A Belated Valentine from the Coastside Film Society


By on Wed, February 24, 2010

Two tales that prove love young can hurdle any obstacles no matter how dry or patriarchal.

short: I am Your Pirate (Tu Pirata Soy Yo)

A teen longs to win the heart of a one-eyed rake she met on Facebook. Her puritanical father will do anything to prevent their first date. Spanish with English subtitles.

feature: Absurdistan (88 mins)

"A wildly imaginative world worthy of Gabriel Garca Marquez at his most playful, drenching it in vivid color and a Slavic sense of bleak humor." Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

A comic fairy tale about water shortage, a war between the sexes, and two teenage lovers caught in the middle.

In a town so inconsequential no country lays claim to it, a young love is born.  Grandma predicts their love will reach fruition when both bathe under the light of a rare celestial alignment.  Hard to do when the local aqueduct runs dry.  Will he be able to fix the water supply in time?  Will the women of the town ever forgive their lazy menfolk?

"With a gloriously saturated palette, rich textures, a fanciful imagination and an unerring, light touch, (Director) Helmer gives Absurdistan a distinct narrative style and visual verve that seem at once ancient and new, childlike and wise. Those who prefer their cinema austere and joyless will no doubt find its humor a bit twee, but anyone looking for a break from empty nihilism should seek out this small, sparkling gem." Washington Post

The dialog is in Russian but is so spare English viewers can almost get by without reading the subtitles. 

** Winner Grand Jury Prize for World Dramatic Feature at Sundance ** 

Parental warning. Adult themes and brief nudity.
Friday Feb 26, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Community United Methodist Church Sanctuary
777 Miramontes (corner of Johnston); Half Moon Bay
$6.00 suggested donation

More info and a trailer at: www.HMBFilm.org