The Center for the Arts Film Series Cafe TheaterThe Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs 2011-2012 Films for Film Lovers Series Begins August 15, 2011

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 or by calling 495-8989.


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