EVENT, SCREENING, SCREENING + INTRO
Friday, Oct 14, 2022 at 6:00 pm
Location: Redstone Theater
With James Gray in person
Dir. James Gray. 2022, 114 mins. U.S. With Banks Repeta, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong, Jaylin Webb. The most personal film yet from James Gray (The Immigrant, The Lost City of Z) is also one of his greatest, an exquisitely detailed and deeply emotional etching of a time and place: Queens, 1980. Set against the backdrop of a country on the cusp of ominous sociopolitical change, Armageddon Time follows Paul Graff (Banks Repeta), a sixth grader who dreams of becoming an artist. At the same time that Paul builds a friendship with classmate Johnny (Jaylin Webb), who’s mercilessly targeted by their racist teacher, he finds himself increasingly at odds with his parents (Jeremy Strong and Anne Hathaway), for whom financial success and assimilation are key to the family’s Jewish-American identity. Paul feels on firmest ground with his kind grandfather (a marvelous Anthony Hopkins), whose life experiences have granted him a weathered compassion. Rejecting easy nostalgia for a more difficult, painful form of recall, Gray’s film—shot with intimate naturalism by Darius Khondji—is a perceptive and humane coming-of-age story that does what only cinema can do, elevating the smallest moments into the greatest drama. A Focus Features release.
Please note: This program is sold out. A limited number of tickets may become available at the door, on standby. Ticketholders should pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.