Talk Cinema: 20th Century Women

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Harlan Jacobson’s Talk Cinema
A Curated Series of Surprises

Directed by Mike Mills

$18/$16 Speed Members/Free for Cinephile Members
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This national series, programmed by the venerable film critics and curators Harlan and Susan Jacobson, features a sneak preview screening of an art house film before its release, followed by a discussion. This series occurs monthly with events through April.

Director Mike Mills’s (Beginners) semiautobiographical new feature film 20th Century Women centers on his coming of age in the late 1970s in Southern California and the women who helped shape him. Set in Santa Barbara, the film follow, Dorthea Fields (Annette Benning), an independent single mother in her mid-50s raising her adolescent son, Jamie, during a period of cultural change and rebellion. She enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing—Abi (Greta Gerwig), a punk artist who is a boarder in their home and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor.

The film premiered at the New York Film Festival and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards for Mills (screenplay) and Annette Benning (Best Female Lead). 2016, U.S., DCP, 118 minutes. Rated R.

Last year’s Talk Cinema selections included provocative documentaries, indie comedies, foreign films, and Oscar-nominated titles such as 45 Years, Dheepan, and The Lady in the Van—all prior to their release. The September selection was the adaptation of the best-selling book A Man Called Ove, the October edition followed with the ground-breaking Moonlight, and the Cannes Palme d’Or winning I, Daniel Blake in November, and Maren Ade’s celebrated Toni Erdmann in December.
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