Aspen Film readies Academy Screenings
ASPEN Cinema fanatics are already getting hammered with the usual overflow of quality films loaded into the midautumn season. But make sure to save some room; there’s another massive helping about to be served, thanks to Aspen Film.Aspen Film’s Academy Screenings series – presented on the theory that Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members are in Aspen over the holidays, but open to everyone – will offer up a few handfuls of Oscar hopefuls later this year. The series, in its 17th year, is set for Dec. 21-Jan. 2 at Harris Concert Hall.
Among the directors to be featured are Paul Thomas Anderson, Woody Allen, Jonathan Demme, Julian Schnabel, Jason Reitman and, in his first directorial effort in a decade, Francis Ford Coppola. Appearing onscreen are former Oscar winners Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker.Highlights of the series include Paul Thomas Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood,” adapted from the Upton Sinclair novel “Oil” and starring Daniel Day-Lewis; the European-set romantic thriller “Youth Without Youth,” Francis Ford Coppola’s first film since 1997’s “The Rainmaker”; and “The Savages,” a family comedy-drama starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney and directed by Tamara Jenkins.Also included in the series are Woody Allen’s crime drama “Cassandra’s Dream,” starring Ewan MacGregor and Colin Farrell; “Juno,” a black comedy about a pregnant teenager directed by Jason Reitman; and Julian Schnabel’s real-life drama “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” a multi-award winner at the Cannes Film Festival.
Also to be screened are Rob Reiner’s “The Bucket List,” a comedy starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman; “The Greater Debaters,” directed by Denzel Washington and starring Washington and Forest Whitaker; the French animated feature “Persepolis”; and “Jimmy Carter, Man From Plains,” Jonathan Demme’s documentary of the former president.Additional titles will be added to the program. The full schedule for Academy Screenings will be announced in late November. Tickets will go on sale to the public Dec. 12 at the Wheeler Opera House’s Aspen Show Tickets.
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