Although Julian Schnabel is perhaps best known as a director, in the past he has stated that he primarily views himself as an artist. For a filmmaker, this is not such a bad perspective to have. In the late '70s and early '80s Schnabel caught the eye of the art world with his large-scale paintings created on broken ceramic plates. It is fitting that his debut feature-length film was Basquiat (1998), a biopic piece exploring the excesses of the art world through the career and experiences of ill-fated painter Jean Michel Basquiat. He followed up this work with Before Night Falls, which featured Javier Bardem in a breakthrough role as the gay Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas. Later came The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, an Oscar-nominated movie about French Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby's life after he suffered a massive stroke, and Berlin, a documentary piece following Lou Reed's 2006 performances of his most ill-received album, Metal Machine Music. On Friday, the Walker will debut his latest film, Miral, a semi-biographical tale about four Palestinian women in postwar Middle East. To cap off this year's Regis Dialogue and Retrospective series, which has featured screenings of all of the above movies, the director will discuss his career, inspirations, and personal creative experiences with curator Darsie Alexander.
Sat., March 19, 8 p.m., 2011