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April 29, 2008

CW's Kimball Theatre features international film festival favorites

Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre features award-winning and nominated movies from international film festivals in May and June, including “Paranoid Park,” “The Band’s Visit” and “The Duchess of Langeais.” There also will be a showing of “Morning,” the first short film completely produced by the students and faculty of the College of William and Mary.

Movies and documentaries include:

  • Grace is Gone, 7 and 9 p.m. May 1-4. This directorial debut from screenwriter James C. Strouse looks at how the death of a female soldier affects her family at home. This deeply affecting drama stars John Cusack as the widowed father of two young daughters. The film’s tone is sweet and sad, though never overwhelmingly so, and is helped by a moving score by Clint Eastwood. Winner of an Audience Award and the Waldo Salt Screening Award at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Rated: PG-13.
  • Morning, 7 p.m. May 2. Three friends try to salvage their relationship after a friend’s death shakes them to their cores. As the college mourns the passing of their son, the friends solve the mystery of what happened on the night of his death. Directed by Professor M. Fonkijom Fusi. This screening is free but tickets are required. Presented by the College of William and Mary Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance.
  • Paranoid Park, 7 and 9 p.m. May 5-9. Director Gus Van Sant continues to plough his furrow far from Hollywood, on the mean streets of his hometown of Portland. This tale, set in the skateboarding culture, continues his recent theme of youthful alienation. Van Sant uses an amateur cast with Gabe Nevins playing Alex, a teenage skateboarder who accidentally kills a security guard and decides to say nothing about it. Based on the novel by Blake Nelson. Winner of the 60th Anniversary Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and the Producers Award at the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards. Rated: R.
  • In Bruges, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. May 9-14. Academy Award-winning writer/director Martin McDonagh makes his feature directorial debut with his own original screenplay. Bruges is the most well-preserved medieval city in the whole of Belgium, and for hit men Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) it could be their final destination. They have been ordered to remain there by their boss (Ralph Fiennes), but they’re very much out of place. The longer they stay, the more surreal their experience becomes. Rated: R.
  • Taxi to the Dark Side, 7 and 9 p.m. May 13-18. This year’s Oscar-winning documentary film establishes Alex Gibney as one of the foremost nonfiction filmmakers working today. A stunning inquiry into the death of an Afghani taxi driver at Bagram air base in 2002, the film is a fastidiously assembled, uncommonly well-researched examination, intermingling documents and records of the incident with candid testimony from eyewitnesses and participants. Winner of the Documentary Screenplay Award at the 2008 Writers Guild of America. Rated: R.
  • The Band’s Visit, 6:45 and 8:30 p.m. May 18-25. A small Egyptian police band arrives in Israel. They are supposed to play at an initiation ceremony, but instead are left stranded at the airport. The band tries to make their way on their own, only to find themselves in a desolate Israeli town in the heart of the desert. A big winner at the 2007 Israeli Film Academy Awards, including Best Film, Best Director (Eran Kolirin), Best Actor (Sasson Gabai) and Best Actress (Ronit Elkabetz); winner of the Un Certain Regard-Jury Coup de Coeur Award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. English, Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles. Rated: PG-13.
  • Snow Angels, 7 and 9 p.m. May 23-30. A story of love lost and found in a small town, Snow Angels is a heart-wrenching portrayal of three couples in various stages of life orbiting around each other in search of connection and meaning. An unexpected act of violence disrupts the lives of these intertwined couples, revealing profound moments during which they realize how precarious and remarkable life can be. Based on the novel by Stewart O’Nan. Stars Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell. Rated: R.
  • Priceless, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. May 30-June 4. Jean (Gad Elmaleh), a shy young bartender, is mistaken for a millionaire by a beautiful seductress named Irene (Audrey Tautou). When Irene discovers his true identity, she dumps him, only to find that love-struck Jean has no intention of letting her get away. Rated: PG-13.
  • The Counterfeiters, 6:45 and 8:40 p.m. June 3–11. Academy Award-winning Best Foreign Language Film. This film is the true story of Salomon Sorowitsch, counterfeiter extraordinaire, who was captured by the Nazis in 1944. In the biggest counterfeit scam of all time, the Nazis planned to flood their enemy’s economy with bogus money while filling their own empty war coffers. At the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, two barracks were transformed into a fully equipped counterfeiter’s workshop. Prisoners were given a choice: work for the Nazis or die. For the counterfeiters, it was not only a question of saving their lives, but saving their consciences as well. Rated R.
  • Honeydripper, 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. June 10-15. In this, his 16th film, iconoclastic filmmaker John Sayles continues his extraordinary examination of the complexities and shifting identities of American subcultures. With his usual understated intelligence, Sayles uses the rhythms of the citizens of Harmony, Alabama to immerse the audience into the world of the Jim Crow south. It’s 1950 and the owner of the Honeydripper juke joint (Danny Glover) is deep in debt. Against his better judgment, he hires a young electric guitarist in a last-ditch effort to draw back the crowds, and the Honeydripper Lounge is all set to play its part in rock-and-roll history. Winner of an Image Award for Outstanding Independent Film. Also stars Charles S. Dutton, Stacy Keach, Mary Steenburgen and Sean Patrick Thomas. Rated: PG-13.
  • Alexandra, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. June 15-22. In a desolate, sun-scorched corner of the world, an elderly woman has come to see her beloved grandson, a young officer stationed at a remote military outpost. With the enemy just beyond the compound, she wanders the barracks observing military life, before making a sudden trip into the outlying countryside. Featuring a mesmerizing performance by Russian opera legend Galina Vishnevskaya. Not rated.
  • Married Life, 7 and 9 p.m. June 22–27. A wry blend of dark humor, romantic deception and stylish melodrama with an invigorating dash of suspense, Married Life is an unconventional fable for grown-ups about the irresistible power and utter madness of love. In its sly way, Married Life poses perceptive questions about the seasonal discontents and unforeseen joys of long-term relationships. Starring Chris Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, Rachel McAdams and Pierce Brosnan. Rated: PG-13.
  • The Duchess of Langeais, 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. June 27- July 3. Antoinette, the Duchess of Langeais, is a married coquette who frequents the most extravagant balls in 1820s Paris during the Restoration, when hypocrisy and vanity reign. When handsome general Armand de Montriveau first meets her, he realizes it is true love. Flattered by his attentions, Antoinette orchestrates a calculating game of seduction, but repeatedly refuses him. Despite his sincere romantic declarations, Montriveau’s passion remains unfulfilled. Only when the humiliated Montriveau finally seeks his revenge does Antoinette’s love awaken. Is it too late for the star-crossed lovers? This film is based on the novel by Honore de Balzac. Starring Jeanne Balibar, Guillaume Depardieu and Michel Piccoli. Director Jacques Rivette was nominated for a Golden Bear at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival. 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.

    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.

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    Penna Rogers
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