"Moonrise Kingdom," the darling of the film festivals and surprise summer hit, is the next featured film at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House. It will be screened Saturday at 8 p.m. and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Opera House Cinema Series.
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, "Moonrise Kingdom" tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore and the peaceful island community is turned upside down which might not be such a bad thing.
Directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Wes Anderson, the film stars Bruce Willis as the local sheriff; Edward Norton as Scoutmaster Ward, a Khaki Scout troop leader; and Bill Murray and Frances McDormand as the young girl's parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman and introduces Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as Sam and Suzy, the young boy and girl.
Michael Phillips, in the Chicago Tribune, calls the film "a fable about what it feels like to be 12-years-old and afflicted, from head to toe, by a romantic crush the size of a planet."
Eric Snider, on film.com, calls it "terrific work by an enviably talented filmmaker, with a wistful poignancy that will stick with you."
Ann Hornaday, in the Washington Post, calls it "an erudite wish-fulfillment fantasy of empowerment and autonomy."
Rated PG-13 for sexual content and smoking, "Moonrise Kingdom" runs 94 minutes.
The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of ten movie passes is available for $60 at the door, online at www.fredopera.org or by calling the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891. The Series continues with the critically acclaimed "Beasts of the Southern Wild" on Sept. 15 & 18.
Chautauqua County's only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.