Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan feature in the highly anticipated West End production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry, broadcast live from London’s West End by National Theatre Live.
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 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
“In his memoir Mr. Bauby performed a heroic feat of alchemy, turning horror into wisdom, and Mr. Schnabel, following his example and paying tribute to his accomplishment, has turned pity into joy.” A.O. Scott, The New York Times.
“Art lives on the right side….Jean-Michel Basquiat seems to have spent most of his brief life on the right side of the brain. Only another artist could understand that, and Basquiat is the confident, poetic filmmaking debut of the painter Julian Schnabel.” Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun Times.
November 6, 7 pm
A Conversation with Julian Schnabel
November 6, 8 pm
Film screening of Before Night Falls
Please join the Modern’s Chief Curator Michael Auping and Texas Monthly film critic Christopher Kelly for a conversation with renowned artist and award-winning filmmaker Julian Schnabel.