The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (WHBPAC) will screen a selection of films from around the world right here in Westhampton throughout the summer.
The Finest in World Cinema program returns to WHBPAC, showcasing first-run, independent and overseas films every Tuesday and Wednesday evening, June 7 through August 31. Each film has been carefully chosen for this series, according to loose but selective criteria.
“Are we watching movies that are diverse enough?” asked WHBPAC Director of Sales and Volunteer Services, Allison Frost, as she worked to plan this year’s programming. “Is there a movie here that young and old would really go for? Are there enough female directors in our line-up? Are there enough underrepresented communities in the stories? »
Andrew Botsford, in his 16th year, will present the films each Tuesday evening and then stay for a discussion with guest commentators and the public. Her teaching experience at Stony Brook Southampton, as well as a graduate arts communications consultant brings her to the stage. He worked as an associate editor at The Southampton Press and editor of the paper’s Arts & Living section, not to mention his experience writing about film, theater and the arts. He also hosts the annual Hamptons Doc Fest in Sag Harbor and has performed, directed and produced for the Hampton Theater Company since 1985.
Due to a prior commitment, Andrew will not be leading the August 23 discussion.
WHBPAC 2022 Summer Film Lineup
June 7 & 8, 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Sergei Loznitsa
In the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine in the mid-2010s: a Hybrid War is unfolding, involving open armed conflict accompanied by large-scale murder and robbery by Russian separatist gangs. In the Donbass, war is called peace, propaganda is uttered as truth, and hatred is declared love. Life is filled with fear and suspicion. What is real and what is fake news? Called “a dark, satirical omnibus of scathing vignettes” by The Washington Post, Donbass serves as a crucial interpretation of the Russo-Ukrainian war, but the film is not, ultimately, the account of a region or a conflict. This is a world lost in post-truth and false identities. It’s about each of us. “There is no other anti-war film like Donbass” (Los Angeles Times). 122 minutes | Russian, Ukrainian, English | Unclassified
June 14 & 15, 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Terence Davies
Decorated for his bravery in the First World War, British soldier Siegfried Sassoon returns from service and becomes a vocal critic of the government’s continuation of the war. Adored by the aristocracy and stars of London’s literary and stage worlds, Sassoon’s experiences inspired him to write poetry about the horrors of battle. 137 minutes | english | PG-13
June 21 & 22, 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Xavier Giannoli
In 1821, Lucien de Rubempré (César Benjamin Voisin) arrived in Paris as a sensitive and idealistic young poet determined to write a landmark novel. Instead, he finds himself drawn into journalism, whose influence and reach are growing with the help of the printing press, which has become widely available in recent times. Under the mentorship of cynical publisher Étienne Lousteau (Vincent Lacoste, César winner), Lucien agrees to write glowing theater reviews for bribes, achieving material success at the expense of his conscience. With this sweeping adaptation of one of Balzac’s greatest novels, Xavier Giannoli crafts a contemporary tale of corruption amid an early form of “fake news”. 149 minutes | french | NR
THE ART OF DOING IT
July 5 & 6, 7:30 p.m. – with special appearance by the director on July 5!
Directed by Kelcey Edwards
Follow a diverse group of young artists on the brink of success or failure as they challenge systems, break down barriers and risk everything in an effort to succeed in an industry where all the rules are currently being rewritten. 94 minutes | english | NR
THE OUTLAW PEZ
July 12 & 13, 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Amy Storkel and Bryan Storkel
The story of Steve Glew, a Midwestern machinist who smuggles rare Pez dispensers from Europe and sells them for thousands, drawing the ire of American and rival Pez collectors. 87 minutes | english | NR
QUEEN OF GLORY
July 19 & 20, 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Nana Mensah
Ghanaian-American Sarah is ready to drop out of her Ivy League PhD program to follow her married lover across the country. Her plans fail, however, when her mother’s sudden death leaves her the owner of a neighborhood bookstore in the Bronx. 78 minutes | english | Unclassified
July 26 & 27, 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Gaston Duprat & Mariano Cohn
Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas play the role of two egomaniacs commissioned by a millionaire to make a film together in this sharp comedy between wealth, art and pride. 115 minutes | Spanish | R
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN
August 2 & 3, 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Craig Roberts
Amateur golfer Maurice Flitcroft achieves his end-of-life goal of competing in the British Open Golf Championship, much to the anger of the golfing community. 132 mins | english | PG-13
BUTTERFLY IN THE SKY
August 9 & 10, 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Bradford Thomason and Brett Whitcomb
A new feature-length documentary chronicling the legacy of one of the most important and influential children’s television shows of all time, reading rainbow. Spanning nearly 40 years, from 1981 to the present day, the film tells the story of a handful of broadcasters, educators, filmmakers and one incredible animator – LeVar Burton – who believed television could inspire a lifelong love of reading. A selection at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. 87 minutes | english | NR
August 23 & 24, 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Rebeca Huntt
First-time filmmaker Rebeca “Beba” Huntt embarks on an unwavering exploration of her own identity in the remarkable coming-of-age documentary/cinematic memoir Baby. Reflecting on her childhood and teenage years in New York City as the daughter of a Dominican father and a Venezuelan mother, Huntt investigates the historical, societal and generational trauma she inherited and reflects on how these ancient wounds l have shaped, while simultaneously considering the universal truths that connect us all as humans. Through Baby, Huntt searches for a way to forge his own creative path in a landscape of intense racial and political unrest. Poetic, powerful and deep, Baby is a courageous and deeply human self-portrait of an Afro-Latino artist hungry for knowledge and longing for connection. 79 minutes | english | R
HALLUJAH: LEONARD COHEN, A JOURNEY, A SONG
August 30 & 31, 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine
Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a journey, a song is a definitive exploration of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen seen through the lens of his internationally acclaimed anthem, “Hallelujah.” This feature-length documentary weaves together three creative threads: The songwriter and his times; the song’s dramatic journey from record label rejection to chart-topping hit; and moving testimonials from major recording artists for whom “Hallelujah” has become a personal touchstone. Approved for production by Leonard Cohen just before his 80th birthday in 2014, the film accesses a wealth of previously unseen archival material from the Cohen Trust, including Cohen’s personal notebooks, journals and photographs, performance footage and extremely rare audio recordings and interviews. . Starring Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, John Cale, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Glen Hansard, Sharon Robinson, Rufus Wainwright and many more, this film was selected for the Venice Film Festival, at the Telluride Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. 115 minutes | english | PG-13
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