The Galileo Open Air Cinema returns to the picture perfect Anthonij Rupert Wyne estate on 1 April for a special screening of the box office hit Life of Pi. The estate, situated in the Franschhoek Wine Valley, has been chosen as one of this year’s premier venues for movie enthusiasts to enjoy the big screen classics under a starlit sky.
Directed by the highly acclaimed Ang Lee, Life of Pi is a miraculous achievement of storytelling and a landmark of visual mastery, inspired by the international best-selling book of the same title. The storyline revolves around an Indian man, Pi, telling a novelist about his life story. At age 16, he survives a shipwreck in which his family perishes, and is adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger and other animals. The jaw dropping cinematography of Pi and this majestic tiger, and the story which unfolds, captivated audiences across the globe.
The sprawling lawn of the Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room is the venue for the larger-than-life movie screen, providing ample room to enjoy a picnic with the Drakenstein Mountains as a backdrop. Secure parking is provided, within walking distance of the movie area.
A marquee will create a marketplace feel, allowing visitors the opportunity to shop for a fine selection of picnic ingredients. These include pre-packed cheese and charcuterie platters with artisanal breads, freshly baked chicken and exotic mushroom pies, Prego rolls with sweet balsamic and tomato relish, and a selection of freshly-prepared salad tubs. For those with a sweet tooth, best you make space in your basket for the gourmet cupcakes. Special pre-packed picnic boxes will be available to purchase for the young ones.
What would a picnic be without wine or MCC? A selection of estate wines, as well as the popular L’Ormarins range of Methode Cap Classique, will be available to purchase. Soft drinks, mineral water, locally roasted coffees and popcorn will also be for sale during the evening.
Gates open at 5pm, allowing ample time to shop, mingle and take in the beauty of the surroundings before the movie begins at 7:45pm. Tickets range in price from R79 to R159 per person.