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Nevada City, CA 95959

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Within the auditorium of California’s longest running theatre (built in 1865), we are proud to host a variety of foreign and independent films, documentaries and the unusual. Films run every Sunday evening and many weekends.

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3. Sun Nov 22 – COMING HOME – 1hr 51min – PG-13.  Zhang Yimou, one of the most important and influential filmmakers in China, and Gong Li, one of China’s most celebrated actresses, team up once again in this love story about joy and sadness as well as separation and reunion.  Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming) and Feng Wanyu (Gong Li) are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner, just as his wife is injured in an accident. Released during the last days of the Cultural Revolution, he finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife has amnesia and remembers little of her past. Unable to recognize Lu, she patiently waits for her husband's return.  A stranger alone in the heart of his broken family, Lu Yanshi determines to resurrect their past together and reawaken his wife's memory. “4 Stars! Highest Rating! Zhang Yimou is the most important and influential modern Chinese director, and the man who made Gong Li his muse in such timeless classics as Red Sorghum and Raise the Red Lantern. Their latest collaboration is a cause for rejoicing.” –Rex Reed, New York Observer. Watch Trailer

4. Sun Nov 29 – DIFRET – 1hr 36min – Not Rated.  Winner Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival.  From executive producer Angelina Jolie Pitt comes the award-winning drama DIFRET, based on the inspirational true story of a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer embroiled in a life-or-death clash between cultural traditions and their country’s advancement of equal rights. When 14-year-old Hirut is abducted in her rural village’s tradition of kidnapping women for marriage, she fights back, accidentally killing her captor and intended husband. Local law demands a death sentence for Hirut, but Meaza, a tough and passionate lawyer from a women’s legal aide practice in Addis Ababa, steps in to fight for her. With Hirut’s life at stake, the two women must make their case for self-defense against one of Ethiopia’s oldest and most deeply rooted traditions. DIFRET paints a portrait of a country in a time of great transformation and the brave individuals ready to help shape it.  “A story of conviction that ought to inspire everybody.” – Secretary of State, John Kerry. Watch Trailer

5. Sun Dec 6 – JAFAR PANAHI’S TAXI – 1hr 22min – Not Rated.  In 2010, the Iranian government officially prohibited Jafar Panahi from making films.  Since then Panahi has made 3 features while living in Tehran.  We showed one called “This Is Not A Film,” which was smuggled out of Iran inside a cake.  In his new film, “Taxi,” Panahi poses as a taxi driver and simply records his customers rides, sort of.  In so doing, Panahi reveals an unprecedented portrait of Iranian society.  Winner of the top prize (The Golden Bear) at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, “Taxi” mixes the staged and the spontaneous, serious arguments with jolts of comedy. “’Taxi’ happens to be the work of a great filmmaker, one of the most humane and imaginative practitioners of the art currently working. It offers, in its unassuming way, one of the most captivating cinematic experiences of this year.” –A.O. Scott, N.Y. Times. Watch Trailer

6. Sun Dec 13 – LEARNING TO DRIVE – 1hr 45min – R. Isabel Coixet's feel-good, slice-of-life comedy/drama Learning to Drive stars Patricia Clarkson as Wendy, a book critic who is shattered when her husband Ted (Jake Weber) leaves her. In order to visit her daughter (Grace Gummer), who lives upstate, Wendy begins taking driving lessons from Darwan (Ben Kingsley) an American citizen originally from India who makes a living as a cabbie and giving driving lessons. The two strike up a friendship that helps her learn to take control of her life, and him adjust to his new life after an arranged marriage.  “"Learning to Drive" is precisely the sort of adult-themed, intelligent and heartfelt film it wants to be, with Clarkson and Kingsley wonderfully on point.” –Tom Long, Detroit News.
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7. Sun Dec 20 – LABYRINTH OF LIES – 2hrs 4min – R. In "Labyrinth of Lies" the economic miracle is changing the life of Germans 20 years after the war. When a journalist (André Szymanski) identifies a teacher as a former guard from Auschwitz, no one wants to take notice. But a young prosecutor (Alexander Fehling) takes on the case and can't be stopped, even by his boss. During his research he realizes that some Germans claim that they never heard of "Auschwitz," while others try to forget about it. As the resolute prosecutor doesn't give up, the Attorney General Fritz Bauer (Gert Voss) retains him to take charge of the investigations. Struggling with an overload of information, the young attorney blunders into a labyrinth of guilt and lies where he almost gets lost.  “4 Stars! Highest Rating! It deals with seminal issues in cinematic terms that keep the audience spellbound without sensationalism. The actors are perfect.” –Rex Reed, NewYork Observer Watch Trailer

8. Sun Dec 27 - ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD –1hr 27min - Winner of the “Best Of Fest” Award at the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, this crowd pleasing film is returning for a special showing as a benefit for SYRCL’s 2016 Wild & Scenic Film Festival.  Suzanne Crocker’s deeply personal documentary explores the theme of disconnecting in order to reconnect.  She and her husband and their three young children, searching for a new perspective, leave the comforts of home to live for 9 months in the remote wilderness of the Canadian North with no road access, no electricity, no running water, no internet and not a single watch or clock.  It’s the adventure of a lifetime and the film captures their difficulties and their triumphs with an amazing you-are-there experience.  And no, there was no separate cinematographer present.  Suzanne filmed it all herself.  This is a truly satisfying film for this holiday season.  Families welcome.  Special Admission $12. Children 12 and under $8.  Advance tickets at Briarpatch and online at www.sierratheaters.com/nevada  "…may be my favorite out of literally hundreds of films across the years" - Chuck Jaffee, The Union Watch Trailer

Special Message from Mike Getz,
Programmer for the Nevada Theatre Film Series

I kind of like adding a “special message” with the new series so here are some thoughts about the November December movies.  In contrast to the last series’ emphasis on documentaries, these new selections include foreign films and films about foreigners living in the U.S.  Here’s your opportunity to do some inexpensive world traveling to China, Ethiopia, Iran and Germany and gain unique perspectives on life beyond Nevada County. 

First up is an encore showing of the most popular movie we’ve shown this year.  Dying To Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary nearly sold out it’s second showing Oct. 4 so here it is again. Sunday, Nov. 8.

Meet The Patels, Sun., Nov. 15 is a very unusual documentary about how Ravi Patel handles his parents’ matchmaking intrusions into his love life. You’ll see how the traditional Indian dating world transplants into contemporary American life. The fact that it’s filmed by his sister makes it even more charming.

Coming Home (Sun., Nov. 22) is the latest film by Zhang Yimou and stars Gong Li.  Any one familiar with Chinese films of the last 30 years knows that these two have created some of the best films ever and that their new film is sure to be a high quality experience.

Difret (Sun., Nov. 29), an award winning film from Ethiopia, takes you far from here into a world where marriage to an underage teenager is a village tradition.  When a 14-year-old girl accidentally shoots the man trying to abduct her, it sets off an intense confrontation between the old ways and modern thinking.  For more info on this story, check out http://www.difret.com/press/.  By the way, Difret means courage.

And speaking of courage, Jafar Panahi is one of the world’s most unusual and courageous filmmakers.  Living in Tehran, Iran, under one of the most censor-loving regimes, Panahi has managed to create films in spite of being banned from making films.   In “Taxi,” showing Sun., Dec. 6, he comes up with one of his cleverest ideas, filming a mixture of ordinary people and actors as they are passengers in his taxi.

From driving around in Tehran to driving around in New York City, we see that there’s lots going on behind the steering wheel.  Here in Learning To Drive, (Sun. Dec. 13) Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley not only drive but also become friends in a funny, heartwarming film.

Upon learning that many former Nazis returned to their pre-war lives with no penalty, an ambitious German prosecutor (Alexander Fehling) vows to bring them to justice.  That’s the story of Labyrinth of Lies, Sun., Dec. 20.

And finally, saving perhaps the best for last, on Sun., Dec. 27, we’re bringing back the Winner of the Best of the Festival Award at last January’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival, All The Time In The World.  Suzanne Crocker’s amazing documentary about her family’s adventure in the North Canadian wilderness was one of the most talked about films in the festival and it hasn’t shown locally since then.  Suzanne is hopeful for a national release next March but until then she has authorized this special showing as a benefit for SYRCL’s next Wild & Scenic Film Festival Jan. 14-18, 2016. 

This is a great film for the whole family, especially during this holiday season when school is out.  Special Admission $12. Children $8.