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February 29, 2008

CW's Kimball Theatre rolls out the red carpet for Oscar-worthy films

Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre features Academy-Award-winning or nominated movies in March and April, including “There Will Be Blood,” “The Kite Runner,” “The Savages,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” and “Beaufort.”

Movies and documentaries include:

  • Southland Tales, 6:30 and 9 p.m. March 1. From director Richard Kelly (“Donnie Darko”) comes an inventive pastiche that blends sci-fi, comedy, drama, politics, satire and more. The film is set in a futuristic 2008 world that has been ravaged by nuclear war and takes place in Los Angeles on the eve of a presidential campaign. The film primarily follows an amnesiac action star (Dwayne Johnson “The Rock”), an adult film star (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and an L.A. police officer. Nominated for a Golden Palm at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Supporting cast includes Mandy Moore, Miranda Richardson, Wallace Shawn, Jon Lovitz, Kevin Smith, Amy Poehler and Justin Timberlake. Rated: R.
  • There Will Be Blood, 6:15 and 9 p.m. March 2-15. Winner of an Academy Award for Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), this story chronicles the life and times of one Daniel Plainview (Day-Lewis), who transforms himself from a down-and-out silver miner into a self-made oil tycoon. Daniel Day-Lewis won this year’s Best Actor Golden Globe. Rated: R.
  • A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman, 7 p.m. March 12. An exploration of exile, memory, longing and democracy, as seen through the life experience of writer Ariel Dorfman. Born in Argentina, growing up in New York and then Chile, Dorfman became cultural advisor to Chile’s socialist president, Salvador Allende. When the Allende government fell, Dorfman was told that his life was spared because “someone had to live to tell the story.” Shot in Argentina, the United States and Chile (coinciding with the death of Dorfman’s nemesis, General Pinochet), and incorporating a wealth of rare archival footage, this documentary is based, in part, on Dorfman’s memoir, “Heading South, Looking North.” English/Spanish with subtitles. Not rated. Ticket: All seats $2. Presented by the College of William and Mary’s modern languages and literatures department.
  • The Kite Runner, 6:45 and 9 p.m. March 16-22. An Afghani man, now living in America, returns to Afghanistan to find a child. In doing so, he hopes to find forgiveness for choices he made when he was young. However, the Afghanistan he returns to now is controlled by the Taliban, and finding the child becomes a rescue mission. Based on the acclaimed novel by Khaled Hosseini. Nominated for the 2008 Best Foreign Language Film Golden Globe plus one Academy Award nomination. Farsi with subtitles. Rated: PG-13.
  • Youth Without Youth, 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. March 21-27. Legendary director Francis Ford Coppola returns to the director’s chair after a 10-year hiatus with this adaptation of Romanian author Mircea Eliade’s book detailing the arduous journey of a professor whose life is thrown into chaos as World War II looms ominously on the horizon. When the 70-year-old scholar is struck by lightning, his age begins to reverse as his mind grows infinitely more brilliant, unfortunately, attracting the attention of the Nazis. Rated: R.
  • The Orphanage, 7 and 9:10 p.m. March 28-April 2. Laura (Belen Rueda) spent the happiest years of her childhood growing up in an orphanage by the seaside, cared for by the staff and fellow orphans whom she loved as brothers and sisters. Now, 30 years later, she returns with her husband Carlos (Fernando Cayo) and Simon (Roger Princep), their seven-year-old son, with a dream of restoring and reopening the long abandoned orphanage as a home for disabled children. But Laura slowly becomes convinced that something long-hidden and terrible is lurking in the old house. A 2007 winner of seven Barcelona Film Awards, including Best Actress (Rueda), Best New Director (Juan Antonio Bayona) and Best Film. Spanish with subtitles. Rated: R.
  • Persepolis, 6, 7:45 and 9:30 p.m. April 2-11. Winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film, Persepolis is a riveting memoir about childhood during the war between Iran and Iraq. Based on the autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, “Persepolis” tells the story of rebellious Marjane and her coming-of-age during difficult times. French with subtitles. Rated: PG-13.
  • The Savages, 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. April 12-20. An irreverent, hilarious and heartbreaking story revolving around a modern American family, "The Savages" portrays an all-too-common dilemma: after drifting apart emotionally and geographically over the years, two siblings Wendy (Laura Linney) and Jon (Philip Seymour Hoffman) must band together to care for an elderly parent (Philip Bosco). Nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Actress (Linney) and Best Original Screenplay. Rated: R.
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, 6:45 and 9 p.m. April 18-23. This is the remarkable true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric), a successful and charismatic editor-in-chief of French Elle, who believes he is living his life to its absolute fullest when a sudden stroke leaves him in a life-altered state. While the physical challenges of Bauby’s fate leave him with little hope for the future, he begins to discover how his life’s passions, his rich memories and his newfound imagination can help him achieve a life without boundaries. Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Director (Julian Schnabel); Winner of two Golden Globes – Best Director and Best Foreign Film. French with subtitles. Rated: PG-13.
  • 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. April 22-27. During the final days of communism in Romania, two college roommates Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) and Gabita (Laura Vasiliu) are busy making arrangements for Gabita’s illegal abortion and unwittingly, both find themselves burrowing deep down a rabbit hole of unexpected revelations. Director Cristian Mungiu’s film is a masterwork of modern filmmaking, by parts poignant and shocking. Winner of the Fipresci Prize and the Golden Palm at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and named the Best Foreign Language Film at the National Society of Film Critics Awards. Romanian with subtitles. Not rated.
  • Beaufort, 6:15 and 8:45 p.m. April 25-30. Winner of the 2007 Berlin Film Festival’s Best Director (Joseph Cedar) award and a 2008 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language film, “Beaufort” chronicles the final days of an Israeli army unit’s tense, painful withdrawal in 2000 from a strategic bunker inside a 12th-century Crusader fortress near the Lebanese border. Hebrew with subtitles. Not rated.
  • Grace is Gone, 7 and 9 p.m. April 29-May 4. This directorial debut from screenwriter James C. Strouse looks at how the death of a female soldier affects her family at home. This deeply affecting drama stars John Cusack as the widowed father of two young daughters. The film’s tone is sweet and sad, though never overwhelmingly so. Rated: PG-13.

    Unless otherwise indicated, 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

    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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