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We understand that some film enthusiasts may not be ready to return to the theater. You can enjoy quality independent films at home while still supporting the Rehoboth Beach Film Society by watching the films below.
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Virtual Film - City of Ali
“City of Ali,” is a compelling documentary about a man who was heralded as “The Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century” and the final farewell worthy of his legacy.
“City of Ali” details how the death of Muhammad Ali brought the people of his Kentucky hometown - and the world - together for one unforgettable week. Ali's passing came during a bitter U.S. Presidential election, a proposed Muslim ban and the global expansion of the Black Lives Matter movement. Yet, on the day of Ali’s funeral procession, more than 100,000 people of every color and creed lined the streets of Louisville to celebrate his life with a billion people tuning in worldwide. The film explores Ali’s lifelong relationship with his hometown through candid interviews with friends and relatives who share stories even devoted Ali fans have never heard. [2020, US, 81 min, Rated: NR].
Dwight Brown of “National Newspaper Publishers Association” exclaims, “Louisville's adulation for their native son has been thoroughly documented by this soul-lifting film.”
Virtual Film - Two Lottery Tickets
“Two Lottery Tickets,” is a hilarious buddy comedy about long-time friends who go on a mad-cap quest for something that could change their lives.
Based on the short story “Doua Ioturi” written by Ion Luca Caragiale, this low-key comedy tells the tale of three down on their luck men who go from one misadventure to the next in search of a stolen lottery ticket worth six million dollars. With only three days to claim the prize, the trio travel from their small provincial Romanian town to Bucharest to find the thieves and get back their ticket. [2016, Romania, 86 min, Rated: NR, in Romanian with English subtitles].
Owen Gleiberman of “Variety” writes, “’Two Lottery Tickets’ is an existential-absurdist, dirty-kitchen-sink vision of ordinary lives that's just funny and invigorating enough to hit a note of truth.” Nathaniel Muir of “AIPT” says, “The premise may see like the movie will be little more than wacky hijinks and toilet humor (and there is some of that) but the comedy is also witty and well thought out.”
Virtual Film - Los Hermanos/The Brothers
“Los Hermanos/The Brothers,” is a beautiful documentary about two virtuoso brothers who live in two politically different countries.
Ilmar and Aldo López-Gavilán are Afro-Cuban musician brothers, born in Havana in the 70’s. At 14, Ilmar outgrew his island teachers and was sent to the USSR to study violin. He never lived in Cuba again, ultimately landing as a working chamber violinist in the United States. Younger brother Aldo grew up mentored by Cuba's impressive jazz and classical pianists, his extraordinary talent achieving renown recognition on the island, but stymied elsewhere by the 60-year-old U.S. embargo. Though they see each other when family finances and visa restrictions allow, they've never had a chance to collaborate musically-something they've longed for all their lives. Tracking their parallel lives, poignant reunion, and momentous first performances together on stages across the U.S., Los Hermanos/The Brothers is a nuanced, intensely moving view of nations long estranged, through the lens of music and family. [2020, USA, 84 min, Rated: NR].
“NPR” writes, “Offers a bright take on the endurance of family despite the policies of the day.” “The Marin Post” says, “We cannot overstate the pleasure and excitement this film provides. It is a must-see.”
Virtual Film - The Columnist
“The Columnist” is a thrilling crime comedy about a depressed woman taking revenge after being harassed on social media.
Columnist and author Femke is flooded with anonymous nasty message and death threats on Facebook and Twitter. One day she has had enough and begins her plans to punish her online abusers. [2019, Netherlands, 86 min, Rated: NR, Dutch with English subtitles].
Richard Whittaker of the “Austin Chronicle” writes, “The biting and scathing script by Daan Windhorst doesn’t just take more-than-deserved stabs at troll culture, but also a broader swipe about the very real perils of social media addiction.” Anton Bitel of “Little White Lies” says, “Femke’s tragedy is that she becomes in practice the very opposite of what she preaches: someone who shuts down the conversation and leaves those with whom she disagrees permanently silenced.”
Virtual Film - The County
“The County,” is a captivating drama about a middle-aged woman and her fierce fight for justice.
Inga runs a deeply indebted dairy farm in a remote valley in Iceland. After a tragic loss, she decides to revolt against the corrupt establishment exploiting her and the local community. In this way the widowed farmer begins a new life own her own terms. [2019, Iceland, 92 min, Rated: NR, Icelandic with English subtitles].
Mark Kermode of “Observer” exclaims, “’The County’ blends elements of heartfelt tragedy with absurdist comedy, conjuring a humanist portrait of life in which community and loneliness coexist on a landscape of contradictions – geographical, personal and political.”
Virtual Film - My Wonderful Wanda
“My Wonderful Wanda,” a delightful dramedy of the haves and have-nots set against the backdrop of a gorgeous lakeside villa in Switzerland.
Wanda is a Polish caretaker who has left her own small children in Poland to look after Josef, the stroke-ridden patriarch of the wealthy Wegmeister-Gloor dynasty. Wanda is adept in navigating the tricky family dynamics between the two grown (yet still childish) offspring and the elegant, controlling matriarch Elsa. An unexpected turn of events spins everything upside down. [2020, Switzerland, 111 min, Rated: NR, German with English subtitles].
Anthony Ray Bench of “Film Threat” writes, “Director and co-writer Bettina Oberli crafts a wonderfully fascinating story about a dysfunctional family that brings tears and laughs.”
Virtual Film - Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts
“Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts,” is an illuminating documentary that explores the life of a unique American artist, a man with a remarkable and unlikely biography.
Bill Traylor was born into slavery in 1853 on a cotton plantation in rural Alabama. After the Civil War, Traylor continued to farm the land as a sharecropper until the late 1920s. Aging and alone, he moved to Montgomery and worked odd jobs in the thriving segregated black neighborhood. A decade later, in his late 80s, Traylor became homeless and started to draw and paint, both memories from plantation days and scenes of a radically changing urban culture. His colorful, strikingly modernist work eventually led him to be recognized as one of America’s greatest self-taught artists and the subject of a Smithsonian retrospective. [2020, US, 75 min, Rated: NR].
Jerry Saltz of “New York Magazing, exclaims “In Traylor, we can see the power of individual voice… the work is transcendent and essential.” “Southern Poverty Law Center” writes, “A celebration of art and the best of humanity transcending poverty, racism and despair.”
Virtual Film - Keep an Eye Out
“Keep An Eye Out” is a surreal comedy about an intense and suspenseful police interrogation.
Fugain has just found a body. For Superintendent Buron, charged with taking his statement, Fugain is also the prime suspect. The questioning lasts all night, becoming an interminable head-to-head, bordering on the absurd. [2018, France, 73 min, Rated: NR, French with English subtitles].
Sophie Rosemont of “Rolling Stone” remarks, “A well-executed dark comedy, which navigates between tension, suspense and humor.” Jordan Mintzer of “The Hollywood Reporter” writes, “Like Dupieux's other movies ‘Keep an Eye Out” is chock full of bizarre happenings that don't really add up to much, but are nonetheless well orchestrated and amusing to watch.”
Virtual Film - Martha: A Picture Story
“Martha: A Picture Story,” is a charming documentary about a trailblazing graffiti and street photographer.
In the 1970’s, as the boroughs of New York City burned, icon Martha Cooper worked as a photographer for the “New York Post”, seeking images of creativity and play where others saw crime and poverty. As a result, she captured some of the first images of New York graffiti, at a time when the city had declared war on this new culture. Martha and her co-author Henry Chalfant compiled these images into the book “Subway Art.” However, the commercial failure of the book forced Martha to leave graffiti behind, moving on to document many other hidden cultures of New York. Twenty years later, Martha discovers she has become a legend of the graffiti world – a culture that has now exploded into a global movement. “Subway Art” became one of the most sold – and stolen – art books of all time, photocopied and shared by graffiti artists for decades.
Now at 75 years of age, Martha finds herself navigating a culture vastly changed. The small community born from struggle and adversity, has grown into a commercial industry fueled by the rise of social media. Now every new piece of street art is immediately uploaded, and crowds line up for selfies in front of popular works. Martha struggles to find her place in this new world, driven by a passion for capturing the creativity that helps people rise above their environment. [2019, US, 82 min, Rated: NR].
Nick Allen of “RogerEbert.com” writes, “’Martha: A Picture Story’ is the kind of documentary that bestows upon you a new hero – that is, if you weren’t already hip to the groundbreaking photos and graffiti culture influence of Martha Cooper. Directed with infectious zeal, it’s a photographer bio-doc that always feels to be in motion, especially given its excellent editing, fascinating subject, and narrative ambition to honor those on the other side of Martha’s camera.”
Virtual Film - The Marijuana Conspiracy
“The Marijuana Conspiracy,” is a compelling drama based on a true story about several young women involved in a human experiment.
In 1972, five young women become part of a radical experiment that studies the effects of marijuana on females. Despite the agendas of the government, they use their unique strengths and friendship to overcome adversity. [2020, Canada, 123 min, Rated: NR].
Dylan Anderson of “Film Threat” remarks, “The movie is overall a very well written, precisely executed, and adeptly acted production. The plot skillfully spins various narrative threads and weaves them all together in a very satisfying and organic way.”
Virtual Film - The Good Traitor
“The Good Traitor” is a thrilling biographical drama based on the true story of Denmark's unsung hero and ambassador to the U.S during World War II.
Denmark is invaded by Nazi Germany with demands for immediate and unconditional surrender. The government surrenders after a few hours and begins cooperating with the Nazis. On the other side of the Atlantic is Denmark's ambassador to the United States of America, a daredevil and a man of the world - Henrik Kauffmann, who is willing to put everything on the line. He refuses to follow the German directives and engineers a rebellious plan to defeat Hitler and give the Danish people their freedom back. [2020, Denmark, 110 min, Rated: NR, In English and Danish with English subtitles].
Virtual Film - Amundsen: The Greatest Expedition
“Amundsen: The Great Expedition” is an enthralling drama based on the true story of the well-known polar explorer.
Roald Amundsen’s dream of reaching the North Pole haunts him throughout his life. He is obsessed with the idea of discovering the last unchartered lands of the world. While he wins the race against Robert Scott to becomes the first man ever to conquer the South Pole, Amundsen will sacrifice everything to be the first to explore the icy wastelands of the North Pole. [2019, Norway, 110 min, Rated: NR, Norwegian with English subtitles].
Trevor Johnson of “Radio Times” writes, “Handsomely mounted and facilitated by polished visual effects.”
Virtual Film - The Outside Story
“The Outside Story” is a lovely comedy-drama about an introverted, heartbroken editor (played by Brian Tyree Henry) who locks himself out of his apartment.
Charles Young is locked out of his home with no shoes, no money, a phone running low and the stars aligned to keep him physically separated from his comfort zone. He finds himself on an epic journey up, down and around his block with life-altering ramifications. [2020, USA. 85 min., Rated: NR]
Amy Nicholson of “Filmweek" writes, “This film is just adorable and it's one that I really hope people take the time to check out...I can't recommend "The Outside Story" enough".
Virtual Film - Another Round
“Another Round,” is a comedy-drama about four colleagues and friends that embark on a life-changing experiment. The film is the Oscar® Winner for Best International Feature Film.
Teachers Martin, Tommy, Peter and Nikolaj are colleagues and friends at a secondary school in Copenhagen. All four struggle with unmotivated students and feel that their lives have become boring and stale. At a dinner celebrating Nikolaj's 40th birthday, the group begins to discuss psychiatrist Finn Skårderud who has theorized that having a blood alcohol content of 0.05 makes you more creative and relaxed. While the group dismisses the theory, Martin, who is depressed due to troubles in his marriage, is inspired and starts to drink at work. The rest of the group eventually decides to join in to test the theory. They agree to a set of rules but eventually abandon the experiment with devastating results. [2020, Denmark, 115 min, Rated: NR, Danish with English Subtitles].
Wenlei Ma of “News.com.au” comments, “Director Thomas Vinterburg is incredibly astute when it comes to how humans behave in extraordinary circumstances.” Dominic Curry of the “Chicago Sun-Times” says, “Audaciously provocative and wickedly funny.”
Virtual Film - Francesco
“Francesco,” is a groundbreaking documentary about the life and the teaching of Pope Francis.
From director and producer Evgeny Afineevksy, “Francesco” features unprecedented access to His Holiness Pope Francis. The film provides an intimate look at a global leader who approaches challenging and complex issues with tremendous humility, wisdom and generosity towards all. Spanning issues such as climate change, migration and refugees, women’s empowerment, sexual abuse and LGBTQ+ issues, pandemic, border walls, and many more of today’s headlines, this documentary takes audiences on a worldwide journey. It spotlights the incredible empathy displayed by a leader who continues to inspire hope during an extraordinary moment in our lifetime. In doing so, the film examines how people might take action to transition into a new way of living and thriving in the 21st century. [2020, US, 116 min, Rated: NR].