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Empire of Light
Friday, Dec 9, 2022 8:00 PM
Reception at 7:00 pm | Film at 8:00 pm
Set in an English seaside town in the early 1980s, Empire of Light is a compelling and poignant drama about the power of human connection during turbulent times, from Academy Award® winning director Sam Mendes.
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From Academy Award-winning director and writer Sam Mendes, Empire of Light is a moving drama about the power of human connection during turbulent times. Set in and around a faded old cinema in an English coastal town in the early 1980s, it follows Hilary (Olivia Colman) a cinema manager struggling with her mental health, and Stephen (Micheal Ward), a new employee who longs to escape this provincial town in which he faces daily adversity. Both Hilary and Stephen find a sense of belonging through their unlikely and tender relationship and come to experience the healing power of music, cinema, and community.

Sam Mendes has created two characters, Hilary and Stephen, played by Academy Award winner Olivia Colman (The FavouriteThe Lost Daughter) and rising star Micheal Ward (Top BoyLovers Rock), and has woven them into a story exploring some of the ties that bring us together – the music, the movies, and the makeshift families that get us through. At the center of Empire of Light is their relationship – though they seem different in every conceivable way, they find a rite of passage that brings them both some degree of happiness and strength.

Film Info
Country:United Kingdom
Release Year:2022
Director:Sam Mendes