The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
2016, Jeff Nichols, UK/USA, 123 min. With Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton.
“Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga are exceptional.” — J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader
“Fine, quiet, carefully modulated…Negga’s brilliant at drawing out the sweet dignity in every little detail of this woman’s story.” — Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
An Oscar front-runner from the moment it debuted at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, this drama recounting a pivotal civil rights case is the story of Richard Loving (Edgerton) and Mildred Jeter (Negga), the interracial Virginia couple who married in 1958, and, after a nine-year struggle, brought their legal battle against the state’s anti-miscegenation laws all the way to the Supreme Court. Basing much of the dialogue and legal particulars on documented fact, director Nichols (MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, MUD) relies on powerfully slow-burning performances by Negga and Edgerton to create a narrative of courage through endurance, as the history-making pair brave threats, jail time, and banishment from their state to affirm their right to marry. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)
Quand on a 17 ans
2016, André Téchiné, France, 116 min. With Sandrine Kiberlain, Kacey Mottet Klein, Corentin Fila.
“Well into his 70s, André Téchiné delivers his most youthful film yet…feels like something of a revelation.” — Peter Debruge, Variety
“Quite extraordinary…an ultra-naturalistic slice of rocky adolescent life that combines violence and sensuality, wrenching loss and tender discovery.” — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
Love and hatred are two sides of sexual desire in this nuanced coming-of-age story set against the isolated beauty of the French Pyrenees over three seasons. Violent fistfights and harsh bullying mask a deeply denied attraction between Damien (Mottet Klein), brainy son of professionals, and Tom (Fila), adopted biracial son of farmers. When Tom’s mother becomes ill, Damien’s doctor mother (Kiberlain) invites the boys into an awkward live-in proximity that will awaken conflicting feelings in all three of them. Co-scripted by director Téchiné (WILD REEDS) and Céline Sciamma (director of TOMBOY and GIRLHOOD), this sensual and sensitive chronicle of coming to terms with love takes a fresh look at young manhood and the permutations of family. In French and Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)