Friday, October 9, 2009
This year’s festival will kickoff during the Ava Gardner Festival Gala this Friday evening, October 9th and will continue Saturday, October 10th from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.The theme for the fifth annual festival celebrates the special relationship Ava shared with Ernest Hemingway.
Ava called Ernest Hemingway "Papa," and he called her "Daughter." The accomplished author admired Ava's work in the films based on his works, and considered her "the most exciting woman of her generation."
During her career, Ava Gardner did three films based on Hemingway works: The Killers, The Sun Also Rises, and The Snows of Kilimanjaro. To celebrate their special relationship, these films will be shown at the Howell Theater, 141 South Third Street in Downtown Smithfield, on Saturday, October 10th. The films are free to the public but the capacity of the screening room is limited to 150 people. The Killers will be shown at 9:30am, The Snows of Kilimanjaro at 12:00pm, and The Sun Also Rises at 2:30pm.