The Season of Deep Journeys Continues with a “Mesmerizing” Portrait of Poet Emily Dickinson

The Season of Deep Journeys Continues with a “Mesmerizing” Portrait of Poet Emily Dickinson

The Adirondack Film Society’s Fall 2017 season continues at LPCA with “A Quiet Passion” (Oct. 20-21) and “Cézanne et Moi” (Nov. 15 & 17), followed by a special screening at the Palace Theatre of Aaron Woolf’s compelling new documentary “Denial” (Fri., Dec. 8).

Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson

Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson

The next installment of the Adirondack Film Society (AFS) Screening Series at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) brings “A QUIET PASSION,” in which Cynthia Nixon, who is probably best known for her work in the film and TV versions of “Sex in the City,” delivers a triumphant performance as the great American poet Emily Dickinson. The film will be screened Friday and Saturday, October 20-21, at 7 p.m.

In her portrayal of Dickinson, Ms. Nixon personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of Dickinson, whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. Celebrated British director Terence Davies (“House of Mirth,” “The Deep Blue Sea”) exquisitely evokes the poet’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.

The film reunites Davies, who also wrote the screenplay, with his “Deep Blue Sea” cinematographer Florian Hoffmeister to create a luminous rendering of Dickinson’s universe. The cast features Jennifer Ehle (of “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Pride and Prejudice,” pictured at the top with Ms. Nixon), Duncan Duff and Keith Carradine.

The fall season concludes with “CÉZANNE ET MOI,” a compelling 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 weeknight for the series, Wednesday, November 15, as well as Friday, November 17, both at the special time of 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to each screening 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.

A “Drop-Dead Masterwork”

The critics are raving about “A QUIET PASSION”:

  • New York Times Critics’ Pick: “Visually gorgeous.” — A.O. Scott, The New York Times
  • Critics’ Pick: “Lovely!” — Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
  • “A fiercely intelligent, handsome and affecting rendering of Dickinson’s extraordinary, ordinary life.” — Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press
  • “An absolute drop-dead masterwork.” — Richard Brody, The New Yorker
  • “Cynthia Nixon is marvelous.” — Keith Ulrich, Slant
  • “A richly idiosyncratic portrait of Emily Dickinson…played with steely wit and piercing vulnerability by Cynthia Nixon.” — Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
  • “One of the most unique and mesmerizing films of the year.” — Jordan Hoffman, Vanity Fair
  • “Enrapturing! The work of a master craftsman.” — Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

A QUIET PASSION” has a running time of 2 hours and 6 minutes and is rated PG-13

9_tAn 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).

Details on the Friday, December 8th screening of “DENIAL, which starts at 7 p.m. at the Palace Theatre on Lake Placid’s Main Street (Route 86), will be announced soon.

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