Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

March 7, 2013

Art-house movies without the travel

Free BoomerVenture March movies have international scope

Screening Room
Lois Karfunkel

---- — The Oscars for 2012 have been awarded and excellence in film celebrated.

Sharing this respect for good movie making, the BoomerVenture Screening Room Festival presents an exciting group of independent quality films in March. With snow still covering the ground, it is a perfect time to cuddle up in a cozy chair with friends and enjoy a great movie – one that stays with you even after you leave the theater.

All residents are invited to enjoy this new and exciting program. As one regular attendee, Sandra Ciolfi of 35 Pine St., said, “The film series presents a grand opportunity to see first-rate art films seldom in local cinaplexes.”

Many attendees enjoy this unique opportunity for residents to enjoy a quality movie without experiencing the cost and hassle of traveling to a faraway art theater on a weeknight. March is the perfect time to come see what the series is all about.

The month starts off with the March 7 showing of “Oranges and Sunshine.” Starring Emily Watson, the movie is based on a real British scandal and tells the heartbreaking story of the government deportation of thousands of children to Australia. This movie starts at 6:30 p.m. because of the film’s length.

“Somewhere Between,” which begins at the usual 7 p.m., is featured on March 14. Achieving a 4.8 out of 5 stars by Amazon viewers, this deeply moving American documentary follows the experiences of four teenagers who were adopted from China and are exploring the question of “Who am I?”

“Chicken with Plums,” shown on March 21, is a live action film by the makers of the graphic movie “Persepolis.” It’s described as a “captivating live-action fairytale full of whimsy, humor, magic and despair” by The movie tells the story of a great musician whose violin is broken. When he cannot find an acceptable replacement he contemplates death.

The month ends with the much critically acclaimed Belgium film, “The Kid with a Bike.” This empathetic movie about the experiences of an 11-year-old boy abandoned by his father and finding love elsewhere, will be shown on March 28.

All residents are invited to attend these showings, and there is no charge. The movies are shown at the Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court, behind Town Offices at 36 Bartlet St., and generally start at 7 p.m. with a brief “chat” beforehand. A selection of snacks is available.