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Sedona Film Festival presents Flagstaff premiere of ‘Ode to Joy’ Aug. 14

Award-winning film fest comedy comes to Flagstaff Harkins in monthly cinema series

“Ode to Joy” debuted to rave audience reviews at the recent Sedona International Film Festival where it won the Directors’ Choice Award for Feature Comedy.

“Ode to Joy” features an all-star ensemble cast including Martin Freeman, Morena Baccarin, Melissa Rauch, Jake Lacy, Jane Curtin, Shannon Woodward and Adam Shapiro.

How does a man who is — literally — paralyzed by happiness find love? Thanks to a condition called cataplexy — a rare disorder that causes him to lose control of his muscles whenever he is overcome by strong emotion, particularly joy — Brooklyn librarian Charlie (Martin Freeman) has learned to carefully edit all delight-triggering people, places, and events out of his life.

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Family weddings, cute babies, adorable puppies, and, yes, romance are all fraught with peril in Charlie’s carefully managed world. But when the beautiful, spontaneous Francesca (Morena Baccarin) falls for him, the risk-averse Charlie finds himself at a crossroads: suppress his feelings of attraction, or take a chance and let love in?

Based on a true story originally featured on This American Life, “Ode to Joy” is a hilarious and touching look at what happens when we stop being afraid and let ourselves truly live.

A representative from the NAU Philosophy Department and Philosophy in the Public Interest will lead a discussion following the film screening.

“Ode to Joy” will be shown at Harkins Flagstaff 16 Theatres on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members ($10 for full-time students), and will be available starting at 6:00 p.m. that day in the Harkins lobby. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 928-282-1177 or online at the link below.

CLICK HERE to see a trailer of “Ode to Joy” and to order tickets for our FLAGSTAFF SCREENING online.