Multi-million dollar talent is showcased during this month of Thanksgiving, as the Sunset Film Society presents stories of determination and inspiration.
Among the movies this month, the showings will feature Sean Connery, F. Murray Abraham, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Michael Caine, Charlize Theron, Tobey Maguire, Robert De Niro and Max Von Sydow.
In addition to the regular showings at the International Museum of Art’s Theater (1211 Montana Avenue), there will be a Special Sunday Screening of ‘Meetings with Remarkable Men’ at 2pm on Sunday, November 4th.
For theater patron’s convenience, the door on Brown Street will be open at 1:30pm to enter directly downstairs into the auditorium, with showtimes at 2 pm. As always, freshly-popped Theater Popcorn, beverages, candy and snacks will be available for purchase.
November 3, 2018 — AWAKENINGS (Columbia: 1990) Color
November 4, 2018 — MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MEN (Enterprise: 1979) Color -El Paso Premiere!-
November 10, 2018 — THE CIDER HOUSE RULES (Buena Vista: 1999) Color
November 17, 2018 — GOOD WILL HUNTING (Miramax: 1997) Color
November 24, 2018 — FINDING FORRESTER (Columbia: 2000) Color
November 3 — AWAKENINGS -121 minutes- Based on Oliver Sacks’s 1973 memoir of the same title. It’s the story of Malcolm Sayer, who, in 1969, discovered beneficial effects of the drug L-Dopa. He administered it to catatonic patients who survived the 1917–28 epidemic of encephalitis lethargica. Leonard Lowe and the rest of the patients were awakened after decades and have to deal with a new life in a new time. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards. Directed by Penny Marshall. Music by Randy Newman.
Starring: Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Robert De Niro.
November 4 — MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MEN -108 minutes- Peter Brook, one of the pioneers of the experimental theatre movement of the 1950s and 1960s was the director of Meetings with Remarkable Men. Based on the1963 book by Asian mystic G. I. Gurdijeff, here played by Dragan Maksimovic. Gurdijeff devotes his entire existence, from youth to old age, in a quest of the meaning of life. He eventually develops a form of meditation incorporating modern dance. Terence Stamp who plays Prince Lubovedsky, briefly retreated from his career after this picture in favor of Eastern meditation. A rare opportunity for anyone in the outside world to be allowed to observe this form of sacred dance that the Sufis have been using for thousands of years. Sponsored by The Gurdjieff Foundation of Texas.
Starring: Dragan Maksimović, Natasha Parry, Terence Stamp.
November 10 — THE CIDER HOUSE RULES -125 minutes- John Irving wrote the screenplay based on his novel of the same name, which tells the coming-of-age of Homer Wells, who lives in a World War II-era Maine orphanage run by a doctor who performs illegal abortions. Winner of two Academy Awards. Directed by Lasse Hallström (Chocolat).
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Michael Caine (Winner, Best Supporting Actor).
November 17 — GOOD WILL HUNTING -126 minutes- A 20-year-old South Boston laborer (Matt Damon), is an unrecognized genius who, as part of a deferred prosecution agreement after assaulting a police officer, becomes a client of a therapist (Robin Williams) and studies advanced mathematics with a renowned professor. Through his therapy sessions, Will re-evaluates his relationships with his best friend, his girlfriend, and himself, facing the significant task of confronting his past and thinking about his future. Directed by Gus Van Sant. Academy Award, Best Original Screenplay by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
Starring: Matt Damon, Minnie Driver, Robin Williams (Academy Award, Best Supporting Actor). November 24 — FINDING FORRESTER -136 minutes- An African-American teenager, Jamal Wallace (Rob Brown), is invited to attend a prestigious private high school. By chance, Jamal befriends a reclusive writer, William Forrester (Sean Connery), through whom he refines his talent for writing and comes to terms with his identity. Directed by Gus Van Sant.
Starring: Sean Connery, Anna Paquin, F. Murray Abraham.
For more info, visit the Sunset Film society’s website.