Sunday, December 18, 2022

Joanna Hogg's “Eternal Daughter”, Noah Baumbach's "White Noise”, Laura Poitras “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed”, Jerzy Skolimowski's “EO” and Hirokazu Kore-eda's “Broker” at Landmark Theatres, SIFF Cinema, Northwest Film Forum & The Grand Illusion: Dec 9 - Jan 6

The month of December sees titles from this year's Venice Film Festival, alongside latecomers from the Cannes and Toronto festivals continuing to arrive in Northwest theaters. Among the films from Venice, there are few more heatedly anticipated than Noah Baumbach's adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel, “White Noise”, and the Golden Lion award-winner from Laura Poitras, on the life, art and advocacy Nan Goldin, portrayed in “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed”. The award winning film plumbs the heights and depths of the artist's life, and her later dedication to personal and social causes, on which she spoke at length with The Guardian, "Artist Nan Goldin on Addiction and Taking on the Sackler Dynasty". Other late arrivals from Cannes and Venice at SIFF Cinema include “Broker", the first of Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda's films set in Korea, Darren Aronovsky's rumination on the human condition, “The Whale”, and Jerzy Skolimowski's homage to Robert Bresson and Béla Tarr, told through its non-human protagonist, “EO”. The Skolimowski film has already garnered high placement on many films of the year lists, including the Los Angeles Times declaring, "‘EO,’ A Gorgeous Portrait of a Donkey, is the Movie You’ve Been Praying For", and Manohla Dargis' exuberant review for the New York Times, "‘EO’: Imagining the Lives of Other Creatures". Northwest Film Forum presents another recent entry in Korean director Hong Sang-soo's autobiographical meta-observations in the “Novelist’s Film”, and The Grand Illusion Cinema will screen Tilda Swinton in a haunting double role, as Joanna Hogg's “Eternal Daughter". This eerie tale of a "Double Tilda Swinton Haunts Joanna Hogg Ghost Story" follows on the heels of her two-part masterwork that topped many films of the decade lists, comprising "The Souvenir", and its second installment. Later in the month at the AMC theatres come the intimate portrait of childhood seen in Lukas Dhont 's “Close" and the most recent period drama Corsagefrom Marie Kreutzer. The latter, what Peter Bradshaw calls an austere and inventive film depicting, "A Cry of Anger from the Pedestal-Prison of An Empress". Concluding the month for a second run at SIFF Cinema, Charlotte Welles' masterful Cannes debut feature "Aftersun" returns to cinemas. This emotionally piercing film watches as a beautifully understated yet emotionally riveting coming-of-age "Luminous Father-Daughter Drama", that is both brilliantly assured and stylistically adventurous. Also returning for a second run, Todd Field's classical music world drama "TÁR", in which "Cate Blanchett is Colossal as a Conductor in Crisis". Through the course of this exceedingly credible depiction of the classical music world, the life of a composer and conductor of a major German orchestra comes unravelled as her highly principled and equally duplicitous life is laid bare. In more ways than one, "In 'TÁR', a Maestro Faces the Music".