic National Convention in Chicago with great apprehension. The news division at ABC, desperate to save the then-floundering network, makes the visionary choice of pitting two of the country’s best-known intellectual and ideological powerhouses, William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal, against one another in an on-air debate about the state of affairs in a restless nation desperate for answers and reconciliation. The outcome would forever change the nature of political coverage and dialogue vis-à- vis television. Nearly 40 years later, with the country still divided, this electrifying spectacle has been revisited by filmmakers Robert Gordon and Academy Award-winning Morgan Neville. Featuring riveting archival footage and insightful, witty interviews with the media and political heavyweights of the time, Best of Enemies is an eye-opening, crackling time capsule of two competing visions for America’s future.

 

Directors/Producers: Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon
Cinematographers: David Leonard, Graham Willoughby, Mark Schwartzbard
Editors:
Eileen Meyer, Aaron Wickenden
Featuring:
William F. Buckley, Gore Vidal
Special Thanks: Toby Lewis
Run Time: 87 min.

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In DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 Pictures' dramatic thriller BRIDGE OF SPIES, directed by Steven Spielberg, Brooklyn lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks) and his wife Mary (Amy Ryan) become the target of anti-communist fears when Donovan agrees to defend a Soviet agent arrested in the U.S.

Bridge of Spies

Sunday, December 27, 2015

8:00 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Steven Spielberg returns to classic form in this riveting Cold War-era thriller, expertly penned by Matt Charman and dynamic duo Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, that also crackles with unexpected wry humor. Tom Hanks leads a terrific cast as a likeable, all-American lawyer and family man whose work in the insurance sector makes him an unlikely option for defusing a crisis that threatens to turn an icy standoff with the USSR into an all-out nuclear war. Acclaimed stage actor Mark Rylance shines as the mysterious, captured Soviet agent Hanks is tasked with representing, and the period visuals perfectly evoke an atmosphere of chilling suspicion, thanks to the brilliant lensing of longtime Spielberg cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan).

 

Director/Producer: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Producers:
Marc Platt, Kristie Macosko Krieger
Cinematographer:
Janusz Kaminski
Editor:
Michael Kahn
Cast:
Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Scott Shepherd, Amy Ryan, Sebastian Koch, Alan Alda
Language:
English and Russian w/English subtitles
Special Thanks: The City of Aspen, Mel and Paulette Blumenthal
Run Time: 141 min.

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ROONEY MARA and CATE BLANCHETT star in CAROL

Carol

Saturday, January 2, 2016

8:15 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s groundbreaking 1952 novel The Price of Salt, this period love story – beautifully shot on Super-16 by veteran cinematographer Edward Lachman to capture the midcentury mood – follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in a forbidden affair. Young New Yorker Therese Belivet spends her days as a department-store clerk dreaming of a more fulfilling life; when she meets Carol, a stunning upper-crust suburban housewife trapped in an unhappy marriage, there’s an immediate spark that changes both their lives irrevocably. Brilliant direction by Todd Haynes, an economic and poignant script from Phyllis Nagy, and epic performances from Oscar familiars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara place Carol in the canon of new classics.

 

Director: Todd Haynes
Writer: Phyllis Nagy
Producers:
Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley, Christine Vachon
Cinematographer:
Edward Lachman
Editor:
Affonso Gonçalves
Cast:
Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy, Sarah Paulson
Special Thanks: Esther Pearlstone
Community Partner: Response
Run Time: 118 min.

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Will Smith stars in Columbia Pictures' "Concussion."

Concussion

Saturday, December 26, 2015

8:15 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Will Smith reminds us all why he’s still a massive star through his rock- steady portrayal of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian-born forensic pathologist who risked the comfortable life he’d built for himself stateside to make his case for the the link between football and brain trauma back in 2002 – even as the NFL pushed back with all its extraordinary might. To tackle a timely controversy with bracing clarity and sensitivity alike, Peter Landesman’s biopic-meets-thriller also relies on a sterling supporting cast: Paul Reiser and Luke Wilson play league heavies, countered by Alec Baldwin and Albert Brooks as Omalu’s allies and still others in the roles of ex-pros suffering from CTE.

 

Director/Writer: Peter Landesman
Producers: Ridley Scott, Giannina Scott, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman, Elizabeth Cantillon
Cinematographer:
Salvator Totino
Editor:
William Goldenberg
Cast:
Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Paul Reiser, Luke Wilson, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Morse, Albert Brooks
Presented by: Alpine Bank
Run Time: 121 min.

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The Danish Girl

FREE Screening – Exclusive to Members*

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

5:30 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Thespian lightning strikes twice in the form of Eddie Redmayne, whose startling – and Academy Award Best Actor-winning – transformation in last year’s The Theory of Everything is equaled if not topped by the one he undergoes in this extraordinary period biopic from director Tom Hooper, fellow Oscar recipient for The King’s Speech. Redmayne astounds as Lili, an artist who had made her name in 1920s Denmark as Einar Wegener, a man and husband to fellow painter Gerda. At the height of their marital bliss a small moment proves an awakening for them both and thus, Einar becomes Lili and begins life anew as a woman – her wife by her side for better or worse. Though set and costume design as well as makeup play enthralling roles of their own, this one belongs to the actors whose characters’ struggle to be true to themselves in a conformist world is, after all, universal. (UK/Germany/USA)

 

Director/Producer: Tom Hooper
Writer: Lucinda Coxon
Producers:
Gail Mutrux, Anne Harrison, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner
Cinematographer:
Danny Cohen
Editor:
Melanie Ann Oliver
Cast:
Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw, Matthias Schoenaerts
Community Partner: AspenOut
Run Time: 120 min.

 

*This is an exclusive screening available only to members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, associated Guilds, and Aspen Film members. Members should enter their promotional code and then they will be able to reserve seats.

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The End of the Tour

Saturday, December 26, 2015

5:30 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Director James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) delivers an incredibly heartfelt, witty, and compelling snapshot of two writers’ lives in his latest work, The End of the Tour. Jesse Eisenberg plays David Lipsky, an ambitious but in-a-rut young novelist moonlighting for Rolling Stone who, at the behest of his girlfriend, reluctantly reads a copy of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest upon its release in 1996. Awed and intimidated by the talent on display, Lipsky convinces his editors to allow him to follow Wallace on the last few days of a promotional book tour. Wallace, played with previously unseen depth in a breakthrough turn by Jason Segel, proves to be a difficult but endearing enigma not at all convinced of his own literary merits or those of fame. The pair winds up alternately trading savage barbs and baring their souls while ruminating on the charms of convenience-store junk food and the opposite sex as they traverse the frozen Midwest, a fortnight that would permanently alter Lipsky’s outlook on both his craft and life itself.

 

Director: James Ponsoldt
Writer: Donald Margulies
Producers:
James Dahl, Matt DeRoss, David Kanter, Mark C. Manuel, Ted O’Neal
Cinematographer:
Jakob Ihre
Editor:
Darrin Navarro
Cast:
Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Ron Livingston, Mamie Gummer, Mickey Sumner
Community Partner: Aspen Words
Run Time: 106 min.

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Love & Mercy

Monday, December 28, 2015

3:00 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Featuring riveting performances from acclaimed actors Paul Dano and John Cusack, Hollywood heavyweight Bill Pohlad’s deeply insightful and moving biopic recounts the turbulent life of tortured Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson with compassion and honesty. Moving back and forth in time between the making of the group’s seminal 1966 album Pet Sounds and Wilson’s darkest period in the 1980s, when he was all but lost, this touching portrait reveals in small, beautiful moments both the musician’s ahead-of-his-time genius and his crippling vulnerability. At first glance, Dano and Cusack hardly seem cut out to play the same man at different stages in life, but under Pohlad’s gentle direction, the two seem one. Dano, as the younger Wilson passionately searching for a new sound, is especially mesmerizing. Given support and insight from the real Brian Wilson, Pohlad gained access to the Beach Boys’ music library, and his mindful use of the hits we all know and love results in a musical delight that packs an emotional punch.

 

Director/Producer:  Bill Pohlad
Writers: Oren Moverman, Michael Alan Lerner
Producers:  
Claire Rudnick Polstein, John Wells
Cinematographer:
Robert Yeoman
Editor:
Dino Jonsäter
Cast:
John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti
Special Thanks: Peter Nicklin and Linda McCausland
Community Partner: Aspen Public Radio
Run Time: 120 min.

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Mustang

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

5:30 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

For some, it may recall 90s classic The Virgin Suicides. But first-time feature filmmaker Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s coming-of-age tale – and France’s official Oscar submission – radiates its own poignant light. Following a youthful indiscretion, five adolescent sisters in a small Turkish village find themselves under their vindictive uncle’s lock and key, where their grandmother begins to groom them for marriage. Though the critique of patriarchal oppression in modern society remains unflinching, luminous performances by the lead actresses as the sisters cycle through moments of rebellion and surrender and move the audience to share in their hope and heartbreak every step of the way. Lush cinematography visually parallels the sisters’ blossoming beauty as it exceeds the confines of their home-turned-prison no less than the freedom of the great outdoors they crave. (France)

 

Director/Writer: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Writer: Alice Winocour
Producer:
Charles Gillibert 
Cinematographers:
David Chizallet, Ersin Gok 
Editor:
Mathilde van de Moortel
Cast:
Güneş Şensoy, Dogba Doğuşlu, Elit Iscan, Tuğba Sunguroğlu, Ilayda Akdoğan
Language:
Turkish w/English subtitles
Run Time: 94 min.

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THE REVENANT




Copyright © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. THE REVENANT Motion Picture Copyright © 2015 Regency Entertainment (USA), Inc. and Monarchy Enterprises S.a.r.l. All rights reserved.Not for sale or duplication.

The Revenant

 


FREE SCREENING*

Friday, January 1, 2016

7:30 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

Inspired by true events, The Revenant is an epic story of survival and transformation on the American frontier. While on an expedition into the uncharted wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (epically portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally mauled by a bear and abandoned by John Fitzgerald, a member of his own trapping team, played by Tom Hardy in an equally impressive turn. Alone and near death, Glass refuses to succumb. Driven by sheer will and his love for his wife and son, he undertakes a 200-mile odyssey through the vast and untamed West, on Fitzgerald’s trail. What begins as a relentless quest for revenge becomes a heroic saga against all odds towards home and redemption.

Director/Writer/Producer: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Writer: Mark L. Smith
Producers: Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon, James Skotchdopole
Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki
Editor:
Stephen Mirrione
Cast:
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck, Paul Anderson, Kristoffer Joner, Joshua Burge, Duane Howard
Run Time: 156 min.

*This screening is open to the public and complimentary for all, but tickets must be reserved.

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Room

Monday, December 28, 2015

5:30 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

This alternately thrilling and wrenching tale about how the power of parental love can overcome even the direst of circumstances features stunning lead performances by indie darling Brie Larson (who was equally stunning in indie hit Short Term 12) and nine-year-old newcomer Jacob Tremblay. The mother and son they play inhabit a shockingly small space, but it is all Jack has experienced, and Ma does her best to transform it into a world of their own, where Jack can grow up as normally as possible.

Things are rapidly changing, however, and Ma is soon forced to put a plan in motion that will free them from the only home Jack has ever known.

Adapted from the best-selling novel by Emma Donoghue and directed with finesse by Lenny Abrahamson, Room took home the Audience Award for Best Feature at Aspen Filmfest 2015 and has been the subject of intense awards-season chatter and recognition (including multiple Spirit Awards nominations) since its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the Grolsch People’s Choice Award. (Ireland/Canada)

 

Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Writer: Emma Donoghue
Producers:
Ed Guiney, David Gross
Cinematographer:
Danny Cohen
Editor:  
Nathan Nugent 
Cast:
Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, Tom McCamus, Sean Bridgers 
Special Thanks: Adam and Melony Lewis
Run Time: 118 min.

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shaunthesheep

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Saturday, December 26, 2015

2:00 PM

Milk & Cookies

Come early and enjoy milk and cookies before the movie.


3:00 PM

Movie

FREE admission for kids.


Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Longing to roam and seeking respite from his humdrum country routine, Shaun the little sheep hatches an ill-advised getaway that lands him and his flock dangerously far from home. Now they’re lost and alone in the big city. How will Shaun and his fluffy friends ever get back to the farm? Only the masterminds behind Wallace & Gromit could come up with a romp so sweet, so smart and so visually delightful that it not only entertains kids and grownups alike but delivers a powerful message for all ages about the meaning of home and the importance of never taking for granted those we hold most dear. Shaun the Sheep Movie isn’t just one of the best animated films of the year, it’s one of the best films of the year – and it doesn’t rely on a lick of dialogue. (U.K./France)

 

Directors/Writers: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak
Producers: Julie Lockhart, Paul Kewley
Cinematographers:
Charles Copping, Dave Alex Riddett
Editor:
Sim Evan-Jones
Cast:
Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes
Community Partner: The Buddy Program
Run Time: 86 min.

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SICARIO

Day 01

Sicario

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

8:15 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

A rock-star cast drives Denis Villeneuve’s blistering thriller about an FBI agent navigating the geographical and moral gray area that is the U.S.-Mexico border. Emily Blunt plays the black-ops recruit faced with the conundrum of doing bad to do good – one that hardened fellow operatives Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin have long since resolved for themselves, embroiled as they are in a ceaseless, Pyrrhic drug war. Committed to capturing the reality of this epic dilemma, Texas-born screenwriter Taylor Sheridan immersed himself in the lives of the migrants desperately impacted by the bloody stalemate in order to fully understand and accurately portray our bilateral catch-22. Captured by legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, the harsh desert landscape Sheridan and Villeneuve’s characters traverse unfolds as a no-man’s land as bleak and dark as the sun is glaring.

 

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writer: Taylor Sheridan
Producers:
Basil Iwanyk, Edward L. McDonnell, Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill 
Cinematographer:
Roger Deakins
Editor:
Joe Walker
Cast:
Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Victor Garber, Jon Bernthal, Daniel Kaluuya
Language:
 English and Spanish w/English subtitles
Run Time: 121 min.

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(Left to right)  Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d’Arcy, Michael Keaton and John Slattery in SPOTLIGHT.
 
Photo credit:  Kerry Hayes / Distributor:  Open Road Films

Spotlight

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

5:30 PM

Opening Reception

Help us kick off the 24th Annual Aspen Film Academy Screenings by attending our Opening Reception prior to our opening feature Spotlight.


7:30 PM

Screening

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Based on the investigation that led to the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize- winning exposé on the Catholic Church abuse scandal, veteran filmmaker Tom McCarthy’s latest – and arguably his best – stars an incredible cast that includes Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Brian d’Arcy James, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, and Liev Schreiber. McCarthy has a unique gift for directing actors, gently molding them into a true ensemble; so wholly do his Hollywood A-listers disappear into their characters that the story becomes the star. Their response to his approach, procedural and thoughtful, results in a period drama that is at once highly energetic and quietly affecting. Refreshingly un-Hollywood, honest, and straightforward, Spotlight is poised for Oscar glory; perhaps even more important, it just may usher in a new era of American cinema.

 

Director/Writer: Tom McCarthy
Writer: Josh Singer
Producers:
Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Blye Faust
Cinematographer:
Masanobu Takayanagi 
Editor:
Tom McArdle 
Cast:  
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d’Arcy James, Jamey Sheridan, Billy Crudup
Presented by: The Aspen Times
Special Thanks: Lee and Steve Rittvo
Run Time: 128 min.

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Suffragette

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

5:30 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Carey Mulligan stars alongside Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep in this powerfully realized historical drama, directed by British indie standout Sarah Gavron, about the struggle for women’s voting rights in the early 20th-century United Kingdom. Mulligan plays Maud Watts, a young married mother who toils in a laundry where she and the other hard- working ladies on staff endure daily abuse at the hands of the brutal management. Watts is aware of the pro-suffrage movement erupting around her – but it’s not until the battle dovetails with the savage indignities suffered by a coworker that she herself is moved to action. She soon finds herself engaging in ever-more dangerous acts of sedition that put her own marriage, motherhood and life on the line. (U.K.)

 

Director: Sarah Gavron
Writer: Abi Morgan 
Producers:
Alison Owen, Faye Ward
Cinematographer:
Edu Grau
Editor:
Barney Pilling
Cast:
Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw, Meryl Streep
Presented by: The Embrey Family Foundation
Run Time: 106 min.

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Tangerine

Friday, January 1, 2016

5:30 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Transgender working girl Sin-Dee (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) is back on the block on Christmas Eve after a 28-day stint in the slammer, only to learn her boyfriend has been unfaithful in her absence. Sin-Dee sets out on a mission to teach her cheatin’ man the lesson that’s been coming to him, her best friend Alexandra (played brilliantly by Mya Taylor) reluctantly in tow. Their wild odyssey covers the brightest sun-bleached streets and darkest recesses of Tinseltown, including the home of an Armenian family struggling with its own emotional crisis. Known for bringing intimate detail to worlds seldom seen on the big screen, multi- tasking writer/director (and producer, cinematographer and editor) Sean Baker follows suit in Tangerine, defying expectations with incomparable humor and heart – not to mention the use of a tricked-out iPhone, on which this entire gritty, groundbreaking, hilarious, moving, and utterly unique cinematic journey was shot.

 

Director/Writer/Producer/Cinematographer/Editor: Sean Baker
Writer: Chris Bergoch
Producers:
Marcus Cox, Karrie Cox, Darren Dean, Shih-Ching Tsou
Cinematographer:
Radium Cheung
Cast: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, James Ransone 
Run Time: 87 min.

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Trumbo

Monday, December 28, 2015

8:30 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Acclaimed Breaking Bad leading man Bryan Cranston, quickly rising as a big-screen star, delivers an electric, nuanced performance as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in Jay Roach’s engaging, quick-witted biopic about one of the most underrated, arguably greatest cinematic storytellers of the mid-20th century. Buzzing with energy and delightfully steeped in the period, Trumbo plays like a nostalgic romp but proves, at its core, a moving exploration of Hollywood’s tarnished golden age. An impressive supporting cast includes Louis C.K., John Goodman, Diane Lane, and the ever-fabulous Helen Mirren, delightfully cast as infamous gossip columnist Hedda Hopper.

 

Director: Jay Roach
Writer/Producer: John McNamara
Producers:
Michael London, Janice Williams, Shivani Rawat, Monica Levinson, Nimitt Mankad, Kevin Kelly Brown
Cinematographer:
Jim Denault
Editor:
Alan Baumgarten
Cast:
Bryan Cranston, Michael Stuhlbarg, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C.K., John Goodman
Run Time: 124 min.

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Where to Invade Next

Sunday, December 27, 2015

5:00 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Political provocateur Michael Moore has made a career of tackling America’s social ills head on. But for his latest outing, he heads in a whole new direction: abroad. Deciding that The Pentagon needs the day off, he undertakes a mission to “invade” other countries across the pond, armed only with his camera and his wit, in search of ideas to fix the litany of problems dogging his homeland. The result is a compelling collage of hilarious, touching and thought-provoking stories from individuals all over the world – precisely the kind that have underpinned Moore’s inimitable brand of documentary storytelling since Roger & Me.

 

Director/Writer/Producer: Michael Moore
Producers: Tia Lessin, Carl Deal
Cinematographers:  
Richard Rowley, Jayme Roy
Editors:
Pablo Proenza, T. Woody Richman, Tyler Walk
Featuring:
Michael Moore
Language:
English, Italian, French, German, Finnish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Arabic w/English subtitles
Special Thanks: Neil Karbank
Run Time: 119 min.

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Michael Caine as "Fred" and Harvey Keitel as "Mick" in YOUTH. Photo by Gianni Fiorito. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Youth

Friday, January 1, 2016

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Breakfast at the Fest

Nurse your New Year’s Day hangover at our complimentary brunch before our presentation of Youth. Mimosa and Bloody Marys included.


2:30 PM

Screening

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

By turns delirious and devastating, Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino’s follow- up to his Academy Award-winning The Great Beauty is generating Oscar buzz of its own, thanks not least to its tremendous cast. Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel astonish as Fred and Mick, two old friends nearing the end of their distinguished careers in music and film, respectively. Sojourning at a lavish Swiss spa, they’re joined by Fred’s newly jilted daughter (played with vulnerability and wit by Rachel Weisz) and a misunderstood movie star (the ever talented Paul Dano), among other resort guests young and old – all seeking to reconcile with the past and face the future with dignity. Their story unfolds, aided by Luca Bigazzi’s dazzling cinematography and a monumentally affecting score by David Lang no less than Sorrentino’s own script (which also has a small but meaty role for Jane Fonda, who tears into it with gusto). (Italy/France/U.K./Switzerland)

 

Director/Writer: Paolo Sorrentino
Producers: Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima, Carlotta Calori
Cinematographer:
Luca Bigazzi 
Editor:
Cristiano Travaglioli 
Cast:
Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda
Special Thanks: Nancy Wall and Chuck Wall, The Gant
Run Time: 123 min.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

(Left to right)  Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d’Arcy, Michael Keaton and John Slattery in SPOTLIGHT.
 
Photo credit:  Kerry Hayes / Distributor:  Open Road Films

Spotlight

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

5:30 PM

Opening Reception

Help us kick off the 24th Annual Aspen Film Academy Screenings by attending our Opening Reception prior to our opening feature Spotlight.


7:30 PM

Screening

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Based on the investigation that led to the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize- winning exposé on the Catholic Church abuse scandal, veteran filmmaker Tom McCarthy’s latest – and arguably his best – stars an incredible cast that includes Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Brian d’Arcy James, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, and Liev Schreiber. McCarthy has a unique gift for directing actors, gently molding them into a true ensemble; so wholly do his Hollywood A-listers disappear into their characters that the story becomes the star. Their response to his approach, procedural and thoughtful, results in a period drama that is at once highly energetic and quietly affecting. Refreshingly un-Hollywood, honest, and straightforward, Spotlight is poised for Oscar glory; perhaps even more important, it just may usher in a new era of American cinema.

 

Director/Writer: Tom McCarthy
Writer: Josh Singer
Producers:
Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Blye Faust
Cinematographer:
Masanobu Takayanagi
Editor:
Tom McArdle
Cast:
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d’Arcy James, Jamey Sheridan, Billy Crudup
Presented by: The Aspen Times
Special Thanks: Lee and Steve Rittvo
Run Time: 128 min.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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Suffragette

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

5:30 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Carey Mulligan stars alongside Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep in this powerfully realized historical drama, directed by British indie standout Sarah Gavron, about the struggle for women’s voting rights in the early 20th-century United Kingdom. Mulligan plays Maud Watts, a young married mother who toils in a laundry where she and the other hard- working ladies on staff endure daily abuse at the hands of the brutal management. Watts is aware of the pro-suffrage movement erupting around her – but it’s not until the battle dovetails with the savage indignities suffered by a coworker that she herself is moved to action. She soon finds herself engaging in ever-more dangerous acts of sedition that put her own marriage, motherhood and life on the line. (U.K.)

 

Director: Sarah Gavron
Writer: Abi Morgan 
Producers:
Alison Owen, Faye Ward
Cinematographer:
Edu Grau
Editor:
Barney Pilling
Cast:
Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw, Meryl Streep
Presented by: The Embrey Family Foundation
Run Time: 106 min.

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45years

45 Years

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

8:00 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

On the eve of their 45th anniversary, a couple receives startling news that plunges them into the past, forcing them to face hard truths about their marriage and themselves. Featuring two beloved Brit actors at their best (Tom Courtenay and silver-screen grand dame Charlotte Rampling), up- and-coming writer/director Andrew Haigh’s understated, deeply affecting adaptation of David Constantine’s short story reveals a wiser-than-his-years understanding of human longing and the complexity of memory, reminding us just how fragile even our seemingly most reliable relationships can be. Every bit as compelling as Haigh’s narrative and moving as Rampling and Courtenay’s chemistry is the misty English countryside, captured beautifully by cinematographer Lol Crawley that serves less as moody backdrop and more as a quiet, constant third lead. (U.K.)

 

Director/Writer: Andrew Haigh
Producer: Tristan Goligher
Cinematographer:
Lol Crowley
Editor:
Jonathan Alberts
Cast:
Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay
Special Thanks: Juliet Shield-Taylor
Run Time: 95 min.

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

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Shaun the Sheep Movie

Saturday, December 26, 2015

2:00 PM

Milk & Cookies

Come early and enjoy milk and cookies before the movie.


3:00 PM

Movie

FREE admission for kids.


Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Longing to roam and seeking respite from his humdrum country routine, Shaun the little sheep hatches an ill-advised getaway that lands him and his flock dangerously far from home. Now they’re lost and alone in the big city. How will Shaun and his fluffy friends ever get back to the farm? Only the masterminds behind Wallace & Gromit could come up with a romp so sweet, so smart and so visually delightful that it not only entertains kids and grownups alike but delivers a powerful message for all ages about the meaning of home and the importance of never taking for granted those we hold most dear. Shaun the Sheep Movie isn’t just one of the best animated films of the year, it’s one of the best films of the year – and it doesn’t rely on a lick of dialogue. (U.K./France)

 

Directors/Writers: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak
Producers: Julie Lockhart, Paul Kewley
Cinematographers:
Charles Copping, Dave Alex Riddett
Editor:
Sim Evan-Jones
Cast:
Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes
Community Partner: The Buddy Program
Run Time: 86 min.

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The End of the Tour

Saturday, December 26, 2015

5:30 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Director James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) delivers an incredibly heartfelt, witty, and compelling snapshot of two writers’ lives in his latest work, The End of the Tour. Jesse Eisenberg plays David Lipsky, an ambitious but in-a-rut young novelist moonlighting for Rolling Stone who, at the behest of his girlfriend, reluctantly reads a copy of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest upon its release in 1996. Awed and intimidated by the talent on display, Lipsky convinces his editors to allow him to follow Wallace on the last few days of a promotional book tour. Wallace, played with previously unseen depth in a breakthrough turn by Jason Segel, proves to be a difficult but endearing enigma not at all convinced of his own literary merits or those of fame. The pair winds up alternately trading savage barbs and baring their souls while ruminating on the charms of convenience-store junk food and the opposite sex as they traverse the frozen Midwest, a fortnight that would permanently alter Lipsky’s outlook on both his craft and life itself.

 

Director: James Ponsoldt
Writer: Donald Margulies
Producers:
James Dahl, Matt DeRoss, David Kanter, Mark C. Manuel, Ted O’Neal
Cinematographer:
Jakob Ihre
Editor:
Darrin Navarro
Cast:
Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Ron Livingston, Mamie Gummer, Mickey Sumner
Community Partner: Aspen Words
Run Time: 106 min.

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Will Smith stars in Columbia Pictures' "Concussion."

Concussion

Saturday, December 26, 2015

8:15 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Will Smith reminds us all why he’s still a massive star through his rock- steady portrayal of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian-born forensic pathologist who risked the comfortable life he’d built for himself stateside to make his case for the the link between football and brain trauma back in 2002 – even as the NFL pushed back with all its extraordinary might. To tackle a timely controversy with bracing clarity and sensitivity alike, Peter Landesman’s biopic-meets-thriller also relies on a sterling supporting cast: Paul Reiser and Luke Wilson play league heavies, countered by Alec Baldwin and Albert Brooks as Omalu’s allies and still others in the roles of ex-pros suffering from CTE.

 

Director/Writer: Peter Landesman
Producers: Ridley Scott, Giannina Scott, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman, Elizabeth Cantillon
Cinematographer:
Salvator Totino
Editor:
William Goldenberg
Cast:
Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Paul Reiser, Luke Wilson, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Morse, Albert Brooks
Presented by: Alpine Bank
Run Time: 121 min.

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

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Where to Invade Next

Sunday, December 27, 2015

5:00 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Political provocateur Michael Moore has made a career of tackling America’s social ills head on. But for his latest outing, he heads in a whole new direction: abroad. Deciding that The Pentagon needs the day off, he undertakes a mission to “invade” other countries across the pond, armed only with his camera and his wit, in search of ideas to fix the litany of problems dogging his homeland. The result is a compelling collage of hilarious, touching and thought-provoking stories from individuals all over the world – precisely the kind that have underpinned Moore’s inimitable brand of documentary storytelling since Roger & Me.

 

Director/Writer/Producer: Michael Moore
Producers: Tia Lessin, Carl Deal
Cinematographers:  
Richard Rowley, Jayme Roy
Editors:
Pablo Proenza, T. Woody Richman, Tyler Walk
Featuring:
Michael Moore
Language:
English, Italian, French, German, Finnish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Arabic w/English subtitles
Special Thanks: Neil Karbank
Run Time: 119 min.

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In DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 Pictures' dramatic thriller BRIDGE OF SPIES, directed by Steven Spielberg, Brooklyn lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks) and his wife Mary (Amy Ryan) become the target of anti-communist fears when Donovan agrees to defend a Soviet agent arrested in the U.S.

Bridge of Spies

Sunday, December 27, 2015

8:00 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Steven Spielberg returns to classic form in this riveting Cold War-era thriller, expertly penned by Matt Charman and dynamic duo Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, that also crackles with unexpected wry humor. Tom Hanks leads a terrific cast as a likeable, all-American lawyer and family man whose work in the insurance sector makes him an unlikely option for defusing a crisis that threatens to turn an icy standoff with the USSR into an all-out nuclear war. Acclaimed stage actor Mark Rylance shines as the mysterious, captured Soviet agent Hanks is tasked with representing, and the period visuals perfectly evoke an atmosphere of chilling suspicion, thanks to the brilliant lensing of longtime Spielberg cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan).

 

Director/Producer: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Producers:
Marc Platt, Kristie Macosko Krieger
Cinematographer:
Janusz Kaminski
Editor:
Michael Kahn
Cast:
Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Scott Shepherd, Amy Ryan, Sebastian Koch, Alan Alda
Language:
English and Russian w/English subtitles
Special Thanks: The City of Aspen, Mel and Paulette Blumenthal
Run Time: 141 min.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

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Love & Mercy

Monday, December 28, 2015

3:00 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Featuring riveting performances from acclaimed actors Paul Dano and John Cusack, Hollywood heavyweight Bill Pohlad’s deeply insightful and moving biopic recounts the turbulent life of tortured Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson with compassion and honesty. Moving back and forth in time between the making of the group’s seminal 1966 album Pet Sounds and Wilson’s darkest period in the 1980s, when he was all but lost, this touching portrait reveals in small, beautiful moments both the musician’s ahead-of-his-time genius and his crippling vulnerability. At first glance, Dano and Cusack hardly seem cut out to play the same man at different stages in life, but under Pohlad’s gentle direction, the two seem one. Dano, as the younger Wilson passionately searching for a new sound, is especially mesmerizing. Given support and insight from the real Brian Wilson, Pohlad gained access to the Beach Boys’ music library, and his mindful use of the hits we all know and love results in a musical delight that packs an emotional punch.

 

Director/Producer:  Bill Pohlad
Writers: Oren Moverman, Michael Alan Lerner
Producers:  
Claire Rudnick Polstein, John Wells
Cinematographer:
Robert Yeoman
Editor:
Dino Jonsäter
Cast:
John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti
Special Thanks: Peter Nicklin and Linda McCausland
Community Partner: Aspen Public Radio
Run Time: 120 min.

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Room

Monday, December 28, 2015

5:30 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

This alternately thrilling and wrenching tale about how the power of parental love can overcome even the direst of circumstances features stunning lead performances by indie darling Brie Larson (who was equally stunning in indie hit Short Term 12) and nine-year-old newcomer Jacob Tremblay. The mother and son they play inhabit a shockingly small space, but it is all Jack has experienced, and Ma does her best to transform it into a world of their own, where Jack can grow up as normally as possible.

Things are rapidly changing, however, and Ma is soon forced to put a plan in motion that will free them from the only home Jack has ever known. Adapted from the best-selling novel by Emma Donoghue and directed with finesse by Lenny Abrahamson, Room took home the Audience Award for Best Feature at Aspen Filmfest 2015 and has been the subject of intense awards-season chatter and recognition (including multiple Spirit Awards nominations) since its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the Grolsch People’s Choice Award. (Ireland/Canada)

 

Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Writer: Emma Donoghue
Producers:
Ed Guiney, David Gross
Cinematographer:
Danny Cohen
Editor:  
Nathan Nugent 
Cast:
Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, Tom McCamus, Sean Bridgers 
Special Thanks: Adam and Melony Lewis
Run Time: 118 min.

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trumbo

Trumbo

Monday, December 28, 2015

8:30 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Acclaimed Breaking Bad leading man Bryan Cranston, quickly rising as a big-screen star, delivers an electric, nuanced performance as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in Jay Roach’s engaging, quick-witted biopic about one of the most underrated, arguably greatest cinematic storytellers of the mid-20th century. Buzzing with energy and delightfully steeped in the period, Trumbo plays like a nostalgic romp but proves, at its core, a moving exploration of Hollywood’s tarnished golden age. An impressive supporting cast includes Louis C.K., John Goodman, Diane Lane, and the ever-fabulous Helen Mirren, delightfully cast as infamous gossip columnist Hedda Hopper.

 

 

Director: Jay Roach
Writer/Producer: John McNamara
Producers:
Michael London, Janice Williams, Shivani Rawat, Monica Levinson, Nimitt Mankad, Kevin Kelly Brown
Cinematographer:
Jim Denault
Editor:
Alan Baumgarten
Cast:
Bryan Cranston, Michael Stuhlbarg, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C.K., John Goodman
Run Time: 124 min.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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99 Homes

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

3:00 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

At the height of the American housing crisis Dennis Nash, a hard-working single father, looses his home to a ruthless Florida real estate magnate, brilliantly played by the chameleon-like Michael Shannon. The two soon enter an unlikely and risky partnership that eventually pushes Nash to question everything about himself.

 

Director/Writer/Producer/Editor: Ramin Bahrani
Writers:  Amir Naderi, Bahareh Azimi
Producers:  Ashok Amritraj, Kevin Turen, Justin Nappi
Cinematographer:  
Bobby Bukowski
Cast:  
Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Noah Lomax
Run Time: 112 min.

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The Danish Girl

FREE Screening – Exclusive to Members*

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

5:30 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Thespian lightning strikes twice in the form of Eddie Redmayne, whose startling – and Academy Award Best Actor-winning – transformation in last year’s The Theory of Everything is equaled if not topped by the one he undergoes in this extraordinary period biopic from director Tom Hooper, fellow Oscar recipient for The King’s Speech. Redmayne astounds as Lili, an artist who had made her name in 1920s Denmark as Einar Wegener, a man and husband to fellow painter Gerda. At the height of their marital bliss a small moment proves an awakening for them both and thus, Einar becomes Lili and begins life anew as a woman – her wife by her side for better or worse. Though set and costume design as well as makeup play enthralling roles of their own, this one belongs to the actors whose characters’ struggle to be true to themselves in a conformist world is, after all, universal. (UK/Germany/USA)

 

Director/Producer: Tom Hooper
Writer: Lucinda Coxon
Producers:
Gail Mutrux, Anne Harrison, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner
Cinematographer:
Danny Cohen
Editor:
Melanie Ann Oliver
Cast:
Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw, Matthias Schoenaerts
Community Partner: AspenOut
Run Time: 120 min.

 

*This is an exclusive screening available only to members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, associated Guilds, and Aspen Film members. Members should enter their promotional code and then they will be able to reserve seats.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by James McCauley/REX (679380o)

Amy Winehouse

Vodafone Summer Series, Somerset House, London, Britain - 20 Jul 2007

Amy

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

8:15 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Acclaimed for his moving 2010 film Senna, Asif Kapadia presents yet another stunning all-archival portrait whose impact lingers long after the credits roll. In Amy, we meet a witty, sharp young Londoner whose extraordinary vocal and lyrical gifts were plain as day to anyone within earshot, perfectly evoking the pain and heartbreak of the jazz standards she revered. Along with her golden throat and wiser-than-her-years insights came a vulnerability that would leave Amy Winehouse ill-equipped to deal with the challenges of international superstardom and the unblinking eye of an insatiable tabloid press that would follow her quite literally to her grave. Kapadia’s brilliantly crafted, emotionally riveting portrait poses stiff questions to those closest to Amy and to the audience – forcing us to consider our expectations of the artists we criticize and worship whose lives, as delicate as our own, can crumble under the glare of the spotlight. (U.K.)

 

Director: Asif Kapadia 
Producer:
James Gay-Rees
Editor: Chris King
Featuring:
Amy Winehouse, Tony Bennett, Yasiin Bey
Special Thanks: Tom and Darlynn Fellman
Run Time: 128 min.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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Best of Enemies

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

3:00 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

The year is 1968, and an uneasy America – already fiercely divided by the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War – fixes its gaze upon the Democratic National Convention in Chicago with great apprehension. The news division at ABC, desperate to save the then-floundering network, makes the visionary choice of pitting two of the country’s best-known intellectual and ideological powerhouses, William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal, against one another in an on-air debate about the state of affairs in a restless nation desperate for answers and reconciliation. The outcome would forever change the nature of political coverage and dialogue vis-à- vis television. Nearly 40 years later, with the country still divided, this electrifying spectacle has been revisited by filmmakers Robert Gordon and Academy Award-winning Morgan Neville. Featuring riveting archival footage and insightful, witty interviews with the media and political heavyweights of the time, Best of Enemies is an eye-opening, crackling time capsule of two competing visions for America’s future.

 

Directors/Producers: Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon
Cinematographers: David Leonard, Graham Willoughby, Mark Schwartzbard
Editors:
Eileen Meyer, Aaron Wickenden
Featuring:
William F. Buckley, Gore Vidal
Special Thanks: Toby Lewis
Run Time: 87 min.

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Mustang

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

5:30 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

For some, it may recall 90s classic The Virgin Suicides. But first-time feature filmmaker Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s coming-of-age tale – and France’s official Oscar submission – radiates its own poignant light. Following a youthful indiscretion, five adolescent sisters in a small Turkish village find themselves under their vindictive uncle’s lock and key, where their grandmother begins to groom them for marriage. Though the critique of patriarchal oppression in modern society remains unflinching, luminous performances by the lead actresses as the sisters cycle through moments of rebellion and surrender and move the audience to share in their hope and heartbreak every step of the way. Lush cinematography visually parallels the sisters’ blossoming beauty as it exceeds the confines of their home-turned-prison no less than the freedom of the great outdoors they crave. (France)

 

Director/Writer: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Writer: Alice Winocour
Producer:
Charles Gillibert 
Cinematographers:
David Chizallet, Ersin Gok 
Editor:
Mathilde van de Moortel
Cast:
Güneş Şensoy, Dogba Doğuşlu, Elit Iscan, Tuğba Sunguroğlu, Ilayda Akdoğan
Language:
Turkish w/English subtitles
Run Time: 94 min.

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SICARIO

Day 01

Sicario

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

8:15 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

A rock-star cast drives Denis Villeneuve’s blistering thriller about an FBI agent navigating the geographical and moral gray area that is the U.S.-Mexico border. Emily Blunt plays the black-ops recruit faced with the conundrum of doing bad to do good – one that hardened fellow operatives Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin have long since resolved for themselves, embroiled as they are in a ceaseless, Pyrrhic drug war. Committed to capturing the reality of this epic dilemma, Texas-born screenwriter Taylor Sheridan immersed himself in the lives of the migrants desperately impacted by the bloody stalemate in order to fully understand and accurately portray our bilateral catch-22. Captured by legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, the harsh desert landscape Sheridan and Villeneuve’s characters traverse unfolds as a no-man’s land as bleak and dark as the sun is glaring.

 

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writer: Taylor Sheridan
Producers:
Basil Iwanyk, Edward L. McDonnell, Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill 
Cinematographer:
Roger Deakins
Editor:
Joe Walker
Cast:
Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Victor Garber, Jon Bernthal, Daniel Kaluuya
Language:
 English and Spanish w/English subtitles
Run Time: 121 min.

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Michael Caine as "Fred" and Harvey Keitel as "Mick" in YOUTH. Photo by Gianni Fiorito. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Youth

Friday, January 1, 2016

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Breakfast at the Fest

Nurse your New Year’s Day hangover at our complimentary brunch before our presentation of Youth. Mimosa and Bloody Marys included.


2:30 PM

Screening

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

By turns delirious and devastating, Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino’s follow- up to his Academy Award-winning The Great Beauty is generating Oscar buzz of its own, thanks not least to its tremendous cast. Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel astonish as Fred and Mick, two old friends nearing the end of their distinguished careers in music and film, respectively. Sojourning at a lavish Swiss spa, they’re joined by Fred’s newly jilted daughter (played with vulnerability and wit by Rachel Weisz) and a misunderstood movie star (the ever talented Paul Dano), among other resort guests young and old – all seeking to reconcile with the past and face the future with dignity. Their story unfolds, aided by Luca Bigazzi’s dazzling cinematography and a monumentally affecting score by David Lang no less than Sorrentino’s own script (which also has a small but meaty role for Jane Fonda, who tears into it with gusto). (Italy/France/U.K./Switzerland)

 

Director/Writer: Paolo Sorrentino
Producers: Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima, Carlotta Calori
Cinematographer:
Luca Bigazzi
Editor:
Cristiano Travaglioli
Cast:
Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda
Special Thanks: Nancy Wall and Chuck Wall, The Gant
Run Time: 123 min.

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Tangerine

Friday, January 1, 2016

5:30 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Transgender working girl Sin-Dee (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) is back on the block on Christmas Eve after a 28-day stint in the slammer, only to learn her boyfriend has been unfaithful in her absence. Sin-Dee sets out on a mission to teach her cheatin’ man the lesson that’s been coming to him, her best friend Alexandra (played brilliantly by Mya Taylor) reluctantly in tow. Their wild odyssey covers the brightest sun-bleached streets and darkest recesses of Tinseltown, including the home of an Armenian family struggling with its own emotional crisis. Known for bringing intimate detail to worlds seldom seen on the big screen, multi- tasking writer/director (and producer, cinematographer and editor) Sean Baker follows suit in Tangerine, defying expectations with incomparable humor and heart – not to mention the use of a tricked-out iPhone, on which this entire gritty, groundbreaking, hilarious, moving, and utterly unique cinematic journey was shot.

 

Director/Writer/Producer/Cinematographer/Editor: Sean Baker
Writer: Chris Bergoch
Producers:
Marcus Cox, Karrie Cox, Darren Dean, Shih-Ching Tsou
Cinematographer:
Radium Cheung
Cast: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, James Ransone 
Run Time: 87 min.

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THE REVENANT




Copyright © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. THE REVENANT Motion Picture Copyright © 2015 Regency Entertainment (USA), Inc. and Monarchy Enterprises S.a.r.l. All rights reserved.Not for sale or duplication.

The Revenant

 


FREE SCREENING*

Friday, January 1, 2016

7:30 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

Inspired by true events, The Revenant is an epic story of survival and transformation on the American frontier. While on an expedition into the uncharted wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (epically portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally mauled by a bear and abandoned by John Fitzgerald, a member of his own trapping team, played by Tom Hardy in an equally impressive turn. Alone and near death, Glass refuses to succumb. Driven by sheer will and his love for his wife and son, he undertakes a 200-mile odyssey through the vast and untamed West, on Fitzgerald’s trail. What begins as a relentless quest for revenge becomes a heroic saga against all odds towards home and redemption.

Director/Writer/Producer: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Writer: Mark L. Smith
Producers: Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon, James Skotchdopole
Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki
Editor:
Stephen Mirrione
Cast:
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck, Paul Anderson, Kristoffer Joner, Joshua Burge, Duane Howard
Run Time: 156 min.

*This screening is open to the public and complimentary for all, but tickets must be reserved.

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

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Anomalisa

Saturday, January 2, 2016

5:30 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

In groundbreaking films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich, writer Charlie Kaufman showed his uncanny grasp on our lifelong quest for human connection and his ability to zero in on the flashpoints where our existential anxieties clash with the needs of our hearts. With Anomalisa, alongside co-director Duke Johnson, he has created a work that could only exist in stop-motion animation: the tale of a married, traveling sales guru suffering a midlife crisis based on a disorder in which everyone sounds exactly the same, until he meets the one woman capable of piercing the dull roar in his head. Anomalisa is the year’s most original film and yet another powerfully insightful and emotional triumph for Kaufman.

 

Director/Writer/Producer: Charlie Kaufman
Director/Producer:  Duke Johnson
Producers:  Dino Stamatopoulos, Rosa Tran   
Cinematographer:
Joe Passarelli
Editor:
Garret Elkins
Cast:
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan, David Thewlis
Run Time: 90 min.

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ROONEY MARA and CATE BLANCHETT star in CAROL

Carol

Saturday, January 2, 2016

8:15 PM

Harris Concert Hall at Aspen Music Festival & School, 960 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611

 

Adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s groundbreaking 1952 novel The Price of Salt, this period love story – beautifully shot on Super-16 by veteran cinematographer Edward Lachman to capture the midcentury mood – follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in a forbidden affair. Young New Yorker Therese Belivet spends her days as a department-store clerk dreaming of a more fulfilling life; when she meets Carol, a stunning upper-crust suburban housewife trapped in an unhappy marriage, there’s an immediate spark that changes both their lives irrevocably. Brilliant direction by Todd Haynes, an economic and poignant script from Phyllis Nagy, and epic performances from Oscar familiars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara place Carol in the canon of new classics.

 

Director: Todd Haynes
Writer: Phyllis Nagy
Producers:
Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley, Christine Vachon
Cinematographer:
Edward Lachman
Editor:
Affonso Gonçalves
Cast:
Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy, Sarah Paulson
Special Thanks: Esther Pearlstone
Community Partner: Response
Run Time: 118 min.

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