5/14/2012 9:03:00 AM SIFF presents Deep Blue Sea, Matchmaker at Fisher Theatre
A delightful and romantic comedy/drama from Israel, The Matchmaker has been labled “one of the most rewarding Israeli films ever!” Arik — a teenage boy growing up in Haifa in 1968 — gets a job working for Yankele Bride, a matchmaker. The disparate parts of Arik’s life collide in unexpected, often funny and very moving ways as he lives a summer that changes him forever.
Academy Award-winner Rachel Weisz stars in The Deep Blue Sea — the story of a woman who risks everything for the man she loves (Tom Hiddleston of The Avengers). A moving and powerful film, it is an uncompromising study of the fear of loneliness and the frustratingly unreliable nature of love.
The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premieres of "The Deep Blue Sea" and "The Matchmaker". Both films will be presented at the festival's Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 through Friday, May 25.
THE DEEP BLUE SEA
A truly moving and powerful film, "The Deep Blue Sea" is the story of a woman who risks everything for the man she loves. The film is an uncompromising study of the fear of loneliness and the frustratingly unreliable nature of love.
Hester Collyer (Academy Award-winner Rachel Weisz), a 40-year old woman, has left a privileged life with her husband, Sir William Collyer (Simon Russell Beale) in order to live with a young ex-RAF pilot, Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston). But Hester and Freddie's relationship is characterized by drunken rows. Though their love-life is passionate, they have little in common. When Freddie forgets her birthday, an emotionally-unstable Hester attempts to take her own life. As a result, Hester's husband reenters her life and offers her a second chance with him, which Hester refuses.
Shaken by her suicide attempt, Freddie tells Hester the relationship is over. Back at her apartment, the other tenants tell her that nobody is worth dying for. Hester finds Freddie at home, but he will leave the next day. This time, Hester doesn't ask him to stay. She now recognizes that the relationship is over. Freddie leaves and Hester decides to face her uncertain future alone.
Critics are raving about "The Deep Blue Sea" calling it "sublimely, deliciously romantic" (The New Yorker). Entertainment Weekly calls the film "Grade A: Exquisite, nuanced and romantic!" and the Los Angeles Times calls it "richly satisfying".
A delightful and romantic comedy/drama from Israel, "The Matchmaker" is premiering to outstanding and joyous reviews from critics and audiences around the world. It has been called an "immensely pleasurable and moving film" and "one of the most rewarding Israeli films ever!"
Arik - a teenage boy growing up in Haifa in 1968 - gets a job working for Yankele Bride, a matchmaker. Yankele, a mysterious Holocaust survivor, has an office in the back of a movie theater that shows only love stories. Yankele introduces Arik to a new world, built on the ruins of an old one.
As Arik begins to learn the mysteries of the human heart through his work with Yankele, he falls in love with Tamara, his friend Beni's cousin. Tamara has just returned from America and is full of talk of women's rights, free love and rock and roll. The disparate parts of Arik's life collide in unexpected, often funny and very moving ways as he lives a summer that changes him forever.
Avi Nesher's latest film mixes comedy with drama as it tells a coming-of-age story unlike any you've ever seen before.
Both films will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre May 22-25. Showtime for "The Deep Blue Sea" will be 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday; and 7 p.m. on Thursday. "The Matchmaker" will show at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday; and 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Please note, there is no 7 p.m. show on Friday do to a special event at the theatre.
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. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.com.