Spotlight Films

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT

SCREENING Friday, March 22 – 8:00 PM

Maryland Hall Main Auditorium
  Cast: Kyra Sedgwick, Jeffrey Donovan, Bill Skarsgård, and Maika Monroe.

VILLAINS

Directors: Dan Berk, Robert Olsen
(USA, 2019, 88 min., Comedy)

Fresh off the tails of its premiere at South By Southwest comes this dark comedic thriller with twists and turns to shock and delight. Mickey and Jules are lovers on the run, headed southbound for a fresh start in the Sunshine State. When their car dies after a gas station robbery, they break into a nearby house looking for a new set of wheels. What they find instead is a dark secret, and a sweet-as-pie pair of homeowners who will do anything to keep it from getting out. Directing duo Dan Berk and Robert Olsen bolster their clever original script with the vibrant cinematography of Matt Mitchell and skillful acting by an all-star cast that includes Kyra Sedgwick, Jeffrey Donovan, Bill Skarsgård (It), and Maika Monroe (It Follows). Here’s one more cinematic gem from home-grown producers Tim and Trevor White who have tackled yet another exciting genre with their versatile production company Star Thrower Entertainment.

A dark comedic thriller about two lovers on the run who meet a quirky couple with a dark secret.

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SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT

SCREENING Saturday, March 23 – 7:45 PM

Maryland Hall – Main Auditorium
Cast: Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters, Sophie Okonedo.

Wild Rose

Directors: Tom Harper
(UK, 2018, 100 min., Drama)

Aspiring Glasgow country music singer Rose-Lynn Harlan (with original vocals from up and comer Jessie Buckley) has just been released from prison. She’s a talented, charismatic rebel who dreams of Nashville, “three chords and the truth” tattooed on her arm. She is care-free, but careless and unprepared for the real world and for adult responsibilities. When she takes a job as a cleaning woman for a wealthy family, she finds her greatest champion in the lady of the house. As she struggles to grow up, this ultimately uplifting and captivating story upends our expectations and takes us on Rose-Lynn’s journey of parental relationships (including that with her mother, played by BAFTA and Golden Globe winner Julie Walters), dreams of country music, and finding the value of home, all to the soundtrack of her mesmerizing voice.

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SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT

SCREENING Saturday, March 23 – 9:00 PM

St. John’s College Key Auditorium
Cast: Olivia Colman, Jim Gaffigan, Walton Goggins, Kaitlyn Dever, Alice Englert, Thomas Mann.

Them That Follow

Directors: Britt Poulton, Dan Madison Savage
(USA, 2019, 98 min., Drama)

Something sinister seems to be lurking behind every rock and every beautiful shot captured in the West Virginia mountaintop community where preacher’s kid Mara lives. She is coming of age, along with her teenage sister and the young men in their church, under enormous pressure and high expectations from their parents (including Oscar winner Olivia Colman). But their church is no ordinary congregation – they worship with venomous snakes, even as the law hounds them for their questionable rituals.  The temptations they face and the decisions they make strike suddenly and with potentially lethal consequences.

Something sinister seems to be lurking in the West Virginia mountaintop community where a fundamentalist congregation worships with venomous snakes to prove their faith.

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SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT

SCREENING Sunday, March 24 – 2:45 PM

St. John’s College Key Auditorium

Cast: Lynn Whitfield, Hope Olaide Wilson, Chelsea Tavares, Luke Rampersad, Glynn Turman.

Solace

Director: Tchaiko Omawale
(USA, 2018, 81 min., Drama)

Following the death of her father, 17-year-old Sole is sent from New York to Los Angeles to live with her estranged Grandma Irene (captivatingly played by Emmy Award-winner Lynn Whitfield) in this inspired coming-of-age drama. Sole is a dedicated activist artist, determined to break free of this familial stranger with whom she instantly clashes. With the help of two teenage neighbors who become her misfit friends, she plots her escape through a collaborative art project that leads them on a startling path to self-discovery. Sole’s struggles with her new environment and an omnipresent eating disorder mirror the hypnotizingly beautiful avant-garde mood of the film that promises great things from first-time director Tchaiko Omawale.  

Preceded by Tadpole.

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SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT

SCREENING Sunday, March 24 – 3:00 PM

Maryland Hall, Main Auditorium
Cast: Lambert Wilson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jules Benchetrit, Karidja Touré

In Your Hands

(Au bout des doigts)

Director: Ludovic Bernard
(France, 2018, 105 min., Drama/Music)

Astounded at the extraordinary talent of a juvenile delinquent and piano prodigy Mathieu Malinski, the director of the National Conservatory of Music in Paris, Pierre Geithner, strikes a deal for the young pianist to avoid prison by performing community service. With the help of La Comtessa (a master piano teacher, played with aplomb by Kristin Scott Thomas), Pierre tries to prepare Mathieu to represent the school in a major music competition. Featuring spectacular piano performances and sublime acting, this inspiring film illuminates the powerful connection between emotional expression and the transformative power of music. In French with English subtitles.

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