France • d: Justine Triet • 2h 30m • English subtitles
Writer-director Justine Triet’s film reimagines Bergman’s Scenes From a Marriage through the prism of an Agatha Christie whodunit. Samuel (Samuel Theis), a beloved husband and father, shockingly falls to his death in the wintry French countryside. A year later, his wife Sandra (Sandra Hüller), a successful novelist, is on trial for his murder. Triet’s superlative script (co-authored with Arthur Harari) ingeniously uses ellipsis and misdirection to create a hypnotic chess game between defense and prosecution attorneys (Swann Arlaud and Antoine Reinantz), while shifting our sympathies to Daniel (Milo Machado-Graner), the couple’s clever, vision-impaired son who has grown up in the eye of his parents’ marital storms. Hüller captures the excruciating conflict between Sandra’s devotion to her family and her obsessive intellectual, sexual and creative ambitions. Her magnetic performance will take your breath away.
About the Telluride Film Festival
The Telluride Film Festival has been, for the last 49 years, a celebration of the art of film: honoring the great masters of the cinema, discovering the rare and unknown, bringing new works by the world’s greatest directors and the latest in American independent film to a small mountain town in Colorado. The New York Times called Telluride “the smallest, most original, and most stimulating of the major festivals,” while Entertainment Tonight simply said it was “the world’s best festival.”
The Music Hall and the Telluride Film Festival collaborate on an exclusive presentation of six new features, brought directly from their Colorado debuts. This unique and intimate Portsmouth event treats audience members from across the Northeast to an exclusive peek into the Telluride experience—packing one September weekend in Portsmouth with the latest international cinema, private parties, great music, delicious food, and inspired conversations with other cinephiles of all ages, tastes, and backgrounds.
Fri., 9/15 • 7pm • The Holdovers
Sat., 9/16 • 12:30pm • The Teachers’ Lounge
Sat., 9/16 • 3pm • The Promised Land
Sat., 9/16 • 7pm • Poor Things
Sun., 9/17 • 12pm • Fallen Leaves
Sun., 9/17 • 2:30pm • Anatomy of a Fall
Sun., 9/17 • 6:30pm • American Symphony