June 16, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Jeepers!—A Free Movie at the CCA

A free sneak preview of 'Snowpiercer' comes to CCA, June 18

By Casey St. Charnez

Media Rare

Casey St. Charnez has been video editor for Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide since 1986 and buyer for Lisa Harris' Video Library since 1981. He likes Lisa, cats, crosswords, and the Metropolitan Opera, probably in that order.


On Wednesday June 18 the Cinematheque at the Center for Contemporary Arts hosts a free sneak preview of their upcoming film Snowpiercer.

The 7 p.m. presentation is open to all, “the more the merrier,” says the CCA’s Jesse Hockersmith.

Snowpiercer is a sci-fi allegory set in 2031, about the post-apocalyptic survivors of a worldwide environmental holocaust caused by a failed attempt to control global warming. The (un)lucky few left alive have taken refuge on a train that is plowing its way through the winter-ravaged landscape.

The travelers’ biggest problem, however, is not the weather outside, but, rather, the political climate of class warfare inside. It gets polemic and bloody.  

Chris Evans (Captain America), Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive), Jamie Bell (Jumper), John Hurt (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Ed Harris (Sweetwater), and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (The Help) are among the passengers on board, and the conductor is writer-director Joon-ho Bong, the estimable creator of Mother (2009) and The Host (2006).  

Distributed in America by The Weinstein Company, Snowpiercer is based on a 1982 graphic novel, Le Transperceneige, newly translated into English, and published just this year, by Titan Comics.

The 2013 U.S.-South Korean-French-Czech co-production runs 126 minutes, and is rated [R] for violence, language, and drug use.

So, not a family film, please note.

Snowpiercer opens nationally two weeks later, on July 2, including the CCA, which has mounted this freebie presentation to build local word-of-mouth.

More: www.ccasantafe.org.

Rated R trailer: