Opera House Cinema Series To Screen ‘Promised Land’

FREDONIA “Promised Land,” Gus Van Sant’s fictional film on fracking starring Matt Damon, is the next featured film in the Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series. It will be screened on Saturday and Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m.

In “Promised Land,” Damon stars as Steve Butler, a corporate salesman whose journey from farm boy to big-time player takes an unexpected detour when he lands in a small town, where he grapples with a surprising array of both open hearts and closed doors. Van Sant helms the film from an original screenplay written by John Krasinski and Damon, from a story by Dave Eggers.

Butler has been dispatched to the rural town of McKinley with his sales partner, Sue Thomason, Academy Award winner Frances McDormand. The town has been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, and the two consummate sales executives see McKinley’s citizens as likely to accept their company’s offer for drilling rights to their properties as much-needed relief.

What seems like an easy job and a short stay for the duo becomes complicated professionally by calls for community-wide consideration of the offer by respected schoolteacher Frank Yates, Academy Award nominee Hal Holbrook, and personally by Butler’s encounter with Alice, Rosemarie DeWitt). When Dustin Noble, John Krasinski, a slick environmental activist, arrives, suddenly the stakes, both personal and professional, rise to the boiling point.

“Promised Land” runs 106 minutes. Tickets are available at the door for $7 for adults), $6.50 for seniors and Opera House members, and $5 for students the night of each screening. A book of 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at www.fredopera.org. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891.

The Series continues with the tsunami survival film “The Impossible,” starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, on Feb. 16 and Feb. 19.