New acclaimed independent films premiere at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre
Sedona AZ (November 8, 2016) – The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premieres of the critically-acclaimed new films “Denial” (starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall) and “No Pay, Nudity” (starring Nathan Lane, Gabriel Byrne and Frances Conroy) showing Nov. 18-23 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
Academy Award-winner Rachel Weisz, Academy Award-nominee Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall star in “Denial” — a powerful story about one woman’s relentless efforts to establish justice and remind the world about the tragedies of the Holocaust.
Based on the acclaimed book Denial: Holocaust History on Trial, “Denial” recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, in cases of libel, the burden of proof is on the defendant, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team led by Richard Rampton (Tom Wilkinson), to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.
Lipstadt finds herself in the position of not only defending herself, but establishing beyond a doubt that the Holocaust took place. Passionate, fiery and independent, Lipstadt refuses to settle the case and demands her day in court. With the cards solidly stacked against her, Lipstadt’s British legal team presents her with a confounding strategy: neither she nor any Holocaust survivors will be called to the stand.
“Denial” is a taut courtroom drama based on one of the most significant international legal cases in recent memory.
“ ‘Denial’ is a siren call for truth. Rachel Weisz serves up a forceful presence.” — USA Today
“One of the most powerful and riveting courtroom dramas ever made. Timothy Spall’s performance is a quiet, smoldering force.” — New York Observer
“Inescapably fascinating.” — Los Angeles Times
“Denial” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Nov. 18-23. Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday and Sunday, Nov. 18 and 20; and 7 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 21, 22 and 23.
NO PAY, NUDITY
Nathan Lane, Gabriel Byrne and Frances Conroy star in the new comedy “No Pay, Nudity” — a film about hanging out, hanging in and hanging on. A comical and poignant film depicting aging actors and what they do to extend their professional viability. Fiercely funny, and heartbreaking, filled with great performances.
“No Pay, Nudity” captures the less romantic side of show business, chronicling the daily slog of a makeshift family of actors huddled in the Actors’ Equity Lounge, trying to break big, book a job, or just breathe the air.
Aging actor Lester Rosenthal (Gabriel Byrne) has lost his way. In this often humorous, yet warmly poignant story, love and friendship, jealousy and re-discovery. Friends (Nathan Lane, Frances Conroy) intertwine as Lester navigates the perplexing realities facing so many of us as we pursue dreams and dignity.
Cast in a production of “King Lear” in his home town, Lester discovers the simple joys of being an actor, a friend and a father.
“A powerful cast … a ‘must-see’ pick for everyone.” – Playbill.com
“In ‘No Pay, Nudity,’ Gabriel Byrne is hilarious and heartbreaking, sometimes all at once.” — Michael Dunaway, Paste Magazine
“Gabriel Byrne delivers nonpareil performance in compelling, character-driven dramedy.” — Kam Williams, Baret News Syndicate
“No Pay, Nudity” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Nov. 18-23. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday and Sunday, Nov. 18 and 20; and 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 22 and 23.
Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.