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MEEK’S CUTOFF

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Fri, Apr 22

   9:00 / Kabuki
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Mon, Apr 25

   4:30 / Kabuki
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World Cinema
USA, 2010, 104 min

CREDITS

dir
Kelly Reichardt
prod
Neil Kopp, Anish Savjani, Elizabeth Cuthrell, David Urrutia
scr
Jon Raymond
cam
Christopher Blauvelt
editor
Kelly Reichardt
mus
Jeff Grace
cast
Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Will Patton, Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Shirley Henderson
source
Oscilloscope Laboratories, 511 Canal Street, #5E, New York NY 10013. FAX: 212-219-9538. EMAIL: info@oscilloscope.net.
web
http://www.oscilloscope.net


Meek’s Cutoff

Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine) stars in this eagerly anticipated new feature from Kelly Reichardt (River of Grass, SFIFF 1994; Old Joy, 2006), characterized by the filmmaker’s innate ability to locate emotional truth in the smallest of gestures and rituals. If tackling a period Western might seem like a departure, Reichardt approaches the subject matter with masterful ease, elegantly exposing the desperation, hard struggles and simple desires of her working-class protagonists. In 1845, during the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, three families undertake a perilous journey to begin life anew. Boastful rogue Stephen Meek, whom they have employed to guide them safely through uncharted danger, seems to have led them astray. They are running out of water and uncertain of survival. When they capture an Indian scout who has been tracking them, the group must wrestle with where to place its trust. Led by the adroit Williams (Wendy and Lucy), Reichardt’s powerhouse ensemble vanishes effortlessly into their respective roles, contributing to a dissection of compassion, instinct and human dignity amid literal life-or-death stakes. With a finely tuned attention to detail, Meek’s Cutoff courageously and resonantly strips away the grandeur of the Old West.

—Landon Zakheim

Special support for this program generously provided by Visionary Circle members David and Charlotte Winton.



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