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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Cinematic Avalanche to Hit Burlington This Week

Posted By on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 9:30 AM

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Force Majeure, Sweden's 2014 Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film and winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the most recent Cannes Film Festival, storms its way into Burlington's Main Street Landing this week, courtesy of the Burlington Film Society.

The critically acclaimed drama, written and directed by Ruben Östlund, concerns the members of a picture-perfect Swedish family whose lives are thrown into utter turmoil when an avalanche hits the ski resort at which they're vacationing. Yet it's not so much the avalanche itself that throws their lives into chaos; rather, it's a choice made by the family patriarch that jeopardizes everything. (Revealing any more would be telling!) 

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Force Majeure — the title refers to the legal clause that frees both parties from obligation in the event of "acts of God" — has been well received by critics and audiences alike. Its local screening, an exclusive, reflects a continued commitment to new and exciting cinema by the Burlington Film Society and its parent organization, the Vermont International Film Foundation.

Force Majeure screens Thursday, November 13, 7 p.m., at Main Street Landing, 60 Lake Street, in Burlington. $8/$5 students/free for BFS members. More information here; the film's official trailer is below.

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Force Majeure (Turist)
Rated R · 120 min. · 2014
Official Site: www.facebook.com/ForceMajeureFilm
Director: Ruben Östlund
Writer: Ruben Östlund
Producer: Erik Hemmendorff, Marie Kjellson and Philippe Bober
Cast: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren and Vincent Wettergren

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Ethan de Seife

Ethan de Seife

Ethan de Seife was an arts writer at Seven Days from 2013 to 2016. He is the author of Tashlinesque: The Hollywood Comedies of Frank Tashlin, published in 2012 by Wesleyan University Press.

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