Belcourt Theatre brings three notable recent releases to Nashville this Friday. Here’s a quick look at the trio of indie films on offer beginning this weekend:
THE PAPERBOY (R): A “Southern Gothic noir thriller with a terrific ensemble cast” (USA Today) from Lee Daniels, Oscar-nominated director of Precious. The film – based on the bestselling 1995 novel of the same name by Pete Dexter – involves a 1960s journalistic investigation into the murder of a corrupt Florida sheriff. Nashville resident Nicole Kidman has gotten good buzz for her performance; she leads a cast that features Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron and John Cusack.
WUTHERING HEIGHTS (NR): Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank, Academy Award winner for the live action short Wasp) presents a new take on the classic Emily Bronte novel. The story follows Heathcliff, a boy taken in by a benevolent Yorkshire farmer, Earnshaw, who develops a passionate relationship with the farmer’s teenage daughter, Catherine, inspiring the envy and mistrust of his son Hindley. The film includes promising debuts from Solomon Glave and James Howson as child and adult Heathcliff, respectively, as well as Shannon Beer in her first role as young Cathy and Kaya Scodelario (best known for her work on the British TV show “Skins”) as the older Cathy.
KEEP THE LIGHTS ON (R): This semi-autobiographical work is a chronicle of addiction (to drugs and love) that follows a decade in the lives of two men. Documentary filmmaker Erik (acclaimed Danish actor Thure Lindhardt in his first U.S. film leading role) and closeted lawyer Paul (Zachary Booth of Damages) meet through a casual encounter but soon find a deeper connection as a somewhat dysfunctional couple. Ira Sachs (Forty Shades of Blue, Married Life) offers what NPR has called “A nuanced portrait of emotional turmoil…”
For tickets and showtimes at the 2102 Belcourt Ave. facility call (615) 383-9140 or visit www.belcourt.org.
*The Paperboy photo by Anne Marie Fox courtesy Millennium Entertainment; Wuthering Heights photo by Agatha Nitecka courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories; Keep the Lights On photo by Jean-Christophe Husson courtesy of Music Box Films.