Film Festival presents Flagstaff premiere of ‘Unfinished Song’ on Oct. 9
Award-winning, heartfelt and inspiring drama debuts in monthly cinema series
The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Flagstaff premiere of “Unfinished Song” on Wednesday, Oct. 9 as part of the festival’s monthly Flagstaff Cinema Series. There will be one screening of the film at 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Flagstaff 11 Theatres.
“Unfinished Song” is a feel-good, heartwarming story about how music can inspire you.
The film stars Academy Award-nominee Terence Stamp as Arthur, a grumpy pensioner who can’t understand why his wife Marion (Academy Award-winner Vanessa Redgrave) would want to embarrass herself singing silly songs with her unconventional local choir. But choir director Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton) sees something special in the reluctant Arthur and refuses to give up on him. As she coaxes him out of his shell, Arthur realizes that it is never too late to change and, aged 70, Arthur finally dares to unlock his emotions and reach out to his estranged son, James (Christopher Eccleston).
“It’s a very personal story for me,” says writer/director Paul Andrew Williams, who drew on his own family experience to create “Unfinished Song”. “It’s basically about a man finding himself,” Williams added. “Whatever age you are, something can change you dramatically.
A frequently hilarious and ultimately uplifting, inspirational comedy-drama, “Unfinished Song” doesn’t wallow in misery. “Some people have this idea that old people just sit at home,” says Williams. “They actually do have fun, they do get together and they do talk about sex. I wanted to make sure that people see that actually older people do have a good laugh.” Because of that, “Unfinished Song” is a film that everyone can identify with. The majority of people have a parent or grandparent, so the story touches a universal chord.
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.
“Unfinished Song” will be shown at Harkins Flagstaff 11 Theatres on Wednesday, Oct. 9 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 "Unfinished Song".
Film runtime is 96 minutes.