Lost Weekend V sells out in minutes

WINCHESTER – Moviegoers are confident enough in Winchester Film Club 3.0’s selection of indie films for its Lost Weekend V that all weekend passes for the event sold out before the list of titles was announced on Wednesday.

Passes to see all the event’s films became available for $35 at 5:30 p.m. and sold out within 30 minutes – actually overselling by six passes. Those determined to see some of the featured flicks could still have the chance to buy single showing tickets at regular Alamo prices as seats remain open.

Club founder Andy Gyurisin announced that tickets were sold out before ticking off selections for the Feb. 25-28 event at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. This year’s lineup jumped from 17 films and a selection of shorts to 20 films, eight of which are advance screenings of movies that won’t be in other theaters for months, in some cases.

Gyurisin said none of the Lost Weekend V films have played in Winchester before, and there’s a chance that certain movies might play at the Alamo for a week after the event. The previous four Lost Weekends have shown 53 films all totaled.

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is seizing the sponsorship spotlight this year by providing items for Lost Weekend V’s benefit silent auction. Gyurisin said he’s aiming to up the ante and raise $3,000 for the museum, and museum Director of Community Relations Julie Armel said proceeds from the auction will offset the expenses of the museum’s free community program.

Armel told those assembled for the announcement about some of the items the museum will be putting up for auction. They’ll include tickets to Gardens at Night, a family photo shoot package and a life-size cutout of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow from “Pirates of the Caribbean” – in line with the “Cut! Costume and the Cinema” exhibit on display there until Feb. 28.

Almost all of the flicks scheduled for Lost Weekend V bear distinction with award nominations or wins. Gyurisin said he only received clearance to include Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning “Carol” hours before his announcement. “Monster Hunt” will be the first Lost Weekend film presented in 3D and “Men Go to Battle” features acting talent from Strasburg.

“We’ve made some great partnerships, so we’ve been able to bring these movies that people hear about in the festival circuit here to Winchester,” he said.

Many of the titles come from around the world and will have subtitles, as Gyurisin said the early spring events tend to feature more world cinema than the early fall events. Lost Weekend IV in September saw nearly 60 viewers at all 18 showings.

“It’s almost like a challenge to see who can make it though the entire weekend of films now, and we’re seeing more and more people do it,” Gyurisin said.

The lineup for Lost Weekend V is as follows:

Feb. 25

  • “The Lobster” advance screening at 7 p.m.

Feb. 26

  • “The Vanished Elephant” advance screening at 11 a.m.
  • “Macbeth” at 1 p.m.
  • “Where to Invade Next” at 4 p.m.
  • “45 Years” advance screening at 6 p.m.
  • “Wild Tales” at 7:45 p.m.
  • “Nina Forever” at 10 p.m.
  • “Men & Chicken” at 11:45 p.m.

Feb. 27

  • “Boy & the World” at 10 a.m.
  • “Tale of Tales” advance screening at 11:45 a.m.
  • “An Honest Liar” at 2 p.m.
  • “Sea Fog” advance screening at 4:45 p.m.
  • “Louder than Bombs” advance screening at 7 p.m.
  • “Monster Hunt” in 3D at 9 p.m.
  • “Victoria” at 11:15 p.m.

Feb. 28

  • “Youth” at 10 a.m.
  • “Mustang” at 12:15 p.m.
  • “Men Go to Battle” advance screening at 2:15 p.m.
  • “Carol” at 4 p.m.
  • “Liza the Fox-Fairy” advance screening at 6 p.m.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com