FilmColumbia 2017 ready to roll

CHATHAM, N.Y. — More than 70 world-class independent and international films are on tap for the 18th annual edition of FilmColumbia, beginning Sunday and running through Oct. 29 at the Crandell Theatre and Morris Memorial.

In addition to a diverse collection of feature films, the schedule includes film shorts, documentaries and filmmaker Q&A's.

FilmColumbia 2017 also will present a special pre-festival tribute to multiple award-winning actor Frank Langella, Friday and Saturday, including screenings of four of his films — "Diary of a Mad Housewife," "Starting Out in the Evening," "Dracula" and "Frost/Nixon" — and a Q&A with the actor.

Among FilmColumbia 2017 highlights are:

- Oct. 25, 8 p.m. — "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," based on a memoir by actor Peter Turner about his love affair with the aging Hollywood legend, Gloria Grahame, played by Annette Bening. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and also stars Vanessa Redgrave, Julie Waters and Jamie Bell.

- Oct. 26, 8 p.m. — "Happy End," starring Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant as daughter and father. A darkly comic "sequel" to "Amour," the film was written and directed by Michael Haneke and played the Cannes and Toronto film festivals.

- Oct. 27, 5 p.m. — "Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death," Helen Whitney's documentary on dying. Whitney will conduct a Q&A following the screening.

- Oct. 27, 8 p.m. — "The Leisure Seeker" in which Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland escape from their doctors and their overprotective grown children on a road trip that reawakens their passion for life and their love for each other.

- Oct. 28, 5 p.m. — "Call Me by Your Name," a critical and audience favorite at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and the latest from Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, known in the U.S. for "I am Love" and "A Bigger Splash." A post-screening Q&A will feature the film's screenwriter, James Ivory, as well as Timoth e Chalamet, Peter Spears and Andr Aciman, on whose book the movie is based.

FilmColumbia 2017 is presented by the nonprofit Chatham Film Club.

Complete ticket and schedule information is available online at

The Berkshire Eagle previews FilmColumbia this Sunday in Berkshire Landscapes.


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