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Greater Cleveland film lovers will gather at the at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque on Sunday, February 24th to attend a very special film and benefit organized by Ciné Arts Cleveland!, a local internet group for film lovers. After the film, the group will head to Nighttown in Cleveland Heights for dinner, discussion and Academy Awards viewing. 

The Cinematheque will present the Cleveland première screening of the highly acclaimed Swiss film Sister (2012). Sister was submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by Switzerland for Oscar consideration in the Foreign Language category. Nominees will be announced by the academy on Thursday, January 10.

Using the key title words – EAT DRINK WATCH OSCARS (a reference to Ang Lee’s Oscar-nominated 1994, film EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN) – the unique benefit event will begin with WATCHing the film Sister at the Cinematheque. Showtime is 4:30 p.m. The party will then move to Nighttown for the EAT and DRINK portions of the evening. Before, during and after dinner, partygoers will WATCH the Red Carpet and OSCAR awards presentations on large-screen televisions beginning at 7 p.m.

Importantly, serious Cinéphiles will have a special quiet room devoted to watching the telecast following dinner. But it may not be too quiet but filled with occasional cheers or boos and hisses as the Oscar winners are announced.

Tickets, which cost $100, ($50 of which is a tax-deductible donation to the Cinematheque) include both admission to the film at the Cinematheque and the subsequent celebration of film at Nighttown. A welcoming cocktail and hors d'oeuvres will be followed by a sit-down three-course meal and continued fellowship until the last award is handed out. The event is Black-tie Optional 
adding to the excitement.

EAT DRINK WATCH OSCARS patrons will also receive complementary 2013 memberships in both Ciné Arts Cleveland! ($5) and Music Cleveland! ($10).

Tickets may be purchased by credit card or check (with advance reservation) by calling Liz Huff at CIA, 216.421.7957, and mailing a check to Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Boulevard, Cleveland 44106. 

Tickets are also available on-line at http://eatdrinkwatchoscars.brownpapertickets.com/

Walk-ups (cash only) will be accepted on the day of the event if space is available.

The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque is “one of the country’s best repertory movie theaters,” according to The New York Times. Founded in 1986, the alternative film theater shows art, independent, and foreign films, as well as revived classics, in the Institute’s 616-seat Aitken Auditorium at 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle. Free parking for filmgoers is available in the adjacent CIA lot.

Ciné Arts Cleveland! is a social networking group dedicated to the appreciation of foreign, art, classic and independent film. Ciné Arts schedules film and dinner/discussion events throughout northeast Ohio where members can screen and share thought about the latest and most provocative movies. Members are called Cinéphiles. Membership is open to all for a nominal annual fee. For details go to http://www.meetup.com/cine-arts-cleveland/


SISTER (2012)
France/Switzerland, 2012, Ursula Meier
In French with English Subtitles
97 minutes

Sister (2012) is Switzerland's official entry for this year's foreign language film Oscar. It is one of the most acclaimed movies of 2012, with an overall metacritic.com rating of 81 (out of 100). It's a haunting "up-mountain, down-mountain" drama about a 12-year-old boy who steals from wealthy guests at an Alpine ski resort in order to support his desperate, down-and-out older sister (Léa Seydoux of Midnight in Paris, Farewell, My Queen) who lives in a decrepit apartment in the valley 
below. With Gillian Anderson (special agent Dana Scully, The X-Files, The Last King of Scotland). From the director of Home; beautifully lensed by Claire Denis' regular cinematographer Agnès Godard. Cleveland premiere. French with subtitles. 35mm. 97 min., www.adoptfilms.com

The film will show at 4:30 p.m. and is open to both the public and benefactors. Regular Cinematheque admission prices will apply for FILM ONLY - ($9; $7 members; $6 age 25 & under). 

at The Cleveland Institute of Art
11141 East Boulevard
Cleveland 44106

12387 Cedar Road
Cleveland Heights 44106


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