What’s Showing Today? Wednesday, March 4
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Peter Handke, one of the most celebrated Austrian writers of the post-war generation, was primarily a playwright and a novelist, but he also tried his hand in the cinema. Between 1971 and 1992 he directed four feature films and worked on the screenplays for The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1972), The Wrong Movie (1975), and Wings of Desire (1987), all directed by Wim Wenders.The Left-Handed Woman is Handke’s second self-adaptation, this time directed by himself and produced by Wenders.
Despite boasting an international cast, The Left-Handed Woman is an understated and unadorned portrayal of a single mother’s quotidian life, comparable in its sensibility to some of the work of Margarethe von Trotta, Helke Sander, and Helma Sanders-Brahms. Edith Clever (the star of Eric Rohmer’s Kleist adaptation, The Marquise of O) plays Marianne, a German living in Paris with her young son, Stefan. Her husband Bruno Ganz returns from Helsinki, where he has spent several months and learned only one word in Finnish: olut (‘beer’). After a night of luxurious squandering in a hotel restaurant—where Bruno admires the centuries-old feudal tradition that headwaiter Michael Lonsdale represents—Marianne tells Bruno they should separate. The film is thus framed as a chronicle of this new turn in Marianne’s life: she resumes working as a translator, oscillates between resentment and tenderness toward her son, dreads Bruno’s increasingly aggressive visits, and becomes closer with Franziska, a German expatriate elementary school teacher played by Angela Winkler.
Like the films of another part-time-cinéaste author, Marguerite Duras,The Left-Handed Woman is characterized by very deliberate pacing and precise, measured dialogue. But unlike Duras, Handke’s film is punctuated with sight gags, like Marianne in high heels walking on stilts in her living room and a cameo by a europunk Gérard Depardieu. There is also a walk-on part for Rüdiger Vogler (Wenders’ Alice in the Cities, von Trotta’s The German Sisters) as a milquetoast actor. In all its sparseness,The Left-Handed Woman is an exceptionally moving film about escaping from oppressive relationships, reactivating stagnating ones, and becoming open to new ones. —Cosmo Bjorkenheim
- Lonely Are the Brave (David Miller). Details. 35mm. 1962. 107 min. 4:30, 7:00 and 9:15 pm.
- Eastern Boys (Robin Campillo). Details. Digital Projection. 2013. 128 min. 1:30, 4:00, 6:50, and 9:20 pm.
- Kitty Foyle (Sam Wood). Details. 1940. 108 min. 1:30 pm.
- The Left-Handed Woman (Peter Handke). Details. Introduced by Wim Wenders and Peter Handke. 1978. 119 min. 4:00 pm.
- An Evening with Wim Wenders and Peter Handke: The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick. Details. Introduction and post-screening conversation with Wim Wenders and Peter Handke. 1971. 100 min. 7:00 pm.
- Around the World in 50 Concerts. Details. 2014. 95 min. 7:30 pm.
Young Bodies Heal Quickly (Andrew T. Betzer) at Anthology Film Archives. Details. 16mm-to-Digital. 2014. 102 min. 7:00 pm and 9:15 pm.
Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev) at Film Forum. Details. Digital. 2014. 141 min. 12:30, 3:30, 6:30 and 9:20 pm.
Kes (Ken Loach) at Film Forum. Details. DCP. 1969. 113 min. 12:30, 2:50, 5:20, 7:40 and 9:50 pm.
My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Liv Corfixen) at Film Society of Lincoln Center. Details. DCP. 2014. 58 min. 6:30 and 7:50 pm.
- “Cut to Swipe” at MoMA, Midtown. Work by Dara Birnbaum, Rosetta Brooks, Kevin Beasley, Ken Okiishi, Luther Price, James Richards, Hito Steyerl, and The Otolith Group with Chris Marker. $25 general/$14 students/$18 seniors. Free Fridays 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Closes May 25.
- “The Little Things Could Be Dearer” at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. $10 general/$5 students & seniors/under 16 free. By donation on Mondays. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Closes April 6.
- “Zero Tolerance” at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. $10 general/$5 students & seniors/under 16 free. By donation on Mondays. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Closes April 13.
- Wael Shawky “Cabaret Crusades” at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. $10 general/$5 students & seniors/under 16 free. By donation on Mondays. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Closes August 31.
- “Letters to Afar: By Péter Forgács” at Museum of the City of New York, Upper East Side. $10 general/$6 students and seniors. Open 7 days a week. Ends March 22.
- View all exhibitions at Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, Queens. $12 general/$9 students and seniors/$6 ages 3 to 18. Free admission Friday 4-8 pm. Closed Monday.
- “2015 Triennial: Surround Audience” at The New Museum, Bowery. $16 general/$14 seniors/$10 students. Pay-what-you-wish Thursdays 7:00 to to 9:00 pm. Closed Monday-Tuesday. Closes May 24.
- Barry Gerson “The Parting of the Clouds” at Thomas Erben Gallery, 526 West 26 Street, Floor 4. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes March 21.
- Charles Atlas “The Waning of Justice” at Luhring Augustine, 531 West 24 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes March 14.
- Michael Snow “A Group Show” at Jack Shainman Gallery, 524 West 24 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes April 4.
- Candice Breitz “Treatment” at Andrew Kreps Gallery, 535 West 22 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes March 28.
- Erik Van Lieshout “I am in heaven” at Anton Kern Gallery, 532 West 20 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes February 28.
- Subodh Gupta “Seven Billion Light Years” at Hauser & Wirth, 511 West 18 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes April 25.
- James Benning & Peter Hutton “Nature is a Discipline” at Miguel Abreu Gallery, 88 Eldridge Street/36 Orchard Street. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 10:30 am to 6:30 pm. Closes March 8.
- “Specters of Communism: Contemporary Russian Art” at The James Gallery, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue, and e-flux, 311 East Broadway. Open Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 6:00 pm. Closes March 28.
- “Tongue Stones” at Pioneer Works. Work by David Horvitz, Soda_Jerk, Joachim Koester, Elise Rasmussen, and Julia Weist. Open Wednesday-Sunday, noon to 6:00 pm. Closes March 8.
- James Fotopoulos “The Given” at Microscope Gallery, 1329 Willoughby Avenue, #2B, Bushwick. Open Thursday-Monday, 1:00 to 6:00 pm. Closes March 23.