Opening Night Films

Thursday, November 9

DARKEST HOUR

114 minutes

“Darkest Hour” is the thrilling and inspiring true story that begins on the eve of World War II. Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation.

As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

Directed by Joe Wright (“Atonement,” “Hanna,” “Pride & Prejudice,” “Anna Karenina”), written by Anthony McCarten (“The Theory of Everything”) starring Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup, and Ben Mendelsohn and produced by Coronado’s own Lisa Bruce, “Darkest Hour” is a Focus Features Release.

Invited Guest: Lisa Bruce, Producer

Thursday: Doors open @ 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., program, Village Theatre

Film repeats Thursday at 10 p.m.

 

 HOOP DREAMS

172 minutes

In this restored version of the 1994 classic, “Hoop Dreams” captures the incredible journey of two young boys determined to one day play professional basketball. But setbacks have no trouble finding them in their impoverished neighborhoods and difficult home lives in Chicago’s inner city.

William Gates hails from the Cabrini-Green projects, a housing development that has since been demolished due to rampant violence and dilapidated living conditions. Arthur Agee calls West Garfield Park home -- an area known for its dangerous crime, and where the neighborhood basketball court is frequented by addicts and drug dealers. When a talent scout discovers William and Arthur, they’re enrolled in the prestigious St. Joseph’s High School where they hope to follow in the footsteps of Isiah Thomas, the school’s most revered alum. Although the stage is set for St. Jospeh’s to win the state championship, and William and Arthur to attend college and ultimately be drafted by the NBA, unexpected obstacles force the boys to forge their own uncertain paths to pursue their lifelong dream. A test of tenacity and resilience, “Hoop Dreams” will have audiences rooting for victory.

Invited Guest: Steve James

Thursday 7 p.m. Coronado Middle School

MADOFF

140 minutes

It was the largest Ponzi scheme fraud in U.S. history. When Bernie Madoff’s empire came crumbling down in 2008, the amount missing from client accounts, including fabricated gains, was almost $65 billion. Madoff founded the Wall Street firm Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, in 1960 and was its chairman. He employed his brother Peter, as the firm’s Senior Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer and Peter’s daughter Shana Madoff, as the firm’s rules and compliance officer and attorney; his sons Andrew and Mark and, for 33 years, Frank DiPascali, Jr. as his key lieutenant.

In December 2008, Madoff’s sons told authorities that their father had confessed to them that the asset management unit of his firm was a massive Ponzi scheme. FBI agents arrested Madoff and charged him with securities fraud. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had previously conducted multiple investigations into Madoff’s business practices, but had not uncovered the massive fraud to the frustrations of people like financial analyst Harry Markopolos who were on to him with extensive evidence. In March 2009, Madoff pleaded guilty to federal felonies and admitted to turning his wealth management business into a massive Ponzi scheme. That June, Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison, the maximum allowed.

“Madoff” first aired as a miniseries over two nights, Feb. 3 and 4, 2016, on ABC. It will be shown at the Festival in its entirety, without commercial breaks. Starring Richard Dreyfuss in the title role and Michael Rispoli as Frank DiPascali. Also starring Blythe Danner, Peter Scolari, Charles Gordon, Tom Lipinski, Danny Deferrari, Frank Whaley, Erin Cummings and Ben Dreyfuss (Richard’s son) as young Madoff. Invited Guests: Raymond De Felitta, Director, Michael Rispoli, Actor

Invited Guests: Raymond De Felitta, Director and Michael Rispoli, Actor

Thursday 7 p.m., Coronado Performing Arts Center-CoSA Main Stage Theatre

 

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