USA • d: Todd Field • 2h 37m • Courtesy of Focus Features
Writer-director Todd Field (In The Bedroom, Little Children) returns with his first film in 16 years, focusing his lens on Lydia Tár (Cate Blanchett), the first chief female conductor of a major symphony orchestra and an essential interpreter of classical music in the 21st century. Splitting her time between professorial duties at Juilliard and Berlin, where she’s about to record a major Mahler work, Tár rules her personal and professional worlds with an iron fist. When a young cellist (Sophie Kauer) joins the ensemble, however, the conductor begins pulling strings for the strings player—and a slow unraveling morphs into a perfect storm of scandal. A take-no-prisoners showcase for Blanchett that’s aided by amazing supporting turns from Nina Hoss and Noémie Merlant, Field’s scathing character study turns the maxim “whom the Gods would destroy, they first make mad with power” into the foundation for a portrait of a precipitous downfall.
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., 9/16 • 7pm • TÁR
Sat., 9/17 • 12pm • Bardo
Sat., 9/17 • 4pm • Women Talking
Sat., 9/17 • 7:30pm • The Wonder
Sun., 9/18 • 12pm • Wildcat
Sun., 9/18 • 3pm • Tori and Lokita
Sun., 9/18 • 6pm • Icarus: The Aftermath