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Cinematic Time Machine: Before Sunrise

Sunday 1st October


Screen 2

Director: Richard Linklater

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

Rating: 15

USA 1995, 101mins

The screening will be preceded by an introduction from B Film academic Rob Stone.

On his way to Vienna, American Jesse (Ethan Hawke) meets Celine (Julie Delpy), a student returning to Paris. After long conversations forge a surprising connection between them, Jesse convinces Celine to get off the train with him in Vienna. Since his flight to the U.S. departs the next morning and he has no money for lodging, they wander the city together, taking in the experiences of Vienna and each other. As the night progresses, their bond makes separating in the morning a difficult choice...

Filled with philosophical observations tied to many of Linklater's own fascinations with time, life, death, family, love, art, sex, politics, religion and everything else you're not supposed to bring up at a dinner party, the movie balances heady dialogue with a more matter-of-fact naturalism in its images and performances, laying the groundwork for the understated style that would go on to inform its sequels.