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Aspen Filmfest shows at Crystal, Springs theaters

Aspen Filmfest, Sept. 30-Oct. 5, celebrates its 25th anniversary with plenty of movie fare in downvalley theaters.

This year’s film feast for families showcases specially selected films, including first features heralding new voices, true stories documenting poignant memories and adventures, a strong contingent of women filmmakers, and festival circuit favorites.

John Sayles’ “Casa de Los Babys” wrestles with the topic of foreign adoption, and features a strong ensemble female cast that includes Mary Steenburgen, Marcia Gay Harden, Rita Moreno, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Lili Taylor. It plays at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the Crystal Theater in Carbondale, and at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Springs Theatre in Glenwood Springs.



The latest film from Oscar-winning Italian director Gabriele Salvatores, “I’m Not Scared,” creates a visually stunning and richly complex tale of innocence confronting evil that is deeply involving, a little hair-raising, and immensely satisfying. It plays at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Crystal Theater.

Aspen Filmfest honors the work of new film talent, and this year’s lineup includes a first feature animation, an emerging artist, and a sneak preview with a face familiar to Filmfest fans.



“The Triplets of Belleville,” French writer-director-animation director Sylvain Chomet’s debut, is a slyly humorous visual feast of anarchist animation that created a sensation at Cannes Film Festival this year. It plays at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale.

Robb Moss captures one last long trip down the Colorado River with his fellow whitewater rafting guides in “The Same River Twice.” It plays at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the Springs Theatre.

In “Pipe Dreams,” director Enzo Mileti follows Ricky Bower of the U.S. National Snowboard Team and Joe Pack of the U.S. National Aerial Team. It plays at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the Springs Theatre.

Czech director Alice Nellis’ feature, “Some Secrets,” is about a family road trip that’s become a favorite on the festival circuit. It plays at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Crystal Theatre and at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Springs Theatre.

In “My Life Without Me,” Spanish director-writer Isabel Coixet is a life-affirming story rich in emotional texture and honesty. It plays at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Crystal Theatre.

“Valentin,” from Argentine director-writer Alejandro Agresti is a touching story about a young boy and his two biggest dreams: becoming an astronaut and seeing his estranged mother again. It plays at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the Crystal Theatre and at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Springs Theatre.

Tickets are available at the Wheeler Box Office in Aspen, Sounds Easy in Carbondale, the Book Train in Glenwood Springs, and at the door prior to each screening.


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