Director attends Charlottesville
Film Society begins its spring season with a series of films
by American independent director Jonathan Nossiter, to be screened
at Vinegar Hill Theatre Jan. 27-29. The New York-based filmmaker,
whose films have received critical acclaim in recent years but
have never been shown in Charlottesville, will attend and discuss
each of the three programs. He will also visit classes and work
with students at U.Va. in the drama, French and Italian departments.
irreverent art documentary Losing the Thread/Perdere Il
Filo (2000) will be shown Jan. 27 at 5:30 p.m. His film,
Sunday, for which he won the Grand Jury Prize and
the Screenwriting Award at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, will
run Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. His latest feature, Signs and Wonders,
an innovative digital video production starring Skellan Skarsgard
and Charlotte Rampling in a tale of Americans abroad, will play
Jan. 29 at 7 p.m.
to the films is $7 at the door. Virginia Festival Film Society
members receive free admission to the series, co-sponsored by
the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the student-run
film program, OFFScreen. The film societys spring season
memberships are on sale for $25. For other events, see www.vafilm.com
or call 982-5560.
son of New York Times reporter Bernard Nossiter, Jonathan grew
up in England, France, Italy and India, among other places. He
studied painting at the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris but caught
the film bug at Dartmouth, from which he graduated. To learn directing,
he worked in the theater in both New York City and London before
becoming Adrian Lynes assistant on Fatal Attraction.
his travels, Nossiter also developed a love of wines that rivals
his love of movies. He has worked as a sommelier in some very
fashionable New York City restaurants, earning two awards of excellence
from Wine Spectator magazine. Following the screening of Losing
the Thread, the Friends of the Virginia Film Festival will
host an Italian dinner and wine tasting at LAvventura Restaurant.
will select and introduce the wines, and discuss the relationship
of fine wines to great films. Tickets are available for the dinner
by calling 982-4543.