October 24, 2019 VITA & VIRGINIA
The affair and the friendship of authors Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West — both uncompromising in their insistence to live, love, and create to the fullest — constitutes one of the most fascinating relationships in literary history. Director Chanya Button’s sumptuous double portrait traces their fiery connection from the moment their paths cross to the publication of the work that would be their shared legacy.
The year is 1922. Though happily married, Vita (Gemma Arterton, Quantum of Solace) is as notorious for her dalliances with women and iconoclastic attitudes toward gender as she is famous for her aristocratic ancestry and writerly success. Virginia (Elizabeth Debicki, The Great Gatsby, Macbeth), meanwhile, is a celebrated writer, publisher, and member of the Bloomsbury Group, those innovative mod- erns already revolutionizing literature. When Vita receives an invitation to Bloomsbury, she is elated at the thought of meeting the enigmatic Woolf and, not surprisingly per- haps, becomes obsessed with the notion of seducing her.
Between Virginia’s mental health struggles and Vita’s impulsiveness — not to mention the concern of their husbands, families, and mutual friends — their romance is bound to be tumultuous. Yet tumult can fuel creativ- ity; Vita’s singular persona will eventually be channelled into one of Virginia’s greatest works.
Based on Sackville-West and Woolf’s personal correspondence and co-scripted by Eileen Atkins, who also wrote the screen adaptation of Mrs Dalloway, Vita & Virginia will make you swoon. Isobel Waller-Bridge’s part–chamber music, part-electronica score creates a seductive sonic latticework, while Button and cinematographer Carlos De Carvalho craft striking sequences in which the equally brilliant Arterton and Debicki speak directly to camera. This film is bold, sensuous, and smart, but most importantly, it’s something Vita and Virgina would have been proud of.
November 14, 2019 DON'T WORRY, HE WON'T GET FAR ON FOOT
Joaquin Phoenix adds another larger-than-life character to his filmography with the starring role in Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, from American auteur Gus Van Sant (Milk, Good Will Hunting). The film tells the engaging, true story of John Callahan, a carefree man who is caught in an unfortunate accident and recovers through the power of an unlikely gift. This captivating film premiered at Sundance and was nominated for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival.
"The movie radiates considerable compassion, sensitively addressing issues including addiction, recovery and forgiveness. Joaquin Phoenix’s raw, wiry performance never strives for greatness, which only makes it all the more affecting." - Peter Debruge, Variety
December 12, 2019 WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE
Critically acclaimed filmmaker Richard Linklater has been hard at work after the enormous success of Before Midnight (2013) and Boyhood (2014). Considered by many to be a modern auteur, Linklater has recruited an impressive cast (Cate Blanchett, Judy Greer, Laurence Fishburne, and Kristen Wiig, to name a few) for his forthcoming feature, an adaptation of the beloved novel of the same name: Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
Bernadette Fox (Blanchett, Carol, Blue Jasmine) is a gifted architect and mother who suffers from agoraphobia, an anxiety disorder characterized by feeling unsafe in open or public spaces. Bernadette’s increas- ing distress in her home city of Seattle and her discomfort around other people result in her disappearance, leaving behind a hus- band (Billy Crudup, 20th Century Women, Spotlight) and a daughter, Bee. Determined to find her mother, Bee launches into an investigation by compiling e-mails, docu- ments, and other secret correspondence to help track down the misunderstood genius.
The novel, written by Maria Semple, spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list and has been praised for its easygoing, satirical tone and intriguing characters. The novel’s pace and style are a perfect match for Linklater’s signa- ture style. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? features an incredible cast that offers no-holds-barred performances and moments of intimate, deeply affecting familial drama.