“A long, beautifully modulated cry of despair.” - Vincent Canby, New York Times

“Bowles's gentle, avian features, the obvious wisdom of his years and his distinctive presence are practically worth the price of admission.” - Desson Thomson, Washington Post

Saturday, December 9, 2:30 p.m. | Composer Sakamoto won an Academy Award for his score of Bernardo Bertolucci’s THE LAST EMPEROR, but his score for THE SHELTERING SKY (for which he won a Golden Globe) is a true prize: a plaintive, resolute work that provides depth and foundation to a film that was divisive to critics and audiences alike. Based on the homonymous 1949 novel by Paul Bowles, the epic and sensual THE SHELTERING SKY stars Debra Winger and John Malkovich as a married couple Kitt and Port, who travel to North Africa in hopes of reigniting their relationship. When their friend, played by Campbell Scott, begins a love affair with Kit, culture and passion collide.

Awards & Nominations

Winner - Best Score, Golden Globes
Winner - Best Music, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
Winner - Best Cinematography (Vittorio Storaro), New York Film Critics Circle Awards
Winner - Best Cinematography, BAFTA

The Sounds of Ryuichi Sakamoto SeriesWhen acclaimed Japanese composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto passed away earlier this year, audiences–and the film industry–lost a legend. The pioneering Academy Award winner was praised for his inventive, idiosyncratic style and his avant-guard sensibilities, Sakamoto’s scores are introspective, sweeping, and have influenced contemporary musicians the world over. View full series

The Film Center is ADA accessible. This presentation will be projected without open captions. The theater is hearing-loop equipped. For accessibility requests, please email filmcenter@saic.edu