SJCT Summer Film Series presents a screening of "Limbo" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 19 at Whittier Theatre at San Juan Community Theatre.
Independent director John Sayles' latest film, Limbo, tagline warns/boasts that Limbo is "a condition of unknowable outcome." Set in heart of Alaska, Limbo centers on a washed up fisherman, Joe Gastineau (David Strathairn) who takes back up his old trade after 20 years in dry dock while romancing a burned-out, lounge singer/mother, Donna De Angelo (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.) Joe also befriends Donna's very depressed and very fatherless teenage daughter, Noelle (Vanessa Martinez.) A master at regional filmmaking, Sayles throws in plenty of colorful Alaskan locals to fill out the cast, like the highly suspicious "Smiling Jack" (Kris Kristofferson.). As with his previous film, Lone Star (1996), which was set in a tiny Texas border town, Limbo is on the edge of civilization, where wilderness and wildness run hand in hand.
The film documents a changing Alaska, from the closing of a large salmon cannery and the decline of commercial fishing to the proliferation of the bed-and-breakfast tourist industry. One overzealous entrepreneur in Limbo likens the Alaskan wilderness to a real life Disney theme park. Later we see displaced Alaskan natives, finding themselves cast as unwilling theme park characters, as tourist guides march visitors through the neighborhood tavern to give them a taste of the "local flavor."
A Punch Card is available to see all 10 films in the series: $55/Adult; $35/Under 25 years old (You may purchase on-line and pick up punch card at Will Call)
The SJCT Summer Film Series features a variety of independent and feature films on 10 Tuesdays between June 20 and September 19.
September 19 Limbo