Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Aquinas Center to hold special movie event

Published September 7, 2017

ATLANTA—The Aquinas Center at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology will offer a free viewing of “Babette’s Feast” as part of its Light in the Darkness Movie Series. The film will be shown Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Rita Anne Rollins Building, Room 252, located at 1531 Dickey Drive in Atlanta.

Pope Francis said the movie represents the “transformation of a group of people who took denial too far, and did not know what happiness was. The sumptuous meal frees them from their fear of love.”

The 1987 Danish movie unpacks a sacramental vision where an exceptional meal based on love and self-sacrifice transforms the lives of 12 guests. The movie, directed by Gabriel Axel, was the winner of the Academy Award for the Best Foreign Film.

A short discussion will follow the movie with Dr. Phillip Thompson, executive director of the Aquinas Center. Dr. Thompson is the author of “Lights in the Darkness, Exploring Catholic Themes in Twelve Extraordinary Movies.”

The book examines the themes of grace, redemption, pilgrimage, conscience, justice, faith and reason, the common good, sacramentality and wisdom in award-winning films.

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