Free Film Screenings

(Photo: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir stars in Iceland’s ‘Woman at War.’ Source: YouTube video)

Looking for something different to stream? For free? How about new and recent films from Italy, Native America, and Iceland?

N.I.C.E New Italian Cinema Events

Running through this Saturday, November 21, N.I.C.E. offers 10 feature films, including five documentaries.

We’ve already watched Chiara Malta’s drama Simple Women, about Frederica (Jasmine Trinca), an epileptic director making a biographical film about, and starring, a Romanian actress she has idolized. Gradually, Frederica’s films and her own fantasies blur together. Further blurring fact and fiction, the Romanian actress is Elina Löwensohn, playing herself as she did in Hal Hartley’s 1992 comedy, Simple Men, a film Frederica’s been obsessed with since her youth. (You can stream Simple Men for $2.99 from Amazon or iTunes.)

Here’s Löwensohn’s iconic dance scene from Simple Men, followed by her and Trinca in a scene from Simple Women.

Other films in the festival include a mother/son musical drama, We’ll Be Young and Beautiful, and Mister Wonderland, a documentary about Sylvester Z. Poli, an Italian immigrant sculptor who became an American theater impresario over a century ago.

You can learn about all 10 films – and screen them – at Eventive.

Native Cinema Showcase

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian offers seven feature films and seven shorts programs in this festival. The films will premiere through Sunday, November 22, and be available on demand over set time periods through Friday, November 27.

There’s one exception: Blood Quantum, about a zombie plague where the local Indians are immune, from Mi’kmaq-tribe writer-director Jeff Barnaby. It will only screen once: this Friday, November 20, at 9 pm ET.  Attendance is limited, so we suggest registering ASAP at Eventbrite.  A conversation with Barnaby and actress Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers will follow.

Other Showcase films include Conscience Point, debuting today at 7 pm and on demand through Monday, November 23. This look at Shinnecock activists fighting for their land and heritage in Long Island’s ultra-rich Hamptons aired originally on PBS’ Independent Lens. A conversation will follow, with activist Rebecca Hill-Genia and producers Treva Wurmfeld and Julianna Brannum.

You can learn about all the films – and screen them – at the National Museum of the American Indian

Taste of Iceland

There’s only one film in this Icelandic culture fest that runs through Sunday, November 22, but it looks like a good one: Woman at War, described by The New York Times as “an  environmental drama wrapped in whimsical comedy and tied with a bow of midlife soul-searching.” The movie is about a 50-year-old woman (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir) who secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry.

You can get your free ticket from New York’s Scandinavia House, and also go to Iceland Naturally’s Facebook page Sunday at 4 pm ET to see a discussion with director director Benedikt Erlingsson.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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