The movie “Bridge of Spies” will be offered through a collaboration between the Purdue University Northwest Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series and Michigan City Public Library. The showing is free and open to the public.
“Bridge of Spies” will be shown on Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St. in Michigan City. The film is rated PG13.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, “Bridge of Spies” has been nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It earned award nominations from the 69th British Academy Film Awards, the Critics’ Choice Awards, Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild, among others.
The movie is based on the non-fiction book of the same name written by Giles Whittell. The movie tells the story of insurance lawyer James Donovan, played by Tom Hanks, who has been recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate the release of U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers who was shot down by the Soviet Union and captured in his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers’ only hope for freedom is through a prisoner exchange for convicted Russian spy Rudolf Abel, portrayed by Mark Rylance, who Donovan defended in court.
Rylance has been nominated for an Academy Award, British Academy Film award, Critics’ Choice Award and Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actor. The website “Cinemablend” notes that Rylance plays his role “brilliantly as this quiet, simple, and wonderfully artistic soul.”
Hanks is described by “The Atlantic” as depicting “A regular neighborhood guy just trying to ensure everyone gets a fair shake – but behind the façade is real shrewdness.” Hanks gives Donovan a “gentle charm and humor.”
The Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series features events throughout the year. A schedule can be found at www.pnc.edu. For information about this film, or any event in the Odyssey series, contact Judy Jacobi, PNW assistant vice chancellor of University Art Collections & Special Programs, at 219-785-5593. To request a disability-related accommodation for this event, contact the Office of Institutional Equity, 219-785-5545.