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Mercer Island, WA
Contact: Sarah Bluvas, Arts & Culture Coordinator
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Friday Night Films

Friday Night Films

Our Friday film series returns with a new name and a fresh look to celebrate our 15th year of FREE movies on Mercer Island! Discover the “Art of Film” through a dozen films about visual arts, dance, music, theater, and more. From musicals to documentaries, animated features to biopics, this season will delight art lovers of all ages.
Most screenings start at 7:30 pm at Aljoya, 2430 76th Avenue SE. Film historian Lance Rhoades sets the stage with an introduction for each film and then leads a Q&A to share more insights and interesting facts. All films are free and open to the public.
View the 2019 schedule with links below. We’ll release the 2020 schedule in November!
September 6: Topsy-Turvy (Mike Leigh, 1999)
The partnership of legendary playwright/composer Gilbert and Sullivan almost falls apart during this British musical drama set in the months leading up to the duo’s premiere of The Mikado. Starring Allan Corduner as Sir Arthur Sullivan and Jim Broadbent as W.S. Gilbert, the film won Academy Awards® for Best Costume Design and Best Makeup.

September 13: Tous les matins du monde (Alain Corneau, 1991)
The lives of grieving composer Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe and his two beautiful daughters are forever changed by Marin Marais, a young musician who hopes to learn from the master. Based on the book by Pascal Quignard, this fictional look at the 17th century musicians features viola de gamba performed by Jordi Savall and performances by father-son duo Gérard and Guillaume Depardieu, who both portray Marais. (Film notes: Presented in French with English subtitles.) 

Sponsored by the Mercer Island Sister City Association. Enjoy wine and cheese starting at 6:30 pm, courtesy of Aljoya

October 25: Loving Vincent (Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, 2017)
This cinematic marvel explores the life and death of painter Vincent van Gogh. Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, making Loving Vincent the world’s first fully painted feature length film.

Art Exhibit Opening: Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists | October 25 | 5-7 pm
RSVP at 206.230.0150 or e-mail

Enhance your Friday Night Films experience by attending a special art opening and reception with Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists. This nonprofit organization was established in 1928 and is dedicated to the discovery and development of extraordinary independent artists and audiences in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy live music, an artist demo and door prize by Frank Gaffney, and refreshments provided by Aljoya as you view this exhibit before the movie.

November 1: Swing Time (George Stevens, 1936)
Performer and gambler Fred Astaire travels to New York City to raise $25,000 to marry his fiancée, only to become entangled with aspiring dancer Ginger Rogers. Considered by many to be Astaire and Rogers’ best dance musical, Swing Time features dance achievements like “Never Gonna Dance,” a superb score by Jerome Kern, and the Academy Award® winning song “The Way You Look Tonight” written by Dorothy Fields and Kern.

November 22: Séraphine (Martin Provost, 2008)
A winner of seven Césars (the French Oscars), this portrait explores the life and art of Séraphine Louis, a simple housekeeper discovered by German art critic Wilhelm Uhde in the French town of Senlis on the eve of World War I. ​(Film notes: Presented in French with English subtitles.) 

Sponsored by the Mercer Island Sister City Association. Enjoy wine and cheese starting at 6:30 pm, courtesy of Aljoya.

December 6: Amadeus (Miloš Forman, 1984)
Set in 18th-century Vienna, this award-winning film follows a fictional rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Italian composer Antonio Salieri at the court of Emperor Joseph II.

Special Features this Season

This season, the Arts Council is excited to also offer special film events at other locations around the Island. Check back soon for more details about these offerings!

About the Film Series Curator

Lance Rhoades is a graduate in Literature and Cinema Studies from The University of Washington, where he has taught in the Cinema Studies, Comparative History of Ideas, Ethnic Studies, American Indian Studies, and Comparative Literature departments and was a recipient of the university's Excellence in Teaching Award. Rhoades regularly presents talks throughout North America, Asia, and Europe on cultural history in film, and each year he teaches a course in the humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has also been a featured scholar on Humanities Washington's Speakers Bureau, and he has programed the Arts Council's film series since its inception.  

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