|Telluride-By-The-Sea- September 23-25
Each year, the historic Music Hall in downtown Portsmouth hosts a program of films that have come directly from the Telluride Film Festival, which was held over Labor Day. One of the biggest events on the Portsmouth arts calendar, Telluride-By-The-Sea brings film lovers from all over the Northeast to Portsmouth for a weekend of film, food and fun. Best of all, pass holders can attend a wrap party in the Jimmy LaPanza Lounge on Sunday night at the close of the fest. Smuttynose is proud to be the only beer served at the Music Hall, even if the won’t let you bring your pint in the auditorium.
Here’s the film list:
Albert Nobbs (Ireland, 2011, 108m) Courtesy Roadside In 1890s Dublin, for a woman to be independent and single, she must live as a man. Five-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close is Albert, a shy, fastidious hotel butler with a deep secret. Recreating her award-winning stage role (which she co-wrote), Close gives a triumphant, transformative performance as an emotionally scarred woman who has lived in disguise for so long her own identity has nearly vanished. It’s a portrait of female solidarity in a classist, sexist society of the 19th century.
Le Havre (Finland/France, subtitled, 2011, 103m) Courtesy Janus Films Max (André Wilms), an aging failure as an artist, lives a marginal, yet serene life shining shoes, watched over by his protective wife (Kati Outinen), and tolerated by the merchants in his working-class neighborhood. But Max’s sanguine perspective is tested when his wife becomes gravely ill and he accidentally becomes responsible for a young, illegal African immigrant (Blondin Miguel). Aki Kaurismaki’s hopeful tale of redemption streaked with paradoxical bleakness, with Wilms and Outinen luminous and heartbreaking as the late-age romantic couple.
A Dangerous Method (UK, 2011, 98m) Courtesy Sony Classics In 1904, Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), the daughter of wealthy Russian Jews, is diagnosed with acute hysteria. The young Swiss doctor Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) begins treating her with psychoanalysis, the radical new "talking" cure. His success connects him with the pioneering Dr. Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) until Jung’s growing passion for Sabina and his own poetic imagination clashes with his mentor. Director David Cronenberg (A History of Violence) transforms an intellectual power struggle into an almost hypnotic dance.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (UK/US, 2011, 112m) Courtesy Oscilloscope In this adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s bestseller, Tilda Swinton (I Am Love) and John C. Reilly play an estranged couple whose 15-year-old son commits a sociopathic act of violence. Swinton, in a tour de force performance, masterfully inhabits the lonely world of a guilt-riddled survivor, split between horror and responsibility. As the details of their son’s crimes are revealed, the intricacies of marital and parental relationships are examined with a narrative pace that is both foreboding and deliberate.
In Darkness (Poland, subtitled, 2011, 145m) Courtesy Sony Classics In WWII Poland, collaborationist, anti-Semitic Ukrainians prove as enthusiastic about slaughtering Jews as the Germans ever were. Determined to evade deportation and certain death, a small band of Jews from disparate backgrounds find a nightmarish hiding place in sewers of the city of Lvov. They soon discover they must pay the mercurial Leopold Socha, a con man and anti-Semite, for concealment. In retelling this true story, master filmmaker Agnieszka Holland alternates scenes of almost unbearable suspense, with moments of startling sensuality and beauty.
The Kid with a Bike (Belgium, subtitled, 2011, 87m) Courtesy IFC Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, the latest film by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne centers on Cyril, a restless 11-year-old boy (played with terrific intensity by newcomer Thomas Doret) placed in a children’s home after being abandoned by his father. Unwilling to accept this betrayal, Cyril runs away to his former home in search of both his dad and his abandoned bicycle. Instead, he meets Samantha (Cécile de France), a kind hairdresser who helps him on both fronts.
Please visit The Music Hall’s website for more information.