Julian Schnabel’s ravishingly tactile and luminous new film takes a fresh look at the last days of Vincent van Gogh, and in the process revivifies our sense of the artist as a living, feeling human being. Schnabel; his co-writers Jean-Claude Carrière and Louise Kugelberg, also the film’s editor; and cinematographer Benoît Delhomme strip everything down to essentials, fusing the sensual, the emotional, and the spiritual. And the pulsing heart of At Eternity’s Gate is Willem Dafoe’s shattering performance: his Vincent is at once lucid, mad, brilliant, helpless, defeated, and, finally, triumphant. With Oscar Isaac as Gauguin, Rupert Friend as Theo, Mathieu Amalric as Dr. Gachet, Emmanuelle Seigner as Madame Ginoux, and Mads Mikkelsen as The Priest.
Presented by Rhino Coffee
Awesome, I **** Shot That!
8 p.m. December 28
This is the closest you’ll ever come to being at a Beastie Boys show without really being there. Awesome, I **** Shot That! was filmed live at the Beastie Boys 2004 Madison Square Garden show by fans with camcorders. It’s just as wild and amateur as it sounds. Oh, and we’ll be giving away the new Beastie Boys Book to one lucky winner!
Regional Filmmakers Spotlight
6 p.m. January 10
Q&A with directors Allison Bohl DeHart and Peter DeHart
Nearing the end of his life, Lafayette based sculptor Robert Wiggs looks back on a lifelong obsession with patterns. Never formally trained in mathematics, Wiggs studied mud cracks, bee hives, and tree bark to create a geometric system that rivals the work of academic mathematicians, a system which he expressed and explored in scores of sculptures.
Bending Lines is a story of obsession, of vision, and of the enduring conversation between art and science. It uncovers an amateur mathematician, obscured by time and his profession, whose artistic work communicates the universal quest to discover the essence of the natural world.
Bending Lines had its world premier this April at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Since then it has screened at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm as part of the 2018 BRIDGES Math and Art Conference and has recently received an Impact Doc Award of Merit.
Boy Erased tells the story of Jared, the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith. Boy Erased is the true story of one young man’s struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity.
The true story of bestselling celebrity biographer (and friend to cats) Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), who made her living in the 1970s and '80s profiling the likes of Katherine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack.
Presented by LSU Health, School of Allied Health Professions
Christmas in Connecticut
10:30 a.m. December 18
$16, movie and luncheon, ($15, RFC members)
Encore screening: 7:45 p.m. November 20 (movie only)
A food writer (Barbara Stanwyck) who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero (Dennis Morgan and Sydney Greenstreet) invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas.
6 p.m. December 11
$29 dinner and movie ($22, RFC members)
Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.
As a darkness builds at the center of a world-renowned dance company, its artistic director, a young American new to the troupe, and a grieving psychotherapist become entangled in a bloody, sighing nightmare.