The summer series will open with “Queen to Play” on Friday and Saturday, June 10-11; and Monday through Wednesday, June 13-15. Sandrine Bonnaire and Kevin Kline (in his first French-speaking role) combine in this sophisticated feel-good comedy set in idyllic Corsica. Middle-aged chambermaid Hélène’s newfound obsession with the game of chess leads her to seek the tutelage of a reclusive American expat, transforming both of their ho-hum lives in the process. The film is not rated in the U.S., but is most similar to PG-13 criteria. The film is in French with English subtitles.
“Bill Cunningham New York” will run June 17-18 and 20–22. The “Bill” in question is 80-year-old New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style. This film is not rated.
“The First Grader” will show June 24-25 and 27-29. In a small, remote mountain-top primary school in the Kenyan bush, hundreds of children are jostling for a chance for the free education newly promised by the Kenyan government. One new applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school. He is Maruge, an old Mau Mau veteran in his 80s, who is desperate to learn to read at this late stage of his life. The film is rated PG-13.
The Knickerbocker will show free family films every Thursday from June 9 to July 7 at 8 p.m., timing to enable audience members to enjoy the downtown street performers and then watch a family-friendly movie for free. A list of films is available online at www.hope.edu/arts/knick.
Tickets for the summer film series are $6 for regular admission, and $5 for senior citizens and children. Updated information may be obtained by calling the
Knickerbocker information line: 616-395-7403, or visiting www.hope.edu/arts/knick.
The Knickerbocker Theatre is located in downtown Holland at 86 E. Eighth St.