The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson’s latest project looks to be an idiosyncratic caper with his usual touch of sentimental attention to detail. The large cast of supporting roles includes many frequent collaborators, but Anderson also some new faces to his usual repertoire of actors. Ralph Fiennes stars as Gustave H, the respected concierge of the titular hotel and newcomer Tony Revolori stars as Zero, his lobby boy/apprentice. Set between world wars, the story gets interesting when a wealthy, elderly guest of the hotel (played by Tilda Swinton) is murdered and leaves a valuable painting to Gustave in her will. Jeff Goldblum, Edward Norton, Saorsie Ronan and many others round out the large supporting cast. Hits theatres on March 7.
The Final Member
This documentary, produced and directed by Jonah Bekhor & Zach Math, is about the Icelandic Phallological Museum, which is exactly what it sounds like. The film chronicles the founder and curator’s (Sigurður “Siggi” Hjartarson) attempts to complete his collection of penises with a human member. A competition arises between an elderly Icelander and an American whose penis is named “Elmo” for a spot in the museum. This hilarious and outlandish look at the male ego and anatomy opens at the Rio Theatre on March 16.
Nymphomaniac: Volume One
Lars Von Trier’s latest piece of work has been surrounded by a hurricane of controversy and buzz. Released in Denmark as one full, nearly five-hour epic, this intensely sexual and graphic film tells the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-described nymphomaniac, who recounts the erotic experiences of her youth to a stranger who tends to her after a beating (Stellan Skarsgard). The North American release has split the film into two parts roughly two hours each. Vancouverites can catch the first instalment at Vancity Theatre, starting March 21.
9th Annual Women in Film & Television Festival
March 6 – 9
This festival celebrates the accomplishments of women in the film and television industry. Over 33 films, both Canadian and international, are scheduled to be screened at Vancity Theatre during the festival, which also includes numerous workshops and panel discussions. Check http://www.womeninfilm.ca/2014_Film_Festival.html for details.
The UCLA Festival of Preservation
March 7-13, 20, 26
The Pacific Cinematheque presents this festival that celebrates the medium of film by screening numerous restored 35mm prints of classic films. All the movies are provided the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Check out thecinematheque.ca for further information on individual films and screenings.
By Team BeatRoute