FREDONIA - "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 Tuesday, 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.
Rated PG-13 for intense realistic disaster sequences, including disturbing injury images and brief nudity, "The Impossible" runs 114 minutes.
Tickets are available at the door for $7 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and Opera House members, and $5 for students the night of each screening. A book of 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at www.fredopera.org. 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 Feb. 26; and "Hyde Park on the Hudson," starring Bill Murray and Laura Linney, on March 16 and March 19.