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Would we really show you what’s been dubbed the “biggest box office bomb of all time” Heaven’s Gate?? Not exactly. Dinner and Movie graphicOn Saturday, April 20, Söntés Dinner & a Movie will feature the 2012 digitally restored and highly acclaimed Director’s Cut of Heaven’s Gate. (Little known fact: An uncut version of Heaven’s Gate was shown on Z Channel in 1982, which first popularized the concept of a “Director’s Cut.”)

Our film curator Mark McClees brings us this 2012 Director’s Cut, which did not come to Rochester’s cinemas. Regardless of what you may or may not know about the original film, this 2012 Director’s Cut was released at the 69th Venice Film Festival, and then at the New York Film Festival, and was described as a “modern masterpiece” that was “soaking up acclaim.” The Director’s Cut is 216 minutes long—a near double feature in itself!

To pair with this “modern masterpiece,” Chef has added a fourth course to his three-course movie repertoire. Saturday’s Dinner & a Movie guests will start with a crisp green salad, get warmed up with chili and cornbread, then delight on smoked flank steak with baked beans and a baked potato. To finish, Chef will send out a delicious strawberry shortcake. This mouth-watering combination will easily turn Dinner & a Movie into a true Saturday Event.

Heavens_gate_post[1]Whilst you daydream about dinner, here’s more about the movie: Heaven’s Gate is an American epic Western film portraying a fictional dispute between land barons and European immigrants in Wyoming in the 1890s (loosely based on the Johnson County War), and stars Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walkin, Jeff Bridges, Sam Waterson, Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe (in his first film role, uncredited), and many others. Heaven’s Gate opened in 1980 to poor reviews and earned less than 10% of its budget. Major setbacks in the film’s production due to cost and time overruns, negative press, and rumors about director Michael Cimino’s allegedly overbearing dictatorial style nearly collapsed United Artists as a film studio. Rumor has it that this Director’s Cut sets the original film right. Decide for yourself this Saturday!

The movie will start promptly at 6 p.m. in the Söntés Gallery. Arrive early to choose your seats or to get yourself a tasty beverage.

Tickets are $35 and include the movie and Chef’s dinner (beverages, tax, & gratuity are additional). Please call us to reserve your ticket (and your four-course dinner!) at 507.292.1628.  

For more information about blogger Jody Brown, see our Who We Are page.


Our special thanks to the more than 70 guests who braved the rain yesterday and joined us for our Söntés Spring/Summer Gallery Exhibition to meet the artists who filled Söntés with their work! Thank you for making the day a lot of fun, and a great art success!


Join Us for these Upcoming Söntés Events:

April 18: Wine Class with Sommelier Barbara Pitcher 6:30 p.m.
(reserve through Barbara ph. 952.358.1285)
& Söntés Musical Guest Brett Newski 7-9 p.m.
April 20: Dinner and a Movie “Heaven’s Gate (Director’s Cut)” 6 p.m. (call us for a reservation)
April 25: Dining Out For Life (no reservation needed)
April 26: Wine and Yoga (call us for a reservation)
April 27: Sturino Trotta Dinner 6 p.m. (call us for a reservation)

See the Söntés Happenings page for more information
& watch for future Söntés blog posts

Söntés phone 507.292.1628