posted November 29, 2008

Film Series Continues with “The Visitor” Nov. 3-8

The Hope College Knickerbocker Theatre will continue its tradition of showing independent and foreign films with "The Visitor" on Monday-Saturday, Nov. 3-8, with showings at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

A "New York Times Critic's Pick," the comedy/drama follows 62-year-old professor Walter Vale, who is sleepwalking through life. He has lost his passion for teaching and writing, when his college sends him to Manhattan to attend a conference.  Walter is surprised to find that a young couple has taken up residence in his apartment. Victims of a real estate scam, Tarek, a Syrian man, and Zainab, his Senegalese girlfriend, have nowhere else to go. In the first of a series of tests of the heart, Walter reluctantly allows the couple to stay with him. Touched by his kindness, Tarek, a talented musician, insists on teaching the aging academic to play the African drum. The instrument's exuberant rhythms revitalize Walter''s faltering spirit and open his eyes to a vibrant world of local jazz clubs and Central Park drum circles.

The film is rated PG-13, and is in English and Arabic with English subtitles.

The fall-semester series will conclude with "Brick Lane" showing Monday-Saturday, Dec. 1-6.

Tickets for all of the films are $6 for regular admission and $5 for senior citizens and children. Updated information may be obtained by visiting www.hope.edu/arts/knick.

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located in downtown Holland at 86 E. Eighth St.