Knickerbocker Theatre Presents Winter Film Series
Posted February 12, 2002
HOLLAND -- The Knickerbocker Theatre at Hope
College is presenting a series of foreign films to liven up
the winter months.
The four films are "The Wide Blue Road," "Cool and
Crazy," "Kandahar" and "The Vertical Ray of the Sun."
"The Wide Blue Road" continues through Saturday,
Feb. 16, with shows at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. nightly.
The film stars a young Yves Montand as Squarico, a
simple fisherman who struggles to keep his family out of
Squarico lives on the Italian coast with his wife,
daughter and two sons. He is a maverick among his fellow
fisherman, using high explosives to enhance his catch.
Although he helps his colleagues as he can, he resists
joining with them in a co-op designed to fight a greedy
wholesaler. He finds himself in trouble with the coast
guard, and when he sinks his boat to avoid capture he must
find a way to save his family from ruin.
"The Wide Blue Road" is unrated (suitable for
older teens), and has a running time of one hour and 40
minutes. The film is in Italian with English subtitles.
"Cool and Crazy" runs Monday-Thursday, Feb. 18 21;
Monday-Tuesday, 25-26; and Thursday, Feb. 28. There will be
shows at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. nightly, except for Thursday,
Feb. 21, when there will be a show at 9 p.m. only.
A documentary, "Cool and Crazy" focuses on the
Berlevag Male Choir, which director Knut Erik Jensen
discovered by accident in the middle of a snowstorm.
Berlevag is a small fishing village in northern Norway. The
30 or so members of the choir, mostly fishermen and ranging
in age from 29 to 96, sing songs based on their culture.
The film follows the choir as it makes a trip to
Murmansk. Meanwhile, the audience is treated to the choir's
powerful and emotive songs among the stirring arctic
landscape, and gets to know the men who make up the group.
"Cool and Crazy" is unrated, and has a running
time of one hour and 45 minutes. The film is in Norwegian
with English subtitles.
"Kandahar" runs Friday-Saturday, March 1-2, and
Monday-Thursday, March 4-7, with shows at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
In the film, director Mohsen Makhmalbaf follows a
woman's struggle to save her sister in Afghanistan. Nafras
is a Canadian journalist who fled the nation when she was a
teenager. She receives a call from her sister, who still
lives in Kandahar but has decided to commit suicide because
the atmosphere and Taliban regime have become so oppressive.
Determined to help her sister, Nafras returns to the land of
her birth. Prohibited from traveling alone, and swathed in
the traditional burqa, Nafras braves the dangers of a
country full of desperate poverty, suffering and violence.
"Kandahar" is unrated (some scenes may be
disturbing to children) and has a running time of one hour
and 25 minutes. The film is in Farsi with English
"The Vertical Ray of the Sun" runs Friday-
Saturday, March 8-9, and Monday-Thursday, 11 14. There will
be shows at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. nightly, except for Wednesday,
March 13, when there will be a show at 9 p.m. only.
A beautiful, languorous film about appearances,
"The Vertical Ray of the Sun" was directed by Tran Nu Yen-
Khe ("The Scent of Green Papaya"). Set in modern-day Hanoi,
it follows three sisters who live in close proximity,
amongst a community of artists and writers. When the
sisters meet to prepare a banquet on the anniversary of
their mother's death, they reminisce about their parents'
harmonious relationship. But, a memory of a mysterious man
casts a shadow on the image of their parents as well as
their own relationships.
"The Vertical Ray of the Sun" is rated PG 13 and
has a running time of one hour and 50 minutes. The film is
in Vietnamese with English subtitles.
Closed on Sundays, the Knickerbocker Theatre is
located in downtown Holland at 86 E. 8th St. Tickets are $5
for regular admission, and $4 for senior citizens and
Additional information about the films may be
obtained by calling the Knickerbocker Information Line at