‘Young At Heart’ International Film Festival comes to BIG Arts
BIG ARTS Film Society will present the “Young At Heart” International Film Festival, a weekend of positive, upbeat films about active people in their seventies, eighties and nineties.
Films will include international, independent and documentary productions which celebrate the unique joys, challenges and opportunities of our later years.
Admission is $10 per evening, or all seven “Young At Heart” films for $21.
The featured films include:
• Saturday, Nov. 20: “Mr. Reubens Goes To Mars” and “The Beaches of Agnès”
• Sunday, Nov. 21: “My Father’s Hopes” and “Breath Made Visible”
• Monday, Nov. 22: “Mid-August Lunch”
The series begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20 with a double feature, starting with a short film from the Legacy Film Series, “Mr. Reubens Goes To Mars.” This is the story of a withdrawn older man who finds popularity in a downtown swing dance club. Later, his new-found zest for life starts to fade away and is rekindled by the most unlikely source.
Following the short film is “The Beaches of Agnès.” Celebrated French “new wave” filmmaker Agnès Varda created this autobiographical documentary using photos, film clips, movies, and contemporary interviews. With her impish charm, inventiveness and natural empathy, Varda has created a film that plays like a fond scrapbook of a life well lived. “The Beaches of Agnès” won the 2009 César Award for best documentary film.
“My Father’s Hopes” and “Breath Made Visible” will be screened on Saturday, Nov. 21 starting at 7 p.m. “My Father’s Hopes,” from the Legacy Film Series, is a brief documentary about an artist who was diverted into the business world, and later created a wonderful old age for himself.
An inspiring account of the life and career of American dance pioneer Anna Halprin, “Breath Made Visible” takes its title from the choreographer’s definition of dance as an expression of the basic forces within all humans. Halprin has helped redefine modern art with her belief in dance’s power to teach, heal and transform at all ages of life. This feature-length film is a study of movement woven through a kinetic and innovative individual’s life.
“Mid-August Lunch” will be screened on Monday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. The charismatic Gianni Di Gregorio stars in his directorial debut “Mid-August Lunch,” an utterly charming tale of good food, feisty ladies and unlikely friendships. Broke, and armed with only a glass of wine and a wry sense of humor, middle-aged Gianni resides with his 93-year-old mother in their ancient apartment. The condo debts are mounting, but if Gianni looks after the building manager’s mother during a summer holiday, all will be forgiven. Then the manager also shows up with an auntie, and then a doctor friend appears with his mother in tow. Can Gianni keep four such lively mamas well fed and happy in these cramped quarters?
Winner of numerous prizes at international festivals, including Best First Film at Venice and the Satyajit Ray Award at London, “Mid-August Lunch” is both a warmly vibrant family drama and a delicately balanced comedy of manners.
Films will be shown with surround sound in high definition using a high-quality screen and projector in Schein Performance Hall. A sound-enhancement system for the hearing impaired is available. All films are subject to change.
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, located at 900 Dunlop Road on Sanibel, call 395-0900, e-mail info@BIGARTS.org or log on to www.BIGARTS.org.