Salvador Mallo is a veteran film director, afflicted by multiple ailments, the worst of which is his inability to continue filming. The mixture of medications, along with an occasional flirtation with heroin, means that Salvador spends most of his day prostrate. This drowsy state transports him to a time in his life that he never visited as a narrator. His childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to Paterna, a village in Valencia, in search of prosperity. His mother is the beacon of that era, struggling and improvising so that the family can survive. Also, the first desire appears. His first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s. The pain of the breakup of that love while it was still alive and intense. Writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable, the early discovery of cinema when films were projected on a whitewashed wall, in the open air. In recovering his past, Salvador finds the urgent need to recount it, and in that need he also finds his salvation.

Directed by Pedro Almodovar
1 Hour 53 minutes
Rated R

Marriage Story tells, in grueling detail, the story of how Nicole (Johansson) and Charlie (Adam Driver) end their marriage. A blistering monologue from Scarlett Johansson describing how love dissipates; a surprising musical performance from Adam Driver; a fight between the two of them that is one of the most excruciating depictions of a couple verbally eviscerating one another. When we meet them -- he's a theater director, she's the star performer in his company -- they've already decided that they are going to separate. There's bitterness between them, but the proceedings are largely amicable. They want to split everything evenly and avoid using lawyers. But when Nicole leaves New York for Los Angeles to shoot a television pilot and takes their child, Henry, with her, the vision of the life she didn't pursue in that city starts to crystalize. She hires a high-powered divorce attorney (Laura Dern taking absolutely zero bullshit), and sets out to get what she wants: to keep her kid in Los Angeles where she can be near her family and her ideal career. Charlie, meanwhile, is stubbornly committed to New York, the place they've resided for the majority of Henry's childhood.

Directed by Noah Baumbach.
Running time 136 minutes.
Rated R.


Thursday December 12 at 7:30 PM

The renowned Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO) will perform a live concert of its original powerhouse score to the definitive digital restoration of the 1925 silent classic “The Phantom Of The Opera”. This performance will follow only a week after the North American premiere of this new pairing at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

One of the most discussed - and unnerving - films of all time, “Phantom Of The Opera” gets a turbocharged, new life from the 12-member BSFO’s spectacular, modern score. BSFO is made up of the top film composers and instrumentalists at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, and they perform their original, student-composed scores live to picture, led by the ensemble’s conductors in perfect synchronization with the classic film, for a thrilling, only-in-the-theatre experience.

Previous screenings of Phantom with the BSFO score – while a huge crowd favorite -- have been done to the well-known, and famously murky versions of the film. At last, the Berklee score, featuring a bravura soprano vocalist singing the movie’s operatic solos in synch with the screen, can be heard with the meticulously restored film. This print also includes the legendary Technicolor® Costume Ball scene at the correct, 20 frames per second, projection speed.

Described as “nothing short of thrilling” by American film critic Leonard Maltin, Boston’s Berklee Silent Film Orchestra, under the leadership of Professor Sheldon Mirowitz, is dedicated to composing new, original scores for silent feature classics, and performing them live-to-picture.

The BSFO returns to the Avon Cinema following their amazing silent film concert for The Man Who Laughs, performed here last year.

Tickets for this 7:30 film concert are $27.00 and are available at the Avon Cinema website on our Special Events page, or at the Avon Cinema box office. All seats for this concert are General Seating. No Passes, Value Cards or Gift Cards will be honored. A $1.00 processing fee per ticket will be charged for online ticket sales.

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