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Opening Film at Knickbocker Theatre
Changed to "Princess Mononoke"

Posted October 31, 2000

HOLLAND -- The first film in the fall film series of the Knickerbocker Theatre at Hope College has changed to "Princess Mononoke," which will open on Friday, Nov. 3.

The previously announced opening film, "Spike and Mike's classic Animation Festival 2000," is unavailable due to scheduling difficulties.

"Princess Mononoke" will show at 7 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, and Monday-Thursday, Nov. 6-9. Rated PG-13 and in English, the animated film is set in a mythical 14th century Japan, and centers on the conflict between development and the preservation of nature.

Released in Japan in 1997, the film was released in English in the U.S. in 1999 featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver and Billy Bob Thorton, among others. Roger Ebert of the Chicago "Sun- Times" praised "Princess Mononoke" as "one of the year's best films," and the film is the second-highest grossing film of all time in Japan (behind only "Titanic").

The remainder of the Knickerbocker's fall film series will continue as previously announced. The other three films in the series are "Shower" (Friday-Thursday, Nov. 10-16), "Set Me Free" (Friday-Thursday, Nov. 24-30) and "The Color of Paradise" (Friday-Friday, Dec. 1-8).

"Shower," "Set Me Free" and "The Color of Paradise will each show at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The Knickerbocker is closed on Sundays.

"Shower" centers around the conflict between traditional ways and the modern world. The film focuses on a wealthy young man who despite himself begins to value the traditions represented in his family's business, a public bathhouse. He ultimately tries to prevent the progress of the modern world from destroying it. "Shower" is in Chinese with English subtitles, and is rated PG-13.

"Set Me Free" examines the potential of film to shape life. An unhappy teen in a house filled with conflict, the central character adopts the "I am responsible" credo of the heroine from Jean-Luc Godard's "My Life to Live" and sets her life direction accordingly. The film is in French with English subtitles, and is rated PG- 13.

"The Color of Paradise" centers around a blind eight-year-old boy who appreciates the world that he experiences through his heightened other senses. Seeking to remarry, his widower father resents him as an obstacle to his wedding plans and apprentices him far from home. Ultimately, though, the father must face his responsibility to his son. "The Color of Paradise" is in Persian/Farsi with English subtitles, and is rated PG.

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. 8th St. in downtown Holland. Tickets cost $5 for regular adult admission, and $4 for senior citizens and students.

Additional information about the series may be obtained by calling the Knickerbocker Theatre's information line at (616) 395-7403.

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