“Water for Elephants,” a 2011 American film directed by Francis Lawrence, 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 the book by the same name by Sara Gruen, the story is told as a flashback by an old man (Hal Holbrook) who dropped out of Cornell University’s veterinary school after the death of his parents in 1931 and ends up joining a circus. Young Jacob (Robert Pattinson) becomes the circus vet, but also falls in love with Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), who rides a white show horse and is married to the jealous circus owner, August (Christoph Waltz).
The three become closely involved in the scheme to keep the circus afloat with a new attraction: Rosie the elephant, to be trained by Jacob and ridden by Marlena.