The Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center announces as its Cinema at the State Film Series selection for Thursday (Jan. 17) the 2012 romantic comedy-drama starring Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand, “Moonrise Kingdom.”
Warm, whimsical and poignant, the immaculately framed and beautifully acted “Moonrise Kingdom” presents writer/director Wes Anderson at his idiosyncratic best. Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, this film tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore — and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle.
Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff, and Edward Norton, is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents. The adult cast members are all award-winning/nominated talents, but they are asked (and graciously oblige) to take a backseat so that the two young leads — Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward — can shine. And shine the two youngsters do, as perfect male/female physical and emotional embodiments of the oddball outsider — those luminously eccentric personalities who don’t quite fit the frame of “normality” imposed by American social ideals (and are arguably better off for it).
This film is rated PG-13 for for sexual content and smoking.
Tickets are $8 at the door, with a limited number of seats available for advance purchase online at www.livefromauburn.com. Or call the Box Office at (530) 885-0156. The box office opens 90 minutes before show time for each performance.
The performing arts center is located at 985 Lincoln Way in Auburn.