Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sun, Aug 18, 2019

Golden Globes 2020
Member Event!
HFPA Foreign-Language Film Series
Presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in collaboration with the American Cinematheque

Last year 83 films (from 52 countries) were submitted for consideration for the Best Foreign-Language Film Golden Globe Award. Each active HFPA member is tasked with nominating five films from this selection of some of the best films produced in the world. This year the HFPA will share the wealth with select film lovers. The HFPA Foreign-Language Film Series will present a selection of official submissions at a Cinematheque theater for HFPA members and an invited audience, and will precede the final annual series saluting the five Golden Globe nominees in January. Join us for a first look at some of the most accomplished new films from around the world!

10:00 AM: Doors open with coffee, bagels and viennoiseries.

11:00 AM: STRANGERS OF PATIENCE, 2018, Sputnik, 103 min. Dir. Vladimir Alenikov. Konstantin Lavronenko (THE RETURN, THE BANISHMENT) stars as Andrey, a celebrated photographer with a mysterious dark side, in this tense psychological thriller from Russian director Vladimir Alenikov. Smitten after a chance encounter, Andrey uses his charm and professional status to lure a young deaf woman named Marina (Maja Szopa) to his posh home in the city. All seems rather harmless at first, but as hours and then days pass on her visit, Marina realizes to her great horror that she might never leave. In Russian with English subtitles.

1:00 PM: Lunch break - snacks and desserts provided, while supplies last. There will be a food truck in front of the theatre with additional lunch options available for purchase.

2:00 PM: MONOS, 2019, Neon, 102 min. Dir. Alejandro Landes. Against a jungle setting that is by turns breathtaking and claustrophobic, director Alejandro Landes’ (PORFIRIO) tense and violent tale of adolescent guerrillas in Colombia echoes both APOCALYPSE NOW and THE LORD OF THE FLIES. The gun-toting teens work for a cause known only as “The Organization” and are charged with guarding an adult American hostage (Julianne Nicholson) and a cow, but their mission is hampered by their immaturity and inability to organize. A World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. In Spanish and English with English subtitles.

3:45 PM: Break

4:30 PM: SIBEL, 2018, Synergetic Distribution, 95 min. Dirs. Guillaume Giovanetti, Çagla Zencirci. The third feature from Guillaume Giovanetti and Çagla Zencirci, a filmmaking duo that has fostered a reputation for its intensely beautiful, yet biting social critiques (NOOR, NIGEN), SIBEL follows a young mute woman living in a small village in the remote mountain region of Turkey's Black Sea. Featuring an extremely rare whistled language, the film explores the social complexities of Sibel’s community, as she finds herself shaking up the village’s rigid customs and laws by sheltering an injured fugitive. Winner of the FIPRESCI prize at the 2018 Locarno Film Festival. “The captivating and deeply felt coming-of-age fable SIBEL … recalls the work of the Dardennes brothers in its handheld you-are-there immediacy, yet also has a mystical side steeped in local folklore and the sublime mountainous landscapes.” - Jordan Mintze, The Hollywood Reporter. In Turkish with English subtitles.

6:00 PM: Cheese reception while supplies last. There will be a food truck in front of the theatre with additional dinner options available for purchase.

7:00 PM: THE BEST YEARS OF A LIFE (LES PLUS BELLES ANNÉES D’UNE VIE), 2019, Other Angle Pictures, 90 min. Dir. Claude Lelouch. Claude Lelouch’s 49th film is the long-awaited conclusion to the romantic trilogy that audiences fell in love with when A MAN AND A WOMAN debuted in 1966. Former race-car driver Jean-Louis Duroc (Jean-Louis Trintignant) has finally eased off the brakes of his fast-paced life, winding down his final years in a retirement home, but when his son seeks out Duroc’s true love, Anne Gauthier (Anouk Aimee), the former couple reunite one final time to reminisce and reflect upon what might have been. Through flashbacks, witty banter and strikingly collaged sequences from Lelouch’s previous films, Trintignant and Aimee’s undeniable on-screen chemistry shines through once again. In French with English subtitles.

We’re very much looking forward to our big day of international cinema this coming Sunday at the HFPA Foreign-Language Film Series. After the 11am screening of STRANGERS OF PATIENCE and the 4:30pm screening of SIBEL, attendees will have an hour-long meal break. Light snacks will be provided (dessert in the lunch break, cheese and charcuterie in the dinner break), but those hungrier guests can find sustenance out on Montana Avenue. Food truck Me So Hungry will be stationed right outside of the Aero Theatre; there are also many nearby options for quick bites, reachable by foot. The following list is organized by distance from the Aero:
1. Me So Hungry food truck
1328 Montana Ave
Burgers, mac ‘n’ cheese, fries

2. Peet’s Coffee
1401 Montana Ave.
Coffee, tea, pastries

3. Prima Baja Cantina & Taco – members receive 25% off!
1405 Montana Ave.
Tacos, salads, bowls, full bar

4. Whole Foods Market
1425 Montana Ave.
Grab-n-go items, salad bar, deli case

5. Sweetgreen – order ahead via their app!
1517 Montana Ave.
“Eco-chic” chain offering salads, soups, bowls

6. Kye’s
1518 Montana Ave
Health-focused wraps, bowls, salads

7. Sweet Lady Jane (lunch only)
1631 Montana Ave.
Sandwiches, brunch fare, bakery

For full details on the day’s schedule, please visit

This program is free to Cinematheque Members and HFPA grantees, who will receive an invitation.
Screening format: DCP
Aero Theatre • Sun, Aug 18, 2019 • 11:00am

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