CHATHAM, NY – Like so many traditional events in 2020, the FilmColumbia Festival was lost due to the pandemic. It returns this month, however, essentially picking up where it left off.
The 22nd Annual FilmColumbia Festival at the Crandell Theater will feature its collection of brand name films that have caused a stir at festivals nationwide and around the world this year, some of which will be heard again when awards season arrives in a few months. The festival will screen just under 40 films from October 22 to 31.
The festival starts at 4.30 pm, Friday October 22, with the co-winner of the Grand Prix of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, ”Compartment number 6. “
He puts a vodka-drenched Russian and a heartbroken Finnish student recovering from a love affair in a tiny sleeping car. At 7:30 am, the latest film by popular Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, “Parallel Mothers”, hits the screen, with Almodovar’s muse Penelope Cruz and Milena Smit as two women who meet in a maternity hospital in Madrid and become single mothers on the same day.
A hit for the Crandell is “The French dispatch, The latest from director Wes Anderson, whose quirky, mannered and drily funny films are a genre in themselves. A collection of stories about the latest issue of an American magazine published in France, the film stars actors from the Anderson ensemble, including Bill Murray, Adrien Brody and Tilda Swinton, as well as Frances McDormand and Timothee Chalamet who, like many stars, surely lobbied for the opportunity to make an Anderson movie.
A housekeeper in post-war England plans to meet her lover before he marries another woman in “Mothering Sunday”, another film with an impressive cast. It stars Odessa Young, Josh O’Connor (Prince Charles in “The Crown”), Oscar winner Olivia Colman (Queen Elizabeth in “The Crown”) and Glenda Jackson.
Adapted from a Tony Award-winning play, “The Humans” brings together three generations of a family at Thanksgiving where fears and hidden secrets emerge after dark. Richard Jenkins, Steven Yuen and Amy Schumer are part of an eclectic cast. A reporter (Joaquin Phoenix) travels the country with his young nephew in “C’mon, C’mon,” which is Phoenix’s first role since winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for “Joker.”
Besides feature films, FilmColumbia has an impressive collection of documentaries. “The Rescue” chronicles the effort to rescue 12 members of a boys’ soccer team and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand. The 2018 rescue captivated the world, and the trailer for the film itself is heartbreaking. The filmmakers E. Vasarhelji and Jimmy Chin took home the Oscar for Best Documentary for “Free Solo” and could win again. Film editor Bob Eisenhardt, a resident of Columbia County, will participate in a question-and-answer session, one of many Q&A scheduled for the festival.
“Bernstein’s Wall” uses decades of film interviews, television appearances, concert footage and home movies to create a portrait of the intricate composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, present at Tanglewood during his many years. with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Julie Cohen and Betsy West, who created the acclaimed documentary “RBG”, offer “Julia”, a comprehensive look at Julia Child, who, from her fifties, has given people a new appreciation for food through her books. and its television shows.
“Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism In America,” uses interviews and news footage to explore America’s racism from the post-WWII era to the present day. Winner of the Documentary Audience Award at the South By Southwest Festival, it is directed by Emily and Sarah Kunstler, whose father, William, was a famous lawyer and civil rights activist who defended the Chicago Seven.
The festival is organized by co-artistic directors Peter Biskind, author and film historian, and Laurence Kardish, emeritus curator for film and media at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Moviegoers must wear masks and provide proof of vaccination.