When a marriage falls apart, does it have to be a horror movie? Not in Noah Baumbach’s hands. Baumbach weaves his dark comedy with tragic romance, following a New York playwright (Adam Driver) and actress (Scarlett Johansson) as they dissolve their once happy union with aid from some seen-it-all lawyers (Laura Dern, Ray Liotta, and Alan Alda) and the concerned family (Julie Hagerty, Merritt Wever). As in his character-driven films like The Squid and the Whale, Frances Ha, and While We’re Young, Baumbach brings his gift for precise observation of human behavior to this bicoastal, artistic couple untangling their lives from one another while raising their son. But there’s a new warmth and reflectiveness in the way the writer-director treats the highly personal material, with subtle performances by Driver and Johansson, who deliver moments of bewilderment, tenderness, loss, and one bravura fight.

2019 TELLURIDE BY THE SEA SCHEDULE

Friday, September 20
5:30pm: Queues begin on Chestnut St.
5:45-6:55pm: Live Music on Street: The Fabulous JM 5
6pm: Doors open for Patron Passholders
7pm: Ford v Ferrari
Patron Passholder Party at La Maison Navarre following film

Saturday, September 21
9:30am: Spotlight on Adam Driver (Loft Series): Silence (2016)
1pm: Beanpole
4pm: Marriage Story
7:15pm: Motherless Brooklyn
Festival Party on Chestnut Street following film, with food provided by The Portsmouth Brewery; Music by DJ Skooch

Sunday, September 22
9-10:30am: Patron Passholder Brunch at The District
10:30am: Spotlight on Adam Driver (Loft Series): The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)
1:15pm: The Assistant
3:30pm: Spotlight on Adam Driver (Loft Series): Paterson (2016)
6:15pm: The Climb

ABOUT THE TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL

The Telluride Film Festival has been, for the last 45 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.”

ABOUT TELLURIDE BY THE SEA

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. According to Patricia Lynch, executive director of The Music Hall, “Portsmouth is the perfect town for this perfect weekend. With its charming mix of history, salt air, and film lovers, Portsmouth buzzes when Telluride by the Sea arrives. The streets are filled with people stopping one another to talk about the films, the restaurants are jumping. It’s a moving party!”

Running Time: 2h 16m • US • Courtesy of Netflix