César Award-Winning Comedy Kicks Off Monday Night Film Series at BIG ARTS on October 29

BIG ARTS Monday Night Film Series returns with enthusiastic film buffs leading film chats with refreshments. Monday Night Films are $8 and begin at 7 p.m., series starts Oct. 29 in Schein Performance Hall with Blu-ray, high-def and surround sound.
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Oct. 11, 2012 - PRLog -- BIG ARTS Film Society’s ever-popular Monday Night Film Series returns this season with critically-acclaimed independent and foreign films and documentaries. The movie experience at BIG ARTS is more than just a film showing. A group of enthusiastic film buffs lead informed post-movie discussions, complemented by refreshments. All Monday Night Films are $8 and begin at 7 p.m. in Schein Performance Hall.
          Viewers will enjoy the quality of a Blu-ray Disc player, high-definition projection equipment, and surround sound. Assistive listening devices are available.
           October and November Monday Night films:
October 29      Women on the 6th Floor (2010) France; Not Rated
November 5    Happy (2012) U.S.; Not Rated
November 12  The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) U.S.; PG-13
November 19  Footnote (2011) Israel; Rated PG
November 26  Surprise Film: To be Announced November 19
          Set in Paris in the early 1960s, Women on the 6th Floor film tells the story of Jean-Louis, an uptight stockbroker leading a consistently uninteresting life. Matters suddenly change when he is led by Maria, a beautiful new maid in his luxury building, to the servants’ quarter, where he learns to open up to an altogether different world. Film critic Roger Ebert describes the movie as a “pleasant, even-tempered romantic fantasy.”  This comedy was nominated for three Césars, and Carmen Maura won the César for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Women on the 6th Floor.
         Happy seeks to answer a most basic human question: What makes us happy? This documentary by Oscar-nominated director Roko Belic travels the world to interview people on living happy lives: a 60-year-old Brazilian surfer; a German ex-banker now working in one of Mother Teresa’s charity wards; the people of Okinawa – world longevity capital of the world. No definitive conclusions are offered, but the film does validate most of what modern science and study have indicated: happiness increases the more one is physically active, performs actions for the benefit of others, and feels close to family and friends.
           The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel chronicles the misadventures of a group of British retirees who travel to India to stay at what they believe is a newly-restored resort hotel. Less luxurious that it advertises, the hotel slowly begins to grow on its visitors in unexpected ways. Featuring an all-star cast that includes Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Bill Bighy, Marigold Hotel is described as “feel-good” by Stephen Holden of The New York Times, who insists, “It’s never too late to leave your comfort zone and explore new horizons.”
          Nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for Best Foreign Language Film and winner of Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival, Footnote is a tale about the strained relationship between a father and son who are rival academics in Talmudic studies. Trouble and jealousy ensue when a prestigious award intended for one of them is mistakenly bestowed upon the other. Lisa Schwarzbaum’s review in Entertainment Weekly raves, “Funny and smart, Footnote is told with wild, inventive cinematic flourishes. Joseph cedar pulls off a feat of intellectual and cinematic elegance.”
           The film for the final Monday of each month will be selected and announced one week prior to its screening. This way, BIG ARTS Film Society will be able to show films that are “all the rage,” like a nominee or award-winner from Cannes, The Golden Globes, or Academy Awards. Before the film is selected, these film nights will be advertised as “Surprise - To Be Announced.” When the film is announced, one week prior, it will be listed on BIG ARTS website’s Film Page at http://www.bigarts.org/film.php, and included in the weekly BIG ARTS member e-mail. You can also look for our film listings in the islands’ newspapers.
          BIG ARTS Monday Night Film Series is supported by Sponsor Bank of the Islands http://www.bankoftheislands.com/ , Stan & Visnja Gembicki, Sanibel Taxi http://www.sanibeltaxi.com/ , Jerry’s Foods of Sanibel http://www.jerrysfoods.com/sanibel-landing-page.aspx and West Gulf Company http://www.westgulfcompany.blogspot.com/.
For the 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 info@BIGARTS.org, or log on to http://www.bigarts.org/film.php.
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