Based on the novel of the same name by Brian Selznick, who wrote the film’s screenplay, this mystery-drama tells the story of two deaf children from eras 50 year apart who set out on quests that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry.
LAKE PLACID, NY—Directed by Todd Haynes, whose previous films include the highly acclaimed “Carol,” this mystery/drama tells the story of two children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry.
WONDERSTRUCK is based on the novel of the same name by Brian Selznick, who wrote the film’s screenplay, and stars Oscar winner (for “Still Alice”) Julianne Moore, Oakes Fegley, Millicent Simmonds, Jaden Michael, Cory Michael Smith, Tom Noonan and Michelle Williams. The film was nominated for the 2017 Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, the festival’s highest award.
The Adirondack Film Society (AFS) Screening Series at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) will present WONDERSTRUCK on Friday and Saturday, January 26-217, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance by calling the LPCA box office at (518) 523-2512; they will also be available at the door. For more information, please visit lakeplacidarts.org or call AFS Operations Manager Fred Balzac at (518) 588-7275 or 523-3456.
Full synopsis: In 1927, a young girl runs away from home in New Jersey and makes her way to Manhattan, hoping to find someone who was an important part of her past. Fifty years later, a deaf boy befallen by personal tragedy finds a clue about his family that leads him to run away from rural Minnesota to New York. As their adventures lead them to strange new places, where mysteries about themselves and the world seem to lurk around every corner, their stories of discovery reach across years of silence and regret, and find each other through a mesmerizing symmetry driven by wonder and hope.