Opera House Cinema Series to screen ‘Life of Pi’

“Life of Pi,” the critically acclaimed adventure drama from Academy Award winning Director Ang Lee, is the next featured film in the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series. It will be screened on Saturday and Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The film is nominated for nine Golden Globe Awards, including for Best Motion Picture Drama and Best Director

In “Life of Pi,” a young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor who is trapped in the same lifeboat … a fearsome Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Based on the 2001 novel of the same name by Yann Martel, the film stars newcomer Suraj Sharma as Pi, Irrfan Khan and Garard Depardieu.

Roger Ebert, in the Chicago Sun Times, calls the film “a miraculous achievement of storytelling and a landmark of visual mastery.”

Richard Roeper calls it “one of the most remarkable films in recent years.”

David Edelstein, in New York magazine, calls it “transcendent.”

Colin Covert, in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, says “Ang Lee’s thrillingly audacious film transforms this inconceivable premise into visual poetry, high adventure and sheer enchantment.”

Rated PG for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences and peril, “Life of Pi” runs 127 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 & 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 “Anna Karen-ina,” starring Keira Knight-ley and Jude Law, on Jan. 26 & 29; and “Hyde Park on the Hudson,” starring Bill Murray and Laura Linney, on Feb. 23 & 26. Also coming, but currently unscheduled, are Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis, and the epic musical “Les Miserables,” starring Hugh Jackman.

Chautauqua County’s only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, 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.