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!

Astonishing August Films


LAY MACBETH

Begins August 11

 

Directed by William Oldroyd

Rated R 89 minutes

Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh in a mesmerizing performance) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family are cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her, so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.A fascinating portrait of empowerment gone awry.

WATCH THE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z0N8ULhuUA

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 88%

MAUDIE

Directed by Aisling Walsh

Rated PG-13 115 minutes

Based on a true story, this unlikely romance between the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) and his fragile yet determined housekeeper  Maudie (Sally Hawkins). Bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, Maudie yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and to create art, her passion. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. This lovely film charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.

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

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 93%

THE MIDWIFE (Safe Femme)
Directed by Martin Provost
Rated NR 117 minutes

Two of French cinema’s biggest stars shine in this bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire (Catherine Frot), a talented but tightly wound midwife, and Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve), the estranged, free-spirited mistress of Claire’s late father. Though polar opposites in almost every way, the two come to rely on each other as they cope with the unusual circumstance that brought them together in this sharp character study from the César-award winning director Martin Provost (Séraphine).In French with English subtitles.

WATCH THE TRAILERhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CasZ2sCa9kk

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 88%

POP AYE
Directed by Stéphane Brizé
Rated NR 102 minutes

On a chance encounter, a disenchanted architect bumps into his long-lost elephant on the streets of Bangkok. Excited, he takes his elephant on a journey across Thailand, in search of the farm where they grew up together–only to discover the truth about himself. You will fall in love with Bong, the elephant. In Thai with English subtitles.

WATCH THE TRAILERhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ku1ZPsWqM0

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 85%

LADY MACBETH begins August 11.
The Indie Film Series returns to Studio C! in September!

Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
8/18 8/19 8/20 8/21 8/22 8/23 8/24
12:30 THE MIDWIFE POP AYE THE MIDWIFE MAUDIE THE MIDWIFE POP AYE THE MIDWIFE
3:30 POP AYE THE MIDWIFE POP AYE THE MIDWIFE POP AYE THE MIDWIFE POP AYE
6:30 MAUDIE LADY MACBETH MAUDIE LADY MACBETH MAUDIE LADY MACBETH MAUDIE
9:15 LADY MACBETH MAUDIE LADY MACBETH MAUDIE LADY MACBETH MAUDIE LADY MACBETH
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Just Great July Films


BAND AID

 

Directed by Zoe Lister-Jones

Rated NR 94 minutes

A big hit at this year’s Sundance film festival, BAND AID is the refreshingly raw, real, and hilarious feature debut from Zoe Lister-Jones. A couple, Anna (Zoe Lister-Jones) and Ben (Adam Pally) can’t stop fighting. Their therapist advises them to find an unconventional way to work through their constant quarreling. One thing they share is their love of music. In a last-ditch effort to save their marriage, they decide to turn all their fights into song, and with the help of their neighbor Dave (Fred Armisen), they start a band. A story of love, loss, and rock and roll, BAND AID is a witty and perceptive view of modern love, with some seriously catchy pop hooks to boot.

WATCH THE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZoNcq49zUY

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 77%

MOKA
Directed by Frédéric Mermoud
Rated NR 89 minutes

Diane Kramer (Emmanuelle Devos) embarks on a trip to find the driver of a vintage mocha-colored Mercedes. She believes it is the car that killed her son and wants revenge on the driver. In the beautiful spa town of Evian, She finds the driver, a woman, Marlene who runs a beauty salon. In order to get closer to her, Diane pretends to be a potential buyer for the car, but the path of revenge is more tortuous and complicated than it seems. MOKA is a moody, riveting psychological thriller, showcasing the tremendous talents of two of France’s best actresses.
In French with English subtitles.

WATCH THE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uALwtCMnaw8

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 88%

TRUMAN
Directed by Cesc Gay
Rated NR 108 minutes

This multi-award winning film from Spain is a wonderful testament to the endurance of friendship, the value of life and the love of a dog. Julian (played by incomparable Ricardo Darín), an actor in Spain, and Tomas Javier Cámara (a frequent actor in Almodovar films) , a scientist living in Canada, rekindle their once inseparable childhood friendship. Julian, suffering from lung cancer has refused further treatment and wants to tie up loose ends with the help of Tomas. His bull mastiff, Truman, whom he loves as much as his son, is the most pressing problem to resolve. Funny, life-affirming, humane and a
must-see.

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

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 100%

A WOMAN’S LIFE
Directed by Stéphane Brizé
Rated NR 119 minutes

This period piece is a tale of tormented love embedded in the restrictive social and moral codes of marriage and family in 19th century Normandy. Upon finishing her schooling in a convent, young aristocrat Jeanne marries local Viscount Julien de Lamare, who soon reveals himself to be a miserly and unfaithful husband. As she navigates his chronic infidelity, pressure from her family and community, and the alternating joys and burdens of motherhood, Jeanne’s rosy illusions about her privileged world are slowly stripped away. In French with English subtitles.

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

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 77%

Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
7/7 7/8 7/9 7/10 7/11 7/12 7/13
10:15 am MOKA BAND AID MOKA
12:30 A WOMAN'S LIFE MOKA TRUMAN
3:30 BAND AID TRUMAN A WOMAN'S LIFE
6:30 TRUMAN A WOMAN'S LIFE BAND AID
9:15 MOKA BAND AID MOKA
Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
7/14 7/15 7/16 7/17 7/18 7/19 7/20
12:30 MOKA TRUMAN A WOMAN'S LIFE BAND AID MOKA TRUMAN A WOMAN'S LIFE
3:30 BAND AID MOKA TRUMAN A WOMAN'S LIFE BAND AID MOKA TRUMAN
6:30 TRUMAN BAND AID MOKA TRUMAN A WOMAN'S LIFE BAND AID MOKA
9:15 A WOMAN'S LIFE A WOMAN'S LIFE BAND AID MOKA TRUMAN A WOMAN'S LIFE BAND AID

 

Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
7/21 7/22 7/23 7/24 7/25 7/26 7/27
12:30 TRUMAN A WOMAN'S LIFE TRUMAN MOKA A WOMAN'S LIFE TRUMAN A WOMAN'S LIFE
3:30 A WOMAN'S LIFE MOKA A WOMAN'S LIFE TRUMAN BAND AID MOKA MOKA
6:30 BAND AID TRUMAN MOKA A WOMAN'S LIFE TRUMAN A WOMAN'S LIFE BAND AID
9:15 MOKA BAND AID BAND AID BAND AID MOKA BAND AID BAND AID
Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
7/28 7/29 7/30 7/31 8/1 8/2 8/3
12:30 A WOMAN'S LIFE A WOMAN'S LIFE A WOMAN'S LIFE TRUMAN A WOMAN'S LIFE TRUMAN A WOMAN'S LIFE
3:30 MOKA TRUMAN MOKA BAND AID MOKA BAND AID MOKA
6:30 TRUMAN BAND AID TRUMAN A WOMAN'S LIFE TRUMAN A WOMAN'S LIFE TRUMAN
9:15 BAND AID MOKA BAND AID MOKA BAND AID MOKA BAND AID
 Find the updated showtimes at celebrationcinema.com/
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