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Five documentaries to be shown in the Redlands Cinema Classic

The Redlands Cinema Classic, a series of five foreign and special documentaries, will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 2:30 p.m. Thursdays from March 26 through May 14 at the Studio Movie Grill. Annette Weis, coordinator of the series, describes it as “a celebration of the finest in foreign, art and specialty films.” It is presented by the Studio Movie Grill and the Margaret Clark Arts Education Enrichment Fund, a part of the Redlands Art Association.


“When Tomatoes Met Wagner,”: 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26. Made in Greece in 2019, the film by Marianna Economou has won multiple awards. In Greek, French and English with English subtitles. Runtime: 1 hour, 12 minutes. Do Tomatoes taste better when they listen to the music of Richard Wagner? Many avid gardeners have their own special ways on how to best nurture their plants, such as talking to them. In Elias, a small farming village in the mountainous plains of Thessaly, central Greece, two cousins with the help of several local women grow their organic tomatoes, harvest honey, prepare them in special family recipes, bottle them in little jars and attempt to market them all over the world. This wonderfully quirky yet fascinating documentary follows these entrepreneurs as they prepare their products for market.

“Lara,”: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9. Made in Germany 2019 in German with English subtitles. Directed by Jan-Ole Gerster based on a play by Slovenian Blaz Kutin. Runtime: 1 hour, 38 minutes The day begins as Lara (Corinna Harfouch) ponders her life. It’s her 60th birthday and her son Viktor, a gifted classical pianist (Tom Schilling of “Never Look Away”) has a piano recital that evening featuring music he composed. They have an estranged relationship and she has not been invited. Should she attend? On the spur of the moment, she purchases many tickets and distributes them to friends, neighbors and strangers. Why would her son not include her to celebrate his crowning achievement? In the director’s words, “’Lara’ is about the tragedy of a misspent life, the fear of mediocrity and the question of whether artistic integrity can ever lead to self-negation.”

“Adam,”: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23. Made in Greece in 2019. Filmed in Morocco in 2019 in Arabic with English subtitles. Directed and written by Maryam Touzani. Runtime: 1 hour, 41 minutes. Samia (Nisrine Erradi) walks along the busy streets of Casablanca looking for work with no luck. She is ignored and tired. As nighttime falls she settles down in a doorway with her bag. Director Touzani in this her debut feature film delivers a beautifully woven story that captures the camaraderie that ensues as Samia demonstrates her baking skills to Abla. n “Antigone,”: 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7. Made in 2019 in Quebec, Canada. In French and Kabyle (the language of Northern Algeria) with English subtitles by Sophie Deraspe, writer, director and director of photography. Runtime: 1 hour, 49 minutes. Multitalented Director Deraspe brings to the screen a fascinating, riveting, intelligent interpretation of ancient Greek playwright Sophocles’ (406 BC) play “Antigone.” Based on his key characters, Deraspe has created a story with the same character names but not quite the same story. During a basketball game of some neighborhood kids her two brothers were chased by the police who shot Eteocles and Polynices was captured and taken down to jail. Thus begins an intense series of events as modern Antigone, seeks justice for her brothers against the unyielding authorities. Nehema Ricci who plays Antigone is incredibly mesmerizing in this role with an outstanding, superb performance.

“Setting The Bar,”: 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14. Written and directed by Tim Shepard, produced by Amy Burns. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes. Chocolate is one of the most favored ingredient in foods that range from sweet to savory. It’s addictive. Where does it comes from? Several professional chocolatiers had the same question. Their quest led them deep into the Peruvian Amazon in search of rare cacao varietals one of them is Redlands businessman Ryan Berk, owner of Parliament Chocolate. Director Shepard follows these enterprising individuals as they pursue their mission. His approach to document these discoveries was created with a sensitivity and naturalness in this remarkably produced film. Berk will be available for a Q&A after each screening.

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