Upcoming engagements at the Quad include: Rachel Israel's Tribeca Film Festival award-winner Keep the Change, Arnaud Desplechin's Cannes favorite Ismael's Ghosts, and Al Pacino's long-awaited Salomé & Wilde Salomé starring Jessica Chastain
With special guests Al Pacino, Itzhak Perlman, Arnaud Desplechin and more!
Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach
Opens Fri March 2 — 50th anniversary restoration | exclusive New York engagement
Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, 1968, Italy/West Germany, 94m, DCP
A galvanizing classic of arthouse cinema, this full-length feature debut from Straub-Huillet made their reputation as rigorous observers of transcendent aesthetic experience, in a musical film as rewarding as it is precise. Featuring ensemble performances recorded live in front of the camera — often in the very spaces where the works originally premiered — and biographical excerpts from the diary of Bach’s second wife, the film defiantly eschews editorializing to emphasize the pleasures (and idiosyncrasies) of the music, and of a life in art. A Grasshopper Film release. In German with English subtitles.
"A minimalist love story of enormous richness" —Chicago Reader
Opens Fri March 2
Bavo Defurne, Belgium/Luxembourg/France, 90m, DCP
Isabelle Huppert shines as a one-time singer (and Eurovision runner-up) who retired after a split with her manager/husband. Now spending her days working in a pâté factory and evenings on the couch, she’s jolted from her stupor by a budding friendship with a handsome young co-worker, and even starts entertaining the notion of a musical comeback. A beautifully observed character portrait, Souvenir gives the incomparable Huppert the chance to show her ample comedic flair. A Strand Releasing release. In French with English subtitles.
Official selection: Toronto International Film Festival
“A poignant Huppert performance.” —The Hollywood Reporter
Opens Fri March 9
Alison Chernick, U.S., 83m, DCP
One of the most celebrated musicians of our time, Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman gets his due in this engaging verité portrait of the master at home in New York and on tour. In between arresting performances, sharing insights on composition with students and colleagues, and spending quality time with his wife Toby, Perlman’s gregarious personality shines through in this delightful jaunt through a storied career. A Greenwich Entertainment release
With Itzhak Perlman and Alison Chernick in person opening weekend
“Good music and good company make Itzhak a pleasure.” —Variety
Keep the Change
Opens Fri March 16
Rachel Israel, U.S., 94m, DCP
Free of cynicism and full of wit and warmth, this offbeat comedy charts the romance between tactless David (Brandon Polansky) and ultra-sunny Sarah (Samantha Elisofon), who meet at a social program for adults with autism in New York. He has no interest in being there and she has a penchant for clichés that drive him crazy. But antagonism eventually gives way to attraction and writer/director Israel’s unfussy embrace of her characters’ quirks is as refreshing as it is subtly radical. With a perfectly cast Jessica Walter as David’s judgmental mother. A Kino Lorber release.
Winner of the Best U.S. Narrative Feature and Best New Narrative Director prizes, Tribeca Film Festival.
With Rachel Israel and special guests in person opening weekend
"An ode to self discovery that's as funny as it is sweet."—Variety
Opens Fri March 23
Arnaud Desplechin, France, 135m, DCP
In his latest film Arnaud Desplechin (My Golden Days, Kings & Queen) continues his highly personal approach to the relationship film, with his trademark serio-comic emotional turbulence and sprinkling of autobiographical echoes. Working on his next film, widowed filmmaker Ismaël (perennial Desplechin stand-in Mathieu Almaric) settles in at a coastal cottage with his astrophysicist girlfriend Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg) to rewrite his script. His private and professional life, not to mention mental stability, are thrown into chaos, however, when his presumed-dead wife Carlotta (Marion Cottilard) reappears without warning. A Magnolia Pictures release. In French with English subtitles.
Opening night: Cannes Film Festival, Official Selection: New York Film Festival
With Arnaud Desplechin and special guests in person opening weekend
“There is so much to unpack here that this might just be the cinematic equivalent of Christmas morning.”—The Hollywood Reporter
Salomé & Wilde Salomé
Opens Fri March 30 — Exclusive New York engagement
Al Pacino, 2013/2011, U.S., 81m/95m, DCP
Banned from public performance in the UK for 40 years, Oscar Wilde’s wildly controversial 1891 one-act play Salomé has been a long-standing obsession for Al Pacino. After holding a reading in 2003, Pacino brought the play to the stage in 2006 (with a cast including then-newcomer Jessica Chastain in the title role and Pacino himself as King Herod) and shot for this electrifying film version. Wilde Salomé, in the tradition of Pacino’s Looking for Richard, goes behind the scenes and explores the actor/director’s ongoing fascination with the play and its author. Together, these two films—screening here in their first-ever NYC engagements—create a fascinating diptych and provide a window into the artistic mind and process of one of our greatest performers.
With Al Pacino in person March 30
“Engrossing...personal and obsessive.”—The Hollywood Reporter