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!

February Films


At Eternity's Gate
Directed by Julian Schnabel
Rated R 111 minutes

Willem Dafoe (Oscar nominee for Best Actor) delivers a mesmerizing portrayal of Vincent Van Gogh in this film directed by another artist, Julian Schnabel. We take a journey inside the world and mind of Van Gogh who, despite skepticism, ridicule and illness, created some of the world’s most beloved and stunning works of art. The scenes are based on Vincent van Gogh’s letters and events in his life that are commonly agreed upon. Yet it is Dafoe’s towering performance that casts a spell in this magical film.

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 81%

Free Solo
Directed by E. Chai Vasarhelyi (MERU), Jimmy Chin
Rated PG-13 97 minutes

This stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock… the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park… without a rope. Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb sets the ultimate standard: perfection or death. FREE SOLO is both an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who exceeded our current understanding of human physical and mental potential. Oscar Nominee for Best Documentary.

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 98%

Shoplifters
Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Rated R 121 minutes

This Oscar Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film is directed by one of the most celebrated present-day directors Hirokazu Kore-eda. After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them… SHOPLIFTER is complex, funny, joyful, sad and enthralling. 
Winner, Palme D’Or, Cannes Film Festival

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 98%

The Wife
Directed by Björn Runge
Rated R 100 minutes

After nearly forty years of marriage, JOAN and JOE CASTLEMAN (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man’s Wife. THE WIFE interweaves the story of the couple’s youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, –a lifetime’s shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love. A beautiful character study anchored by a tremendous lead performance by Glenn Close.

“Glenn Close has been nominated 7 times for an Oscar and this is probably her time to win! Don’t miss this Oscar nominated film. “
               – Susan W. Woods, ELFF Director

 

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 84%
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12:30 SHOPLIFTERS THE WIFE FREE SOLO
3:30 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT DOCS 1 OSCAR NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORTS OSCAR NOMINATED LIVE ACTION SHORTS OSCAR SHORT DOCS 2 OSCAR SHORT DOCS 1 OSCAR ANIMATED SHORTS OSCAR LIVE ACTION SHORTS
6:30 AT ETERNITY'S GATE FREE SOLO THE WIFE SHOP LIFTERS FREE SOLO THE WIFE SHOPLIFTERS
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