Fall film series begins with fantasy-drama


September is movie month at the Churchill Arts Council.
The first of the movies begins on Friday with the 2006 film, Pan’s Labyrinth, and ends with Minari on Sept. 24.
The Oats Park Arts Center box office, Art Bar and galleries open at 6 p.m. with the movie beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7, members and $10 nonmembers. A three-movie ticket is $18 for members, $21 for nonmembers.
Tickets are available at the box office on the night of screening or call CAC at 775-423-1440.
Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro directs this haunting fantasy-drama, Pan’s Labryinth, set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and detailing the strange journeys of an imaginative young girl who may be the mythical princess of an underground kingdom.
Shy young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) is forced to entertain herself while her recently remarried mother, Carmen (Ariadna Gil), lies immobilized in anticipation of her forthcoming child with sadistic army captain Vidal (Sergi López).
While her high-ranking stepfather remains determined to fulfill the orders of Gen. Francisco Franco to crush a nearby guerilla uprising, the young girl soon ventures into an elaborate stone labyrinth presided over by the mythical faun Pan (Doug Jones) and sets out to reclaim her kingdom.
Lady Bird on Sept. 17 is a coming-of-age tale set in 2002 Sacramento and centers on Christine McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), an eccentric teenager who prefers to go by the name “Lady Bird.” Over the course of her senior year of high school, Lady Bird deals with the pangs of first love and clashes with her mother (Laurie Metcalf) over her plans for the future.
Written and directed by Greta Gerwig, who loosely based the story on her own life. Tracy Letts, Timothee Chalamet, and Lucas Hedges co-star.
Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Yuh-jung Youn, and Will Patton star in Minari, writer-director Lee Isaac Chung’s poignant and semi-autobiographical immigrant family drama. A Korean-American family relocates to a small farm in Arkansas in the 1980s – to pursue their own version of the American Dream. The arrival of their irreverent grandmother disrupts the balance they try to maintain between cultural assimilation and autonomy.

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