‘Children of Men’ screens in Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY — No children. No future. No hope. That’s the premise of the film “Children of Men,” which will be screened at Dana Auditorium in Middlebury this Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., as part of the Hirschfield International Film Series.
The year is 2027, 18 years since the last baby was born. Disillusioned Theo (Clive Owen) becomes an unlikely champion of the human race when he is asked by his former lover (Julianne Moore) to escort a young pregnant woman out of the country as quickly as possible. In a thrilling race against time, Theo will risk everything to deliver the miracle the whole world has been waiting for.
The film “lifts you to the rafters, transporting you with the greatness of its filmmaking,” says The New York Times. “The action is swift, ferocious and spectacularly choreographed.”
“‘Children of Men’ was made over 10 years ago and didn’t do well at the box office,” explained Ethan Murphy, who works in the Film and Media Culture Department at Middlebury College and organizes the Hirschfield International Film Series. “But it has gained critical success… The dystopian future of ‘Children of Men’ is set in 2027, but given our current political climate it may seem closer to present day.”
After both screenings screenwriter Hawk Ostby will host a Q&A with the audience. In addition to Ostby’s Oscar Nomination for “Children of Men,” he also wrote “Iron Man” and is the co-creator of the Sci-Fi television show “The Expanse,” which is now in it’s fourth season.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see this film for free on Saturday, Jan. 12, 3 and 8 p.m., at Dana Auditorium.

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