"Naqoyqatsi," showing at the Maui Film Festival on Jan. 29, merges the power of image and music.

FirstLight opens year
for Maui Film Festival

Star-Bulletin staff

The Maui Film Festival opens with a series of January FirstLight screenings at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater, at One Cameron Way in Kahului.

Admission to the films are $7 with Maui Film Festival Passport or $10 for adults (single ticket) and $5 for kids 12 and under (for G-, PG- and PG-13-rated films). All the films will screen at 5 and 7:30 p.m.

Here is the schedule:

Wednesday -- "Metropolis": This picture is not to be confused with the recent identically titled animated film. Fritz Lang's 1927 film is the crowning achievement of silent cinema, and as a cinematic spectacle it is a gourmet 20-course meal in contrast to the "eye candy" that passes for science-fiction films today, according to festival founder Barry Rivers. Unrated.

Jan. 15 -- "Invincible": The spectacularly icy Tim Roth ("The Legend of 1900") and newcomer Jouko Ahola star as director Werner Herzog ("Wings of Desire," "Fitzcarraldo" and "Buena Vista Social Club") tells the true story of a simple Jewish man, the strongest man in Germany, who is transported from his humble village to the giddy excesses of the 1930s Berlin. Rated PG-13.

Jan. 22 -- "In Praise of Love": This profoundly moving essay captures the stages of amour (love) and of age. Master filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard's work is visually ravishing, penetrating and, according to the Chicago Tribune, "can be watched repeatedly, always yielding new secrets and beauties. Most profound of all, perhaps, are those incredible black-and-white images of Paris." Starring Bruno Putzulu and Cecile Camp. Unrated. In French with English subtitles.

Jan. 29 -- "Naqoyqatsi": Director Godfrey Reggio's ("Koyaanisqatsi" and "Powaqqatsi") film merges the power of image and music to plunge wordless into the heart of the hyper-accelerated, globally wired 21st century that moves in synch with a hypnotic score by Philip Glass and the passionate cello work of Yo-Yo Ma. The New York Post said, "Who needs mind-bending drugs when they can see this?" Rated PG.

Call 808-572-3456 for reservations.

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