Monday, June 29, 2015

"It Precedes," film series at the Cleveland Museum of Art

[Press release from the Cleveland Museum of Art.]


It Precedes
Five earlier works with or by five of 2015’s breakout film personalities—Alicia Vikander, Damien Chazelle, Eddie Redmayne, Pawel Pawlikowski, and David Robert Mitchell, writer-director of It Follows.
A Royal Affair
Sunday, July 5, 1:30. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel. With Mads Mikkelsen. Alicia Vikander (Ava in Ex Machina) stars in this sumptuous 18th-century period piece that was nominated for the 2013 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. She plays the British-born Queen of Denmark who has a love affair with the royal physician after her husband, King Christian VII, proves mentally ill.
Denmark/Sweden/Czech Republic, 2012, subtitles, color, 35mm, 137 min.

Grand Piano
Sunday, July 12, 1:30. Directed by Eugenio Mira. With Elijah Wood and John Cusack. Before he wrote and directed Whiplash, twentysomething wunderkind Damien Chazelle penned this preposterous but clever, stylish, and heart-stopping thriller. A young concert pianist, just getting over a debilitating bout of stage fright, discovers a threatening note scribbled on his sheet music (“play one wrong note and you die”) just before a performance.
Spain, 2013, in English, color, Blu-ray, 90 min.
My Week with Marilyn
Sunday, July 26, 1:30. Directed by Simon Curtis. With Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, and Kenneth Branagh. Prior to winning the Oscar for Best Actor in The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne was last the leading man in a movie four years ago, playing Laurence Olivier’s assistant who escorted Marilyn Monroe around London during the 1956 filming of The Prince and the Showgirl.
UK/USA, 2011, color, 35mm, 99 min.
The Woman in the Fifth
Friday, August 14, 7:00. Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. With Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas. The film that Poland’s Pawel Pawlikowski made just before his Oscar-winning Ida, this enigmatic thriller is about a divorced American writer who moves to Paris to be closer to his young daughter, but his mental state deteriorates as he becomes involved with a mysterious widow.
France/Poland/UK, 2011, color, 35mm, 85 min.
The Myth of the American Sleepover
Wednesday, August 19, 7:00. Directed by David Robert Mitchell. The debut feature from the director of the indie horror hit It Follows was also shot in Detroit with a cast of teenagers—but it’s not a thriller. Set on the last night of summer vacation, it’s a tender coming-of-age movie that follows four high schoolers who cross paths while cruising their suburban neighborhood for love and adventure. “The American debut film of the year.”—Salon.
USA, 2010, color, 35mm, 93 min.

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