Tonight I went to Reel Dakota Film Society's showing of the Swedish box office hit "Simple Simon" at the Belbas Theater, Washington Pavilion. I was not even aware of the Society until my niece's store, Holsen Hus, became a sponsor for this Swedish film. The theater was practically full and it was wonderful to see so many people take advantage of this alternate movie offering.
I have never been intimidated by watching a foreign film with sub-titles. I find it fascinating, actually. It is amazing how easily one adjusts to watching the subtitles and listening to the foreign language spoken by the actors. You become so lost in the story telling that the foreign language almost becomes a melodic backdrop to the story. This was a sweet and sad comedy about an 18 year with Asperger's who wanted to find a girl friend for the brother he loved and lived with. It was just a fabulous movie and I was so glad I ventured out on this cold March night.
Reel Dakota has a number of film offerings over the next 6 months and will be hosting a film festival in October of this year. Not all the film offerings are foreign films with subtitles. Actually, in April, Reel Dakota Film Society will host the world premiere of YOU DON’T KNOW BERTHA CONSTANTINE directed by Andrew Kightlinger, a Pierre, South Dakota native and an Augustana College graduate. Go to their website for more information on their April film offering.
The Society is offering an outstanding opportunity for those who love to go to movies to view films that are not normally offered to the general public in Sioux Falls. I feel fortunate to live in a community that offers it's citizens a multitude of events in the areas of music, theater, sports, and arts. You can't say there is nothing to do here.
Reel Dakota Film Society is a non-profit organization. Check out their website and their Facebook page. Kudos to the people who started this organization and are committed to bringing these movies to the general public.