I've been star-struck at the Telluride Film Festival exactly three times over the course of 18 years. Seeing Catherine Deneuve and Peter O'Toole sent me over the moon. And at this year's festival, myself, and an audience of 650 were absolutely enchanted with Aisholpan Nurgaiv, the 13-year-old Mongolian girl who is the star of THE EAGLE HUNTRESS. Instead of racing off to another movie after the screening, I waited outside the Werner Herzog Theatre for Aisholpan and her parents to emerge. I snapped the above photo and headed for the moon once again. Do not miss this wonderful, empowering story that is perfect for the whole family. (The movie is in English an Kazakh).
And speaking of perfection, if I was a voting member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, I would hand gold statuettes to Viola Davis and Denzel Washington for their incredible performances in FENCES. It is a rich, language-dense film, an exacting adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play from 1987.
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA moves to the Starlight Room on Sunday, and along with FENCES and THE EAGLE HUNTRESS, there are early afternoon matinees all week - Monday, December 26 to Friday, December 30. Saturday is your last chance to see LOVING. And after 5 weeks, FANTASTIC BEASTS concludes its engagement this Thursday.
Our final showing of THE NUTCRACKER from the Bolshoi Ballet is this Friday in the Rose at 1:00.
From all of us at the Rose and the Starlight Room, have a wonderful holiday season.
If you're looking for a great gift suggestion - one that keeps on giving for an entire year - Rose Gift Memberships start at $40, and include discounts on tickets and concessions, and free popcorn (all day) every Tuesday.