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127 Hours


USA / U K Director: Danny Boyle


Producers: Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, John Smithson


Screenwriters: Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy


Cinematographers: Enrique Chediak, Anthony Dod Mantle Editor: Jon Harris


Cast: James Franco, Kate Mara, Lizzy Caplan 2010/color/94 min.


DANNY BOYLE


One of the most highly regarded film- makers working today, Danny Boyle rose to the top two years ago with Slumdog Millionaire (SDFF31), winning a slew of Oscars and Golden Globes with the genre-crossing tale of inner-city youths in India. His directorial range includes everything from family films to thrillers and horror.


Selected Filmography Slumdog Millionaire (2008) Millions (2004) 28 Days Later (2002) The Beach (2000) A Life Less Ordinary (1997) Trainspotting (1996) Shallow Grave (1994)


Followed by the Big Night Party at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver


Fresh from the success of the Academy Award–winning Slumdog Millionaire (SDFF31), British filmmaker Danny Boyle radically changes gears with the true story of Aron Ralston, a cocky outdoorsman (and longtime Colorado resident) who, in 2003, found himself fighting for his life in the wilds of Utah after a tum- bling boulder pinned him to a canyon wall. Unable to extricate himself, he ran out of food, water and energy. Five days after his ordeal began, Ralston was forced to amputate his own arm with a blunt knife in order to save his life.


In what amounts to a compelling one-man show, actor James Franco covers the whole gamut of Ralston’s emotions—and of the inventive approaches he takes to his horrifying circumstances. With his one good arm, he fashions a set of pulleys in an attempt to move the boulder. He also captures his thoughts and strategies on film with the camcorder he’s brought along on the trip—reconsidering his past, fantasizing about escaping the certain death he seems to be facing and, in some unexpectedly witty moments, even laughing about his fate.


Based on Ralston’s memoir Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Boyle’s dramati- zation is a harrowing piece of filmmaking; neither the director nor his cinematog- raphers, Anthony Dod Mantle and Enrique Chediak, shirk their responsibilities to the grisly truth. If, in Trainspotting (also playing in SDFF33), Boyle revealed more about the lives of Scottish junkies than the squeamish could handle, in 127 Hours, the 2010 recipient of the Mayor’s Career Achievement Award does the same for his adventurer-hero—the good, the bad and the shockingly ugly.


—BILL GALLO Sponsored by


In cooperation with Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association, CU–Denver Young Alumni, Roxborough Hiking Club, Harvard Business School of Colorado


Special thanks to Fox Searchlight


Preceded by: The Comfort of Cold


Director: Sara Newens USA/2010/4 min.


Reel Social Club


A meditative look at a 74-year-old man’s daily one-mile swim in San Francisco Bay.


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