Frustrated the film you've been dying to see hasn't come to central Ohio? Not any more...experience the art of film in high definition without a ticket to New York or Los Angeles! The GFC EXCLUSIVES series features some of the hottest independent films, acclaimed foreign language features, and beloved cinema classics all right here in downtown Columbus!
DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF GODS - Aug. 5
Prepare for the Dragon Ball Z experience of a lifetime as Earth's greatest heroes hit the big screen in DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF GODS! Stunning animation and epic new villains highlight this first new Dragon Ball feature film in over seventeen years!
Following the events from the Dragon Ball Z television series, after the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the Saiyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet, the Z-fighters must find a way to stop him before it's too late. Only Goku, humanity's last hope, can ascend to the level of a legendary Super Saiyan God and stop Beerus from destroying Earth, and possibly the entire universe! Fans of the series will be delighted to know that DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF GODS is an original work from Dragon Ball creator, himself, Akira Toriyama.
MOOD INDIGO - August 8
From legendary director Michel Gondry (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND) comes this surreal and poetic tale of Colin (played by Romain Duris, PARIS), an idealistic and inventive young man, and Chloé (Audrey Tautou, AMELIE), a young woman who seems like the physical embodiment of the eponymous Duke Ellington tune. Their idyllic marriage is turned on its head when Chloé falls sick with a water lily growing in her lung. To pay for her medical bills in this fantasy version of Paris, Colin must go out to work in a series of increasingly absurd jobs, while around them, their apartment disintegrates and their friends, including the talented Nicolas, and Chick - a huge fan of the philosopher Jean-Sol Partre - go to pieces.
VENUS IN FUR - Aug. 8
Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway play by David Ives, which itself was based on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's groundbreaking novella, VENUS IN FUR is the latest film from master filmmaker Roman Polanski. Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for his new play, writer-director Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) complains that no actress he's seen has what it takes to play the lead female character: a woman who enters into an agreement with her male counterpart to dominate him as her slave. Thomas is about to leave the theater when actress Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner) bursts in, a whirlwind of erratic - and, it turns out, erotic - energy. At first she seems to embody everything Thomas has been lamenting. She is pushy, foul-mouthed, desperate and ill-prepared - or so it seems. When Thomas finally, reluctantly, agrees to let her try out for the part, he is stunned and captivated by her transformation. Not only is Vanda a perfect fit (even sharing the character's name), but she apparently has researched the role exhaustively, learned her lines by heart and even bought her own props. The likeness proves to be much more than skin-deep. As the extended "audition" builds momentum, Thomas moves from attraction to obsession until, with Vanda taking an ever more dominant role, the balance of power shifts completely.
SLAUGHTER NICK FOR PRESIDENT - August 15
When a little-known Canadian actor accidentally discovers through Facebook that he's been wildly famous in Serbia for almost two decades, he sets out to discover the reasons why. SLAUGHTER NICK FOR PRESIDENT examines how Rob Stewart inexplicably became a symbol of freedom through his long-forgotten TV role of Nick Slaughter in Tropical Heat (aka Sweating Bullets) during the non-violent Serbian protests leading to the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic. Stewart's Serbian visit, dubbed 'Slaughtermania' by the national press, uncovers the surprising meaning behind the show's popularity, the blurred distinction between an actor and his character, and tells the inspiring story of the Serbian protesters.
DINOSAUR 13 - August 15
When Paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research made the world's greatest dinosaur discovery in 1990, they knew it was the find of a lifetime; the largest, most complete T. rex ever found. But during a ten-year battle with the U.S. government, powerful museums, Native American tribes, and competing paleontologists, they found themselves not only fighting to keep their dinosaur but fighting for their freedom as well.
RICH HILL - August 15
Rich Hill, MO could be any of the countless small towns that blanket America's heartland, but to teenagers Andrew, Harley and Appachey, it's home. As they ride their skateboards and go to football practice, they are like millions of other boys coming of age the world over. But faced with difficult circumstances - isolation, instability, and parental unemployment - adolescence can be a daily struggle just to survive. With no road map and all evidence to the contrary, they cling to the hope that even they can live the American dream. Winner of the 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, RICH HILL is an irresistibly moving and inspirational portrait of the challenges, hopes and dreams of rural America's youth.
FINDING FELA! - Aug. 22
ROAD TO NINJA: NARUTO THE MOVIE - Aug. 29
Selected screenings. 8/29 at 9:30PM, 8/31 at 2:00PM, 9/2 at 7:30PM.
Matinees $12 and evening shows $15.
Based on the popular anime and manga series NARUTO: SHIPPUDEN. Sixteen years ago, the Fourth Hokage sealed the Nine-Tailed Fox spirit that had ravaged the Village Hidden in the Leaves away in his newborn son Naruto, giving up his own life and that of his wife. Since then, Naruto has become an established shinobi. But when the eight members of the criminal organization Akatsuki return from the grave, Naruto and his teammate Sakura are transported to a parallel world in which Naruto’s parents are still alive. Here, Naruto must face the most difficult decision he has ever had to make: find a way back and defeat the Akatsuki, or remain in this world where he can finally learn what it’s like to have a family.
FRANK - Sept. 4
TRAILER PARK BOYS: DON'T LEGALIZE IT - Sept. 5
Recently out of jail and completely broke, Julian has a plan to get outrageously rich. However, he first has to deliver his product to Montreal where his rival Cyrus is waiting to close the deal. In the meantime, the government's plan to legalize marijuana threatens Ricky and his dope business, so he goes to Ottawa to take action against the impending bill. With Julian and Ricky on a road trip, Bubbles joins the pair with his own agenda - to go find the inheritance left for him by his long-lost parents. The trio runs into trouble when ex-park supervisor Jim Lahey and Randy go after the boys in hopes of making them rot in jail.
GOD HELP THE GIRL - Sept. 5
GOD HELP THE GIRL is a musical feature film, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of the group Belle and Sebastian. It was produced by Barry Mendel and stars Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray.
Set in Glasgow, Scotland, the film is about a girl called Eve (Browning) who is in the hospital dealing with some emotional problems and starts writing songs as a way of getting better. Songwriting becomes her way forward, leading her to the City where she meets James (Alexander) and Cassie (Murray), two musicians each at crossroads of their own. What follows is a story of renaissance over the course of a long, dream-like Summer.
THE ZERO THEOREM - Sept. 25
From legendary director Terry Gilliam (BRAZIL, MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, 12 MONKEYS), THE ZERO THEOREM stars two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (DJANGO UNCHAINED, INGLORIOUS BASTERDS) as Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst. Living in isolation in a burnt-out church, Qohen is obsessively working on a mysterious project personally delegated to him by Management (Matt Damon) aimed at discovering the meaning of life - or the lack thereof - once and for all. Increasingly disturbed by unwanted visits from people he doesn’t fully trust, including the flirtatious Bainsley (Mélanie Thierry), Management’s wunderkind son Bob (Lucas Hedges), his unpredictable colleague Joby (David Thewlis), and would-be digital therapist Dr. Shrink-Rom (Tilda Swinton), it's only when he experiences the power of love and desire that he's able to understand his own reason for being.
MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL - Sept. 26
MY LITTLE PONY: EQUESTRIA GIRLS - Sept. 27
9/26 at Midnight. 9/27 at 1:30PM and midnight. 9/28 at 1:30PM. 10/1 at 7:00PM.
MY LITTLE PONY: EQUESTRIA GIRLS is a brand new full-length feature introducing an exciting new dimension to the incredibly popular My Little Pony brand.
When a crown is stolen from the Crystal Empire, Twilight Sparkle pursues the thief into an alternate world where she transforms into a teenage girl who must survive her biggest challenge yet... high school. With help from her new friends who remind her of Ponyville's Applejack, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, and Fluttershy, she embarks upon a quest to find the crown and change the destiny of these two parallel worlds.
DEAD SNOW: RED VS DEAD - Oct. 10
Picking up right where DEAD SNOW left off, DEAD SNOW: RED VS DEAD finds Martin nursing an amputated arm and fleeing from a resurrected army of Nazis led by the seemingly indomitable Herzog. Through a series of events Martin winds up in a hospital with Herzog's arm grafted on to his body. This arm seems to come with its own strength and Martin will use his newfound abilities to go head-to-head with Herzog and his army. And Martin isn't alone; he's joined by Daniel (Martin Starr, who randomly co-stars) and his merry band of zombie hunters as well as a few other surprises.
DEAD SNOW: RED VS DEAD is director Tommy Wirkola going full-throttle. The film is bigger, packs more gore and takes things outlandish new directions.
DEAR WHITE PEOPLE - Oct. 17
Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, DEAR WHITE PEOPLE is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of President Obama. Writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African American students as they navigate campus life and racial politics at a predominantly white college in a sharp and funny feature film debut that earned him a spot on Variety's annual "10 Directors to Watch."