Before Sunrise (Linklater, 1995) & Before Sunset (Linklater, 2004):
Hackney Picturehouse, 3pm
This double-bill is also being screened at Clapham Picturehouse on Sunday 16 June at 2pm. Details here.
Before Before Midnight hits the screen take the chance to see the first two films in Linklater's celebrated trilogy.
Chicago Reader review of Before Sunrise:
Richard Linklater goes Hollywood (1995)—triumphantly and with an overall
intelligence, sweetness, and romantic simplicity that reminds me of
wartime weepies like The Clock. After meeting on a train out of
Budapest, a young American (Ethan Hawke) and a French student (Julie
Delpy) casually explore Vienna for 14 hours; what emerges from their
impromptu date has neither the flakiness of Linklater's Slacker nor the generational smarts of his Dazed and Confused
(though it's closer in its picaresque form and lyricism to the former),
but it does manage to say a few things about the fragility and
uncertainty of contemporary relationships. Linklater's tact in handling
such potentially mawkish material is as evident in what he leaves out as
in what he includes, and if Hawke sometimes seems a mite doltish and
preening, Delpy is a consistent delight. Kim Krizan collaborated with
Linklater on the script, which abounds in lively dialogue and
Here is the trailer.
Chicago Reader review of Before Sunset:
Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), the young American and the
Frenchwoman who met on a train and spent the day together in Vienna in
Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise (1995), run into each other
again nine years later, this time in Paris. What we see of their reunion
unfolds in real time and lasts only 80 minutes, but it's so
concentrated that the film is about the previous nine years as much as
the breathless present. You won't need to have seen the earlier film to
enjoy this to the utmost; in its performances, direction, and script (by
Linklater, Kim Krizan, and the two actors), it's so perfectly conceived
and executed that you may be hanging on every word and gesture. Just as
romantic and compelling as the first film, this is a beautiful
commentary on what might be described as nostalgia for the present.
Here is the trailer.