Park City Film screenings in November will take moviegoers on emotional adventures


Gurney Halleck (Josh Brolin), left, saves Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) in Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic “Dune”. Park City Film will screen the feature film, based on Frank Herbert’s flagship novel, from November 12 to 14.
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Park City Film’s November is filled with thrilling documentaries, a big-budget sci-fi epic and a sweet biopic, according to executive director Katharine Wang.

And as it has done since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the nonprofit arthouse cinema is following security protocols and operating at 40% capacity at the Jim Santy auditorium, with masks on it. required for all customers, she said.

The film currently screened through Sunday at the Jim Santy Auditorium is unrated “The Rescue” by Oscar-winning directors and producers Jimmy Chin and E. Chai Vasarhelyi.

The documentary, winner of the 2021 People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, chronicles the 2018 rescue of 12 young footballers and their coach from a flooded cave in northern Thailand, Wang said.

“While you may think you know the story, the movie takes your breath away and puts you on the edge of your seat,” she said. “It’s a profile of courage and humanity, and how the international community came together to save these young boys. It’s amazing when you think about the amount of human power, ingenuity and energy invested in this rescue.

On Thursday, November 11, Park City Film will screen a double feature short documentary, “Rite of Passage” by Tim Jones and “Home Lines” by Yucca Films.

In “Home Lines”, a group of freeskiers embark on a nine-day adventure in their own backyard – the Beaufortain mountains of the northern French Alps.

The skiers chose the tour because it was close to home and therefore reduced their carbon footprint, Wang said.

One day after “Rite of Passage” and “Home Lines”, Park City Film will begin a three-night screening of “Dune” by Denis Villeneuve, rated PG-13, from November 12-14.

Based on author Frank Herbert’s seminal science fiction epic, “Dune,” which takes place 20,000 years into the future, follows the fate of Paul Atreides, whom some consider to be a messianic figure.

“It’s an epic story, and I’m excited to bring this movie,” Wang said. “This is a movie that moviegoers have been waiting for a year and a half, and it’s not a movie that we normally couldn’t get, other than the changes in film distribution.”

Park City Film is teaming up with the Park City Library to hold a raffle draw for “Dune” tickets, Wang said.

“The library has all the books in the series, and when people look at them they can get into the picture,” she said.

“The French Dispatch” is Wes Anderson’s new film which is considered a love letter to journalism. Park City Film will screen “The French Dispatch” the last weekend of November.
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On November 18, Darren McCullough and Darcy Wittenburg’s documentary “Long Live Chainsaw” chronicles the life, death and legacy of Canadian downhill mountain biking legend Stevie Smith, known as Canadian Chainsaw, in Park City for one night, Wang said. .

The film, which is unrated and was produced by Anthill Films, illustrates Smith’s life from his birth in poverty to his rise in the ATV circuit and his untimely death in 2016 from a induced brain injury. by an accident, she said.

Anthill Films is a producer of this documentary and we have brought in several of their mountain biking films over the years, ”Wang said. “As we review our programming during these times, the films we show are celebrations of the human spirit, which attracts people. So we thought it was a story that would resonate with the community here. “

Speaking of life stories, the life of British artist Louis Wain will be shown as “The Electric Life of Louis Wain” by Will Sharpe, rated PG-13, from November 19-21.

Oscar nominee and BAFTA-winning actor Benedict Cumberbatch plays Wain, Wang said.

“Louis Wain could create things on the fly, but he couldn’t pursue his art because he had to take care of his family,” she said. “And, as you see in the movie, it’s his art that saves him.”

Closing November 26-28, Wes Anderson’s new feature film, “The French Dispatch,” rated R. The film chronicles events in a French town that is home to an American newspaper, Wang said.

“It’s a fast-paced, meticulously crafted love letter to journalism, loosely structured around The New Yorker magazine,” she said. “The film has captivated audiences since its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last summer, and we look forward to sharing it with our local film community.”

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