Around the Town: Academy Award nominee to make Flagstaff debut

2014-02-12T05:00:00Z Around the Town: Academy Award nominee to make Flagstaff debut Arizona Daily Sun
February 12, 2014 5:00 am

The Sedona International Film Festival will present the Flagstaff premiere of “The Great Beauty” today as part of the festival’s monthly Flagstaff Cinema Series. There will be one screening of the film at 7 p.m. at Harkins Flagstaff 11 Theatres.

The epic new drama has just been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (from Italy), and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. “The Great Beauty” has also garnered four European Film Awards nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Writer.

Journalist Jep Gambardella (the dazzling Toni Servillo, Il divo and Gomorrah) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his 65th birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafes to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

Provocative Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino reunites with his “Il divo” star Toni Servillo for this portrait of a world-weary journalist searching for his long-lost idealism while drifting through the dolce vita of Rome’s high spots and fleshpots. Sorrentino’s subject extends well beyond the crisis his 65-year-old protagonist is undergoing. “The Great Beauty” is determined to look into the very soul of Italy.

James Joiner from Philosophy in the Public Interest and the Northern Arizona University Philosophy Department will lead a discussion following the film screening.

Tickets are $12 ($6 for full-time students), and will be available starting at 6 p.m. in the Harkins lobby. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.

Many public lands free this weekend

In honor of the Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 15-17, admission to national parks and monuments will be free. The parks and monuments will be joined by the Coconino National Forest, which will waive fees associated with many recreation sites and amenities over the three-day weekend. Participating parks and monuments include Grand Canyon, Glen Canyon, Petrified Forest, Walnut Canyon, Wupatki and Sunset Crater.

Within the Coconino National Forest, fees will be waived for the entire Red Rock Pass area including Palatki and Honanki Ruins, V Bar V Cultural Site and approximately 300 miles of multiple-use trails. Concessionaire operated day-use sites within the forest may be included only if the concessionaire wishes to participate, so visitors are encouraged to contact the appropriate ranger station to determine which recreation sites will have fees waived.

For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm, or call the Forest Supervisor’s Office at 527-3600, Flagstaff Ranger Station at 526-0866, or Red Rock Ranger Station at (928) 203-2900.

Send Around the Town news to Abbie Gripman at agripman@azdailysun.com or call her at 556-2241.

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