“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” a 2011 British film directed by Lasse Halström, will be screened Friday as part of the International Film Series.
The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, open at 7:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 8 p.m.
There is no charge, but donations are accepted with gratitude to help cover the cost of DVD rental, facilities use and refreshments.
Based on Paul Torday’s political satire “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” this whimsical romantic comedy will close out the 16th year of the International Film Series.
A visionary sheik (Amr Waked) with unlimited financial resources and a passion for fishing proposes to turn a Middle Eastern desert into a recreational paradise for sport fishermen. The proposal is presented to the British government by the sheik’s assistant, Harriet (Emily Blunt).
Kristin Scott Thomas, as the prime minister’s press secretary Patricia Maxwell, seizes on the plan as a distraction from Middle Eastern conflicts and gets a fisheries expert, Dr. Alfred Jones (Ewan McGregor), to do a feasibility study. He thinks it’s a crazy idea, but the pressure is on and soon water flows in the desert and romance reluctantly begins to bloom.