“Green Book” movie showings will kick off February

Kenworthy and CUB will screen award-winning film this weekend in honor of Black History Month



“Green Book” and other movies will be shown each weekend for Black History Month in the CUB.

CARSON HOLLAND, Evergreen columnist

The new movie “Green Book” will be showing at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre in Moscow and on-campus at the CUB the first weekend of February.

“Green Book” is a comedy-drama starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. It is set in the Deep South during the 1960s and tells the story of African American pianist Don Shirley and his interactions with Tony “Lip” Vallelonga, an Italian-American man who Shirley employs as a driver and for protection.

The movie follows the growth in Shirley and Vallelonga’s relationship, with both men coming from very different backgrounds and differing outlooks on life.

This clash of personality is dramatized as they travel on a tour of the south guided by the Green Book, a guide helping African American travelers find services along their trip that will serve them.

“[The movie] was written by the son of [Vallelonga] in the movie, so there are a lot of real-life personal connections to the real world,” said Jaime Hill, operations director at the Kenworthy.

With the backdrop of Jim Crow America, the film has been highly regarded by critics. It was nominated for five Golden Globes and won Best Motion Picture in the Musical or Comedy category.

“It was something that we knew was going to be nominated for Best Picture and we knew was going to be getting a lot of attention from critics, and so we snagged it as soon as we could,” Hill said.

“Green Book” is being shown at the Kenworthy theater in Moscow on Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4:45 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3:45 and 7 p.m. There will be additional showings on Feb. 8 and 9 at 4:45 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. Admission is $7 at the door, which opens 30 minutes prior to screening.

“Green Book” is also being shown in the CUB auditorium this weekend.

“We wanted a strong movie to start out the month of February since it is Black History Month and we figured that this would be a good starting point,” said Mercedes Adams, a member of the film committee for Student Entertainment Board. “If you are looking for a more eye-opening movie to get a new perspective on things, this is the movie to do it.”

The showings at the CUB will be at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. The movie is free for students and $2 for guests.