i kind of feel like i’m shooting myself in the foot here, but the next wave fest and fall lineup at bam looks to be truly stellar. now’s the time i curse myself for still not having shelled out for the membership because tickets are likely to go quickly, and with this first possibly already gone. all photos courtesy of bam.
first up: the beautiful french actress juliette binoche in in-i, a new endeavor for the actress–dance performance. this got very mixed reviews from what i’ve read so far in:re the british production which similarly ran in conjunction with a retrospective of her film career. i’m still toying with the idea and kicking myself for not catching the screening of rendezvous after which she had a scheduled talk–she’s great: vulnerable, emotional, intimate, honest, funny, candid. i know little of avram khan but he’s supposed to be very talented, the set lit in “rothko-like” hues, and binoche is stretching her wings doing precisely the kind of emotive work for which she has come to be known. she’s one of those actresses–actually all three in this piece are–that i will compulsively watch in whatever they put out there just because they’re interesting, unique, and tend to do intelligent, provocative, subtle/extreme roles that are hardly the norm for american female roles. clock’s ticking but i may just break down and commit impulsively, as i’m wont to do. aside from the english patient, which is about the best cure for insomnia i know, juliette binoche can do no wrong in my book.
this one’s the definite: a streetcar in desire, production by no less than the brilliant liv ullmann, one of ingmar bergman’s “muses” and an absolutely amazing and visionary actress & director in her own right–just watch scenes from a marriage or faithless and you’ll see what i mean. but the real draw for me is the aussie chameleon herself, cate blanchett. see i saw her in the first elizabeth with that amazing voice and body language and elegant face, she has been one of my favorites to watch on the big screen. i love that she’s taking on the kind of pitiful, vain, selfish, aging blanche. she’s another i can’t take my eyes off , regardless of the film as a whole, and i have no doubt her name will pack the theater at both bam and at the kennedy center this fall.
last, and sadly, the least likely to pack the theater of the three, isabelle huppert in quartett, a german (?) retelling of choderlos de laclos’ les liaisons dangereuses. she had no film up at cannes this year and so acted as president of the film festival, no small shakes. her film career is daunting, she’s one countless awards, done some films i’ve virulently loved (and hated, because those are the kinds of roles she devours): madame bovary, amateur, the piano teacher, 8 women, the time of the wolf, my mother, i heart huckabees, ….the list goes on and on. i think she’s done around a hundred films, plus tv and theater, this woman cannot not work, and her work is always extremely mannered, nuanced, explorative, and often transgressive. she seems to be one of those people who calculatedly and systematically attacks that which frightens her, unwilling to accept her boundaries as a human being, constantly pushing against the walls, endlessly fascinating and meaty to watch. she’s kind of a cult fave and i hope that serves to pack the house.