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Arts Array Film Series
The Arts Array Films are shown Mondays
and Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at
the Abingdon Cinemall. $6. 276-739-2447.
Undertow (April 4-5) This new film by
David Gordon Green (who directed George
Washington and All the Real Girls) continues
to establish him as one of the most
distinctive, visionary young American
directors. Green’s film style, blending realism
with a poetic surrealism that rises to the
mythic, is applied to a film that might be
categorized as Southern Gothic. The story is
of two brothers, played by Jamie Bell (the
British actor who starred in Billy Elliott) and
Devon Alan, whose Deep South existence is
shattered by the arrival of a nasty uncle
seeking a stash of gold.
Stage Beauty (April 11-12) This film
is set in the 1660s when, in live theater,
women’s roles were played by men. Ned
Kynaston (Billy Crudup) is England’s
celebrated leading lady, using his beauty and
skill to make the great female roles his own.
When King Charles II becomes tired of seeing
the same old performers, he allows real
women to perform on the London stage,
causing Ned to become a virtual nobody
overnight. His ex-dresser turned leading
actress Maria (Claire Danes) takes it upon
herself to make a man of him again. Besides
wonderfully recreating Restoration England,
there are serious issues of love, sexuality
and role-playing beneath the great fun of the
I Am David (April 18-19) David is a
12-year-old boy who travels across Europe
by himself in 1952 after escaping from the
communist concentration camp in Bulgaria
where he has spent most of his life. Fleeing
with only a compass, half a loaf of bread,
and a sealed secret letter that he must carry
across the continent to Denmark, David
cannot see the dramatic odyssey that awaits
him. The film celebrates the indomitable
human spirit and a child’s tasting the wonders
and excitement of life for the first time. It
stars Joan Plowright and Jim Caviezel, along
with British newcomer Ben Tibber as David.
Hotel Rwanda (April 25-26) While the
rest of the world turned a blind eye and more
than a million people were killed, hotel
manager Paul Ruseabagina (Don Cheadle)
opened his doors to save thousands from the
wave of genocide sweeping Rwanda in 1994.
Director Terry George has made a film
modeled on Spielberg’s Schindler’s List: you
can’t make a film about a million murders,
but you can tell the story about how a few
decent, caring people respond. Besides
Cheadle, the film features British stage
actress Sophie Okonedo as his wife and Nick
Nolte as a United Nations peacekeeper who
is helpless to stop the massacre.
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Saturday, April 30, 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 1, 2:00 pm
Call (423) 274-8920
* This performance is the classical portion of the program
and is a benefit performance for children’s charity.