Walker Dialogue with Steve McQueen
Sex addiction. Political dissidence. Prison. Slavery. British filmmaker Steve McQueen hasn't shied away from sensitive and potentially incendiary topics over the course of his relatively short career. His first feature film, 2006's Hunger, follows the last days of Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender), an Irish Republican Army member who led a tense hunger strike while in prison. Shame centers on successful businessman Brendan (also Fassbender) as his sexual escapades escalate into a nightmare of crippling compulsion far beyond frivolous hedonism. His latest piece, 12 Years a Slave, tells the true story of Solomon Northrup, a free African American who was captured and sold into slavery. The film — which stars Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbath, Paul Giamatti, Brad Pitt, and Quvenzhané Wallis — already has Oscar buzz and critics' raves. This week, McQueen will be in town to discuss his creative process and his career as part of the museum's annual Walker Dialogue. Shame screens Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., and Hunger screens Friday at 7:30 p.m. (12 Years a Slave is at area theaters). The talk is sold out; movie tickets are $9. (Photo by Thierry Bal)
Sat., Nov. 9, 8 p.m., 2013
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