Film Series

Oscar-Nominated Shorts

Saturdays and Sundays, Jan. 31 - Feb. 15

For the tenth consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts.


Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Live Action

Aya (Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis) – 39 minutes/Israel and France/English, Hebrew, Danish
Boogaloo and Graham (Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney) – 14 minutes/UK/English
Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak) (Hu Wei and Julien Féret) – 15 minutes/France and China/Tibetan
Parvaneh (Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger) – 25 minutes/Switzerland/Dari and German
The Phone Call (Mat Kirkby and James Lucas) – 21 minutes/UK/English

  • Runtime: 1 hour 58 minutes
  • Genre: Live Action Short

See all of the Live Action Oscar-Nominated Shorts!


Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Documentary 1

The Documentary Shorts are shown in two programs. This is part 1

Joanna (Aneta Kopacz) – 40 minutes/Poland/Polish
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 (Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry) – 39 minutes/USA/English

  • Runtime: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary


Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Documentary 2

Our Curse (Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki) – 27 minutes/Poland/Polish
The Reaper (La Parka) (Gabriel Serra Arguello) – 29 minutes/Mexico/Spanish
White Earth (J. Christian Jensen) – 20 minutes/USA/English and Spanish

  • Runtime: 1 h our 27 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary Shorts


Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Animation

The Bigger Picture (Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees) – 7 minutes/UK/English
The Dam Keeper (Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi) – 18 minutes/USA/Non-dialogue
Feast (Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed) – 6 minutes/USA/Non-dialogue
Me and My Moulton (Torill Kove) – 14 minutes/Canada/English
A Single Life (Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins, Job Roggeveen) – 2 minutes/The Netherlands/Non-dialogue

  • Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Genre: Animation Shorts

Film Series

Classic Series

Mondays at 7pm

You voted, we listened. These are the six audience-nominated classic films that received the most audience votes! All films will be presented in full Digital Cinema splendor. Tickets are regular admission prices.


Lawrence of Arabia

Starring: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif

Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, British Lieutenant T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal (Alec Guinness) and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks. With the aid of native Sherif Ali (Omar Sharif), Lawrence rebels against the orders of his superior officer and strikes out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port.

  • Director: David Lean
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 3 hours 36 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“Released in 1962, it was pretty clearly the most intelligent spectacular within living memory. On its 40th anniversary, it's even better.”

– New Times


2001: A Space Odyssey

Starring: Keir Dullea

An imposing black structure provides a connection between the past and the future in this enigmatic adaptation of a short story by revered sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke. When Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and other astronauts are sent on a mysterious mission, their ship's computer system, HAL, begins to display increasingly strange behavior, leading up to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time.

  • Director: Stanley Kubrick
  • Rating: G
  • Runtime: 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Genre: Sci-Fi

“Only a few films are transcendent, and work upon our minds and imaginations like music or prayer or a vast belittling landscape...Alone among science-fiction movies, 2001 is not concerned with thrilling us, but with inspiring our awe.”

– Roger Ebert



Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston

Jack Nicholson is private-eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extramarital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one, unforgettable night in Chinatown.

  • Director: Roman Polanski
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Genre: Noir

“A wonderfully brooding, suspenseful revisitation of the land of film noir, Chinatown is not only one of the greatest detective films, but one of the most perfectly constructed of all films.”

– TV Guide


The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Starring: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick

In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named "Rocky."

  • Director: Jim Sharman
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Musical

“Rocky Horror continues to charm. That's due in part to the honest delight we take in the freedoms this movie so cheerfully flaunts.”

– Ty Burr, Entertainment Weekly


Blade Runner

Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah

Based on the novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" by Philip K. Dick, Blade Runner is a haunting look at reality, memory and mortality set against the dystopian future of Los Angeles, 2019.

Rick Deckard is a former Blade Runner called out of retirement to hunt and kill four Replicants who have returned to Earth on a killing spree, determined to meet their maker, Dr. Tyrell. Through his investigation, Decker meets Rachel, Dr. Tyrell's mysterious assistant.

  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1 hour 57 minutes
  • Genre: Sci-Fi

“A truly extraordinary, densely imagined version of both the future and the present, with a look and taste all its own.”

– Chicago Reader

The Classic Series is sponsored by the Fund for Williamstown, of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Film Series

Conflict and Violence in New French Film

Mondays at 7pm * Free to attend

In/Tolerance: Conflict and Violence in New French Film

All films are in French, with English subtitles

Williams College French faculty members Brian Martin and Sophie Saint-Just will introduce each film.

Titled “In/Tolerance: Conflict and Violence in New French Film,” this year’s festival examines the sometimes tumultuous and even violent conflicts between soldiers and diplomats, lovers and families, brothers and sisters in recent French-speaking film. From Nazi occupiers in Second World War France, to queer outsiders in rural Québec, to interracial lovers in contemporary Paris, these films dramatize the potential risks and grave dangers of war and resistance, family and friendship, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity. Amid recent debates this year in both France and North America on military violence, urban racism, homophobia, and misogyny, these films serve as both cautionary tales and exemplary models for tolerance and intolerance. We hope that this festival on conflict and violence in new French film will encourage discussion and debate on in/tolerance in twenty-first century France and the French-speaking world.


Diplomacy (Diplomatie)

Starring: Niels Arestrup, André Dussollier

As the Allies march toward Paris in the summer of 1944, Hitler gives orders that the French capital should not fall into enemy hands, or if it does, then ‘only as a field of rubble’. The person assigned to carry out this barbaric act is Wehrmacht commander of Greater Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz, who already has mines planted on the Eiffel Tower, in the Louvre and Notre Dame and on the bridges over the Seine. Nothing should be left as a reminder of the city’s former glory. However, at dawn on 25 August, Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling steals into German headquarters through a secret underground tunnel and there starts a tension-filled game of cat and mouse as Nordling tries to persuade Choltitz to abandon his plan.

In this riveting adaptation of the stage success by Cyril Gély, the great Volker Schlöndorff (Academy Award winner THE TIN DRUM) has created a psychologically elaborate game of political manners between two highly contrasting characters. While Choltitz entrenches himself behind his duty to obey unquestioningly all military orders, Nordling tries everything he can to appeal to reason and humanity and prevent the senseless destruction of the beloved 'City of Light'.

  • Director: Volker Schlöndorff
  • Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“The movie is an intellectual puzzle, the outcome of which is never in doubt. Its minor thrills come not from not knowing what will happen, but from watching the cagey choreography of two acrobatic minds.”

– Washington Post


Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme)

Starring: Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy

A grieving man meets his lover's family, who were not aware of their son's sexual orientation.

  • Director: Xavier Dolan
  • Runtime: 1 hour 42 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Thriller

“It’s taut, creepy, compelling and sexy. And, apart from the location, it’s very much a Dolan film, focused on people testing the limits of their love for each other – and themselves.”

– Time Out London


Hold Back (Rengaine)

Starring: Slimane Dazi, Sabrina Hamida, Stéphane Soo Mongo

Paris, today. Dorcy, a young black Christian, wants to marry Sabrina, a young North African. It what would be a simple matter if it weren't for the fact that Sabrina has 40 brothers and that this easygoing wedding has crystallized a taboo still rooted in the mentalities of the two communities: no marriages between Blacks and Arabs. Slimane, the elder brother, and guardian of traditions, will oppose this union in every way possible.

  • Director: Rachid Djaïdani
  • Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“Capturing both the bustling Parisian streets and the charged encounters between different ethnic groups that take place there, Djaidani imbues his setting with a vibrant pulse.”

– Slant Magazine

This festival is made possible with the generous support of the Williams Department of Romance Languages, the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and the Dively Committee on Human Sexuality and Diversity.

Special Showing

Shield and Spear

Tuesday, February 17 at 5pm

Discussion with Executive Producer Marquise Stillwell in person after the film


Shield and Spear

Starring: Brett Murray, BLK JKS, Zanele Muholi, Gazelle, The Brother Moves On, Yolanda Fyrus, Fokofpolisiekar, The Smarteez.

Discussion with Executive Producer Marquise Stillwell in person after the film

In the changing political climate of South Africa a revolution is taking place as artists, musicians and designers tackle issues of politics, race and history. This newest film by director Petter Ringbom follows some of the most recognized artists in South Africa today, exploring what it means to live and work in the new democracy. Artist Brett Murray’s painted caricature of South African president Jacob Zuma results in a lawsuit and death threats. Photographer and activist Zanele Muholi’s work exposes hate crimes in the LGBT community. The Smarteez design collective creates international styles while running a free after-school program for kids. Musician Xander Ferreira of Gazelle parades on stage as a character based on an archetypal African dictator. Shield and Spear presents intimate stories about the artists, art, music, identity, race and freedom of expression in South Africa 20 years into democracy.

  • Director: Petter Ringbom
  • Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“Introducing outsiders to a creative scene seemingly far more vibrant than most of us realized, Petter Ringbom's Shield and Spear finds post-Apartheid South Africa brimming with art, music and activism.”

– Hollywood Reporter

This film is shown as part of the Davis Center Social Justice Film Series, and is sponsored by the Davis Center of Williams College.

Special Event

Red Carpet Party 2015

February 22, 2015 8 PM

Hops & Vines, 16 Water Street, Williamstown

This event is presented in collaboration with Hops and Vines.

Live Red Carpet commentary, Academy Awards televised broadcast, theme drinks, Pick-the-Winner ballot contest and more! Free to attend; cash bar.

Film Series

Goodbye to Language 3D

March 7 at 3pm + March 8 at 1:30pm

A married woman and a single man meet. They love, they argue, fists fly. A dog strays between town and country. The seasons pass.

Goodbye to Language 3D

Starring: Héloïse Godet, Kamel Abdeli

French New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard tackles 3D and so much more in this audacious, provocative missive about communication, technology and the inner lives of dogs.

Godard himself might describe Goodbye to Language, his 39th film and winner of the Cannes Jury Prize, as “simple. A married woman and a single man meet. They love, they argue, fists fly," but from the beginning of this anarchic, iconoclastic work, it's obvious that we are in strikingly rarefied territory. Fragmenting the visuals and the soundtrack and using 3D in daring ways that truly add dimension and depth, Godard immediately sets about refining his increasingly experimental, but devilishly humorous, approach to his narrative—such as it is—while simultaneously redefining and critiquing how we absorb information through a barrage of ideas and images flickering on screens of all sizes.(Turns out not even Godard can resist a good iPhone joke.) As the aforementioned man and woman struggle with their relationship and more heady ideas—all at risk of being devalued by Google and other villains of accessibility—perhaps, Godard suggests, their dog Roxy (played by Godard's own pet) has the answer: simply living in the moment.

  • Director: Jean-Luc Godard
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 70 minutes
  • Genre: Experimental Drama

“It is baffling and beautiful, a flurry of musical and literary snippets arrayed in counterpoint to a series of brilliantly colored and hauntingly evocative pictures.”

– A.O. Scott, New York Times