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7:30pm International Film Series: A Late Quartet
October 6, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
I-House and United Nations Association – Davis Chapter co-sponsors the screening of free international films (with subtitles) on the first and third Fridays of each month from September – May. Refreshments are served at 7:30pm, and films begin at 8:00pm. Donations are appreciated. In addition to the United Nations series, I-House offers a variety of mini film festivals throughout the year.
October 6, 2017 A Late Quartet (2012, US, directed by Yaron Zilberman, 105 min.)
After 25 years of hugely successful performances, the (fictional) Fugue String Quartet is facing a major challenge when its cellist, Peter Mitchell (Christopher Walken) is diagnosed with Parkinson’s. His decision to retire after one final concert forces the members of the quartet to reevaluate their relationships, creating personal and interpersonal crises between second violinist Robert (Philip Seymour Hoffman), his wife violist Juliette (Catherine Keener) and first violinist Daniel (Mark Ivanir), complicated further by involvement of the couple’s daughter Alex (Imogene Poots). Bound together by their years of collaboration they have to demonstrate unity and give a passionate performance of the difficult Beethoven String Quartet No 14, Opus 131. The film is insightful regarding the intricacies of chamber music, but one does not have to be a music expert to appreciate it.