Date: February 24, 2023

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Hoke Theatre

Price: $7/each

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1999 (R) Spain/subtitles
Director: José Luis Cuerda
Cast: Fernando Fernan Gomez, Manuel Lozano, Uxia Blanco

As “Butterfly” begins, a 7-year-old boy, Moncho, is preparing for his first day of school in a village in Galicia. Set in 1936, this touching story of the power of friendship explores the relationship between a shy young boy and an incredibly compassionate teacher who teaches the boy to find his way in a world that is increasingly frightening. Their lives unexpectedly change when the Spanish Civil War breaks out. “Butterfly” takes place in that brief period in Spain between the formation of the Republic and the Civil War, when freedom flickered before being crushed, and Franco was ushered in for decades of dictatorship. Moncho’s story inevitably involves a loss of innocence, which the stealthy arrival of fascism renders particularly disturbing.

“A beautiful marriage of film and literature! A great movie!” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Magnificent!” – John Leonard, CBS-TV

“A bittersweet coming-of-age drama about the ways in which paranoia can stifle our courage, sanity, and love.” – Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, SPIRITUALITY & PRACTICE