Ayala Malls Cinemas A-List Film “Empire of Light” Holds Sneak Previews on February 13 and 14

Taking us down memory lane on the magnificence of old-world cinemas, Ayala Malls Cinemas’ A-List Series presents “Empire of Light” starring award-winning actors Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward, and Colin Firth. Directed by highly acclaimed filmmaker Sam Mendes, “Empire of Light” is considered a love letter to cinema and a moving drama about the power of human connection during turbulent times. Set in and around a faded old cinema in an English coastal town in the early 1980s, it follows Hilary (Olivia Colman), a cinema manager struggling with her mental health, and Stephen (Micheal Ward), a new employee who longs to escape this provincial town in which he faces daily adversity. Both Hilary and Stephen find a sense of belonging through their unlikely and tender relationship and come to experience the healing power of music, cinema, and community.

 Ayala Malls Cinemas’ A-List Series release of “Empire of Light” comes at an opportune moment when the cinemas have started reeling again after the pandemic, creating parallels on the passage of time, how the cinema used to be and how movies are being projected in the contemporary world. Today, the art of film projection has largely passed to digital, but the film is part of a time when movies were projected by a skilled professional using two machines, with celluloid passing by an arclight, watching for secret signals to switch reels. It is a valentine not just to movies, but to movies as exhibited in the cinema locally and around the globe. The film was also inspired by the concern that people weren’t going to these places anymore - places where people usually gather for shared experiences.

The film will hold special sneak previews on February 13 and 14 - perfect for that Valentine's date or you can catch it when it officially releases on February 22.

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