Love and Justice


June 5




Nugget Theatre

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Join us for a special screening of Love & Justice with filmmaker Kerry Candaele and music from Anneke Dean (violin), Claire Beard (flute) and Travis Fisher (piano).

Doors: 6pm

Music: 6.30pm

Film: 7pm, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Kerry Candaele

Tickets: $20, Local’s Deal: $15 use code ‘fiveoff’ for San Miguel County Residents

About the film:

Beethoven composed only one opera in his lifetime, the grand and profoundly moving Fidelio. The 1805 opera tells the story of Leonore, the wife of the unjustly imprisoned Florestan, who has been slowly dying, spiritually and physically, in a dungeon run by the tyrant Pizzaro. Desperate to save Florestan, Leonore disguises herself as a young man named Fidelio and takes a job in the prison where Florestan is held. Fidelio is an opera about courage, heroism, love, and the struggle for justice in the face of despotism. Beethoven’s operatic masterpiece is at the heart of Kerry Candaele’s new documentary, Love and Justice: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Rebel Opera. But as in his previous film, Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony, Candaele tracks the themes and influence of Beethoven’s work across time and space to tell a deeply contemporary story. Along with the tale of Leonore and Florestan, Love & Justice tells a parallel story of a man imprisoned during the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile—and the wife and children who worked to free him. The third tale woven into Love & Justice highlights the drama of Beethoven himself, who composed the opera at the very time (1803) when he discovered that he would become permanently deaf—a catastrophic spiritual defeat that he overcomes by writing some of the greatest music of his life. Filmed entirely in Valparaiso, Chile, Love & Justice also serves as a stunning travelogue to a lovely country.


Unique and beautiful film! I think Beethoven would have appreciated what you did, which is to bring the eternal part of his work into the present. Bravo!–Jan Swafford, Author of Beethoven: Anguish And Triumph

The film is lovely, compelling, poetic, mysterious, painful, magical and human.–Ed Barguiarena

Intimate, moving—often painfully so. A lovely film.–Marina Peters