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May 8, 2007

Kimball Theatre brings world-class cinema to Merchants Square

The Kimball Theatre rings in the month of May with a fresh new series of top-quality American and international films and documentaries. From the powerful antislavery drama “Amazing Grace” to the true life story of a British children’s book author in “Miss Potter,” the Kimball Theatre has something to offer for friends and family of all ages, interests and tastes. Bring a friend, grab some popcorn and enjoy some of the best recent films from around the world that include:

  • Amazing Grace, May 8-13, 6:45 and 9 p.m. Based on the life of antislavery pioneer William Wilberforce, this amazing story is directed by Michael Apted (“The World is Not Enough” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter”) from an original screenplay written by Academy Award nominee Steven Knight (“Dirty Pretty Things”). Wilberforce, the idealist, maneuvers his way through Parliament in 18th-century England, endeavoring to end slavery in the empire. At first defeated, Wilberforce is inspired by a blooming romance to once again take up the antislavery campaign. Rated: PG.
  • Miss Potter, May 11-20, 7 and 8:45 p.m. At a time when most young women of her class aimed only to make a good marriage, Beatrix (Renee Zellweger) became an iconic figure, swimming quietly, but with great fortitude, against the tide. She created a series of children’s books and characters that are as beloved today as they were 100 years ago. Also stars Ewan McGregor. Rated: PG.
  • Starter for 10, May 21-27, 7 and 8:45 p.m. Set in 1985, this film tells the story of Brian (James McAvoy, “Chronicles of Narnia”), a working-class student from Essex navigating his first year at Bristol University with a lot to prove. Amidst dances, political rallies and the other joys of campus life, however, Brian finds himself romantically torn between two very different coeds: ultra-fit blonde bombshell Alice and politically conscious Rebecca (Rebecca Hall, “The Prestige”). “Starter for 10” is hailed as the great British teen 1980s movie that never was. Rated: PG-13.
  • After the Wedding, May 25–June 3, 6:45 and 9 p.m. Jacob (Mads Mikkelsen, “Casino Royale”) runs a struggling orphanage in India’s poorest region. Desperate to save the orphanage from closing, he returns to Denmark to meet Jorgen, a wealthy businessman and potential benefactor. Jorgen invites Jacob to attend his daughter’s wedding, sparking a devastating revelations and confessions that will forever change their lives. Danish with subtitles. Rated: R.
  • The Lives of Others, June 1-9, 6:30 and 9 p.m. This 2007 Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Language Film traces the gradual disillusionment of Captain Gerd Wiesler, a highly skilled officer who works for the Stasi, East Germany’s all-powerful secret police during the period preceding the fall of the Berlin Wall. His mission is to spy on a celebrated couple, playwright Georg Dreyman and actress Christa-Maria Sieland. German with subtitles. Rated: R.
  • The Wind That Shakes the Barley, June 8-17, 6:45 and 9:10 p.m. Damien and Teddy are brothers in 1920s Ireland. Teddy leads a guerrilla squad fighting for Ireland’s independence. Damien, a medical student, would rather finish his training at the London hospital. After witnessing atrocities, Damien decides to fight with his brother in the resistance until a truce is signed. But peace is short-lived and when war resumes, an English treaty has pitted Irishmen against Irishmen, brothers against brothers, Teddy against Damien. Winner of the Golden Palm at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Ken Loach. Not rated.
  • Days of Glory, June 15-20, 6:50 and 9 p.m. During World War II, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression and to fight French discrimination. The soldiers were told that ridding France of its German occupiers is a patriotic duty, but again and again they confronted their status as second-class citizens to a country that had colonized and oppressed them. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and winner of Best Actor/Male Ensemble Cast at 2006 Cannes Film Festival. French and Algerian with subtitles. Rated: R.
  • Avenue Montaigne, June 20-24, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. Jessica, a charming young woman (Cecile De France, “L’Auberge Espagnole”), comes to Paris and lands a job waiting tables at a chic bistro on fabled Avenue Montaigne, the city’s nexus for art, music, theater and fashion. Jessica’s customers include a popular television actress who is courting a major Hollywood director (Sydney Pollack) for a serious film role; a wealthy art collector; and an illustrious classical pianist. Jessica’s guileless engagement in their lives has a transforming effect on them—and ultimately on her. French with subtitles. Rated: PG-13.
  • Offside, June 22-27, 7 and 8:45 p.m. Famed documentarian Jafar Panahi brings a smart comedy about the fight for women’s rights in Iran. Although all women are banned from men’s sporting events in Iran, young girls dress in disguise to sneak into stadiums. If spotted, she will be arrested and put in a holding pen. Yet these young girls just won’t give up; they try every trick in the book to break the law and see the match. Farsi with subtitles. Rated: PG.
  • The Namesake, June 26-July 3, 6:45 and 9 p.m. Director Mira Nair (“Monsoon Wedding”) brings to the screen a probing look at family and tradition. Jumping between the equally colorful and vibrant cities of Calcutta and New York, “The Namesake” follows the Gangulis, who came to the United States from India to experience a world of limitless opportunities, only to be confronted with the perils and confusion of trying to build a meaningful life in a baffling new society. Rated PG-13.

    Unless otherwise noted, movie admission is $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for seniors, students and children. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre Box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit

    The Kimball Theatre, located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, 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.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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