We have had a serious technical glitch and are unable to show INESCAPABLE tonight. Instead we will be showing the new film ARGO.

Sorry for the sudden change but it was unavoidable!

We, of course, will refund any tickets you may have purchased or you can come to ARGO tonight. Or we will credit the ticket for INESCAPABLE for any other film in the New Year.

ARGO

Vernon Film SocietyAcademy Award® winner Ben Affleck directs and stars in this based-on-fact thriller about a CIA "exfiltration" expert who concocts an outlandish plan to get six stranded Americans out of Tehran after the 1979 invasion of the American embassy - by having them masquerade as a Hollywood film crew.

Life imitates art and art imitates life in the powerful new suspense drama from director-star Ben Affleck, about the making of a fake movie that aimed to save real lives. Inspired by the recently declassified account of a joint operation between the CIA and Canadian authorities to smuggle six Americans out of Tehran in the wake of the Iran hostage crisis, Argo is a masterfully orchestrated thriller that is both wholly incredible and unbelievably true.

On November 4, 1979, a group of Islamist militants took control of the U.S. embassy in Tehran and held fifty-two embassy personnel hostage. Six members of the embassy staff managed to escape and secretly took refuge in the Canadian embassy, where they remain in constant danger from the militants’ door-to-door searches. Enter CIA "exfiltration" specialist Tony Mendez (Affleck), who cooks up a scheme to get the imperilled Americans out of the country. Mendez proposes to enter Iran posing as the producer of a fake Canadian science-fiction film entitled Argo, on the pretense that Iran’s arid rural landscape would make convincing (and cut-rate) extraterrestrial terrain; following the "location scouting," the six Americans will accompany him out of Iran posing as members of the film crew. To put his plan into action, Mendez will need expert advice, which leads him to befriend and recruit veteran Hollywood producer Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin) to the cause. A script is cranked out and the plan is put into action - and once he lands in Iran, Mendez is going to have to play the role of a lifetime.

This unique spin on the caper movie is both a riveting historical thriller and a witty satire on Hollywood excess. Although the great supporting cast - including Arkin, John Goodman and Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston - provides much buoyant humour, the tension never lets up. Affleck has already proven himself capable of helming gripping action set pieces in The Town (which screened at the Festival in 2010). With Argo, Affleck’s canvas is wider, and his directorial control even more graceful and assured.

 

INESCAPABLE

Vernon Film SocietyMonday, December 10

Director: Ruba Nadda
Country: Canada
Year: 2012
Language: English
Run time: 90 minutes
Principal Cast: Alexander Siddig, Marisa Tomeii, Joshua Jackson
Rating: PG (Violence, coarse language)

This is latest film from Canadian director Ruba Nadda (Sabah, Cairo Time).

One afternoon, on a typical day at work, Adib (Alexander Siddig, Cairo Time) is confronted with devastating news: His eldest daughter, Muna, has gone missing in Damascus. Now Adib, who has not been back in over 30 years, must return to Syria and deal with his secret past in order to find her.

Inescapable is a thriller about a father's desperate search for his daughter and the chaos of the Middle East he left behind. The film also stars Marisa Tomei and Joshua Jackson.

Website/Trailer: www.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=87322

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