Lake Theatre's First Tuesday Film Club: "The Best Offer"

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Oak Park, IL – Lake Theatre continues its First Tuesday Film Club with "The Best Offer." This special showing will take place on Tuesday, April 1 at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. Written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, who also wrote and directed "Cinema Paradiso," "The Best Offer" won a leading six trophies at Italy's 2013 David di Donatello Awards, including Best Film and Best Director. Tickets are $6 for matinee/seniors and $8.50 for adults. Advance tickets are available online or at the Lake Theatre box office, located at 1022 Lake Street.

"The Best Offer" is a romantic mystery starring Geoffrey Rush as Virgil Oldman, a solitary, cultured man whose reluctance to engage with others, especially women, is matched only by the dogged obsessiveness with which he practices his profession of antiques dealer. He's never been close to another human being, not even Robert (Jim Sturgess), his only friend—a young, skillful restorer of mechanical devices.

On his 63rd birthday, Virgil receives a call from Clare (Sylvia Hoeks), a reclusive young heiress who asks him to handle the disposal of some family works of art. But when Virgil visits the site, the girl fails to appear nor is she is present for taking inventory of the art collection or transportation and restoration of the pieces. Virgil is tempted to bow out of what appears to be a bothersome mess, but the mysterious young woman, locked in her own obsessional world, convinces him to continue. Eventually, the old antique dealer's life takes an unexpected turn as Robert shows him how to win the heart of a young woman. Virgil soon finds himself enveloped by passion that will transform his life forever. The film also stars Donald Sutherland as Virgil's  friend, Billy Whistler.


On the first Tuesday of each month, Lake Theatre presents afternoon and evening screenings of documentary, foreign, art or classic films at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. 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.

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