How to dance in ohio sundance

Sundance Review – The Hollywood Reporter

A touching, gentle-hearted look at teenagers on the autistic spectrum preparing for their first formal dance, How to Dance in Ohio offers a refreshingly upbeat, even cheerful look at people and their families coping with the condition. This third conventional but cleanly made doc feature by director Alexandra Shiva (Bombay Eunuch, Stagedoor) is one of the few films about autism to focus on women, although that scarcity is hardly surprising given three out of four people with the condition are men.

Advocates for people on the spectrum may feel more critical of the film’s sentimental aspects and the way it barely touches on the huge challenges facing autistics trying to integrate into the neurotypical (i.e. “normal”) world. On the other hand, its engagement with its subjects will help generate understanding and empathy among mainstream viewers, and that can only be a good thing. The film will premiere on HBO in 2015.

Set, as the title might suggest, in Columbus, Ohio, the draws its subjects from the pool of clients attending clinical psychologist Dr. Emilio Amigo’s family counselling center where the good doctor and his staff run group therapy sessions to help high-functioning young people to cope with life skills. Every year the practice organizes a formal dance in the spring, with all the traditional prom-night trappings of dates, corsages, and a crowning of a King and a Queen. It’s the kind of event many autistic teens attending mainstream schools would see as a minefield of challenges, requiring them to negotiate baffling social etiquette rules they don’t understand.

So in the months and weeks leading up to the big event, Amigo and the staff talk the youngsters through each part of the experience step by step – quite literally in the case of dance lessons. Also included on the curriculum: asking people to be your date and how to say no politely, tolerating physical contact during slow dances, and knowing exactly where every doorway, bathroom and refreshment table will be at the venue in advance in order to minimize distress with the unfamiliar.

Over the course, a wide variety of clients of both sexes are introduced. One spot-on montage has each of them describing their various interests – ranging from anime, animals, dressing up in costumes, to electrical circuitry and endocrinology – obsessions that will sound extremely familiar to anyone who’s been close to people on the spectrum.

Soon the focus zooms in on three young women. Sixteen-year-old Marideth Bridges loves reading almanacs and encyclopedias, and spends most of her time at home on her computer auto-didactically collecting facts. Her parents and sister have to chivvy her to interact with them, but they seem hopeful she’ll someday live independently. Jessica Sullivan, 22, has already achieved that goal to an extent, living in a shared home away from her supportive parents and holding down a job at a bakery run by psychologist Audrey Todd that specifically employs people on the spectrum. Jessica is best friends with Caroline McKenzie, 19, an outgoing college student studying in Japanese who already has a boyfriend, Jay, whom she met at Amigo’s practice, so that means at least two people already sorted out for a date on the big night.

There are some to be expected crying spells and anxiety attacks along the way, but in the end everything goes off swimmingly on the big night when one of three girls is crowned Queen. Compared to other documentaries about the condition, it’s heartening to see one that accentuates the positive so much, showing families where the parents have managed to keep their marriages intact, where no one gets bullied, no one is a savant, and there’s no mention of the debate around vaccines. The inclusion of a slowed down, semi-acoustic version over the end credits of “Fireworks” by Katy Perry, the unofficial anthem of the disability rights movement, is a little on the nose but tear-jerking all the same.

Production companies: An HBO Documentary Films presentation of a Gidalya Pictures production in association with Blumhouse Productions
With: Emilio Amigo, Marideth Bridges, Caroline McKenzie, Jessica Sullivan, Ashley Amigo, Jodi Bridges, Margaret Bridges, Michael Bridges, Saundra Goettemoeller, Shaun Klingensmith, Johanna McKenzie, Greg McKenzie, Sarah Perry, Patrick Sullivan, Teresa Sullivan
Director: Alexandra Shiva
Producers: Alexandra Shiva, Bari Pearlman
Executive producers: Jason Blum
Cinematographer: Laela Kilbourn
Editor: Toby Shimin
Composer: Bryan Senti
Sales: Gidalya Pictures

No rating, 88 minutes

Sundance 2015: 'How to Dance in Ohio' Brings Tears of Pure Joy

by Ethan Anderton
February 2, 2015

Years ago, the documentary American Teen focused on a group of teenagers living in Indiana, focusing on their everyday high school lives. This time a new documentary heads back to the Midwest with How to Dance in Ohio. However, the young adults at the center of this documentary aren't your ordinary teens, because they all have varying autistic spectrum disorders. The film from Alexandra Shiva turns the camera on these socially anxious teens as they prepare for their first spring formal. This is something that can be daunting for teens who don't have to deal with autism, and with these kids it could be disastrous.

But what could have easily been a sad look at the effects of this disorder actually turns out to be one of the most uplifting, moving documentaries I have ever seen. The film takes place in Columbus, Ohio, following young adults who are part of a very impressive, progressive counseling center for families who have kids diagnosed with autism. Dr. Emilio Amigo runs the program which helps high-functioning clients begin to adapt to a hopeful life of independence and self-sufficiency. The spring formal is the centerpiece as we watch the program work its magic, and it includes all the awkwardness of adolescence, from learning to dance to asking out a date to getting all dressed up for the big night.

Our primary subjects are a 16-year old girl named Marideth Bridges, an apprehensive, encyclopedia of knowledge accumulated from reading various almanacs and reference books. She takes solace in her computer, and would much rather be left to her own devices rather than venturing out into the rest of the world. For those unfamiliar with autism, she's about as close to the depiction of Rain Man as we get. There's also Jessica Sullivan, a 22-year old who has progressed greatly towards living life on her own; she even has a job at a local bakery with a specialty in hiring and helping high-functioning people on the autism spectrum. And then there's the precocious Caroline McKenzie, making her way through college.

It's refreshing that our three main characters are females with varying degrees of autism, mostly because men are more frequently diagnosed with the varying disorders. It gives a whole new perspective and illustration of the effects of autism than we've previously seen. In addition, following these teens on the cusp of adulthood just further goes to explain how this disorder effects the daily lives of those afflicted by it. For every success, there's a scary moment for our subjects, the most heartbreaking of which comes when Jessica gets reprimanded at work for her questionable interaction with employees, causing her to break down in tears, struggling to understand the sometimes tough to navigate work environment. It's just an obstacle that comes with the territory of autism, and it's frustrating and moving all at once. The tears will flow.

But thankfully, there are more tears of happiness and triumph. Whether it's seeing longtime friends Jessica and Caroline try on dresses in a sequence that's just as entertaining as any upbeat romantic comedy montage, but far more inspiring and moving. A smile will be permanently fixed upon your face as you see these young adults come of age before your very eyes. Our main female subjects aren't the only ones who take the spotlight, as plenty of young males are interviewed and highlighted throughout as well. It's amazing the kind of intimate access Shiva and her crew were given, especially considering how anxious these teens can get. The parents also offer some fantastic insight into living with and around autism.

How to Dance in Ohio is a rousing, affecting documentary that is innocent, pure and just lovely. I honestly can't remember being so overwhelmed with happiness and pride for people that I had no relationship with in real life. In addition to the wonderful feelings brought upon by this doc, it's also enlightening and educational about a disorder that many people still don't fully understand. Much like anybody, all these young adults want is to be understood, and in kind understand those around them. How to Dance in Ohio is a must-see, inspirational film that will open your eyes and warm your heart.

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Film Festival Sandance 2015 -

Film Festival Sundance in 2015 , 31 - E Festival edition ( Thirty -First Sundance Film Festival ), organized Sandance Institute, .


  • 1 Jury
  • 2 Choice
    • 2.1 In competition
      • 2.1.1 USA Documentary Competition
      • 2.1.2 US Drama Competition
      • 2.1.3 World Documentary Film Competition
      • 2. 1.4 World Drama Film Competition
      • 2.1.5 Sports shorts
    • 2.2 Out of competition
      • 2.2.1 First
      • 2.2.2 Documentary premieres
      • 2.2.3 Spotlight
      • 2.2.4 Park City at midnight
      • 2.2.5 New Frontier
      • 2.2.6 NEXT
      • 2.2.7 Sundance Kids
  • 3 projection sizes
  • 4 awards
    • 4.1 Feature films
    • 4.2 Short films
    • 4.3 Other prices
  • 5 Notes and references
  • 6 applications
    • 6.1 Related articles
    • 6.2 External links



Note: The names below are the names of the festival's official website. This may be the final name, English or international.

In competition

Documentary Film Competition USA
  1. 3½ minutes by Mark Silver
  2. Being Evel Daniel Jung
  3. Best of Enemies (c) of Morgan Neville (c) and Robert Gordon (en)
  4. Call me lucky , Bobcat Goldthwait
  5. Cartel Land (EN) at Matthew Heineman United States of Mexico
  6. City of Gold by Laura Gabbert
  7. Finders Keepers from Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel
  8. Hot Girls Wanted by Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus
  9. How to Dance in Ohio , Alexandra Shiva
  10. Larry Kramer in Love and Anger , Jean Carlomusto
  11. Measure by Jimmy Chin and E. Chai Vasarhelyi
  12. Racing Disappearance by Louis Pzyhoyos
  13. (T)ERR by Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe
  14. Wolf Pack (en) by Crystal Moselle
  15. Welcome to Leith by Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker
  16. Western by Bill Ross and Turner Ross
US Drama Competition
  1. Profitable (o) by Jennifer Phang
  2. Dope from Rick Famuyiva
  3. I Smile Back Adam Salki
  4. This is not a love story ( Me and Earl and the dying girl ) Alfonso Gomez-Reyon
  5. People Places Things (in) by James C. Strouse (en)
  6. Results (en) by Andrew Buzhalsky
  7. Songs My Brothers Taught Me by Chloe Zhao
  8. Seventeen years in captivity ( Stockholm, PA ) Nicole Beckwith ( fr )
  9. Bronze by Bryan Buckley
  10. Diary of a Teenage Girl by Marielle Heller
  11. D Train (EN) at Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel
  12. Night (oh) by Patrick Brice (oh)
  13. Stanford Prison Experiment by Kyle Patrick Alvarez
  14. Witch by Robert Eggers USA Canada
  15. Unexpected (en) from Kris Williams
  16. Z for Zechariah , Craig Zobel (fr)
World Documentary Film Competition
  1. Censored Voices by Mor Loushy Germany Israel
  2. Chuck Norris Against Communism d'Ilinka Calugaryanu Germany Romania United Kingdom
  3. Dark Horse (en) on Louise Osmond (en) UK
  4. Dreamcatcher (en) by Kim Longinotto (en) UK
  5. How to Change the World Gerry Rothwell Canada United Kingdom
  6. Listen to me, Marlon , Steven Riley, UK
  7. Pervert Park (in) Frida Barkfors and Lasse Barkfors Denmark Sweden
  8. Sembene! Samba Gajigo and Jason Silverman USA Senegal
  9. Amina Profile of Sophie Derasp Canada
  10. Chinese Mayor (zh) Hao Zhou China
  11. Russian woodpecker (en) from Chad Grazia United Kingdom
  12. Visit (de) Michael Madsen Austria Denmark Finland Ireland Norway
World Film Drama Competition
  1. Chorus by François Delisle Canada
  2. Cloro de Lamberto Sanfelice Italy
  3. Glassland by Gerard Barrett (en) Ireland
  4. De nærmeste (none) on Anna Sevitsky (none) Norway
  5. Sarmasik (tr) from Tolga Karacelik Turkey
  6. Supporter from Ariel Kleiman Australia
  7. Princess (he) - Tali Shalom Ezer Israel
  8. Slow West John McLean New Zealand United Kingdom
  9. Strangerland Kim Farrant Australia Ireland
  10. Second mother ( Que Horas Ela Volta? ) Anna Muilart Brazil
  11. Summer of Sangaile ) from Alante Cavaite France Lithuania Netherlands
  12. Umrika from Prashant Nair (in) India
Competition shorts

Out of competition

  • Adventure Travelers ( Walk in the Woods ) Ken Kwapis USA
  • Brooklyn John Carney Canada Ireland United Kingdom
  • Digging for Fire , Joe Swanberg, USA
  • Don Verdin - Jared Hess USA
  • Almereid Experimenter USA
  • Grandmother by Paul Weitz USA
  • I'm Michael , Justin Kelly USA
  • There is always a time for love (at) from Brett Hailey USA
  • Last Days in the Desert , Rodrigo Garcia USA
  • Leela and Eve , Charles Stone III (ru) USA
  • Mississippi Grind , Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden USA
  • Mistress America by Baumbs USA
  • Seoul Search by Benson Lee (en) South Korea United States of America
  • Jamais entre Amis ( Sleep with other people ) Leslie Headland USA
  • Ten Saints Thousand by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini USA
  • End of Tour by James Ponsoldt USA
  • True Story by Rupert Gould USA
  • Zipper by Mora Stephens USA
Documentary Premieres
Park City at Midnight
New Frontier
Sundance Kids

Projection Formats

DCP or HD Cam format, the latter format, according to festival director Holden Payne, is forced to disappear. A short 3 minute film is projected on 16mm, this is about film where the image is is applied directly to Color Neutrol Film . Due to their fragility, Blu-ray discs are only accepted in emergency format in case there is a problem with the main projection media.



Art films

Price Assigned Country
Grand Jury Prize Documentary USA Wolf Pack (ru) United States
USA dramatic I, the count and the dying girl United States
World Documentary Russian woodpecker (ru) United Kingdom
World drama Slow West New Zealand United Kingdom
Public Award Documentary USA Meru United States
USA dramatic I, the earl and the dying girl United States
World Documentary Dark Horse (ru) United Kingdom
World drama Umrika India
Best of NEXT James White United States
Director's Award Documentary USA Matthew Hyneman for Cartel Land USA Mexico
USA dramatic Robert Eggers for Witches USA Canada
World Documentary Kim Longinotto ( out ) for Dreamcatcher (en) United Kingdom
World drama Alante Cavaite at summer France Lithuania Netherlands
Screenplay Award USA dramatic Kyle Patrick Alvarez for Stanford Prison Experiment United States
World drama
Photography Prize Documentary USA
USA dramatic
World Documentary
World drama
Document editing cost Documentary USA
World Documentary
Special prices

Short films

Price Assigned Country
Grand Jury Prize The world of tomorrow United States
Public Award
Jury Prize US story
International story
Special prices

Other prices

Price Assigned Country
Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Award Stanford Prison Experiment by Kyle Patrick Alvarez United States
Sundance/NHK International Filmmaker Award
Sundance Institute / International Mahindra Filmmaking Award

Notes and links

  1. (in) " US Documentary Competition " at the Sundance Film Festival (accessed January 22, 2015)
  2. (in) " US Documentary Competition " at the Sundance Film Festival (accessed January 22, 2015)
  3. (in) " World Film Documentary Competition " at the Sundance Film Festival (accessed January 7, 2015)
  4. (in) " World Film Drama Competition " at the Sundance Film Festival (accessed January 7, 2015)
  5. (in) " Shorts " at the Sundance Film Festival (accessed January 7, 2015)
  6. (in) " Premieres " at the Sundance Film Festival (accessed January 7, 2015)
  7. (in) " Documentary Premieres " at the Sundance Film Festival (accessed January 7, 2015)
  8. (c) "In Spotlight " at Sundance Film Festival (accessed January 7, 2015)
  9. (in) " Park City at Midnight " at the Sundance Film Festival (accessed January 7, 2015)
  10. (in) " New Frontier ", at the Sundance Film Festival (accessed January 7, 2015)
  11. (in) " NEXT " at the Sundance Film Festival (accessed January 7, 2015)
  12. (in) " Sundance Kids " at the Sundance Film Festival (accessed January 7, 2015)
  13. a b and c (en) Oakley Anderson-Moore, " Exclusive Interview: Head of Projection at Sundance in the Year of 35mm 9 Death0796", No Film School , (read online)
  14. (in) " 2015 Sundance Film Festival Finalist Awards Hosted by Tig Notaro " on YouTube (accessed February 5, 2015)


Related Articles

  • Sundance Film Festival
  • Cannes Film Festival 2015
  • Berlinale 2015
  • Venice Film Festival 2015
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival 2015

External links

  • (en) Official website
  • Sundance Festival by Year at Allocine
  • (en) Annual Sundance Film Festival in Movie Database in Internet.

Sundance Film Festival

Prizes awarded Grand Jury Award Audience Award Best of the FOLLOWING Special Jury Award Direction Award Screenplay Award Documentary Editing Award Grand Jury Photography Award
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This music will last forever. "Swan Song", "Letter Room" and other films Amfest | Kino

The 16th festival of modern American cinema ‎Amfest has started in Moscow. This year's hybrid program (some films can also be seen online) includes Sundance winners, a delight for fans of The Room directed by Greg Sistero, a melodrama with Amanda Seyfried, a short film almanac about self-isolation, and much more. Anton Fomochkin talks more about some of the films of the festival.

Swan Song

Once-legendary regional hairdresser Patrick Fitzenbarger (Udo Kier) escapes his nursing home to his hometown of Sandusky, Ohio, to give his deceased regular client a marathon one last time.


A gentle elegy about the fact that not only the body is withering, but also the good old one-story shocking America. Everything is not so when the world has made several turns around its axis, and you did not notice. Patrick looks around for his house, but finds only the outline of a foundation on the ground. The favorite brand of cosmetics has long been discontinued. Almost no one remembers the former glory of the chief hairdresser-stylist of the district. The organic world has won, and instead of Patrick's favorite gay bar, a craft beer restaurant is about to open. If time drags on lazily - wake up, you may not be in time. An invaluable resource directed by Todd Stephens (the Blue Pie duology) is the epitome of Udo Kier's imposing film genius. It is impossible to describe with what inner dignity he tars ladies' cigarettes, wears a pink hat and skeptically examines those around him when meeting. Fortunately, in The Song, Kir not only smokes, but also saunters through the bare urban landscapes, passing his life. He cries, dances, looks at old photographs, solemnly and sensitively goes through some kind of inner story from the past, transferring it to the fate of his hero.

"Song" is a hundred-minute actor's study, which Cyrus fills with both meaning and feeling. Once in a gay bar, Patrick asks: “Where did the crystal chandelier that always adorned the dance floor go?” Udo himself is like crystal, fragile, having seen a lot, but how brightly he shines in the light!

Show date and time: October 17 at 5:00 pm; also available online November 10

The Letter Room

The good-natured and patient prison guard Richard (Oscar Isaac) is promoted (promoted) to prison mail censor. A new position for the most reasonable, but not compassionate. A couple of days later, a letter from the girl to her lover who was sentenced to death falls into the hands of Richard. The censor will not resist, will read to the end (first one message, then the entire correspondence), get excited and decide to find the sender.


Short film by Elvira Lind (wife of Oscar Isaac), nominated this year for an Oscar. A half-hour session of deceived expectations - in order to lead the viewer by the nose, you also need a special talent. Isaac plays a caring mattress with a big mustache. Richard carries out his service, returns home and maintains his routine there (cooking, watching TV, sleeping). It looks like something bad is brewing. Other people's letters fascinate with peremptory passion. Their addressee throws unkind glances at Richard, as if suspecting something (in fact, he just hates everyone). Reading correspondence to the end is not recommended, the right to privacy is indirectly respected. Lind is ambivalent. It seems to be. Seems. Maybe. Well, something must happen! Instead of an anguish, the director seeks consolation in his story, contagious, all-forgiving, capable of easing a heavy burden. A white lie opens up another, parallel epistolary reality: you can believe in it or not, but it warms the soul.

Show date and time: October 15 at 19:30; also available online until November 10th


Professional jockey Jackson Silva (Clifton Collins Jr.) recognizes nothing in life but his craft. A well-deserved retirement is still far away, there is enough strength, only now the hands are treacherous shaking, and the back is fettered by discharges of pain - the trauma of the past makes itself felt. It only gets worse. How many races ahead? Most likely only one.

Stills from The Jockey


A young stable worker (Moises Arias) claims that Jackson is his father. Together with the impending end of his career, these mutually exclusive episodes bring a bit of chaos into the life of a jockey. Accepting a newly-born son is no easier than admitting one's weakness. Everyone keeps telling Jackson, "No one knows horses like you do," but that hardly makes it any easier. If you can barely move your feet, is there any road ahead of you? Director Bentley reduces the dynamic world of horse racing to a close-up shot of Jackson, with only his face in the frame during the races. Dust soars into the air, dirt flies into the eyes, sweat pours in a hail - such an absolute harmony. Bentley concentrates on the fear of spiritual death. The hero would look around, and not look at the finish line. Before the prospect of being immobilized, Jackson feels disharmony, and Bentley accompanies these scenes with the sounds of brass instruments, tight circumstances (from the trailer box to the hippodrome closet) and general awkwardness in communication.

The jockey reluctantly listens to those around him, admires the sunset, comprehends the power of the moment, listens to the silence, seeks an outlet in his own heritage. Is that all that's left of you? Bentley's film seems to be assembled from all known sports stories about the fact that an injury is an occasion to think, and not to sprinkle ashes on your head. The main struggle is the struggle with yourself. Your heritage is the experience passed on to the younger generation. But Bentley is so fascinated by the harmony of the outer and inner worlds through the eyes of his hero that the narrative dissolves into contemplation, and any banalities turn out to be everyday background. Artist Clifton Collins Jr. (a well-deserved special acting prize at the Sundance Festival) for an hour and a half plays in humility, squeezing disappointment and finally spreading in a paternal-mentoring smile of peace. And there, maybe you will be able to let yourself go, who knows.

Show date and time: October 18 at 19:20

Miracle Valley

Outside the access zone, we are unidentified. The sinister figure of an extra in black rags will flash in the distance. Ominous music blares. The ring is narrowing, the sectarians are advancing. Write wasted, in this town tourists do not stay alive. Panicked, the girl returns to her car, where a welcoming “welcome” has been painstakingly painted on the windshield. Written, of course, in blood. Nothing good awaits a group of comrades who, after some time, came to this town to have a fun weekend.

Stills from the film "Valley of Wonders"


Fan service for the most persistent and loyal fans of the film "Room". Sestero, in the form of an ornithologist photographer, resembles a capricious prima who reluctantly carries out her own commands. If you're ready to fish for a bit of fun out of unmotivated loud and ridiculous acting escapades, this session is for you. Heroes with enviable constancy expressively utter another nonsense out loud, echoing the philosophy of Tommy Wiseau: “In therapy, we found out that you want to be a victim!” “If you love a person, you must give him priority” - Sestero's character meets this advice with undisguised contempt. The girl is sad, her boyfriend is selfish. As you might guess, relations will be established in the district where a religious cult thrives, obsessed with the use of human blood. Visitors are constantly watched, hinting that they do not belong here. All the locals are acting strange. The humiliated hero enters the warpath. Fake heads roll on the ground and gallons of fake blood spill. The canons of the genre are regularly observed, because formally it is a horror.

Show date and time: October 17 at 19:15

The Year of the Everlasting Storm

Self-isolation torments, understandable in any language. Quarantine diary in seven chapters from the regulars of European film festivals. Director Jafar Panahi's anxious mother settles into her son's house, a little naively focusing on news reports in her discussion of the pandemic. Traveling around modern Tehran is akin to landing on the moon: an old woman appears dressed almost in a protective spacesuit. The Iranian is optimistic and looks for a comic beginning in the situation. No matter how painful self-isolation is, it will not affect the cycles of the universe in any way. The chicken will hatch from the egg, which means that a new beginning will loom in the distance, children will grow up and everyone will completely forget about this era (and rightly so).


Other authors are less optimistic. Apichatpong Weerasethakula is interested in the life of insects. David Lowry - fetishization of the grave beyond (in general, as always). Screenlife conversation with relatives is adjacent to an informational and political documentary essay. The most humane and recognizable story is by Chinese director Anthony Chen. Young spouses in quarantine with a small child. He looks at the adults while they only do what they quarrel. Life interferes with remote work. There is less and less free space every day, although square meters are unchanged. One partner is working, the other is fooling around and wandering aimlessly around the apartment. What else to do when your work is left somewhere behind the concentration of deserted streets. As a sign of the times, even a fleeting claim expressed to the head of the family stands out: “Accidentally touching a passerby, did you realize that you could infect all your household members?” The purpose of each of the sketches is to capture individual feelings from voluntary imprisonment. Choose, viewer, whose reflection is closer to you.

Show date and time: October 23 at 19:30

Language Lessons

Adam (Marc Duplass) received an educational gift of 100 Spanish lessons! What started out as a joke soon becomes an outlet. Cariño (Natalie Morales), his Spanish teacher, is initially skeptical of her new student. But as they get closer, their classes begin to resemble an informal conversation.


Few people manage to overcome the digital barrier of a laptop screen. Whether you are poor or rich, it is important that you have a sensitive heart (this film has it). It hurts for everyone, but salvation can only be found in a pleasant therapeutic heart-to-heart conversation. Although Adam jokes that his daily routine consists of yoga, mixed with a bottle of wine (strictly in four days), he is doomed to suffer from the sunny bourgeois longing of his native Auckland. Simple truths: when all the arrogance comes down, two in their own way unfortunate loneliness will speak Spanish. It works flawlessly, how can you not feel sympathy for the characters? Adam is extremely honest, Carinho is silent. The understatement makes the fantasy run wild. The viewer, like Adam, invents his own drama for the teacher, but is there even a grain of truth in it? Difficulties in translation become the building blocks for composing the bird language that Adam and Cariño will have to learn instead of Spanish. The plot is made up of reservations, details, casually told details from the past. "Lessons" is charming in its responsive warmth. Watching this film is like getting to know someone: while you don’t know a person, you plunge into his troubles, fool around so that you don’t feel so sad, and gradually approach to get to know him. In the first minutes after you hang up, it's cold. At the moment when you are waiting for an answer, it is exciting. Everything is as in reality, and the screenlife as a format seems to strive only for this.

Show date and time: October 22 at 19:30

A Mouthful of Air

Julie Davis (Amanda Seyfried), a children's writer, falls into postpartum depression after giving birth to her first child. Not much time passes, she is expecting her second child, and in order not to harm the fetus, she has to stop taking antidepressants.

The body changes and hurts. Joints ache, legs swell, tiredness sets in. First sad, then anxious. Julie suffers panic attacks over and over again (less and less successfully) and waits for at least someone to understand her. The film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Amy Kopelman (directed by the author himself) is an enlightening monologue about defenselessness. Postpartum depression is scary, but reversible, the main thing is not to succumb to obsessive fear. “I am a bad mother”, “The child will not love me” - this is not so, everything will be fine. Emphatically high ceilings are combined with the endless blue sky, which Julie peers into for days and nights in search of inspiration. But space at the same time can be infinity, squeezing the chest. It suddenly becomes noisy, tears flowing from the eyes. Neither a cute (that is, relatives) nearby, nor a piece of chocolate pie will save. One of the most “unplayed” Hollywood actresses of the last two decades, Amanda Seyfried, heroically lives panic attacks and obsessive states in the frame. Kopelman is interested in her face, wide-open green eyes, trembling corners of her lips, dumbfounded, after, fear. The director does not take the camera away: the birth of an emotion, an explosion, knocking down pain (primarily moral) - everything is in full view. “A Breath of Air” is a scary urban tale about how the world is big and you are small and it’s not an easy task to cope with yourself. And there is no shame in asking for help.

Show dates and times: October 20 at 20:00, October 24 at 17:30

Distress Alert (Mayday)

Anya (Grace Van Patten) is anxious, radioing that a storm is coming. Tired of the cruelty of others, the girl escapes from prying eyes into the pantry and moves through the gas stove oven into a parallel world.


There, on the island, there was a combat detachment of misandrists. The girls send a signal for help through the radio room. Men, like born saviors, invariably respond to the call of the sirens and rush headlong to the shore, where the heroines are waiting for them. They kill young soldiers - not only physically, but also morally. “Tell my wife that I love her,” the rosy-cheeked soldier says with the last of his strength. “With your death, you made her life easier,” one of the warriors replies mercilessly. "Distress Signal", like, for example, "Forbidden Reception", is built on the destruction of the misinterpretation of archetypal roles.

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