Opera House Cinema Series To Screen Oscar’s Most-Nominated Film

Sally Hawkins in a scene from “The Shape Of Water.” Submitted photo

FREDONIA — The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “The Shape of Water,” nominated for 13 Oscars, including Best Picture It will be screened on Saturday, March 10, and Tuesday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m.

The most-nominated film in the 2017 Oscar race – with nominations for Best Picture, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Director and Screenplay, among others — “The Shape of Water” is an other-worldly fable, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America, circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment – an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

Kenneth Turan, in the Los Angeles Times, calls the film “magical, thrilling and romantic to the core, a sensual and fantastical fairy tale with moral overtones.” Adam Graham, in the Detroit News, calls it “a lovely, empathetic tribute to Old Hollywood, monster movies, outsiders and love that could only come from the mind of the visionary filmmaker Guillermo del Toro!” Chris Nashawaty, in Entertainment Weekly, calls it “both weird and wonderful.” Richard Roeper, in the Chicago Sun Times, says the film is “like a beautiful painting you keep visiting at your favorite museum, because it continues to reveal its brilliant magic in new and different ways.” Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language, “The Shape of Water” runs one hour, 59 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 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at www.fredopera.org. Thanks to the generous support of an anonymous donor, the first 20 SUNY Fredonia students at each screening are admitted free. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891.

The Opera House is equipped with individualized closed captioning headsets for the deaf as well as with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.