The unusual sci-fi character drama, "Another Earth," is the next featured film in the Cinema Series at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House. It will be screened on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m.
In "Another Earth," Rhoda Williams is a bright young woman accepted into MIT's astrophysics program who aspires to explore the cosmos. A brilliant composer, John Burroughs has just reached the pinnacle of his profession and is about to have a second child with his loving wife. On the eve of the discovery of a duplicate earth, tragedy strikes and the lives of these two strangers become irrevocably intertwined.
Estranged from the world and the selves they once knew, the two outsiders begin an unlikely love affair and reawaken to life. But when one is presented with the chance of a lifetime opportunity to travel to the other Earth and embrace an alternative reality, which new life will they choose?
Kerry Lengel, in the Arizona Republican, calls the film "a quietly moving parable of redemption." Peter Howell, in the Toronto Star, calls it "one of the year's best indie releases." Kirk Honeycutt, in the Hollywood Reporter, calls it "a gripping, intimate story to which science fiction adds a provocative, philosophical context." Ty Burr, of the Boston Globe, says the film "is being sold as an indie sci-fi drama, but this muted story of atonement, forgiveness, and parallel universes is more of an extended metaphor a work of earnest poetry rather than science." Rated PG-13 for disturbing images, some sexuality, nudity and brief drug use, "Another Earth" runs 92 minutes.
Tickets to the Opera House Cinema Series are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students & children) the night of each screening. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 716-679-1891.
Chautauqua County's only year-round performing arts center, 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.