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


A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantástica)
Directed by Sebastian Leilo
Rated R 100 minutes

Winner of this year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film,Marina and Orlando are in love and planning for the future. Orlando, 20 years older than Marina, an aspiring singer and waitress, owns a printing company. After celebrating Marina’s birthday one evening, Orlando falls seriously ill. Marina rushes him to the emergency room, but he passes away just after arriving at the hospital. Instead of being able to mourn her lover, suddenly Marina is treated with suspicion. The doctors and Orlando’s family don’t trust her. A woman detective investigates Marina to see if she was involved in his death. Orlando’s ex-wife forbids her from attending the funeral.

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 94%

ITZHAK

 

Directed by Alison Chernick

Rated NR 80 minutes

From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; “praying with the violin,” says renowned Tel Aviv violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Alison Chernick’s enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, and the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. Itzhak himself is funny, irreverent and self-deprecating, and here his life story unspools in conversations with masterful musicians, family and friends, and most endearingly his devoted wife of 50 years, Toby. Itzhak and Toby’s lives are dedicated to their large, loving, Jewish family in NYC and their continual support of young musicians. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, ITZHAK is a portrait of musical virtuosity seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor, and above all, love.

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 79%

LOVELESS (Nelyubov)
Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev
Rated R 129 minutes

Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page – even if it means threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alyosha. Until, after witnessing one of their fights, Alyosha disappears.

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 93%

OH LUCY!
Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi
Rated NR 98 minutes

Setsuko is a single, emotionally unfulfilled woman, seemingly stuck with a drab, meaningless life in Tokyo. At least until she’s convinced by her niece, Mika to enroll in an unorthodox English class that requires her to wear a blonde wig and take on an American alter ego named “Lucy.” This new identity awakens something dormant in Setsuko, and she quickly develops romantic feelings for her American instructor, John (Josh Hartnett). When John suddenly disappears from class and Setsuko learns that he and her niece were secretly dating, Setsuko enlists the help of her sister, Ayako and the pair fly halfway across the world to the outskirts of Southern California in search of the runaway couple. In a brave new world of tattoo parlors and seedy motels, family ties and past lives are tested as Setsuko struggles to preserve the dream and promise of “Lucy.” In English and Japanese with English subtitles

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 100%

 

Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
4/6 4/7 4/8 4/9 4/10 4/11 4/12
12:30 OH LUCY! LOVELESS A FANTASTIC WOMAN
3:30 ITZHAK A FANTASTIC WOMAN LOVELESS ITZHAK OH LUCY! A FANTASTIC WOMAN LOVELESS
6:30 A FANTASTIC WOMAN OH LUCY! ITZHAK LOVELESS A FANTASTIC WOMAN ITZHAK
9:15 LOVELESS ITZHAK OH LUCY! A FANTASTIC WOMAN LOVELESS OH LUCY!
Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
4/13 4/14 4/15 4/16 4/17 4/18 4/19
12:30 ITZHAK THE MET OPERA OH LUCY!
3:30 LOVELESS THE MET OPERA A FANTASTIC WOMAN ITZHAK LOVELESS A FANTASTIC WOMAN OH LUCY!
6:30 OH LUCY! A FANTASTIC WOMAN ITZHAK LOVELESS A FANTASTIC WOMAN OH LUCY! ITZHAK
9:15 A FANTASTIC WOMAN ITZHAK LOVELESS A FANTASTIC WOMAN OH LUCY! ITZHAK LOVELESS

 

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