'Coming of Age' at Cine Club

A new season of Cine Club begins at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, and the theme focuses on “Coming of Age.” 

Screenings will be held in the gallery’s Dart Auditorium every second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m., beginning April 27. A glass or wine or a soft drink will be included at each Cine Club meeting. 

Curated by NGCI Deutsche Bank Intern Lyle Anderton, the new season will explore modern coming-of-age stories, a genre that focuses on the growth of a protagonist from youth to adulthood.  

Each of the films selected covers stories that are thousands of miles apart geographically but share common struggles, and portray the changes their characters confront as they approach adulthood and achieve more mental maturity. 

A hot topic in contemporary film these days, coming-of-age stories tend to emphasize dialogue or internal monologue over action and are often set in the past.  

Kerwin Ebanks, the National Gallery’s education coordinator, said in a statement: “I’m really looking forward to the launch of the new Cine Club season…I think the coming-of-age theme will be a popular one to explore as anyone in the audiences will be able to relate.”  

He added: “This is an excellent choice for Lyle, as a young professional he himself is certainly able to relate to the characters and themes in the films selected. It is important that we experience new things and view the world from different perspectives.” 

Anderton is a fourth-year visual and creative arts student at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario (Canada). He is taking a year off from school to gain practical work experience by completing the NGCI Deutsche Bank Internship program at the National Gallery, and will be returning to Canada in the fall to complete his final year at Sheridan.  

“Now that Lyle is coming to the end of his yearlong internship and has gained wide variety of skills and experiences, it is important that he is able to take on larger projects, such as curating the season of Cine Club,” stated Ebanks.  

Anderton noted: “I think it is key that we continue to show films that are international or independently produced, as these films tend to show the more artistic side of filmmaking, giving audiences a chance to stray away from the generic Hollywood block-busters that may become quite repetitive over time.” 

Tickets are $10 and $8 for NGCI members; season passes can be purchased for $50 and $40 for NGCI members. For more information about Cine Club and opportunities to curate an upcoming season, contact [email protected] or call 945-8111.  


Italy’s ‘My Brother Is an Only Child’ stars Riccardo Scamarcio and Elio Germano.


‘Ma Vie en Rose,’ aka ‘My Life in Pink’ will screen on April 27.
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