FELONYTHE BLUE ROOM (LA CHAMBRE BLEUE) | KEEP ON KEEPIN' ONONE CHANCE | BALANCHINE MILLEPIED | GEOGRAPHICALLY DESIRABLE

FELONY

Washington Post Critic's Pick! 

Three Sydney detectives become embroiled in a tense struggle after a tragic accident that leaves a child in critical condition. One is guilty of a crime, one will try to cover it up, and the other attempts to expose it. How far will these men go to disguise and unravel the truth?

105 min  •  NR  •  Dir. Matthew Saville


THE BLUE ROOM

New York TImes Critic's Pick!  Washington Post Critic's Pick! 

Two adulterous lovers go from pillow talk to possible murder in this sexy, brain-teasing thriller. Mathieu Amalric (THE DIVING BELL & THE BUTTERFLY, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL) directs and stars as Julien, a middle-aged salesman embroiled in a steamy love affair with a married woman who, after a round of kinky sex, makes a startling suggestion.

Suddenly Julien is caught up in a police investigation-but just what exactly happened? Based on a novel by celebrated crime writer Georges Simenon, this beguiling cinematic puzzle unfolds in an elliptical style that keeps the audience guessing every step of the way.

76 min  •  •  Psychological Thriller  •  Dir. Mathieu Amalric  •  In French w/ English subtitles


KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON

Washington Post Critic's Pick!

Shot over the course of five years by first time filmmaker Al Hicks, KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON depicts the remarkable story of 93-year-old jazz legend Clark Terry. A living monument to the Golden Era of Jazz, Terry - a mentor to Miles Davis - is among the few performers ever to have played in both Count Basie's and Duke Ellington's bands. In the 1960's, he broke the color barrier as the first African-American staff musician at NBC - on "The Tonight Show".

Today, after a life spent working with and teaching the most totemic figures in jazz history, Terry continues to attract and cultivate budding talents. KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON highlights his friendship with the preternaturally gifted Justin Kauflin, a blind, 23-year-old piano prodigy who suffers from debilitating stage fright. Not long after Kauflin is invited to compete in an elite Jazz competition, Terry's health takes a turn for the worse.

As the clock ticks, we see two friends confront the toughest challenges of their lives. Kauflin's work on the film's score with composer Dave Grusin sets the tone for a story that spans decades, lifetimes and the entire history of modern Jazz, complete with firsthand anecdotes from Jones and Herbie Hancock.

KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON is a film crafted with great affection by Hicks - another former student of Terry's - a grace note for his teacher, infused with soulfulness and serendipity. Paula DuPre' Pesmen (behind the Academy Award winning THE COVE and the Oscar nominated CHASING ICE) produced the film with seven time Academy Award nominee Quincy Jones who also counts Terry as his mentor. Jones came on board as producer after literally walking into the film as one of its subjects, discovering Justin's talent purely by chance during a visit at Clark's home.

86 min  •  •  Dir. Al Hicks

ONE CHANCE

Washington Post Critic's Pick!

From the director of The Devil Wears Prada, ONE CHANCE is the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for 'Britain's Got Talent.' Wowing audiences worldwide with his phenomenal voice, Paul went on to win 'Britain’s Got Talent' and the hearts of millions.

Fresh from celebrating his Tony Award-winning Broadway run in 'One Man, Two Guvnors', BAFTA winner James Corden (THE HISTORY BOYS) stars as Paul Potts and is supported by an acclaimed ensemble cast that includes Julie Walters (MAMMA MIA!, CALENDAR GIRLS, BILLY ELLIOT), Mackenzie Crook (THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN), Colm Meaney (GET HIM TO THE GREEK), Jemima Rooper (KINKY BOOTS), Valeria Bilello (PAZZE DI ME) and rising star Alexandra Roach (THE IRON LADY). Directed by David Frankel (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, MARLEY & ME, HOPE SPRINGS) and written by Justin Zackham (THE BUCKET LIST).

103 min  •  PG-13  •  Dir. David Frankel


BALLET IN HD: BALANCHINE | MILLEPIED

Enduring works of two masters, side by side!  Captured LIVE from the Paris Opera Ballet! 

Monday, October 20th at 7:00 pm                                                Saturday, October 26th at 11:00 am                       

Alongside Balanchine's PALAIS DE CRISTAL, set to music by Bizet, Benjamin Millepied adapts Ravel's DAPNE ET CHLOE. Phillipe Jordan accompanies the Paris Opera Ballet for the first time.

This encounter between two great French composers and two choreographers from the New York City Ballet, founder George Balanchine and former student Benjamin Millepied, highlights the similarites and dissonances between them.


GEOGRAPHICALLY DESIRABLE

RIFE Film Festival Encore Presentation!

Tuesday, October 21st at 7:00 pm

                                                

Geographically Desirable is a romantic comedy of Love, TV News and Sleep. Meet Nicole. She works the overnight shift at a TV news network in Washington, DC. Even though Nicole is sleepy most all the time, she really loves her job, to the exclusion of most other things. Don't give Nicole a plant; it won't survive! Nicole's Uncle Eddie who lives in a small town dies suddenly. When she attends the funeral, Nicole discovers that he left her both his house and his dog. Responsibilities she didn't seek and doesn't want. Nicole decides to keep Charlie the dog, but sell the house. In the process of selling the house though, the people of this small quirky town grab her and won't let go in their kindness to her. Geographically Desirable is not just a quirky romantic comedy, or a story of big city vs. small town, but it also a tale of discovering what's important in life and getting your priorities straight.