Opens Fri, August 13, 2021 12:00AM
The Arthouse Series runs year-round and offers access to independent films to which our community would not otherwise have access. As of March 2020, this series has been running virtually. We feature
The Arthouse Series runs year-round and offers access to independent films to which our community would not otherwise have access. As of March 2020, this series has been running virtually. We feature domestic and international titles, films that debut at premiere film festivals from around the world, and independent films from smaller distributors like Kino Lorber, Magnolia, Neon, and Cohen Media.
NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN
(2020, Poland, Germany, Netherlands, 113 min)
Directed by Małgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert
On a gray, foggy morning outside a large Polish city, Zhenia (Alec Utgoff), a masseur from the East, enters the lives of the wealthy residents of a gated community. Using hypnotic, almost magical techniques to get a residence permit, he starts working. The well-to-do residents in their cookie-cutter homes seemingly have it all, but they all suffer from an inner sadness, some unexplained longing. The attractive and mysterious newcomer’s hands heal, and Zhenia’s eyes seem to penetrate their souls. To them, his Russian accent sounds like a song from the past, a memory of their seemingly safer childhoods. The latest from writer/director Malgorzata Szumowska (Elles, In the Name of) and her longtime collaborator Michal Englert is an unclassifiable meditation on class, immigration, and global warming with touches of magical realism and moments of sober beauty and subtle humor. – Rotten Tomatoes
“Utgoff is irresistibly compelling, instilling in his character a silent yet singular presence worthy of the “superhero” status that he ultimately acquires.” – NYTimes