Wonderstruck 15+, unless accompanied by an adult
South Australian Premiere
“A genuinely affecting story of children and family that doubles as a work of fabulous cinematic artifice.” (Hollywood Reporter)
Todd Haynes dazzled us with Carol at the last AFF and he returns with a magical fable of two children who reach out across time to each other. In 1977 Ben is struck by lightning and rendered deaf. He sets out for New York to discover the secret of his parentage. 50 years earlier another deaf child, Rose, obsesses over her favourite star of the silent screen and embarks on her own quest. One story is shot in the style of a black-and-white silent film while the other takes on the characteristics of 1970s flash and urban glam. How you can interweave stories and intercut styles, and ultimately how cinema can combine things so that it overcomes the barriers of time is the real source of wonder on which Wonderstruck soars.
Director Todd Haynes | Screenwriter Brian Selznick | Producer Pamela Koffner, John Sloss, Christine Vachon | Editor Affonso Gonçalves | Cast Julianne Moore, Oakes Fegley, Milicent Simmonds, Jaden Michael, Cory Michael Smith, Tom Noonan, Michelle Williams
Todd Haynes was born in 1961 in Los Angeles. He graduated from Brown University and came to prominence with his 1987 short film about Karen Carpenter. His features include Poison (1991), Safe (1995), Velvet Goldmine (1998), Far From Heaven (2002), I’m Not There (2007), Mildred Pierce (2011) and Carol (2015).