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Image caption: Annette Bening in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

We are showing two films this week: Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool and the Oscar-nominated documentary Faces Places. Scroll down for more information about Film Stars.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature



Rated PG
Directed by Agnès Varda and JR | In French with English subtitles
Starring Agnès Varda and JR
89 min | Documentary | 2017

February 23–March 1



About the Film

89-year old Agnès Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33 year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed and shared. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them. The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts and trains revealing the humanity in their subjects, and themselves. Faces Places documents these heart-warming encounters as well as the unlikely, tender friendship they formed along the way.

Cohen Media

There was once a time—it now sounds ageist and sexist—when something would get written off as “an old man’s movie.” That meant a film created by a director at an age where just watching it, you could feel a certain stiffness in the joints, a too-slowed-down-for-its-own-good pace, a nagging (as opposed to enlightening) stillness of gaze….But has there ever been a director who gives the lie to the old-man’s-movie trope like Agnès Varda? She’s 88, and makes films like she’s 28. Her movies are the opposite of old wo(man’s) movies. They’re a tonic—just watching them makes you feel younger.

—Owen Gleiberman, Variety



Rated R
Directed by Paul McGuigan | In English
Starring Jamie Bell, Annette Bening, and Julie Walters
105 min | Biography/Drama/Romance | 2017

February 23–March 1



About the Film

Based on Peter Turner’s memoir, the film follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Bell) and the eccentric Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame (Bening) in 1978 Liverpool. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the person Gloria turns to for comfort. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control.

Sony Pictures Classics

When we talk about the fine actors who never have been honored with an Academy Award, the four-time nominee Annette Bening should always be in that conversation….Bening has been one of the most versatile and interesting actresses of her generation—and she gives one of her most memorable and moving performances playing an actress in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. In a piece of work that grows more layered and more empathetic as we get deeper into the story, Bening brings just the right touches of pathos, narcissism, Hollywood glamour and genuine heart to the role of Gloria Grahame, an Academy Award-winning screen star of the 1940s and 1950s (she won best supporting actress for 1952’s The Bad and the Beautiful), living out her final days in, yes, Liverpool in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

—Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

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