Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

September 26, 2013

Now showing: BoomerVenture kicks off fall film series

The Andover Townsman

---- — Fall’s arrival marks the return of the BoomerVenture Screening Room Film Festival on Thursday nights at the Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court.

The free series features a lineup of prize-winning independent films shown in the center’s glass-enclosed, four-seasons room, located on the ground floor of the school administration building.

It kicked off Sept. 19 with the documentary “Somewhere Between.”

This week, the French drama “Mozart’s Sister” fills the big screen on Thursday, Sept. 26. The movie imagines the early life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s older sister, Maria Anna, who was also a musical prodigy, and explores the limitations on brilliant women of that era as well as offering the opportunity to enjoy superb music.

All of the movies start at 7 p.m. and feature snacks. Here’s a look at the coming attractions:

Oct. 3: “Searching for Sugar Man,” the 2012 Oscar winner for best documentary tells the story of a musician/blue-collar worker named Rodriguez, described as “the greatest `70s rock icon who never was.” After struggling for success in Detroit, Rodriguez becomes a bigger star than Elvis in apartheid South Africa, after a bootleg recording of his makes its way there. The film follows two South African fans’ search to discover what happened to their musical hero.

Oct. 10: “Kon Tiki,” a re-creation of Thor Heyerdahl’s raft voyage across the ocean to prove his hypothesis that natives from South America colonized the Polynesian Islands.

Oct. 17: “Amour,” the Oscar-nominated French film and Palme d’Or prize winner at the Cannes Film Festival tells the story of two retired, cultured music teachers who confront the challenges of life and approaching death when the wife becomes seriously ill after a series of strokes. It won the Academy Award for best actress.

Oct. 24: “Sweetheart,” a French mystery not available yet in theaters that is based on the thriller by Massachusetts author Andrew Coburn. The spellbinding movie deals with Mafia spies, unbalanced FBI agents and double-agent wives.

Oct. 31: “The Gatekeepers,” a powerful, timely documentary addressing when morality condones using violence for national security.

Nov. 7: “No,” a Spanish drama based on a true story that portrays a young advertising executive’s efforts to support the political opponents of Chilean military dictator Pinochet — who had called for elections in 1988. The film explores one individual’s fate for participating in this electoral coup.

Nov. 14: “Quartet,” a Dustin Hoffman comedy set in a home for retired musicians preparing to put on Verdi. The film follows the relationships of four opera singers, rekindled when a famous diva becomes a resident.

For more information on the film series, call The Center at Punchard at 978-623-8321 or visit