UPDATE, 8/7: Sorry, folks. Looks like Filmworks will not be able to show the movie Bernie as planned. Instead, the Japanese film I Wish will be shown at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m., and we’re giving away tickets to that.
This Japanese family drama is hailed by The Guardian as “a gem of world cinema by a gifted master of the craft.” Written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, the film tells the story of 12-year-old Koichi, who lives with his mother and retired grandparents in southern Japan. His younger brother, Ryunosuke, lives with their father in the north. The brothers have been separated by the divorce of their parents, and Koichi’s only wish is for the family to be reunited. When he learns that a new bullet train will soon open, linking the two towns, he starts to believe that a miracle will take place the moment these new trains pass each other at top speed. Critic Mark Jenkins of The Washington Post says: “The original Japanese title of ‘I Wish’ translates literally as ‘miracle.’ … It’s about the wonders of everyday life and of childhood imagination.” In Japanese, with English subtitles.
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*Special Notice* Fresno Filmworks’ series of classic film screenings will continue this Sunday with Chinatown, so look for another Fresno Filmworks ticket giveaway Wednesday.
Original, 8/6: It’s the second week of the month — you know what that means. We’re giving away a pair of tickets to the Fresno Filmworks showing of the comedy Bernie. Screenings are at 5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday.
“The American independent comedy stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Matthew McConaughey. Black portrays funeral director Bernie Tiede, one of the most beloved residents of the tiny town of Carthage, Texas. Bernie teaches Sunday school, sings in the church choir, and is always willing to lend a helping hand. No one is surprised when he forges an odd connection with an affluent but cranky widow, played by MacLaine. The widow quickly becomes dependent on Bernie and his generosity, as he struggles to meet her growing demands. The people of Carthage are shocked when it’s discovered that the widow has been dead for some time and Bernie is being charged with murder. Directed by Richard Linklater.
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