COURTESY OF LAKE STREET THEATRE
Oak Park, IL – The Lake Theatre, 1022 Lake Street in downtown Oak Park, continues its First Tuesday Film Club with "The Rocket." This special showing will take place on Tuesday, March 4 at 12 PM and 7 PM. Written and directed by Kim Mordaunt, "The Rocket" premiered at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival and has won several awards, including Best Narrative Feature at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. Tickets are $6 for matinee/seniors and $8.50 for adults. Advance tickets are available online or at the Lake Theatre box office.
"The Rocket" is a story about a 10-year-old Laotian boy, Ahlo (Sitthiphon Disamoe), who is believed to bring bad luck and blamed for a string of disasters. When his family loses their home and is forced to move, Ahlo meets the spirited nine-year-old orphan Kia (Loungnam Kaosainam) and her eccentric Uncle Purple (Thep Phongam), an ex-soldier with a purple suit, a rice-wine habit and a fetish for James Brown. Struggling to hang on to his father's (Sumrit Warin) trust, Ahlo leads his family, Purple and Kia, through a land scarred by war in search of a new home. In a last plea to prove he's not cursed, Ahlo builds a giant explosive rocket to enter in the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival. As the most bombed country in the world shoots back at the sky, a boy will reach to the heavens for forgiveness. Disamoe won best actor in a narrative feature film at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival for his portrayal of Ahlo.
On the first Tuesday of each month, Lake Theatre presents afternoon and evening screenings of documentary, foreign, art house or classic films at 12 PM and 7 PM. The program includes an advisory board, currently consisting of local residents Bobbie Raymond, Susie Helfrich and Mary Kay O'Grady, along with Shirley Johnson of Classic Cinemas, who collaborate on film selection.