By Patrice Shields
Every Monday night my parents had a standing date to see a movie. Even with six children they took the time to spend an evening out, allowing themselves two rare hours to get lost in a movie together. They are still in love and have been happily married for over 55 years, which may be based on the fact that they never stopped dating each other. While a cozy night at home watching a Netflix film is nice, it does not constitute a date. Beginning on Monday, August 15, 2011 the Center for the Arts Film Society offers you 22 great dates for 2011 and 2012 with its series “Films for Film Lovers”.
“This year we are offering the best of the best in foreign and independent films,” offers Tom Falciglia, Chairman of the Center for the Arts Film Society. “The 22 film series are juried favorites that will offer the audience insight into the lives and cultures that exist around the world, far from Bonita Springs.” As Bonita Springs only alternative to big box films, the Center for the Arts Film Society exists to entertain, inspire, educate, and connect the community through film. Beginning as an event for members of the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, the film society has expanded to a full season open to the public for its second year, offering films that are a valid form of art for film lovers.
The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs Film Series offers two movies each month beginning in August with a uniting theme:
Films for Film Lovers Series
August – Oppression – then Fellini
Black Book (2006) Netherlands August 15
Ginger and Fred (1986) Italian August 22
September – Living under Communism
The Lives of Others (2006) Germany September 12
Goodbye Lenin! (2003) German September 26
October – Heaven and Earth
As it is in Heaven (2004) Sweden October 10
Night on Earth (1991) US October 24
November – Women of Strength
Chocolat (2000) US/UK November 14
The Girl in the Cafe (2005) UK November 28
December – See Paris and Montevideo from different eyes
Paris, Je T’Aime (2006) French December 12
Gigante (2009) Uruguay December 19
January –Celebrate Audrey Tautou
Coco Before Channel (2009) French January 9
Amelie (2001) French January 23
February – French look at love
The Man Who Loved Women (1977) French February 13
A Man and A Woman (1966) French February 27
March – Two versions of intimate love
Before Sunrise (1995) US March 12
Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi (2003) Israel March 26
April – Great artists
La Vie en Rose (2007) French April 9
Basquiat (1996) US April 23
May – Children’s lives
I Am David (2003) US May 14
Kolya (1996) Czech May 28
June – Arrived at love?
In The Mood for Love (2000) Chinese June 11
Before Sunset (2004) US June 25
The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs “Films for Film Lovers” season begins with “Black Book,” a 2006 World War II film directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman and Halina Reijn. The story is about a young Jewish woman in the Netherlands who becomes a spy for the resistance during World War II after tragedy befalls her in an encounter with the Nazis.
All of the films are shown in CFABS cozy café theater at the Promenade at Bonita Bay. Enjoy a romantic date at a table for two or bring a group of friends and share a larger table. Refreshments including wine and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are available. Doors open at 6:30pm and films begin at 7:00pm. Be sure to join their lively, fun and entertaining film discussion after each film, led by a Film Society Chairman and a Film Society Member.
Film lovers can become a member of the Art Center’s Film Society and enjoy VIP seating and receive advance notice of films. So take some advice from my parents, put down the Netflix envelope and phone in your happily ever after to the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs and reserve your space for the best 22 dates of the season.
Who: Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
What: Films for Film Lovers Series
When: 2 Mondays Each Month Beginning on, August 15, 2011, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S Bay Dr, Bonita Springs, Florida
Cost: $8 individual ticket (series discounts are available)
Join the Center for the Arts for the first time between May 1 and September 30, 2011 and receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6-week class to be used by December 31, 2011. The Center for the Arts offers this promotion for first time members. Call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information.
A full list of Center for the Arts classes is available online at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling 495-8989.