'Grand Budapest Hotel,' 'Selma' Added to Hett Film Series in 2015

(LEBANON, Ill., December 12, 2014) — The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts has added two 2015 Golden Globe nominated films to its Film Arts Series and an appearance by one of the actors. General admission is $5 and free for McKendree University students, faculty and staff members.

Sunday, Jan. 25, at 3 and 7 p.m.: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” follows the adventures of Gustave H, (Ralph Fiennes) a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. Directed by Wes Anderson, it is a Golden Globe nominee for best comedy-musical, best director, best screenplay and best actor. (2014, Rated R. 100 min.)

Wednesday, March 18 at 7 p.m.: “Selma” chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., culminated in President Lyndon Johnson (played by Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Directed by Ava DuVernays, “Selma” tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary King and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. The film has received Golden Globe nominations for best drama, best director, original song and best actor David Oyelowo for his portrayal of Dr. King. (2014, Not rated, 122 min.)

Colman Domingo, who co-stars as Rev. Ralph Abernathy in the film, will be on campus for the day on March 18. He has appeared in many films, including “Lincoln” and “The Butler,” and was nominated for a Tony Award in 2011 for his work in “The Scottsboro Boys” on Broadway. Domingo will participate in a master class for McKendree theater students and take questions after the screening of “Selma.”




The Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts - “The Hett” - is Southern Illinois’ premier performing arts venue, presenting world class dance, drama, classical music and jazz.  The 488-seat auditorium is on the McKendree University campus in Lebanon. www.theHett.com