Film Fest 52

7:00pm Feb 20

“Alpha Go”

Plays Like A Nail Biting Thriller

Q&A With Filmmaker

With more board configurations than there are atoms in the universe, the ancient Chinese game of Go has long been considered a grand challenge for artificial intelligence. On March 9, 2016, the worlds of Go and artificial intelligence collided in South Korea for an extraordinary best-of-five-game competition, coined The DeepMind Challenge Match. Hundreds of millions of people around the world watched as a legendary Go master took on an unproven AI challenger for the first time in history.


Directed by Greg Kohs with an original score by Academy Award nominee, Hauschka, AlphaGo chronicles a journey from the halls of Oxford, through the backstreets of Bordeaux, past the coding terminals of Google DeepMind in London, and ultimately, to the seven-day tournament in Seoul. As the drama unfolds, more questions emerge: What can artificial intelligence reveal about a 3000-year-old game? What can it teach us about humanity?



7:00pm Wed Feb 27

Francophile Shorts III - French Language & Topics With English Subtitles

Sweetheart 17:12 Dir. Jérémie Seguin - Overtaken by his childhood memories, a teenager finds out the emotional gap that séparâtes him from his mother, who has never showed any sign of affection towards him. Closer to his father, he fears his own mother, who for him is responsible for the stormy climate present in the family. Step by step, he will realize that his parents are not quite those he has imagined.

The Snag 8:00 min Dir. Isabelle Desalos - When Camille meet Etienne, there is something more than usual. But she has a secret which will ruin everything between them : she has HIV. When she runs away and then he catches her, the complicity turned to a lack of understanding. Despite their shared desire, those two hearts will hurt each other.

I Am Sorry 3:19 - Dir. Olejnik Kamil - To complete the path that leads to his redemption, a condemned man writes a letter of forgiveness. By offering this letter to his children, he fulfills his most cherished desire to break the cycle of violence that destroys his family from generation to generation.

Les Tappan Zigues 9:33 Dir. Jonah Ginsburg - is a film about the coming together of two musicians as they form a band focused on traditional French acoustic music. Bridging immensely different backgrounds, they find common ground in the songs they cover and the original music they create.

The Amazon 13:32  Dir. Alexandra Naoum - Elie, 30, lost a breast fighting a cancer. She decided not to replace it. At a party, she falls in love with a man she thoughts she wouldn't see anymore and has to face her doubts on her new femininity.

Ten Minutes Tops 6:16  Dir. Antoine de Bujadoux - A man and a woman sit at a table together. They have ten minutes to talk and lots of things to doubts on her new femininity.

PAPA 14:00 Dir. Christophe Switzer - How does a father explain prostitution to his eight year old son while riding in a taxi in Paris? It depends on the driver.



7:00pm Wed March 6

“Sustainable Nation” - Solutions From The Desert 

From Israeli: A Documentary On Water Sustainability & Environmental Responsibility  

Sustainable Nation, the new hour-long documentary from Imagination Productions, follows three

individuals who are doing their part to bring sustainable water solutions to an increasingly thirsty planet.

Using solutions developed in water-poor Israel, they are working to change the status quo of a world where one in ten people lacks access to safe drinking water. But water is just the beginning. The work of this visionary trio highlights the nexus between food, energy and water and underscores how solving these enormous challenges can help free women, and the world, from life threatening poverty, illness and lack of opportunity.

From the creators of Netflix-featured Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front, and PBS featured Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference, Sustainable Nation shows how fixing global water issues is not only a matter of life and death, it’s the start of healing the world.



7:00pm Wed March 27 Bethel Arts Continues The Art In Film Series With 

“Kusama - Infinity” 

Q&A With Filmmaker 

76:00 Dir. Heather Lenz - Yayoi Kusama is the top-selling female artist in the world, best known for her colorful polka dot- and pumpkin-themed designs and her massively popular mirrored Infinity Rooms. Her work has pushed boundaries that often alienated her from her peers and those in power in the art world. 


KUSAMA - INFINITY shows the artist overcoming the odds to bring her radical artistic vision to the world stage - growing up in Japan during World War II, life in a dysfunctional family that discouraged her creative ambitions, sexism and racism in the art establishment, and mental illness in a culture where that was a particular stigma. Kusama has created a legacy of artwork that spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation art, performance art, poetry, and novels. After six decades of work, people around the world are experiencing her Infinity Rooms in record numbers, and Kusama continues to create work every day. POWERED BY: Bethel Cinema & FilmFest52