The East Lansing Film Society Film Series (ELFS) was created in the fall of 1998 when the only art house movie theater in Greater Lansing, The Odeon, closed. Now the ELFS has partnered with Celebration! Cinema to present first-run independent films at the beautiful, state-of-the-art Studio C! ()

ELFS gives you the chance to see intelligent, creative independent films that are offered in major cities but until now did not have a venue in this area.

Come enjoy films that stimulate, enthral, amuse and enlighten!

Awesome April Films


DONALD CRIED

 

 

Directed by Kris Avedisian

Rated R 88 minutes

Peter, a Wall Street banker, returns home to Rhode Island to settle his grandmother’s estate. Upon losing his wallet, he must ask his only connection to the past, Donald, for help. Cringing and fighting back waves of regret and revulsion, Peter realizes that Donald is a living, wheezing reminder of what he escaped – and escaped being. This sharp debut film is resolutely realistic while mining plenty of pathos, humor, and drama from the situation.Winner, Audience Award, American Film Institute Film Festival.

“Exquisitely written” – New York Times

WATCH THE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAbHyAX3ESE

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 92%

MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI
Directed by Claude Barras
Rated PG-13 70 minutes

Nominated for an Oscar, this stop-motion animated feature’s silly title and adorable characters belie a sensitive story whose colorful visuals delight the senses even as it braves dark emotional depths. After his mother’s death, Zucchini enters a foster home with the help of Raymond, a police officer. Eventually he learns to love and trust with the help of the other orphans. This film accomplishes the almost impossible – it is heart-wrenching and uplifting at the same time.

WATCH THE TRAILERhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd2TOf1kmfk

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 100%

PATERSON
Directed by Jim Jatmusch
Rated R 115 minutes
Jim Jarmusch’s latest is a beautifully-crafted film about a week in the mundane life of a bus driver (Adam Driver) in Paterson, New Jersey. Every day, Paterson (yes, the same name) adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar; he goes home to his wife, Laura. By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. They love each other. . The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry found in the smallest details.

WATCH THE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8pGJBgiiDU

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 96%

THE SALESMAN
Directed by Asghar Farhadi
Rated PG-13 125 minutes

Forced to leave their apartment due to a dangerous construction project in a neighboring building, a young Iranian couple moves to the center of Tehran where they become embroiled in a life-altering situation involving the previous tenant. Beautifully acted, totally absorbing and thought-provoking! Director Asghar Farhadi, who also helmed the Oscar-winning feature A Separation, wins this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

(ELFF director Susan W. Woods’ favorite director)

WATCH THE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hHUkvNG7iU

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 96%

Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
3/31 4/1 4/2 4/3 4/4 4/5 4/6
12:30 DONALD CRIED ZUCCHINI DONALD CRIED
3:30 THE SALESMAN PATERSON THE SALESMAN PATERSON THE SALESMAN DONALD CRIED THE SALESMAN
6:30 ZUCCHINI THE SALESMAN ZUCCHINI DONALD CRIED ZUCCHINI ZUCCHINI
9:15 PATERSON DONALD CRIED PATERSON THE SALESMAN PATERSON PATERSON
Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
4/7 4/8 4/9 4/10 4/11 4/12 4/13
12:30 PATERSON THE SALESMAN PATERSON
3:30 DONALD CRIED ZUCCHINI DONALD CRIED ZUCCHINI DONALD CRIED PATERSON DONALD CRIED
6:30 THE SALESMAN PATERSON THE SALESMAN PATERSON THE SALESMAN THE SALESMAN
9:15 ZUCCHINI DONALD CRIED ZUCCHINI DONALD CRIED ZUCCHINI ZUCCHINI
Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
4/14 4/15 4/16 4/17 4/18 4/19 4/20
12:30 ZUCCHINI DONALD CRIED ZUCCHINI
3:30 THE SALESMAN PATERSON THE SALESMAN PATERSON THE SALESMAN PATERSON THE SALESMAN
6:30 PATERSON ZUCCHINI PATERSON ZUCCHINI DONALD CRIED ZUCCHINI DONALD CRIED
9:15 DONALD CRIED THE SALESMAN DONALD CRIED THE SALESMAN PATERSON THE SALESMAN PATERSON
Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
4/21 4/22 4/23 4/24 4/25 4/26 4/27
12:30 PATERSON THE SALESMAN ZUCCHINI
3:30 ZUCCHINI PATERSON THE SALESMAN ZUCCHINI THE SALESMAN ZUCCHINI THE SALESMAN
6:30 THE SALESMAN ZUCCHINI PATERSON PATERSON ZUCCHINI PATERSON ZUCCHINI
9:15 DONALD CRIED DONALD CRIED DONALD CRIED DONALD CRIED DONALD CRIED DONALD CRIED DONALD CRIED
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