New films opening at Cinema Art Theater in Lewes June 11

June 9, 2021

Starting Friday, June 11, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater will present “Sunflowers” and “Monuments.”

“Sunflowers” is an extraordinary documentary and an intricate portrait of Vincent van Gogh’s iconic series of paintings. It focuses on the exhibit of five of the 11 famous still-life paintings at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, drawn from London, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Munich and Philadelphia museums.

From the perspective of a series of experts including museum directors and art historians, it views these paintings in close detail, reinforced by excerpts from van Gogh’s letters. Actor Jamie de Courcey portrays van Gogh. The fragile nature of the five sunflower paintings makes it unlikely that they will ever be exhibited together again. Because of its close and spectacular visual attention to the paintings and its extensive analysis of them, “Sunflowers” ranks among the finest films about van Gogh and his work.

“Sunflowers” screening times are 4 p.m., Saturday, June 12; 5 p.m, Sunday, June 13; and 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 16. 

“Monuments” is a charming road trip dramedy about a sorrowful man’s cross-country journey.

A young widower sidesteps grief, loss and familial dysfunction when he steals his wife’s ashes and sets off on an impulsive odyssey through America’s heartland. Ted, played by David Sullivan, encounters a cast of eccentric characters along the way, including his rival Howl, played by Javier Muñoz, who direct and misdirect him on his mission to find something he’d lost long before the death of his wife Laura, played by Marguerite Moreau.

Screening times are 3 p.m, Friday, June 11; 3 and 6 p.m, Saturday, June 12; 6 p.m., Sunday, June 13; 3 p.m., Wednesday, June 16; and 6 p.m., Thursday, June 17.

Admission is $8 for members and $11 for nonmembers. Customers are encouraged to purchase tickets online at If seats are available, tickets can be purchased at the theater starting 30 minutes prior to each screening.

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