2013. USA. Alexander Payne. 115 min.
Post-screening discussion with Bruce Dern
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2013. USA. Directed by Alexander Payne. Hoping against hope, the ragged, shambling Woody (Bruce Dern) sets the whole town talking when he heads off to Lincoln, Nebraska, to claim his million-dollar sweepstakes victory, with his exasperated son David (Will Forte) in tow. Whether it's referencing a Bruce Springsteen album, a Walker Evans photo, a Grant Wood painting, or a Preston Sturges comedy, Alexander Payne’s homegrown father-son drama runs deep with tenderness and humor. Shot in widescreen black and white to evoke the hardscrabble vernacular of his native Nebraska, and featuring a script that captures the plainspoken, caustically funny, and resilient voice of Midwestern working-class family life, Nebraska has not only received critical plaudits far and wide but also earned the great Dern—leading a wonderful ensemble that also includes Stacey Keach, June Squibb, and Bob Odenkirk—the coveted Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival. Courtesy of Paramount Vantage. 115 min.