MWPAI screens ‘Final Portrait,’ ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’


Utica’s Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum of Art Auditorium is offering two films this week. Admission $8, $6 members and $4 for students. Tickets are on sale 30 minutes prior to each screening.

• “Final Portrait” screens today, July 11, and Friday, July 13, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

In 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, American writer and art-lover James Lord (Armie Hammer) is asked by his friend, the world-renowned artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush), to sit for a portrait. The process, Giacometti assures Lord, will take only a few days. Flattered and intrigued, Lord agrees—ultimately wondering “how much longer can it go on like this?”

So begins not only the story of a touching and offbeat friendship, but, seen through the eyes of Lord, a uniquely revealing insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and, at times, downright chaos of the artistic process.

“Final Portrait” is a bewitching portrait of a genius, and of a friendship between two men who are utterly different, yet increasingly bonded through a single, ever-evolving act of creativity. It is a film that shines a light on the artistic process itself, by turns exhilarating, exasperating and bewildering, questioning whether the gift of a great artist is a blessing or a curse.

Directed by Stanley Tucci, the film is rated R and runs for 90 minutes.

The next film in this series will be “The Seagull” on July 18 and 20.

• On Thursday, July 12, MWPAI’s Japanese Film Series presents “Kiki’s Delivery Service” at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

The Institute’s celebration of Japanese culture continues with this special Japanese Film Series on select Thursdays during the exhibition. A variety of film titles have been chosen to represent different genres and highlight some of the finest international films.

Kiki is an enterprising young girl who must follow tradition to become a full-fledged witch. Venturing out with only her black cat, Jiji, Kiki flies off for the adventure of a lifetime. Landing in a far-off city, she sets up a high-flying delivery service and begins a wonderful experience of independence and responsibility as she finds her place in the world.

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, the 1989 film is rated G and runs 103 minutes. (The film will be presented in English)

The next film in this series will be “Rashomon” on July 19.

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