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Aspen Film - 29th Academy Screenings

12/12/2021 - 4:00pm to 12/16/2021 - 10:00pm

One of the best of its kind in the U.S., this film series highlights acclaimed films actively campaigning for Academy Award consideration. Free to voting members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, British Film and Television Arts, and associated guilds, this popular fixture on Aspen's pre-holiday calendar is also open to the general public.

Previous seasons have included subsequent Oscar winners Beautiful Boy, Cold War, Everybody Knows, The Favourite, Momentum Generation, and Studio 54.

All of the flims are shown either at the Wheeler Opera House or Isis Theatre.

Individual tickets and passes can be purchased online.

2021 Schedule:

Sunday, Dec. 12

    • JULIA: 12 p.m. | Isis Theatre

JULIA brings to life the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women. Using never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, first-person narratives, and cutting-edge, mouth-watering food cinematography, the film traces Julia Child's 12-year struggle to create and publish the revolutionary Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961) which has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date, and her rapid ascent to become the country's most unlikely television star. It's the empowering story of a woman who found her purpose - and her fame - at 50, and took America along on the whole delicious journey.

    • JOCKEY: 3 p.m. | Wheeler Opera House

An aging jockey (Clifton Collins Jr.) hopes to win one last title for his longtime trainer (Molly Parker), who has acquired what appears to be a championship horse. But the years - and injuries - have taken a toll on his body, throwing into question his ability to continue his lifelong passion. And the arrival of a young rookie rider (Moises Arias), who claims to be his son, and whom he takes under his wing, further complicates the path to fulfilling his dream. Instilled with an immediately engaging realism by filmmakers Clint Bentley and Greg Kwedar, JOCKEY takes audiences inside the "backside" of racetrack life in a way no other film has. Filmed at a live racetrack in Arizona, and featuring real jockeys, JOCKEY reveals the true rider experience - real life, behind the track.

    • BEING THE RICARDOS: 7 p.m. | Wheeler Opera House

Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) and Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem) are threatened by shocking personal accusations, a political smear and cultural taboos in Academy Award(r)-winning writer and director Aaron Sorkin's behind-the-scenes drama BEING THE RICARDOS. A revealing glimpse of the couple's complex romantic and professional relationship, the film takes audiences into the writers' room, onto the soundstage and behind closed doors with Ball and Arnaz during one critical production week of their groundbreaking sitcom "I Love Lucy." Featuring J.K. Simmons and Nina Arianda.

Monday, Dec. 13

    • SPEER GOES TO HOLLYWOOD: 12 p.m. | Isis Theatre

How did a man in charge of 12 million slaves become the 'good Nazi'? A cautionary tale about Albert Speer's 1971 attempt to whitewash his past with a Hollywood adaptation of his bestselling wartime memoir, "Inside the Third Reich."

    • HAND OF GOD: 2 p.m. | Isis Theatre

From Academy Award(r)-winning writer and director Paolo Sorrentino (IL DIVO, THE GREAT BEAUTY, THE YOUNG POPE) comes the story of a boy, Fabietto Schisa, set in the tumultuous Naples of the 1980s. THE HAND OF GOD is a story full of unexpected joys, such as the arrival of football legend Diego Maradona, and an equally unexpected tragedy. Fate plays its part, joy and tragedy intertwine, and Fabietto's future is set in motion. Sorrentino returns to his hometown to tell his most personal story, a tale of fate and family, sports and cinema, love and loss.

    • TORN: 5 p.m. | Wheeler Opera House

When world renowned climber Alex Lowe was tragically lost in a deadly avalanche, his best friend and climbing partner went on to marry his widow and help raise his three sons. This profoundly intimate film from eldest son Max, captures the family's intense personal journey toward understanding as they finally lay him to rest.

    • DON'T LOOK UP: 8 p.m. | Wheeler Opera House

From director-writer Adam McKay, DON'T LOOK UP follows two astronomers (Jennifer Lawrence & Leonardo DiCaprio) scrambling to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet earth...if only anyone cared. Cast includes Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Rob Morgan, Cate Blanchett & Tyler Perry.

Tuesday, Dec. 14

    • CITIZEN ASHE: 12 p.m. | Isis Theatre

Directors Rex Miller and Sam Pollard explore the enduring legacy of tennis great and humanitarian Arthur Ashe in a feature documentary as elegant, meaningful, and poignant as the life he lived. Ashe's widow, brother, friends from his childhood in Richmond to his Grand Slam tournament playing and coaching days, as well as confidantes that nurtured his personal evolution from sports legend to global activist, describe the key events that shaped Ashe's quiet determination to 'use what he had to do what he could.'

    • HAPPENING: 2 p.m. | Isis Theatre

France,1963. Anne is a bright young student with a promising future ahead of her. But when she discovers she's pregnant, she sees the opportunity to finish her studies and escape the constraints of her social background disappearing. With her final exams fast approaching and her belly growing, Anne resolves to act, even if she has to confront shame and pain, even if she must risk prison to do so.

    • THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH: 5 p.m. | Wheeler Opera House

From director Joel Coen, THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH features Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand in a cinematic adaptation of the classic Shakespearean text; a tale of murder, mad- ness, ambition and wrathful cunning. With Kathryn Hunter, Corey Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson and Moses Ingram.

    • RED ROCKET: 8 p.m. | Wheeler Opera House

The audacious new film from writer-director Sean Baker (THE FLORIDA PROJECT, TANGERINE), starring Simon Rex in a magnetic, live-wire performance, RED ROCKET is a darkly funny and humane portrait of a uniquely American hustler and a hometown that barely tolerates him.

Wednesday, Dec. 15

      • WHO WE ARE: A CHRONICLE OF RACISM IN AMERICA: 2 p.m. | Isis Theatre

Interweaving lecture, personal anecdotes, interviews, and shocking revelations, criminal defense and civil rights lawyer Jeffery Robinson draws a stark timeline of anti-Black racism in the United States, from slavery to the modern myth of a post-racial America.

      • CYRANO: 5 p.m. | Wheeler Opera House

Cyrano de Bergerac (played by Peter Dinklage) is a man ahead of his time. Dazzling one and all whether with ferocious wordplay at a verbal joust or with brilliant swordplay in a duel, the hale and hearty Cyrano exults in gallantry and is always up for a challenge. Except, that is, in matters of the heart. This bold new adaptation, scripted by Erica Schmidt, re-imagines the timeless tale of wit, courage, and love.

      • PARALLEL MOTHERS: 8 p.m. | Wheeler Opera House

Two women coincide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, doesn't regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatized. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in those hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops and becomes complicated, changing their lives in a decisive way.

Thursday, Dec. 16

    • DRIVE MY CAR: 1 p.m. | Isis Theatre

Two years after his wife's unexpected death, Yusuke Kafuku receives an offer to direct a production of Uncle Vanya in Hiroshima, where he meets Misaki Watari, a taciturn young woman assigned to be his chauffeur. As rehearsals progress, Kafuku finally begins to confront the haunting mysteries his wife left behind.

    • THE LOST DAUGHTER: 5 p.m. | Wheeler Opera House

Alone on a seaside vacation, Leda (Olivia Colman) becomes consumed with a young mother and daughter as she watches them on the beach. Unnerved by their compelling relationship, (and their raucous and menacing extended family), Leda is overwhelmed by her own memories of the terror, confusion and intensity of early motherhood. An impulsive act shocks Leda into the strange and ominous world of her own mind, where she is forced to face the unconventional choices she made as a young mother and their consequences. Maggie Gyllenhaal makes her directorial debut from a script she adapted from the novel by Elena Ferrante. THE LOST DAUGHTER also stars Dakota Johnson, Jessie Buckley, Ed Harris, Peter Sarsgaard, Paul Mescal and Dagmara Dominczyk.

    • LICORICE PIZZA: 8 p.m. | Wheeler Opera House

LICORICE PIZZA is the story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973. Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the film tracks the treacherous navigation of first love.

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