Archive for December, 2012

Beasts of the Southern Wild — Saturday, January 12

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
NorwichCinema_BeastsSaturday, January 12


Donald L. Oat Theater

Suggested Donation: $7.00

One of the top ten movies of the year. In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she 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.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: “Sometimes miraculous films come into being, made by people you’ve never heard of, starring unknown faces, blindsiding you with creative genius.”


Waking Sleeping Beauty — Friday, December 28

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

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6:00 pm

Otis Library
261 Main Street, Norwich

By the mid-1980s, the fabled animation studios of Walt Disney had fallen on hard times. The artists were polarized between newcomers hungry to innovate and old timers not yet ready to relinquish control. These conditions produced a series of box-office flops and pessimistic forecasts: maybe the best days of animation were over. Maybe the public didn’t care. Only a miracle or a magic spell could produce a happy ending. Waking Sleeping Beauty is no fairy tale. It’s the true story of how Disney regained its magic with a staggering output of hits – “Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast ,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” and more – over a 10-year period.

Official Selection – 2009 Telluride Film Festival
Official Selection – 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
Winner, Audience Prize – 2009 Hamptons International Film Festival
Winner, Truly Moving Picture Award – 2009 Heartland Film Festival

A Royal Affair — Saturday, December 8

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012


Saturday, December 8


Donald L. Oat Theater

Suggested Donation: $7.00

A ROYAL AFFAIR is the true story of an ordinary man who wins the queen’s heart and starts a revolution. Centering on the intriguing love triangle between the ever more insane Danish King Christian VII, the royal physician who is a man of enlightenment and idealism Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen) and the young but strong Queen Caroline Mathilda (Alicia Vikander), A ROYAL AFFAIR is the gripping tale of brave idealists who risk everything in their pursuit of freedom for their people… Above all it is the story of a passionate and forbidden romance that changed an entire nation.

Mads Mikkelsen is wonderful in this sumptuous film as Johann Struensee, the German physician at court in Copenhagen who won the trust of the nation’s tormented, infantile king (a fine and complementary performance by Mikkel Boe Følsgaard); seduced the passionate Queen Caroline Matilda and tried to seize power in order to bring Enlightenment ideas to the impoverished nation of Denmark.

Mads Mikkelson’s performance won him the Best Actor award and the Berlin film festival and the movie won Best Script. It is also getting Academy Award buzz as Denmark’s foreign film entry.

A portion of the screening’s proceeds will be given to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

It is Danish with English subtitles. Rated R.