In late-breaking news, FilmColumbia announced yesterday that “Suffragette” will open the 2015 FilmColumbia Festival at 5:30pm Monday, October 19, 2015, at the Crandell Theatre in Chatham. The film, which premiered October 7 at the opening night gala of the BFI film festival in London, will be followed by Nanni Moretti’s “Mia Madre” at 8:00pm, for an unprecedented double feature the first night of the festival.
Tickets are available at filmcolumbia.org. Will Call will be at the Crandell Theatre Monday night.
Reviewer Brooks Barnes wrote in the New York Times, “Anyone expecting ‘Suffragette’ to be a glossy look at a forgotten page in history—the women’s rights movement in Britain in the early 1900s—gets a shock. Directed by Sarah Gavron, ‘Suffragette’ begins with rocks crashing through store windows and continues with horrific working conditions, police beatings and a sobbing child ripped from the arms of a mother, who has no rights. ‘I didn’t want it to be a sanitized version of history,’ Ms. Gavron said.”
“‘Suffragette’ is a history lesson, but it’s also a lot more,” commented Peter Biskind, the Executive Director of FilmColumbia. “It’s a powerful, gripping account of women’s struggle to get the vote in England, which has all the immediacy of a ripped-from-the-headlines documentary and the artistry of a finely wrought feature that leaves audiences in tears. Carey Mulligan is a shoo-in for a Best Actress nomination at this year’s Oscars, and director Sarah Gavron deserves one as well.
“‘Suffragette’ is not only a very, very good film, but an important one. It provoked a firestorm from women’s rights activists who rushed the red carpet when it premiered in London earlier this month, insisting that the struggle isn’t over. ‘Suffragette’ has played all the festivals, and also stars Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, and Anne-Marie Duff.”
FilmColumbia is a weeklong festival dedicated to showing world-class independent and international films right on Main Street. Hosted by Chatham Film Club, the festival consistently offers its audiences early looks at films that go on to win critical approval and awards, such as last year’s “Birdman,” “The Imitation Game,” “Foxcatcher” and “Wild.” Programmed by Executive Director Peter Biskind, author and film historian, contributing editor at Vanity Fair and past executive editor of Premiere Magazine; Laurence Kardish, senior curator emeritus for film and media at MoMA; and festival Director Calliope Nicholas—all local residents—FilmColumbia gives film patrons in the Hudson Valley the inside track on front-runners months before they are released to general audiences. Films are shown at the historic Crandell Theatre, a jewel of a 1920s single-screener owned and operated by the Chatham Film Club. Additional venues include the Morris Venue in Chatham, Hudson Lodge and Hudson Opera House in Hudson, all centrally located and easily accessible. http://www.filmcolumbia.org