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Hope College's Knickerbocker Theatre announces Fall Film Series

• Sep 19, 2017 at 4:00 PM

HOLLAND — The Knickerbocker Theatre at Hope College is showing four films through Nov. 11 during its Fall Film Series.

The series continues the Knickerbocker Theatre’s tradition of showing new independent and foreign films for West Michigan.

The Knickerbocker’s showing of “Maudie,” an Irish-Canadian biographical romantic drama, ran through Sept. 16. 

The series continues with “Past Life” on Monday through Saturday, Sept. 18-23. The drama/thriller depicts the pilgrimage of two sisters — Sephi Milch (Joy Rieger), an introverted talented classical musician, and Nana (Nelly Tagar), a boisterous journalist — in the late 1970s as they unwind the shocking revelation of their father’s past during the Holocaust. Meanwhile, Selphi not only must struggle with the unraveling of her family history and its possible consequences, but also must compete in a male-dominated profession as she seeks to be a classical composer. The film is in English, German, Hebrew and Polish with English subtitles. It has a running time of one hour and 49 minutes, and is not rated.

The next film is “The Trip to Spain” on Monday through Saturday, Oct. 9-14. The comedy depicts the many changes and challenges faced in middle age. British comedians Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan once again come onto the big screen, touring their way through a variety of European cities during a week-long drive filled with sightseeing and taste-bud adventures leading them to epiphanies regarding history, fame and fatherhood. This film is in English. It has a running time of one hour and 48 minutes, and is not rated.

The series ends with “The Unknown Girl” on Monday through Saturday, Nov. 6-11. The Belgian-French drama is a searing saga of guilt and redemption. Young doctor Jenny (Adele Haenel) leaves the clinic door unanswered, and shortly after a young African woman is found dead by the side of the road. Consumed with guilt, Jenny embarks on a journey to discover who the woman was and to see to it that she is remembered. “The Unknown Girl” is both a gripping mystery and a profoundly human moral tale encompassing “no end of guilt, and just enough grace,” as said by the New York Times. The film is in French with subtitles. It has a running time of one hour and 53 minutes, and is not rated.

Tickets for the individual films are $7 for regular admission and $6 for senior citizens, Hope College faculty and children. Tickets will be sold at the door but are also available in advance at the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center, 100 E. Eighth St. The office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached at 616-395-7890.

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