A look ahead at MWPAI film series for July


Films are shown in the Utica’s Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum of Art Auditorium every Wednesday and Friday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Admission $8, $6 members and $4 for students. Tickets are on sale 30 minutes prior to each screening.

Wednesday screenings feature Open Captions (subtitles) for the benefit of deaf or hearing-impaired guests. Please be aware that this service is not always available from the film distributor, but will be provided whenever possible.

For tickets or more information, call 315-797-0055 or visit mwpai.org.

• “The Souvenir” screens Friday, July 12, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Rated R.

A shy but ambitious film student (Honor Swinton Byrne) begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man (Tom Burke).

She defies her protective mother (Tilda Swinton) and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship that comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams.

From acclaimed writer/director Joanna Hogg comes an enigmatic and personal portrait of the artist as a young woman, combining passionate emotions and exquisite aesthetics into a lush, dreamlike story of young adulthood and first love.

At once enrapturing and mysteriously unsettling—and featuring a profoundly layered breakout performance by Honor Swinton Byrne—”The Souvenir” is an essential and enduring film from one of our most distinctive and exciting filmmakers.

• “Walking on Water” screens Wednesday, July 17, and Friday, July 19, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Ten years after the passing of his wife and creative partner, Jeanne-Claude, renowned environmental artist Christo sets out to realize The Floating Piers, a project they conceived together many years before.

We follow his visionary quest to install a wide golden walkway floating across the scenic Italian alpine Lake Iseo, looking like a heavenly dream but sturdy enough to support hundreds of thousands of people.

Christo, now in his eighties, and Vladimir Yavachev, his stalwart director of operations, are passionate and stubborn about getting everything right despite bad weather, burdensome bureaucracy and a turnout of thousands more people than were expected.

Funny at times, inspiring, and breathtakingly beautiful, the film takes the viewer on an intimate journey into Christo’s world amid mounting insanity—from complex dealings between art and state politics to engineering challenges, logistical nightmares, and the sheer force of mother nature.

Through spectacular aerial views and fly-on-the-wall camerawork, we watch the artist’s extraordinary vision unfold, and get to know the man chasing it.

​The film is rated R.

• “Too Late to Die Young” screens Wednesday, July 24, and Friday, July 26, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at Utica’s Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum of Art Auditorium.

The year 1990 was when Chile transitioned to democracy, but all of that seems a world away for 16-year-old Sofia, who lives far off the grid in a mountain enclave of artists and bohemians.

“Too Late to Die Young” takes place during the hot, languorous days between Christmas and New Year’s Day, when the troubling realities of the adult world—and the elemental forces of nature—begin to intrude on her teenage idyll.

Shot in dreamily diaphanous, sun-splashed images and set to period-perfect pop, the second feature from one of Latin American cinema’s most artful and distinctive voices is at once nostalgic and piercing, a portrait of a young woman—and a country—on the cusp of exhilarating and terrifying change. The film is subtitled.

On the net: www.mwpai.org/experience/film


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