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W H A T :

  • Director Andrea Arnold, UK, 2009, running time 121 minutes, in English
  • Genre: Drama
  • Post-Film Discussion: led by Greg Newberry & Tim Swallow, Thursday

  • Director Greg Newberry, Ft. Thomas KY, 2002, running time 11 minutes
  • Genre: Short film, satire

  • W H E N :

  • Thursday, October 14, 7:30 pm
  • Social hour and cash bar, 6:30 pm
  • Repeats: Saturday, October 16, 6:45 pm

  • W H E R E :

  • The Carnegie Arts Center
    1028 Scott Blvd., Covington KY 41011   859-491-2030
  • Easy Access, Free Parking:
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  • T I C K E T S :

  • Tickets are $8* in advance and $10* at the door.
  • Tickets for students and Enjoy the Arts members with valid ID are $8*, available only at the door.
  • Single tickets for Cincinnati Film Festival pass holders are $5, available only at the door.
  • The discounts and special pricing above are stand-alone - they cannot be combined.

  •  * NOTE: Any ticket physically sold by the CARNEGIE incurs a $1.00 facility charge IN ADDITION to the face value of the ticket -- this applies to tix purchased in advance by phone or in person, and at the door.

    How to get Tickets

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    By phone:
  • The Carnegie,
    859-491-2030, Tue-Fri 12-5p
  • Tollfree,
    877-548-3237, Mon-Fri 9a-7p

    In person at these area locations
    (click each location for a map):

  • Clifton-Ludlow Avenue,
    Sitwell's Coffee House
    513 281 7487

  • Mt. Lookout Square,
    Lookout Joe Coffee Roasters

    513 871 8626

  • Northside-Hamilton Ave,
    Shake It Music & Video
    513 591 0123

  • Downtown Cincinnati,
    Coffee Emporium
    513 651 5483

  • Tickets will also be sold at the door, subject to availability.

    Cincinnati Film Festival &
    Covington Full Spectrum

    Cincinnati World Cinema's presentation of Persian Cats and Fish Tank is offered in collaboration with the Cincinnati Film Festival and also comprises the Full Spectrum Cinema portion of Covington's 2010 Full Spectrum arts festival.


    The Cincinnati Film Festival runs October 8 through October 16, offering a wide variety of feature and short films at various venues. Check out the schedule and film details by clicking the CFF graphic.

    Full Spectrum

    Now in its sixth year, Full Spectrum celebrates the creative artists of the region, Covington's artistic heritage and offers a diverse sampling of entertainment and art forms. Beginning on October 1 and running on weekends through October 30, the CBC Hyper Hop, Wee Fairy Folk Fest, Art Off Pike, Full Spectrum Cinema, World Music Fest and Zombie Crawl await your participation! Find out more - click on the Full Spectrum graphic to visit the site.

    Home Free

    Filmed in the Mt. Adams neighborhood of Cincinnati, Home Free is an eleven-minute dramatic satire that touches on some of the local establishment's least-favorite topics: panhandling and homelessness. Director Greg Newberry's allegorical exercise adds advertising, the church, talent agents and TV motivational gurus to his look at street life. Funny and engaging, the experience is provocative with a serious undertow.

    Co-produced by Cindy Bashore, the ensemble cast includes local acting luminaries Bob Elkins, Lonell Childred, Giles Davies and Sylvester Little, Jr. Home Free was an official selection at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival and the Zeitgeist International Film Festival in San Francisco. It won Best Actor laurels in Ireland at the Dublin Film & Music Fest and also won Best of Show at Underneath Cincinnati.

    A member of the Writer's Guild of America, screenwriter/director Greg Newberry will be a post-film discussion leader, talking with the audience about Persian Cats and Home Free. Along with filmmaking, Greg recently wrote and directed his first stage play, Riding Shotgun, which premiered at NKU. In addition to pursuing his muse, Greg creates the cool advertising we see for the Newport Aquarium.


    Swimming in a world with few options ...
    a story of innocence, cynicism, rage, defiance, longing and hope

    An emotionally complex and poignant portrait of vulnerability and social realism, FISH TANK is the story of Mia, a teenage girl who lives with her self-absorbed single mother and little sister in a housing project outside of London. She's strong (but flawed), high-strung and frequently angry, with a slightly feral quality.
    Mia is driven to escape her environment by becoming a hip-hop dancer. But her focus on music and dance is sidetracked by the appearance of her mom's handsome new 30-something boyfriend Connor, resulting in mounting erotic tension and suspense as a disastrous love triangle produces unforeseen revelations and consequences.
    Michael Fassbender (Hunger, Inglorious Basterds) and newcomer Katie Jarvis give outstanding performances that compliment Andrea Arnold's inspired writing and direction. Arnold won an Academy Award for her short film Wasp (2004), and both FISH TANK and her first feature, Red Road (2006), took the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
    As Chris Docker writes, "Vibrant, gritty and riveting, but in a way that entertains powerfully. As pulsating and funny as Trainspotting, its momentum is overpowering. We never know what is going to come out of Mia's mouth or where events will lead. As if that wasn't enough, the story mercifully avoids kitchen-sink drama, excessive violence, drugs, getting pregnant, grand larceny, car crashes and all the other cliché-ridden devices to which cinema-goers are usually subjected. Tightly controlled, Fish Tank attacks with a potent and thought-provoking arsenal of story-telling."


    Rotten Tomatoes Top Critics Score: 94% fresh       Metacritic score: 81       IMDB 7.5

    Larry Thomas reviews Fish Tank and Persian Cats on WVXU, 89.7 FM.   You can read it here, or listen online.

    "Brilliant ... nearly flawless ... the contradictions of adolescence have rarely been conveyed with such authenticity and force." ~ A.O. Scott, The New York Times
    "Wonderful. I'm telling you... seek out FISH TANK because it is absolute dynamite."
    ~ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon
    "It's been a good while since I've seen a movie whose most powerful sequence was both unforeseen and entirely unpredictable as it played out."
    ~ Joe Morganstern, The Wall Street Journal
    "An exhilarating gift. Katie Jarvis hits you like a shot in the heart...filled to bursting with the beauty and raw terror of life." ~ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    "Breathtaking. Transcendent...keeps you in suspense until the last frame ... an open and deeply humanist vision." ~ David Edelstein, NPR/New York Magazine
    "Grade-A Vivid, you can't take your eyes off Katie Jarvis."
    ~ Lisa Schwartzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
    "I wish all British films were this good." ~ Chris Docker, Eye for Film
    American Film Institute Festival     Best Film, New Lights Competition Award
    BAFTA Film Award     Outstanding British Film, Andrea Arnold
    British Independent Film Award     Best Director, Andrea Arnold
    British Independent Film Award     Most Promising Newcomer, Katie Jarvis
    Cannes Film Festival     Jury Prize, Andrea Arnold
    Chicago International Film Festival     Best Supporting Actor, Michael Fassbender
    Chicago International Film Festival     Special Jury Prize, Andrea Arnold
    Edinburgh International Film Festival     Best British Performance, Katie Jarvis
    Evening Standard British Film Awards     Best Film, Andrea Arnold
    Fantasporto Directors' Week Awards     Best Film, Andrea Arnold
    Fantasporto Directors' Week Awards     Best Screenplay, Andrea Arnold
    London Critics Circle Film Awards     British Director of the Year, Andrea Arnold
    London Critics Circle Film Awards     British Film of the Year
    London Critics Circle Film Awards     British Supporting Actor of the Year, Michael Fassbender
    London Critics Circle Film Awards     Young British Performer of the Year, Katie Jarvis
    Motovun Film Festival     FIPRESCI Prize, Andrea Arnold
    Motovun Film Festival     Propeller of Motovun, Andrea Arnold
    Norwegian International Film Festival     Film Critics Award, Andrea Arnold
    British Independent Film Award     Best Actress Katie Jarvis
    British Independent Film Award     Best British Independent Film
    British Independent Film Award     Best Screenplay Andrea Arnold
    British Independent Film Award     Best Supporting Actor Michael Fassbender
    British Independent Film Award     Best Supporting Actress Kierston Wareing
    British Independent Film Award     Best Technical Achievement, Robbie Ryan, for Cinematography.
    Cannes Film Festival     Best Film (Palm d'Or), Andrea Arnold
    Empire Awards UK     Best Newcomer, Katie Jarvis
    European Film Awards     Best Actress, Katie Jarvis
    European Film Awards     Best Director, Andrea Arnold
    European Film Awards     Best Film
    Irish Film & Television Awards     Best Supporting Actor, Michael Fassbender
    London Critics Circle Film Awards     British Actress of the Year, Katie Jarvis
    London Critics Circle Film Awards     British Supporting Actress of the Year, Kierston Wareing
    Stockholm International Filom Festival     Best Director, Andrea Arnold

    Larry Thomas reviews Persian Cats and Fish Tank on WVXU, 89.7 FM.   You can read it here or listen online here.

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    In just a few short years, director Andrea Arnold has joined the top rank of British filmmakers. She is no stranger to major accolades and awards, nor to CWC audiences. Her short film Wasp (shown by CWC as part of Oscar Shorts), received an Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short film and also won at Sundance, Toronto, the Aspen Shortsfest and Palm Springs, among others. Her feature film debut, Red Road (CWC 2007), won at Cannes, BAFTA, the British Film Institute Awards, and elsewhere.

    Andrea Arnold was born April 5, 1961 in Dartford, Kent, England and grew up as the oldest of four children in a council house in Dartford. In the late seventies, at age 18, Arnold moved to London where she found work as an actress and television presenter in the 1980s children's television show "No. 73." In 1990 she presented and wrote for the environmental awareness show for teens, "A Beetle Called Derek."

    Later in the nineties, Andrea gave birth to a daughter and also developed an interest in filmmaking. She attended the American Film Institute in Los Angeles and created short films - Milk (1998), Dog (2001) and Wasp (2003). She was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Live Action Short Films Branch) in 2005.

    Next, in 2006, came her first feature film, Red Road, one of a planned set of three conceptually-related dogma-style films by different first-time directors. Set on a grim, windswept housing estate in Glasgow, the revenge-themed story centres on a CCTV (security TV camera) operator who develops an obsession with someone she observes, for reasons that become clear through the progress of the film. The picture has won the British director comparisons with established names such as Michael Haneke and Lars von Trier. Screen International critic Allan Hunter said the film was "likely to emerge as one of the discoveries of this year's Cannes Film Festival (2006)." It went on to win the Jury Prize at Cannes that year, and she later received the 2007 BAFTA for Best Newcomer for directing Red Road.

    In 2009, Arnold's second feature length film, Fish Tank, followed a similar international trajectory. Nominated in multiple categories at the European Film Awards, British Independent Film Awards, Chicago International and Cannes Film Festival, Fish Tank was named Outstanding British Film at the BAFTA awards, won Best Film at the AFI Festival in the US and won a Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

    Learn more about Andrea Arnold:

    Fish Tank Official Website
    New York Times: filmmaker profile, film review, Andrea Arnold talks about working with Katie Jarvis.

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