Friday, September 5, 2014

Smoke Signals on the Big Screen


Smoke Signals, September's Literary Flicks selection, will be shown at the library on Tuesday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m. 

This 1998 film is based on Sherman Alexie's book, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.  Skinny, nerdy Thomas Builds-the-Fire and stoic, athletic Victor Joseph are Coeur d'Alene Indians who leave their reservation for the first time to retrieve the ashes of Victor's father, Albert Joseph.

Thomas and Victor's fates were linked by a calamity from the cradle. Thomas was an infant when his parents were killed in a fire; it was Victor's father who saved him. Victor has not seen his father since Albert walked out on his family in an inebriated fury 10 years before. As the movie settles into the rhythms of a road picture, the two characters converse, and the dialogue becomes the heart of the movie.   The movie won both the coveted Audience Award and the Filmmakers’ Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival. 

Admission is free, as is the popcorn!

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