posted May 5, 2014

Knickerbocker Theatre Film Series in Final Week

The Hope College Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland continues its film series.

The Knickerbocker’s film series offer a variety of foreign and independent films.  The four films showing between May 12 and June 7 are “The Lunch Box,” “A Birder’s Guide to Everything,” “Redwood Highway” and “The Face of Love.”

The series will open with “The Lunch Box,” showing Monday-Saturday, May 12-17, at 7:30 p.m. The Indian film revolves around middle class housewife Ila, who is trying to add spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. Hoping a new recipe will arouse a reaction from her neglectful husband, she prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work. It is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. The error begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, who become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities.

The “New York Times” has called the film “A deft and charming first feature by Ritesh Batra. A perfect balance of tact and sentimentality.”

A coming-of-age comedy about teenage birdwatchers is next, when “A Birder’s Guide to Everything” shows Monday-Saturday, May 19-24, at 7:30 p.m.

On the eve of his widower father’s second wedding, 15-year-old David Portnoy spots what may just be the extinct Labrador duck. Now he and the two other stalwart members of the local Young Birders Society, joined by their headstrong photographer classmate Ellen, take off on a rollicking, interstate road trip in search of a rare bird and elusive answers to teenage questions large and small.

With supporting performances by Ben Kingsley and James LeGros, “A Birder’s Guide to Everything” is an alternately poignant and funny window into the thoughtful world of birding and the inner peace that can be discovered during a walk in the woods.  National Public Radio” has said, “A charming and surprisingly moving coming-of-age tale, A Birder’s Guide to Everything gives the noble art of birding its due.”

“Redwood Highway” will show Tuesday-Saturday, May 27-31, at 7:30 p.m.

Living in a comfortable retirement community in Southern Oregon, estranged from her family, and generally not happy about life, Marie (Shirley Knight) decides to journey 80 miles on foot to the coast of Oregon to revisit the ocean of her past for the first time in 45 years.  Once reluctant to attend her granddaughter's wedding, she now arrives as an unexpected guest. Along the way, she meets an extraordinary cast of characters and discovers that one is never too old to learn something about life.

“The Hollywood Reporter” has said, “Shirley Knight relishes her return to the limelight. Audiences will be delighted by her warm, stirring performance. It’s a low key charmer with a large souled performance.”

The spring series will conclude with “The Face of Love,” showing on Monday-Saturday, June 2-7, at 7:30 p.m.

Five years after the death of her beloved husband Garrett (Ed Harris), Nikki (Annette Bening) meets a man who seems his exact duplicate. Not only does the stranger possess the same deeply lined face and startling blue eyes, he also shares Garrett’s kindness, humor, and passion for art. Romance blossoms, but Nikki can’t bring herself to tell him the truth about what drew her to him, even as she can’t resist taking him to all the old haunts. It isn’t a question of if the truth will come out, but when. Arie Posin directs this emotionally thorny drama about how we cope with loss, live in the moment and ultimately move forward.

“Annette Bening and Ed Harris bring potent conviction to this maudlin but strangely compelling psychological love story,” “Variety” has said.

Tickets for all the films are $6 for regular admission and $5 for senior citizens, Hope College faculty and children.  Tickets will be sold at the door but are also available in advance at the ticket office at the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.).  The office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.