The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Flagstaff premiere of the acclaimed new drama “Falling” on Wednesday 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 16 Theatres.
“Falling” features an award-winning ensemble cast, including Viggo Mortenson (who also directed the film), Lance Henriksen, Laura Linney and Terry Chen.
John (Mortensen) lives with his partner, Eric (Chen), and their daughter, Mónica (Gabby Velis), in California, far from the traditional rural life he left behind years ago. John's father, Willis (Henriksen), a headstrong man from a bygone era, lives alone on the isolated farm where John grew up.
Willis is in the early stages of dementia, making running the farm on his own increasingly difficult, so John brings him to stay at his California home so that he and his sister Sarah (Linney) might help him find a place near them to relocate to. Unfortunately, their best intentions ultimately run up against Willis’s adamant refusal to change his way of life in the slightest.
During his stay at John's California home, tension builds between Willis and the rest of the family. Willis’s abrasive nature, by turns caustic and occasionally funny, is aggravated by his memory loss, bringing past and present into conflict and causing old wounds and years of mutual mistrust between father and son rise to the surface.
As Willis and John confront the events that have torn them, including their differing recollections of John’s mother, Gwen, the challenge they face is to find a way to forgive each other, accept what has happened in the past and, most importantly, understand what is happening to them in the present.
The film embarks on a journey from darkness to light, from rage and resentment to acceptance and hard-won grace.
“A beautifully controlled drama about age, memory and forgiveness.” -- The Wrap
“A masterful family drama taking a compassionate view of a father whose faults are impossible to ignore.” -- The Hollywood Reporter
“Lance Henriksen gives the performance of his career.” -- Variety
Tickets are $12, $9 for festival members and $10 for full-time students, and will be available starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Harkins lobby. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 928-282-1177 or online at www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.
This Flagstaff Cinema Series event is made possible by a grant from the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff.