Reel Event 2018-19 season Starts Oct. 17

The Portage Citizen:    A comment on the 2017 movie “The Bookshop” speaks volumes about the Portage & District Arts Centre annual film festival: ‘How nice, a well-acted and intelligent movie. Why can’t we have more like this?’

It’s very possible, but you have to attend Oct. 17, at the Prairie City Cinema as PDAC hits the start button on its 2018-19 Reel Event season.

Reel Event is an annual film festival offering critically acclaimed selections previously screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Critic reviews on “The Bookshop” include raves from Guy Lodge of Variety and John Anderson of the Wall Street Journal, two reviewers you can argue with, but not win.

The principal cast includes Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Hunter Tremayne and is set in 1959 England.

Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy). As Florence’s obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one? Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s acclaimed novel and directed by Isabel Coixet (Learning to Drive), The Bookshop is an elegant yet incisive rendering of personal resolve, tested in the battle for the soul of a community.

Here is the link to a trailer on YouTube:

Season passes are available now for purchase from the Portage & District Arts Centre – six films for $48. You can also buy a ticket at Prairie City Cinema on the day of the film for $10.

The “The Bookshop” will screen at Prairie City Cinema on Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. for the first film of the Reel Event 2018-19 season.

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