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Cottonwood Premiere: A Gift from Bob

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with Old Town Center for the Arts (OTCA) to bring movies to Cottonwood! “Monday Movies on Main” will feature the Cottonwood premiere of “A Gift from Bob” on Monday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at Old Town Center for the Arts. The holidays are coming to Cottonwood in this charming and heartwarming new film! Christmas gifts come in all shapes and sizes. For James (Luke Treadaway), a struggling street musician, a very special one arrives in the form of Bob, a strong-willed stray cat who wanders into James’s tiny flat. Bob enriches James’s life, giving him companionship, purpose, and a large, new audience. When Animal Welfare officers threaten to take Bob, the local community rallies to help James and Bob — sparking a journey that takes the pair to places they never imagined in this heartwarming, spirit-lifting movie for the whole family.
Mon, Dec 6 7:00 PM
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Cottonwood Premiere: Deconstructing The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with Old Town Center for the Arts (OTCA) to bring movies to Cottonwood! “Monday Movies on Main” will feature the Cottonwood premiere of “Deconstructing the Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” on Monday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at Old Town Center for the Arts. This is a MUST for any Beatles fan! The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is one of the most influential albums of our time. Rolling Stone described it as “the most important rock & roll album ever made, an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of all time.” In “Deconstructing The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, composer, musician, and Beatles expert Scott Freiman looks at Sgt. Pepper from multiple angles, exploring the history behind the music.
Mon, Dec 20 7:00 PM
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Flagstaff Premiere: Love is Love is Love

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Flagstaff premiere of the acclaimed new film “Love is Love is Love” on Wednesday, Dec. 8 as part of the festival’s monthly Flagstaff Cinema Series. There will be one screening of the film at 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Flagstaff 16 Theatres. “Love is Love is Love” boasts an all-star, award-winning ensemble cast, including Rita Wilson, Cybill Shepherd, Rosanna Arquette, Joanne Whalley, Chris Messina, Maya Kazan, Kathy Baker and more, and is directed by Eleanor Coppola. “Love is Love is Love” is three stories that explore love, commitment, and loyalty between couples and friends. In the film’s first story — “Two for Dinner” — a married couple find an unconventional way to transcend long distance through technology, but discover they were farther apart than they knew. In “Sailing Lesson”, a long-married couple tries to reignite their honeymoon-phase heat through a spontaneous sailing trip … and unexpected events arise.
Wed, Dec 8 7:00 PM
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Love is Love is Love

“Love is Love is Love” boasts an all-star, award-winning ensemble cast, including Rita Wilson, Cybill Shepherd, Rosanna Arquette, Joanne Whalley, Chris Messina, Maya Kazan, Kathy Baker and more, and is directed by Eleanor Coppola. “Love is Love is Love” is three stories that explore love, commitment, and loyalty between couples and friends. In the film’s first story — “Two for Dinner” — a married couple find an unconventional way to transcend long distance through technology, but discover they were farther apart than they knew. In “Sailing Lesson”, a long-married couple tries to reignite their honeymoon-phase heat through a spontaneous sailing trip … and unexpected events arise. And in “Late Lunch”, a young woman who recently lost her mother gathers together a group of her mother's friends to share memories. Surprising revelations ensue.
Thu, Dec 2 7:00 PM
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Met Live Opera: Ariadne auf Naxos

Soprano Lise Davidsen makes her Live in HD debut in one of her signature roles, the mythological Greek heroine of Strauss’s enchanting masterpiece. The outstanding cast also features mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the Composer of the opera-within-an-opera around which the plot revolves, with soprano Brenda Rae as the spirited Zerbinetta and tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Ariadne’s lover, the god Bacchus. Marek Janowski conducts.
Sat, Mar 12, 2022 11:00 AM
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Met Live Opera: Cinderella

Special New Year’s Day Holiday production! Laurent Pelly’s storybook staging of Massenet’s Cendrillon is presented with an all-new English translation in an abridged 90-minute adaptation, with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as its rags-to-riches princess. Maestro Emmanuel Villaume leads a delightful cast, which includes mezzosoprano Emily D’Angelo as Cinderella’s Prince Charming, soprano Jessica Pratt as her Fairy Godmother, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and bass-baritone Laurent Naouri as her feuding guardians.
Sat, Jan 1, 2022 11:00 AM
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Met Live Opera: Don Carlos

For the first time in company history, the Met presents the original five-act French version of Verdi’s epic opera of doomed love among royalty, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads a starry cast, including tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role, soprano Sonya Yoncheva as Élisabeth de Valois, and mezzosoprano Elina Garanca as Eboli. Bass-baritones Eric Owens and John Relyea are Philippe II and the Grand Inquisitor, and baritone Étienne Dupuis rounds out the principal cast as Rodrigue. Verdi’s masterpiece receives a monumental new staging by David McVicar that marks his 11th Met production, placing him among the most prolific and popular directors in recent Met memory.
Sat, Mar 26, 2022 9:00 AM
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Met Live Opera: Eurydice

The ancient Greek myth of Orpheus, who attempts to harness the power of music to rescue his beloved Eurydice from the underworld, has inspired composers since opera’s earliest days. American composer Matthew Aucoin now carries that tradition into the 21st century with a captivating new take on the story. With a libretto by MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Sarah Ruhl, adapted from her acclaimed 2003 play, the opera reimagines the familiar tale from Eurydice’s point of view. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium, leading Aucoin’s evocative music and an immersive new staging by Mary Zimmerman. Soprano Erin Morley sings the title role, opposite baritone Joshua Hopkins as Orpheus and countertenor Jakub Józef Orlinski as his otherworldly alter ego.
Sat, Dec 4 11:00 AM
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Met Live Opera: Hamlet

When Australian composer Brett Dean’s Hamlet had its world premiere at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2017, The Guardian declared, “New opera doesn’t often get to sound this good … Shakespeare offers a gauntlet to composers that shouldn’t always be picked up, but Dean’s Hamlet rises to the challenge.” On June 4, this riveting contemporary masterpiece appears live in cinemas, with Neil Armfield, who directed the work’s premiere, bringing his acclaimed staging to the Met. Many of the original cast members have followed, including tenor Allan Clayton in the title role. Nicholas Carter makes his Met debut conducting a remarkable ensemble, which also features soprano Brenda Rae as Ophelia, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly as Gertrude, baritone Rod Gilfry as Claudius, and legendary bass John Tomlinson as the ghost of Hamlet’s father.
Sat, Jun 4, 2022 10:00 AM
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Met Live Opera: Lucia Di Lammermoor

Soprano Nadine Sierra takes on one of the repertory’s most formidable and storied roles, the haunted heroine of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, in an electrifying new staging by Australian theater and film director Simon Stone, conducted by Riccardo Frizza. Tenor Javier Camarena adds to the bel canto fireworks as Lucia’s beloved, Edgardo, with baritone Artur Rucinski as her overbearing brother, Enrico, and bass Matthew Rose as her tutor, Raimondo.
Sat, May 21, 2022 10:00 AM
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Met Live Opera: Rigoletto

Tony Award–winning director Bartlett Sher creates a bold new take on Verdi’s timeless tragedy, resetting the opera’s action in 1920s Europe, with Art Deco sets by Michael Yeargan and elegant costumes by Catherine Zuber. Baritone Quinn Kelsey, a commanding artist at the height of his powers, brings his searing portrayal of the title role to the Met for the first time, starring alongside soprano Rosa Feola as Gilda and tenor Piotr Beczala as the Duke of Mantua, with Maestro Daniele Rustioni on the podium.
Sat, Jan 29, 2022 11:00 AM
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Met Live Opera: Turandot

Soprano Anna Netrebko makes her long-awaited Met role debut as Puccini’s icy princess — live in cinemas on May 7. Tenor Yonghoon Lee is the bold prince determined to win Turandot’s love, alongside soprano Ermonela Jaho as the devoted servant Liù and legendary bass Ferruccio Furlanetto as the blind king Timur. Marco Armiliato conducts Puccini’s stirring opera, which takes the stage in the company’s dazzling, ever-popular production by Franco Zeffirelli.
Sat, May 7, 2022 10:00 AM
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The Danish Collector: Delacroix to Gauguin

Sedona International Film Festival presents the Exhibition on Screen series with “The Danish Collector: Delacroix to Gauguin”. The event will show in Sedona on Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. For many years no-one was interested in the art of the Impressionists. Artists like Monet, Degas and Renoir were vilified, attacked, and left penniless as a result. Then, something remarkable happened. A new breed of collectors emerged and, before long, they were battling to acquire any work by these new, radical artists that they could find. Amongst them was the visionary Danish businessman Wilhelm Hansen. It was an extraordinary moment in art history; full of drama, intrigue and subterfuge. Some collectors we may recognize and some we may not, but Hansen amassed a remarkable collection housed at his summer home, Ordrupgaard, on the outskirts of Copenhagen.
Tue, Jan 4, 2022 4:00 PM7:00 PM
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The Magic Flute: Met Opera Encore

To commemorate the new year, the Met Opera is presenting an encore of the first-ever Live in HD title, Mozart’s "The Magic Flute". The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present “The Magic Flute” encore on Saturday, Jan. 22. There will be one show that day at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre at 1 p.m. The production was staged and produced by Broadway’s Julie Taymor (of “The Lion King” fame). A wonderfully playful, visually-stunning presentation ideal for people of all ages, it features an imaginative integration of beautifully constructed puppets and world-class singers. "The Magic Flute" is the Met’s abridged English-language version of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte”, a sublime fairy tale that moves freely between earthy comedy and noble mysticism. Mozart wrote the original opera, in German, for a theater located just outside Vienna with the clear intention of appealing to audiences from all walks of life.
Sat, Jan 22, 2022 1:00 PM
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The Nutcracker 2021: Bolshoi Ballet

Come and experience a holiday treasure! The Sedona International Film Festival presents Ballet in Cinema on Sunday, Dec. 5 when it hosts the big screen encore of “The Nutcracker” from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. There will be one show at 4:00 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Christmas would not be complete without the enchanting tale of young Marie and her Nutcracker prince! E.T.A. Hoffmann’s fairytale staged by Russian ballet master Yuri Grigorovich will transport children and adults alike to a world of magic and wonder for the holiday season. “The Nutcracker” invites audiences of all ages on a magical journey, through a world of enchantment, complete with dancing snowflakes and dolls that have come to life, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. On Christmas Eve, Marie is given a wooden nutcracker as a gift. When the clock strikes midnight and the celebrations are over, all the toys come to life.
Sun, Dec 5 4:00 PM
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The Power of the Dog

“The Power of the Dog” stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst, and is written and directed by Academy Award-winner Jane Campion. Set in Montana in the 1920s, Campion’s hotly anticipated new film is an enthralling revisionist western awash in sublime expanses and nuance, capturing a landscape and a people driven by the fantasy and folly of western expansion. Adapted from Thomas Savage's novel of the same name, “The Power of the Dog” tells the story of successful rancher brothers George (Jesse Plemons) and Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) Burbank, whose relationship sours when the more mild-mannered George marries local widow Rose Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch) inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife Rose (Kirsten Dunst) and her son Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.
Fri, Dec 3 1:00 PM4:00 PM
Sat, Dec 4 4:00 PM7:00 PM
Sun, Dec 5 7:00 PM
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Viano String Quartet

The Red Rocks Music Festival — in collaboration with the Sedona International Film Festival — will present the Viano String Quartet, winners of the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition, at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, on Friday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. The Viano String Quartet is composed of Lucy Wang and Hao Zhou, violins, Aidan Kane, viola, and Tate Zawadiuk, cello. Formed in 2015 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, CA, where they have been Ensemble in Residence, the Quartet will be in residence at the Meadows School of Music Southern Methodist University through the 2022-23 season. The Ensemble has performed in Wigmore Hall, Place Flagey, Konzerthous Berlin, and Segerstrom Center for the Arts. In 2019-20, the Quartet made their debut in Paris, Bremen, Vancouver and Beijing among other cities.
Fri, Dec 3 7:00 PM
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Wife of a Spy

Master filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa won the Silver Lion (Best Director) Award at the Venice Film Festival for “Wife of a Spy” — a riveting, gorgeously crafted, old-school Hitchockian thriller shot in stunning 8K. The year is 1940 in Kobe, on the eve of the outbreak of World War II. Local merchant and amateur filmmaker Yusaku (Issey Takahashi) senses that things are headed in an unsettling direction. Following a trip to Manchuria, he becomes determined to bring to light the things he witnessed there, and secretly filmed. Meanwhile, his wife Satoko (Yû Aoi) receives a visit from her childhood friend, now a military policeman. He warns her about Yusaku’s seditious ways and reveals that a woman her husband brought back from his trip has died. Satoko confronts Yusaku, but when she discovers his true intentions, she is torn between loyalty to her husband, the life they have built, and the country they call home.
Thu, Dec 2 4:00 PM
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