Before Night Falls
Free for all members +1, with general admission tickets available at the door
2000 | Julian Schnabel | USA | English // Spanish | 135 min | R
A richly imagined journey into the life and writings of brilliant Cuban author and exile Reinaldo Arenas. It spans the whole of Arenas’ life, from his rural childhood and his early embrace of the Revolution to the persecution he would later experience as a writer and homosexual in Castro’s Cuba; from his departure from Cuba in the Mariel Harbor exodus of 1980 to his exile and death in the United States.
“It’s a struggle not just to make art but to exist, which is itself an art. And to that goal, the cast members, led by the astonishing Bardem, allow themselves to be devoured by the roles they are playing.” — Michael O’Sullivan, The Washington Post