In the Sicilian town of Taormina, Italy, an aspiring poet in search of inspiration meets a folk singer trying to write a follow-up to her breakout hit in “A Chance Encounter.”
The film, which stars Lincoln’s own Andrea von Kampen and is directed by Husker alumnus Alexander Jeffrey, opens at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center Oct. 28.
Singer, songwriter, and actor von Kampen will also do an audience Q&A as part of the Norman A. Geske Cinema Showcase, sponsored by the Friends of The Ross, following a screening of the film at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 6.
In “A Chance Encounter,” two Americans — one an aspiring poet and the other an established folk musician — cross paths in the scenic, coastal town of Taormina, Sicily. Their instant chemistry sparks collaboration, leading to an unexpected, weeklong writer’s retreat at a beautiful villa in the Sicilian countryside. As they immerse themselves in the local culture, they challenge each other to express their thorniest secrets, growing closer all the while.
“A Chance Encounter” is showing at the Ross through Nov. 10.
Continuing at the Ross is “God’s Creatures.”
In a windswept fishing village, a mother is torn between protecting her beloved son and her own sense of right and wrong. A lie she tells for him rips apart their family and close-knit community in this tense, sweepingly emotional epic. The film stars Emily Watson and Paul Mescal and is directed by Saela Davis and Anna Rose Holmer.
“God’s Creatures” is showing through Nov. 3, and is rated R by the Motion Picture Association.