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Mike Getz: New film series begins with ‘Dying to Know’ encore

Timothy Leary and Ram Dass are featured in a special encore performance of 'Dying to Know,' showing Nov. 8 at Nevada Theatre.
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I kind of like adding a “special message” with the new Nevada Theatre Film Series.

So here are some thoughts about the November through December movies.

In contrast to the last series’ emphasis on documentaries, these new selections include foreign films and films about foreigners living in the U.S.



Here’s your opportunity to do some inexpensive world traveling to China, Ethiopia, Iran and Germany and gain unique perspectives on life beyond Nevada County.

First up is an encore showing of the most popular movie we’ve shown this year.




Dying To Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary nearly sold out its second showing Oct. 4 so here it is again, Nov. 8.

Meet The Patels (Nov. 15) is a very unusual documentary about how Ravi Patel handles his parents’ matchmaking intrusions into his love life. You’ll see how the traditional Indian dating world transplants into contemporary American life. The fact that it’s filmed by his sister makes it even more charming.

Coming Home (Nov. 22) is the latest film by Zhang Yimou and stars Gong Li. Any one familiar with Chinese films of the last 30 years knows that these two have created some of the best films ever and that their new film is sure to be a high quality experience.

Difret (Nov. 29) is an award winning film from Ethiopia, takes you far from here into a world where marriage to an underage teenager is a village tradition. When a 14-year-old girl accidentally shoots the man trying to abduct her, it sets off an intense confrontation between the old ways and modern thinking. For more info on this story, check out http://www.difret.com/press/. By the way, Difret means courage.

And speaking of courage, Jafar Panahi is one of the world’s most unusual and courageous filmmakers. Living in Tehran, Iran, under one of the most censor-loving regimes, Panahi has managed to create films in spite of being banned from making films. In “Taxi,” showing Dec. 6, he comes up with one of his cleverest ideas, filming a mixture of ordinary people and actors as they are passengers in his taxi.

From driving around in Tehran to driving around in New York City, we see that there’s lots going on behind the steering wheel.

Here in “Learning To Drive,” (Dec. 13) Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley not only drive but also become friends in a funny, heartwarming film.

Upon learning that many former Nazis returned to their pre-war lives with no penalty, an ambitious German prosecutor (Alexander Fehling) vows to bring them to justice. That’s the story of Labyrinth of Lies, Dec. 20.

And finally, saving perhaps the best for last, on Dec. 27, we’re bringing back the Winner of the Best of the Festival Award at last January’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival, ‘All The Time In The World.’ Suzanne Crocker’s amazing documentary about her family’s adventure in the North Canadian wilderness was one of the most talked about films in the festival and it hasn’t shown locally since then. Suzanne is hopeful for a national release next March but until then she has authorized this special showing as a benefit for SYRCL’s next Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Jan. 14-18, 2016.

This is a great film for the whole family, especially during this holiday season when school is out. Special admission is $12 and children are $8.

For showtimes and other information, see http://nevadatheatre.com/film-series.html. Nevada Theatre is at 401 Broad St., Nevada City.

Mike Getz selects the films for the Nevada Theatre Film Series.


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