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White Noise film image; starring Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig

“How afraid should we be?” is the question posed by Don DeLillo’s acclaimed satirical novel, finally reaching the big screen nearly 40 years after publication. Environmental catastrophe is in the air, cut with a whiff of fascism and doused in consumerist distraction and prescription painkillers. (DeLillo’s cultural antennae were pointing in the right direction.) This is America in the age of anxiety, as experienced by Professor of Hitler Studies Jack Gladney (Adam Driver), his fourth wife Babette (Greta Gerwig) and multiple kids… When a chemical spill leads to an airborne toxic event and the mass evacuation of their entire midwestern town, that creeping paranoia seems all too justifiable…

Writer-director Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story) stretches comfortably from his trademark intellectualized emotional comedy to something bigger and broader here… it’s his first Spielbergian film, richly, almost disconcertingly, entertaining.

Fascinating and invigorating… a sensuous apocalyptic reverie… a deadpan comedy of catastrophisation, a meditation on western prosperity and its discontents, its anxieties, its intellectual satiety.

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

 

The 5:15pm and 7:55pm screenings on December 3 will be followed by a Q&A with editor Matt Hannam.

Director

Noah Baumbach

Cast

Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig, Don Cheadle, Raffey Cassidy, Sam Nivola, May Nivola, Jodie Turner-Smith, André L. Benjamin

Credits
Country of Origin

USA/UK

Year

2022

Language

English

19+
136 min

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Friday December 09

5:35 pm
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Saturday December 10

6:45 pm
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Sunday December 11

12:20 pm
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5:20 pm
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Monday December 12

12:20 pm
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5:35 pm
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Tuesday December 13

12:20 pm
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Wednesday December 14

5:35 pm
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Thursday December 15

9:00 pm
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Credits

Executive Producer

Brian Bell, Leslie Converse

Producer

Noah Baumbach, David Heyman, Uri Singer

Screenwriter

Noah Baumbach

Cinematography

Lol Crawley

Editor

Matthew Hannam

Original Music

Danny Elfman

Production Design

Jess Gonchor