AN APPALACHIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL
Music - Dance - Theatre - Visual Arts - Film
With special thanks to our generous sponsors for this series, Helene and Stephen Weicholz and our host, Dr. John Pfeifer.
Pre-film talk with Dr. John Pfeifer begins at 7pm, with the film beginning at approximately 7:30pm.
Based on a true story, The Innocents tells the story of a French Red Cross doctor, Mathilde Beaulieu, who is treating the last of the French survivors of a German prison camp in a clinic outside of Warsaw. When a panicked Benedictine nun appears at the clinic begging the young female doctor to follow her back to the abbey, Mathilde finds a shocking situation which threatens the very of existence of the convent. A non-believer, Mathilde enters the sisters’ fiercely private world, dictated by the rituals of their order and the strict Mother Superior. Fearing the shame of exposure, the hostility of the occupying Soviet troops and local Polish communists and while facing an unprecedented crisis of faith, the nuns increasingly turn to Mathilde as their beliefs and traditions clash with harsh realities.
"A story of survival and rebuilding from ruins. Theirs is a history worth remembering." - Monica Castillo, RogerEbert.com
"Leaves us with a fresh understanding of our capacity to respond to suffering with good or evil, and to find new definitions of grace and vocation." - Justin Chang, Variety
Poland/France; PG-13; Directed by Anne Fontaine (2016); 115 Minutes