Film Festival presents Flagstaff premiere of ‘To the Wonder’ on May 8
Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem star in Terrence Malick’s new film
The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Flagstaff premiere of the Terrence Malick’s new film “To the Wonder” on Wednesday, May 8 as part of the festival’s monthly Flagstaff Cinema Series. The film stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem. There will be one screening of the film at 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Flagstaff 11 Theatres.
Written and directed by Terrence Malick, “To the Wonder” is a romantic drama about men and women grappling with love and its many phases and seasons — passion, sympathy, obligation, sorrow and indecision — and the way these forces merge together and drift apart, transforming, destroying and reinventing the lives they touch.
Neil (Ben Affleck) is an American traveling in Europe who meets and falls in love with Marina (Olga Kurylenko), a Ukrainian divorcee who is raising her 10-year-old daughter Tatiana in Paris. The lovers travel to Mont St. Michel, the island abbey off the coast of Normandy, basking in the wonder of their newfound romance. Neil makes a commitment to Marina, inviting her to relocate to his native Oklahoma with Tatiana. He takes a job as an environmental inspector and Marina settles into her new life in America with passion and vigor. After a holding pattern, their relationship cools.
Marina finds solace in the company of another exile, the Catholic priest Father Quintana (Javier Bardem), who is undergoing a crisis of faith. Work pressures and increasing doubt pull Neil further apart from Marina, who returns to France with Tatiana when her visa expires. Neil reconnects with Jane (Rachel McAdams), an old flame. They fall in love until Neil learns that Marina has fallen on hard times. Gripped by a sense of responsibility — and his own crisis of faith — he rekindles with Marina after another trip to France. She returns with him to Oklahoma, resuming her American life. But the old sorrows eventually return.
Malick has concocted a deeply moving visual language intermingling love, nature and spirit — “all things work together for the good,” as one character in “To the Wonder” proclaims — that ranks among his most personal and heartfelt works.
Andrea Houchard and Matt Goodwin from Philosophy in the Public Interest and the Northern Arizona University Philosophy Department will lead a discussion following the film screening.
The series is made possible by a grant from the Flagstaff Community Foundation and Flagstaff Medical Center Foundation. Additional support comes from the Northern Arizona University Cinema Studies Program and Philosophy Department.
“To the Wonder” will be shown at Harkins Flagstaff 11 Theatres on Wednesday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members ($6 for full-time students), and will be available starting at 6:00 p.m. that day in the Harkins lobby. Members can purchase tickets in advance by calling 282-1177.
CLICK HERE to see a trailer of "To the Wonder".
Film runtime is 113 minutes.