Kick off Labor Day weekend with ‘Robot & Frank’ at Gables Cinema
Starring Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon, The Ninth Gate) and Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise, Dead Man Walking), Robot & Frank will begin its South Florida premiere on Friday, Aug. 31 in 35mm at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave.
Kick off the Labor Day weekend with red-carpet, opening-night screenings at 7 and 10 p.m., which include a live video link Q&A at with the producer of the film, Academy Award-winning Sam Bisbee.
Between the two screenings, a reception will take place from 9 to 10 p.m. in the cinema’s air-conditioned lobby and on the outdoor plaza for anyone who purchases a ticket for either show.
The reception includes great food from Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Miller’s Ale House Restaurants and an open bar courtesy of Bacardi.
Set in the near future, the film (PG-13) is a unique hybrid, melding imaginative science fiction with a classic story of a curmudgeonly old coot, in a surprising take on technology’s promises and pitfalls. Robot & Frank won the Alfred P. Sloan prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
In Robot & Frank, Langella, an aging “retired” jewel thief, is losing his memory, so his grown-up and very responsible son, played by James Marsden, installs an advanced caretaker robot in his home, though his daughter, played by Liv Tyler, is adamantly against it.
One part Star Wars droid, one part The Biggest Loser trainer, the robot proves itself to be more than a machine or appliance with sophisticated programming and a dry wit.
Sarandon, who presides over the now outmoded town library, is Langella’s somewhat mysterious only friend, until his robot sidekick comes along, and all three get drawn into Langella’s half-cocked schemes.
Langella makes acting — acting with a robot, no less — look effortless, and his relationship with the machine is filled with poignant exchanges and amusing adventures, in a film of memory and identity, family and friendship.
The Los Angeles Times says Robot & Frank is “sly and delightful, deliciously unexpected…Frank Langella is impeccable.”
Gables Cinema Director Robert Rosenberg says, “This is a film sure to delight all kinds of audiences, from those who love sci-fi to those who love character-driven plots, which is what gives Robot & Frank its special charm.”
Tickets for opening night and regular screenings are available for purchase in advance at www.movietickets.com or in person at the box office during regular screening hours. Also visit the cinema website at www.gablescinema.com.
Full-week screening times are:
Friday 8/31 – 7:00 & 10:00 pm (with reception at 9:00 pm)
Saturday 9/1 – 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15 & 9:15 pm
Sunday 9/2- 2:00, 4:00, 6:00 & 8:00 pm
Monday 9/3 – 2:00, 4:00, 6:00 & 8:00 pm
Tuesday 9/4 – 4:15, 6:30 (with “Cinema Conversation”) & 8:30 pm
Wednesday 9/5 – 4:15, 6:30 & 8:30 pm
Thursday 9/6 – 4:15, 6:30 & 8:30 pm
For more information visit the website www.gablescinema.com