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The small Sunday afternoon gatherings at Cafe La Villa to share screenings of movies has been a nice diversion for some of us who live in or visit Boquete.  Rather than American blockbuster pop-culture movies, we look for highly regarded independent, world, and art house films.  This week, we decided to choose six films and let the community vote for three should be our next three screenings.  Then again - we could schedule all of them - this is indeed a wonderful collection of excellent and varied films.  Below is a list of the six with basic descriptions, and links to trailers.  (Feel free to reply with additional films you would like us to consider for screening in the future.) 

Reply to: BoqueteFilmClub@gmail.com 


Amelie (LINK) 2000 - France  Amelie is a whimsical fairy tale that has more darkness under its skin than most usually want to admit. After all, Amelie engages in malicious practical jokes and stalking behavior in her attempt to help the other lonely souls of Paris - and herself - so isn't all sweetness and light and big impish eyes. Between Bruno Delbonnel's acid colored cinematography, Tautou's wondrous central performance and Jeunet's twisted magical realism, the end result is so utterly lovable that the whole world fell under Amelie's spell.

Chicken People (LINK) 2016 - Documentary - Chicken People is a funny and uplifting look at the world of show chickens and the people who love them. Starting at the largest national poultry competition, likened to the Westminster Dog Show for chickens, Chicken People follows three top competitors over the course of a year as they grapple with life's challenges while vying to win the next year's crown. Both humorous and heartfelt, Chicken People is an unforgettable celebration of the human spirit. 

Inception (LINK) 2010 Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a thief with the rare ability to enter people's dreams and steal their secrets from their subconscious. His skill has made him a hot commodity in the world of corporate espionage but has also cost him everything he loves. Cobb gets a chance at redemption when he is offered a seemingly impossible task: Plant an idea in someone's mind. If he succeeds, it will be the perfect crime, but a dangerous enemy anticipates Cobb's every move. 

The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith (LINK) 2016 - Documentary - Between 1957 and 1965 in New York, dozens of jazz musicians jam night after night in a dilapidated Sixth Avenue loft, not realizing that much of what they play and say to each other is being captured on audio tape and in still pictures by the gentle and unstable genius, former LIFE Magazine photographer W. Eugene Smith, who lives in the loft space next door. 
Meanwhile, Thelonious Monk stops by for three weeks of rehearsals; drummer Ronnie Free gets hooked on hard drugs, having been turned on by a drummer who was his boyhood idol years before; loft-resident Hall Overton, Juilliard instructor and classical composer, becomes a jazz guru; the 50s give way to the 60s; Smith begins to record his own phone calls and visits from the local police; the world changes—and Smith gets evicted. 

Mulholland Drive (LINK) 2001 A woman is left amnesiac after a car crash. She wanders the streets of Los Angeles in a daze before taking refuge in an apartment. There she is discovered by Betty, a wholesome Midwestern blonde who has come to the City of Angels seeking fame as an actress. Together, the two attempt to solve the mystery of Rita's true identity. The story is set in a dream-like Los Angeles, spoilt neither by traffic jams nor smog.  Directed by David Lynch 

Postmen in the Mountains (LINK) China - 2004  Set amidst the stunning mountain terrain of China's remote Hunan province, this poignant drama concerns an aging postman who is unable to maintain his grueling route. He decides to hand the job off to his son, but with this passing of the torch comes deep emotions.  The film consists of the journey, the conversations, the scenery, the little human stories. No big drama. No emergencies. Just carrying the mail, which over the years has supplied the threads to bind together all of these lives.

Your hosts, 

David van Harn, Curator

Elizabeth (Lucy) Rios, Proprietress, Cafe La Villa

Carol Delonis, BCP Foundation

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