The Phoenix Film Foundation is proud to team up with our friends at NEON to bring some of the most cutting edge titles in independent film to our filmgoers in these exclusive screenings. Through December, we will be showing screenings of upcoming NEON titles and one classic— complete with discussion hosted by our resident film critic and expert, Jeff Mitchell.
The best part? These screenings are FREE. That’s right. Free. All you have to do is become a member of our insiders mailing list or follow us on social media! Not sure if you follow us or are an insider? Well, here are the handy links to our social media outlets AND a way for you to sign up to become an Insider!
But now it’s time for the good stuff. Check out the films below! Good luck and we hope to see you at the movies!
Thursday, September 5th
On a faraway mountaintop, eight teenaged guerillas with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow for a shadowy force known only as "The Organization." Playing games and initiating cult-like rituals, the children run amok. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, fracturing their intricate bond, the mission begins to collapse.
Winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Monos was the selected as the Colombian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.
Thursday, October 3rd
Bong Joon Ho brings his singular mastery home to Korea in this pitch-black modern fairytale. Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity.
Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks. By turns darkly hilarious and heart-wrenching, PARASITE showcases a modern master at the top of his game.
Thursday, November 7th
Jen (Matilda Lutz), arrives at a remote desert villa with her millionaire Adonis boy toy (Kevin Jannsens) for a weekend of romantic (and illicit) frivolity. Things go south quickly when her lover’s unseemly hunting pals (Vincent Colombe and Guillaume Bouchède) show up and make inappropriate advances that escalate into an outright assault. The men quickly try to sweep their attack under the rug, but Jen won’t have it and, well… hell hath no fury…
Portrait Of a Lady On Fire
Thursday, December 5th
Brittany, France, 1760. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young lady who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day and secretly paints her at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share Héloïse's first and last moments of freedom, all whilst Marianne paints the portrait that will end it all.
Winner of both Best Screenplay and the Queer Palm at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Wednesday, December 18th
How do you salvage your marriage when you are struggling to salvage your soul, your sense of self, and your sense of right and wrong? Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard) is a prison warden who, over the years, has been drifting away from her husband while dutifully carrying out executions in a maximum security prison.
When she strikes up a unique bond with death-row inmate Anthony Woods (Aldis Hodge), a layer of emotional skin is peeled back, forcing Bernadine to confront the complex—and often contradictory—relationship between good intentions, unrequited desires, and what it means to be sanctioned to kill.