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Olivier Assayas, 2010

Contemporary Screen

Films fresh from the international film festival circuit, area premieres, award winners, and recent audience favorites.... You'll find films you won't see anywhere else in central Ohio on the Contemporary Screen schedule.

Sun, Nov 21, 2010 12:30 PM

"Nothing I've seen in recent years has held my attention so relentlessly.… Carlos also stands as a textbook case of the total immersion that one can enjoy only in a theatrical setting."—Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

One of the year's major film events, Carlos is a riveting account of 20 years in the life of the Venezuelan guerrilla turned militant international terrorist known as Carlos "the Jackal." This astonishing achievement by Olivier Assayas (director of Summer Hours and subject of a 2003 Wexner Center retrospective) packs its epic running time with a you-are-there sense of immediacy—especially during its breathless and detailed re-creation of Carlos's audacious 1975 kidnapping of OPEC oil ministers in Vienna. The intensely charismatic performance by Edgar Ramirez in the title role has critics making comparisons to Marlon Brando in his prime. IndieWIRE wrote that the film boldly takes on "biography (of a still-living figure), international politics, terrorism, history, religion, sex, and much more and handles all the issues with staggering dexterity, intelligence, and skill." (319 mins. + 2 intermissions, video)

This special event is the only screening of the full version of Carlos in Columbus. A 150-minute theatrical cut of the film opens as a Wex at Gateway film on December 17.

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Enjoy 25% off purchases and complimentary gift-wrapping in the Wexner Center Store, a free film screening, an exclusive gallery tour, and more during Member Appreciation Days, coming up December 3–6.

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