By Alayna on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 in News.
|Our Award-Winning 2016 Program|
We are delighted to present this first sneak peek at our 2016 Mendocino Film Festival program, including Oscar Nominees Embrace of the Serpent and Bear Story! Read on for details and to see the trailers for our Oscar contenders, as well as five other critically-acclaimed films that will screen at the Eleventh Annual Mendocino Film Festival, May 27-29 and June 2-5, 2016.
The Oscars: Sunday, Feb. 28
Join us in cheering on Embrace of the Serpent as it competes for Best Foreign Language Film and Bear Story as it competes for Best Animated Short Film. Wondering where to see the ceremony? Watch it at Arena Theateror follow us as we live-tweet the festivities.
|Embrace of the Serpent|
|This 2016 Academy Award nominee depicts 40 years of friendship between an Amazonian shaman -– the last of his tribe –- and two scientists searching for a sacred healing plant, set against the backdrop of the ravages of colonialism. Trailer.|
|An old bear sets up a small wooden diorama of his own invention on a busy street corner. For a coin, passersby can watch a story unfold inside the box — the story of a circus bear who longs to escape and return to his family. Trailer.|
|Jafar Panahi’s Taxi|
|Filmmaker Jafar Panahi is banned from making films in Iran — but that doesn’t stop him. In his latest project, he drives a taxi through the streets of Tehran, playing a cabby, as each of his diverse fares offers a snapshot of life in Iran. Trailer.|
|In this far-reaching documentary, songbirds take flight and fight to survive in a changing world. The Messenger explores our deep connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds may mirror our own. Trailer.|
|Somm: Into the Bottle|
|In this follow-up to 2013 Festival selection SOMM, some of the world’s best winemakers and sommeliers explore the history, the vintage, and the magic of some of the rarest and most storied bottles of wine in the world as they are opened. Trailer.|
|In this sweeping and romantic epic based on the classic novel, a young woman experiences profound love and loss as she and her homeland struggle between tradition and change in rural Scotland in the early twentieth century. Trailer.|
|A young man works as a hairdresser at a drag club in Havana, but he dreams of taking the stage. Just as he’s about to achieve his goal, his estranged father, a former boxer, re-enters his life, throwing everything into disarray. Trailer.|
|Join Us at These Upcoming Events|
Don’t miss these upcoming events, from the North County to South Coast.Tuesday, March 1: India Short Stories World Premiere (Arena Theater)
Local filmmaker Joe Mickey presents his film India Short Stories, filmed in India over the course of two years, at this benefit for Arena Theater. Screening starts at 7:00 pm. Q&A with Joe following the film. Read more.
Saturday, March 5: Whale Festival Wine Tasting
Fri., Mar. 11-Sat., Mar. 26: Mendocino County Museum Road Show
Saturday, April 9: Second Saturday
Saturday, April 9: Of the Sea at Arena Theater
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