The Lost City of Z

May 1 - 4 Rhinebeck









7:30 7:30 4:30

Like EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, this film is based on a true story: that of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who explores the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century only to return time and time again thinking he’s found evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region.

Adapted from author David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, this tale of obsession finds Fawcett ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard his indigenous populations as “savages.” And yet the determined Fawcett — supported by his devoted wife (Sienna Miller), son (Tom Holland) and aide-de-camp (Robert Pattinson) — returns to the Amazon to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. An epically scaled tale of courage and passion, writer/director James Gray’s film has everything you could possibly want in an adventure tale: mutinous colleagues, cannibals with bubbling pots, spears flying out of nowhere, shrunken heads, piranhas, even an interlude with an opera troupe singing Mozart in the wild. And it has something else: a soulful sense of unresolved wanderlust, and an acknowledgment of the tension between family responsibilities and the siren call of greatness just over the horizon.

(US / 2017 / Directed by James Grey)
R / 2 hours+22 mins.