Opera House Cinema Series to screen ‘The Impossible’

“The Impossible,” the true story of one family’s survival following a devastating tsunami, is the next featured film in the Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series. It will be screened on Saturday and Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for Naomi Watts, “The Impossible” is a powerful story based on one family’s survival of the 2004 southeast Asian tsunami. Maria (Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of Dec. 26, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her.

“The Impossible” is the unforgettable account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. But the true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives. Both epic and intimate, devastating and uplifting, “The Impossible” is a journey to the core of the human heart.

Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times, calls the film “a searing film of human tragedy.” Claudia Puig, in USA Today, calls it “a nimbly acted drama that is at once a stellar visual achievement and a life-affirming story of familial love and courage.” Joe Morgenstern, in the Wall Street Journal, calls it “a thrilling, if also punishing, tale of heroic endurance.” Elizabeth Weitzman, in the New York Daily News, says “When it’s over, you will feel enlightened, drained and grateful just to walk away.” Rated PG-13 for intense realistic disaster sequences, including disturbing injury images and brief nudity, “The Impossible” runs 114 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 ten movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891. The Series continues with “Les Miserables,” starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway and nominated for eight Academy Awards, on Feb. 23 and 26; and “Hyde Park on the Hudson,” starring Bill Murray and Laura Linney, on March 16 and 19.

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.

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