Ebertfest 2019's first announced film is a tribute to its late star

Ebertfest 2019's first announced film is a tribute to its late star

CHAMPAIGN — Coming to the big screen at Ebertfest 21: the critically-acclaimed story of a post-World War II romance between a Polish woman and an American soldier.

"A Year of the Quiet Sun" (1984) is the first of 12 films announced for the annual festival, set for April 10-13 at the Virginia Theatre.

It stars a familiar face — four-time Ebertfest guest Scott Wilson. This year's event will be held in honor of the actor, who had roles in 61 films before his 2018 death.

His widow, Heavenly Wilson, is scheduled to attend the screening of "A Year of the Quiet Sun," along with his on-screen counterpart — 81-year-old Polish actress Maja Komorowska.

Roger Ebert was high on the film, giving it four stars and describing it as "poetic in the way it visualizes the hope of the two lovers while reflecting the poignancy of their fates."

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