“The Hell of ’63,” a 2009 Dutch film generously provided by the Royal Netherlands Embassy, will be presented free at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the auditorium of the Central School Arts and Humanities Center. Calcasieu Cinema International, a branch of the Council for International Concerns, will present the film in partnership with McNeese State University’s Banners Cultural Series and Office of Diversity, Lake Area Psychiatry, The Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana, Common Ground/Culture Fest Louisiana, and CocaCola.
The film, produced by Klaas and Steven de Jong, centers on the Netherland’s famed skating marathon – the Elfstedentocht – and the historical event in 1963 when unusually severe conditions resulted in unprecedented injuries and other upsets. This film explores the race’s impact on the lives of a few of the racers and their loved ones, as well as the after effects. According to producer/director Steven de Jong, “This is a classic Dutch film, in which a number of things which symbolize our culture come together.” The agony of the race and the euphoria of the few who finish the course: “The Hell of ’63” is an action-packed “disaster” movie with a Dutch twist!
Charlotte McCallum will host a discussion afterward, and free drinks and popcorn will be served. For more information, call Corliss Badeaux, secretary of the Council for International Concerns, at 475-5310.