FREDONIA - The next feature film in the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series is "Begin Again," an independent film from the producers of "Once" starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. It will be screened on Saturday and Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 7:30 p.m.
"Begin Again" is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta (Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who relocate to New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his newfound fame soon tempt Dave to stray; and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own.
Gretta's world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City.
Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo are pictured in a scene from “Begin Again,” which plays Saturday and Aug. 19 at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House.
Chris Vognar, in the Dallas Morning News, calls the film "corny, improbable and generally just a great deal of fun." Mike Scott, in the New Orleans Times Picayune, calls it "a film with great music, a great story and a great vibe in general, built around joy, possibility and self-transformation." Joe Williams, in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, calls it "one of the best movies I've seen about the music industry and the ways it changes people whose paths diverge." Rated R for language, "Begin Again" runs 104 minutes.
The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 for adults, $6.50 for seniors & Opera House members and $5 for 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 Zach Braff Kickstarter-funded film "Wish I Was Here," on Sept. 6 and Sept. 9; the adult comedy "And So it Goes," starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, on Sept. 13 and Sept. 16; and Director John Linklater's 12-years-in-the-making summer sensation "Boyhood," on Sept. 20 and Sept. 23.
The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported nonprofit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.