New and Noteworthy
At The New York Times, a particular team of writers is entrusted with reflecting upon the luminaries, icons, and world leaders of our day. Here, we are introduced to those responsible for crafting these unequaled obituaries. As we are taken through their painstaking process, we learn about the pressures accompanying a career spent shaping the story of a life.
Academy Award nominees Sally Hawkins (BLUE JASMINE) and Ethan Hawke star in the true story of folk artist Maud Lewis and her unlikely romance with the curmudgeonly recluse, Everett. Lewis’ colourful paintings, made on surfaces ranging from beaverboard to cookie sheets, established her as one of North America’s premier folk artists. MAUDIE showcases the perserverance, indefatigable optimism and the enduring influence of this remarkable artist.
This sweeping biographical film about the first woman to win the Nobel Prize chronicles her battles against the male academic establishment, as well as her blissful marriage to her scientific partner, Pierre. Her world falls apart when her husband perishes in a tragic accident, and despite near scandal, Curie perseveres and triumphs once more.
This World War II-era romance thriller follows German soldier Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney) on a mission to investigate Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer), exiled in The Netherlands. As Brandt begins to infiltrate the Kaiser’s life, he’s drawn into an unexpected romance with maid Mieke (Lily James), who is secretly Jewish.
Wed, Jul 26 at 8PM
In A.K.A. NADIA, a love-struck Palestinian severs ties to her Jerusalem home and follows a PLO activist to London where they secretly marry. When he is arrested, Nadia finds herself alone and unable to return to Israel, where she is viewed as a terrorist. Twenty years later, Nadia is Maya, an Israeli Jew who by all appearances enjoys a successful life, married to a high-ranking Ministry official. But the resurfacing of a figure from her past threatens to unravel both her family and sense of self.
Two of French cinema’s biggest stars shine in this bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire (Catherine Frot), a talented midwife, and Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve), the estranged mistress of Claire’s late father. Though polar opposites, the two come to rely on each other as they cope with the unusual circumstance that brought them together in this sharp character study from the César-award winning director Martin Provost (Séraphine).
Wed, Aug 2 at 8PM
Academy award-winning documentarian Errol Morris (FOG OF WAR, THIN BLUE LINE) explores the life of celebrated portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman. In 1980 Dorfman received one of only five large-format Polaroid 20×24 cameras, and captured luminaries such as Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dylan in exquisite detail. She always took at least two 20x24s per portrait session, selling only one to her clients. Filmed for the first time in recent years without his trademark Interrotron, Morris’ affectionate portrait of this distinctive artist is as warm and engaging as its subject.
Wed, Aug 9 at 8PM
In his last film, celebrated Czech director Jan Němec (who died on the eve of the last day of shooting) loosely adapts his collection of short, real-life stories spanning the 60s to the present, experienced through the director’s alter ego John Jan in direct-to-camera narratives about fame, glory, and women. The film journeys back to the controversial 1968 Cannes Film Festival, the Soviet tanks rolling into Prague, and his exile and return.
Wed, Aug 16 at 8PM
Adapted from the novel Une vie by Guy de Maupassant, A WOMAN’S LIFE is a tale of tormented love amongst the restrictive codes of 19th century Normandy. Upon finishing her schooling in a convent, young aristocrat Jeanne marries local Viscount Julien de Lamare, who soon reveals himself to be a miserly and unfaithful husband. As she navigates his infidelity, pressure from her family, and motherhood, Jeanne’s rosy illusions about her privileged world are stripped away.
Wed, Aug 23 at 8:00PM
Nominated for four Israeli Academy Awards, this modern adaptation of the story of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar is set in the Jerusalem Philharmonic. Conductor Abraham, and his wife Sarah, a harpist, cannot have children. When Hagar, a young horn player from East Jerusalem, joins the western side orchestra, she bonds with Sarah and offers to have a baby for her from Abraham.