Democrats Abroad Costa Banderas 2020 Movie Screenings
Tricia Lyman - Democrats Abroad Costa Banderas

January 18, 2020

The Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad invite you to join us every Wednesday at 3:00 pm for our traditional film series screenings until March 25, 2020.

This season, Democrats Aboard has a stellar line-up of recent movies to choose from. With award-winning documentaries and foreign films, comedies, thrillers, and Oscar-nominated performances, there’s something for everyone. And with air conditioning, comfortable seating, and table service, this year’s venue, Incanto, is sure to please too. All movies are shown on Wednesdays at 3:00 pm — perfect for grabbing a meal before or after — and tickets are just 100 pesos. Buy them in person at Incanto or online at Incanto Vallarta. See you there.

Following are the scheduled movies we will be screening. Just click on the title and you will be linked to the IMDB site with movie descriptions, actors and reviews:

January 22 - The Wife

Nominated for the Best Actress Oscar, Glen Close gives a searing performance as the dutiful wife of a Nobel Prize winning author, played by Jonathon Price. The film tells the story of a 40-year marriage — with all its secrets and betrayals — and of a wife’s quest to become a person in her own right. Fantastic performances makes this a riveting drama filled with tension.

January 29 - Echo in the Canyon

Classic rock fans will not want to miss this feel-good documentary about the music scene in Laurel Canyon during the 1960s. The movie combines archival footage and contemporary interviews with rock legends like Bryan Wilson, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, Michelle Phillips, and more to chart the evolution of the California Sound. Just try not to sing along to chart-topping hits by the Mamas and the Papas, the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and the Beach Boys. And then hear them reinterpreted by a new generation of artists.

February 12 - If Beale Street Could Talk

Based on the novel by James Baldwin, Beale Street tells the love story of Tish and her finance Fonny, who is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Set in Harlem in the early 1970s, it shows the unbreakable bond that the couple shares with themselves and their African-American family. It’s a beautiful film on many levels.

February 19 - The River and the Wall

Follow along as five friends travel 1,200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horseback, mountain bike, and canoe in order to document the beauty of the Rio Grande borderlands and examine the impact a wall will have on the area. By the end of the three-month journey, the human side of the immigration debate eclipses all the other aspects of their quest.

February 26 - Cold War

This story of impossible love was nominated for Best Foreign Film in 2019. Filmed in stark black and white in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia, and Paris, it tells the story of two incompatible lovers whose passion overwhelms their judgement and the hardship of living in exile.

March 4 - Free Solo

Winner of the Best Documentary at the 2019 Academy Awards, this National Geographic production tells the story of the first free solo climb of El Capitan, the 3,200-foot vertical rock face in Yosemite National Park. Featuring breathtaking suspense, incredible athleticism, and awe-inspiring scenery, the film is a story of passion, bravery, and perseverance.

March 11 - On the Basis of Sex

Fans of Notorious RBG — Ruth Bader Ginsburg — will not want to miss this excellent biopic of the Supreme Court Justice and her long battle for equality. British actress Felicity Jones brings warmth and intelligence to her portrayal of the legendary jurist and humanizes her struggles trying to overcome the sexism that was rampant throughout her education and career. Inspiring and uplifting, it’s a film you’ll remember long after the credits.

March 1 - The Biggest Little Farm

Seven years ago, John and Molly Chester left their comfortable urban lives to start a farm from scratch, using traditional methods: cover crops, zero pesticides, diverse fruits and vegetables and a variety of animals. The film documents their hardships and triumphs as they transform 200 acres of barren land into a blueprint for sustainable biodiversity. Beautiful cinematography and compelling storytelling make this a profound, intimate, and entertaining film.

March 25 - The Farewell

Based on a true story, this 2019 release is a real crowd pleaser. Directed by Lulu Wang, it tells the story of a Chinese family’s decision not to tell the matriarch that she is dying. A hastily convened wedding serves as a pretense to give extended family the opportunity to reconnect one last time in this funny, uplifting comedy/drama.

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