Jonathan Glazer’s underrated metaphysical masterpiece—co-written by Jean-Claude Carrière and shot by Harris Savides—ranks among the most glorious head-scratchers of American cinema this century. Nicole Kidman stars as Anna, a Manhattan widow on the verge of remarrying Joseph (Danny Huston). But when a mysterious young boy (Cameron Bright) shows up out of nowhere claiming to be the reincarnation of Anna’s deceased husband, the film leaps into a gripping investigation of the uncanny, the possibility of miracles, and love’s refusal to die alongside the flesh. Steadicam—operated by Garrett Brown—is used in Birth to startling effect as Central Park is transformed into a haunted space where death and rebirth are one and the same.
Screening as part of our Jonathan Glazer retrospective, where we shall also be screening his other work - Sexy Beast with Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley, Under the Skin with Scarlett Johansson, and his latest film The Zone of Interest which is already multi-nominated and stars Anatomy of a Fall's Sandra Hüller.
Programme Type: Film
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Cast: Nicola Kidman, Lauren Bacall, Danny Huston
Running Time: 100 minutes