In 1788, German poet Friedrich Schiller (Florian Stetter) falls for the shy, cash-strapped aristocrat Charlotte (Henriette Confurius) – only to soon realize that it’s Charlotte’s married sister Catherine (Hannah Herzsprung) who really lights his fire. Germany’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, BELOVED SISTERS – directed by Dominik Graf – plays like a deliciously entertaining mash-up of Jane Austen, BARRY LYNDON and THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF WEIMAR. 173 min. In German with English subtitles.
The peerless Mike Leigh (SECRETS & LIES, TOPSY-TURVY) serves up his decades-in-the-making passion project: a warts-and-all biography of British master J.M.W. Turner. As the title character, Leigh regular Timothy Spall is a wonder – a grunting, growling genius willing to do anything, and hurt anyone, in order to create transcendent art. Featuring soon-to-be-legendary cinematography by Dick Pope, whose painterly, light-suffused images are every bit as beautiful as Turner famed canvases.
In a bureaucratic office on a remote military base in Israel, Daffi (Nelly Tagar) finds unexpected ways to shred documents, while her best friend Zohar (Dana Ivgy) wonders if she’s ever going to lose her virginity. So begins this uproariously funny, unexpectedly touching comedy – a cross between OFFICE SPACE, MASH and THELMA AND LOUISE (with a little bit of GHOST thrown in for good measure). Written and directed by newcomer Talya Lavie, ZERO MOTIVATION won the World Cinema prize at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.
101 min.; In Hebrew with English subtitles
The legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman (TITICUT FOLLIES, WELFARE) has long been obsessed with inner-workings of complex institutions. Here he turns his camera on London’s National Gallery, introducing us to administrators, curators, teachers, and docents, all trying to keep a tradition-bound organization relevant in the 21st century. The result is more than just a kalediscopic portrait of a great museum – it’s also an exhilarating, visually ravishing inquiry into the enduring power of art to alight all of our senses.
Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon delivers her finest performance to date in this extraordinary adaptation of Cheryl Strayed best-selling memoir, about a shattered woman who sets off on a perilous 1100-mile hike in the hopes of piecing her life back together. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (The Dallas Buyers Club) and written by Nick Hornby (About a Boy), Wild is at once epic and intimate -- a thrilling Woman-vs-Nature survival story that also vividly illuminates the interior life of its deeply conflicted main character.
120 minutes, R
A docent-led, twenty-minute tour of the galleries is available at 6:30 pm. Admission to the galleries is $10, $4 for students and seniors, free for Modern members. On First Friday, gallery admission is free for Star-Telegram Press Pass Holders.
A highlight of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the debut feature by Cambodian-born writer-director Hong Khaou is a tender, quietly affecting portrait of divides – both linguistic and generational. Ben Whishaw (BRIGHT STAR) plays a heartbroken young Londoner struggling to make amends with his late boyfriend’s mother (Pei-pei Cheng), a Cambodian-Chinese immigrant who speaks no English, and who refuses to acknowledge her son was gay.
91 min.; In English and Mandarin with English subtitles
The first Friday of each month, the Star-Telegram, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and Café Modern team up to bring you live music and cocktails from 5 to 8 pm. Bring your friends to enjoy diverse live performances, cocktail selections, and the opportunity to dine in Café Modern by night. This month's First Friday will take place on the Modern terrace and lawn!
Performance by Saint Frinatra
Special Cocktail: Leaf Blower