BELFAST — This March marks the bicentennial of Maine’s admission to the Union; the Belfast Free Library’s film series, Friday Night Flix will present four movies set in Maine in honor of the celebration. All of the films will be presented free of charge in the library’s Abbott Room. Each showing will begin at 7 p.m.
Leading off the series on March 6 will be The Shawshank Redemption. Based on Stephen King’s short story about the friendship between two men in a Maine prison, The Shawshank Redemption was a box office failure on its initial release, but has since become a popular and well regarded modern classic. It stars Timothy Robbins and Morgan Freeman, who received an Academy Award nomination for his performance, one of eight the film received overall.
In The Bedroom is a powerful family drama filmed in Camden, and is the second presentation, on March 13. Sissy Spacek was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as the mother in a family that is shattered by a sudden, violent turn of events. Tom Wilkinson, Marisa Tomei and some very recognizable local scenery also star.
On March 20, The Whales of August features Bette Davis and Lillian Gish, in her last film role, portraying two widowed sisters who spend their last years summering on an island in Maine, and confronting the long standing issues in their relationship. Vincent Price and Ann Southern also star. The Whales of August was shot on location on Cliff’s Island, in Casco Bay.
Based on a novel by John Irving, The Cider House Rules follows the story of a young man, played by Tobey Maguire, who grow up in an orphanage in Maine in the 1940s. Michael Caine won the Oscar for best Supporting Actor for his role as the orphanage director. The cast also includes Charlize Theron, Paul Rudd, Kathy Baker and Jane Alexander.
The Cider House Rules will be shown on March 27.