Alert! CHAINED FOR LIFE will be in theater 6 and NOT 9. FUGUE will be in theaters 9 and 7.


January 30, 2014 | Stephen Nerangis


A weekend of international, award-nominated film at the Alamo, Feb. 21 - 23.

Film Club’s THE LOST WEEKEND will be a celebration of film at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema from Friday, February 21 through Sunday, February 23.  Eight films from around the world will be featured, including a different film nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar on each day and two nominees for British Film of the Year.  None of these films have been screened theatrically in Winchester before.

Ninety “Weekend Passes” will be available for a mere $30 each (a savings of over 50%!).  Passes will go on sale Friday, January 31 at 11 am.  If available, individual film tickets will be available starting Friday, February 7.   Weekend passes are available HERE.

Film Club 3.0 is a community of film fans that meets as often as every week at the Alamo Drafthouse to screen independent, foreign, documentary and classic films.  Founded and led by Andy Gyurisin, the group has grown to over 700 members and has helped to demonstrate that independent film is in demand in the Shenandoah Valley.  Find out more or join Film Club 3.0 by clicking HERE. 


Friday February 21
7 pm
111 mins, Drama/Romance
Preceeded by live bluegrass music and a welcome from Film Club 3.0 founder Andy Gyurisin
Directed: Felix Van Groeningen
Starring: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse


This screening will include live bluegrass music in the theater from JAKE AND THE BURTONES from 6:15 - 7 pm.

Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance.  An intensely moving portrait of a relationship from beginning to end, propelled by a soundtrack of foot-stomping bluegrass, The Broken Circle Breakdown is a romantic melodrama of the highest order.

“A stunning, poignant feature that deals with troubling examples of mourning and fractured communication, yet holds as a vivid statement of love in all its forms.” – Brian Orndorf,

NOMINATED: Best Foreign Language Film - Academy Awards
WINNER:  Best Actress, Veerle Baetens - Tribeca Film Festival
WINNER: Best Screenplay – Tribeca Film Festival

Saturday February 22
12 pm
99 mins, Comedy, Rated PG-13
Directed: Whit Stillman
Starring: Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, Aubrey Plaza
Violet and her two cohorts attempt to help their "less-fortunate" students at Seven Oaks College - primarily by running a Suicide Prevention Centre and offering their off-beat advice whenever they get a chance. Violet's newest rescue is transfer student, Lily, and Violet wants to teach her how to talk and dress properly, and how to select appropriate men to be interested in. Along their way in helping everybody at the college, the damsels teach the fraternity doofi to hit the books, they get their hearts broken, but then attempt to start an international dance craze.

“Gilded by a giddy Greta Gerwig, Damsels in Distress is a sharp, daffy, eccentric delight. Stillman may be an acquired taste, but no-one else is making films like this. Cherish it.” – Ian Freer, Empire Magazine

WINNER:  Best Actress, Greta Gerwig – Dublin International Film Festival

2 pm
91 mins, Drama
Directed: Clio Barnard
Starring: Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Sean Gilder
An official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, The Selfish Giant is a contemporary fable about 13 year old Arbor and his best friend Swifty. Excluded from school and outsiders in their own neighborhood, the two boys seek fortune by getting involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal.

“The Selfish Giant is a film of such power and beauty that there will be no escaping it - so long as you go to see it in the first place.” - David Thomson, The New Republic

NOMINATED: British Film of the Year - London Film Critics Awards
WINNER:  Best Film - Stockholm Film Festival



4 pm
82 mins, Documentary
Directed:  Jillian Schlesinger
Starring: Laura Dekker
14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone.

“Though this is a document of real life, Dekker is still one of the best characters I've seen in film this year.” – Shane Ryan, Paste Magazine

WINNER: Audience Award - SXSW

5:30 pm
Intermission:  Italian Wine Tasting at Santé Wine, Beer and Gifts

6:45 pm
142 mins, Comedy/Drama
Directed: Paolo Sorrentino
Starring: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli
Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

“Stylishly directed and beautifully shot, The Great Beauty is an emotionally engaging and superbly acted Italian drama that plays like a modern day version of Fellini's La Dolce Vita.”  Matthew Turner, ViewLondon

NOMINATED: Best Foreign Language Film - Academy Awards
WINNER: Best Foreign Language Film - Golden Globes


9:30 pm
90 mins, Horror/Thriller
Directed: Ben Wheatley
Starring: Reece Shearsmith, Michael Smiley
England: 1648 AD. A small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by two men: O'Neil and Cutler. O'Neil, an alchemist, forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field. Crossing a vast mushroom circle, which provides their first meal, the group quickly descend into a chaos of arguments, fighting and paranoia, and, as it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold, they slowly become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field.

“This is a film built on sensation, misdirection and randomness. The result can be maddeningly obtuse, but it's also breathtakingly lovely and genuinely unsettling.”  - Tom Huddleston, Time Out

NOMINATED: British Film of the Year - London Film Critics Awards

Sunday February 23
12:45 pm
96 mins, Sci-Fi/Drama
Directed: Shane Carruth
Starring: Amy Seimetz, Frank Mosley, Shane Carruth
A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.

“The miracle of Upstream Color is that a film so carefully and exquisitely composed can yield so many moments of open-ended cinematic rapture.” – Christopher Gray, Boston Phoenix

WINNER: Special Jury Prize - Sundance Film Festival

2:45 pm
THE HUNT (Denmark)
115 mins, Drama, Rated R
Directed: Thomas Vinterberg
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.

“Strong performances complement the smart and engrossing script and a slowly building tension that blossoms to a piano-string tautness.” – Mike Scott, Times-Picayune

NOMINATED: Best Foreign Language Film - Academy Awards

NOMINATED: Best Foreign Language Film - Golden Globes

WINNER: Best Actor, Mads Mikkelsen - Cannes Film Festival


Film Club's THE LOST WEEKEND would not be possible without the support of our sponsors.  Please visit their websites!

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The Hair Company

Workshop Antiques + Vintage

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