MINNEAPOLIS (Aug. 17, 2012) — The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul has partnered with the Guthrie in showcasing the ongoing filmed-theater series NT Live. It will being in August with M. Butterfly.
Originating from the National Theatre of London, the programming and films are selected and curated by the Film Society and with inspiration from the Guthrie’s upcoming 50th season. The films will be screened at the St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 SE Main Street in Minneapolis.
NT Live is an initiative by the UK’s National Theatre to broadcast high-definition performances of its plays to more than 300 venues worldwide. Since July of 2009, the Guthrie screened 17 productions including the series launch in July 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phèdre starring Helen Mirren; in total, since 2009 the NT Live series at the Guthrie attracted an audience of nearly 5,000.
The upcoming season of NT Live will be presented by the Film Society in a series of “Theatre Thursdays,” beginning on September 20 with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on the novel by Mark Haddon and telling the story of a precociously intelligent teen who embarks on a frightening journey after being found next to a dead dog for whose demise he is the prime suspect.
The season of NT Live will continue with The Last of the Haussmans on November 1; a new comedy by Stephen Beresford, Haussmans tells the story of a freewheeling and anarchic family on the verge of losing its grip. The next showing in the NT Live season will be Timon of Athens, Shakespeare’s biting satire of consumption, debt and ruin, screening on November 15.
The Film Society/Guthrie partnership will feature retrospectives as well as current films chosen by the Society and reflecting its curatorial vision while drawing on themes from the Guthrie’s staging of classic and contemporary theater.
“Per the Film Society’s vision,” says Susan Smoluchowski, executive director of The Film Society, “which is to exhibit the very best of classic and contemporary cinema from around the world, we are delighted to launch a year-long program of curated films evoked by the Guthrie Theater’s stage production this season.”
This Film Society programming begins with the retrospective Cronenberg: The Baron of Blood series from Aug. 26 to Sept. 24 and featuring movies directed by auteur David Cronenberg.
The film series begins on Aug. 26 – 27 with M. Butterfly and is followed by The Fly on September 2 -3, Videodrome on September 9 -10, Dead Ringers on September 16 – 17 and A Dangerous Method (with a screenplay by Christopher Hampton, the writer honored by this fall’s Hampton Celebration at the Guthrie, an in-person question-and-answer session with Hampton will follow the Monday, September 24 screening) on Sept. 23-24.
Tickets for NT Live are $20, $16 students/seniors, $15 for Film Society members. Tickets for other film screenings are $8.50, $6 students/seniors, $5 for Film Society members. The Film Society’s administrative phone number is 612-331-7563.
Further details about the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul/Guthrie partnership will be announced as available. Information about The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul and details of its programming can be found at www.mspfilmsociety.org.