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Rated R for some language
Written and directed by Joseph Cedar | In English
Starring Richard Gere, Lior Ashkenazi, and Michael Sheen
117 min | Drama/Thriller | 2017
ABOUT THE FILM
Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere) lives a lonely life in the margins of New York City power and money, a would-be operator dreaming up financial schemes that never come to fruition. As he has nothing real to offer, Norman strives to be everyone's friend, but his incessant networking leads him nowhere. Always on the lookout for someone willing to pay attention to him, Norman sets his sights on Micha Eshel (Lior Ashkenazi), a charismatic Israeli politician alone in New York at a low point in his career. Sensing Eshel's vulnerability, Norman reaches out with a gift of a very expensive pair of shoes, a gesture that deeply touches Eshel. When Eshel becomes Prime Minister three years later, he remembers.With his very real connection to the leader of a major nation, Norman is awash in the respect he has always craved. Flush with his newfound feeling of success, Norman attempts to use Eshel's name to leverage his biggest deal ever: a series of quid pro quo transactions linking the Prime Minister to Norman's nephew (Michael Sheen), a rabbi (Steve Buscemi), a mogul (Harris Yulin), his assistant (Dan Stevens), and a treasury official from the Ivory Coast. Norman's kaleidoscopic plans soon go awry, creating the potential for an international catastrophe he must struggle to prevent. The new film by Academy Award nominated director Joseph Cedar is a comic and compassionate drama of a little man whose downfall is rooted in a human frailty all too easy to forgivea need to matter.
Sony Pictures Classics
A QUIET PASSION
Written and directed by Terrence Davies | In English
With Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, and Duncan Duff
125 min | Biography/Drama | 2017
ABOUT THE FILM
Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. Acclaimed British director Terence Davies (House of Mirth, The Deep Blue Sea) exquisitely evokes Dickinson's deep attachment to her close knit family along with the manners, mores and spiritual convictions of her time that she struggled with and transcended in her poetry.
Whether sitting silently at a desk, assembling the tiny hand-sewn booklets that contained several of Dickinson's nearly 1,800 poems, or engaging in badinage with a sibling or friend, [Cynthia] Nixon is quick to reveal the wonder the writer saw all around her, worlds that only she could summon. That élan shines through especially in Nixon's reading of Dickinson's poems...
Don't be deceived by the delicacy of Emily's 19th-century surroundings, beautifully captured by the gifted cinematographer Florian Hoffmeister. The portrait that Davies paints is of a woman in full, living not just in her words but in the agonizing spaces between them. That's why this film is such a remarkable achievement. As Dickinson wrote, "If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry." You'll also know it when you see A Quiet Passion. It's a beauty of a movie that touches the heart not through pushy sentiment but through the magnitude of its art.
With London emptied of its men now fighting at the Front, Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) is hired by the British Ministry of Information as a "slop" scriptwriter charged with bringing "a woman's touch" to morale-boosting propaganda films. Her natural flair quickly gets her noticed by dashing movie producer Buckley (Sam Claflin) whose path would never have crossed hers in peacetime. As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and a colorful crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation. Although Catrin's artist husband looks down on her job, she quickly discovers there is as much camaraderie, laughter and passion behind the camera as there is onscreen.