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Telluride: Motherless Brooklyn

The Music Hall
28 Chestnut St
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Please note, only a limited number of Festival Passes and Individual Film Tickets are still available.

When Frank (Bruce Willis), a tough private eye, is murdered, his protégé Lionel (Edward Norton) decides to do something about it. But Lionel suffers from Tourette’s and has trouble connecting with people and himself. Norton adapts and directs Jonathan Lethem’s prize-winning novel, brilliantly navigating a tangle of betrayals, real-estate crime, and jazz set in the New York of the classic film noir era. The superb cast includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Williem Dafoe, Bobby Cannavale, Leslie Mann, and Cherry Jones. Alec Baldwin plays a ruthless power-broker inspired by Robert Moses, and Michael K. Williams (Omar in The Wire) burns it up as a jazz trumpeter. Norton’s second film as a director is an astonishingly rich blend of violence, tenderness, and real-life sorrow, and his dance with Gugu Mbatha-Raw—the song is written by Thom Yorke and re-arranged by Wynton Marsalis—is unforgettable.