The Etruscan Smile



Date: January 24, 2020

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Hoke Theatre of Stocker Arts Center

Cost: $7/each

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2018 (NOT RATED) 107 min. USA, UK, Switzerland/some subtitles
Director: Mihal Brezis and Oded Binnun
Cast: Brian Cox, Thora Birch, Treat Williams, Rosanna Arquette, Peter Coyote

Rory MacNeil is an old-fashioned Scottish man who likes what he likes: whiskey, cigarettes, and swimming naked in the ocean. But when Rory falls ill, he must leave his isolated home on Hebridean Island and head for San Francisco in search of medical treatment. While in San Francisco, Rory reconnects with his estranged son, Ian, whom he hasn’t seen in over 15 years. Their relationship is full of resentment and unresolved baggage, as both have conflicting ideas about what it means to “be a man.” On top of their complicated history, Rory finds Ian’s fast-paced city life baffling, and struggles to fit in to this new world. Despite their differences, Rory and Ian have a lot to learn from one another, and their arguments slowly give way to acceptance and understanding. A charming blend of comedy and emotion, “The Etruscan Smile” is a heartfelt film about love, forgiveness, and living life to the fullest. The title refers to the famous terra cotta statues that bear a mysterious smile even in their afterlife and instill hope towards the idea of a happy death. Opening night selection at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

“It’s a beautiful old-fashioned film about the primal issues of humanity – family, understanding, love and misunderstandings. It’s a love movie that makes you want to live again.” –Norbert Körzdörfer, BILD

“Stirs the audience to tears…Countless sons all over the world are likely to feel addressed by this film. Perhaps they’ll manage to imagine their fathers with a smile.”
– Matthias Halbig, RND

“THE ETRUSCAN SMILE is beautiful, tragic, amusing, sometimes funny, and always emotional…has simple but beautiful wisdom about life, but also about dying.”
– Peter Osteried, CINE PREVIEW