FREDONIA - "Les Miserables," the feature film adaptation of the iconic Broadway musical starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, is the next featured film in the Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series. It will be screened on Saturday and Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m.
Nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor for Jackman and Best Supporting Actress for Hathaway, "Les Miserables" is the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and still breaking box-office records in its 28th year. Directed by Academy Award-winning director, Tom Hooper, the film also stars Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France and featuring international superstars and beloved songs, including "I Dreamed a Dream," "Bring Him Home," "One Day More" and "On My Own," "Les Miserables" tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption - a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's young daughter, their lives change forever.
Rated PG-13, "Les Miserables" runs 158 minutes.
The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. 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 "Hyde Park on the Hudson," starring Bill Murray and Laura Linney, on March 16 and March 19; and "Silver Linings Playbook," nominated for eight Academy Awards and starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, on March 23 and March 26.
Chautauqua County's only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported nonprofit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.