In anticpation for the release of Richard Linklater's masterpiece, and our second Drafthouse Recommends title, BEFORE MIDNIGHT we'll be screening its predecessors BEFORE SUNRISE on 5/26 and BEFORE SUNSET on 5/29 at Slaughter Lane. We'll also be having a special BEFORE MIDNIGHT Feast on 6/6!
Tickets are now avaialble to all films in the trilogy and will soon be available to the feast. Come to the Drafthouse to celebrate one of the greatest, most original and intelligent cinematic sagas ever made!
Richard Linklater’s tale of two young travelers who decide to make an unexpected night in Vienna together one they will never forget is beautiful in its simplicity.
Ethan Hawke plays an American writer, Jesse and the always stunnning Julie Delpy is Celine, a French grad student. On a train ride from Budapest the two spark up a conversation, which leads to Jesse asking if Celine wants to spend the day with him.
What starts as a casual encounter soon becomes an opus of deeply romantic interplay as Jesse and Celine slowly unmask their souls throughout the evening developing a strong bond neither can deny or resist.
Looming is the inevitably or their departure as Jesse has to leave for home in the morning. Unapologetically, unabashedly romantic.
It’s been nine years since Jesse and Celine (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) first met in Vienna.
Celine runs into Jesse at a signing for his newest book in Paris. The two spend the next hour reminiscing and catching up before Jesse has to fly home to Chicago. These days Celine has a boyfriend and is a photographer; Jesse is a writer with a wife and son.
Soon the two begin to reveal the emotional fears and start to wonder what their lives would’ve been like if they continued their one night together in Vienna into a relationship and Jesse starts to seriously contemplate missing his flight back home.
Written by Richard Linklater and his two leads, BEFORE SUNSET adds a dose of melancholy and pathos to the BEFORE trilogy. Where BEFORE SUNRISE is undoubtedly romantic, BEFORE SUNSET is emotionally nuanced and mature. All three writers execute an honest, beautiful evolution of these two characters that is rarely seen in American movies.
BEFORE MIDNIGHT Feast
BEFORE MIDNIGHT is the third installment, following BEFORE SUNRISE and BEFORE SUNSET, in Richard Linklater’s dramatic saga about fate and love told through the story of two lovers: Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke).
This time around we meet up with the couple in Greece. They are happy together, but all the romantic idealism they shared in their youth is almost all but gone. Now they’re left facing the everyday universal problems and issues of modern day relationships. Linklater, Hawke and Delpy have grown with these characters over the last 18 years and that’s the key to what makes their story and arc beautifully real and organic.
What the three writers have done is quite astounding by making a film that, if you’re a fan of the first two, is a fully rewarding chapter of Jesse and Celine’s story while also being a great movie on its own.
BEFORE MIDNIGHT doesn’t shy away from the hard realities of modern relationships. Instead it lingers in those emotional truths most films don’t even want to acknowledge. It counters this while simultaneously being full of humor and joy as well. The combination makes it an emotionally complex and fully satisfying work of art.
Now were combining this fantastic movie with a Mediterranean-centered four-course feast designed by Alamo Chef Trish Eichelberger and complete with Greek wine pairings chosen by Beverage Director Bill Norris:
House Rolled Apricot and Pine Nut Dolmas, Spiced Seared Chickpeas, Garlic Tahini Aioli
Elios White: A blend of 50% Moschofilero, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Roditis and 10% Savatiano
Avgolemono Soup (Greek Lemon and Farm Egg Soup), Grilled Flat Bread
Boutari Moschofilero : 100% Moschofilero grapes grown at high elevation in the Peloponnese
Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Lamb, Tzatziki, Mesquite Texas Olive Oil Marinated Feta, Chopped Salad with Local Cucumbers, Onions and Heirloom Tomato
Boutari Nemea: Classic Greek red wine from100% Agiorgitiko grapes
Texas Pecan Baklava, Round Rock Honey Syrup
Boutari Vin Santo: Sundried Αssyrtiko grapes, redolent of honey, raisin and spices