One of two Opening Night featured titles for this year’s Spring Film Festival at the Dietrich Theater, ‘Molly’s Game’ is about an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested. -
‘I, Tonya’ presents a darkly comedic look at American figure skater Tonya Harding and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. It is scheduled for several showings during the Dietrich Theater’s Spring Film Festival, including a spot as an Opening Night feature. -
TUNKHANNOCK — Where else can you see the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film “A Fantastic Woman” and the winner of the Golden Globe’s Best Foreign Language Film “In the Fade,” as well as a film nominated for Best Foreign Language Film by the Academy Awards, “The Insult,” and “Phantom Thread,” a film nominated for six Academy Awards?
Tunkhannock’s Dietrich Theater will show all four, along with 17 other foreign and independent films, from Friday, April 13 through Thursday, May 3.
“A Fantastic Woman” is in Spanish with English subtitles. It shows how Marina, a transwoman, struggles to become who she really is – a strong, fantastic woman.
“In the Fade” is in English, German and Greek, and is an edge-of-your seat revenge thriller about a wife and mother at the loss of her husband and son to a bomb attack.
“The Insult,” in Arabic with English subtitles, is about a civilian dispute, blown out of proportion, that finds a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee facing off in court.
“The Phantom Thread” tells the story of a renowned dressmaker and the women in his world.
They all bring new insights into new worlds.
The festival begins Friday, April 13 with the Opening Night Gala, at $40 a ticket, and is the only time reservations are required.
Featured on Gala Night are two films: “I, Tonya,” about a talented figure skater who ends up famous for her involvement in the infamous attack on another skater, and “Molly’s Game,” starring Jessica Chastain, who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested.
The evening also includes hors d’oeuvres from Twigs Café, Epicurean Delight, The Fireplace Restaurant and Ma Greenley’s BBQ, with wine and beer provided by Nimble Hill and dessert by Epicurean Delight.
For reservations, call 570-996-1500.
Breaking News! This year we announce the debut of collectible yearly Dietrich Theater Film Festival Posters. The 2018 inaugural poster is designed by Diane Turrell, of DDH Design. Depicting the theme of “bringing the world closer,” it is available for sale at the Dietrich Theater for $10. Stay tuned for information about a contest for amateur or professional artists to create a poster for Dietrich Film Festivals 2019.
A Post-Festival Discussion is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, May 4, for those who want a chance to discuss the films with others. Film buff Ronnie Harvey will lead the discussion. No need to register.
Film festival titles, descriptions and show times are as follows. Movies are in English unless otherwise noted.
Show times: 12 p.m. April 14, 5 p.m. April 17, 2:30 p.m. April 19, 12 p.m. April 22, 12 p.m. April 24, 12 p.m. April 25 and 7 p.m. May 1
Runtime: 91 minutes
Language: Hungarian, Russian with English subtitles
Directed by: Ferenc Török
Starring: Péter Rudolf, Bence Tasnádi and Tamás Szabó Kimmel
A moving look at what happened when Jewish people, displaced during the war, returned to the homes they once knew and the effect their homecoming had on their relationships with those who still lived there. When two Orthodox Jews arrive at the village train station with mysterious boxes, the town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village’s deported and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property. Other villagers are afraid more survivors will come, posing a threat to the property and possessions they have claimed as their own. What follows is a look at war, forgiveness and redemption in a time of great confusion and turmoil.
“All the Money in the World”
Show times: 12 p.m. April 17, 7 p.m. April 20, 2:30 p.m. April 23, 9:30 p.m April 27 and 12 p.m. May 1
Runtime: 132 minutes
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer and Mark Wahlberg
”All the Money in the World” follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather to pay the ransom. When Getty Sr. refuses, she attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly volatile and brutal. With her son’s life in the balance, she and Getty’s advisor become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money.
Show times: 7 p.m. April 14, 4:30 p.m. April 21, 4:15 p.m. April 24 and 12 p.m. April 29
Runtime: 93 minutes
Directed by: Todd Soliday, and Leah Warshawski
In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski – great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor – runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than thirty years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to revisit her past. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, “Big Sonia” also offers a humorous portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal.
“Canaletto & the Art of Venice – Exhibition on Screen”
Show times: 2:30 p.m. April 16, 2 p.m. April 24 and 5 p.m. April 29
Runtime: 87 minutes
Directed by: David Bickerstaff
An immersive journey into the life and art of Venice’s famous painter. The remarkable group of over 200 paintings, drawings and prints on display offer unparalleled insight into the artistry of Canaletto and his contemporaries, and the city he masterfully captured. The film is not only a way to see the exhibition, but an opportunity to get closer to Canaletto and the city that inspired him.
“The Death of Stalin”
Show times: 9:30 p.m. April 14, 12 p.m. April 17, 12 p.m. April 20, 7:30 p.m. April 23, 2:30 p.m. April 26 and 2:30 p.m. May 3
Runtime: 96 minutes
Directed by: Armando Iannucci
Starring: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale and Jeffrey Tambo
A depiction of the frantic power struggle that ensued after the death of tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov, the wily Nikita Khrushchev and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria. But as they bumble, brawl and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government?
“A Fantastic Woman”
Show times: April 18 at 12 p.m. April 21, 2:30 p.m. April 21, 7 p.m. April 24, 9:30 p.m. April 28 and 12 p.m. May 2
Runtime: 104 minutes
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Directed by: Sebastián Lelio
Starring: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes and Luis Gnecco
Winner of the Best Foreign Language film at the Academy Awards, “A Fantastic Woman” is a poignant and timely film about a young woman coming to terms with her identity and the way society views her. After her husband unexpectedly passes away, Marina, a trans woman, must come to terms with her husband’s family and their unwillingness to accept her for who she is. In Marina’s struggle for the right to be herself, she battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become the woman she is now – a complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman.
“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”
Show times: 12 p.m. April 16, 2:30 p.m. April 20, 7 p.m. April 27 and 2:30 p.m. May 1
Runtime: 105 minutes
Directed by: Paul McGuigan
Starring: Annette Bening, Jamie Bell and Vanessa Redgrave
“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” follows the playful but passionate relationship between a young man and an eccentric actress. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control.
Show times: Opening Night, April 13; 5 p.m. April 15, 7 p.m. April 18, 12 p.m. April 21, 2:15 p.m. April 24, 12 p.m. April 27, 2:30 p.m. April 29, 4:30 p.m. May 1 and 7 p.m. May 3
Runtime: 120 minutes
Directed by: Craig Gillespie
Starring: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan and Allison Janney
A darkly comedic look at American figure skater Tonya Harding and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan.
Show times: 2:15 p.m. April 16, 2:15 p.m. April 20, 7 p.m. April 29 and 4:30 p.m. May 3.
Runtime: 103 minutes
Language: in Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles
Directed by: Maysaloun Hamoud
Starring: Mouna Hawa, Sana Jammelieh and Shaden Kanboura
A story of three Palestinian women attempting to balance faith and tradition with their modern lives, while living in the heart of Tel Aviv. Living in one of the world’s most patriarchal societies, these women navigate growing up, societal pressures and an ever-changing world that they refuse to leave them behind.
“In Search of Mozart”
Show times: 2:15 p.m. April 14, 12 p.m. April 26 and 4:30 p.m. May 2
Runtime: 129 minutes
Directed by: Phil Grabsky
“In Search Of Mozart,” in association with the world’s leading orchestras and musicians, examines the early life and works of Mozart through a 25,000 mile journey along every route Mozart followed. It is a detective story that brings viewers closer to the visionary Mozart was and travels to the heart of Europe and the heart of the genius himself.
“In the Fade”
Show times: 4:30 p.m. April 20, 12 p.m. April 24, 7 p.m. April 28 and 2:15 p.m. May 2
Runtime: 106 minutes
Language: English, German and Greek
Directed by: Fatih Akin
Starring: Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto and Numan Acar
An edge-of-your-seat revenge thriller about the grief of a wife and mother at the loss of her husband and son to a bomb attack. Her friends and family try to give her the support she needs, but the search for the perpetrators and reasons behind the senseless killing complicate her mourning, opening wounds and doubts. The eventual trial against the two suspects pushes her to the edge, but there’s simply no alternative for her: she wants justice.
Show times: 12 p.m. April 15, 4:30 p.m. April 19, 7 p.m. April 21, 4:30 p.m. April 26, 12 p.m. April 29 and 12 p.m. May 3
Runtime: 112 minutes
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
Directed by: Ziad Doueiri
Starring: Adel Karam, Kamel El Basha and Camille Salameh
An emotional look at an altercation gone awry and the media firestorm that ensues. A civilian dispute blown out of proportion finds a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee facing off in court. As the media circus surrounding the case threatens a social explosion in divided Lebanon, the two men reconsider their values and beliefs as revelations of trauma complicate their understanding of one another.
Show times: 2:30 p.m. April 18, 12 p.m. April 23, 7 p.m. April 26, 12 p.m. April 28 and 2:30 p.m. May 1.
Runtime: 80 minutes
Directed by: Alison Chernick
A documentary about the life, struggle and music of acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman. It looks beyond the musician to see the polio survivor and the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student due to his disability. Itzhak shows us the man behind the violin and his uncompromising dedication to his art and to overcoming adversity.
“Keep the Change“
Show times: 5 p.m. April 16, 12 p.m. April 19, 2:15 p.m. April 25, 2:30 p.m. April 27 and 7 p.m. May 2
Runtime: 94 minutes
Directed by: Rachel Israel
Starring: Jessica Walter, Christina Brucato and Jennifer Brito
An honest portrait of a community seldom depicted on the big screen. When an aspiring filmmaker is mandated by a judge to attend a social program at the Jewish Community Center, he is sure of one thing: he doesn’t belong there. But when he’s assigned to visit the Brooklyn Bridge with a vivacious new woman, sparks fly. Their budding relationship must weather her romantic past, his judgmental mother, and their own preconceptions of what love is supposed to look like.
“The Leisure Seeker”
Show times: 7:15 p.m. April 16, 4:30 p.m. April 22, 2 p.m. April 26, 4 p.m. April 28 and 12 p.m. May 1
Runtime: 112 minutes
Directed by: Paolo Virzì
Starring: Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherl and Janel Moloney
A runaway couple goes on an unforgettable journey in their faithful old RV they call “The Leisure Seeker,” traveling from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West. They recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end.
“Lives Well Lived”
Show times: 2:15 p.m. April 17, 12 p.m. April 20, 2:30 p.m. April 22, 2:15 p.m. April 28 and 12 p.m. April 30
Runtime: 72 minutes
Directed by: Sky Bergman
A celebration of the wit, wisdom and experiences of adults aged 75 to 100 years old. Through their intimate memories and inspiring personal histories, forty people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life. These men and women open the vault on their journey into old age through family histories, personal triumph and tragedies, seeing the best and worst of humanity along the way.
Show times: 2:30 p.m. April 17, 12 p.m. April 23, 12 p.m. April 27 and 7:30 p.m. April 30
Runtime: 127 minutes
Language: Russian with English subtitles
Directed by: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Starring: Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozinand Matvey Novikov
The story of a couple on the verge of divorce, who leave their 12 year old son to fend for himself. Feeling unloved and unwanted, he decides to run away, leaving his parents no choice but to unite to find their missing son and try and mend the divide that they have put between them.
Show times: Opening Night, April 13; 2:15 p.m. April 15, 7 p.m. April 17, 7 p.m. April 19, 9:30 p.m. April 21, 5 p.m. April 23, 2:30 p.m. April 27 and 4:30 p.m. April 30
Runtime: 140 minutes
Directed by: Aaron Sorkin
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba and Kevin Costner
Based on a true story, “Molly’s Game” is about an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade, before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led people to believe.
Show times: 12 p.m. April 16, 12 p.m. April 19, 7:15 p.m. April 25 and 2 p.m. April 30
Runtime: 95 minutes
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Directed by: Atsuko Hirayanagi
Starring: Shinobu Terajima, Josh Hartnett and Kaho Minami
The story of a single, emotionally unfulfilled woman, seemingly stuck with a drab, meaningless life in Tokyo. At least until she’s convinced to enroll in an unorthodox English class where she discovers her alter ego Lucy. The new identity awakens something dormant in her. As she begins to fall for her instructor, family ties are tested as she struggles to preserve “Lucy.”
Show times: 5 p.m. April 14, 4:30 p.m. April 18, 2 p.m. April 19, 7 p.m. April 22, 12 p.m. April 26, 2:30 p.m. April 30 and
2:30 p.m. May 3.
Runtime: 71 minutes
Directed by: Sally Potter
Starring: Timothy Spall, Kristin Scott Thomas and Patricia Clarkson
A darkly comedic look at a dinner party gone awry. Janet is hosting an intimate gathering of friends in her London home to celebrate her political ascension. Her guests arrive some with their own dramatic news to share, but an announcement by Janet’s husband provokes a series of revelations that unravel the sophisticated soiree, and a night that began with champagne may end with gunplay.
Show times: 7:30 p.m. April 15, 9:30 p.m. April 20, 2:30 p.m. April 23, 4:30 p.m. April 25, 4:15 p.m. April 27, 12 p.m. April 30 and 12 p.m. May 3
Runtime: 130 minutes
Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis and Lesley Manville
Set in the glamour of postwar London, this movie paints an illuminating portrait of both an artist and the women who keep his world turning. Renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock and his sister are at the center of British fashion. Women come and go through his life until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, who becomes his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.
One of two Opening Night featured titles for this year’s Spring Film Festival at the Dietrich Theater, ‘Molly’s Game’ is about an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested.
‘I, Tonya’ presents a darkly comedic look at American figure skater Tonya Harding and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. It is scheduled for several showings during the Dietrich Theater’s Spring Film Festival, including a spot as an Opening Night feature.