Romance, Dance and a Documentary Kick Off Monday Night Film Series

BIG ARTS Film Society brings back the ever-popular Monday Night Film series in November with a mix of critically acclaimed independent and foreign films and documentaries: Mademoiselle Chambon, The Concert, Circo and Mao's Last Dancer.
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Oct. 26, 2011 - PRLog -- BIG ARTS Film Society brings back the ever-popular Monday Night Film series in November: a mix of critically acclaimed independent and foreign films and documentaries. Following film screenings, the tradition of refreshments and lively educational discussions led by a variety of film aficionados, critics, and buffs will continue.

In addition to a first-rate selection of films, viewers will also enjoy the quality of the new Blu-Ray Disc player, and other new high-definition projection equipment, installed this past summer.

November Monday Night films:
November 7: Mademoiselle Chambon (2009) France; Not Rated
November 14: The Concert (2009) Russia/France; PG-13
November 21: Circo (2010) Mexico; Not Rated
November 28: Mao’s Last Dancer (2009) China/U.S.; Rated PG

An elegant tale of unexpected romance between a married man and his son’s homeroom teacher, Kenneth Turan’s Los Angeles Times review calls Mademoiselle Chambon, “an exquisite chamber piece made with the kind of sensitivity and nuance that’s become almost a lost art.”

The recipient of César Awards in 2010 for Best Original Score and Best Sound, The Concert is a darkly funny tale about injustice and one man’s patient path toward vindication.

In the documentary, Circo, set against the backdrop of Mexico’s collapsing rural economy, a circus family must choose between their hardscrabble life and throwing in the towel on a family tradition dating back to the 19th century. Sheri Linden of The Hollywood Reporter calls the film, “visual poetry,” and Huffington Post’s Michael Kurcfeld declares it, “a ravishing portrait.”

Based on the autobiography of world-famous ballet dancer Li Cunxin, Mao’s Last Dancer became the highest-grossing film of 2009 in Australia and is described by Bruce Demara of The Toronto Star as, “a memorable journey.”

Enhanced by surround sound, films will be shown in the comfort of Schein Performance Hall, with a new high-definition projection system and large screen to provide a superb cinematic presentation. Listening devices are available for the hearing impaired.

General Admission is $8, or purchase a Film Booklet of 11 tickets for $88. Film Booklet holders must be seated no later than 6:45 p.m. to ensure a seat. All Monday night films begin at 7 p.m.  

BIG ARTS Monday Night Film Series is supported by Series Sponsor Bank Of The Islands and Stan & Visnja Gembicki, Supporters George & Wendy’s Corner Grill, Jerry’s Foods of Sanibel, Sanibel Deli & Coffee Factory, and Sanibel Taxi.

For the complete listing of BIG ARTS films, to purchase tickets, to sign up for workshops, or to become a member, stop by BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road Sanibel, call (239) 395-0900, e-mail, or log on to

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Whether your interest is in classical, jazz, or popular music; dance; the visual arts; lectures; film or live theater; or in attending a class or workshop – BIG ARTS has something for everyone! BIG ARTS serves Sanibel, Captiva and Southwest Florida.
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