Okanagan College’s Contemporary Classics at the Classics” not-for-profit film series ends March 30 with a closing night double bill at the historic Salmar Classic.
Wes Anderson’s family friendly, animated Fantastic Mr. Fox will screen at 5 p.m., followed by Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life at 7:30.
“One of the aims of the series this year has been to select a range of films that will appeal both to students and to the wider Salmon Arm film-going community, so it is fitting that the series ends with a night when we show two films that everyone in town can come down and enjoy regardless of their age” says Okanagan College film professor Tim Walters, who introduces each film in the series. “As we’ve been the beneficiary of generous support of the series from the college, the Salmar Community Association and the good folks at Pinz Tattoos, we are able to offer free admission to both films – with a donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank, and I feel very fortunate and appreciative that we can end the season by helping out a group that does great work in our community.”
The 2009 hit Fantastic Mr. Fox is an animated adaptation of the beloved Roald Dahl novel of the same name, and follows the attempts by Mr. Fox to save his family and friends from angry farmers.
Featuring an all-star cast of voice actors (including George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray) and the usual quirky Anderson style and humour, this is a fun, smart, fast-moving film that will be enjoyed by kids of all ages.
Malick’s 2011 epic The Tree of Life, is a hugely ambitious and visually overwhelming film painted on a massive canvas, which rightly earned the most sought-after prize in the movie world, the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, says Walters.
Starting from the story of a couple (Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain) raising two small children in small town 1950s Texas, Malick’s film explodes in scope to follow the growth of this family in parallel with that of the entire history of life in our universe through stunning visual images and a magnificent orchestral soundtrack.