SAFE CONDUCT
LAISSEZ-PASSER
2002, 170 min, France/Germany/Spain, Dir: Bertrand Tavernier

Inspired by the memoirs of filmmaker Jean-Devaivre, this rich drama serves as a love letter to moviemaking while illuminating a painful period of French history. During the 1940s German Occupation, Devaivre (played here by Silver Bear winner Jacques Gamblin) and screenwriter Jean Aurenche (Denis Podalydès) struggle to continue making films without selling their souls to the Nazis.


HEARING IS BELIEVING
2017, Gravitas Ventures, 104 min, USA, Dir: Lorenzo DeStefano

In a world filled with noise there is another sound worth hearing and her name is Rachel Flowers. Blind since her premature birth, the Oxnard native displayed a gift for music at an early age, spending ten years at the Southern California Conservatory of Music studying piano and flute. Today Flowers is an acclaimed composer and performer; among the artists singing her praises in this powerful documentary are Stevie Wonder, Dweezil Zappa and Keith Emerson.


MASK
1985, Universal, 127 min, USA, Dir: Peter Bogdanovich

Disfigured teen Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz) fights against his disease and society’s prejudices with the help of an unconventional but loving biker mom (Cher) and her boyfriend (Sam Elliott). Peter Bogdanovich directs this true story with sensitivity and intelligence, creating that rare film that is heartwarming and inspirational without being phony in its sentiment.


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