The Trip to Italy

Now showing
in Rhinebeck
Continuing in
Sept 22 – 25
Sept 26 – Oct 2
Mon 5:50 8:10
Tues 5:50 8:10
Wed 3:20 5:50 8:10
Thur 5:50 8:10
Fri 7:00 9:15
Sat 4:30 7:00
Sun 3:30 8:15
Mon 6:00 8:15
Tues 6:00 8:15
Wed 6:00 8:15
Thur 6:00 
(UK / 2014 / Directed by Michael Winterbottom)
Unrated / 108 mins.
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon return for another highly entertaining round of sumptuous travel in The Trip to Italy, a most welcome sequel to 2010’s The Trip that follows our intrepid armchair gastronomes on a tour of Italy from northern Piemonte to the sun-drenched Amalfi Coast.
Enlisted to chronicle a tour of high-end restaurants and historical sights along the Italian peninsula, Coogan and Brydon find themselves following in the footsteps British poets Percy Shelley and Lord Byron. Much of the pleasure of this latest “Trip” comes from the way Coogan and Brydon interact with their surroundings. And throughout, director Michael Winterbottom nods lovingly to Italy’s rich history as cinematic locale, setting scenes in the street where Humphrey Bogart shot parts of Beat the Devil, the Napoli catacombs visited by Ingrid Bergman in Voyage to Italy, and the cliff-side mansion immortalized by Godard in Contempt. Whetting our palates, the characters enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings amid much sparkling banter, riffing on subjects as varied as Batman’s vocal register, the artistic merits of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill,” and, of course, the virtue of sequels.
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The Drop

Now showing
in Rhinebeck
Sept 22 – 25
Starts in
Fri Sept 26 
Mon 6:00 8:15
Tues 6:00 8:15
Wed 3:30 6:00 8:15
Thur 6:00 8:15 (last show)
(USA / 2014 / Directed by Michael Roskam)
R / 106 mins.
Featuring the talents of the late James Gandolfini, screenwriter Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), and Academy Award nominated director Michael Roskam (Bullhead), The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters — “money drops” — in the underworld of Brooklyn bars.
Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost. Also featuring Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ann Dowd and John Ortiz. – Fox Searchlight
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Love is Strange

Starts Friday
in Rhinebeck 
Sept 26 – Oct 2
Fri 4:45 6:50 9:10
Sat 4:45 6:50 9:10
Sun 3:45 5:50 8:10
Mon – Tues 5:50 8:10
Wed 3:45 5:50
Thur 5:50 8:15
(USA, France / 2014 / Directed by Ira Sachs)
R / 94 mins. 
After 39 years together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when news of their marriage reaches the Catholic school where George works, he is fired from his longtime job, and the couple can no longer afford their New York City apartment.
As a temporary solution, George moves in with two cops next door, while Ben moves to Brooklyn to live with his nephew, Eliot; Eliot’s wife, Kate; and their teenage son. As Ben and George struggle to secure a new apartment, the pain of living apart and their presence in two foreign households test the resilience and relationships of all involved. Propelled by exquisite performances from John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, and Marisa Tomei, this subtle drama is suffused with gentle humor. From distinguished indie filmmaking veteran Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On, Forty Shades of Blue), Love Is Strange blends the romance of New York City’s streets and skyline with a delicate Chopin piano score, poignantly capturing a modern day love story. In English and Russian with subtitles. 
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Celebrate Italian Cinema with Prof. Joseph Luzzi

In Rhinebeck 
Sept 28
Sunday 1:30 pm $35 includes signed copy of My Two Italies or $20 without book… either way there’s a post-screening reception at Market St restaurant 
(This event is a fund-raiser for our classic cinema series)
Please join us for this excursion into Italian classic cinema with Professor Luzzi who will explore some of the greatest works ever to appear on the Italian screen, showing clips from masterpieces by Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Roberto Rossellinim and others.
Tickets ($35 with a signed copy of Luzzi’s new memoir, My Two Italies or $20 without book), include
 a complimentary glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres at Rhinebeck’s Market St. Restaurant (around the corner) where the celebration and discussion continues with Prof. Luzzi. Don’t miss out – the event promises to be an enjoyable celebration of Italy’s remarkable cinematic traditions as well as great conversation and fun. 
Joseph Luzzi is a writer and professor of Italian at Bard College. The first child in his Calabrian family born in the U.S., his recently published memoir, My Two Italies (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) is the dramatic story of his Italian family’s immigration and an insider’s look at the turbulence of life in Italy today, especially during the Berlusconi years.
He is a frequent contributor of essays and reviews to publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Bookforum, the London Times Literary Supplement, and many others. His first book, Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy (Yale Univ. Press 2008), received the Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies from the Modern Language Association, and he is the author of the forthcoming A Cinema of Poetry: Aesthetics of the Italian Art Film (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2014). His work has been translated into Italian and Portuguese, and he has lectured throughout the world on art, film, literature, and Italian culture. He has received an essay award from the Dante Society of America, a teaching prize from Yale College, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. We’ve enjoyed his previous film and discussion sessions here at Upstate Films Rhinebeck, and welcome him back. I love Luzzi.
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Black Maria Film and Video Festival: Documentary Shorts

In Rhinebeck 
October 2
Thursday 8pm
Tickets $12/$11/$10
Thursday October 2nd, Upstate Films will host The Black Maria Film Festival, along with three guest speakers — Festival Director Jane Steuerwald and film directors Theresa Loong and Jay Weichun. We will screen four short documentary films, followed by a q&a at the theater and drinks at Liberty Restaurant (cash bar).
The films that form the centerpiece of the Black Maria Film and Video Festival honor the vision of Thomas Edison, New Jersey inventor and creator of the motion picture. The cutting edge work that makes up the festival’s touring program focuses on exceptional short films that are not presented as sidebars to feature length films; they are the heart and soul of the festival.
The program will include the following shorts:

  • A Place of Spirit (Natalie Conn and Jay Weichun, Brooklyn, NY) The story of Andrea Phillips, a Staten Island based artist facing eviction from her home after 44 years.
  • Families Are Forever (Caitlin Ryan and Vivian Kleiman, San Francisco, CA.) Tom and Wendy are devout Mormon parents living in a conservative community when they discover that their son is gay.
  • The Apothecary (Helen Hood Scheer, Palo Alto, CA.) In an impoverished former mining town in the American Southwest, a beloved druggist runs the community’s main hub: the sole pharmacy within 4,000 square miles. He eagerly plays multiple roles as surrogate doctor, life counselor, and community benefactor. His sanguine public persona, however, belies a long-suffered private pain for which there is no drug, no cure, and no relief.
  • Every Day is a Holiday (Theresa Loong, New York, NY.) Growing up in suburban New Jersey, Chinese-American filmmaker Theresa Loong knew little about her father’s past. One day, she discovered his diary, written when he was a teenager and POW in a Japanese work camp during World War II. In it, he vowed to make ‘every day a holiday’ if he survived. “Every Day is a Holiday” tells the painful but life-affirming story of her father’s unlikely journey, from Chinese Malay teenager and Japanese POW, to merchant seaman, Veterans Affairs doctor and naturalized citizen of the country that liberated him: the United States.
This project is made possible in part with public funds from NYSCA’s’ Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (
Click here for the Black Maria Film Festival website


Starts Friday
in Rhinebeck 
Sept 26 – Oct 1
Fri 4:30
Sat 9:15
Sun 6:00
Wed 8:10 
(US, Serbia, and Montenegro / 2013 / Directed by the Meerkat Media Collective)
Unrated / 88 mins.
As half a million people descend upon a tiny Serbian village for the 50th anniversary of the world’s largest trumpet festival, every competitor seeks to win. Brasslands chronicles the personal journeys of three competitors participating in the festival for very different reasons.
As 25-year-old master trumpeter Dejan Petrovic – the reigning champion – returns to defend his title, Demiran Ćerimović – a world-class Roma Gypsy trumpeter – struggles against deeply ingrained racism for the opportunity to make money for his family. Through it all, an unlikely American band must also win over an audience that still resents America’s role in the NATO bombings of Serbia two decades earlier. As tensions simmer below the festival’s carnivalesque, alcohol-fueled surface, Brasslands bears witness to deeper resonances. From the staccato snares to the euphoric brass chorales and electrifying trumpet solos, the film attests to the fact that even amidst fractured ethnic and political divides, there remains in Serbia a universal human desire for identity, joy, and belonging that – if only momentarily – can be heard.
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Camouflage – from Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

In Rhinebeck 
October 1
Wednesday 3:00
(Poland / 1976 /Written and Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi)
Unrated / 101 mins.
An ironical and absurd comedy, Camouflage transports us to a university summer school camp where the shallowness and cynicism of the academic milieu becomes apparent through the relationship between a young linguistics professor, Jaroslaw, and his diabolical senior colleague, Jakub.
“All people are conformists just like you and I,” exclaims the latter, protesting against the liberal teaching approach of Jaroslaw. Renowned contemporary Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi presents the deeply troubling premise of academic conformity with witty humor mocking the status quo. Not intended as a political film, Camouflage was harshly received by the Polish government, immediately landing on the year’s list of banned films. 1981 New York Film Critics Circle Awards – Special Award – winner. 1977 Polish Film Festival – Best Screenplay – winner, Best Actor (Zbigniew Zapasiewicz) – winner, Grand Prix Golden Lions – winner. 1978 Rotterdam IFF – Critics Award – winner. 1977 Tehran IFF – Best Directing – winner. 1981 New York Film Critics Circle Awards – Special Award – winner.
Link to the Polish Film Series