FREDONIA - "Beasts of the Southern Wild," the moving fantasy drama that has swept this year's film festivals including winning the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize, is the next featured film at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House. It will be screened today at 8 p.m. and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Opera House Cinema Series.
In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, 6-year-old Hushpuppy exists on the brink of survival. The intrepid young girl lives with her father, Wink, in the Bathtub, a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink's tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe for a time when he's no longer there to protect her. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, Hushpuppy believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.
Rated PG-13 for thematic material including child imperilment, some disturbing images, language and brief sensuality, "Beasts of the Southern Wild" runs 93 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 and 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. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891. The series continues with the inspiring, "The Magic of Belle Isle," starring Morgan Freeman, on Sept. 29 and Oct. 2.