Virtual Cinema - Enjoy Cinema Society Films in your home

You may have heard about the Cinema Society program we offer that brings carefully selected films to PebbleCreek, not the kind of films with car chases that play in the big theaters, but smaller, art-house style movies. In an effort to try to provide our homeowners with some additional entertainment opportunities, through our Cinema Society connection, we are offering all of our community the chance to experience a virtual theatrical experience featuring the kind of films Cinema Society is known for. One of the films Cinema members saw this year was the beautiful The Etruscan Smile, starring Brian Cox. We are now able to view Etruscan, through the streaming platform, Film Movement Plus, giving film lovers the opportunity to open the virtual doors of theaters to screen a new theatrical release in the comfort and safety of their own homes! Please check back to see new more films as they are added.  These films offered here are not available to view anywhere else.

Films currently available:
 
Military Wives centers on a group of women from different backgrounds whose partners are away serving in Afghanistan. Faced with their loved ones’ absences, they come together to form the very first military wives choir, helping each other through some of life’s most difficult moments, and quickly find themselves on an international stage. Peter Cattaneo (THE FULL MONTY) directs Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan in this feel-good crowd-pleaser inspired by true events.

Click here to view the film’s trailer.

The price for 72-hour streaming period is $4.99 - Click to rent Military Wives

Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy Featuring extensive interviews with Diana Kennedy and famed chefs José Andrés, Rick Bayless, Gabriela Cámara and Alice Waters, Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy provides an intimate look at the leading expert on Mexican cuisine. The author of nine acclaimed cookbooks and a two-time James Beard Award winner, Diana is called the “Julia Child of Mexico”, but the feisty cook prefers “The Mick Jagger of Mexican Cuisine”. “Cinematic comfort food of the first order” – Variety; “A candid, frank, and comprehensive whirlwind tour through the life and work of one of the world's most celebrated (and uncompromising) chefs.” – The Gate.

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The price for 72-hour streaming period is $9.99 - Click to rent Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy.
You can watch on your desktop, tablet, smartphone, Chromecast or AirPlay. If you prefer to watch on another device, check https://dianakennedy.vhx.tv/help before your purchase.

CRESCENDO – Release date May 5, available to preorder!  
When a world famous conductor tries to create an Israeli-Palestinian orchestra, it takes all his skill and resources to overcome the discord and get them to play in harmony, rising to a tense and emotional finale. 
When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck accepts the job to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest of sheer unsolvable problems. Having grown up in a state of war, suppression or constant risk of terrorist attacks, the young musicians from both sides are far from able to form a team. Lined up behind the two best violinists – the emancipated Palestinian Layla and the handsome Israeli Ron – they form two parties who deeply mistrust each other, on and off-stage alike. Will Sporck succeed and make the young people forget their hatred, at least for the three weeks until the concert? With the first glimmer of hope, however, the political opponents of the orchestra show them how strong they are…
Loosely inspired by Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Academy-Award nominated director Dror Zahavi (“Alexander Penn”, “Everything for my Father”) directs this gripping drama as a constantly growing ‘crescendo,’ raising the tension and conflicts until the last frame. Lead actor Peter Simonischek (“Toni Erdmann”) stars next to a highly convincing selection of up-and-coming actors like Daniel Donskoy (“Victoria”) and Sabrina Amali (“4 Blocks”). A remarkable theatrical movie and contribution to the world-wide efforts towards understanding, humanity and peace.  Click here to rent Crescendo.  Pre-order now. Available May 5, 2020, 12 a.m.  ET. (FAQ) The price for 48-hour streaming period is $12. 
 
Click to watch the trailer for Crescendo   
 
Watch on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast. Learn more.
 
THE TIMES OF BILL CUNNINGHAM
Told in Bill Cunningham’s own words from a recently unearthed six-hour 1994 interview, the iconic street photographer and fashion historian chronicles, in his customarily cheerful and plainspoken manner, moonlighting as a milliner in France during the Korean War, his unique relationship with First Lady Jackie Kennedy, his four decades at The New York Times and his democratic view of fashion and society. Narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, The Times of Bill Cunningham features incredible photographs chosen from over 3 million previously unpublicized images and documents from Cunningham. “A snapshot of a life that leaves you grateful for having encountered it.” – Variety; ““The minute Bill Cunningham starts talking in this charming documentary is the minute you fall in love with him.” – RogerEbert.com; “A unique New York story” – The Hollywood Reporter. Click here to rent The Times of Bill Cunningham. The price for a 3-day rental is $9.99. 
 
Click to watch the trailer for The Times of Bill Cunningham.
 
You can watch the film on your desktop, tablet, smartphone, Chromecast or AirPlay. If you prefer to watch on another device, check https://billcunningham.vhx.tv/help before your purchase. Thank you for supporting independent films. Stay safe and enjoy the movie.
 
THE BOOKSELLERS 
Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play an underappreciated yet essential role in preserving history. THE BOOKSELLERS takes viewers inside their small but fascinating world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers. “"The Booksellers" is a documentary for anyone who can still look at a book and see a dream, a magic teleportation device, an object that contains the world.” – Variety; “A treat for anyone who appreciates the printed word.” – The Hollywood Reporter. Click here to rent The Booksellers.

Click to watch the trailer for The Booksellers.

You can watch the film on your desktop, tablet, smartphone, Chromecast or AirPlay. If you prefer to watch on another device, check https://thebooksellers.vhx.tv/help before your purchase. Thank you for supporting independent films. Stay safe and enjoy the movie.
The Etruscan Smile
One of the films Cinema Society members saw this year was the beautiful, The Etruscan Smile, starring Brian Cox. We are now able to view Etruscan, through the streaming platform, Film Movement Plus. The Etruscan Smile is available now and run through the end of May. The film comes to Digital, VOD, BluRay and DVD on June 16. Virtual tickets for Etruscan Smile cost $12 for your household and the “rental” is good for 72 hours. Click here to purchase your virtual ticket. You will need to create an account with Film Movement, the company hosting the movie. Once you purchase, you will get an email confirmation with instructions how to watch. Click here if you need additional instructions/help for downloading/watching The Etruscan Smile. Produced by six-time Academy Award-winner Arthur Cohn, The Etruscan Smile stars renowned actor Brian Cox (HBO’s Succession) in a career-defining role as Rory MacNeil, a rugged Scotsman who is forced to leave behind his beloved home and seek medical treatment in San Francisco. Moving in with his estranged son, Rory’s life will be transformed, when he least expects it, through the redemptive power of love. Also starring Rosanna Arquette, JJ Feild, Thora Birch, Tim Matheson, Peter Coyote and Treat Williams. This film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in June.
View the trailer for The Etruscan Smile and Check out a recent review of the film.

Balloon
Balloon is a German Cold-War-era escape thriller based on a true story, that was also part of the Cinema Society this year. Available through DISTRIB Films streaming platform. The film recounts the most spectacular escape from East Germany ever! On September 16, 1979, the Strelzyk and Wetzel families fled from East Germany to West Germany in a self-made hot air balloon. Under cover of night the four adults and four children took off from a piece of forestland between Heinersdorf and Oberlemnitz, flew over the East/West German border and, after 28 minutes and 18 kilometers, landed in a field near the East Franconian town of Naila. The very next morning, German and international media were reporting on the “most spectacular escape from East Germany. This spectacular film retells this thrilling story. You will be on the edge of your seat! Virtual tickets for Balloon are $10. Click here to purchase your virtual ticket! You will be able to watch the film for 3 days on any computer, laptop, iPad, Chromebook or other mobile devices. IMPORTANT: The only way to watch this film on a television is to mirror or cast from one of the above devices to your television. View The Balloon trailer


The Perfect Nanny
The Perfect Nanny is a French drama adapted by the eponymous best-selling and Prix-Goncourt winning novel from Leila Slimani. Available through DISTRIB Films streaming platform. When mother of two children Myriam decides to go back to work despite her husband’s initial reluctance, the couple starts looking for a nanny. After a very selective process, they finally find the perfect candidate, Louise, a poised 40 -year old woman who is an instant hit with both kids and parents. But as Louise makes herself indispensable to the family, she starts revealing her true self and her behavior becomes more and more unsettling to those around her. Virtual tickets for The Perfect Nanny are $10. Click here to purchase your virtual ticket! You will be able to watch the film for 3 days on any computer, laptop, iPad, Chromebook or other mobile devices. IMPORTANT: The only way to watch this film on a television is to mirror or cast from one of the above devices to your television. View The Perfect Nanny trailer

If needed, this link has tips/instructions/ for downloading/watching The Etruscan Smile, but should be helpful for the other films as well.

Feel free to share this information with friends, family and neighbors. It’s one small way we can enjoy an enriching form of entertainment,without having to leave the safety of our homes.

Source:  Traci Baker, Director of Community Activities and Communications - traci.baker@robson.com - 623-535-9854