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‘Eyes of Tammy Faye’ to open Aspen Filmfest

Full lineup announced for 42nd Filmfest, running Sept 21-26

‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’ Courtesy Searchlight Pictures

The Jessica Chastain-led drama “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” will open the 42nd annual Aspen Filmfest on Tuesday, Sept. 21, launching a six-day all in-person festival of new movies.

The lineup also includes the “Sopranos” prequel “The Many Saints of Newark,” director Antoine Fuqua’s new thriller “The Guilty” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and the locally produced documentary “Flying Boat” from Aspen documentarian Dirk Braun.

The festival will also include Ellenfest, a tribute to the Aspen Film founder Ellen Kohner Hunt, who died early this year.



“In what has turned out to be another sideways year, we are once again incredibly proud of the lineup that we are presenting for our 42nd Filmfest,” Aspen Film executive and artistic director Susan Wrubel said in the announcement. “Some of the most exciting and engaging films from this year’s premiere festivals will be showcased in our valley.”

Screenings will be held at the Wheeler Opera House and Isis Theatre in Aspen — which will host daily documentary matinees — and at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale.


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For Aspen screenings all attendees, staff and volunteers will be required to show a photo ID, along with either proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to the event or proof of a negative COVID test result received no more than 72 hours in advance of day of the event.

COVID status checks will be hosted in the parcel beside the Wheeler, where ticket and pass pick-ups will be held.

The Crystal Theatre requires patrons to be fully vaccinated and will not accept test results for entry.

This will mark the first all in-person festival for Aspen Film since Academy Screenings in early 2020. Due to the pandemic, last year’s Filmfest was hosted both virtually and in-person, with distanced screenings hosted at the isis Theatre. Aspen Film canceled last winter’s Academy Screenings series and hosted the 2020 and 2021 Aspen Shortsfest virually.

Thursday’s announcement included 13 new titles along with the annual “Surprise Film” that will be announced after Labor Day. At least one additional film will be released at a later date.

Advance tickets will be available for purchase to Aspen Film members beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7 and to the public on Tuesday, Sept. 14. More info at aspenfilm.org aspenshowtix.com.

ASPEN FILMFEST 2021

TUESDAY, SEPT. 21

6 p.m. ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye,’ Wheeler

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 22

2 p.m. ‘Chasing Childhood,’ Isis Theatre

5 p.m. ‘The Electrical Life of Louis Wain,’ Wheeler Opera House (Friday 7:30 p.m. Crystal)

8 p.m. ‘The Guilty,’ Wheeler

THURSDAY, SEPT. 23

2 p.m. ‘My Name is Paul Murray,’ Isis

4 p.m. Ellenfest Reception, Wheeler

5 p.m. Ellenfest, Wheeler

8 p.m. ‘Flying Boat,’ Wheeler (Sunday, 5 p.m. Crystal)

FRIDAY, SEPT. 24

2 p.m. ‘Breaking Bread,’ Isis (Saturday, 5 p.m. Crystal)

5 p.m. ‘A Hero,’ Wheeler

8 p.m. Surprise Film, Wheeler

SATURDAY, SEPT. 25

2 p.m. ‘Bernstein’s Wall,’ Isis

5 p.m. ‘Flee,’ Wheeler

8 p.m. ‘Many Saints of Newark,’ Wheeler

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26

2 p.m. ‘Petite Man,’ Isis

4 p.m. ‘Bergman Island,’ Wheeler

7 p.m. ‘The Worst Person in the World,’ Wheeler

aspenfilm.org

 

THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE

Tuesday, September 21 | 6 PM

Wheeler Opera House

THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE is an intimate look at the extraordinary rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker. In the 1970s and 80s, Tammy Faye and her husband, Jim Bakker, rose from humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and theme park, and were revered for their message of love, acceptance and prosperity. Tammy Faye was legendary for her indelible eyelashes, her idiosyncratic singing, and her eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life. However, it wasn’t long before financial improprieties, scheming rivals, and scandal toppled their carefully constructed empire. (USA, 2021) 126MIN

FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Toronto International Film Festival 2021

DIRECTOR: Michael Showalter

WRITTEN BY: Abe Sylvia

WITH: Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Cherry Jones, and Vincent D’Onofrio

 

CHASING CHILDHOOD

Wednesday, September 22 | 2 PM

Isis Theatre

CHASING CHILDHOOD follows education professionals, including Lenore Skenazy and Julie Lythcott-Haims, and reformed helicopter parents who seek to offer solutions to this epidemic. The film takes us to three communities that are trying to shift the culture in creating room for play and independence with the hope of raising kids to become competent, healthy, and happy adults. When kids don’t play unsupervised by adults, they don’t gain critical life skills: grit, independence, and resourcefulness. Though they may appear more accomplished on paper, by the time they get to college they are often falling apart, lacking the emotional tools to navigate. (USA, 2020) 78MIN

FESTIVALS | AWARDS: IndieFest: Award of Merit Special Mention; Sarasota FF: Documentary Feature Competition Jury Award

DIRECTOR: Margaret Munzer Loeb and Eden Wurmfeld

WRITTEN BY: Margaret Munzer Loeb and Eden Wurmfeld

WITH: Lenore Skenazy, Julie Lythcott-Haims, Peter Gray, Michael Hynes

Pre-recorded Q+A to follow

 

THE ELECTRICAL LIFE OF LOUIS WAIN

Wednesday, September 22 | 5 PM

Wheeler Opera House

Friday, September 24 | 7:30 PM

Crystal Theatre

‘The Electrical Life of Louis Wain’ Courtesy photo

The extraordinary true story of eccentric British artist Louis Wain (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose playful, sometimes even psychedelic pictures helped to transform the public’s perception of cats forever. Moving from the late 1800s through to the 1930s, we follow the incredible adventures of this inspiring, unsung hero, as he seeks to unlock the “electrical” mysteries of the world and, in so doing, to better understand his own life and the profound love he shared with his wife Emily Richardson (Claire Foy). (UK, 2021) 111MIN

FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Telluride Film Festival 2021, Toronto International Film Festival 2021

DIRECTOR: Will Sharpe

WRITTEN BY: Simon Stephenson and Will Sharpe

WITH: Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy

COMMUNITY PARTNER: Anderson Ranch

 

THE GUILTY

Wednesday, September 22 | 8 PM

Wheeler Opera House

Saturday, September 25 | 7:30 PM

Crystal Theatre

The film takes place over the course of a single morning in a 911 dispatch call center. Call operator Joe Baylor (Gyllenhaal) tries to save a caller in grave danger—but he soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, and facing the truth is the only way out. (USA, 2021) 90MIN

FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Toronto International Film Festival 2021

DIRECTOR: Antoine Fuqua

WRITTEN BY: Emil Nygaard Albertsen, Gustav Möller, Nic Pizzolatto

WITH: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Riley Keough, Christina Vidal Mitchell, Eli Goree, Da’vine Joy Randolph, David Castañeda with Paul Dano and Peter Sarsgaard

 

MY NAME IS PAUL MURRAY

Thursday, September 23 | 2 PM

Isis Theater

Fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat, a full decade before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned separate-but-equal legislation, Pauli Murray was already knee-deep fighting for social justice. A pioneering attorney, activist, priest and dedicated memoirist, Murray shaped and mark litigation—and consciousness—around race and gender equity. As an African American youth raised in the segregated South—who was also wrestling with broader notions of gender identity—Pauli understood, intrinsically, what it was to exist beyond previously accepted categories and cultural norms. Both Pauli’s personal path and tireless advocacy foreshadowed some of the most politically consequential issues of our time. Told largely in Pauli’s own words, My Name is Pauli Murray is a candid recounting of that unique and extraordinary journey. (USA, 2021) 91MIN

FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Sundance 2021 Official Selection; Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2021; Chicago DOC10 Film Festival 2021; Provincetown International Film Festival; 2021; AFI DOCS 2021; Outfest Los Angeles 2021

DIRECTOR: Betsy West and Julie Cohen

WRITTEN BY: Betsy West and Julie Cohen

COMMUNITY PARTNER: AspenOUT

Pre-recorded Q+A to follow, recorded as part of the 2021 Eisner/Lauder New Views Documentaries and Dialogue Series, presented by Aspen Film and the Aspen Institute Arts Program.

 

FLYING BOAT

Thursday, September 23 | 8 PM

Wheeler Opera House

Sunday, September 26 | 5 PM

Crystal Theatre

FLYING BOAT, a breakout documentary by Aspen Filmmaker/Photographer/Pilot Dirk Braun, chronicles the past with a look to the future. It is a contemporary take on a subject rich in history that has been lost in time. The film underscores the importance of preserving the flying boat’s history for future generations. Braun brought together 10 passionate fellow pilots who are featured in the film and have different aspirations and ambitions as to why they’re flying them. These aviators share a rare bond and provide reflective commentary about their experiences of flying and maintaining these impressive machines of which only a few remain. Breathtaking aerial footage of the aircraft in motion is integrated with untapped archival footage from the long-lost era of adventure and romance of the Golden Years of aviation. The film blends verité, high production and an original score by multi-instrumental & original composer, Shawn Lee. (USA, 2021) 77MIN

DIRECTOR: Dirk Braun

WRITTEN BY: Dirk Braun

WITH: Tom Casey, Julie Fetcko, Connie Edwards, Kermit Weeks, John Gasho Jr, John Gasho Sr, Joe Duke, Mike Barron, Peter Hellgren, Bill DaSilva

COMMUNITY PARTNER: Aspen Flight Academy

In-person Q+A with the director to follow the Wheeler Opera House screening

 

BREAKING BREAD

Friday, September 24 | 2 PM

Isis Theatre

Saturday, September 25 | 5 PM

Crystal Theatre

Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel – the first Muslim Arab to win Israel’s MasterChef – is on a quest to make social change through food. And so, she founded the A-sham Arabic Food Festival, where pairs of Arab and Jewish chefs collaborate on exotic dishes like kishek (a Syrian yogurt soup), and qatayef (a dessert typically served during Ramadan). A film about hope, synergy and mouth-watering fare, BREAKING BREAD illustrates what happens when people focus on the person, rather than her religion, on the public, rather than the politicians. (USA/ISRAEL, 2020) 88MIN

FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Napa Valley Film Festival, Audience Award

DIRECTOR: Beth Elise Hawk

WRITTEN BY: Beth Elise Hawk

WITH: Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel; Shlomi Meir; Ali Khattib; Osama Dalal; Ilan Ferron; Salah Cordi; Tomer Abergel; Shoshi, Fadi Karaman

COMMUNITY PARTNER: Jewish Community Center Aspen

Pre-recorded Q+A to follow @ Wheeler Opera House screening only

 

A HERO

Friday, September 24 | 5 PM

Wheeler Opera House

‘A Hero’ Courtesy photo

Rahim is in jail for a debt he hasn’t been able to pay. During a two-day leave, he tries to convince his creditor to withdraw his complaint in exchange for paying back part of the debt. Rahim is then confronted with a crisis he would never have imagined. (IRAN, 2021) 127MIN

FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Cannes Film Festival 2021: Françoise Chalais Award & Grand Prix; Telluride Film Festival 2021

DIRECTOR: Asghar Farhadi

WRITTEN BY: Asghar Farhadi

WITH: Amir Jadidi, Mohsen Tanabandeh, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy, Sarina Farhadi

*Surprise Film*

Friday, September 24 | 8 PM

Wheeler Opera House

We will be announcing another exciting addition to the festival after Labor Day. Watch this space!

 

BERNSTEIN’S WALL

Saturday, September 25 | 2 PM

Isis Theater

BERNSTEIN’S WALL follows Leonard Bernstein on his lifelong journey to define his role as one of America’s most important musical figures, while fighting to create social change and inspire political activism through his work. Told in Bernstein’s own voice and featuring never before seen archival footage, Douglas Tirola’s documentary is an intimate portrait of one of the 20th century’s most prominent icons, and his struggle to balance his complex personal life and groundbreaking career. (USA, 2021) 100MIN

FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Tribeca Film Festival 2021

DIRECTOR: Douglas Tirola

WRITTEN BY: Leonard Bernstein, Douglas Tirola

WITH: Leonard Bernstein

Pre-recorded Q+A to follow

 

FLEE

Saturday, September 25 | 5 PM

Wheeler Opera House

FLEE tells the story of Amin Nawabi as he grapples with a painful secret, he has kept hidden for 20 years, one that threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and his soon to be husband. Recounted mostly through animation to director Jonas Poher Rasmussen, he tells for the first time the story of his extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan.

(DENMARK, 2021) 83MIN

FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Sundance Film Festival 2021, Grand Jury Prize; Jerusalem Film Festival 2021, Annecy International Film Festival 2021: Best Feature

DIRECTOR: Jonas Poher Rasmussen

WRITTEN BY: Jonas Poher Rasmussen

WITH: Rashid Aitouganov

COMMUNITY PARTNER: AspenOUT

 

THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK

Saturday, September 25 | 8 PM

Wheeler Opera House

Young Anthony Soprano is growing up in one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark’s history, becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the all-powerful DiMeo crime family’s hold over the increasingly race-torn city. Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti, who struggles to manage both his professional and personal responsibilities—and whose influence over his nephew will help make the impressionable teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know: Tony Soprano.

(USA, 2021) 120MIN

DIRECTOR: Alan Taylor

WRITTEN BY: David Chase & Lawrence Konner

WITH: Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Ray Liotta, Michela De Rossi, Michael Gandolfini, Billy Magnussen

 

PETITE MAMAN

Sunday, September 26 | 2 PM

Isis Theatre

Nelly has just lost her grandmother and is helping her parents clean out her mother’s childhood home. She explores the house and the surrounding woods. One day she meets a girl her same age building a treehouse. (FRANCE, 2021) 72MIN

FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Berlin International Film Festival 2021, San Sebastian International Film Festival 2021, Toronto International Film Festival 2021

New York Film Festival 2021

DIRECTOR: Céline Sciamma

WRITTEN BY: Céline Sciamma

WITH: Joséphine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz, Stéphane Varupenne, Nina Meurisse, Margo Abascal

 

BERGMAN ISLAND

Sunday, September 26 | 4 PM

Wheeler Opera House

‘Bergman Island’ Courtesy photo

A filmmaking couple living in America, Chris (Vicky Krieps) and Tony (Tim Roth), retreat to the mythical Fårö island for the Summer. In this wild, breathtaking landscape where Bergman lived and shot his most celebrated pieces, they hope to find inspiration for their upcoming films. As days spent separately pass by, the fascination for the island operates on Chris and souvenirs of her first love resurface. Lines between reality and fiction will then progressively blur and tear our couple even more apart. (SWEDEN, 2021) 112MIN

FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Cannes Film Festival 2021, New York Film Festival 2021, Jerusalem Film Festival 2021

DIRECTOR: Mia Hansen-Løve

WRITTEN BY: Mia Hansen-Løve

WITH: Vicky Krieps, Tim Roth, Mia Wasikowka, Anders Danielsen Lie

 

THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD

Sunday, September 26 | 7 PM

Wheeler Opera House

THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD chronicles four years in the life of Julie, a young woman who navigates the troubled waters of her love life and struggles to find her career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is. (NORWAY, 2021) 121MIN

FESTIVALS | AWARDS: Cannes Film Festival 2021, New York Film Festival 2021, Jerusalem Film Festival 2021

DIRECTOR: Joachim Trier

WRITTEN BY: Joachim Trier & Eskil Vogt

WITH: Lenore Skenazy, Julie Lythcott-Haims, Peter Gray, Michael Hynes

 


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