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'CARAX MEETS LINKLATER' in Castro Theatre's Carax/Linklater series

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This August, the Castro Theatre will present a special series pairing visionary French auteur Leos Carax and acclaimed American director Richard Linklater, two filmmakers with equally unique and distinctive approaches to their shared themes of love, romance, and chance encounters. On three Thursdays, August 14, 21 and 28, in 'Carax Meets Linklater,' the Castro Theatre will bring the two directors' loose trilogies — Carax's "Alex" series and Linklater's Before films — together for the first time.

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The program begins with the newly restored BOY MEETS GIRL, Carax's first feature, as well as a new documentary about its mysterious filmmaker, MR X, accompanied by the film that began Linklater and collaborators' decades-spanning cinematic journey, BEFORE SUNRISE, screened in glorious 35mm. The series also includes an extremely rare screening of THE LOVERS ON THE BRIDGE in 35mm, from an archival print on loan for this occasion.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 14 TRIPLE FEATURE

MR X, A VISION OF LEOS CARAX
In France, Leos Carax has long been branded as a mysterious, solitary filmmaker with an aversion to both the media and the public at large. Elsewhere, the real focus is on his films and he is considered to be an icon of world cinema. MR X dives into the poetic and visionary world of an artist who was already a cult figure from his very first film. With exclusive archival materials, interviews with his closest collaborators (such as Denis Lavant), and excerpts from his favorite films, Tessa Louise-Salomé’s documentary attempts to put together a few pieces of the Carax puzzle. In English and French/Japanese with English subtitles. (2014, 71 min, DCP)

+ BOY MEETS GIRL
Leos Carax’s debut feature astonished the international film scene and galvanized a generation bowled over by the 23-year-old’s quixotic revival of radically beautiful cine-stylistics. Inspired by silent film and the French New Wave, BOY MEETS GIRL is an alternatively melancholic and comedic tale of star-crossed would-be lovers’ attempts to connect in lonely Paris. Starring Mireille Perrier, Carax’s lover-muse of the time, and Denis Lavant, in the first of his “Alex” alter-ego roles, BOY MEETS GIRL features a soundtrack studded with the likes of David Bowie and the Dead Kennedys, and luminous black and white cinematography by Jean-Yves Escoffier. In French with English subtitles. (1984, 100 min, DCP)

+ BEFORE SUNRISE
The first film in Richard Linklater’s daring, influential Before trilogy begins with a chance meeting on a train between American backpacker Ethan Hawke and Parisian student Julie Delpy. Over the course of one night, together they share an increasingly revelatory conversation amidst the sights and sounds of Vienna. Equally entrancing, funny, poignant and perceptive. (1995, 105 min, 35mm)

THURSDAY, AUGUST 21 TRIPLE FEATURE

MR.X
(See above.)

+ MAUVAIS SANG
The second film in what would be become an informal trilogy, Leos Carax’s MAUVAIS SANG is a noir/science-fiction saga set in a future in which lovemaking without love brings on deadly disease. Starring Juliette Binoche, Carax’s new lover-muse, and Denis Lavant as a variant “Alex,” MAUVAIS SANG also features Julie Delpy, and legendary players Michel Piccoli and Serge Reggiani, in a stylistic tour-de-force composed of oblique close-ups, gestures both extravagant and whimsical, and performances seared by romantic pain. In French with English subtitles. (1986, 116 min, DCP)

+ BEFORE SUNSET
Picking up nine years after the events of Before Sunrise, another chance meeting finds our romantics in Paris, where they take their conversation along the Seine. Played out in real time, a palpable sense of melancholy pervades this incomparably written (by Linklater, Delpy and Hawke) and acted chapter in the trilogy. (2004, 80 min, 35mm)

THURSDAY, AUGUST 28 DOUBLE FEATURE

THE LOVERS ON THE BRIDGE
The grandest work of Leos Carax’s “Alex” trilogy, THE LOVERS ON THE BRIDGE fuses the style of a Hollywood musical to the vast realm of French romance in an epic set on Paris’s historic Pont-Neuf during its closure and renovation. Juliette Binoche is a homeless, heart-sick painter on the verge of blindness seeking shelter on the bridge, where she encounters sympathetic Denis Lavant (an almost-mute “Alex”) and Klaus-Michael Gruber, as a would-be tyrant who insists there’s no place a woman on the bridge. Explosive, ecstatic lyricism ensues. Soundtrack features David Bowie, Public Enemy, and Shostakovich. In French with English subtitles. (1991, 125 min, 35mm)

+ BEFORE MIDNIGHT
Another nine years has passed, we now find Jesse and Celine in the middle of their lives, on vacation in Greece, where they wrestle with their respective regrets. With this latest installment in the Before series, Linklater and collaborators bring us one of the finest trilogies in cinema. (2013, 109 min, DCP)

Full Schedule & Details

THURSDAY, AUGUST 14 TRIPLE FEATURE
MR X 6:00
+ BOY MEETS GIRL 7:25
+ BEFORE SUNRISE 9:25

THURSDAY, AUGUST 21 TRIPLE FEATURE
MR X 6:00
+ MAUVAIS SANG 7:25
+ BEFORE SUNSET 9:35

THURSDAY, AUGUST 28 DOUBLE FEATURE
THE LOVERS ON THE BRIDGE 7:00
+ BEFORE MIDNIGHT 9:20

The Castro's Mighty Wurlitzer Organ is played before each show.

Tickets available at the Castro box office.

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