Wheeler Film Series returns in Aspen | AspenTimes.com

Wheeler Film Series returns in Aspen

By Jess Pinkham _DSC9539.NEF

ASPEN – The Wheeler Film Series returns to the Wheeler Opera House with a schedule of seven films in September.

The series opens with “Bernie,” showing Friday through Sunday. Richard Linklater’s film stars Jack Black as a beloved small-town Texas mortician who tries to keep secret that the town’s wealthy widow (Shirley MacLaine) has died.

The documentary “The Queen of Versailles,” about a billionaire couple who build a house modeled after the Versailles royal chateau and then implode during the recession, is set for Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 4-5. The film earned Laura Greenfield a directing award at the Sundance Festival.

“Beasts of the Southern Wild,” a visually ambitious Southern Gothic tale about a group of Louisiana Bayou residents braving a vicious storm, shows Sept. 9-11. The film, directed by Benh Zeitlin and starring 5-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis as the resilient Hushpuppy, earned four prizes, including the Camera d’Or, at the Cannes Film Festival.

“Ruby Sparks,” directed by the team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (“Little Miss Sunshine”), shows Sept. 13-15. Inspired by the Greek myth of Pygmalion, it stars Paul Dano as a novelist who invents a female character, at once solving his writer’s block and his romantic yearnings. The cast includes Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas and Elliot Gould.

“People v. The State of Illusion,” a docudrama about the science of perception and reality, will be screened Sept. 14.

“Robot and Frank,” a sci-fi comedy starring Frank Langella, Peter Sarsgaard and Susan Sarandon, is set for Sept. 18-20. The story focuses on a former jewel thief (Langella) whose son (Sarsgaard) gives him a robot butler. The companions form a heist team.

The program concludes Sept. 21-23 with “Samsara,” a visual poem filmed over five years in 25 countries. The film is by director Ron Fricke and part-time Aspenite, producer Mark Magidson, whose previous works include “Baraka” and “Chronos.”

All films showing Monday through Friday have 7:30 screenings. Films scheduled for Saturdays screen at 7:30 with an additional 4:30 matinee. Films scheduled for Sundays have a 4:30 matinee showing only.

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