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Sunday, December 22, 2019
 

BY KAREN BOSSICK

The Sun Valley Film Festival is showing two highly acclaimed new films over Christmas week for passholders and patrons as a kick-off to its upcoming festival March 18 through 22.

The showings will include a question-and-answer session with filmmaker Feras Fayyad, who also directed “Last Men in Aleppo,” as well as a reception for festival patrons prior to each screening.

  • “RICHARD JEWELL” will screen at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at the Argyros Performing Arts Center in Ketchum. Directed and produced by Sun Valley homeowner Clint Eastwood, the movie revolves around an attempted bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.

    Paul Walter Hauser plays the eponymous security guard, who reported finding a bomb at the games. He heroically jumped into action to save countless lives but, within days, became the FBI’s No. 1 suspect. Vilified by the press, his daily life was upended. But with the support of his mother, played by Kathy Bates, and an anti-establishment attorney played by Sam Rockwell, he steadfastly professed his innocence.

    Others in the movie include Jon Hamm and Olivia Wilde.

    The movie screenplay was written by Oscar nominee Billy Ray and based on a Vanity Fair article titled “American Nightmare—The Ballad of Richard Jewell” by Marie Brenner. It has been named one of the top 10 Films of the Year by the National Board of Review, which also selected Kathy Bates as Best Supporting Actress and praised Paul Walter Hauser for his breakthrough performance.

    The American Film Institute named it one of the Best Motion Pictures of the Year, and Kathy Bates  received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.

    Eastwood is no stranger to the Sun Valley Film Festival—he was honored with its Lifetime Vision Award in 2015.

  • “THE CAVE” will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at The Argyros Performing Arts Center. It will feature a question and answer session with Director Feras Fayyad.

The National Geographic documentary is the unflinching story of the Syrian War and paints a stirring portrait of courage, resilience and female solidarity.

It takes viewers inside a subterranean hospital known as the Cave where Dr. Amani Ballour and her colleagues have claimed their right to work as equals alongside their male counterparts, doing their jobs in a way that would be unthinkable in the oppressively patriarchal culture above. They contend with daily bombardments, chronic shortages of supplies and the ever-present threat of chemical attacks.

“Beneath the hell above, she was the light below,” the movie contends.

The recently released film has received rave reviews, with a 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

“This extraordinary film allows viewers to bear witness to courage and dedication in their finest forms, and it offers a grim reminder that justice, mercy and healing have been driven underground for centuries,” wrote The Washington Post.

Last year’s holiday season screening of National Geographic’s “Free Solo” was wildly successful. A packed Sun Valley Opera House crowd that included Clint Eastwood listened in as directors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelji called the star of the film Alex Honnold. And Chin and Vasarhelyi described the moral dilemma of their film, as well.

That film went on to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary.

Passes for the Sun Valley Film Festival are now on sale.

The $1,000 SVFF Insider Pass includes an Insider’s First Look Reception, the Festival Opening Celebration a Festival Gift Bag, priority access to all SVFF events, Festival Headquarters access with Bloody Mary Bar, HQ Salon lunch talks, apres ski treats and libations, unlimited access to films, panels and labs and all of the SVFF evening parties, including the Awards Bash.

A Patrons Program is also available and includes front-of-the-line access and invitations to private events.

Other passes range from $200 to $500 and are available at www.sunvalleyfilmfestival.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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