Tuesday, August 3, 7:00 p.m.
Bruce Beresford, the Academy Award-nominated director of Breaker Morant, Tender Mercies, Driving Miss Daisy, and Crimes of the Heart, will discuss his remarkable career as a director and screenwriter, in a conversation accompanied by clips from his finest films. This special evening will be presented by Museum of the Moving Image on Tuesday, August 3, at 7:00 p.m. at Scandinavia House. The conversation, moderated by Chief Curator David Schwartz, will be followed by a preview screening of Beresford's acclaimed new film Mao's Last Dancer (opening August 20).
Beresford, one of Australia’s most celebrated filmmakers, was a key member of the Australian film renaissance in the 1970s and 1980s. He was first nominated for an Oscar in 1980 for the script of Breaker Morant, then again in 1984 for directing Tender Mercies (which won Robert Duvall the Oscar for Best Actor); Driving Miss Daisy, which he directed, won the Best Picture Oscar in 1989. His new film, Mao’s Last Dancer, is based on the remarkable true story of Chinese-born ballet dancer Li Cunxin, a poverty-stricken boy who rises to international stardom as a world-class dancer. The film stars Chi Cao, a gifted dancer and principal at the Birmingham Royal Ballet making his impressive screen debut as Li. The cast also includes Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan, Joan Chen and Amanda Schull.
Mao’s Last Dancer (2009, 117 mins.) is being released theatrically by Samuel Goldwyn Films and ATO Pictures on August 20. To view a trailer, visit http://www.maoslastdancer-movie.com.
“A Conversation with Academy Award Nominee Bruce Beresford and Preview Screening of Mao’s Last Dancer” will take place at Scandinavia House, located at 58 Park Avenue (between 38 and 29 Streets), Manhattan. Tickets are $18 public / $12 Museum members / Free for sponsor-level members and above. Call 718.777.6800 or order online at http://movingimage.us.
About Museum of the Moving Image
Founded in 1981, Museum of the Moving Image is the only institution in the United States that deals comprehensively with the art, technology, and social impact of film, television, and digital media. It houses the nation’s largest collection of moving image artifacts and screens hundreds of films annually. Its exhibitions—including the core exhibition, Behind the Screen—are noted for their integration of material objects, computer-based interactive experiences, and audiovisual presentations. A major expansion and renovation of the Museum’s facility is currently underway; the grand re-opening will be January 15, 2011. Designed by architect Thomas Leeser, the project will double the size of the Museum and includes a new 264-seat theater, a 68-seat screening room, new galleries for the exhibition of digital art, and a multi-classroom education center. For more information, visit movingimage.us