What a week at Enzian to come back to following two virtually successive business trips to Canada for the Toronto Film Festival and New York for the IFP Market! Seth Gordon’s THE KING OF KONG: A FISTFUL OF QUARTERS finishes its run Thursday night and it’s easily one of the best, if not most entertaining, docs of the year. Following KONG on the schedule Friday is the exclusive Orlando engagement of IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON, the highly acclaimed doc feature about the Apollo space missions, science, and human fortitude and triumph. The highest rated film ever when it comes to Florida Film Festival Audience Award ballots, this is simply one of the most inspiring films you’ll ever see–it moves you and shakes you and genuinely makes you proud to be part of the human race. It will be a major upset if David Sington’s wonderful film doesn’t snag an Oscar nomination for Best Doc Feature.
So that’s just the regular programming. A couple of nights ago we screened an excellent studio print of the Director’s Cut of Terry Gilliam’s BRAZIL as part of the Sundance Channel Film Series/Cult Classics program that has taken up residence as the 9:30 show the final Tuesday of every month. Talk about a film that gets better with age! And what an incredible cast, many of whom I had forgotten were even in it: Jonathan Pryce, Michael Palin, Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, the list goes on and on…
Wednesday night drew a packed house for the 10th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival, a collection of 12 shorts from around the world that featured audience award ballots that give viewers world-wide the chance to pick their favorite film from the bunch (results to be announced shortly…)
Daytimes at Enzian have been filled four days this week with field trips for local high schools screening selections from the 5th annual Global Peace Film Festival, which runs from September 26 – 30 here in Orlando (good luck Nina and Kelly!)
And this weekend, Enzian plays host to the 13th annual South Asian Film Festival from Saturday – Monday, 9/29 – 10/1. Co-produced with Jasbir Mehta and the Asian Cultural Association, once again we have put together an oustanding program of four recent films making headlines and packing festival venues and theaters nationwide. John Jeffcoat’s witty and charming OUTSOURCED, Sharat Raju and Valarie Kaur’s powerful DIVIDED WE FALL: AMERICANS IN THE AFTERMATH (w/ Ms. Kaur in attendance for Q & A), Rajnesh Domalpalli’s acclaimed, award-winning VANAJA, and Jag Mundhra’s star-studded, topical PROVOKED will all screen as part of the festival. Films are in Hindi, Telugu, Punjabi (all w/ English subtitles of course) and English, and you can count on delicious somosas and ice-cold Kingfisher beer to be served as long as supplies last. Series passes are going fast, but there should also be at least a few individual tickets still available at the door.
That’s 23 different films screening at Enzian this week–not bad for a single screen, non-profit art house.