A new season of the Park City Film Series begins Friday evening, with a diverse mix of art and alternative movies, which will be screened each weekend through early July.
Among them are the Robert Duvall/James Earl Jones starrer "A Family Thing," a double-bill of Jackie Chan action pictures, the Oscar-winning Italian film "The Postman" and the latest adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre."The Park City Film Series is presented by the Park City Arts Council, the Park City Film Society, the University of Utah, Sundance and the Tower Theater.
Screenings begin at 8 p.m. (except "Flirting With Disaster," which will show at 1 and 8 p.m., and the Jackie Chan double feature, which begins at 7 p.m.) in the Carl Winters auditorium at the Park City Library.
Admission is $5 (except the "Anima Mundi"/Kevin Tippets program, which is $8), with a discount for seniors.
Phone 647-9747 for further information.
Here's the schedule:
- Friday, May 17: "Anima Mundi," a 30-minute film by Godfrey Reggio ("Koyaanisqatsi") showing animal life around the Earth in their natural settings, set to the music of Philip Glass. Rated G. (Preceded by a live multimedia show presented by local jazz artist Kevin Tippets.)
- Saturday, May 18: "A Family Thing," with Robert Duvall as an Arkansas redneck who discovers late in life that his biological mother was black and that he has a brother (James Earl Jones) living in Chicago. PG-13 (violence, profanity, racial epithets, brief partial nudity).
- Saturday, May 25: "The Postman (Il Postino)," the low-key Italian romantic comedy about an idealistic postman in a small village befriended by a famed South American poet in exile, which won an Oscar for best musical score. In Italian, with English subtitles. PG (mild vulgarity, violence).
- Saturday, June 1: "Flirting With Disaster," an offbeat comedy about an uptight entomologist (Ben Stiller) who tries to find his natural parents. Patricia Arquette, Tea Leoni, Alan Alda, Mary Tyler Moore, George Segal and Lily Tomlin co-star. R (violence, sex, nudity, profanity, vulgarity, drugs).
- Saturday, June 8: "The Star Maker," an Italian film (nominated as best foreign-language picture) from Giuseppe Tornatore ("Cinema Paradiso") about a talent scout filming local auditions throughout Sicily in the early '50s. In Italian, with English subtitles. R (violence, sex, nudity, profanity, vulgarity).
- Saturday, June 15: "Jane Eyre," which stars Oscar-winner Anna Paquin ("The Piano") and Charlotte Gainsbourg playing the title character at different ages, and William Hurt as Rochester, in this adaptation by Franco Zeffirelli ("Romeo and Juliet").
- Friday, June 21: "Rumble in the Bronx" is Jackie Chan's breakthrough film, a hit here a few months ago, and "Drunken Master" (1978) was his first big success in Hong Kong, sending him into Asian superstardom. "Rumble" is dubbed in English and rated R (violence, profanity, brief partial nudity). "Drunken" is in Chinese with English subtitles and is not rated.
- Saturday, June 22: "The Celluloid Closet," a documentary award-winner at the Sundance Film Festival for its exploration of Hollywood's portrayal of gay men and lesbians in movies, with clips and interviews. Not rated.
- Saturday, June 29: "A Midwinter's Tale," a black-and-white comedy written and directed by Kenneth Branagh ("Henry V," "Much Ado About Nothing") about a rag-tag troupe of actors trying to mount a production of "Hamlet." R (profanity, vulgarity).
- Saturday, July 6: "Once Upon a Time . . . When We Were Colored," which marks the directing debut of Tim Reid (a comic actor on TV's "WKRP in Cincinnati") and tells the story of a youngster growing up in the segregated South. PG (violence).