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Award-Winning Films Comes to Billings Farm & Museum

Oct 27, 2016 06:23PM ● By Kirsten Gehlbach
This series of films was inspired by the countryside here and around the world. The Woodstock Vermont Film Series transports viewers to distinctive cultures and destinations that share a strong sense of place. Through the medium of cinematography, Billings Farm & Museum invites you to “celebrate the diversity and joy of humanity and the powerful influence of place in our lives.”

Seats fill quickly. Purchase tickets in advance: call (802) 457-2355 or go to

Here is what will be showing through January. More can be found on the website at

Dark Horse

October 29 at 3 and 5pm

(UK • 2015 • 1 hr., 25 min.) Rated PG

Sundance Film Festival: Audience Award, Nomination Grand Jury Prize.

Set in a former mining village in Wales, this is an inspirational documentary about a group of friends from a workingmen’s club who decide to take on the elite “sport of kings” and breed themselves a racehorse.


November 12 at 3 and 5pm

(France/Germany • 2014 • 1 hr., 24 min. • subtitles) NR

Valladolid International Film Festival: Best Actor, Best Director; additional win and three nominations.

A tense battle of wills between a Nazi general and a Swedish diplomat over the fate of Paris in the waning days of World War II gives director Volker Schlöndorff the premise for this compelling historical drama.

Life, Animated

November 19 at 3 and 5pm

 (France/USA • 2016 • 1 hr., 29 min.) Rated PG

Sundance Film Festival: Directing Award, Grand Jury Prize Nomination; additional five wins and two nominations.

This is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic animated Disney films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence.


November 26 • 3 and 6:15pm NOTE TIMES

 (USA • 1970 • 3 hr., 4 min.) Rated R

Academy Awards: Best Documentary Feature; Best Sound and Film Editing Nominations.

Three days of peace, love, and music are captured on film. A half million people (with an additional million out on the roads who couldn’t get any closer ) gathered in one spot for a festival that named a generation.


Taxi Tehran

December 3 at 3 and 5pm

 (Iran • 2015 • 1 hr., 22 min. • subtitles)

Berlin International Film Festival: FIPRESCI Prize, Golden Bear Prize; additional five wins and six nominations.

“With just three tiny cameras, a bunch of roses, and no budget, this enchanting film shot in the back of a taxi shows how little you need to make a great movie.”—David Sexton, The Evening Standard


Last Man on the Moon

December 17 at 3 and 5pm

 (UK • 2014 • 1 hr., 35 min.)

Newport Beach Film Festival: Audience Award, Best Documentary; additional win and nomination.

When Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan stepped off the moon in December 1972, he left his footprints and his daughter’s initials in the lunar dust. Only now is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story of fulfillment, love, and loss.


Sing Street

December 31 at 3 and 5pm

 (Ireland • 2015 • 1 hr., 46 min.) Rated PG-13

Nashville Film Festival: Audience Award, Special Jury Prize; additional win and seven nominations.

Irish filmmaker John Carney’s Sing Street isn’t about the rise of a hot new band in Dublin in 1985. No one pays much attention to Sing Street: not club owners, booking agents, or label executives. The story is about 14-year old Connor pulling himself up out of bleak circumstances with the help of his older brother Brendan, who teaches him that the key to greatness in any endeavor is to risk being ridiculed. Ultimately, Carney’s movie uses the real social problems of his home country as the backdrop for inspiration.


January 7 at 3 and 5pm

 (Iceland • 2015 • 1 hr., 33 min. • subtitles) Rated R

Cannes Film Festival: Un Certain Regard Award; additional 27 wins and eight nominations.

“The big-horned head-butters of the title here aren’t just the prized sheep kept in a remote Icelandic valley, but the two heavily bearded brothers who are most competitive about them. This superb film’s ending is so primordial you’ll know it’s about far more than livestock and sibling rivalry.”—Ken Eisner, The Georgia Straight

He Named Me Malala

January 14 at 3 and 5pm

 (United Arab Emirates • 2015 • 1 hr., 28 min.) Rated PG-13

BAFTA Awards: Best Documentary Nomination; additional five wins and 15 nominations.

A look at the events leading up to the Taliban’s attack on Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai for speaking out on girls’ education—followed by the aftermath.

Welcome to Leith

January 28 at 3 and 5pm

 (USA • 2015 • 1 hr., 25 min.)

Sundance Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize Nomination; additional seven wins and six nominations.

Welcome to Leith is the story of the attempted takeover of a small town in North Dakota by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. As his behavior becomes more threatening, tensions soar, and the residents desperately look for ways to expel their unwanted neighbor. With incredible access to both longtime residents of Leith and white supremacists, the film examines a small community on the Plains struggling for sovereignty against an extremist vision.

Billings Farm & Museum Members:

Adults: 16 & up: $98 for the 15-film package or $9 per film

Children: 3–15: $5 per film


Adults: 16 & up: $132 for the 15-film package or $11 per film

Children: 3–15: $6 per film

Tickets may be purchased as a 15-film package or individually and are available by advance purchase or at the door if seating permits.

Information at

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