Carolina Theatre adds new movie to film fest
The Carolina Theatre adds another acclaimed film to the Cinematique Carolina schedule with Bright Leaves on Wednesday, March 23 at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Bright Leaves is a journey taken across the social, economic, and psychological tobacco terrain of North Carolina by a native Carolinian, Ross McElwee, whose great-grandfather created the famous brand of tobacco known as ‘Bull Durham.’ The documentary is a subjective, autobiographical meditation on the allure of cigarettes and their troubling legacy for the state of North Carolina. It’s about loss and preservation, addiction and denial. And it’s about filmmaking ‘— home movie, documentary, and fiction filmmaking ‘— as the filmmaker fences with the legacy of an obscure Hollywood melodrama that is purportedly based on his great-grandfather’s life. Bright Leaves explores the notion of legacy and how this can be a particularly complicated topic when the legacy under discussion is a Southern one and is tied to tobacco.
Also on the Cinematique Carolina calendar is Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, The Sea Inside, playing Monday, April 18 at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Based on the profoundly moving real life story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, The Sea Inside stars Javier Bardem who received acclaim for his work in 2001’s Before The Night Falls. Ramon Sampedro captured the world ones attention and fought a 30-year campaign in favor of his right to die with dignity. His encounters with two women, Julia (Belen Rueda), a lawyer who supports his cause, and Rosa (Lola Dueqas), a neighbor who wants to convince him that life is worth living, leads to change in their own lives. Though he could not move himself Ramon Sampedro had the ability to move others and teach everyone the meaning, value and preciousness of living. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film and Achievement in Makeup, the film is in Spanish with English subtitles and is rated PG-13 for intense depiction of mature thematic material.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 336.333.2605, in person at 310 S. Greene Street or on-line at www.carolinatheatre.com. Film lovers may also take advantage of the upcoming schedule by purchasing a Cinematique Carolina flex-pass. Attend any six Cinematique Carolina movies at the Carolina Theatre and see two free. Contact the box office for further details.
The Carolina Theatre, a non-profit organization owned and operated by the United Arts Council of Greensboro, provides a state-of-the-art downtown performance, film, and rental facility to the greater Greensboro community. For more information or a complete listing of events, please visit carolinatheatre.com or call the Carolina Theatre Box Office at 336.333.2605.