Classic movies every Tuesday at 7:00, only at the Grail Moviehouse. All movies hosted by the Asheville Film Society and with an introduction by Mountain Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.
FREE for AFS Members
$6 for General Admission
Remember that one shelf in the back of the video store? No, not the that one, the other one... And remember Night Flight? And remember adjusting the tracking on your VCR? And remember monster heads exploding and hand shakes through the fly of your pants?
Coming to Asheville from Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse in Columbus, Ohio, Bad Movie Nite! is a celebration of some of the cheapest, cheesiest, and most unintentionally hilarious b-movies ever made. You'll get trailers, shorts and a feature, and although we can't tell you what it is (we never know until we get it), believe me, it will be BAD!
In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski—great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor—runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than thirty years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to revisit her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, BIG SONIA also offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal us all.
In honor of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Observance), please join the Asheville JCC for an important film that explores the life of this larger than life mom, business woman, and community icon. Sonia is the ultimate survivor and serves as a bridge between cultures and generations.
Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
“A tender, beautiful and loving film, which subtly recalls the crucial part the German Jews once had within Berlin culture.”
During the 1920s, Café Nagler was the hottest place in Berlin. Mor, the film's director embarks on a journey to find out what's left of her family's legendary café. Her grandmother follows the filming with great anticipation. When Mor discovers the true story behind the café, she is unable to break her grandmother's heart and looks for a creative solution. Café Nagler is a film about memory, about our need for family myths and about our longing for a different past.
Rfor sexual content, nudity and some language
Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.
Adam is a Christian Arab living in Nazareth – member of a vanishing minority within a minority in the Holy Land and the Middle East. His wife Lamia is a strong, beautiful and progressive Arab woman, who runs a foundation for women’s rights. When Adam hears that Lamia is pregnant and his father falls very ill, he evaluates his life and realizes that he has not achieved much. Despite all his business ideas failing so far, he gives one last try to make it big. And what’s better to sell in the Holy Land other than the very air that Virgin Mary breathed during her annunciation? But in order to, as one priest tells Adam during confession, bring such product into the market he needs to find allies from the three cultures ruling over Nazareth – the Jewish politicians, the Muslim mafia boss and the Catholic church officials. In a politically unstable world where religion is just another merchandise, can the Holy Air be Adam’s salvation or is it just an illusion?
RSome disturbing images, drug use, and language including sexual references.
Out of nowhere, Katja’s life falls apart when her husband Nuri and little son Rocco are killed in a bomb attack. Her friends and family try to give her the support she needs, and Katja somehow manages to make it through the funeral. But the mind numbing search for the perpetrators and reasons behind the senseless killing complicate Katja’s painful mourning, opening wounds and doubts. Danilo, a lawyer and Nuri’s best friend, represents Katja in the eventual trial against the two suspects: a young couple from the neo-Nazi scene. The trial pushes Katja to the edge, but there’s simply no alternative for her: she wants justice.
Rfor language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying.
In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.
Dear Basketball – Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant, USA, 5 minutes
Negative Space – Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, France, 5 minutes
Lou – Dave Mullins and Dana Murray, USA, 7 minutes
Revolting Rhymes – Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer, UK, 29 minutes
Garden Party – Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon, France 7 minutes
Lost Property Office (additional film)
Weeds (additional film)
Achoo (additional film)
Overall Rating PG - Most shorts considered G with the exception of some disturbing imagery in "Garden Party"
LIVE ACTION SHORTS (Estimated Running Time: 97 minutes)
DeKalb Elementary – Inspired by an actual 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia. (Dir. by Reed Van Dyk, USA, 20 mins., Not Rated)
The Silent Child – Set in rural England and inspired by real life events, The Silent Child centers around a profoundly deaf four-year-old girl named Libby who is born into a middle class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication. (Dir. by Chris Overton & Rachel Shenton, UK, 20 mins., Not Rated)
My Nephew Emmett – At 2:30AM on August 28, 1955, in the most racially divided state in the country, 64-year-old Mose Wright tries to protect his 14-year-old nephew Emmett Till from two racist killers out for blood. Based on the true story of a 1955 case. (Dir. by Kevin Wilson, Jr., USA, 20 mins., Not Rated)
The Eleven O’Clock – The delusional patient of a psychiatrist believes he is actually the psychiatrist. As they each attempt to treat each other the session gets out of control. (Dir.by Derin Seale & Josh Lawson, Australia, 13 mins., Not Rated)
Watu Wote/All of Us – For almost a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks of the Al-Shabaab. Especially the border region between Kenya and Somalia is considered highly dangerous. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians is growing. Until in December 2015, Muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail. (Dir. by Katja Benrath & Tobias Rosen, Germany, 22 mins., Not Rated)
Oh! Hai Asheville!
Johnny is a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancee, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she gets bored of him and decides to seduce Johnny's best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again.
If you've already seen this "masterpiece," you're our favorite cusotmers! and if you've never seen it.... well, you're in for a treat!