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February 29, 2008

CW's Kimball Theatre hosts film festivals in March and April

Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre will host several international and independent films in March and April during the Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival and Tournees Festival.

The Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival on Merchants Square continues into 2008 with The Rape of Europa at 6:30 and 9 p.m. on March 29 and at 6:45 and 9 p.m. on March 30. This is an epic journey through seven countries, into the violent whirlwind of fanaticism, greed and warfare that threatened to wipe out the artistic heritage of Europe. For 12 long years, the Nazis looted and destroyed art on a scale unprecedented in history. But heroic young art historians and curators from America and across Europe fought back with a miraculous campaign to rescue and return the millions of lost, hidden, and stolen treasures. English/Russian/Polish/German/French/Italian with subtitles. Not rated. Aaron H. DeGroft, director of the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary, will introduce the film on March 29 at the 6:30 p.m. screening.

Movie admission is $7 for adults and $6 for seniors, students and children. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit

Kimball Theatre movie vouchers are not valid for festival films.

The Kimball Theatre and the College of William and Mary’s French and Francophone Studies Program host the Tournees Festival. The lineup includes:

  • Paris Je T’aime, 7 p.m. March 16. Celebrated directors from around the world, including the Coen brothers, Gus Van Sant, Gurinder Chadha, Wes Craven, Walter Salles, Alexander Payne and Olivier Assaysa, have come together to portray Paris in a way never before imagined. Made by a team of contributors as cosmopolitan as the city itself, this portrait of the city is as diverse as its creators’ backgrounds and nationalities. Professor Maryse Fauvel of the college’s French department will introduce the film. English/French/Spanish/Arabic/Mandarin with subtitles. Rated: R.
  • Mondovino, 7 p.m. March 23. Professor Don Monson of the college’s French department will introduce the film about wine and wine culture, filmed by award-winning director and sometime sommelier Jonathan Nossiter in five languages over a three-year period. Nossiter intertwines multiple family dramas and uncovers a complex tapestry of conflicts, conspiracies and alliances that all stem from the production, distribution, and consumption of one of the oldest and most respected luxuries remaining. English/French/Italian/Spanish/Portuguese with subtitles. Rated: PG-13.
  • Les Choristes (The Chorus), 7 p.m. March 28. In 1949, Clement Mathieu, an unemployed music teacher, is hired to supervise children in a school for juvenile delinquents. With original music composed by Christophe Barratier, a musician himself, and Bruno Calais, “Les Choristes” is as much about the power of music to transform lives as it is about growing up at a time when France was beginning to emerge from the devastation of World War II. French with subtitles. Rated: PG-13.
  • Bamako, 7 p.m. April 6. Introduced by Professor Fonkijom Fusi of the college’s theater, speech and dance department, the film is set against the backdrop of overwhelming economic strife as a couple fights to save their relationship. While Melee (Aissa Maiga) and Chaka (Djeneba Kone) are struggling to keep the peace in their marriage, their neighbors are holding a mock trial in the town courtyard to hold the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank accountable for creating such hardship in Africa. French/Bambara with subtitles. Not rated.
  • Indigenes (Days of Glory), 7 p.m. April 13. In 1944-1945, the liberation of Italy, Provence, the Alps, the Rhone Valley, the Vosges and Alsace was essential to the victory of the allies. This devastating battle was fought by the First French Army which was recruited in Africa: 200,000 men known as “indigenes” (natives). While fighting for freedom, these soldiers must face tremendous racism in the military, and in French society. Introduced by Professor Sasha Prokhorov of the college’s Russian department. French/Arabic with subtitles. Rated: R.

    Screenings are free but reservations are required. A wine and cheese reception will be held at 6 p.m. opening night, March 16.

    For more information,

    The Kimball Theatre, located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, is owned and operated by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. The Kimball Theatre box office is open 1-9:15 p.m.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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