Mixing Hollywood flair with the element of surprise, Talk Cinema offers sneak previews of new independent and foreign films. Audiences arrive at the theater not knowing in advance what will be screened and are among the first to see a new movie and then engage in a critical discussion led by film scholars and special guests – destined to start conversations before the films ever come out.
Films are personally selected by Talk Cinema founder Harlan Jacobson, the nationally recognized film critic whose signature guarantees quality selections from Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and other internationally ranked film festivals. The selection may be an award-winning drama, an outrageous indie comedy, a provocative documentary or the next breakout hit.
A recent favorite at the Seattle Intl Film Festival, Back To Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) stars French actors Pio Marmai, Ana Girardot and François Civil. Directed by Cédric Klapisch, the story focuses on a man who left his family and his native Burgundy to tour the world. When learning of his father’s imminent death he returns to his childhood home where he, his sister and brother inherit their family vineyard. As the seasons go by and they work to save the vineyard, they’ll have to learn to trust each other again and reinvent their relationship.
The evening’s host is Kevin Sandler, a film and media studies professor at ASU specializing in U.S. popular media, censorship, media convergence and animation.