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NOW SHOWING and COMING ATTRACTIONS at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre:

 


45 Years
Feb. 12-18

“45 Years” has earned the title of the Best Reviewed Film of the Year from critics around the globe, who are calling the film breathtaking, exquisite, masterful and the greatest love story of the year!
 
The films’s star, Charlotte Rampling, has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in what Time Magazine calls “a performance for the ages!”
 
While preparing for their 45th anniversary, Kate and Geoff’s marriage is shaken with a discovery that calls into question the life they’ve built together. Screen legends Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay won Best Actress & Best Actor at the Berlinale for this emotional tour-de-force from acclaimed director Andrew Haigh.
 
Kate and Geoff Mercer are poised to celebrate their anniversary with a party, when Geoff receives a letter that shakes both of them. The letter, from Switzerland, lets him know that a body has been found: that of Katya, his girlfriend before Kate, who died falling into a fissure in a glacier when the couple were on a walking holiday in 1962. Geoff tells Kate that he was regarded as Katya’s next-of-kin, since they had been intending to be married. Though Kate continues to prepare for the party, and the couple shares some romantic excitement about it, she becomes increasingly disturbed by Geoff’s preoccupation with Katya.
 
As the celebrations grow closer, they delve further into their past, leaving their future in question.

 
 
“One of the best films of the year,” raves Stephen Holden of The New York Times. “Charlotte Rampling is majestic!”
 
“Simply divine!” says David Fear of Rolling Stone Magazine. “There’s screen acting and then there’s what the legendary Charlotte Rampling is doing!”
 
“45 Years” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Feb. 12-18. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12; 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13; and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 14, 16 and 18.  

Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "45 Years" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 95 minutes.
 


The Benefactor
Feb. 12-17

Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning and Theo James star in the critically-acclaimed, audience sensation “The Benefactor”
 
A newly married couple (Fanning and James) are forced to navigate the all-consuming interest of a powerful, mysterious, and possessive philanthropist (brilliantly played by Richard Gere).
 
In “The Benefactor”, an iconoclastic philanthropist, Franny (Gere), survives a devastating accident that kills his two best friends. But four years later, he is still struggling with the guilt and pain. When his late friends’ daughter Olivia resurfaces with a new husband and a baby on the way, Franny tries to overcome his emotional and physical suffering by inserting himself into their lives.

 
 
Outrageously charming and limitlessly infuriating, Franny hands his young friends undreamt-of opportunities while attempting to micro-manage their lives in ever more intrusive ways. “The Benefactor” is a bravura portrait of a larger-than-life personality in crisis. Now, Franny’s looking back and searching for meaning at an age when you’re expected to have that all figured out.
 
“The Benefactor” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Feb. 12-17. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Monday and Wednesday, Feb. 12, 13, 15 and 17. 
 
Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "The Benefactor" and to order tickets online.

Film runtime is 90 minutes.
 


Zenprov Comedy: "Vortex of Love"
Feb. 13

Is laughter the ultimate aphrodisiac? Find out: Join Zenprov Comedy for the spectacular love fest of funny in the “Vortex of Love.” The show starts 7:30 PM, Saturday Feb. 13 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre in Sedona.
 
“Zenprov is the best comedy troupe in Arizona,” said Mr. Patrick Schweiss, Executive Director of the Sedona International Film Festival. “People were laughing so hard their cheeks were hurting.”
 
If you’ve never attended one of their live performances before, Zenprov Comedy is similar to the popular improvised TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The troupe performs fast-paced games and scenes created in the moment—always based on audience suggestions. Unlike sketch or standup comedy, nothing is scripted or prepared ahead of time. Best of all, it’s never the same show twice. 


 
“The audience is half our show,” said Derek Dujardin, director of the troupe. “For this Valentine’s Day performance, we’re going to focus a lot on love and relationships. We might interview a couple for five minutes on how they met and fell in love. Then re-play their love story as a science fiction film, a Western movie, and finally as a corporate training video.” 



 
The group has added a whole new repertoire of improvise games, including “Improvised Love Poems,” “Silent Movie Dubbing”, and their own twisted version of the "Dating Game" that uses famous historical figures, in-animate objects, and zoo animals as contestants. 
 
The super minds of Zenprov Comedy are Derek Dujardin, Shaeri Richards, Shaunn Cochran, Betty Testa, Linda Roemer and Mary Carder.


 
Tickets are $12 pre-sale and $15 the day of the show. This one-night-only performance is expected to sell out so please purchase tickets early. Purchase ticket online at the link below or in person at Mary Fisher box office.
 
The Mary D. Fisher Theater is located across the street from Harkins Movie Theater on 2030 St. Rt. 89A. Doors open at 7:00 PM. Shows are PG-13 and run approximately 90 minutes. Visit www.ZenprovComedy.com to learn more.


CLICK HERE to order tickets to VORTEX OF LOVE online now.

Show runtime is 90 minutes.
 


Met Live Opera's "Manon Lescaut"
March 5

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the next Met Live Opera presentation of Giacomo Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” on Saturday, March 5. There will be two shows that day at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre: 11 a.m. (live simulcast) and 4 p.m. (encore). There will be a pre-opera talk one hour before each of these performances, presented by Dr. Eric Gibson of the NAU Opera Department.
 
The Met stage ignites when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Roberto Alagna join forces in Puccini’s obsessive love story. Opolais sings the title role of the country girl who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress, while Alagna is the dashing student who desperately woos her. Director Richard Eyre places the action in occupied France in a film noir setting. “Desperate passion” is the phrase Puccini himself used to describe the opera that confirmed his position as the preeminent Italian opera composer of his day. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the stirring score.
 
Few operas have surpassed “Manon Lescaut” in the depiction of the urgency of young love. The French tale of a beautiful young woman destroyed by her conflicting needs for love and luxury had already inspired Massenet’s “Manon” (1884), a relatively new and immensely popular work at the time of “Manon Lescaut’s” premiere. Puccini made the story his own and infused it with a new level of frank emotion and a flood of melody. The opera was his first great success, leading George Bernard Shaw to name him “the successor to Verdi.”
 
ACT I
Amiens, France, around 1720. Edmondo, his fellow students and their girlfriends are enjoying the summer evening on a public square. They welcome the young Chevalier Des Grieux, who sings a jaunty serenade to the girls (“Tra voi, belle”). Soon the courtyard stirs with the arrival of a carriage bearing Manon and her brother, Lescaut, who is escorting his sister to a convent at their father’s orders. Sharing the coach with them is Geronte, an old and wealthy Parisian gallant. While the innkeeper shows Lescaut and Geronte to their rooms, Des Grieux introduces himself to Manon. She is intrigued by him and agrees to meet him later, then joins her brother. The Chevalier realizes he has fallen in love (“Donna non vidi mai”). Geronte, who also has designs on Manon, bribes the innkeeper to arrange for Manon’s abduction. Edmondo, who has overheard the conversation, warns Des Grieux. As evening falls, Manon keeps her promise and meets Des Grieux, who persuades her to evade both the convent and her elderly admirer by running off to Paris with him instead (Duet: “Vedete? Io son fedele”). Geronte returns to find the young lovers escaping in the carriage he hired for himself and Manon; furious, he is calmed by Lescaut, who assures him a girl like Manon who loves luxury will be easy to lure away from a poor student.

 
ACT II
Manon has left Des Grieux and is living in a sumptuous Paris apartment as Geronte’s mistress. When Lescaut arrives to congratulate her on her success, she sadly replies that luxury cannot make up for the loss of Des Grieux (“In quelle trine morbide”). The arrival of a group of musicians who sing a madrigal in her honor does not change her mood, but Manon’s vanity is aroused when Geronte appears with some of his friends to pay tribute to her beauty. The men watch her dancing lesson, while she sings a love song to the strains of a minuet (“L’ora, o Tirsi”). Lescaut goes off to find Des Grieux. After the guests have left, the Chevalier confronts Manon (Duet: “Tu, tu, amore? Tu?”). He first reproaches her as faithless, but soon gives in to her beauty and insistent declarations of true love. Geronte returns to find them in each other’s arms. When Manon holds up a mirror to mock his age, he leaves, threatening revenge. Lescaut bursts in to warn the lovers that the city guards are on their way, but Manon, in spite of Des Grieux’s repreoach (“Ah, Manon, mi tradisce”), insists on gathering her jewels first. The delay proves disastrous: led in by Geronte, gendarmes arrest Manon for theft and drag her off to prison.
 
ACT III
On a street by the harbor of Le Havre, Des Grieux and Lescaut wait for dawn, hoping to rescue Manon from deportation to America. When she appears at the bars of her prison, the lovers once again exchange vows and words of hope. The sound of a shot indicates that Lescaut’s plot has been discovered. A band of soldiers lead in the women prisoners, who are each called by name to board the ship, while a curious crowd gathers to comment on their appearance. Des Grieux desperately begs the Captain to let him accompany Manon to the New World (“Guardate, pazzo son!”). Moved, the Captain agrees.
 
ACT IV
Wandering in a wasteland where she and Des Grieux have fled after landing at New Orleans, the ailing Manon is at the end of her strength and cannot go any farther. When Des Grieux goes off in search of help, she is overcome by terror and despair (“Sola, perduta, abbandonata!”). Des Grieux returns, but Manon dies in his arms.
 
The Met Live Opera’s “Manon Lescaut” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Saturday, March 5 at 11 a.m. (live simulcast) and 4 p.m. (encore). The pre-opera talk will take place one hour before each show.
 
Tickets are $20 general admission, $18 for Film Festival members, and $15 for students. Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office or by calling 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.

CLICK HERE to order tickets to "MANON LESCAUT" online now.

Production runtime is 3 hours, 8 minutes (including two intermissions)
 


National Theatre of London's
"Les Liaisons Dangereuses"

March 6

The National Theatre of London continues its season with “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” (Dangerous Liaisons) showing in Sedona on Sunday, March 6 at 3 p.m. The Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere at its Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
 
Following the hugely successful broadcasts of “Coriolanus” and “King Lear”, National Theatre Live brings the Donmar Warehouse’s highly anticipated new production of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” to cinemas — broadcast from the Donmar’s London home.
 
Directed by Josie Rourke (“Coriolanus”), the cast includes Elaine Cassidy (“The Paradise”), Janet McTeer (“The Honourable Woman”) and Dominic West (“The Wire”).
 
In 1782, Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalized the world. Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton's irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play. Josie Rourke’s revival now marks the play’s thirty year anniversary.

 
 
Former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont now compete in games of seduction and revenge. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the innocent Cecile de Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has targeted the peerlessly virtuous and beautiful Madame de Tourvel. While these merciless aristocrats toy with others’ hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed.
 
Critics are raving about “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”, and it has garnered 4- and 5-star reviews from every major publication in London:
 
“Theatre at its most seductive. Dominic West proves superb, Janet McTeer makes a triumphant return to the West End.” — Evening Standard
 
“Heady and intoxicating. A brilliantly revived adaptation.” — Daily Telegraph

 
 
“An evening to richly savour.” — Guardian
 
“Director Josie Rourke has given us a Les Liaisons Dangereuses to relish.” — Sunday Times
 
“One of the best stage adaptations ever written.” — Observer
 
“Les Liaisons Dangereuses” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Sunday, March 6 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival members. Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office or by calling 928-282-1177 or online at the link below. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" and to order tickets online.

Production runtime is 3 hours (including intermission)
 

The Mary D. Fisher Theatre is located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A
in West Sedona (between BMO Harris Bank and CoffeePot Restaurant)


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