Film Series at The Ware Center
All films are shown at The Ware Center at Millersville University Lancaster, 42 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA.
All tickets are $7; $5 for seniors& students, unless otherwise noted. Call 717.872.3811 for advance tickets or purchase one hour prior to the screening.
When you come to a film here, please ask the Front Desk Receptionist for a discounted parking voucher – good at the Prince Street Garage at Prince and Orange.
Many independent, foreign and documentary films are not rated. You should assume they contain mild adult content. If in doubt, please call 717.871.2308 for suitability for younger patrons.
Monday, January 28, 2013
“Searching for Sugarman”
5 & 7:30 PM | 86 Minutes. Rated PG-13
In the late ‘60s, two celebrated producers, who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, discovered a musician in a Detroit bar. They recorded an album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, it became a phenomenon. Two South African fans then set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN is a film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music.
2013 oscar Nominee - Documentary Feature
2012 Sundance Film Festival – World Cinema Documentary Jury Prize; Audience Award
2012 SXSW Film Festival
2012 Tribeca Film Festival
2012 Los Angeles Film Festival – Audience Award
Monday, February 4, 2013
5 & 7:30 PM | 116 Minutes, NR, French w/ English subtitles
Perennial French bad boy auteur Leos Carax (THE LOVERS ON THE BRIDGE, MAUVAIS SANG, POLA X) re-imagines the City of Light as the backdrop for nearly a dozen surreal adventures starring the filmmaker’s longtime collaborator Denis Lavant as a 21st century man of a thousand faces. Travelling in a white stretch limo, with his elegant, imperturbable female chauffeur (Edith Scob), he effortlessly transforms from Oscar, a conventional businessman, to a motion-capture acrobat, the leader of a boisterous accordion marching band, a sewer-dwelling leprechaun who kidnaps a supermodel (Eva Mendes), an assassin, a bag lady, a forlorn lover (of Kylie Minogue) and…Michel Piccoli has a cameo as Oscar’s mysterious boss.
Cannes Film Festival 2012 – Winner, Prix de la Jeunesse
New York Film Festival 2012 – Official Selection
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
“The Queen of Versailles”
5 & 7:30 PM | 100 min | PG
THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES is a documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis. With epic proportions of Shakespearean tragedy, the film follows two unique characters, whose rags-to-riches success stories reveal the virtues and flaws of the American Dream. The film begins with the family triumphantly constructing the biggest house in America, a 90,000 sq. ft. palace. Over the next two years, their sprawling empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis. Major changes in lifestyle and character ensue within the cross-cultural household of family members and domestic staff.
2012 Sundance Film Festival – U.S. Directing Award (Documentary)
Monday, February 11, 2013
“Sleepwalk With Me”
5 & 7:30 PM | 90 min | PG-13
Winner of a 2012 Audience Award at Sundance, comedian Mike Birbiglia wrote, directed and stars in this sincere and hilarious film, based on his off-Broadway show and bestselling book. When an aspiring stand-up comic fails to express his true feelings about his girlfriend and his stalled career, his anxiety comes out in increasingly funny and dangerous sleepwalking incidents. SLEEPWALK WITH ME features Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”), Carol Kane (“Taxi”), James Rebhorn (“Meet the Parents”), Cristin Milioti (star of Broadway’s “Once”), plus comedians Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Jesse Klein, Henry Phillips and David Wain.
2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL – Audience Award Winner
2012 SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST – Official Selection
2012 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Official Selection
Monday, February 25, 2013
“A Royal Affair”
5 & 7:30 PM | 137 min | R Danish w/ English subtitles
A ROYAL AFFAIR is the true story of an ordinary man who wins the queen’s heart and starts a revolution. Centering on the intriguing love triangle between the ever more insane Danish King Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard), the royal physician who is a man of enlightenment and idealism Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen) and the young but strong Queen Caroline Mathilda (Alicia Vikander), A ROYAL AFFAIR is the gripping tale of brave idealists who risk everything in their pursuit of freedom for their people… Above all it is the story of a passionate and forbidden romance that changed an entire nation.
2013 Oscar Nominee – Foreign Language Film
2012 Berlin Film Festival - Winner – Best Actor & Best Script
2012 Toronto Film Festival – Official Selection
Monday, March 11, 2013
“A Late Quartet”
5 & 7:30 PM | 105 min | R
Set in iconic New York City, this is the story of four musicians, bound together by their passion for music and long years of working together. But when their patriarch Peter (Christopher Walken) is diagnosed with a terminal illness, the repercussions hit the group deeper than they could imagine. First and second violinists Robert (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Daniel (Mark Ivanir) row over first chair, Robert and violist Juliette’s (Catherine Keener) marriage hits the rocks when he has an affair, and their headstrong daughter embarks on her own explosive affair – with Daniel. As their 25th anniversary performance looms, the musicians must either find a way to overcome their troubles, and preserve their legacy – or part ways forever.
Monday, March 25, 2013
5 & 7:30 PM | 97 min | NR English, Partial German and Hebrew w/ English subtitles
At age 98, director Goldfinger’s grandmother passed away, leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared for decades since immigrating from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Sifting through a dense mountain of photos, letters, files, and objects, Goldfinger begins to uncover clues that seem to point to a greater mystery and soon a complicated family history unfolds before his camera.
BEST DOCUMENTARY – OPHIR AWARD
BEST DOCUMENTARY – BAVARIAN FILM AWARD
BEST DOCUMENTARY DIRECTION – JERUSALEM FILM FESTIVAL
BEST DOCUMENTARY EDITING – TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
OPENING FILM – DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL MUNICH
BEST DOCUMENTARY – ISRAELI DOCUMENTARY FORUM
DAVID A. STEIN MEMORIAL AWARD – TORONTO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
5 & 7:30 PM | 75 min | PG-13
Acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change and a cynic about the nature of academic research. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In CHASING ICE, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse camera to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Traveling with a team of young adventurers across the brutal Arctic, Balog risks his career and his wellbeing in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity. As the debate polarized America, and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, CHASING ICE depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to delivery fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet.
Original Song - "Before My Time" - 2013 Oscar Nominee
Excellence in Cinematography – Sundance Film Festival 2012
Audience Award Festival Favorites – SXSW 2012
Audience Award – River Run Film Festival 2012
People’s Choice Award – Hot Docs Film Festival 2012
Monday, April 8, 2013
“Chicken with Plums”
5 & 7:30 PM | 91 min | PG-13
Teheran, 1958. Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser Ali Khan, one of the most renowned musicians of his day, has lost all taste for life. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed to await death. As he hopes for its arrival, he plunges into deep reveries, with dreams as melancholic as they are joyous, taking him back to his youth and even to a conversation with Azraël, the Angel of Death, who reveals the future of his children… As pieces of the puzzle gradually fit together, the poignant secret of his life comes to light: a wonderful story of love which inspired his genius and his music…
Venice International Film Festival 2011 – Official Selection
Toronto International Film Festival 2011 – Official Selection
Tribeca Film Festival 2012 – Official Selection
Monday, April 22, 2013
5 & 7:30 PM | 90 min | R
Based on true events, Compliance tells the chilling story of just how far one might go to obey a figure of authority. On a particularly busy day at a suburban fast food joint, high-strung manager Sandra (Ann Dowd) receives a phone call from a police officer saying that an employee, a pretty young blonde named Becky (Dreama Walker) has stolen money from a customer. Convinced she’s only doing what’s right, Sandra commences the investigation, following step-by-step instructions from the caller at the other end of the line, no matter how invasive they become. Writer/director Craig Zobel recounts this riveting nightmare in which the line between legality and reason is hauntingly blurred. The cast delivers startlingly authentic performances that make the appalling events unfolding onscreen all the more difficult to watch—but impossible to turn away from. Delving into the complex psychology of this real-life story, Compliance proves that sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
“Side By Side”
5 & 7:30 PM | 99 min | NR l
Join Keanu Reeves on a tour of the past and the future of filmmaking in SIDE BY SIDE. Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium. Reeves explores the development of cinema and the impact of digital filmmaking via in-depth interviews with Hollywood masters, such as James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Steven Soderbergh, and many more.
Official Selection: 2012 Berlin International Film Festival
2012 Hong Kong International Film Festival
2012 Sydney Film Festival
2012 Tribeca Film Festival
Monday, April 29, 2012
“The Well-Digger’s Daughter”
5 & 7:30 PM | 105 min | NR French w/ English subtitles
Daniel Auteuil returns to the world of Marcel Pagnol for his first work as director with this celebrated remake of the 1940s classic.
Auteuil stars as the eponymous well-digger Pascale, a widower living with his six daughters in the Provence countryside at the start of World War I. His eldest, Patricia, has returned home from Paris to help raise her sisters, and Pascale dreams of marrying her off to his loyal assistant Felipe. But when she’s impregnated by a wealthy young pilot who promptly abandons her for the frontlines, Pascale is left to contend with the consequences. An exquisitely crafted, sun-drenched melodrama, the film captures all the warmth and humanist spirit of Pagnol’s original work.
Monday, May 6, 2012
5 & 7:30 PM | 97 min | PG-13
Newly single, 35, and uninspired by his job, Jesse Fisher (writer /director Josh Radnor) worries that his best days are behind him. But no matter how much he buries his head in a book, life keeps pulling Jesse back. When his favorite college professor invites him to campus to speak at his retirement dinner, Jesse jumps at the chance. He is prepared for the nostalgia of the dining halls and dorm rooms, the parties and poetry seminars; what he doesn’t see coming is Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen)—a beautiful, precocious, classical-music-loving sophomore. Zibby awakens scary, exciting, long-dormant feelings of possibility and connection that Jesse thought he had buried forever.
2012 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
2012 DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FIM FESTIVAL
2012 BAM CINEMA FEST
2012 MAUI FILM FESTIVAL
2012 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Monday May 20, 2012
“Little White Lies”
5 & 8 PM | 154 min | NR
French w/ English subtitles
French box-office sensation LITTLE WHITE LIES is a sparkling ensemble dramatic comedy from Guillaume Canet. Bringing together the top names from France’s current generation of actors, including Jean Dujardin, Marion Cotillard and Francois Çluzet, Canet weaves a joyous and heartfelt film out of the dilemmas of eight thirty and forty-something close friends. With its nostalgic soundtrack of classic hits, LITTLE WHITE LIES is a generational statement on youthful frivolity giving way to middle-aged pleasures and sorrows, with a finely observant eye on modern-day relationships.
The films shown as part of the Ware Center Film Series have been chosen by a committee of local film lovers. All films chosen also must have been festival and other award winners and ranked highly on internet movie rating services such as www.imdb.com or www.rottentomatoes.com.
If you would like to be a part of the selection committee or have comments on our film series, please send an email to Harvey.email@example.com