Painter vs. Writer: Who Was the Greater Genius?

Painter vs. Writer: Who Was the Greater Genius?

The 2017-18 Adirondack Film Society Screening Series at LPCA continues with “Cézanne et Moi” (Nov. 15 & 17), followed by a special screening at the Palace Theatre of Aaron Woolf’s timely and compelling new documentary “Denial” (Fri., Dec. 8).

LAKE PLACID, NY — First, it led you to travel up the Amazon with British explorer Percy Fawcett in search of “The Lost City of Z.” Then it enabled you to experience “A Quiet Passion” with one of the true originals in American literature, poet Emily Dickinson. Now the next edition of the Adirondack Film Society (AFS) Screening Series at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) will introduce you to “CÉZANNE ET MOI,” a large-canvass, yet intimate drama that traces the lifelong friendship between two renowned nineteenth-century French artists—painter Paul Cézanne and writer Emile Zola.

The foreign-language film (in French, with English subtitles) will be screened on a new night for the series, Wednesday, November 15, as well as Friday, November 17, both at the special time of 7:30 p.m. The AFS is pleased and honored to be co-presenting these two screenings with the Adirondack Artists GuildSaranac Lake ArtWorks and the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. As an added bonus, the Friday evening screening will be preceded by the opening reception for the annual “Big Little Show,” in which the LPCA and the Artists Guild partner to put on an exhibit of locally produced, small, affordable works of art. The reception will go from 5 to 7 p.m. in the LPCA Gallery that’s adjacent to the theater where the film will be shown.

Tickets to the screenings are $10 per person, available at the door as well as in advance from the LPCA box office—518-523-2512, lakeplacidarts.org—located at 17 Algonquin Drive, just off NYS Route 86 at the intersection near the Quality Inn, the ‘Dack Shack and Desperados “Mexi-Quinn” Restaurant in the internationally fabled resort village of Lake Placid. To learn more about the AFS, please contact Operations Manager Fred Balzac at (518) 523-3456 or visit adirondackfilmsociety.org.

CÉZANNE ET MOI posterAn Electrifying Portrait

“CÉZANNE ET MOI” charts the parallel paths of the lives, careers and passionate friendship of the post-impressionist painter Cézanne and the novelist Zola. The two boys grew up in Aix-en-Provence. Emile was fatherless and poor. Paul came from a wealthy family. As young men, dreaming of glory and beautiful women, they left the south to conquer the art scene in Paris. Soon Emile had it all — success, money and the perfect wife— and he embraced the very bourgeoisie he mocked in his books. Meanwhile, Cézanne rejected the Parisian scene to focus only on his work, ignored by his peers and the establishment.

The film was written and directed by Danièle Thompson (“Avenue Montaigne”) and stars Guillaume Gallienne of the Comédie-Française as Cézanne and Guillaume Canet as Zola, with Alice Pol as Alexandrine Zola, Emile’s wife; Déborah François as Hortense Cézanne, Paul’s wife; and Sabine Azéma as Anne-Elisabeth, Paul’s mother.

Guillaume Gallienne as Paul Cézanne

Guillaume Gallienne as Paul Cézanne

Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote, “The film, an intimate, searching portrait of the turbulent friendship between the two geniuses…completely avoids the tone of pious reverence typically adopted in stories about famous artists and writers. Instead it focuses on the insecurity, competitiveness and complicated love lives of these two ambitious men of opposite temperament.”

He goes on to state that “Mr. Gallienne, who dominates the film, gives an electrifying portrait of Cezanne as a scruffy, driven wild man….Charismatic but scary, flashing a furious, wide-eyed glare that could turn people to stone….”

“CÉZANNE ET MOI” has a running time of 1 hour and 53 minutes and is rated R (for language, sexual references and nudity).

Double-Edged Transparency

The fall season of the AFS will extend into December with a special screening of a new documentary by Aaron Woolf, who is probably best known in the region as a filmmaker for his documentary about Big Agriculture, “King Corn.” For this new film, “DENIAL,” Woolf set out to tackle the complex issues of renewable energy and climate change by following the path of Vermont electric utility CEO David Hallquist.

As Hallquist struggles to build the kind of transparent company whose honest approach can get stakeholders to accept the realities of how we generate and deliver electricity in the face of climate change, David realizes he lacks transparency in his personal life and reveals to his family a lifelong secret: this chainsaw-wielding, hardhat-wearing CEO working in a male-dominated industry is a woman inside. Thus, the initial narrative driving “DENIAL” takes an unexpected turn toward an entirely new direction—and, for the filmmakers, uncharted territory. Derek Hallquist, Dave’s son, directs, with Woolf serving as one of the film’s producers, writers and co-creators.

DENIAL” will be screened Friday, December 8, at 7 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, located in downtown Lake Placid at 2430 Main Street (box office: 518-523-9271). Tickets are $10, available only at the door, cash only.

David & Derek Hallquist & outdated transmission line

David Hallquist points out an outdated transmission line to his son Derek in “Denial.”

The monthly AFS Screening Series at LPCA will pick up again January through April on the following Friday and Saturday evenings—January 26-27, February 16-17, March 16-17 and April 27-28—films to be announced.

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