12 Nov 2:00 pm: Wonderstruck
Director: Todd Haynes
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Writer and illustrator Brian Selznick adapted his own critically acclaimed illustrated Young Adult novel, Wonderstruck, for Todd Haynes’ latest project after his equally critically lauded and multi-award nominated Carol in 2015.
Haynes’ already impressive directorial CV, which includes the beautifully designed Far From Heaven (2002) and the formally daring I’m Not There (2007), will only be further enhanced by this striking part-homage to silent cinema, part children’s coming-of-age tale. With a strong cast featuring Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams and Tom Noonan, Wonderstruck is as intelligent, visually striking and emotionally engaging as you would expect from Haynes.
Playing out in both 1927 and 1977, Selznick’s dual narrative follows the seemingly disparate paths of youngsters Rose (Millicent Simmonds), who is obsessed with twenties silent movie star Lillian Mayhew (Moore), and Ben (Oakes Fegley), who is on a mission to track down his absent father in seventies New York.
Skilfully blending playful experimentation with graceful storytelling, Wonderstruck is perfectly pitched to appeal to adults as well as younger viewers.
Starring: Oakes Fegley, Millicent Simmonds, Julianne Moore, Tom Noonan, Michelle Williams
Produced in: USA
Running time: 117 mins