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July 11, 2008

July, August offerings at CW's Kimball Theatre feature the best in American and international cinema and documentaries

As the old adage goes, you’re as young as you feel. Filmmaker Stephen Walker captured this spirit in his documentary “Young@Heart.” The Young@Heart Chorus, comprised of 22 senior citizens whose average age is 80, has earned an international reputation for its unique interpretations of songs by Sonic Youth, the Ramones and the Clash. The documentary shows the group in rehearsal for their annual concert in Northampton, Mass. The winner of the Audience Award at the 2008 Atlanta Film Festival can be seen July 11-20 at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre.

The Kimball Theatre’s lineup for July and August also includes a wide array of American and international cinema and documentaries, including:

  • My Blueberry Nights, 7 and 9 p.m. through July 11. Legendary filmmaker Wong Kar Wai (“Happy Together,” “In the Mood for Love” and “2046”) directs his first English language feature film. It’s a love story starring multiple Grammy award–winner Norah Jones in her film debut along with a cast of Academy Award winners and nominees including Jude Law, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman. Elizabeth (Jones), after a particularly nasty breakup, sets off across the United States, hoping to mend her broken heart. In breathtakingly beautiful locations and classic Route 66-atmosphere diners, Elizabeth encounters a series of enigmatic characters who help her on her quest. Rated: PG-13.
  • Young@Heart, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. July 11-20. Under director Bob Cilman this chorus gained a degree of fame for its a cappella renditions of well-known rock-and-roll tunes. They may be senior citizens, but their zest for life, commitment to the chorus, and determination to learn new songs and put on a great show makes them both remarkable and ageless—and truly inspiring. Rated: PG.
  • Note by Note, 7 p.m. July 20 and 7 and 9 p.m. July 21 and 22. On July 20 Williamsburg native Purcell Carson, who is a documentary editor and director based in New York, will be on hand to answer questions about the film and discuss the editing process. She worked with director Ben Niles for eight months crafting the story of one grand piano. This feature-length independent documentary follows the creation of Steinway concert grand #L1037. It explores the relationship between musician and instrument, chronicles the manufacturing process and investigates what makes each Steinway unique. Watch the evolution of L1037 from forest floor to concert hall. Meet the craftsmen and -women who shape the grand piano’s personality. Steinway pianos are the most thoroughly handcrafted instruments in the world. From the factory floor in Queens to Steinway Hall in Manhattan, each piano’s journey is complex—spanning 12 months, 12,000 parts, 450 craftsmen and countless hours of fine-tuned labor. Not rated.
  • Under the Same Moon, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. July 22-27. This debut feature from director Patricia Riggen centers on a young boy’s journey across the U.S./Mexico border to be reunited with his mother. Adrian Alonson stars as Carlitos, a Mexican adolescent living with his grandmother while his mother works as a maid in the United States, hoping someday to send for her child. When his grandmother dies unexpectedly, Carlitos must sneak across the border and seek out his mother. Featuring a supporting performance by America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), “Under the Same Moon” premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Rated: PG-13.
  • The Visitor, 7 and 9 p.m. July 27-Aug. 3. In a world of six billion people, it only takes one to change your life. In actor and filmmaker Tom McCarthy’s follow-up to his award-winning directorial debut “The Station Agent,” Richard Jenkins (“Six Feet Under”) stars as Walter Vale, a disillusioned Connecticut economics professor whose life is transformed by a chance encounter in New York City. Through newfound connections with virtual strangers, Walter is awakened to a new world and a new life. Rated: PG-13.
  • Flight of the Red Balloon, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. Aug. 1-10. Hou Hsiao Hsien’s (“Three Times” and “Café Lumiere”) “Flight of the Red Balloon” is a charming homage to the 1956 French classic by Albert Lamorisse and an intimate portrait of a unique Paris family. Juliette Binoche stars as Suzanne, an accomplished puppeteer who hires a Taiwanese nanny (Song Fang) for her gentle seven-year-old son Simon (Simon Iteanu). With love, patience, good humor and lyrical long takes, Hou Hsiao Hsien captures the ups and downs of a chaotic household. French with subtitles. Not rated.
  • Reprise, 7 and 9 p.m. Aug. 10-17. The freewheeling passion of youth and the unpredictable perils of fate are both the subject and the breathtaking form of Joachim Trier’s lean and kinetic journey through friendship, love, madness and creativity. Two friends, Erik (Espen Klouman-Hoiner) and Phillip (Anders Danielsen Lie), are taken down different paths in life when one becomes a literary success and the other remains unpublished. Trier captures the way life takes off at rocket-speed in the beginning of adulthood—and the what-ifs and why-nots that both drive and haunt us as the unbridled hopes of youth come to a screeching halt. Winner for Best Direction, Best Film and Best Screenplay at the 2007 Amanda Awards, Norway. Norwegian with subtitles. Rated: R.
  • Then She Found Me, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. Aug. 15-24. Academy Award–winning actress Helen Hunt makes her feature directorial debut with this adaptation of Elinor Lipman’s best-selling novel about a Philadelphia schoolteacher (Hunt) whose long-lost birth mother (Bette Midler) reappears at the very moment her daughter is careening into a midlife crisis. Abandoned by her husband (Matthew Broderick) and still grieving the death of her adoptive mother, the emotionally fragile teacher enters into a relationship with a student’s father (Colin Firth) just as her biological mother, an eccentric talk show host, appears on her doorstep attempting reconciliation. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2008 Palm Springs International Film Festival. Rated: R.
  • Son of Rambow, 7 and 9 p.m. Aug. 24-31. “Son of Rambow” is a hilariously fresh and visually inventive take on friendship, family, film heroes and the death-defying adventures of growing up in the video age. The story takes place in 1980s Britain, where young Will Proudfoot is raised in isolation among The Brethren, a puritanical religious sect in which music and TV are strictly forbidden. When Will encounters his first movie, a pirated copy of “Rambo: First Blood,” his imagination is blown wide open. Filmed in a creatively madcap, homemade style with a mostly amateur cast and wry, comic-tinged nostalgia, creative visionaries Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith manage to capture both the agony and the giddy ecstasy of a camcorder childhood with humor, poignancy and a rousing dose of cinematic panache. Rated: PG-13.
  • Mister Lonely, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. Aug. 29-Sept. 4. When a Michael Jackson impersonator (Diego Luna) living in Paris falls for a Marilyn Monroe impersonator (Samantha Morton) during a performance at a retirement home, the love-struck pair retreats to a seaside castle in the Scottish highlands populated by a commune of reclusive impersonators. Michael and Marilyn find the commune preparing for their first-ever gala—a lavish affair featuring appearances by Abe Lincoln, the Three Stooges, Buckwheat, Shirley Temple, Madonna, Sammy Davis Jr. and Charlie Chaplin. Not rated.

    Unless otherwise indicated, movie admission is $7 for adults and $6 for seniors, students and children. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit

    The Kimball Theatre, formerly the Williamsburg Theatre until 2001, turns 75 in 2008.

    Located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, the Kimball Theatre is owned and operated by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. The Kimball Theatre box office is open 1-9:15 p.m.

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    Penna Rogers
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