WHBPAC Presents ‘Finest in World Cinema’ Series This August

Venus in Fur
"Venus in Fur" will screen at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center

Film buffs of the East End may flock to the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center throughout August as its popular “Finest in World Cinema” series will continue. Four different exciting films will be playing in three-day long engagements over the course of the month.

Each series will kick off on Tuesday nights and run through the Thursday of that week. Tuesday premieres will also include post-film discussions led by Andrew Botsford.

Botsford, a visiting professor and communications consultant at Stony Brook Southampton, has been heavily involved in the arts since 1985. He began as an actor with Quogue’s Hampton Theatre Company and is still a member today. As associate editor of The Southampton Press for 20 years, Botsford’s resume includes numerous film and theater reporting as editor of the paper’s Arts & Living section.

The August series opens with Violette, a French drama directed by Martin Provost. The film chronicles a relationship between two women in post-WWII France. Violette was recently named a New York Times’ Critic’s Pick.

Venus in Fur, based on David Ives’ Tony Award-winning play, is the second film in the August series. The French and German film, directed by Roman Polanski, follows a playwright and director auditioning possible actors for his New York City show.

The third film in the series, Obvious Child, is another New York Times Critics’ Pick. Obvious Child focuses on Donna Stern as she navigates what is described as both the best and worst Valentine’s Day of her life.

The series concludes with Gabrielle, directed by Louise Archambault. The French and English love story follows a woman who is a musical prodigy, yet mentally challenged, who falls in love with a man in her choir.

All screenings will begin at 8 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays from August 5 through August 28. Screenings will be held in the Mollie Parnis Auditorium within WHBPAC, located at 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $9 for students and seniors and $5 for WHBPAC Film Society members. All tickets are available online at www.whbpac.org.

Additionally, interested attendees may join the Film Society by calling 631-288-1500. Membership includes 20 discounted tickets per year, a free ticket on the member’s birthday and two complimentary tickets for new member referrals.

Watch trailers for Violette, Venus in Fur, Obvious Child and Gabrielle.

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